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So, yesterday around 5pm Mikey told me his light flickered and died.

Cue me going up to put a new bulb in...it was only AFTER I tried a new bulb that I noticed that the hall light upstairs and the stair light were not working either. So I check to see if anything he had plugged in was getting power. Nope, so I go into the accessible part of the attic to see if by chance power comes up to his room by that area. Nope. So I go to the other side and pull open the exploratory hole I made shortly after we moved in. After a bit of crawling and looking I thought MAYBE I had spotted the incoming power line coming from under the floor of his room.

I found out I was mistaken, It didn't lead down after I got my head close enough to see it . But it was time for gaming. I made sure his light switch and the hallway switch was off and told him not to go up there since I was slightly afraid of a fire...no way to tell which breaker was his since power was already off and I don't have the equipment for tracing a breaker.

So I get up and go up there shortly after breakfast with Ben being my helper.

I knock holes in the ceiling to get up above his room. At first just big enough to stick my head through to see if I could SEE. Nope. So bigger...and get the ladder instead of standing on furniture. I climb up there and start tracing lines. I took several trips to identify things correctly because I had to dismount a few ceiling fans and light fixtures to see where the wires went.

Apparently the power comes up from one of the outlets in Ben's room and goes through the box his ceiling fan is mounted on. I didn't look further because according to my meter power was getting to that point. I unwrapped the electrical tape and power was back to Mike's area. So that was the problem. Some dumbass had just used electrical tape to join all the wires. There were some crimped connections but it was one of the taped ones fed power to the other half of the upstairs.

So quick trip to Home Depot. (Sorry Lowes, they are closer) to get Wire connectors, electrical tape, some materials to patch the holes I made, as well as a toilet flapper and a handle for the toilet that decided to break DURING gaming. (we did have this complicated mechanism that converted the toilet to flush less water if you pull the handle up instead of down, but the damned thing was a headache even before it broke completely, so standard flushing it is.)

So Wire connectors replace electrical tape. Tape over the crimps, and then spend a few hours remounting fans and fixtures. Then patching holes. The patches ain't pretty but they should keep the hot attic air out of the rooms.

Ben was a fantastic help, he got my tools, carried, cleaned up, took over on some screws when my arms gave out ( I always have had problems with holding my hands above my head for long periods,) recommended I take breaks, carried stuff at the store, steadied ladder, hammered nails a bit while patching, cut tape, and just generally did anything I asked.

But man I'm tired.

This already went on FB.
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Had one of THOSE projects Sunday.

Long tale of plumbing and carpentry here..zzz )
gazerwolf: (chaos)
Had one of THOSE projects Sunday.

Long tale of plumbing and carpentry here..zzz )
gazerwolf: (chaos)
Couldn't sleep and I'm bored, so I figured I'd post some of the things I've been doing lately.
Construction Time (long) )
gazerwolf: (chaos)
Couldn't sleep and I'm bored, so I figured I'd post some of the things I've been doing lately.
Construction Time (long) )
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When we moved in there was this great big wooden shelf in the basement... reached to the ceiling, with 8 2 foot deep shelves, and about 7 or 8 feet long.

I put stuff on it for a while but the boys (mainly Ben) kept pulling whatever was on the shelves off.  Apparently it was much better for climbing than for storage.

Now this shelf was made of very rough wood, looked like it was all kinds of different wood, of different lengths and thicknesses.

I decided recently that I was going to take it down and get rid of it.

I started this morning around 7:30 after I got back from taking the boys to the bus stop.  I started just using a mini-sledge, but [livejournal.com profile] starsongky suggested I find a pry bar.

So I found an old tire iron that I had found left in my yard (I couldn't find my pry bar) and went back to work.

Around 10:30 or so I pulled the last board apart.

Now I had to figure out what to do with the wood.

I got some of the better pieces and cut them to the length of our basement stairs...they were open stairs (with no riser) and the boys are always dropping something through the openings, plus Beast may fall through sometime...and that would hurt him pretty bad. (not to mention that open stairs freak [livejournal.com profile] starsongky just a bit.)

I spent about an hour putting in scraps as risers....they don't look real pretty, but they function right.

