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[#] Fri Feb 11 2011 13:14:40 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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*snicker*

Never heard that particular eupemism, but that was damned funny.

Mon Feb 07 2011 01:30:35 PM EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

fell off the roof used to be a euphemism for getting one's period.

Sorry to hear your gutter is menstruating.

 



[#] Wed Feb 16 2011 23:28:25 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Ford, gutters are also intended to help by redirecting the water flow
to an area that is (supposed to be) sloped away from the house so

You can still do that with grates in the floor.

[#] Sun Mar 06 2011 16:44:39 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Wed Feb 16 2011 11:28:25 PM EST from Ford II @ Uncensored Subject: Re:
Ford, gutters are also intended to help by redirecting the water flow
to an area that is (supposed to be) sloped away from the house so

You can still do that with grates in the floor.

Actually, some of those grates work surprisingly well (I'm using a few myself).  Unfortunately, these also get clogged and ice-damned....but at least it's ice damned on the ground vs the roof.  What they don't do well, though, is redirect the water away from the foundation when it falls off the roof, which has a tendency to cause a lot of basement water (at least out here)/



[#] Wed Mar 02 2011 00:02:17 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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It's a special kind of paint?



[#] Tue Mar 01 2011 15:46:33 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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New project:

http://tinyurl.com/4jasnu2

We turned an entire wall into a whiteboard. Why buy a whiteboard when you can just buy the "white" part and use the "board" that's already there?

It's very cool. The kids haven't stopped scribbling on it for days now.
:)

[#] Sat Feb 19 2011 17:55:14 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Today we melted the remaining ice ... WITH A FLAMETHROWER.

Ok, it's actually a garden torch, but for all practical purposes it's a flamethrower.
AWESOME...

[#] Wed Mar 02 2011 10:18:34 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yes, it's designed to have an extremely rigid and nonporous finish. The most popular brand seems to be "IdeaPaint" but your hardware store will probably have some other brand from whatever manufacturer they prefer.

The one I bought shipped in two separate cans that you mix together prior to application so that the paint "activates" and hardens more than a one-part paint would be capable of.

[#] Wed Mar 02 2011 10:20:23 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Heh. I see that some schools are using it to turn old chalkboards into whiteboards.
I wish our schools would do something that cost effective instead of spending megabucks on "smart boards" that end up getting used as simple video projectors.

[#] Mon Mar 07 2011 23:09:18 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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This week it's difficult to find someone who *doesn't* have basement water.
We're still bailing out.

[#] Tue Mar 08 2011 04:10:43 EST from arabella @ Uncensored

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Mon Mar 07 2011 11:09:18 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored Subject: Re:
This week it's difficult to find someone who *doesn't* have basement water.
We're still bailing out.

Look no further, I don't have basement water ((I live on the third floor) the one above Luka)



[#] Tue Mar 08 2011 10:03:33 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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This week it's difficult to find someone who *doesn't* have basement water.
We're still bailing out.


My house only had a problem with basement water when the main sewer drain in the basement got clogged and spewed all of the water used in the house into the basement... that was fun.

The only other problem with water I have in the basement is our garage is part of the basement... so snow covered cars leave puddles (that quickly dry up because my basement is heated)

I haven't really had a water _problem_ but it's been a nusense in the past. No water in my basement now.



[#] Tue Mar 08 2011 10:42:50 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I have a cellar. Not a basement at all. If there's not water in it when it rains I'm surprised.

[#] Tue Mar 08 2011 10:59:28 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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What's the difference between a cellar and a basement? In any case you've got that little pit where the boiler is, so that's a great place to put a submersible pump.

skpacman: backed up pipes are a nuisance indeed! There's nothing quite as pleasant as having a sewer or septic system empty itself into your house.
Thankfully we have never had that happen. The closest we came to that was having the main line start to crumble (it was clay pipe) and seep through the wall.

[#] Tue Mar 08 2011 11:00:53 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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My house sits on a cement slab...I've never had basement/cellar flooding issues. ;-)



[#] Tue Mar 08 2011 11:19:25 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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For some silly reason I think of a cellar as partly dirt and older. I think of a basement as something that could be sorta finished. I've got a poured concrete floor, but it was added long after the cellar and house were built..

[#] Tue Mar 08 2011 14:57:06 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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@IG: the difference between a Cellar and a Basement is if it's 'finishable' or not. (usually... depends on what part of the country you're in or if the builders were lazy or not)

If it's dirt floor with either CinderBlock, Stone n' Mortar, clay brick n' mortar, or gravel-crete (loose concrete), then it's a cellar. A cellar is only meant to keep the house above the ground, and water is supposed to collect there. Cellars are for wet and humid climates. Or places with little seismic activity. Almost all of the cellars are impossible to finish or turn into a 'basement'. most under-floor crawl-spaces are considered cellars.

A basement has finishable, discernable rooms with electricity and/or plumbing running to the rooms. A poured or pre-formed concrete base, built on top of sewer/water lines that are permanently connected to the house, not 'soft-lined' to the house. Much less likely to get water in it since it's supposed to be a sealed section of a house, not just a base to keep it off the ground.



[#] Tue Mar 08 2011 15:47:36 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I certainly have a cellar.

[#] Wed Mar 09 2011 11:07:46 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Mine is a real basement with a real poured concrete floor.  This is only the third or fourth time we've ever had water in it; nearly all the time it's bone dry.  But when the water table rises above the bottom of the basement floor, there are places where it seeps in.  Due to all of the rain we've had and all of the melting snow, it's still seeping in even after two days.  It's never been this bad before.

I burned out a small water pump because I didn't notice in time that it had sucked up one of my daughter's teddy bear hair bows, and the pump ran dry and melted.  So today I bought a new one (difficult to do during a flood, but a cow-orker gave me a heads up that the local Home Despot just got a new shipment in).  Aaaaaaand...

I am now the proud owner of my very own PUD-L-SCOOP!  Behold my PUD-L-SCOOP!!!1

PUD-L-SCOOP(tm)

(If you can't see the image, go to http://tinyurl.com/68l3gka )



[#] Wed Mar 09 2011 12:25:41 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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<laughing at reason for pump meltage>

That's very very appropriate.

[#] Thu Mar 10 2011 00:20:52 EST from ambushbug @ Uncensored

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You might need a sump hole and sump pump.

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