Mr. Bearman is here.
Yes, it is his name.
He has been busy annoying the cats with his Amazing Array of Alarming Noises.
The sheet rock in the kitchen ceiling and bathroom ceiling had decided to start letting go, and was developing an occasional drip, with matching droop, and even an actual looming crack hanging down over the refrigerator.
Mr. Bearman has managed to make big piles of trash like this:
Then there is this:
What is this stuff on your porch, I hear you ask through the miraculous innerwebs?
These are various heavy wood and pipe things some idiot was too lazy to cart out of here when the kitchen ceiling was last worked on in about 1975.
He just stashed it all directly on top of the ceiling sheet rock when he finished, and sealed up the job.
Which is why a small leak in a drain behind a wall upstairs started bringing down the ceiling in this spot — it had huge hunks of piping dragging it down.
Which is why I now have big holes here:
Which means my kitchen looks like this:
Could be worse.
It is all sheet rock and paint, not joists.
So we are at the low end on costs, and only looking at a few days of plaster dust.
Though, dang, I now get to paint next week.
Apparently there was a slow leak in a drain pipe up in a wall upstairs.
We had spent months and months trying to figure out what was getting things wet.
With much blaming of certain people's lack of meticulous tucking in of shower curtains.
Well, shower curtains in fact do leak, and there is a certain amount of squishiness up there, under the hideous vinyl flooring.
It will not make the bathtub fall into the kitchen, which I was starting to think about worrying about.
(As in, "Should I be worrying about the soft feeling under this vinyl floor, and the water coming into the kitchen downstairs? Or maybe I can ignore it some more.")
So the floor up there will perhaps make for nastiness when we someday decide the upstairs bathroom should be less frightening to small children and visitors, but it isn't going to do a full-scale Fall of the House of Usher on us.