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I don't remember if I shared this when I did it, but made this thing out of wine barrel rings. it's f-in heavy!!! but I like it much better than the lampshade the sellers hung from the ceiling. also took me like 7 tries of connecting the wires and securing the fixture because there was no give at all and they kept coming undone. woo!

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this was my engineering mind put to work to install this with only one set of hands. super stable. 

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Planning to remove a 10' span of load bearing wall - any structural engineering advice?  Can a lumber yard size the beam for me or am I needing more in depth than that.

Thinking a two ply 11" lvl beam

 

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A doubled up 2 X 12 will carry a lot of weight, for a residential application.

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9 hours ago, willsee said:

Planning to remove a 10' span of load bearing wall - any structural engineering advice?  Can a lumber yard size the beam for me or am I needing more in depth than that.

Thinking a two ply 11" lvl beam

 

It is best to contact a structural engineer to size it for you. While the span is important,  you also need to figure out the load that will be on the beam. It may just be regular floor load, or you may have a point load above that you need to take into consideration.  You also need to determine if you want a flush girder or a dropped girder. If going with flush girder the existing joists will dictate how deep the beam can be. You may be able to do a 3-1/2×11-7/8 microllam, or if floor joists are 2x8, you girder me be limuted to a 7-1/2" depth. 

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Anyone have a french door fridge they actually like?  All I see are horror stories.  My sister is on her THIRD refrigerator in less than a year.  I will not buy another Samsung electronic device of any kind.

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I wouldn't say I love it, but the house we bought has the higher end GE side by side and its at least 10 years old. not sure the exact model, the only thing that we don't like is the ice maker, it makes ice but the part that pushes the ice to the "little door that drops ice into my glass" has broke 2X and now we just grab ice the old fashioned way..

 

but those damn things are crazy expensive now, I am dreading when I actually have to go get one, but I wont be getting the one that has the see through screen, wife enabled, version that's $5G's

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Ugh, my GE dishwasher is a POS.  Lowes has a Whirlpool on sale for about $1500 that looks very similar to the one we have now, but I haven't been enamored with my WP microwave.

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I don't know if Maytag makes fridges, but they are my appliance manufacturer of choice -

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We have a whirlpool french door fridge at my house.

I think it works ok. Shutting the door with the folding seal is kinda weird though. If the doors don't seal, the fridge will warn you too.

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1 hour ago, kevo_55 said:

We have a whirlpool french door fridge at my house.

I think it works ok. Shutting the door with the folding seal is kinda weird though. If the doors don't seal, the fridge will warn you too.

That's what I've read.  Something about you have to always open/close one door before the other?

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We have an older (2010-ish) GE one (bottom freezer) and haven't had any issues with it.  I don't like the design of the inside of the fridge because there's a lot of wasted space, but no issues with the french doors.  And no, you can open either or both doors.  There's a folding piece of plastic on one door that retracts when you open it.

My wife had another bottom freezer with french doors and loved it.  But it was too big to fit in our house when we moved.

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5 minutes ago, mudpuppy said:

We have an older (2010-ish) GE one (bottom freezer) and haven't had any issues with it.  I don't like the design of the inside of the fridge because there's a lot of wasted space, but no issues with the french doors.  And no, you can open either or both doors.  There's a folding piece of plastic on one door that retracts when you open it.

My wife had another bottom freezer with french doors and loved it.  But it was too big to fit in our house when we moved.

That's how my Samsung is.  Unfortunately, it's got a massive design flaw which results in recurring freezing of the evap coils, to the point where it starts making contact with the fan, and then stops cooling altogether.  They issued a band-aid fix which I already did (a little metal tab that hangs off the defroster coil to try to keep the drain line from icing up), but that too has stopped working.  So I have a $3000 hunk of shit that dispenses moldy ice/water, doesn't cool, and dumps water/ice all over the floor due to the defrost issue.

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2 hours ago, Supe said:

Ugh, my GE dishwasher is a POS.  Lowes has a Whirlpool on sale for about $1500 that looks very similar to the one we have now, but I haven't been enamored with my WP microwave.

What year is your GE...?They have made some signifcant improvements...You might want to look at a newer model.

 

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1 minute ago, envirotex said:

What year is your GE...?They have made some signifcant improvements...You might want to look at a newer model.

 

Probably around 9 years old.

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1 minute ago, Supe said:

Probably around 9 years old.

Yep.  Check the features and the ratings on the newer models...We had a 1st Gen GE Cafe and didn't love it, but when we get our appliance package for the new house, we'll probably get a new one...We really did love every other appliance in the group, though...I saved my fridge.  It's in storage.  Thinking about moving out the landlord's brand new Samsung.

