There are a lot of springs in the area, there is drainage around the house. The drain in the backyard always has water coming out of it from the drainage around the house, but the drain in the house is dry. There is a place for a sump-pump but there isn't one. The basement is humid but not wet. The floor should have had sealer on it but the regular paint is not flaking off, it is just very dirty.
Last winter we had a bad condensation problem and a series of events. The family always turns the water off if we leave for extended periods of time. The main shut off valve started to leak and had to be replaced. When they replaced the valve they never put a washer between the valve and the meter. There was a larger leak and they came back to fix that. Previously in this thread I mentioned there wasn't any heat in my parent's basement. You can't run a dehumidifier in colder temps with all the extra water the moisture level was very high. There was about a week the area had very cold temps and condensation was all over the walls and floor. It was a very wet mess. Because of the springs I am sure there is water under basement floor, however the regular paint has not lifted.
All of the neighbors have sump pumps or water problems my parents do not. The neighbor across the street has a house that is on a hill and much higher than my parent's house. Their basement floods, my parent's basement does not.
And unfortunately that means dealing with the building department.
In the old house, the propane installation was grandfathered in and really easy to work with. Half inch soft copper tubing from the tank, which was behind the garage, all the way to the stove. Some of you might even remember that I tapped in and added another feed for my gas grill on the patio.
No such luck this time around. The building code has caught up and now requires rigid pipe for the indoor portion. The code seems to be concerned with gas lines that go through floors and walls, that they cannot easily be crushed.
And it has to be done by a licensed plumber. The outdoor portion can be soft copper and I can do it myself. Gee, thanks.
There's something oddly satisfying in owning a solid D-handle hand truck.
Yeesh. Some moron in the youtube comments section is telling me that using your dryer outlet as a generator inlet is safe because he not only switches off the main breaker, but also loosens and disconnects the service wire off the neutral lug of his main panel before he plugs in the generator.
He's going to get himself killed. I hope he doesn't take down anyone else at the same time.
but he is also endangering anyone else who lives in the same home. Messing with this stuff in the wrong way can make the ground act as a neutral and then every metallic object in the house is a potential hazard. Not to mention what would happen if some other family member thought they could start up the generator in his absence.
What I *don't* believe, and is often suggested, is the "you could kill a lineman" rhetoric. Backfeeding a dead grid will immediately trip the generator's breaker as it tries in vain to supply the entire neighborhood. And there is NO WAY a lineman would ever grab onto a wire "assuming it is de-energized."
That goes against everything they were ever taught.
Squirrels, on the other hand...
What a pain in the neck this project has been so far ... just because of the red tape. The inside gaswork has to be done by a plumber using blackpipe, which is fine, but that's also a separate permit from the one I need to get the propane company to set and connect the tank, and do the outside piping.
I might also need a completely separate permit, inspection, and electrician (because Local Fucking 3 who are Hitler and need to die in a reichstag fire bought themselves a rule mandating that homeowners can't pull their own permits here) to run a 12-inch piece of green wire to ground the pipe.
Yesterday I pulled the stove out, so I can sweep and clean the space to get ready for the plumber. It wasn't that dirty, but what I found was horrifying.
The 240V outlet for the stove was just sitting there loose on the floor, no clamp on the cable, and without the box fastened to the wall. Someone had installed a 240 volt, 20 amp receptacle at the counter, which I thought was a nice little thing to have, until I discovered that they had attached this 20 amp receptacle to the 40 amp range circuit using 14 gauge wire. They didn't even bother to spackle the holes they put in the wall to run it.
That's just brilliant. I had assumed the 240 volt receptacle was just a nice add-on that was part of the build (remember this is a modular home).
But someone obviously put this in later because they needed it. Imagine that, if that outlet had ever been overloaded to some value between 20 and 40 amps, the 14 gauge wire would have burned up and destroyed the home long before the breaker could have tripped.
I've already removed the outlet and placed new wallboard where the box was. In the end I have to replace the range outlet with a 120 volt receptacle anyway.
