Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

447
Banjo Lovers Online


 All Forums
 Other Topics
 Games
 ARCHIVED TOPIC: I survived the 300 post game Part 41


Please note this is an archived topic, so it is locked and unable to be replied to. You may, however, start a new topic and refer to this topic with a link: http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/216385/138

Page: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30  31  32  33  34  35  36  37  38  39  40  41  42  43  44  45  46  47  48  49  50  51  52  53  54  55  56  57  58  59  60  61  62  63  64  65  66  67  68  69  70  71  72  73  74  75  76  77  78  79  80  81  82  83  84  85  86  87  88  89  90  91  92  93  94  95  96  97  98  99  100  101  102  103  104  105  106  107  108  109  110  111  112  113  114  115  116  117  118  119  120  121  122  123  124  125  126  127  128  129  130  131  132  133  134  135  136  137  138  139  140  141  142  143  144  145  146  147  148  149  150  151  152  153  154  155  156  157  158  159  160  161  162  163  164  165  166  167  168  169  170  171  172  173  174  175  176  177  178  179  180  181  182  183  184  185  186  187  188  189  190  191  192  193  194  195  196  197  198  199  200  201  202  203  204  205  206  207  208  209  210  211  212  213  214  215  216  217  218  219  220  221  222  223  224  225  226  227  228  229  230  231  232  233  234  235  236  237  238  239  240  241  242  243  244  245  246  247  248  249  250  251  252  253  254  255  256  257  258  259  260  261  262  263  264  265  266  267  268  269  270  271  272  273  274  275  276  277  278  279  280  281  282  283  284  285  286  287  288  289  290  291  292  293  294  295  296  297  298  299  300  301  302  303  304  305  306  307  308  309  310  311  312  313  314  315  316  317  318  319  320  321  322  323  324  325  326  327  328  329  330  331  332  333  

DeanT - Posted - 05/07/2014:  10:13:18


Our dogs always hover around when we eat lunch... 

dat - Posted - 05/07/2014:  10:13:51


nuthin like the BHO diet

OM45GE - Posted - 05/07/2014:  15:39:27


I don't like him being obnoxious about it so I feed Toby at the same time we eat and then he lies down until we're done. 

DeanT - Posted - 05/07/2014:  16:58:38


Our dogs wait around until it's time for them to do the dishes

OM45GE - Posted - 05/08/2014:  04:46:16


On a totally different note, do any of you shut your water off (main line or pump) when you go away? We had a cold water feed line spring a small leak last Weekend



 I was watching a movie with my son so I happened to be up.and found it after just a couple of hours. In that time it flooded the bathroom, my office and part of the family room with about an inch of water. My guitars and banjo were sitting in it but were in their cases so they didn't get damaged. 



My plumber told me he always shuts the water off if no one is going to be home for more than a day. He said he had another customer who had the same thing happen at their summer home and didn't find out until the water company called to ask about the high usage. It had completely filled a finished basement and did tens of thousands of dollars of damage. 

DeanT - Posted - 05/08/2014:  05:52:52


we do!



Turn it back on slowly. One time I turned the valve all at once, and the surge pressure blew out the bottom of the water heater

dat - Posted - 05/08/2014:  05:54:09


if you shut your water off, be sure to shut your water heater off too, if there is a leak and the tank runs dry, you can overheat your tank, we had one mess up that way

OM45GE - Posted - 05/08/2014:  07:44:20


Our hot water runs off the furnace and has an automatic shut down if there is an interruption in the water supply. 



The leak has me a little paranoid. The house was built in 1957 and it was an original pipe that sprung a leak right in the middle of a straight run. The plumber said that is incredible rare and you're much more likely to have a washing machine hose or dishwasher fitting fail. 

dat - Posted - 05/08/2014:  09:10:04


our house was built in the early 80's, your house built in 57 was probably built to a much higher quality standard than the 80's

DeanT - Posted - 05/08/2014:  10:17:10


Our house is a 1947 model, and we had a brass pipe spring a pin hole leak just like that. Unbelievably, I was in the basement when it happened! I had a plumber friend come over and fix it, and that was the only pipe problem we've had in the 12 years we've owned our house.  



