I'm on a home improvement kick

 

Really it has to do with being home so much and the pandemic.

It started with faucets. Just a minor annoyance, where the side spray hasn't worked in 3 years, even though I replaced the spray (all under warranty). Of course, it's not the spray, but the diverter inside the body of the faucet.

From that job, it took off with all kinds of stuff.

Last Friday I replaced a leaking hose bibb with a ball valve.

Yesterday, I replaced the gable fan, which started squealing 2 years ago so I shut it off.

It was much easier than I thought.

Now from what I read, there are a lot of folks who say

1. Don't put one in if your attic is not insulated, it will blow your 2nd floor AC out the vent (ours is)

2. Even if your attic is insulated, what it uses in energy is not less than its benefit

So I'm just going on the fact the previous owner installed it and I used it 2003-2018. I think the older one is better quality as it seems to have a capacitor, and the thermostat was remotely located and it has that flexible (armored?) cable/conduit connecting to the fan itself. the new one is an $87 job where the thermostat is right on the housing.

Kinda cool it says Made in USA on the fan. I always like it when I see that.

My achilles heel is plumbing--I don't know how to solder pipes, never tried. But I have a mapp gas torch that was left behind that I plan on practicing with! I've used compression fittings but I know, that's the amateur hour!

No Solder Options

johnnatash4 wrote:

My achilles heel is plumbing--I don't know how to solder pipes, never tried. But I have a mapp gas torch that was left behind that I plan on practicing with! I've used compression fittings but I know, that's the amateur hour!

With the advent of Pex & Sharkbite fittings and CPVC pipe, soldering often isn't necessary for many plumbing projects.

Been there, don't replace your door knob.

I made the mistake of replacing the front door knob that my wife said needed replacing. Then she said the knob looked good but the door needed repainting so I painted it, then she said the trim needed repainting so I painted it, then she said the knob, the door and the trim looked good but now the porch looked bad and needed repainting, then of course she said the porch looked good but the front of the house looked bad and so I painted the whole damn house! What I learned was, never replace a door knob!

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we've replaced 2 door knobs

...and their doors and have four more sitting in a box. after that, get to strip down daughter's vanity area to studs and re-do it. my wife finally got around to telling me to do it now instead of "wouldn't it be nice"

haha

on the door knob. When I moved in, I did the "always change your locks" thing. What are the real chances someone uses a key to rob you? lol

Anyway, I remember at the time feeling I was being taken. The back door has keys on both sides (I heard sometimes that's not code, but then how can a door with glass be locked?). I got charged for 4 locks, when there were only 3 (the 2-sided was 2).

Flash forward to getting married. Wife loses key while jogging, locksmith again, again 4 locks.

2 years later, key lost in Walmart. This time, I refused to pay yet again. Went to a BBQ. Host asked everyone, if someone lost their key in Walmart, should they bother to rekey all their locks? 100% why bother. I wasn't gonna. Then I read online one must assume the worst (same as with online security, or with a computer etc.). and that key had a supermarket keytag. So as an experiment, I went to the supermarket and handed the other keys, also with the grocery keytag, to the clerk and said, "What address do you show me at? Just want to make sure it's up to date." She scanned it and told me, just like that.

AHA! So anyone finding the keys could do that. I went looking for a rekey kit that amazon sold. NOBODY locally carries it, why would they, they want to do it for you.

My understanding is that there are only 1024 combinations in the traditional lock that has the pins of varying lengths. I did it myself. Saw that yes the 2 sided lock is really 2 individual locks. It was very hard. Springs flying etc. very frustrating. But $8 instead of almost $200.

by the way our door knobs are from 1952.....glass...

hmm

bdhsfz6 wrote:
johnnatash4 wrote:

My achilles heel is plumbing--I don't know how to solder pipes, never tried. But I have a mapp gas torch that was left behind that I plan on practicing with! I've used compression fittings but I know, that's the amateur hour!

With the advent of Pex & Sharkbite fittings and CPVC pipe, soldering often isn't necessary for many plumbing projects.

