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Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Ceetar » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:03 pm

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Can't remember if we had one of these threads already, but I wanted to rant.

Been various drips in the basement under the bathroom pretty much since I moved in, and I thought, at various times, to have fixed them via caulking. But no, it's 100% definitely the cold water pipe to the shower. which is behind the damn wall and definitely not at the showerhead or behind the faucets themselves. I don't see any way around calling a plumber now, though I can't afford one.
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Postby HahnSolo » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:23 pm

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Ask around where you live for a plumber that they trust. Have him come take a look. He might offer payment plan or it might not be that big of a repair. If you let it go you might be looking at ceiling or wall repairs which will just bring your costs higher.
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Postby Ceetar » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:35 pm

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HahnSolo wrote:Ask around where you live for a plumber that they trust. Have him come take a look. He might offer payment plan or it might not be that big of a repair. If you let it go you might be looking at ceiling or wall repairs which will just bring your costs higher.


I don't know anyone around here but got a guy some of the local facebook group mentioned in previous posts coming out for an estimate now. The subfloor is already fucked from, supposedly, damage 25 years ago but it's stable. But in an ideal situation I'd be replacing the whole shower/floor anyway, but yeah, it's gotten worse because it's eaten through/soaked some wood behind the scenes.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby d'Kong76 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:13 pm

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Water issues suck big hairy moose genitals. The leak is probably not that big
a deal (likely a joint that needs to be redone) and maybe you can fix the wall
yourself with some youtube instruction? Hopefully there's no mold issues to
add to your headaches.

Our neighbor's (for only about a year) hot water heater decided to empty out on
them over the weekend and they came home to a couple of inches of water in the
basement. They had all kinds of unpacked boxes of stuff on the floor, it was a total
disaster.

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Postby Ceetar » Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:21 pm

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it's almost definitely the joint behind the wall but I'm going to widen the hole behind the showerhead to confirm it's not up there (Which I can fix myself) This is what the plumbing estimate guy said. He also said $150/hr but it's pretty quick. just have to rip out 9ish tiles. He was unclear if he'd put them back up, or if I have to, which I can probably do fine with youtube, yes.

The wall it self is pretty open. A lot of the drywall behind the tiles is fucked/washed away and there is some wet wood but things are mostly secure and it doesn't look like there's mold. it opens right up into the basement.

in general, homeownership just sucks if you've got no money to spare. :-D This is one of those time is money things. $150-200 no fuss/time on my end.

my sink also leaks.

and my dishwasher connection.

and the valve that turns the water on to the outside when the hose is on.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby d'Kong76 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:36 pm

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$150/hr is pretty reasonable for the tri-state area so long as they get it
right the first time and don't needlessly dilly dally to milk the clock. Hope
it works out for you.

I found the other thread!

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Postby Ceetar » Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:23 pm

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d'Kong76 wrote:$150/hr is pretty reasonable for the tri-state area so long as they get it
right the first time and don't needlessly dilly dally to milk the clock. Hope
it works out for you.

I found the other thread!


nice. the strange titles always make it hard for me to find stuff.

the tech that came and did the estimate seemed fine. they emailed me and said it'd be about $300 if I opened up the wall myself (And closed it) and $450 if they have to find the leak (they still won't close it)
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby d'Kong76 » Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:44 pm

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I put off the hoses and making sure the outside lines were
safe for winter until late today. I have bad luck with hoses,
one has a good 4-5 holes and it wasn't a cheap one.

There has to be some hose brand out there that can survive
a November without cracks and holes when it dips below
freezing a couple of overnights?

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Postby Ceetar » Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:44 pm

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d'Kong76 wrote:I put off the hoses and making sure the outside lines were
safe for winter until late today. I have bad luck with hoses,
one has a good 4-5 holes and it wasn't a cheap one.

There has to be some hose brand out there that can survive
a November without cracks and holes when it dips below
freezing a couple of overnights?


I've never really had hose problems. but I generally drain the hose a little after I turn off the water every time, so maybe there's just not enough pressure to break.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby d'Kong76 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:01 pm

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There's all kinds of hose repair stuff out there on the intersphere, but I'm skeptical.
Maybe I need to go industrial next year!

Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Ceetar » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:15 am

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You know those cartoons where like, Daffy Duck is fixing the sink and water literally shoots straight up through the hot water handle and blows it off?

I used to think that was only a cartoon.
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Postby MFS62 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:20 am

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Ceetar wrote:You know those cartoons where like, Daffy Duck is fixing the sink and water literally shoots straight up through the hot water handle and blows it off?

I used to think that was only a cartoon.

I've done electrical things, like replacing indoor and outdoor fixtures, without shutting off the power. (Kids, don't try that at home unless you know what you're doing).
But I don't do anything that involves plumbing without first shutting off the water. Thanks for reminding us why. Hope you've dried it all up by now.

