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:
Compound Mitre Saw
10” Table Saw
1/4 Sheet Sander
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.