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Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 13 Dec 2017, 10:32
by JD
The other morning there were men doing something up on the roof of the building. Then half a brick came tumbling down the chimney and shot out the fireplace. A workman came to the door to apologize, and he said they were working on the north wall of the building, which is crumbling. I don't know the details because this is a huge game of telephone (the workman told my wife, my wife told me, now I'm telling you) and because the landlord has not returned my phone call.

Also, my wife keeps being all "Oh, we don't need to cover the windows with the plastic sheeting yet, we have more important stuff to do" and today it is 25 degrees outside and the apartment is distinctly cold. I am trying to avoid another year of extremely high heating bills. Our apartment has windows on the east and west and a skylight and an exterior wall on the north, and the insulation is apparently pretty much nonexistent, so it's a bitch to keep the place warm.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 13 Dec 2017, 10:38
by nicole
My office is still down in the 50s every morning even with plastic.

I don't even really understand how the central hallway where the thermostat is goes down from 70 to 63 overnight. The insulation and windows are apparently that bad. But I don't feel like it was that extreme last year. Shrug.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 13 Dec 2017, 18:02
by tr0g
I would love to tell you about my adventures in homeownership, but as of Friday, I don't own one. Yay!

Of course, tomorrow we meet with an architect to see if my wife's grandiose ambitions are possible (hint: probably not).

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 15 Dec 2017, 12:50
by Highway
Day of petty disappointments: The refrigerator we ordered is still backordered, so it won't be available until after New Year's, and the guy coming to measure the house for carpeting got sick, so we had to reschedule that appointment for Monday.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 15 Dec 2017, 13:17
by dhex
new stuff is being installed. yay.

it's 49 degrees in the house right now and they're probably about an hour out. dang.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 15 Dec 2017, 17:44
by dhex
Heat!

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 15 Dec 2017, 17:51
by Warren
dhex wrote:
15 Dec 2017, 17:44
Heat!
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Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 17 Dec 2017, 21:11
by dhex
And now a leak in the ceiling and my kitchen faucet is toast.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 17 Dec 2017, 21:16
by Warren
dhex wrote:
17 Dec 2017, 21:11
And now a leak in the ceiling and my kitchen faucet is toast.
Kitchen faucet is DIY. Leaky ceiling is Oh Fuck. You absolutely need to find where the leak is coming from (which may prove difficult) and get it fixed (which may prove expensive).

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 18 Dec 2017, 09:03
by dhex
Plumber is coming this am. The faucet is interesting because they may have used a diy kit or something because no one can identify the maker or parts involved. It's not like any faucet ive ever seen.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 18 Dec 2017, 09:11
by Warren
dhex wrote:
18 Dec 2017, 09:03
Plumber is coming this am. The faucet is interesting because they may have used a diy kit or something because no one can identify the maker or parts involved. It's not like any faucet ive ever seen.
Meh. As long as you have hot and cold lines with shut-off valves under the sink, you can replace the faucet. It doesn't matter what it is if you're going to get rid of it.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 18 Dec 2017, 12:06
by Sandy
Warren wrote:
18 Dec 2017, 09:11
dhex wrote:
18 Dec 2017, 09:03
Plumber is coming this am. The faucet is interesting because they may have used a diy kit or something because no one can identify the maker or parts involved. It's not like any faucet ive ever seen.
Meh. As long as you have hot and cold lines with shut-off valves under the sink, you can replace the faucet. It doesn't matter what it is if you're going to get rid of it.
Yeah, I had a plumber do that once, and then he noticed a leak in the connection of my drain to the disposal. He suggested I do the pipe replacement ("you have a wrench?" Yeah, but not that big). I had him do both and am glad I had him do the second. Based on the difficulty, I definitely should have done the faucet replacement myself. I was right to have him do the pipe repair, though. It took a long time, a big-ass wrench, and a lot of muscle, yet it cost less than the sink replacement (they did fixed price work--it was odd, and I'm never using them again).