It is amazing what the codes department and home inspectors miss.
I expected that level of quality here too. The house is only 25 years old so there are no "ancient horrors" like there were at the Mouse House.
Modular homes are usually shipped with the appliances installed, but perhaps this one wasn't, and the builder left an unterminated cable that someone did a crap job finishing. Or perhaps the box was originally mounted on the wall and whoever added the pigtail ripped it down. I pulled the pigtail out of the wall last night and saw a 2012 date stamp on the cable jacket.
I fastened the box to the wall last night but I'm going to replace it with an inset box, and when the new appliance arrives I'll change to a 120 volt outlet (can you run a 20 amp circuit on 8 gauge wire, or is it "too big"?). I'm going to run a green wire from the box ground to a clamp on the gas pipe and cite 250.104(B) which says "The equipment grounding conductor for the circuit that is likely to energize the piping shall be permitted to serve as the bonding means" and hope the inspector doesn't make a fuss ... otherwise I'm out another $200-300 for an electrician, permit, and inspection.
All this red tape needs to die in a car fire.
There's also the small matter of having a usable kitchen. The electric stove is getting hauled away when the gas stove arrives on Thursday. If I'm not hooked up by the weekend I'm going to have to buy some adapters and slap a BBQ tank on it.
Just imagine how crappy every installed appliance would look like without red tape. There are people like you, who care about doing it properly. There are lots of people who like it fast and cheap. Those are the ones that get STDs from crack whores, too. Red tape is often ok, most of the time overdone, but it is the cheap and fast people, that need to die in a car fire. ;)
Agreed, we need some compliance but where I live it's overkill. If I lived 50 miles north of where I am now, I could obtain permits to work on my own house -- electrical, plumbing, gas, whatever. There would still be an inspection to close out the permit.
I agree completely that unpermitted and uninspected work can be dangerous. Some red tape is necessary ... there's just too much of it here.
Passed inspection! Yesterday the building inspector came and inspected/approved the inside plumbing. A few hours later the new stove was delivered, and the old one was hauled away. The propane company is coming on Monday to drop the tank and attach the outside plumbing, so that just leaves the weekend in between. I think I'm going to go to the store tonight and pick up a few couplers to connect the plumbing to my BBQ tank.
(Photo above. Yes, I know you can see the drywall joint. I don't care. Once the stove is in place no one will ever see it again.)
Electric was converted from 240 volts to 120 volts, and the wiring is now all inside the wall.
Yesterday I finished adding blocks/straps to the outside pipes and painting them as the building inspector requested. I also bought some temporary fittings to connect a little BBQ tank and set that up, but the propane company is coming tomorrow so that won't get used for long. Converted the appliance for use with propane (which involves tweaking the reglator and replacing the orifices on all seven burners) and was getting ready to do the final connection when ... I discovered that the very last fitting didn't match. I suspect sabotage by ninja cats. So I had to make a third trip to Home Despot this morning to get another part.
But it's working now. Pretty blue flames. I'll be glad to have this project behind me. Projects are fun, stress is not. Someone please smack me for doing this so close to Thanksgiving. I am thankful that I won't have to serve raw turkey on Thursday. Now I just have to run it a few more times to burn that "new oven smell" out of it.
All in all ... I regret doing this project by-the-books. If I had it to do over again knowing what I know now, I would have bought a tank and done the entire installation myself, and then just called a propane company to have it "refilled" because it's always been there. Between the installations and the permits, I ended up spending more on the process than I did on the appliance.
I *almost* asked them to leave a tee and cap on the connection so I can add the grill later on ... and then decided to STFU before I get myself into another round of permits and inspections down the line.
Cooking with gas is so much fun and so effective, nothing beats it. Induction comes close, but is for sissies. I miss the gas stove from my last student flat.
Explain this to me.... this picture does not show just how ugly this thing is.
Is it a tumbleweedman? Not only that why would someone pay $90 for that?
umm ... let me be the first of many to simply say ... it looks like Mr. Hankey.