Two weeks ago our 1963 fridge quit, and our 1947 stove had been a pain for years... so Lowes delivered brand new ones. Good by old friends...

OM45GE - Posted - 05/09/2014:  03:07:10


We're both pretty lucky to have found them early.



We had three bathrooms redone over the last year and a half and went down to the studs in each case. The pipes (including the one the sprung a leak) all looked great. This one wasn't corroded and hadn't frozen or anything. It's like the copper just had a flaw in it.

DeanT - Posted - 05/09/2014:  05:56:43


The plumbing nowadays is all plastic, not so sure I could trust that

dat - Posted - 05/09/2014:  06:16:26


they say that the pex pipe is pretty good, but it's hard to go wrong with copper

OM45GE - Posted - 05/09/2014:  08:00:46


I'm a fan of copper too. Here's the heating system we put in when we bought the house. The furnace is hanging on the wall to the right and the hot water tank in on the left. It's very well insulated. We lost power for three days two winters ago and were still taking hot showers in the dark. 



 

DeanT - Posted - 05/09/2014:  12:34:38


Incredibly neat! Our stuff is old as the hills... but hanging in there. 

dat - Posted - 05/09/2014:  14:42:54


nice job,  I can sweat copper, but when you get the joints close together, I don't do to purty good

OM45GE - Posted - 05/09/2014:  15:00:24


We had no choice, the unit that was here was an old oil unit converted to gas and had just about died. This thing is great. We had a very cold winter and spent less than $2,000 to heat a 4,000 sq ft house.

DeanT - Posted - 05/09/2014:  15:22:26


our old furnace is bigger than your water heater...

OM45GE - Posted - 05/10/2014:  04:35:02


The water heater is sitting where the old furnace was and the furnace was at least twice the size. As I said, it was an oil unit converted to natural gas and needed so much air that it couldn't get it unless you opened doors and windows. It was running at about 60% efficiency. The new one has a direct feed (PVC pipe) for outside air and is running around 99% efficiency. Quiet too. The old one sounded like a turbojet spooling up. You can't hear the new one unless your in the room.

DeanT - Posted - 05/10/2014:  05:43:42


turbojet is a good way to describe our furnace running! 

OM45GE - Posted - 05/10/2014:  06:47:47


We had an ancient furnace in our last house. It was originally coal, converted to oil and then converted to gas. The pipes were asbestos covered and it sucked gas like a drunk on St Patrick's Day. It also sounded like a bulldozer crushing cars. Because of the asbestos we had to replace it before we could think about selling the house. We did the same system as the one here and cut our gas bill in half.

Mr. Quimby - Posted - 05/10/2014:  09:26:10


Two weeks before I went to college my family went on a camping trip. I think we were gone five days. The tank in the upstairs toilt cracked down the side (probably due to the house settling they said) and the water ran for most of the time we were gone. We got home and discovered half the kitchen ceiling down and water gushing into the kitchen. It was about $50k of damage.



My mom had bought a used washing machine when my older sister was born and that thing lasted for years and years. She'd been hoping that it would die so she could get something a little newer with more features but it just kept going and going. Sutting in three feet of water in the basement finally killed it, though. One of our neighbors did some laundry for us so my older sister was set for clothes when she went off to college the next week. My folks were feeling bad, though, about taking advantage of her so I had dirty clothes when I left and spent a couple nights my first week in college doing laundry.







I've got some sort of leak right now but I can't find it. You can hear the water dripping when you run the hot water in the kitchen or either bathroom sink. No problems when I shower, though. I don't know where it's dripping, though, so I don't know what to do about fixing it. I have a feeling it's going to require ripping out a wall or two, though.



Edited by - Mr. Quimby on 05/10/2014 09:26:37

OM45GE - Posted - 05/10/2014:  10:26:06


One problem with a long-term small leak is mold.

DeanT - Posted - 05/10/2014:  11:54:02


YEP!



I was having some nasty allergy problems... and the fridge seemed to always smell like something was spoiled in it... but we couldn't find it. Long story short, the ice maker line was dripping behind the fridge and mold was growing. Once cleaned up and fixed, my allergy problem went away.

