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Monday, December 03, 2007

 

Uh-oh

Have a look at what God just did to a wall in my bedroom.




Hmmm...uhhhhhh.....er.....help?

The windstorm that has been going nonstop in Portland since last night has taken its toll on my little rental house. After I discovered this mess earlier tonight, I called my kindly but indifferent landlord. He did what he always does when I bug him with something like this. He told me to relax and not to worry about it. Naturally, I'm concerned that the water damage may hurt the structural integrity of the wall and lead to mold growth that could negatively impact my health down the road and/or hurt my Buck Williams poster.

Do I sound like I know what I'm talking about? If so, I don't. If there are any carpenters or housing inspectors out there reading this, I could use some advice. No amount of complaining is going to convince my landlord to fix the problem. He claims he's tried on several occasions over the years but to no avail.

I currently have a space heater blasting the wall to keep it dry, which may be an even stupider idea than doing nothing at all. I can't find any helpful solutions on Google that don't involve tearing the wall apart and rebuilding it. Anyone out there have any ideas that don't involve a lawsuit? My month-to-month lease on a house I'm otherwise happy with has created yet another impossible-for-me-to-deal-with conundrum

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