Then I had to figure out what to do with the leftover wood...A LOT of leftover wood.

Ain't enough space anywhere in the house except maybe in one of the attic spaces for that much wood so I decided to put it in the back yard behind the patio (I had put some busted up concrete there earlier.)

I kept a few pieces that looked reasonable (and that I could find space to store in the house)

I then cleaned up the utility side of the basement a bit ...moved some stuff around, moved some stuff under the stairs (I put a bunch of the stuff I already had under the stairs further under the stairs now that I could stack things higher there without tripping people)

I am now a bit sore...the wood was heavy and I don't do that kind of manual labor often.

I imagine I will have  trouble moving in a few hours unless I get up and move some soon.
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When we moved in there was this great big wooden shelf in the basement... reached to the ceiling, with 8 2 foot deep shelves, and about 7 or 8 feet long.

I put stuff on it for a while but the boys (mainly Ben) kept pulling whatever was on the shelves off.  Apparently it was much better for climbing than for storage.

Now this shelf was made of very rough wood, looked like it was all kinds of different wood, of different lengths and thicknesses.

I decided recently that I was going to take it down and get rid of it.

I started this morning around 7:30 after I got back from taking the boys to the bus stop.  I started just using a mini-sledge, but [livejournal.com profile] starsongky suggested I find a pry bar.

So I found an old tire iron that I had found left in my yard (I couldn't find my pry bar) and went back to work.

Around 10:30 or so I pulled the last board apart.

Now I had to figure out what to do with the wood.

I got some of the better pieces and cut them to the length of our basement stairs...they were open stairs (with no riser) and the boys are always dropping something through the openings, plus Beast may fall through sometime...and that would hurt him pretty bad. (not to mention that open stairs freak [livejournal.com profile] starsongky just a bit.)

I spent about an hour putting in scraps as risers....they don't look real pretty, but they function right.

Then I had to figure out what to do with the leftover wood...A LOT of leftover wood.

Ain't enough space anywhere in the house except maybe in one of the attic spaces for that much wood so I decided to put it in the back yard behind the patio (I had put some busted up concrete there earlier.)

I kept a few pieces that looked reasonable (and that I could find space to store in the house)

I then cleaned up the utility side of the basement a bit ...moved some stuff around, moved some stuff under the stairs (I put a bunch of the stuff I already had under the stairs further under the stairs now that I could stack things higher there without tripping people)

I am now a bit sore...the wood was heavy and I don't do that kind of manual labor often.

I imagine I will have  trouble moving in a few hours unless I get up and move some soon.

Frak

Aug. 14th, 2007 06:02 pm
gazerwolf: (Anti)
Well frak.

I was fixing the bathtub drain today. (it needed a new stopper system)

I had to cut part out to remove it. I was careful not to damage the pipe or the threads that I needed to thread the new drain into. (I had already bought the new drain and stopper already.)

Thats when I found out that the prior drain had apparently been glued into the threads...making them useless anyway....

So I go underneath the tub to find out what I can do and find that the drain flange and pipe are connected to the pipes by a simple compression fitting...so I take it off.

I head to the hardware store looking for a flange (and a pipe because I can't get the old flange off the old pipe.)

I ask the lady working where I can find it and she tells me that they don't carry just the flange...they carry drain kits though..(flange, pipe, vent pipe, connectors, stopper, vent cover, and washers and such)

I buy the cheapest they have and head home (getting a new universal handle too.)

I connect the new flange and head up stairs to put the new drain in. I get it in (plumbers putty, washer...whole nine yards) tighten it up and turn on water to test...go down stairs to look and find water splashing all over the boys satellite receiver and old TV.

I get things unplugged and dry things off and go back upstairs to see what I did wrong.

Eventually I get it to seal properly and I have to go get the boys at the bus stop...I get back and I take Tracy's blow dryer and try to dry them out before I turn plug them back in.

I plug them in and the power light comes on but it won't turn off or reset (the sat receiver that is)...the tv isn't getting a signal from the receiver..then the power light went out.

So I've lost a receiver.

I took the one I had loaned my mother and hooked it up...the old TV seems a bit worse for it too...it's going in and out....so I may have lost a TV as well.