Mr. Quimby - Posted - 05/10/2014:  12:49:17


Yeah, I'm concerned about mold. But I really don't know what else to do. I mean, short of ripping out random walls until I find the leak, I don't even know how I'd find it.

Got a new dishwasher today and when we went into the basement we could really hear drip drip drip. The guy had a flashlight and we both poked around but you just could see anything.

I go into the basement sometimes and poke at the ceiling to see if anything's soft. And I'm constantly checking the walls and baseboards upstairs.

OM45GE - Posted - 05/10/2014:  17:21:44


I only knew we had a leak because of the flood. It was a tiny little thing that didn't make much noise. When I really listened I could hear a little running water sound near a bathroom sink.



The plumber cut a hole in the wall near the sink and kept cutting higher and higher until he found the leak about 5 feet up.



 

DeanT - Posted - 05/10/2014:  19:01:59


That would suck in my old house, as it's all old fashioned plaster

OM45GE - Posted - 05/10/2014:  19:05:25


Our last house was a 1890's Victorian. The walls were all lathe and horsehair plaster. I know what you mean. 

DeanT - Posted - 05/10/2014:  23:33:10


If you try to drive a nail for a picture, a big chunk falls out...

OM45GE - Posted - 05/11/2014:  16:32:30


I used to use butterfly wall anchors and a patient hand on the drill. 

DeanT - Posted - 05/11/2014:  17:16:04


we also have all two pronged outlets, that's such a pain

OM45GE - Posted - 05/11/2014:  17:19:40


How about knob and tube wiring?  We had to have that removed everywhere it was exposed, like the basement and attic. $$$$$

DeanT - Posted - 05/11/2014:  23:11:14


I don't even know what that is? 

OM45GE - Posted - 05/12/2014:  03:09:50


It's the way all wiring used to be done. The run separate positive and negative fabric covered wires using porcelain insulators. The wires were usually fairly heavy gauge. Done right, it was quite safe but there is no easy way to do a proper grounded circuit. The big fear, and the reason they make you change it out if you're selling a house or remodeling, is the danger of shorting out the wires when they are exposed.



Notice the plaster ceiling.



 

dat - Posted - 05/12/2014:  05:42:02


at the time, that wiring was state of the art

DeanT - Posted - 05/12/2014:  05:52:42


Yikes! Our house was built in 47 but it doesn't have that kind of wire. Ours is the flat white large size stuff

dat - Posted - 05/12/2014:  05:55:49


it has been redone then, you're lucky

OM45GE - Posted - 05/12/2014:  05:58:06


You can tell when someone took a lot of care with it. The runs are straight and neat, connections well done. Another problem with it is you can't do GFI's on it.

dat - Posted - 05/12/2014:  07:26:29


they did do a nice job, I've seen modern breaker boxes that are scary, that still looks good

OM45GE - Posted - 05/12/2014:  07:35:27


They could be crazy complex if you had a system with a lot of circuits. Some folks say the wires can't carry heavy loads and can cause fires if you try to run microwaves or A/C units through them.



 



 

dat - Posted - 05/12/2014:  10:49:36


NOW THAT IS A LOT OF WIRES.



 

Mr. Quimby - Posted - 05/12/2014:  12:34:12


One of my friends told me a story about the house her brother had bought when he was young and ignorant and newly married that had some questionable construction in it. At one point he decided to remove a wall that had been added and he discovered that instead of doing real wiring they'd just run extension cords through the walls.

When he marriage went to hell and finances were tight he finally said to heck with it and let the house go to foreclosure. He hadn't wanted to get a big black mark on his record like that but it got to a point where he knew he couldn't sell it with all the problems it had and he couldn't afford to keep it with just his salary.

(That was like 7-8 years ago. He got remarried a few years ago and has a wonderful wife this time and now has two kids and a great job and a happy home all around.)

OM45GE - Posted - 05/12/2014:  12:47:35


OMG. What a nightmare.



