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[#] Tue Dec 20 2005 15:55:36 EST from hjalfi @ Uncensored to "Ford II" <theeverything@citadel.org>

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At least in this country, there's a requirement that goods be fit for the
purpose sold. i.e., if you buy a new car and two days later bits start
falling off, it's not fit and you can make them refund your purchase or
replace it. Does something similar apply in the US? (This may involve
removing the pump and taking it back to them.)

[#] Tue Dec 20 2005 17:46:09 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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we have warantees. but of course becaues I cancelled service with the company that did the work they're going to try and blow me off.
Well, just as I expected the new company guy came over and said, well, we can do it but it'll cost you $250 or so, so you should probably try and squeeze them for it, we can't do it under service congtract.
So tomorrow will be another fun filled day of yelling at the first company.
It just can't wait.....

I suppose the good news is that the guy coming over to tell me it needed to be replaced didn't cost me anything. an independant plumber would have charged me $80 to tell me that they'd charge me $250 to do the work.
anybody know of a good plumber in the westchester area.

[#] Tue Dec 20 2005 17:53:53 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Actually Ford. I do. Guy is based out of Pleasantville and has done some good work for me. Plus, I like him. Email me if you want details.

[#] Sat Jan 07 2006 15:44:20 EST from jock @ Uncensored

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That's one of the reasons the electrician's family is sueing the company he worked for and the idiots who installed the breakers. Seiran/Viscotec installed everything too fast anyway. They were a venture startup for that parent company, and this was their worst screwup.

[#] Tue Jan 10 2006 20:07:03 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Argentina is an interesting place for the home handyman.

For instance all/most faucets use the same washer and seat. But the washer includes a brass stud that fits into the spigot shaft instead of being screwed into a flat.

I've also learned that brick and concrete _aren't_ permanent. Every electrician, handyman, and plumber is also (to a limited degree) a mason. Changing wiring or pipes requires a chisel and hammer to open the wall.

[#] Wed Jan 11 2006 21:08:05 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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My roof is about half done now. Tore off the final section and swept out the bat shit. Bats are a major problem here for Colonial style tile roofs.

When the cement seals around the edges begin to crumble bats wiggle in, after all they _are_ rodents... Once underneath the moisture seal membrane is easily ruptured, tiles displaced and leaks result.

I pity the roofers. 7 of the last 9 days were 100+ degrees, one mild and today near 100. Even the darkest of the roofers is wearkign long sleeved shirts and all take showers with the garden hose about once an hour.

[#] Wed Jan 11 2006 21:38:06 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Curly - I've been talking about bats in your belfry for a while now. <GRIN> Good luck with the rest of the roof.

[#] Wed Jan 11 2006 21:39:37 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Curly, post some pictures of your new home...

[#] Fri Jan 13 2006 19:54:30 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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PP: I'd love to but my digital camera was broken in a rear-ender. I'll so so but it will take a month or so until I can travel elsewhere to buy another.
The selection here is very poor and very expensive.

We had rain yesterday afternoon that absolutely poured. The roof over the Galleria wasn't bothered with because beneath is just ceramic tile and open to the outside world. Today the walls are stained with bat shit...

Let's talk wells. Water wells for life sustanence. (don't bug me about spelling, my English is deterioration the longer I live here)

In California our wells were 6" in diameter and drilled through a lot of granite. My water table there was about 15-20' but the hole was 175' as a resevouir. (I _said_ don't bug me about spelling or grammar!) This was coupled with a pressure tank of about 60 gallons. How this worked was with a submersible pump pushing water up into the tank which fed the house/farm. Inside that tank was an inflatable rubber baloon which collapsed as water filled it up. Then there was a pressure switch with adjustable hysterisys (shit, all four ways look wrong) and pressure. Usually it was set to kick the pump on at about 30psi and off at about 60 or 70psi.

Argentina is different.

Every building here has a water tank atop. Even hotels and office buildings.
This insulates them from occasional pressure drops and/or loss from public delivery. Homes with wells use the water tank concept instead of teh pressure tank common in California. My water tank is about 40' above my second floor bathroom so I have outstanding water pressure. It's also large, about 20,000 liters, and sits atop a round storage building on the side of a hill about 100 meters away from the house.

