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I have always heard state farm was one the hardest to get a free roof out of, one storm I think everyone on our street got a new roof but us - (back in GA)

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They weren't a problem up front, but long story short, I missed the window to modify the claim by the time I actually had the roof replaced.  Consequently, I ate about a grand due to them shorting the square footage and not covering a SHITLOAD of rot in the underlying plywood that was found when the roof was stripped.  Builder never caulked the toe board holes.  Roofers commented it was the second worse roof they'd ever done - the first worst their guy actually fell through when he stepped on it.

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1 hour ago, Supe said:

Wife called this morning, water dripping from the ceiling.  Condensate pan in the attic was overflowing, and the float switch is apparently bad since it didn't kick off the unit.  FML...

I bet it's not.  Check it with a multimeter.  I get those condensate pan float switches in my lab all the time, and 90% of the time, they still work.  It may just be mis-wired to the AC.

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55 minutes ago, Road Guy said:

we had a toilet explode

Taco Bell? 

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Lol -no but seriously the guts on the inside of the toilet are only good for like 5 years - defin worth replacing ever so often

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51 minutes ago, wilheldp_PE said:

I bet it's not.  Check it with a multimeter.  I get those condensate pan float switches in my lab all the time, and 90% of the time, they still work.  It may just be mis-wired to the AC.

I'm inclined to agree after learning that there is not one, but two float switches in the system.  

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5 hours ago, jeb6294 said:

We broke down and got a window A/C last night.  House has central air, but being 2-stories, the 2nd floor always feels hot.  Went in our bedroom, but we got an 8,000 btu so it has enough oomph to help cool more of the upstairs since our door is almost always open.

Did have to do a little DIY.  The side window in our bedroom is normal width (~30") but short.  Raising the lower sash, the opening is only 10".  Take the lower out all together and it's almost 14".  Since you're supposed to lower the window to hold the A/C in, I threw together a small wood beam to span the window.  We have vinyl windows and I also didn't like the full weight of the A/C resting on the one vinyl ridge along the window sill so I cut down another piece of wood to fit on the flat of the sill so the A/C has something solid to sit on.

 

We did the same thing for the same reason a few weeks ago.  But our windows are sliders and I didn't want to mess with figuring out how to support a window unit so I went with a portable AC unit.

 

2 hours ago, Supe said:

This is the third ceiling leak I've had now.  One from junior completely flooding our bathroom (which resulted in a new kitchen ceiling, kitchen light fixtures, bathroom shower and floor), another from junior partially flooding her bathroom (showered with curtain outside the tub) that resulted in paint damage to the crown molding and header in the kitchen, and now this one!  State Farm damn near dropped me after the first tub incident, because I had a hail damage claim for a new roof just prior.

 

If you already have two claims, I'd be really hesitant to make a third.  My dad had two claims on his insurance several years ago, and when he sold and bought a different house he had a really hard time finding new insurance.

 

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Not a home repair, but damn Safelight comes through again to fix my windshield.  There process for booking etc. is off the charts easy.

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I need a new windshield...i have lots of stars in mine.  thankfully they are all on the passenger side and haven't spread.  Hence I haven't fixed or replaced.  I saw each rock coming too, and there wasn't a damn thing I could do to stop it.    I have a glassguy, not safelight, there was a time a couple years ago I had fixed or replaced 3 windshields in less than a yr. 

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5 hours ago, Supe said:

Wife called this morning, water dripping from the ceiling.  Condensate pan in the attic was overflowing, and the float switch is apparently bad since it didn't kick off the unit.  FML...

At least it was caught.  Last year I had the condensate drain pipe clog up completely, but the switch saved our ass.  Replaced all the PVC and it looked like it was filled with peanut butter.  No wonder my bleach cleanings didn't go through that easily.

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Contractor is finished! With the laundry room. Lol! I love it! 

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13 hours ago, Master slacker said:

At least it was caught.  Last year I had the condensate drain pipe clog up completely, but the switch saved our ass.  Replaced all the PVC and it looked like it was filled with peanut butter.  No wonder my bleach cleanings didn't go through that easily.

