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[Homeowner/House] Thread. How long is it going to take? Two weeks!

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  • webguy20webguy20 I spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    Artereis wrote: »
    You can't really go wrong with a Toto.

    Yea we got a $200ish Base toto back in 2018 and it's still going strong. Easy to clean, flushes well.

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  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    Doing some electrical work today. The house originally had a single 100 amp panel, it was in a breezeway between a carport and the house. The carport got turned into a sun room and the breezeway into a hallway eventually. Then when the previous owners added on to the house, they put a 200 amp panel outside. But they didn't get rid of the 100 amp panel. They fed the 100 amp from the 200 amp, and the house ran off two panels, because ???? It would've been one thing if the old section of the house ran off the 100 amp and the addition off the 200 amp, but no, half the kitchen was on one panel and the other half on the other. The back hallway light is run off the 200 amp panel while the exterior light by the back door is run off the 100 amp. There was also a 50 amp panel in the garage, ran off the 100 amp panel, that was ran off the 200 amp panel. Today's job was to get rid of the 50 amp panel completely, move the 100 amp panel to where the 50 amp panel in the garage is, and power the whole house off the 200 amp panel. Taking the 100 amp panel out was straight forward enough, detach all the wiring and pull the panel out of the wall but then the fun started. When I started pulling the old wiring back to be rerouted I discovered that there were three lines, all live, all on individual breakers, that went nowhere. Literally just cut, twisted around something in the basement ceiling, not wire nutted, taped, anything. Just exposed live ends. This is all cloth and tar insulation wiring, too. Another section had a splice in it wrapped in cloth tape, not soldered, nutted, anything. It powered the outlets in one of the bedrooms, and the splice went off to the pump house outside.

    All this has made me realize, I could've burned it down. I could've burned it down, and nobody would've ever suspected it, because the inspectors would've found so many fire-causing problems it wouldn't have looked suspicious at all. I could've taken the insurance payout, and started fresh. For some reason I just keep repairing things...
    At least that wasn’t against code…it’s dumb as fuck, but other things were just insane code violations. Running a 200 amp panel into a 50 amp panel and a 100 amp panel is silly, but as long as it’s properly identified it’s proper code.

  • notyanotya Registered User regular
    webguy20 wrote: »
    Artereis wrote: »
    You can't really go wrong with a Toto.

    Yea we got a $200ish Base toto back in 2018 and it's still going strong. Easy to clean, flushes well.

    I was browsing the toto website and saw 7,000 dollar toilets and was like ehhhhhhhhhhhhh, but yeah, if the base models are solid, maybe I'll grab two of those.

  • SmurphSmurph Registered User regular
    So I agreed to let the neighbor behind me have some large pine trees in my yard cut down. The trunks were in my yard but basically 95% of the limbs hung over their yard, and they have a pool so that had to suck. I know, not my problem, but I'm trying to be considerate. There was talk about the trees being diseased and needing to come down eventually, which I'll kinda believe because they dropped branches and limbs like crazy and the wood on those was often soft/brittle as hell. I also still have plenty of pine trees still in my yard. They paid for it all, but the work had to be done from my yard.

    But man, my advice is to never do this. The tree people's trucks tore up my yard, and they drove over some pavers with bobcats and shattered them. I'm not their customer, so not like I can complain to them. Not worth it to just be considerate.

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  • urahonkyurahonky Dayton, OHRegistered User regular
    I think my sump pump is having some issues. Usually when it comes on I can hear it humming and then I hear the water go through the pipes. But the past week or so it hums for about 2 seconds and then I hear a loud thunk and it stops. My wife swears it has done that every time but I think she's full of shit lol. Does anyone have a ballpark range on how much a new sump pump is and/or the motor?

  • Trajan45Trajan45 Registered User regular
    Smurph wrote: »
    So I agreed to let the neighbor behind me have some large pine trees in my yard cut down. The trunks were in my yard but basically 95% of the limbs hung over their yard, and they have a pool so that had to suck. I know, not my problem, but I'm trying to be considerate. There was talk about the trees being diseased and needing to come down eventually, which I'll kinda believe because they dropped branches and limbs like crazy and the wood on those was often soft/brittle as hell. I also still have plenty of pine trees still in my yard. They paid for it all, but the work had to be done from my yard.

    But man, my advice is to never do this. The tree people's trucks tore up my yard, and they drove over some pavers with bobcats and shattered them. I'm not their customer, so not like I can complain to them. Not worth it to just be considerate.

    I would 100% complain to them. They should have still needed your permission to drive into your back yard. Tearing up the yard is pretty common and they probably won't care, but breaking pavers and such, they should provide some compensation.

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  • StarZapperStarZapper Vermont, Bizzaro world.Registered User regular
    Trajan45 wrote: »
    Smurph wrote: »
    So I agreed to let the neighbor behind me have some large pine trees in my yard cut down. The trunks were in my yard but basically 95% of the limbs hung over their yard, and they have a pool so that had to suck. I know, not my problem, but I'm trying to be considerate. There was talk about the trees being diseased and needing to come down eventually, which I'll kinda believe because they dropped branches and limbs like crazy and the wood on those was often soft/brittle as hell. I also still have plenty of pine trees still in my yard. They paid for it all, but the work had to be done from my yard.

    But man, my advice is to never do this. The tree people's trucks tore up my yard, and they drove over some pavers with bobcats and shattered them. I'm not their customer, so not like I can complain to them. Not worth it to just be considerate.

    I would 100% complain to them. They should have still needed your permission to drive into your back yard. Tearing up the yard is pretty common and they probably won't care, but breaking pavers and such, they should provide some compensation.

    If not your neighbors should replace them, since you did them a solid favor.