I have heard that. My neighbor's son works in HVAC and we had that conversation. He recommended pro press if one doesn't want to solder, but the tools are expensive. It seemed to me soldering eliminates all the escalating costs.

But upon inspection, I may be able to get away with 2 ball valves, that's it. Maybe I can consider the SharkBite....thx.

I have a warning on this.

I had used a sharkbite to extend water further out on my deck. One afternoon I had water spraying all over because the sharkbite failed. Upon investigation I found I did not have it on all the way. It worked fine for quite a long time and then the pressure forced it off. Just be sure it is all the way on.

johnnatash4 wrote:
bdhsfz6 wrote:
johnnatash4 wrote:

My achilles heel is plumbing--I don't know how to solder pipes, never tried. But I have a mapp gas torch that was left behind that I plan on practicing with! I've used compression fittings but I know, that's the amateur hour!

With the advent of Pex & Sharkbite fittings and CPVC pipe, soldering often isn't necessary for many plumbing projects.

I have heard that. My neighbor's son works in HVAC and we had that conversation. He recommended pro press if one doesn't want to solder, but the tools are expensive. It seemed to me soldering eliminates all the escalating costs.

But upon inspection, I may be able to get away with 2 ball valves, that's it. Maybe I can consider the SharkBite....thx.

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thanks

pwohlrab wrote:

I had used a sharkbite to extend water further out on my deck. One afternoon I had water spraying all over because the sharkbite failed. Upon investigation I found I did not have it on all the way. It worked fine for quite a long time and then the pressure forced it off. Just be sure it is all the way on.

johnnatash4 wrote:
bdhsfz6 wrote:
johnnatash4 wrote:

My achilles heel is plumbing--I don't know how to solder pipes, never tried. But I have a mapp gas torch that was left behind that I plan on practicing with! I've used compression fittings but I know, that's the amateur hour!

With the advent of Pex & Sharkbite fittings and CPVC pipe, soldering often isn't necessary for many plumbing projects.

I have heard that. My neighbor's son works in HVAC and we had that conversation. He recommended pro press if one doesn't want to solder, but the tools are expensive. It seemed to me soldering eliminates all the escalating costs.

But upon inspection, I may be able to get away with 2 ball valves, that's it. Maybe I can consider the SharkBite....thx.

For the tip. Unlike last week when I replaced the hose bibb with a ball valve 1/4 turn that I really like, the rear is frozen. Pretty sure it's 68 years old. It truly is a mess the way the plumbing was done, I bet the seller of my house did it himself. Things t'd off etc all over. But I had a lightbulb turn on. If I were able to do the sharkbite, I could cut off 2" of good pipe, and I'd lose a whopping $21 for a valve. That is, I would put in 2 ball valves, in place of 1 gate valve, so the 2 rear hose bibbs would each have its own shutoff, instead of 1. Seems like the only drawback of not being able to solder is where the space is too tight, or distance. Like you said, if you can't push on the correct distance....it's all good. Great that there are alternatives to having a plumber charge $150 each valve, and sorry if you're a plumber we're not saying it's not worth it, just that we all have to try to save where we can....

Oh and the 68 y.o. hose bibb was working last used, just that I'd like to get it out of there. But I now would not want to use it without a working shut off inside...

Not a plumber. I hate soldering because I seem to always

make a mess. I opt for the easiest way out. Once I found the connector wasn't on all the way and I replaced it there has been no issue and its been 3 1/2 years.

johnnatash4 wrote:
pwohlrab wrote:

I had used a sharkbite to extend water further out on my deck. One afternoon I had water spraying all over because the sharkbite failed. Upon investigation I found I did not have it on all the way. It worked fine for quite a long time and then the pressure forced it off. Just be sure it is all the way on.

johnnatash4 wrote:
bdhsfz6 wrote:
johnnatash4 wrote:

My achilles heel is plumbing--I don't know how to solder pipes, never tried. But I have a mapp gas torch that was left behind that I plan on practicing with! I've used compression fittings but I know, that's the amateur hour!