I had a neighbor years ago who was having problems with the submersible pump in his well.They dug where the well was supposed to be on the plot plan and hit solid granite a couple feet down. They dug out from the house and found the pipe made a right angle turn and that the builder had put the well in a completely different place, apparently to avoid the bedrock. Unfortunately, it was right next to the septic system. He had to have a very expensive new well drilled.

dat - Posted - 05/12/2014:  14:30:26


Our waterlines are guesswork,  I think I know where it comes in  most of the way from the road, but I have no idea where it goes into the house,

ErikH - Posted - 05/12/2014:  14:41:06


My father's old boss lived in a house old enough to have had gas lamps in it originally.  When he had some remodeling done, they found the old gas pipes in the wall and found that they were still live and had only been capped off rather than disconnected when electric lighting was installed.

OM45GE - Posted - 05/12/2014:  14:50:50


Can you imagine if they were hanging pictures or something and punctured a live gas line? What a nightmare! The Victorian we owned had gas lights too but they were disconnected.

ErikH - Posted - 05/12/2014:  15:58:49


quote:

Originally posted by OM45GE

Can you imagine if they were hanging pictures or something and punctured a live gas line? What a nightmare! The Victorian we owned had gas lights too but they were disconnected.







That was my first thought as well.  My cousin bought a house that had knob and tube wiring.  The cloth insulation was so old and brittle that it would turn to powder if you touched it.  It cost him some bucks to get it removed and replaced.



 


Edited by - ErikH on 05/12/2014 15:59:22

DeanT - Posted - 05/12/2014:  16:53:23


I bought a house some time ago, and there was an extension chord plugged into an outlet in the garage, and then went through the wallsurprise... to the dishwasher in the kitchen.

chuckv97 - Posted - 05/12/2014:  17:05:42


I rented a room in an old house years ago. The wiring was so outdated that if I used the microwave, the color would go out of my TV picture. There was an old breaker switch on a pole outside that the guys would have to keep throwing back on,cuz everybody had small appliances that would overload the system constantly. Talk about a slumlord that didn't want to invest in his property....sheesh....

OM45GE - Posted - 05/12/2014:  17:28:02


One of the first trucking companies I worked for was run by a family of Jewish gangsters. They complained to the city about vandals hanging out in an empty lot behind the terminal and convinced them to put a high powered sodium light out there. Then they had one of the mechanics tap into the line to the light and ran everything in the shop off it - welders, compressor. pressure washer, fuel pump. A few years later kids lit a fire at the bottom of the pole and burned up the wiring. The electric company came out and the guy went up the pole and quickly saw what my boss had done. My boss intercepted him at the bottom of the pole and "invited" him into the office. A few minutes later the lineman climbed back up the pole and hooked everything back up. I wonder how much money changed hands.

Page: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30  31  32  33  34  35  36  37  38  39  40  41  42  43  44  45  46  47  48  49  50  51  52  53  54  55  56  57  58  59  60  61  62  63  64  65  66  67  68  69  70  71  72  73  74  75  76  77  78  79  80  81  82  83  84  85  86  87  88  89  90  91  92  93  94  95  96  97  98  99  100  101  102  103  104  105  106  107  108  109  110  111  112  113  114  115  116  117  118  119  120  121  122  123  124  125  126  127  128  129  130  131  132  133  134  135  136  137  138  139  140  141  142  143  144  145  146  147  148  149  150  151  152  153  154  155  156  157  158  159  160  161  162  163  164  165  166  167  168  169  170  171  172  173  174  175  176  177  178  179  180  181  182  183  184  185  186  187  188  189  190  191  192  193  194  195  196  197  198  199  200  201  202  203  204  205  206  207  208  209  210  211  212  213  214  215  216  217  218  219  220  221  222  223  224  225  226  227  228  229  230  231  232  233  234  235  236  237  238  239  240  241  242  243  244  245  246  247  248  249  250  251  252  253  254  255  256  257  258  259  260  261  262  263  264  265  266  267  268  269  270  271  272  273  274  275  276  277  278  279  280  281  282  283  284  285  286  287  288  289  290  291  292  293  294  295  296  297  298  299  300  301  302  303  304  305  306  307  308  309  310  311  312  313  314  315  316  317  318  319  320  321  322  323  324  325  326  327  328  329  330  331  332  333  

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.046875