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[#] Sun Sep 13 2009 20:35:05 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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It's called the "Castle Doctrine". While it's not a clear cut as someplace like Texas, even New York has it to some degree.


[#] Sat Sep 19 2009 19:09:18 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Finally got around to painting under the eaves of the roof at the back of our house today. Talk about procrastination ... we fixed a leaky roof and the resulting water damage several years ago, but I never got around to repainting the soffit, fascia, and the first few courses of shingles that got badly discolored and/or had the paint starting to flake off.

What a difference. I spent the whole summer feeling discouraged every time I looked at it. I wish I'd made the time to do this project in the spring.

[#] Wed Sep 23 2009 22:43:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yesterday I noticed a perfect little yellow flower ... growing out of the side of my chimney.

Really weird. It's not as if there are huge holes in the chimney that are full of dirt, but there are some small cracks and gaps, so I guess it's time to repoint the chimney.

Is this a project that's safe for a do-it-yourselfer to tackle? It's about two and a half feet of chimney protruding from a roof that's quite easy to work from due to a very shallow pitch.

A little Googling turns up a mix of "go for it -- here's how" and "don't do this yourself -- you'll screw it up and repairs will be even more costly."
So ... is this something I should attempt, or call in a professional?

[#] Thu Sep 24 2009 08:09:22 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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I keep misparsing this as "redpointing a chimney"; I've been doing too much climbing.

[#] Thu Sep 24 2009 12:05:00 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Never done it. Can't imagine it's that hard.
The more I watch professionals do things I start to realize why they're not millionairres.
I think the hardest thing I ever saw done was the guys who installed my central air.
There was a lot of physically hard and miserable labor runinng all the ductwork, and the guy who did the metalworking, built a whole bunch of custom sized ducts to fit where it needed to go. THAT you needed expertise for, or you'll end up with a broken mess.
But plumbers and carpenters... it's all easy if you have the right equipment.

[#] Fri Sep 25 2009 21:12:51 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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It's not hard...as long as you don't fall off the roof.  You also ned to make sure you are using the correct mortar.  It must be compatible with the existing mortar AND suitable for chimmneys.  Presumably, your chimmney is lined too....either with clay pipe or metal ductwork.  IF not, then it isn't a job for an amatuer.



[#] Fri Sep 25 2009 23:45:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yeah, it's got two clay flues in it, one for the furnace and one for the fireplace.
How do I find out what kind of mortar to use?

[#] Sat Sep 26 2009 12:36:50 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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There I'm not sure...read labels I think.  The stuff might not be available at regular DIY stores.  All I know for sure is a friend of mine hired a guy to do his chimmney.  He got the cheapest guy he could find...and all the mortar fell out because it wasn't the right stuff.



[#] Mon Sep 28 2009 11:39:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well, what I meant was, how do I find out what kind of mortar is already in use on the chimney? The house is over 80 years old.

[#] Thu Oct 01 2009 21:50:11 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Damn all plumbing subcontracters.

 

I have a bad clog that chemicals will not dissolve.  No problem.  I pull out my snake and it won't get past the fittings.  OK, down into the crawl space.  There is not one single clean out fitting down there.   So, now I get to retro-fit some of my plumbing.  I am going to add a clean out fitting right under the kitchen sink where the clogs are most likely to happen.  Apparently nobady carries the fitting for 1 1/2" pipes.  I can find the plugs, but not the fittings.  SOOOOO...a little job turns into a BFD (big freaking job).  I need to make my own fitting.  At least every thing is easily accessible and made of PVC.  I hate soldering.  The PVC cement actually smells good.  Though it is almost certainly causing brain damage.



[#] Fri Oct 02 2009 14:01:01 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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The trap doesn't come off?

BFD = big fucking deal.

[#] Fri Oct 02 2009 19:23:28 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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yes, the trap comes off...then the pipes go horizontal, then down, then 90 degrees horizontal then anothe 30 degree jog to the left, then yet another 90 dgree joint down to the larger waste pipe.  It's a wonder anything ever makes it to the sewer system.  There needs to be a clean out in the horizontal section...and there will be in another 20 minutes.  Just need to stop wasting time and change my clothes.



