Burst Pipe!!

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Blog entry by Sivers posted 02-10-2010 05:17 PM 1586 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Arriving home from vacation it appears that we had a pipe burst in the basement. Of course everything flooded and knocked out the furnace. Luckily we had someone in to check on our cats so they had someone pump the water out before we got back. So we get to find out why we’ve been paying for home insurance all these years. It took a few days to get everything back under control. We’ve now got running water and a new furnace.

Looking at it now, the basement is cleaner than it every has been. Insurance had a company come into to clean up the mess and tore out just about everything in the basement. (It’s a stone foundation, unfinished basement) So not much damaged structurally, the claim will be furnace and then every electrical device…..I think the only tool that made it through unscathed was my drill press. Everything else was low to the ground and got soaked!!

So this company came through and took out all the damaged possessions to get inspected and recorded. It’s still unknown what will be the verdict on everything although I’ve been told it would too expensive to repair everything so we will have to get new stuff. It sounds like I will soon be in an interesting position of being able to buy all new tools. I hope I’m not stuck to the exact model because there are some things I would probably change now that I’ve had some hand on time with everything.

Could be large shopping trip in my future. On the list of electrical tools that got completely submerged:

DeWalt Planer
Freud Router
Circular Saw
Compound Mitre Saw
Corded Drill
10” Table Saw
Belt Sander
Orbital Sander
1/4 Sheet Sander
Jig saw
Shop Vac (Can a wet/dry shop vac get wet?)

I had some other stuff that was looking pretty rusty, don’t know if they will be able to clean them up or if they will let em get new stuff. Some drill bits, hand saws, forstner bits etc…..

I’m not sure how buying all new tools will be. I was happy with the tools I had, I didn’t really want new tools. A few of the tools were fairly new so I could find the same model again but my table saw for instance was my Dad’s old one, its probably 25 years old. So it’s hard for me to say what that is worth. It will be interesting to see how they calculate the value.

I think I may be a shocked to see what the total $$ value of everything was. Some of the tools were gifts or cast offs from family & friends. I’ll try to post a follow up with any the verdict on everything but even if they’ll turn on I can’t see anyone approving power tools for use after being submerged in water.

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#1 posted 02-10-2010 05:21 PM

Wow thats very bad news

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#2 posted 02-10-2010 05:23 PM

Well, good luck, hope you get a good price so you can replace.

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 05:27 PM

when you get up and running again ,

don’t forget to put in a decent sump pump ,
with an auto switch ,
and an outside discharge hose .

good luck with all of this !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-10-2010 07:59 PM

Hope your insurance rates don’t go up like ours did. I claim in 40 years ant the rates almost doubled!! (Travelers)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 02-10-2010 08:10 PM

Happy Shopping, New tools Drool !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 08:16 PM

Sivers, Sorry to hear. Not something fun to come home to, I know. Was nice that your friends were able to get it pumped out.
Hope the insurance company does you right.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 02-10-2010 08:17 PM

Sorry for your losses and trouble. I will be following this to see how you come out on the tools I’ve often wondered how it would work out with my insurance company if my tools were destroyed. I have State Farm Insurance (on the house and vehicles) do you mind telling what the name of your insurance company is?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 02-10-2010 08:27 PM

I know what you are going through. It will work out in the end. I lost all my lifetime collection of tools in Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. We had 12 ft of yucky water in the house and in my shop for 3 weeks and it destroyed every tool I had (with the exception of a 20+ year old Bosch jig saw that was stored in a watertight ammo box) which included many passed down from my Dad. Many can never be replaced because of sentimental value. You cannot replace a 1947 Unisaw that has been in your family since it was new. My insurance did NOT pay for any tools or my shop because all money went to house and contents replacement.
I moved and after about 2 years I was able to build a new and much larger shop and have been slowly furnishing it with new tools. It takes a while to replace everything. It has been fun doing it. Every time I go to the tool store or shop online I feel like a 62 year old kid in a candy store.

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#9 posted 02-10-2010 08:39 PM

I hope it all works out for ya.

I had a shop burn to the ground 15 yrs ago, and I am STILL not back up to where I was, but life goes on.

You wanna see a mess, you should see a Jorgensen I beam clamp, bent like a pretzel. I salvaged some steel..mostly clamps, everything else had the temper shot, or just plain melted.
Think I woulda rather had a flood. Rust goes away.

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#10 posted 02-11-2010 05:23 AM

I know from others’ tales things could be worse. My first thought on getting home was for the safety of our family pets. On the whole our house is still standing and nobody was harmed so I was pretty happy with that. Everything else can be replaced. I hadn’t really considered the tools until the insurance guys took them all away.

One piece of advice we learned so far is from reading our policy there is a clause that they are not responsible if you are gone for more than 4 days unless someone is checking in on the house for you.

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