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I found another corn snake yesterday. 
[see original snake post from 5/12 -
http://mdnytryder.livejournal.com/37130.html ]
He was sooo cute - only about 6 inches long.  
I stepped on him.  Yes, squashed him into the dirt.  
But, it was an accident!  I swear!  
How could this happen, you may ask?  I was digging out ferns from the garden on the north side of the house and just didn't see him.  
Here is my tale of woe. [Not that you care, but it gives me something to post!]

I was feeding Bluestreak in the basement bathroom about 2 weeks ago and noticed that the cement floor looked damp. Swearing to myself, I figured the washer broke. But, I didn’t see any water stains on the wood platform. I poked around under the washtub, found a huge wolf spider, ran to get the Raid and sprayed the crap out of him, and saw the damp on the floor had spread out about 5 feet from the wall. Crap-ola. The boxes of pottery I had stored under the sink were wet, as was the rug. Double crap. I wasn’t looking forward to the major project of moving stuff to try to see what was actually leaking. 

Now, if you saw my house, you would be appalled. I have enough ‘stuff’ for a family of 4. Hence, my basement is packed, as is my garage and loft and back shed. It took me at least a week to move stuff away from the washer and sump pump closet so I could take a look-see. Nothing. 

Last weekend I moved the pottery boxes and misc empty boxes out from under the tub. Couldn’t find anything broken. Finally went outside to check the foundation and saw a crack down the wall – right where the damp floor is. 
%*&#@!!   Deduced the water just had to have come in from the crack. About 3 weeks ago, we had a monsoon one night. Ordinarily, no problem, but I have been a lazy aft and hadn’t cleaned my gutters out since last fall. The gutters overflowed and fell onto the garden - which normally doesn’t get hit with much rain at all. I’m sure the water pooled against the house and came in the crack. 

Anyway, that’s what I was doing yesterday. Digging up my overgrown garden so I could dig a 24 inch hole next to the foundation.   

Back to my little snake buddy.  Turns out he didn't get squished too badly. We had moved him to the ivy garden across the path and continued working. About an hour later we found him again, moving well and looking none the worse for wear. I’m glad, I felt really badly for stepping on him. I kick myself for not taking a pic before we released him. Ah well, I’m sure I’ll see him again. 

I guess I’ll have to call someone to take a look at the crack and see what it can be sealed with. And my basement is finished, so I have to worry about whether the drywall will dry or if I’ll have to rip it off. I don’t even want to think about it. 

I am almost to the point of admitting that I cannot handle taking care of a house by myself. It’s about 16 years old and things are starting to break. I need more minions.  




( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 7th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
well digging the hole is actually the important part. Personally I suggest taking good pics of the crack and then cover it up as well as you can (since it's supposed to rain for the next week), but it's easy enough to fill the crack... either chisel out around it and cement it, or call in the professionals.

good luck and hopefully stay dry!

Jun. 7th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
appropriate icon is a appropriate. hahaha.
I will try to get to Lowe's tonight and see what filler I can get. Professionals cost $$, and I think I can do this myself.
I better get it done quick, it's not supposed to rain until Wed, I think.
It's always something.
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Look for the uglock i think it's call stuff... it's a latex penetrating paint specifically for basements that is awesome... for covering after you're done... personally I suggest chiseling out around the crack, then lining it with some type of sealant and filling with cement (As I recall this is what they did on hometime)... then paint over it.

hmmmm... ooh look, I found the process!
Good luck hon!!!

(I have an appropriate icon for most occasions...)
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)

Yes, you do.
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Jun. 7th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
I hope he sticks around - even after all the abuse! Maybe he swings that way....
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
I've heard of punching the snake, but that was different context...

Jun. 7th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Hmm, not sure what you mean.
Guess you'll have to show me.
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
heh 'punching the snake' is a euphemism for masturbation... and I don't usually show anyone. but it is an interactive process.

Jun. 7th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
I was being obtuse, silly.
Hence, the icon wink.
Here have an icon kiss for your having the bolts to explain it!

Off to work!
Jun. 7th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
ahhh... hehehe

have fun @ work!
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