I now treat any faucet problem that isn't pipe-related as mine. It's either replace the cartridge, replace the aerator, or replace the faucet. None of those take longer than a half-hour, including cleanup.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 18 Dec 2017, 14:38
by dhex
i'm done with home repair for the year. i could do it, sure, but i haven't replaced a faucet in about 20 years and i'm just fucking burnt at this point.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 18 Dec 2017, 14:45
by JasonL
I was shocked at how annoying it was to get my kitchen Moen system back up when it broke. The parts kit in hand, there's this thing where you have to line up 8 layers of stacked gaskets just so and prevent any slippage between the lined up parts as you tighten. That sht was infuriating. The delta kitchen system apparently makes more sense, as do other Moen's that aren't the single lever kitchen concept.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 18 Dec 2017, 15:46
by lunchstealer
JasonL wrote:
18 Dec 2017, 14:45
I was shocked at how annoying it was to get my kitchen Moen system back up when it broke. The parts kit in hand, there's this thing where you have to line up 8 layers of stacked gaskets just so and prevent any slippage between the lined up parts as you tighten. That sht was infuriating. The delta kitchen system apparently makes more sense, as do other Moen's that aren't the single lever kitchen concept.
These days I treat all but the simplest parts of faucets as disposable units. If it's anything more complicated than the diffuser or MAYBE a part in a knob-turned valve, it's so much easier to just pull out the whole thing and replace the entire faucet that the marginal extra cost in parts is more than made up for in time and frustration. I suppose there are faucets expensive enough to make repairs worthwhile, I might try that or pay someone to do it, but a perfectly functional kitchen faucet from Lowes Depot is no more than $150 and from walking out the door to completing install and cleanup is probably 50 minutes, barring major checkout delays or too much indecision about which exact one best meets your aesthetics.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 22 Dec 2017, 19:17
by Highway
Alright, carpeting is all ordered! Now let's see which gets here first, the carpet or the refrigerator.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 22 Dec 2017, 19:41
by Warren
Highway wrote:
22 Dec 2017, 19:17
Alright, carpeting is all ordered! Now let's see which gets here first, the carpet or the refrigerator.
Hopefully the refrigerator. Unless you're laying carpet in the kitchen.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 01 Jan 2018, 21:12
by Highway
It's like we've moved out of half our house. All the shelves are bare, furniture's moved, still have to move a bunch of other stuff, threw away 4x as much garbage this week as normal, including a lot of old discolored clothes out of the closet and dressers. This is a good excuse to not replace the carpeting for another 20 years...

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 12 Jan 2018, 20:54
by Warren
The ole Dust Buster busted it's last dust. I seek the wisdom of the Gryll.
Anybody love their hand held cordless vac? Or hate?

Home $weet Home

Posted: 12 Jan 2018, 21:49
by lunchstealer
I have one of these. Functional by my standards. It busts dust and pet hair and whatever else with perfect cromulence.

The charging light is awfully bright at night. Like distracting. If you want a blue night light, this is your vac. If you want to sleep in an adjacent room and like a dark room, this will make that more difficult.

And its charger is a pedestal that it just sits on, semi upright. It doesn’t click into place or anything. It’s more just balancing there. So you can’t mount the charger inside a closet or such. It has to sit somewhere. Ours is just on a bookshelf in the living room.




Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 12 Jan 2018, 22:08
by Mo
I got the cordless Dyson from Costco. I like it. Since I have hardwood floors, it's our only vacuum, but it also works as a small handheld too.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 14 Jan 2018, 15:32
by Highway
New carpeting coming on Tuesday! Gotta take apart the rest of the house by then (it's mostly been taken apart for the last two weeks, tho)

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 14 Jan 2018, 15:51
by Warren
Highway wrote:
14 Jan 2018, 15:32
New carpeting coming on Tuesday! Gotta take apart the rest of the house by then (it's mostly been taken apart for the last two weeks, tho)
I feel your pain. Putting in labor to make your house practically unlivable, just so you can put in even more labor to make it livable again after they lay the carpet, and let's all hope and pray that goes without a hitch. It'll be worth it in the end of course, but in the mean time it's unrewarding and damned inconvenient.

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 17 Jan 2018, 07:52
by Highway
Carpeting was all installed yesterday (yay!). 4-man crew, arrived at 8:30 and left at 4:50, so a full day of work. Most surprising thing: How long steps take to carpet. Cutting, stretching on two faces, putting in a billion staples, getting out of the way for people going up and down the stairs, and only having space for one person to work on it made that take most of the afternoon for that guy.

I managed to get the bed put back together, but that's about it. And really sore today...

Re: Home $weet Home

Posted: 17 Jan 2018, 10:33
by dhex
installing carpeting is fucking awful and the only good thing about it is the pure rage you can put into removing carpeting. carpet knife and hatred...