Subject: Re: HVAC nerd
Of course, I would have preferred engraved labels, which is the traditional accompaniment to jewel indicators :)
Damned Pervect Ninjas. <grmbl>
Looking outside it is a calm night. No ninjas will overtake my electric snow blower. Mwa ha ha.
Today, I replaced:
1. The overhead light fixture that had inexplicably fallen months ago.
2. The hand showerhead that had practically disintegrated after over ten years' service.
I replaced the overhead light fixture with something really cheap, since I figured most people wouldn't really notice it, and the space didn't really need anything fancy, just functional.
The hand showerhead, though, took me more time to research. I wanted to get something decent. I settled on a Moen 25521 (?) dual showerhead and hand showerhead. Like almost all of these things, it has one of those 2.5 gallon limiters built into it that you can remove if you want (but I like the water savings, so I left it in). Unlike my previous hand showerhead, this thing works really, really well.
I don't think I've ever had a showerhead this nice. You can easily switch from the showerhead to the wand, or both, using a rotory switch that isn't hard to move. The two heads both have an easy-to-use rotory switch that lets you move between five settings. But, mostly, it makes really good use of the 2.5 gallons of water pressure to beam the water at you well when set to pulse, or spread the water over you nicely when set for a spread.
Best shower I've ever had here. I wish I had replaced my old showerhead ages ago. I'm thinking about replacing the one I have in the other bathroom, but I think I'll give this one a month or so first.
And it would call the cops if it got above 85.
Nice hack IG. I need to implement that one. I still have most of the wiring from the old security system at my disposal. Many inputs on the window sensors, so how did you mux them for best results?
And since we're nerds, you have your 24 volt thermostat power feed one way through the relay to the thermostat, and the other way to a 24 volt light labelled "HOUSE NOT SEALED - THERMOSTAT LOCKOUT"
The walls in this old house are such a pain to work with. Plaster over WIRE lath. My patches are always sheetrock. Interfacing sheetrock with plaster-lath is nigh impossible.
Tried to do the match plaster to sheetrock once. Gave up and ripped down everything that did not hide behind trim. Bonus that we were able to fix some knob and tube wiring though :-)
Knob and tube ... yowza! I think I'd rip that out proactively anyway. The wiring in my house is crazy (branch circuits generally follow a vertical path through multiple floors instead of going room by room) but at least it's all modern wiring, mostly armored cable and a little bit of NM here and there, and a modern load center, no fuses.
Now if you'll excuse me, today is a handy day. Gotta rip the rotted boards off the garage and replace them.
Well, this explains the rotted boards around the garage door.
This colony of carpenter ants was trying to eat my garage. No free snacks! Now you die hahahaha!! Ant genocide! I am the Ant Hitler (no, not Aunt Hitler, you insensitive clod)!!
Carpenter ants don't actually eat wood. They chew through it to make room for cozy little nests. Sorry I didn't get a photo of them while they were still alive, but I wanted to treat them with RAID 10 (it also kills booksmart DBA's) before they burrowed in somewhere.
As it turns out, garage door jambs are actually a common nesting site for carpenter ants. Unlike most parts of a house, where the bottom 0.5m or so is a concrete footing, garage door jambs are often built from wood all the way down to the ground, where they rot from water damage and provide a welcoming entrance to the ants.
Off to Home Despot for new wood and paint!
Not to worry ... all fixed!
[ If you can't see the photo, go to https://twitter.com/IGnatiusTFoobar/status/356602854808641536 ]
Removed all the rotted boards, cut and installed new ones, and gave everything a fresh coat of paint.
That came out really nice, IG!
Wait - how did I miss that the Mouse House is being put up for sale? That back sitting area you built up is far too cool to be left behind. :-)
Are you staying in the area?
We're just looking for something a little bigger. I always thought we'd build an addition someday but it's just easier to move, and there are some things the Mouse House will never have, like a full basement. Our neighborhood now commands a bit of a premium so I want to leverage that in a move.
So if anyone would like to buy a *lovely* 1,261 sqft home in the heart of Uncensoredland ... [ http://tinyurl.com/kjemjqo ]