I'm gonna call dish network and see what I can do to get a replacement unit later on...I'm gonna give it a few days...I'm hopeing that it just needs to dry out more but I doubt it.

Frak

Aug. 14th, 2007 06:02 pm
gazerwolf: (Anti)
Well frak.

I was fixing the bathtub drain today. (it needed a new stopper system)

I had to cut part out to remove it. I was careful not to damage the pipe or the threads that I needed to thread the new drain into. (I had already bought the new drain and stopper already.)

Thats when I found out that the prior drain had apparently been glued into the threads...making them useless anyway....

So I go underneath the tub to find out what I can do and find that the drain flange and pipe are connected to the pipes by a simple compression fitting...so I take it off.

I head to the hardware store looking for a flange (and a pipe because I can't get the old flange off the old pipe.)

I ask the lady working where I can find it and she tells me that they don't carry just the flange...they carry drain kits though..(flange, pipe, vent pipe, connectors, stopper, vent cover, and washers and such)

I buy the cheapest they have and head home (getting a new universal handle too.)

I connect the new flange and head up stairs to put the new drain in. I get it in (plumbers putty, washer...whole nine yards) tighten it up and turn on water to test...go down stairs to look and find water splashing all over the boys satellite receiver and old TV.

I get things unplugged and dry things off and go back upstairs to see what I did wrong.

Eventually I get it to seal properly and I have to go get the boys at the bus stop...I get back and I take Tracy's blow dryer and try to dry them out before I turn plug them back in.

I plug them in and the power light comes on but it won't turn off or reset (the sat receiver that is)...the tv isn't getting a signal from the receiver..then the power light went out.

So I've lost a receiver.

I took the one I had loaned my mother and hooked it up...the old TV seems a bit worse for it too...it's going in and out....so I may have lost a TV as well.

I'm gonna call dish network and see what I can do to get a replacement unit later on...I'm gonna give it a few days...I'm hopeing that it just needs to dry out more but I doubt it.
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I scraped the paint off the front room windows today..it was easier than I thought it would be. I have no idea how long the paint was there.

I just used a putty knife and some steel wool. I got the paint off the window in the front door while I was at it...and the residue of the label from the back door window.

I cracked on of the windows by pressing too hard but it didn't break completely so I'm not gonna worry about it for a while...if it does break it should be an easy fix.

I've got really scrubbing the floors on my list for tomorrow.
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I scraped the paint off the front room windows today..it was easier than I thought it would be. I have no idea how long the paint was there.

I just used a putty knife and some steel wool. I got the paint off the window in the front door while I was at it...and the residue of the label from the back door window.

I cracked on of the windows by pressing too hard but it didn't break completely so I'm not gonna worry about it for a while...if it does break it should be an easy fix.

I've got really scrubbing the floors on my list for tomorrow.
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I just finished mowing...well the actual grass cutting part. I haven't run the weed eater yet.

Last time I mowed I had a lot of trouble with the mower stalling out...it got worse and worse as I mowed until it would run for a few seconds and die no matter what.

I had cleaned the carburetor when we first got it and it ran decently for a while after that...so I cleaned it again that day (with better tools (a needle instead of a safety pin actually)).

It ran great the rest of that day.

When I went out to mow today it started right up and didn't quit on me once...(slowed down for some thick spots...but thats all)

I even lowered the blade closer to the ground (I'd raised it higher than I like because of the stalling).

I got about 3/4 done with the front yard when it started sprinkling...I figured well I'll finish the front no matter what even if it starts raining hard....and I kept going...sprinkling lasted about 2 minutes....I didn't even get wet.

I went on to do the back yard. ...I got mostly done with it...All I had left was about 10 square feet around the bench under the large tree...when it started sprinkling again...I kept going....I got done and noticed that it was actually raining pretty good...the tree was keeping a good portion of it off me....I got wet running with the lawnmower to the shed to put it away though.

I might go out and eat the weeds if the rain stops....which it looks like it has already.
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I just finished mowing...well the actual grass cutting part. I haven't run the weed eater yet.

Last time I mowed I had a lot of trouble with the mower stalling out...it got worse and worse as I mowed until it would run for a few seconds and die no matter what.

