Home repairs and upkeep

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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby d'Kong76 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:35 pm

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I thought we had a new one of these, found this on page 4 or five.
We have/had a bathroom sink that continually gets clogged. It's makes
no sense to me because it's predominately my sink and all I do in it is
brush my teeth and occasionally shave (when I don't in the shower).
Anyway, I went through three helpings of Liquid Plumber yesterday
and it freed it up some. This morning, clogged again. I boiled (I mean
ultra-ten-minute-rolling boil) 10 quarts of salted water and dumped it
in the sink and phwamo, clog be gone for now.

(I know, that's a lot of typing for a clogged sink)

Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby John Cougar Lunchbucket » Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:17 pm

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We finally kicked our lemon of a dishwasher to the curb. Samsung. Worked great when it worked but extremely sensitive: I'd have to pull it out from underneath the counter every couple months and manually clean the bobber thingy that triggered an error code. Dishwashers are probably the least reliable appliance in the home, some think if you get 4 years out of one anymore you're lucky. A stove or fridge or toaster can last 3 times as long easy.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Ceetar » Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:48 pm

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John Cougar Lunchbucket wrote:We finally kicked our lemon of a dishwasher to the curb. Samsung. Worked great when it worked but extremely sensitive: I'd have to pull it out from underneath the counter every couple months and manually clean the bobber thingy that triggered an error code. Dishwashers are probably the least reliable appliance in the home, some think if you get 4 years out of one anymore you're lucky. A stove or fridge or toaster can last 3 times as long easy.


I think we're nearly 2 years in with ours now, works great, though I still haven't fixed the leak under the sink at the connection point. It's 95% the fault of my water pressure that's bottling up at an elbow (it leaks maybe 2oz every wash?) but I haven't managed to find a straight nipple piece that'll fit it yet. I should probably just take the part off and bring it to home depot and try them all until I find one that works, but I think it's a weird/custom size..

the whole house filter I want may resolve it via the pressure issue though. Will also likely resolve the pipes banging any time the water is turned on.


On a related note, finally plugged all the holes to keep the mice out, so yay.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Rockin' Doc » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:28 pm

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John Cougar Lunchbucket wrote:We finally kicked our lemon of a dishwasher to the curb. Samsung. Worked great when it worked but extremely sensitive: I'd have to pull it out from underneath the counter every couple months and manually clean the bobber thingy that triggered an error code. Dishwashers are probably the least reliable appliance in the home, some think if you get 4 years out of one anymore you're lucky. A stove or fridge or toaster can last 3 times as long easy.


Damn, I guess we have been exceedingly fortunate. We built our home in 1996, moving in 2 days before Thanksgiving. The original dishwasher ran problem free without as much as a single service call until 4 years ago when it it started acting up so we replaced it with a newer model (GE Profile Series). All the other kitchen appliances (oven, cooktop, refrigerator, and vent) are the originals and working beautifully. The water heater is the weak link, we're on the third one over the 21 years. We are fortunate that everything has worked so reliably because I am definitely not very handy as a DIY handyman.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby d'Kong76 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:07 pm

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Because we need a little Christmas, hot water heater is bleeding up
top. It's working, but needs the elves to give it a look. Hopefully they
can get us through the rest of the year.... yay 2017.

Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby cooby » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:35 pm

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I'd say if as a group we went eight full months with no home repairs we are lucky. But I doubt that is so, since I've had several just myself.

Have I mentioned my one cat, Willow, loves repairmen?

Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby MFS62 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:45 pm

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cooby wrote:Have I mentioned my one cat, Willow, loves repairmen?

Awwwwwww. :)

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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Edgy MD » Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:42 pm

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Spent Saturday in the attic installing insulation. and caulking like a boss. I breathed in a lot of toxic attic dust even with my mask, and I'm sure I have dabs of caulk that won't completely come off my flesh for a week or two. Plus my spine has fused from a day of crouching.

