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17 October 2006 @ 12:35 pm
slipped in the cracks  
Mostly I just want to bitch, since we haven't really worked on the problem long enough to have exhasted our possiblities.

So the previous owner of our house, most likely to cover up the fact the floor isn't in perfect shape, covered our basement with carpet squares. Our basement, through both drain blockage and rain water has gotten wet over the past 7 years (has it really been that long) and the squares acted like little sponges holding in the water which created a perfect envionment for mold and fungus which was also hidden by the carpet squares. Last night we started the clean up process, putting the squares in bags.

The city of somerville didn't take the stupid bags. They deemed them "construction material" which they won't take and their web site suggests hireing a third party. The problem is most third parties will only rent you a dumpster. We have maybe 3 bags of square right now. We aren't constructing and I feel annoyed that there doesn't seem to be an easy solution to this.

We still have a lot of research to do, including phoning Somerville DPW and asking what they suggest. We might just trickle the squares in our trash, since I don't know why they would take a chair but not carpet squares.

EDIT: I phoned them. They'll come back for the house hold trash they didn't take the first time. They said they should be able to take the carpet squares, but I'm little worried they'll decided not to. We removed the shingles.
unintentionally intimidatingcoraline on October 17th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
if we don't have a dumpster right now, we will quite soon (construction being done on the upstairs bathroom). i'll let you know when it shows up, if you want to just toss your stuff in...
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on October 17th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Ooo yes, please!
Nurghringrose on October 17th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
We've this enormously heavy chunk of concrete... and a big pipe... which we haven't managed to get rid of since we bought our house and yanked them out of the driveway....
unintentionally intimidatingcoraline on October 17th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
i'll double-check with the housemates/contractors, since those are larger things and i don't know how things work with the dumpster, but i'll let you know.
In the end, I'll know, but on the way, I wondergorgo on October 17th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
At Decmo, we used the "slip the truck driver $20 to have something pressing to take care of on the other side of the truck" strategy, and tossed in our construction waste ourselves.
chenoamegchenoameg on October 17th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
That is pretty frustrating. What I find the worst is how arbitrary the enforcement is. Sometimes they take everything, even the most obvious construction stuff, and sometimes they balk at things that are really not construction materials.

Good luck!
Erikavacon on October 17th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
I've been able to put 2x4's or metal pipes other similar things in the trash
without problems. It may just be the volume, but you can certainly
trickle it out at a reasonable rate if you get lucky.

(Although I'm amused that my old copper pipe that I threw in the trash
disappeared before the trash people showed up. ;-)

My cousin in Wisconsin solves the problem by helping them
load it into the trash truck and gives them a six-pack
of beer for their effort, but that is WI.
atherealathereal on October 18th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
The house across the street from me is getting remodeled. You could swing by some night and just toss your stuff in. I bet they'd never figure out...