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  • SatanIsMyMotorSatanIsMyMotor Fuck Warren Ellis Registered User regular
    Trajan45 wrote: »
    Smurph wrote: »
    So I agreed to let the neighbor behind me have some large pine trees in my yard cut down. The trunks were in my yard but basically 95% of the limbs hung over their yard, and they have a pool so that had to suck. I know, not my problem, but I'm trying to be considerate. There was talk about the trees being diseased and needing to come down eventually, which I'll kinda believe because they dropped branches and limbs like crazy and the wood on those was often soft/brittle as hell. I also still have plenty of pine trees still in my yard. They paid for it all, but the work had to be done from my yard.

    But man, my advice is to never do this. The tree people's trucks tore up my yard, and they drove over some pavers with bobcats and shattered them. I'm not their customer, so not like I can complain to them. Not worth it to just be considerate.

    I would 100% complain to them. They should have still needed your permission to drive into your back yard. Tearing up the yard is pretty common and they probably won't care, but breaking pavers and such, they should provide some compensation.

    Yes. 100% complain to the company. They are liable for any damage they do to your property. Don't worry about your neighbour, they won't have to pay for anything.

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  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    They can protect the yard as well, both the yard and tiles could have been protected with the cost of some plywood and an hour of prep time. I’d consider having both fixed and taking the company to small claims.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    urahonky wrote: »
    I think my sump pump is having some issues. Usually when it comes on I can hear it humming and then I hear the water go through the pipes. But the past week or so it hums for about 2 seconds and then I hear a loud thunk and it stops. My wife swears it has done that every time but I think she's full of shit lol. Does anyone have a ballpark range on how much a new sump pump is and/or the motor?

    If it isn't hardwired, you can get a new pump assembly for around $200 depending your specifics.

    Grab some buckets of water and do some tests before you confirm it needs replacing. It'll also allow you to figure out the plumbing setup for the discharge.

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  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    Wife: "can you load the dishwasher?"
    Me: "sure" *loads* *hits power*
    Dishwasher: *silence*

    Not what I want to try and troubleshoot on Thanksgiving... (didn't see any tripped breakers, will have to pull it out later).

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  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    edited November 25
    Like everything else, removing that panel took way longer than I'd planned. Partially my own fault. I'd intended to reuse the cable that went from the old house panel, through the attic and out to the garage, but it turns out it was spliced twice about a third of the way along. So since I was going to have to replace the whole run I decided to go all out. The transfer switch on the house has double lugs, one set going to the house panel already, so I bought some 4/0 service entrance cable, installed a new mast, bought a new panel for the garage, some LBs, conduit, lots of connectors, spent three days cursing pretty much nonstop, and now I have 200 amp service to my garage.

    Running 4/0 cable is something I never want to do again though. I got lucky and Amazon had 1 day shipping on a cable bender, otherwise I never would've gotten it through the weather heads and LBs.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Yeah, 4/0 is some pretty hefty stuff. We use it for medium voltage power at work.

  • Trajan45Trajan45 Registered User regular
    Tomanta wrote: »
    Wife: "can you load the dishwasher?"
    Me: "sure" *loads* *hits power*
    Dishwasher: *silence*

    Not what I want to try and troubleshoot on Thanksgiving... (didn't see any tripped breakers, will have to pull it out later).

    Try unplugging for a bit. We have to do this often to our apartment dishwasher.

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  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    Tomanta wrote: »
    Wife: "can you load the dishwasher?"
    Me: "sure" *loads* *hits power*
    Dishwasher: *silence*

    Not what I want to try and troubleshoot on Thanksgiving... (didn't see any tripped breakers, will have to pull it out later).
    Check the gfci in the kitchen. They are usually connected. So if that’s popped it’ll often hit that as well.

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  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    zepherin wrote: »
    Tomanta wrote: »
    Wife: "can you load the dishwasher?"
    Me: "sure" *loads* *hits power*
    Dishwasher: *silence*

    Not what I want to try and troubleshoot on Thanksgiving... (didn't see any tripped breakers, will have to pull it out later).
    Check the gfci in the kitchen. They are usually connected. So if that’s popped it’ll often hit that as well.

    I mostly ignored it, since family was coming over, etc. This post made me go "dammit" (because I didn't think of that), go to look for the GFCI. Didn't find it, but found two light switches on the wall on the other side of the sink, flipping one of those worked...

    So, I feel stupid. Didn't think about them, and didn't see them initially because we moved a toaster oven in front yesterday which is probably what flipped it.

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  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    I need to replace an exterior light, and the internet has failed me on where to purchase it.

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  • OneAngryPossumOneAngryPossum Registered User regular
    zepherin wrote: »
    I need to replace an exterior light, and the internet has failed me on where to purchase it.

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    The weirdness of that made me go looking - I wasn’t very successful, but I think this Reddit thread might be helpful if you haven’t seen it:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/led/comments/bsjyme/from_an_altair_lighting_outdoor_led_lantern/

  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    This has links to a replacement driver and LED board.

    https://www.ledsupply.com/blog/altair-lighting-led-driver-replacement/

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  • That_GuyThat_Guy I don't wanna be that guy Registered User regular
    zepherin wrote: »
    I need to replace an exterior light, and the internet has failed me on where to purchase it.

    https://us.v-cdn.net/5018289/uploads/editor/8d/jqfjn42k26pd.jpeg

    I reckon you could go to the dollar store and find an LED board almost identical to that. That is a very standard design used in a lot of cheap outdoor solar lights. Are you sure it's not the DC power supply that's gone bad? That board looks like it probably runs off 5v. In a pinch you could do some surgery on a USB cable and plug it into a USB power supply. Red is going to be your +5v rail and black your neutral.

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