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April 29th, 2014 at 06:02 pm

I'm working from home today. I had a scheduled appointment with the exterminator, and decided I should call the plumber and get that done, too. But going in to work for half a day is ridiculous when I spend 2-3 hours on the road, so my boss very kindly let me work from home today.

So, the financial damage. The plumber was $276. Plumbers are expensive, but especially so when you have vintage plumbing. My bathtub was not draining, but the pipes are too old and small and brittle to be snaked in the normal way. Luckily, we have a company here that caters to older buildings since there are so many in the area. He took care of the plug (lotta hair, he said). He recommended an enzyme treatment to keep the drains clear. Buying a bottle of that was part of the cost -- however, I have to go get it. He offered to deliver but I said I was going out anyway. Now I wish I'd kept my mouth shut -- there are strong storms rolling through and I would rather NOT go out! Oh well.

The exterminator only cost $11.50. I don't have much of a problem but I do catch sight of bugs every so often -- and I'd like to keep it not much of a problem. I got a special price because the property manager worked out a deal with him.

I thought, when I went out, I would get a train ticket for next month. Now I wonder if the Evanston station can sell me a ticket that will also go to Elmhurst (different zone). We'll see. I usually get the tickets downtown, but I don't want to have to pay to get downtown.

I guess that's all! It's one o'clock, so back to work!

Oh! I forgot to say! I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond last night with my expired coupons and got $49 back! Sweet! They couldn't have been nicer, either.

5 Responses to “Working from home”

  1. snafu Says:

    Sounds like you got a lot accomplished. How do you find working from home? Do you think it's something your boss would support on a regular basis in bad weather next winter? It's great for transportation issue but has social issues and the stats confirm we work far more hours than we're paid to work.

    Drains, were a concern in this older condo. With two teens and DH we found it helpful to use those Dollar Store fine mesh drain inserts that easily pop into drains. They just get tissued out weekly and to protect pipes we old fashionably dump baking soda, vinegar and boiling water quarterly. It's fast, easy and cheap for all drains

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I like working from home but I've never tested it out more than a day or two at a time. I get a lot done, actually in less time than it takes at work, but I do have some connection issues that are annoying. I think it's possible that my boss would support more of it, especially if my workspace is needed!

    Some kind of mesh on the drain would be a good idea, but I've got a funny kind of stopper that pops up and is not easily removed.

    I've tried the baking soda/vinegar method numerous times with no effect, as well as commercial drain cleaners. That's why I caved and called the plumber. Hoping this enzyme thing will make a difference. I know the small pipe makes it difficult to keep clear. If only I didn't lose so much hair!!!

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:


    I have long hair (nearly waist length) and have lots of problems with my sink and tub due to hair. Neither drain has any kind of plug so I'm constantly cleaning hair out of them .... it's gross and annoying. I have tried to find some kind of covering for the drains, but no luck so far.

  4. CB in the City Says:


    I have decided I'm going to vigorously brush my hair before I wash it. My hair is only chin-length, but I seem to lose a lot. Not balding, I just have a lot of hair! Smile

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    That is great you were able to get some money back on your BB&B purchases! Helps covers a little bit of that plumbing cost.

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