Unique Gift?

In the past few years, Carol and I have bought a joint gift for us. It came from the simple realization that if we needed something badly, we would already have it! This in turn was born from a relatively frugal lifestyle together with the perspective that happiness has very little to do with “toys” unless you are a child. Christmas 2013 saw us treat ourselves to a DNA test of Ray in order to satisfy our curiosity as to his gene composition.

Our plans for this year are totally different and, I would suspect, quite unique! Our home was built in 1920, and we’re pretty certain that the original sewer piping is still what is serving our needs however, it is starting to be somewhat less than efficient. A video survey confirmed that the piping is in quite bad condition…… hence our problems (use your imagination!).

We have two choices (both quite expensive). One is to dig a small(ish) hole in our front garden and outside our house in order to insert a liner into the pipe. I won’t go into the details but it is a very attractive and modern concept which produces a seamless conduit for “life’s waste”! The second option, which is a little less expensive, is to dig a trench across our front garden and replace the piping in a more conventional manner. The trench will disrupt quite a few plants, but the equipment needed to do the digging will disrupt so many more!

We have not made a final decision yet, but we have agreed that a new sewer system will be our gift to each other this Christmas! Can anybody beat that for creativity, importance and pure functionality?  🙂

33 thoughts on “Unique Gift?

  1. Funny Kate should mention water heaters…ours fairly burst yesterday and we had to have a new one installed. Merry Christmas to us. Whichever option you choose, I am sure you will enjoy your new plumbing.

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  2. I will have to come back and give you a second opinion, at least from a ‘verbal, haven’t seen it’ opinion from my plumber husband. Personally, I’ve never heard of the sheath method, yet I’m not a plumber. There are also different codes everywhere. We watch Holmes on Homes and he’s in Canada… Lots of different things… we’re actually a bit stricter here in Illinois. I’ll be back….

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  3. Interesting read of yours today. I just read an article posted online about double thinking the idea of all those toys for kids, when they either break within the year, or a new model comes out by Christmas of next year. I won’t go into detail of what the whole article was about, but the suggestion of giving bonds, or other types of money investing for the child to use when they head off to college. they might not really appreciate now, but down the road……..

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