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Postby FourLegsGood » Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:01 pm

What should I do if there’s a small little pool of water by my water heater?
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Postby what the schmuck » Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:03 pm

FourLegsGood wrote:What should I do if there’s a small little pool of water by my water heater?


Replace your water heater asap before it floods the rest of the house
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Postby what the schmuck » Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:09 pm

We just had 2 concrete patios Removed from under our deck. So now my new project is after I'm done staining it is to waterproof the underside and then flatten it down about 18-20" more and build some timber retaining walls. Corona has really made us ramp up our outdoor projects since we have no vacations planned. Landscapers come on Wednesday to do a huge cleanup of the yard too.
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Postby FourLegsGood » Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:52 pm

Just got off a call with Home Depot. They ran the serial number on my water heater and its from 2001 :shock:

They're coming out in the next few days to replace it but now I'm scared it's going to explode and take me and my cats with it
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Postby Wrong Titus » Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:44 pm

Are you okay with cold showers?

This happened to me in winter and it was sponge bath city for a couple days until the new one came.

Mine was more of a “gush” than a leak though, so maybe you’re okay keeping it running for a bit.
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Postby hi-res » Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:00 am

Robo-Chachi wrote:Construction is supposed to finally begin on our patio and screened-in porch tomorrow.

My wife wants to have a fire pit area so I've been looking at the various options. Was initially leaning towards a table-like, propane model but they run like $1,500+ for decent ones and I'm leery about the amount of heat they would put out and how fast I'd burn through propane. That has me looking at wood-burning pits again and particularly the Yukon Solo stove, which I can get for $500.

Any one have any fire pit advice to offer?


i've heard those solo stoves really only direct head upward and don't radiate out (makes sense given the design), so if you want the fire to warm those around it i'd avoid it.
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Postby Robo-Chachi » Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:08 pm

Robo-Chachi wrote:Construction is supposed to finally begin on our patio and screened-in porch tomorrow.


Man, fucking contractors? Am I right?!
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Postby Robo-Chachi » Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:11 pm

“Is it cool if we start work then disappear for 3 days and then blame the City and their permitting dept? What, you work for the City? Haha! Well...we’ll be back next week!”
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Postby Happy and Healthy! » Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:11 pm

Is that how you're paying?
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Postby Robo-Chachi » Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:20 pm

Welcome to the gig economy!
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Postby Stuntman » Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:30 pm

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Postby DasLofGang » Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:17 am

ever since the water heater hose burst and sprayed water all over the stupid wireless thermostat base station and fried it, i just hotwired the AC and blower to be running whenever the furnace has power, which isn't really any less convenient than going upstairs to where the thermostat was and fiddling with that

these fucking things are like $200 there is no way i'm replacing this
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Postby grayfox » Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:09 am

Who wants to help me finish the rest of our basement?

Was going to do a guest room with a full bath but turns out bathrooms are insanely expensive.

Going to split it into a gym, office, and storage room
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Postby Ted Pikul » Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:45 pm

Installing an under-sink water filter was one of the easiest jobs I've done as a homeowner
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Postby bold man » Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:25 am

house we definitely wouldve bought pre-covid layouts hit the market yesterday

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Postby mchamartin » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:19 pm

We just bought for the first time so I haven't read the previous 215 pages of this thread to see if this has already been covered.

Wife discovered a crack in the inside of the toilet bowl (not leaking yet though), so we are going to replace. I've never installed a toilet before, but it seems pretty straightforward so I want to just do it myself. She wants to hire a plumber (two different plumbers have quoted us $300+, which is like way outside the range of what I feel willing to pay). Which one of us is correct?

We only have one bathroom, so her biggest concern is that if I somehow fuck up then we won't have a bathroom at all until we can get someone over here to fix it. Is this a realistic scenario?
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Postby bluemovers » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:39 pm

the good news is, you own the house so ANY room can be a bathroom
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Postby hbb » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:15 pm

You won’t mess it up
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Postby conductor » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:33 pm

Agreed. I'm not handy and the only remotely difficult part was getting it in position.
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Postby i won a contest » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:00 pm

yeah the only way you can really "fuck up" is dropping it down the stairs on the way to the bathroom
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Postby i won a contest » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:00 pm

that's also true of using the toilet
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Postby mcwop23 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:00 pm

$10 wax ring, $100 elongated toilet, as long as the bolts/studs aren’t broken it’s easy as all hell
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Postby mchamartin » Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:20 pm

Cool, thanks for the info, I am definitely going to push to not spend $300 on this shit that I could do myself then. I anticipate this turning into a big fight, should be interesting.
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Postby whatabout tim » Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:38 pm

Honestly just watch a video or two. You know your skills better than us, but it definitely isn’t a hard job.
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Postby powderfinger » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:03 pm

Yeah toilets are honestly really easy to put in place. I am terrified and ignorant of plumbing and still managed to fix a toilet flange that was crooked and below floor level and it hasn't leaked yet.
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Postby hbb » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:07 pm

Look, you’re going to have to buy all the stuff anyway. If it somehow goes astray (it won’t), you can get a plumber to come finish the job. It won’t cost any more than it would have anyway, and will probably cost less.
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Postby fresh salad » Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:29 pm

They make an insanely over engineered wax ring that flattens to form a seal iirc I would use that one
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Postby brittle » Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:40 pm

Made an offer on a house after one day of looking today. I've been waiting for prices to stabilize and/or fall a little bit for two years now, and I don't think that's going to happen and I'm afraid I'll be priced out of Denver altogether if I don't make a move soon

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Postby snuggle » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:13 pm

RE the toilet the biggest issue I had was the lifting and my fear is drop it and break the porcelain in some way. Other than that smooth process
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Postby viachicago » Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:29 pm

One of the cool things about old homes is the old shit you sometimes find in them

This is the original water heater we found in the garage today. It was behind a bunch of old roofing boxes. It ran on coal, and theres still some briquettes in there

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Milk crate from a farm/fairy that was formed by Czech immigrants at the turn of the century that was up in the rafters, it stopped operating in th late 60s, but guessing this maybe from the 40s?

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Old strop made of pigs skin

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Remnants of a loom which used to exist in the attic

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