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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Ceetar » Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:29 am

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oh, the water was shut off first.

it was the turning it back on that cause the problem. Turns out the nut that holds the handle in place (The water rockets upwards into a cartridge and out the side to center faucet) was stripped. well, the bolt was stripped. so when the (too high) water pressure turned back on it wasn't up to the challenge. I removed a washer and was able to get another thread down and it's fine now, but testing it was sure fun.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Ceetar » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:25 am

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At least the oven didn't just randomly break on 12/23 as I was about to bake Gingerbread cookies and host Christmas.

wait, the opposite of that.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby John Cougar Lunchbucket » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:48 am

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BBQ HOLIDAY CHALLENGE IS ON!

Good luck, Ceets. Sorry your place is falling apart. I live in constant shame of having a shitty, leaky-roofed sunroom I've never been able to fix.

I am also preparing to struggle with running a cord behind the TV wall to hook up the latest xmas-gift gadget. It's harder than it seems because the wall is directly up against the building's boiler room, it's just a half inch of insulation between the drywall and the concrete, noting can be, or probably should be, easily poked through or screwed into.
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Postby Ceetar » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:16 pm

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John Cougar Lunchbucket wrote:BBQ HOLIDAY CHALLENGE IS ON!

Good luck, Ceets. Sorry your place is falling apart. I live in constant shame of having a shitty, leaky-roofed sunroom I've never been able to fix.

I am also preparing to struggle with running a cord behind the TV wall to hook up the latest xmas-gift gadget. It's harder than it seems because the wall is directly up against the building's boiler room, it's just a half inch of insulation between the drywall and the concrete, noting can be, or probably should be, easily poked through or screwed into.



Parents are making the Lasagna but it'd be nice to be able to heat it up. Plus these Gingerbread men sitting on the baking sheet are getting impatient.

I'll make the Krumkakes because they use a standalone oven/iron. Supposedly a guy's coming this afternoon to fix (I'm not brave enough to attempt myself right now) but I don't know what happens if he doesn't have the part handy.

Gonna start drinking I think.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Ceetar » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:21 pm

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John Cougar Lunchbucket wrote:
I am also preparing to struggle with running a cord behind the TV wall to hook up the latest xmas-gift gadget. It's harder than it seems because the wall is directly up against the building's boiler room, it's just a half inch of insulation between the drywall and the concrete, noting can be, or probably should be, easily poked through or screwed into.



fun in tight spaces.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby cooby » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:34 pm

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Wow I'll bet your place is toasty warm

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Postby Rockin' Doc » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:02 am

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Ceetar wrote:fun in tight spaces.


Sounds like the title of Fman's biography.
Just black and white, rich or poor
Them and us, stop the war
I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you

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Postby metsmarathon » Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:04 am

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Ceetar wrote:At least the oven didn't just randomly break on 12/23 as I was about to bake Gingerbread cookies and host Christmas.

wait, the opposite of that.


i havent had a kitchen in nearly two months. i'll also be baking christmas cookies out on the grill tomorrow for santa.

in two batches, so i can fuck up the first, and hopefully get the second closer to right...
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Postby DocTee » Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:48 am

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I am also preparing to struggle with running a cord behind the TV wall to hook up the latest xmas-gift gadget. It's harder than it seems because the wall is directly up against the building's boiler room, it's just a half inch of insulation between the drywall and the concrete, noting can be, or probably should be, easily poked through or screwed into.


Before I married her, my wife had an ingenious solution to this problem: we (she) poked a hole through the sheetrock large enough to accommodate the plug of some wall sconces she wanted to install. Then tied a heavy duty magnet (lab strength) to the plug and guided it through the drywall to the place of exit with another magnet on the wall itself. Poked another hole near the socket and voila. I was impressed. I still am.

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Postby Nymr83 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:54 am

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that IS impressive
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Postby John Cougar Lunchbucket » Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:09 am

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Yup. I'm a proponent of the bent coat hanger/fishing line/electrical tape method I invented; I also figure that out of sight = out of mind so tend not to worry about things like proper wall-plating as long as nobody can see it.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Ceetar » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:17 pm

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seems apropos.

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Tomorrow, I attempt to completely replace the internals of the toilet tank.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Fman99 » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:50 pm

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metsmarathon wrote:
Ceetar wrote:At least the oven didn't just randomly break on 12/23 as I was about to bake Gingerbread cookies and host Christmas.

wait, the opposite of that.


i havent had a kitchen in nearly two months. i'll also be baking christmas cookies out on the grill tomorrow for santa.

in two batches, so i can fuck up the first, and hopefully get the second closer to right...


That's funny, we're doing ours also. I'm starting week 4 of crock pot meals and indoor grill meals and eating at a folding card table every night, and humping a sink full of dishes. It's brutal.
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