When I returned in November thieves had broken into the house and taken wiring, my clothes, tools, and major components of my car as well as the well pump. I've replaced that well pump, 1.5hp with a 3.5hp pump and installed a float switch in the tank. Previously it was barbarically primative, two white Castrol one-liter oil bottles half full of water were tied together with a string. One floated in the tank the other hung outside. As the water level rose the outside bottle dropped. You had to manually flic the pump switch or run out of water. Or overflow the tank.
I'm not a patient man so this was a mandatory upgrade.

Oh, the well. Sucker isn't 6" as in the states where a giant truck waddles onto your property, erects a boom, starts a huge diesel engine and begins drilling. This well is a meter in diameter and brick lined! I don't know how far down the bricks go but it's well below the water table.

After reassembly of everything you have to clean the well. This requires significant amounts of chlorine and physically climbing down the well, putting a tarp across, climbing back up, sweeping everyting into the tarp, exiting then I turned on the well and just pumped water down the hill to drop the level so the chlorine wouldn't be so diluted.

With a centrifigual pump I dropped the level about 3 meters then threw in 20 liters of pool chlorine and began filling the tank. Also ran every faucet on the property until I could smell/taste chlorine and went away for 24 hours.

I forgot to mention that I built a brick well house with locking steel doors to prevent a future episode.

Now I have gobs of sweet well water.

[#] Sat Jan 14 2006 18:18:52 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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Here, in Seattle, I have a Brita water filter on the outpu of the kitchen sink to get rid of the chlorine and other flavors. Yuk!

I tried a PUR water filter for a while but didn't like it at all and went back to the Brita.

[#] Sat Jan 14 2006 22:07:35 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I would encourage you to go to the trouble to install a filter with reverse-osmosis water purification, if you can somehow swing it.

I prefer that form of filtration over all the others. 



[#] Sat Jan 14 2006 23:48:26 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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fleeb: Agreed. Only the reverse-osmosis filter removes bacteria and large molecules.

[#] Sun Jan 15 2006 18:51:21 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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Well, Yes, I would do a LOT of Home Improvements, but IF and ONLY IF this house that we're living in now was NOT slated for demolition.

Sad, but true. We're looking for a new house to buy and move into maybe this coming summer.

[#] Sun Jan 15 2006 20:10:07 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Well, you could remove the system from your home prior to demolition, and take it with you to your new home.

It's my understanding that they install easily enough (although, honestly, I've never tried this myself, as I simply buy my water bottled from a place that does this reliably well). 



[#] Sun Jan 15 2006 23:25:45 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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Well, my thinking at this point is "What's the minimal amount of dollars I can spend on improving this house as a place to live in until we buy the new place and move out?" and also "Can I make those improvements in such a way that they can EASILY be yanked out and taken with us to the new place?"



So, for example, I installed a digital thermostat at Home Depot for like $40 or so and it installed easily, is easy to yank out, and is flexible enough in it's configuration that I can almost certainly re-use it at the new house, assuming it doesn't already have a digital thermostat that is at least that good.

So plumbing is #1 too costly and #2 un-needed because the Brita filter for relatively cheap and easy to install and uninstall does the job just fine.

[#] Mon Jan 16 2006 03:43:57 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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I get bottled. the brita just doesn't do enough for me.

but I pay about $15 a month for bottled water/delivery and one of those neat stands. 



[#] Mon Jan 16 2006 10:54:02 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Argentina has different (european) door and window hinges too.

Instead of captive hinge pins or one that you have to knock out the hinges here include the hinge pin on the fixed frame. The mating half, with a large thrust bearing surface, fits atop the upright hinge pin.

This allows you to simply open the door/window then lift it a couple of inches and it's entirely disengaged. When closed the upper frame prevents lifting the assembly providing security.

[#] Mon Jan 16 2006 15:21:08 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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PP: I'd love to but my digital camera was broken in a rear-ender.
I'll so so but it will take a month or so until I can travel elsewhere

to buy another. The selection here is very poor and very expensive.


Ebay?

[#] Mon Jan 16 2006 19:06:12 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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Tril - That's a good price! :-)

My Brita filters cost about $17 or $18 or so. A filter lasts about a month or so.

Mostly, I just want the chlorine flavor removed. Otherwise the Seattle area water is not too bad. It helps that we get lots of rain and snow around here in the mountains and rivers and reservoirs.


Of course, the Seattle, Washington area is the RAIN CAPITOL of the USA.
;-)

[#] Mon Jan 16 2006 19:44:29 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Ebay?

The Argentine equivelent is mercadolibre.com.ar and technology is expensive here. Digital cameras cost double what they cost in teh US.

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