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Post by Zarathud » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:48 am

If you're going to sell, spend the cash. It's not worth possibly losing a sale after failing a radon inspection.

The only benefit of home ownership is you have the choice of fixing it. A renter doesn't. While you can move when you rent, that's much easier when you don't have 30+ years of crap to haul with you.
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Post by Smoove_B » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:01 am

mori wrote:
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For a Jersey boy you seem naive in the dark arts. Don't you know somebody that knows somebody?
Yeah, I know people. But my connections in братва aren't helpful with radon. :D
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If you're going to sell, spend the cash. It's not worth possibly losing a sale after failing a radon inspection.
That's the rub. Our house (without the system running) does not have a radon level in excess of what is required for mitigation. The law only requires a working system if you're above a certain level. However, I can see it coming up during the sale and yeah, I'd rather have it not be an issue. The last time we moved the buyers required us to repair two window screens in order to close. I still hate their guts, but it's apparently a different market out there now - home prices are such that people are not (collectively) being a-holes over the things that were a "problem" in 2007.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:57 pm

Isgrimnur wrote:On Saturday, I will be replacing the bathtub faucet in the 2nd bathroom, as the shower diverter leaks. This, of course, was only discovered once the wife and I started using that one because the master bath is leaking water into my closet.
Got sick last weekend. Just finished installing the faucet. Water retention when the diverted is much improved.
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Post by Smoove_B » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:24 pm

So the cable that pulls the drive chain on my garage door opener snapped last week. In moving it manually, it was coming down all janky and stiff, so I thought for sure I was going to need a new door assembly. Fortunately there's a garage door specialist in the area (who knew?) and they were happy to come out and give it all a look-see. I talked to the guy for like 30 minutes all about garage doors and garage door operations. While simple, they're not nearly as maintenance-free as I thought they would be. Granted, it's been ~12 years since we moved in and I've literally done nothing for the garage doors, but the prior advice I was given (white lithium grease) is apparently completely and totally wrong. Instead, all that's needed is 3 in 1 oil (ask your grandpa), applied at least once a year (maybe more, depending on your manufacturer's guidelines) to the rollers and hinges. The springs are good for anywhere between 6-10,000 cycles (depends on where they are made), but other than that there's not much to them.

Anyway, it was only a couple hundred dollars to get a tune-up on two garage doors, so I'd recommend finding a local outfit if you have one to do the same evaluation. Failing that, get some 3-in-1 and have at it.

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Post by msteelers » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:43 am

I'm looking into getting into voice over and voice acting work, which means I need to make a good spot to record in my home. I don't have any closet that is set up to work out of, which is a popular option for people just starting out. I also can't afford to drop $5K on a whisper room. So I'm going to need to make something. I thought about making a 4-foot square booth out of PVC pipe and wrapping it with acoustic sound blankets. But I'm afraid that's not going to give me a good professional sound. Plus, the blankets are surprisingly expensive. I think I can make a wooden booth, treat it with better sound absorption material than the blankets, and have a completely professional sound for just a little bit more money.

This is going to be a disaster. I can't wait. :D

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Post by stimpy » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:48 am

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I'm looking into getting into voice over and voice acting work, which means I need to make a good spot to record in my home. I don't have any closet that is set up to work out of, which is a popular option for people just starting out. I also can't afford to drop $5K on a whisper room. So I'm going to need to make something. I thought about making a 4-foot square booth out of PVC pipe and wrapping it with acoustic sound blankets. But I'm afraid that's not going to give me a good professional sound. Plus, the blankets are surprisingly expensive. I think I can make a wooden booth, treat it with better sound absorption material than the blankets, and have a completely professional sound for just a little bit more money.

This is going to be a disaster. I can't wait. :D
Ooooooo........can you upload some recordings of you saying "syllabus, syllabus, testing 123" over and over so we can judge your voice over talents?
It makes my dookie twinkle.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:36 pm

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Post by stessier » Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:51 pm

I am not what most people would consider handy, but in the last 2 weeks I replaced 4 light switches (1x 2-pole, 2x 3-pole, and 1x 4-pole), upgraded to a programmable thermostat, and changed out our garbage disposal. I'm fairly proud of this accomplishment. :)

The thermostat was by far the easiest with the only complication that who ever installed the original cut a hole wayyyyy bigger than needed. I was fortunate the new one covered up their mess, but just barely.

I have 3 of the 4 light switches correct. The fourth - even though I transferred the wires exactly from the original - still doesn't work with all the connected switches. I hope to finally finish that this weekend (it's in a darker part of the house, so I can't work on it when I get home at night).

The garbage disposal wasn't nearly as bad as I feared. Took about 2 hours. I probably could have done it faster, but took things very slow to make sure I didn't mess it up and flood the kitchen. The new one is much quieter and comes with a 5 year warranty where they will come out and replace it for me. It's been installed for nearly a week and I think we've used it once. Of course we wanted to use it every day while I was waiting to replace it... :doh:
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Post by Isgrimnur » Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:57 pm

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(it's in a darker part of the house, so I can't work on it when I get home at night).
Just move your Gillette Stadium Lighthouse Lamp over there.
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Post by stessier » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:02 pm

Isgrimnur wrote:
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stessier wrote:
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(it's in a darker part of the house, so I can't work on it when I get home at night).
Just move your Gillette Stadium Lighthouse Lamp over there.
I tried that, but it ended up reflecting off the six Lombardi trophies giving it a disco ball effect that was super distracting.
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Post by Kraken » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:49 pm

I bungled some switches the last time I tried to replace them and we have lived with the consequences ever since. I swore off trying to do electrical work forever. If the government doesn't take all of our money in April, I'm finally going to hire an electrician to bring us into the 21st century.

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Post by mori » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:08 pm

My water heater stopped working today. I can light the pilot light but it will not stay lit. I see a bunch of complaints online about the control box on the heater. I will try one of their suggested fixes tomorrow. Maybe blowing myself and the house to hell. I will probably end up taking a few whore showers in the future if it is not a simple fix.

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Post by mori » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:11 pm

I got the hot water heater to work by following the instructions in one of the Youtube videos on the subject. I did have to jumper the overheat switch so it is not safe. I will just heat up the water so I can at least take a shower, then hook it up the way it is suppose to be and see if it will work as designed. If not I will have to call a repairman on Monday as it seems they will not sell those valves to any honyock on the street.

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Post by Kraken » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:36 pm

Now there's a word I haven't heard since I was a child. My mom often used "honyock" as a mild insult, as for a bad driver. I need to revive that word. :)

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Post by mori » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:24 pm

I hooked up the controller like it is suppose to be with all the safety functions enabled, it seems to be working for the time being.
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Post by mori » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:27 pm

Kraken wrote:
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Now there's a word I haven't heard since I was a child. My mom often used "honyock" as a mild insult, as for a bad driver. I need to revive that word. :)
The word is used in the Midwest although not that often. It is as an insult without being profane.

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