I had cleaned the carburetor when we first got it and it ran decently for a while after that...so I cleaned it again that day (with better tools (a needle instead of a safety pin actually)).

It ran great the rest of that day.

When I went out to mow today it started right up and didn't quit on me once...(slowed down for some thick spots...but thats all)

I even lowered the blade closer to the ground (I'd raised it higher than I like because of the stalling).

I got about 3/4 done with the front yard when it started sprinkling...I figured well I'll finish the front no matter what even if it starts raining hard....and I kept going...sprinkling lasted about 2 minutes....I didn't even get wet.

I went on to do the back yard. ...I got mostly done with it...All I had left was about 10 square feet around the bench under the large tree...when it started sprinkling again...I kept going....I got done and noticed that it was actually raining pretty good...the tree was keeping a good portion of it off me....I got wet running with the lawnmower to the shed to put it away though.

I might go out and eat the weeds if the rain stops....which it looks like it has already.
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I painted my AC shade today. Painted it black. (Duryea left like 8 cans of black spray paint behind...)

I also finally got around to fixing the bedroom doors upstairs. They had been catching on the carpet making them hard to move through their arc of movement easily.

I took them off the hinges and sawed about a quarter inch off the bottom of each door (two of them).

Took me all of 15 minutes....for both...and that includes putting them back on the hinges.

Now Mike wants a night light so he can shut his door at bedtime....sigh.
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I painted my AC shade today. Painted it black. (Duryea left like 8 cans of black spray paint behind...)

I also finally got around to fixing the bedroom doors upstairs. They had been catching on the carpet making them hard to move through their arc of movement easily.

I took them off the hinges and sawed about a quarter inch off the bottom of each door (two of them).

Took me all of 15 minutes....for both...and that includes putting them back on the hinges.

Now Mike wants a night light so he can shut his door at bedtime....sigh.
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I finally took [livejournal.com profile] scott644 's advice and put a sun shade over the outside part of our AC unit.

I had some pallets laying around (from the delivery of the fence and the delivery of some paving stone). I had been trying to figure out what to do with them...so I finally got the idea to use them for the shade. I made an L shape with them and then leaned it up against the house.

I might do something more permanent later. I'm at least going to paint the thing.

While I was at it I trimmed the foliage from around the AC (AGAIN...man that stuff grows fast)
...then moved on to get rid of some stuff from under the apple tree.

Dorthy (our next door neighbor) told me last week (when she asked if I could trim the apple tree back from her shed) that she didn't expect that there would be many apples from it this year.  I'll have to keep an eye out for any though...I don't want Beast getting any and eating himself sick.

(and he's sick now for some reason...he's thrown up a few times today...but other than being more clingy than usual doesn't seem to be under any difficulties) (probably ate too much uncooked oatmeal)
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I finally took [livejournal.com profile] scott644 's advice and put a sun shade over the outside part of our AC unit.

I had some pallets laying around (from the delivery of the fence and the delivery of some paving stone). I had been trying to figure out what to do with them...so I finally got the idea to use them for the shade. I made an L shape with them and then leaned it up against the house.

I might do something more permanent later. I'm at least going to paint the thing.

While I was at it I trimmed the foliage from around the AC (AGAIN...man that stuff grows fast)
...then moved on to get rid of some stuff from under the apple tree.

Dorthy (our next door neighbor) told me last week (when she asked if I could trim the apple tree back from her shed) that she didn't expect that there would be many apples from it this year.  I'll have to keep an eye out for any though...I don't want Beast getting any and eating himself sick.

(and he's sick now for some reason...he's thrown up a few times today...but other than being more clingy than usual doesn't seem to be under any difficulties) (probably ate too much uncooked oatmeal)

House

Mar. 13th, 2007 06:41 pm
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Those of you who read [livejournal.com profile] starsongky 's journal may already know this...but we got the house today.

She did all the footwork...and impressed the loan officer with her organization.

Anyway...we're moving...

Those of you who have Duryea's old address on Liberty road...that's gonna be us now....make changes.

If you don't have that address and want it just email me at my livejournal username at gmail dot com and I'll reply with it. Our phone number is supposed to stay the same.

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