Cancellation The project is cancelled. It’s hard to believe, but I don’t know what else to do. The township and county held a “pre-app” meeting and told us we had to expand the driveway to handle two-way traffic, which required moving a hill, which then triggered “stormwater detention” requirements, erosion control, and wetlands impact analysis. […]
Diehm & Sons Since our contractor wasn’t doing anything, Dawn called Deihm & Sons about the septic planning module. The “planning module” consists of locating an appropriate site for the septic system – sounds simple, right? Well, after you determine the size of the septic (in gallons per day) then you have to do a […]
Roof The mansion roof is shot. A good slate roof can last forever, but apparently this was not a good slate roof. The slate was spalling, the nails had rusted, and the people patching it over the years had done more harm than good. So the good news, I guess, is that a good slate […]
Water, Water Everywhere I spoke with Jeff Bailey, the township water engineer. As the result of a drought a few years ago, they passed an ordinance that said you couldn’t increase “impervious” on your property. In other words, if you put in pavement (which prevented water from being absorbed into the ground) then also you […]
The Forges of Lancaster County Before there were Amish, there was iron. Peter Grubb found iron ore in the Cornwall Mountains, the richest vein ever found in Pennsylvania. In addition, the hills were covered with hardwood trees, perfect for making charcoal to smelt the ore (a forge could go through an acre a day) and […]
Summer Kitchen In a nice case of serendipity, the tenants in the summer kitchen moved out today. Since we were just about to evict them, it worked out nicely. (I hope they aren’t reading this.) BTW-that overhang HAS to go.