Well, caught-ish.  I'm going to have to do paint/drywall repair in two small spots upstairs from the looks of it.  He ended up having to use the full size nitrogen bottle to clear the line out, the little CO2 cartridge they usually use wouldn't do it.  He said there was oil in the water and the refrigerant was low, so we know there is a leak in there somewhere too (which pisses me off, because it's basically been leaking since within a year of original installation).  They're coming back to do another dye pack, but at least the drain is clear and the refrigerant is topped.  He made a note that neither float switch worked, so they'll have to fix that too on their own dime.

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TJ- Looking Good! (Is that a narrow wall to the left or just a weird angle photo?)

Supe- when our toilet exploded over the kitchen most of the water came down through a can light, I delayed fixing the ceiling right up until we moved and just before we listed the house for sale I put in one of those large rectangular fluorescent kitchen light (things) in its place to cover up all the damaged sheetrock- I never fixed the ceiling - but was just glad the home inspector for the buyers never figured out why we had can lights everywhere except over the sink / bar area!

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3 minutes ago, Road Guy said:

TJ- Looking Good! (Is that a narrow wall to the left or just a weird angle photo?)

i took a pano to try to show the whole room because the door location is funny. there's a builtin in the dining room on the other side of the wall on the left (so it pushes into the laundry), and there are nooks on either side that the built shelf extends back into in the back, and another right next to the door on the left. i painted my ledgers last night and put the shelves in this morning! WOO

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Thankfully this isn't too bad.  About a foot long discolored/blistered area right where the wall meets the ceiling, and then about a 3" circumference of the same right around the perimeter of the smoke alarm.  I guess I may as well use it as an opportunity to fix the terrible drywall job in that hallway while I'm at it.  Bad tape job and nail pops everywhere.

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Ever since I finished the basement I am having home improvement withdrawals, I find myself going to Home Depot at 7 AM on a Saturday, but don't remember how I got there or what I need to buy?

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19 minutes ago, Road Guy said:

Ever since I finished the basement I am having home improvement withdrawals, I find myself going to Home Depot at 7 AM on a Saturday, but don't remember how I got there or what I need to buy?

I miss the days when our HD was open 24hr.

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On 6/20/2018 at 9:21 AM, Road Guy said:

Lol -no but seriously the guts on the inside of the toilet are only good for like 5 years - defin worth replacing ever so often

Dude if there's guts inside your toilet you DEFINITELY need to lay off the Taco Bell!!!

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Not really home improvement, but I hung some new artwork today.  It's an artist name Pawel Kuczynski.

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those are some interesting paintings.

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I got me a good one. All three boys were at home yesterday...no summer camp this week...but I still came home to see that half the new tile had been grouted. Wife had never done it before so she looked it up on YouTube.

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& the wife didn't text you 1000 times asking where tools are and stuff?  :thumbs:

 

So the last thing I need to do for the basement - I had rough framed out this storage area for interior French doors- only problem is I cant get the pre hung "unit" @CSB down the stairs into the basement?  One thing I have always struggled with is making the doors level even using the pre hung version - Not sure if I should buy a pre hung unit and take it apart and then put it back together again once I carry it in the basement or just try and piece it together?

Wife said no to bi-fold doors - may even just look at barn doors, expensive but may make life easier for me?

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You can buy the sliding barn door hardware kit, then just screw and stain some 2x6's together to make the door.

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2 hours ago, Road Guy said:

& the wife didn't text you 1000 times asking where tools are and stuff?  :thumbs:

She did not. :woot:You have to use acrylic grout with vinyl tile because it is more flexible.  It comes pre-mixed which makes it a lot easier and all the stuff was out because I had already done a few spots.

Even if she had, I wouldn't be complaining...I wasn't looking forward to grouting that much tile.

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Saw some water dripping from the overflow on my water softener. I opened the brine tank and found it completely full of water. After draining it, I figured out the bypass valve was leaking and had flooded the tank. I have a part on order and will be replacing the entire valve this weekend since internet research tells me replacing the O-rings won't cut it. It's a cheap plastic valve; I wish there was an option to upgrade it to something more sturdy.

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