[#] Fri Oct 02 2009 22:25:30 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Hiya.  Gotta vent a little.

Sometimes the world rises up on it's hind legs, slaps you upside the head, and says "You ain't as smart as you think you are!"

I had a clog in my plumbing.  Fortunately it only affected the kitchen.  No problem.  A quick trip to Menards to buy a 25' snake for $5 will solve it.  Or so I thought.  I couldn't get the thing past the fitting in the wall.  I knew the clog was farther down than that. 

Into the crawl space!  I love the taste of spider webs and dust.  I look around for a clean out plug under the kitchen.  No such animal.  In fact, I can not find any clean outs anywhere down there.  That might be a problem in the future, but for now I decide to cut the old fitting off and replace it with a fitting that has a clean out port.   They don't make them for 1 1/2" pipes.  At least Menards and Home Depot don't carry them.  Still, not too big a problem.  I can make one by gluing a threaded fitting into one of the branches of a wye. 

Here's the good part.  I cut off the old fitting and start my snake down the pipe.  I can only get in down about three feet.  Since it's a 10 foot run, this is good.  I have found my clog. I push and twist on the snake.  No go.  That is one tough clog.  So I examine the end of the snake.  Maybe I can tell what the clog is made of.  It's a wonderful smell by the way.  Full of hope and promise and visions of Princess Leia in the trash compactor.  Or maybe not.  Then my stomach turns just a little.  Not from the smell.  The clog is made of drywall compound.

I had been cleaning my tools in the kitchen sink.  I start tapping the pipe to see where the clog actually is and how big.  Try eight feet long.  There was a slight sag in that section of pipe so despite lots of running water and soap I never quite got all of the compound out of the pipe.  So it built up a little at a time.  I finally ended up cutting out the entire section of from under the sink all the way to the 3" pipe that connect to the city system.  I'm hoping I didn't serious clog up the 3" pipe too.  I took a long shower, ran the dishwasher, and the washing machine and no backups.  Perhaps I lucked out.  The good news:  I eliminated some extra fittings and a couple of extraneous joints; corrected the slope of the run; have a clean out fitting installed.  Should be good to go now.



[#] Sun Oct 04 2009 07:52:06 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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You should disconnect your home from the city sewer and get a septic system.
That'll keep you from cleaning your tools in the sink. :)

Look on the bright side ... at least the pipes were accessible. Some people have plumbing that can't be reached without taking walls and floors apart.
(I've got it even better; all of my first floor plumbing is accessible from the basement. And there isn't any plumbing on the second floor.)

[#] Sun Oct 04 2009 18:35:45 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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[#] Sun Oct 04 2009 22:45:54 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Great weather today! We finished some of the outdoor painting that we had started earlier in the season. I was thinking of just painting one side of the house each year, and rotating it forever, but we could probably finish it next spring without a lot of difficulty. As of now we've painted one side of the house (the left side ... which needed a paint job badly after all of the wood putty I put on it this past spring when a falling tree ripped down all of the service cables) and in the back, we painted the eaves and the first three courses of shingles, which had become badly discolored from water damage (we fixed the water damage a long time ago but never got around to cleaning up the parts where the only thing it needed was new paint).

One of the neighborhood kids came around and helped. She just thought it was cool to paint stuff. It's not the first time the IGlet's friends have taken an interest in doing our home maintenance. Must learn to use this to our advantage. :)

Damaged areas aside, it's funny how nothing can make old paint look bad quite as well as new paint right next to it. The side of the house started as a touch-up job, but afterwards it looked so patchy that we just had to finish it.

[#] Mon Oct 05 2009 15:22:39 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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One of the neighborhood kids came around and helped. She just thought

it was cool to paint stuff. It's not the first time the IGlet's
friends have taken an interest in doing our home maintenance. Must
learn to use this to our advantage. :)


Tom 'Foobar' Sawyer???

[#] Tue Oct 06 2009 09:43:28 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Heh... I didn't see that.

[#] Wed Oct 07 2009 00:11:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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<< munches on a twig innocently >>

[#] Thu Oct 29 2009 16:02:00 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Someone knocked over my mailbox. I need two pieces of metal pipe: one to replace the damage post and the other to crack the vandal's skull.

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