But all of that beats today's job — installing Frost KingTM plastic window insulation. I don't know why I hate that so much. Making the tape stick to the walls, that come off no matter how much you dust it. The way one mistake can ruin everything. The idea that the great achievement in the end lowers your bills ... but gives you some seriously weak-ass looking windows. You can blow dry until you're blue in the face, make it tight as a drum, but it's still there.

I'd rather be sent out back to dig a fish pond. In February.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby 41Forever » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:04 pm

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We had the disposal unit under the sink die just before company came on Dec. 23. One of my co-workers suggested one of those flashlights that strap to your forehead. Looked ridiculous, but I have to say it made it so much easier to match up the screws and things while laying under the sink. Without it, I'd have been trying to fumble around trying to find the holes with my fingers, probably dropping the screws a dozen times.

It's still a crappy job, but the headlamp sure did make it easier.

Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Lefty Specialist » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:22 pm

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This week's weather has made it very easy to pinpoint every single draft in my house. Working to plug them, but with a 65-year-old house that's a losing proposition.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Ceetar » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:01 pm

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Edgy MD wrote:Spent Saturday in the attic installing insulation. and caulking like a boss. I breathed in a lot of toxic attic dust even with my mask, and I'm sure I have dabs of chalk that won't completely come off my flesh for a week or two. Plus my spine has fused from a day of crouching.

But all of that beats today's job — installing Frost KingTM plastic window insulation. I don't know why I hate that so much. Making the tape stick to the walls, that come off no matter how much you dust it. The way one mistake can ruin everything. The idea that the great achievement in the end lowers your bills ... but gives you some seriously weak-ass looking windows. You can blow dry until you're blue in the face, make it tight as a drum, but it's still there.

I'd rather be sent out back to dig a fish pond. In February.


ugh, those things. I did them last year but can't bring myself to do it again. Even though the two spots we'd do it are extremely drafty.

I did buy one of the infrared temperature guns to see just HOW drafty though.
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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby d'Kong76 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:43 pm

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I bought into the idea years ago that a some draftiness is fine, that a
house needs to breathe a little in the winter, or you're just sitting in
a sealed box of germs and stale air.

Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Ceetar » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:46 pm

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Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby d'Kong76 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:01 pm

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Well, maybe that's a little too much fresh air!

Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Edgy MD » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:18 pm

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41Forever wrote:We had the disposal unit under the sink die just before company came on Dec. 23. One of my co-workers suggested one of those flashlights that strap to your forehead. Looked ridiculous, but I have to say it made it so much easier to match up the screws and things while laying under the sink. Without it, I'd have been trying to fumble around trying to find the holes with my fingers, probably dropping the screws a dozen times.

It's still a crappy job, but the headlamp sure did make it easier.

I'd use one of those things everywhere. Once it worked for one job, I'd be all, "I can't put polish the silver, Honey. Not without my head lamp!!"
I'll be your patron saint of heartbreak.

Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby d'Kong76 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:01 pm

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Speaking of fresh air, no hot water for us until Monday afternoon.
Yay, smell ya later.

Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby 41Forever » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:07 pm

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Edgy MD wrote:
41Forever wrote:We had the disposal unit under the sink die just before company came on Dec. 23. One of my co-workers suggested one of those flashlights that strap to your forehead. Looked ridiculous, but I have to say it made it so much easier to match up the screws and things while laying under the sink. Without it, I'd have been trying to fumble around trying to find the holes with my fingers, probably dropping the screws a dozen times.

It's still a crappy job, but the headlamp sure did make it easier.

I'd use one of those things everywhere. Once it worked for one job, I'd be all, "I can't put polish the silver, Honey. Not without my head lamp!!"


Good call. I've found that I'm using it for all kinds of things. Huge help getting all the Christmas decorations back up in the attic!

I will be good for exercise walks around the neighborhood during the warmer months. Now I use the iPhone to illuminate the sidewalk sometimes.

Re: Home repairs and upkeep

Postby Nymr83 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:23 pm

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for the exercise walks, i recall shark tank having guys selling lights for your shoes
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