Funny how an outcry can become triumphant in a short span of time. The problem is until you know help is at hand it seems it never will be.
At a loss about many things I was looking into do-it-yourself classes when I had another idea: could the local pest control company install a dehumidifier?
Yes, they could!
And they are–
Rescue dogs Lily and Lulu supervising the project
It appears this will take all day, but my requests were large: could they replace the old, fallen-down insulation with new, replace the old vapor barrier with new and better and install the dehumidifier?
Yes. The only thing is when I ask someone to do something seldom do I really understand what is involved. The old vapor barrier is kept and the new one simply placed on it but the debris from a 20-year-old crawl space has to first be swept out. Then the new insulation goes in. Then the vapor barrier goes on. Then the dehumidifier goes in (which cannot be done until the outlet is wired which happened Wednesday). Then the pump is connected and the moisture tube routed out through a vent. Then all the vents are closed off so no additional moisture gets in the space. Then the dehumidifier is tested to see it all works.
So this isn’t like installing, say, a new refrigerator filter or an air purifier. A lot has to happen.
And I noticed other happier things that also happened
A tillisandia bloomed (like tiny bromeliads, air plants)
And the camellias that were barely opening a week ago bloomed despite the hard frost we had a few days ago
And someone is coming to pressure wash my house Monday and will take a look at the gutter that got dinged when the neighbor’s bradford pear tree gave it a glancing blow as it fell during Hurricane Florence.
Maybe most importantly I have learned patience. None of this had to happen immediately. I have learned some other important things: take my time discussing logistics, get more than 2 estimates for the work, understand these are also people with things that are happening in their lives– illness, new babies, dealing with their own repair and maintenance. Never forget this.
So much to be thankful for.
I think I will wait a while with the other projects. For me this was a lot to happen in a week!
“Lord, show me just so much (neither more nor less) about myself as I need for doing Thy will now.” –C. S. Lewis: The Collected Letters, Volume III, Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963.