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On The 3rd DIY of Christmas – Patching Up a Hole in the Side of Our House

On the 3rd DIY of Christmas I did for my true love to see, patching the hole in the side of our house.


This large and unsightly hole has been in the side of our house for more than a year and a half, since July 2014 to be exact. It’s the remnant of the removal of our house’s old main waste stack, which was abandoned many years ago and was left sitting on the side of our house. After the cast iron stack cracked during the Virginia earthquake, it was time for it to come out.

Though I had long debated how to remove it myself, Wendy really didn’t like the idea of me hanging off of the roof while trying to wield large sections of cast iron pipe. So instead we hired a plumber with a few guys to take it out. After the vertical length of cast iron stack was removed from the house and the tee was broken as close to the wall as the plumber could get it, he said “I can’t get the rest of this out, you’re going to need to hire a mason.”

My thought at the time was something along the lines of “Hey, you did the hard part so that’s no problem. I can probably do this myself…I’ll take care of it in the next few days.”

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About Ashraf Akkilah

Ashraf Akkilah
Architecture and design is my passion. I'm an architect who is interested in building design and decor trends. I'm also interested in sculpture design and landscaping. I'm "outdoor" architect who love to be involved in the project site and supervise finishing and final touches works. I had contributed to many construction and decor projects.

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