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Re: Heronswood letter

I've been there and done that with basements. I do not miss one here.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 7:48 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Heronswood letter

Aconitum hemsleyanum

Good grief, what a mess! That's a lot of work. Did insurance cover any of this?

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 8:04 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Heronswood letter

Unsubscribe request wasn't offered in my letter.
Mine didn't have one either, so I created my own.  ;)

I'll probably do it
later. They tried to make it sound all wonderful and improved, but I tend
not to believe Burpee. Wow....500 plants - nothing compared to what Hwood
offered before they got their mitts on it. And I expect they won't be as
unusual. I'm still kicking myself for not ordering the Aconitum vine Hwood
had. Where will I ever find that again?
Which Aconitum was it?  I know Dan had a couple.

Flooded basement? What a shame. Did you have a pump for it? Everything
ok now?
I'm still not sure what happened; I think it was a combination of lots of
different things.  It looks like the gutters *and* the sump pump both
drained into an underground drainage field, but the drainage field looks
like it's plugged up.  To make things worse, it looks like the guy who
redid the sump system last time only put a check valve on the main pump,
but not on the backup.  So...  I suspect that the drain field became too
full and the water went back down through the pipe into the basement.

Anyhow, I found it all when I got back from Chicago around 2am one
Monday morning.  I definitely didn't want to deal with it then.  :(
I moved the furniture upstairs, pumped out the water, and then used
a shop vac to suck out the carpet.

The deep freeze, dehmudifier, and weight machine don't work and I lost
some pictures and stuff.

I bought a new, bigger dehumidifier (and one for my parents' place too),
installed them, and put about six box fans on the floor.  The place dried
out pretty quickly.

I also redid all of the sump piping myself (this way I know exactly what
was done) and installed a water-powered sump pump as a backup.  It uses
water pressure to create suction, removing water in a 2:1 ratio with
city water.


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