If “busy” means “four hours of sleep,” then we’ve been rather busy. There are a few deadlines looming on many of the house projects and those have to be completed on schedule or we are screwed. However, we are finally entering the sunlit lands of Hiring People To Do Stuff, which is awesome. Brown and I don’t like paying for services we can do ourselves so when we reach the Hired Dudes phase, it is delightful.
On Saturday, some Hired Dudes were already going at it; our hardscape guy and his crew were ripping out thirty years of trees and ivy overgrowth to check for potential drainage issues. His carpenter (you remember, the one who was supposed to build us a deck over the ruined concrete pad) had never seen the pad before and was staring at the concrete as though it had punched him in the face. The carpenter said that, yes, he could build a deck over the concrete but it wouldn’t be worth the cost of labor and materials, so in the long term it will be less expensive to rip up the concrete and pour a new slab. As we cannot afford anything close to what that will cost, we’ll pressure-wash the cement, putty over the cracks with resin, and keep fresh paint on the thing until we strike it rich in the lottery or whatever.
The pool tiles are cleaning up great, though.
There’s no way I’ll be able to save all of them. The ones along the waterline are permanently stained and whoever did the most recent pool repair slathered a layer of rubber over them; the ones along the lower row have been cemented in place and break in half when removed. I’ll keep trying to save as many as I can, and then figure out a way to keep them as part of the tile trim. The tiles will probably work well as accent pieces to complement newer tiles in the same general color scheme.
Once you get behind the tiles, there’s some … um … worrisome decay:
We don’t even want to think about this right now.
Last but certainly not least, the pool is all but clean. See?
The gunk has been hauled away, the brick debris removed, and the only thing left to do is wait for the inch of water left at the bottom to evaporate. Then the last residue will be shoveled up and swept out, and a final power-wash will take care of the rest. After that, we’re done. The pool will then be in the hands of Hired Dudes.
Godspeed, Hired Dudes.