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Old 02-14-2009, 08:09 PM   #15
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I think that house looks like a fun project. It has a chimney....I wonder if there is a fireplace behind that mantel in the pictures?
I have fireplace lust.
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:48 PM   #16
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April,
I'm sure you'll love middle Tennessee. Camping within a hundred miles or so of Nashville is awesome. Tennessee has a wonderful state park system, and you'll find an amazing variety of parks in a couple hours' drive of your new home, especially easy for those of us with smaller trailers.
I have a few favorites: Falls Creek Falls and Mousetail Landings . Closer to you, Henry Horton. And then, you're so close to the Smokey Mountains and North Carolina... or head south on the Natchez Trace... a world of adventure awaits.
Looks like you have a few projects ahead of you with the house, but oh, so rewarding when you're done.
Have fun.
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Old 02-14-2009, 10:56 PM   #17
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Yes there is a fire place in the main living room area, the photo's show it with a piece of wood panel over the opening to keep the wasp and other pest out of the house while it is not in use. Fortunately both Kirk and I are pretty handy people who like to take on projects that challenge us. Fixing up the camper was just a warm up to the work we have in store with the house. We are hoping to hire one of our all around handyman friends to come up to help us do some of the more complicated work, if we can talk him into it. Leveling the floor, updating the plumbing and fixing up the bathroom are main priorities. Luckily the house is pier and beam, so we shouldn't have too much trouble leveling the floor out, it's mainly sagging in the living room area. All the plumbing runs under the house too, and the crawl space is fairly generous for working under. I imagine we will have our share of challenges, but then we will also have plenty of time to deal with them. I am very happy we decided to do this, it's like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders that I didn't even realize was there.
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:37 AM   #18
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We are going to pack up the car and trailer today and tomorrow, and roll out at 4am tues. morning to head out to check on the house in TN! Wish us luck as we have not been out there in 3 years. I am hoping all is well, and just a little dustier than the previous visit. If we are able to get our mobile router to work, we will be on line. I will be sure to get some new pictures of the house and our trailer out in front of it! I am sooooo glad we have our egg to sleep in when we arrive.
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:51 AM   #19
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I am excited for you. I think you will find the right help will arrive for you at the right price as you will need it. I am sure you will make things work. I am looking forward to hearing all about your adventures. To me it looks like a great place to have an egg convention that could help with the house.

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Old 03-01-2009, 09:01 AM   #20
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hmmmmmm that's something to think about
We would have plenty of room for FG in the yard. I wonder what the neighbors would think. I could see that being a fun way to get some work done and meet other eggers.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:03 AM   #21
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hmmmmmm that's something to think about
We would have plenty of room for FG in the yard. I wonder what the neighbors would think. I could see that being a fun way to get some work done and meet other eggers.
Sounds like Huckleberry Finn in the making! Tell everyone to bring paint brushes
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:11 AM   #22
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Sounds like Huckleberry Finn in the making! Tell everyone to bring paint brushes
I can see it now. Dozens of eggers with dozens of paint brushes and dozens of different cans of leftover paint . . .
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:00 PM   #23
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Hope they don't put a call into Quantico saying a new cult has just moved in.
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:18 PM   #24
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Looks like an episode of "flip this house"! Look at it as an adventure, be patient, all the work will be worth it. I have done many remodels in my life, and never regretted one. You have a nice looking home to start with.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:23 PM   #25
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I know this is a little off in left field, but I was concerned about trying to use the bathroom, the septic system has been sitting unused for at least 10 years. Should we be overly cautious about trying to use it with out getting it inspected first? We planned to get a box of septic enzymes to pour down with some water first to get it primed up again. We just don't know much about septic systems from living in the city. Does anyone have any knowledge about this? Sorry for the content.
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I know this is a little off in left field, but I was concerned about trying to use the bathroom, the septic system has been sitting unused for at least 10 years. Should we be overly cautious about trying to use it with out getting it inspected first? We planned to get a box of septic enzymes to pour down with some water first to get it primed up again. We just don't know much about septic systems from living in the city. Does anyone have any knowledge about this? Sorry for the content.
I would get the tank pumped and cleaned. They will be able to tell if that part of system is OK during the service. The leach field sitting idle is not a problem and should be OK if it was in good condition before.
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Hi April - you would be wise to take Steve's advice about pumping out the septic tank right away. Then you KNOW you have either a "clean slate" as you begin your work on the house, or a starting point for septic repairs.

Can't offer much advise about jump-starting a dormant septic tank, but I'll add a few insights from another "city girl" who went rural:

* As when using the holding tanks in our Eggs, go easy on the TP!
* If you have or plan to install a garbage disposal, be really careful what you put down there - some things can really clog up the process. A well-tended compost pile can be handy here.
* When doing laundry, spread the water usage out over a period of time, and use 'green' products to preserve the enzyme balance in the tank.

We wish you safe travels to TN and lots of memory-making successes with the renovation. We, too, look forward to a photo chronicle of the project!
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Garbage disposal is one of the worst things you can do to a septic system besides using lots of bleach...
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