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I need to grab a portable (in the room) ac today.  We have window units for the BRs but Mrs MA is going to be home for 2-3 eeeks following a medical procedure and we don’t have AC in the back room where the TV is.  The windows out there are all big horizontal sliders so a conventional window AC won’t work.  I’m going to grab this one because it’s in stock at HD.

anyone have any input or suggestions on something else?

thanks

https://www.homedepot.com/p/LG-Electronics-8-000-BTU-5-500-BTU-DOE-Portable-Air-Conditioner-115-Volt-w-Dehumidifier-Function-and-LCD-Remote-in-White-LP0817WSR/300422892

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sh*t.  I've got a 12 year old floor model Frigidaire that cost $800 (side by side).  Never had an issue.  Just like cars, the more gidgets and gadgets your fridge has, the more problems and more expensive they get.

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1 minute ago, MA_PE said:

I need to grab a portable (in the room) ac today.  We have window units for the BRs but Mrs MA is going to be home for 2-3 eeeks following a medical procedure and we don’t have AC in the back room where the TV is.  The windows out there are all big horizontal sliders so a conventional window AC won’t work.  I’m going to grab this one because it’s in stock at HD.

anyone have any input or suggestions on something else?

thanks

https://www.homedepot.com/p/LG-Electronics-8-000-BTU-5-500-BTU-DOE-Portable-Air-Conditioner-115-Volt-w-Dehumidifier-Function-and-LCD-Remote-in-White-LP0817WSR/300422892

We have something similar and it works well for one large room - but if it runs for say an hour or more then the amount of cold air delivered drops substantially. (like it needs a break every hour).

 

  Our house AC unit is at least a 0.5 ton sized too small, I had hoped it would infuse some cold air into the whole upstairs and cool the larger upstairs some but it is pretty much a window unit that you don't have to hang out your window.

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1 hour ago, MA_PE said:

I need to grab a portable (in the room) ac today.  We have window units for the BRs but Mrs MA is going to be home for 2-3 eeeks following a medical procedure and we don’t have AC in the back room where the TV is.  The windows out there are all big horizontal sliders so a conventional window AC won’t work.  I’m going to grab this one because it’s in stock at HD.

anyone have any input or suggestions on something else?

thanks

https://www.homedepot.com/p/LG-Electronics-8-000-BTU-5-500-BTU-DOE-Portable-Air-Conditioner-115-Volt-w-Dehumidifier-Function-and-LCD-Remote-in-White-LP0817WSR/300422892

We have two of them.  The downside is that they are loud.   You’ll want to make sure you get the one that you don’t need to empty a condensate bucket.  Some will evaporate the condensate and send it out with the condenser exhaust air.

Some have single and some have double condenser side hoses.  The single hose type will pull air from an adjacent room which can be bad if the room is large and has no doors. 

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Welp, AC board has burnt bits on it.  Whoops.

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18 hours ago, MA_PE said:

I need to grab a portable (in the room) ac today.  We have window units for the BRs but Mrs MA is going to be home for 2-3 eeeks following a medical procedure and we don’t have AC in the back room where the TV is.  The windows out there are all big horizontal sliders so a conventional window AC won’t work.  I’m going to grab this one because it’s in stock at HD.

anyone have any input or suggestions on something else?

thanks

https://www.homedepot.com/p/LG-Electronics-8-000-BTU-5-500-BTU-DOE-Portable-Air-Conditioner-115-Volt-w-Dehumidifier-Function-and-LCD-Remote-in-White-LP0817WSR/300422892

 

I have an off-brand one very similar that we use to cool our upstairs bedroom.  Got it on sale at Menards for about $180 last year and have been pretty happy with it.

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Waiting to see if AC will get covered under warranty.  Replacement Carrier board/kit is $200+ in addition to labor costs looking online.  Or, a direct match used board is $29.  Wonder how hard it is to swap on my own, or if there is damage elsewhere in the system.

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I bought the LG and went for the larger 10000 btu unit.  $360.  It seems to work well but overnight lows are in the 60s so I didn’t use it last night.  We’re supposed to be hot/humid for the next several days so it should get a decent test.  Wife seems happy,

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20 hours ago, Supe said:

Waiting to see if AC will get covered under warranty.  Replacement Carrier board/kit is $200+ in addition to labor costs looking online.  Or, a direct match used board is $29.  Wonder how hard it is to swap on my own, or if there is damage elsewhere in the system.

 

For $29 I wouldn't hesitate to try it at least.  If you can build a car you should be able to swap an HVAC control board--those things are usually pretty plug-and-play.  Just take a picture before you start unhooking anything.  And then if something else is wrong then you've only wasted $29 instead of $200+

 

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