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[#] Thu Oct 29 2009 17:01:58 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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i have both for you to use if you would like. steel reinforced pole for your mailbox and quenched iron bar (25lb) for the vandal's skull.

[#] Thu Oct 29 2009 17:04:14 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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I have taken on the daunting task of painting all the interior walls inside my house while my wife and son go on vacation.





This could get interesting.

[#] Thu Oct 29 2009 23:29:50 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Sounds good. Actually the mailbox post was most likely taken out by a car, so I'd like to use the iron bar to smash their windows.

[#] Fri Oct 30 2009 07:08:02 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I saw an episode of bones where the guy kept getting his mailbox smashed so he put up a mailbox filled with cement.
when the kids came to smash it again, the recoil from the bat bouncing off the concrete not giving way, killed him.
And then the mailbox guy went to jail, so don't go too nutz getting revenge.
I saw it on TV it must be true.

[#] Fri Oct 30 2009 07:43:01 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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yeah, I saw that one too. I thought he was pretty clever.

[#] Fri Oct 30 2009 16:11:46 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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In my country, the kid would have died, the parent's would have no recourse to sue, and they'd have to pay the guy for the first mailbox their kid smashed.

[#] Sat Oct 31 2009 14:20:19 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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In my country, that would all be true as well, but you'd get *thwacked* for the apostrophe in parents.

[#] Sat Oct 31 2009 16:14:29 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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In my country, we didn't have mailboxes! We stuffed our mail into hornets' nests, and got attacked every time we had to check the mail! But we were happy then.

[#] Sat Oct 31 2009 17:55:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Anyway, they didn't have mailbox posts at the hardware store, so I picked up a length of 4x4 pressure treated lumber and made my own. That was fun.
I didn't have a blade long enough for my saber saw so I cut the pieces with my chainsaw. The inlay to cross the two pieces together was mostly done with the chainsaw too. I even managed to angle it slightly so it leans out towards the street while keeping the post further inside. Not too shabby for chainsaw surgery. I'll post pics after it's planted outside.

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 13:59:19 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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good luck so far... I bought a 6 month contract for oil at 2.449 a month or two ago and so far it's gone up, the current offer is 2.799.
Anybody else see a good deal anywhere.
My contract of course says you must use them as your only provider, but that little clause is less important to me than saving money.

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 14:42:36 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Oil is trending up again ... anyone who locked in a price during the spring/summer for this upcoming heating season is going to save a lot of money.

[#] Mon Nov 09 2009 10:36:52 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Heh. Managed to avoid doing yard work again this weekend. We painted one more side of the house instead.

[#] Sat Nov 14 2009 16:38:15 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Crap. The roof is leaking. AGAIN. I am in a state of mild panic.

We opened up the 2nd floor ceiling in several places. As far as I can tell, the water is not entering where I thought it was, at the top of the peak where two different sections of roof meet. It's either coming directly down through the shingle field, or it's defying gravity and coming up from the bottom (somewhat plausible considering that it's an extremely gentle slope).

Gotta cut out more ceiling and find out. I am not looking forward to this.

[#] Sat Nov 14 2009 17:30:04 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Update: ok, the water doesn't appear to be rolling up from the edge, or down from the peak, but coming straight down through the shingle field. WTF?!?!?!!
Ok, so it does appear to be at or close to the location where we replaced the plywood, but there's a layer of shingles and a layer of ice and water shield below that.

Unless the ice and water shield melted, seeped into the crack, and then left a gap? How the heck am I supposed to fix this without ripping the whole roof off?

[#] Sat Nov 14 2009 19:18:18 EST from davew @ Uncensored

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Absolutely no idea.

WTF is shingle field.

WTF Ice and water thingy.

We have perlin's. rafters sit on these and then goes the felt layer (some new fangled thing is used today, not sure what its called) then the laths hold that inplace and provide an anchor point for the tiles. Bit of lead flashing (not actually lead these days) round the edges of chimneys and other things that protrude through the roof and your done.


[#] Sat Nov 14 2009 20:37:38 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The "middle" portions of the roof where there are no flashings or other protrusions, just shingles, are sometimes referred to as the field. In other words, my leak appears to be in a location where there the usual suspects (badly done flashings etc.) are not present.

"Ice and water shield" is a material that comes in rolls, and you lay it down on the bare wood instead of just using tar paper. Then you put the shingles on top of that. After installation, heat from the sun melts it somewhat so it turns into a non water permeable layer. Basically it's like a tar layer except a lot easier to apply. On a typical, steeply pitched roof, it's typically applied towards the bottom, but since this particular section of my roof has such a shallow pitch, we applied it to the entire thing.

[#] Sun Nov 15 2009 02:04:54 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Try a bucket of water and some food coloring.  It could be the water is getting under the shingles and running between the shingles and underlayment until it finds a hole.  The food coloring will help you spot the leak.

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 12:57:17 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I may try a bucket of money and a professional roofer. Not that I've got any cash to spare right now, but after a little research I'm beginning to suspect that putting shingles on a roof with such a low pitch was a mistake.
I had ass-umed that the previous homeowner used roll roofing because he was cheaping out, but in retrospect, his builder may have specified it for exactly that reason.

[#] Wed Nov 18 2009 16:06:52 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I can see snow riding up a shallow roof, but water? I dunno.

[#] Wed Nov 18 2009 22:59:17 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It probably isn't travelling in any horizontal direction, actually. The leak is in the location where we replaced the plywood. I think the plywood must have shifted or buckled somehow, opening up a crack in the ice and water shield, and the shingles just aren't pointing at a downward enough angle to keep the water rolling out to the edge of the roof.

We're going to go over the shingles with a more modern rolled roofing product.
The edges are also going to be fitted with new flashings that will ensure that absolutely all water ends up in the gutter instead of potentially rolling back under the roof.

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