With the advent of Pex & Sharkbite fittings and CPVC pipe, soldering often isn't necessary for many plumbing projects.

I have heard that. My neighbor's son works in HVAC and we had that conversation. He recommended pro press if one doesn't want to solder, but the tools are expensive. It seemed to me soldering eliminates all the escalating costs.

But upon inspection, I may be able to get away with 2 ball valves, that's it. Maybe I can consider the SharkBite....thx.

For the tip. Unlike last week when I replaced the hose bibb with a ball valve 1/4 turn that I really like, the rear is frozen. Pretty sure it's 68 years old. It truly is a mess the way the plumbing was done, I bet the seller of my house did it himself. Things t'd off etc all over. But I had a lightbulb turn on. If I were able to do the sharkbite, I could cut off 2" of good pipe, and I'd lose a whopping $21 for a valve. That is, I would put in 2 ball valves, in place of 1 gate valve, so the 2 rear hose bibbs would each have its own shutoff, instead of 1. Seems like the only drawback of not being able to solder is where the space is too tight, or distance. Like you said, if you can't push on the correct distance....it's all good. Great that there are alternatives to having a plumber charge $150 each valve, and sorry if you're a plumber we're not saying it's not worth it, just that we all have to try to save where we can....

Oh and the 68 y.o. hose bibb was working last used, just that I'd like to get it out of there. But I now would not want to use it without a working shut off inside...

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Plumbing

Growing up, my dad built the home we lived in. I would help him with projects around the house. Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, etc. Even in Boy Scouts I got my plumbing Merit Badge. Fast forward a couple score and it ain't like riding a bike exactly. You remember the concept but not the nuances. Clean the joints well. Use good quality solder and flux. Best advice, use a hot torch. I tried soldering with an almost empty propane bottle and it took an hour. Changed the bottle and the next connection was done in under three minutes. You have MAPP gas, you're golden there. Good luck.

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Striving to make the NYC Metro area project the best.

new floor

we had carpeting in our recreational room my wife decided she wanted wood looking vinyl flooring that was water proof with the backer already on, after about 3 days of pain its done ! it will take weeks for me to heal, my knees hurt my back hurts, i dont believe how not square or flat the house was (built in 1972) the trim saved me it covered a lot of imperfections LOL

johnnatash4 wrote: Really it

johnnatash4 wrote:

Really it has to do with being home so much and the pandemic.

Just be careful when using that ball valve on a hose bib. Ball valves are great, but they turn off the water very quickly, since it only takes a quarter turn from full flow to zero. That sudden stoppage in flow can lead to water hammer, and failed joints (copper, plastic, etc). So just turn off the water slowly so it doesn't stop any faster than with a regular bib.

As he said

telecomdigest2 wrote:

Just be careful when using that ball valve on a hose bib. Ball valves are great, but they turn off the water very quickly, since it only takes a quarter turn from full flow to zero. That sudden stoppage in flow can lead to water hammer, and failed joints (copper, plastic, etc). So just turn off the water slowly so it doesn't stop any faster than with a regular bib.

with a ball valve, watch out for water hammer. (The pressure spike you get when a flowing liquid is suddenly stopped.) It can be of special concern if you have older piping where corrosion has reduced the wall thickness, resulting in a weaker pipe.

- Tom -

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In our case, after all

In our case, after all computer projects and updates were done back in April.... and all inside the hose projects done April/May
We started working outside....on the property...
added a stairway in an erosion area on side of hill and just yesterday finished a Rustic handrail beside the stairway... Which gives us access into area we've never had easy access before, AND Fixes the erosion area!!
We also fixed a leak in our pond... Never knew I could be so inventive!

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that

telecomdigest2 wrote:
johnnatash4 wrote:

Really it has to do with being home so much and the pandemic.

Just be careful when using that ball valve on a hose bib. Ball valves are great, but they turn off the water very quickly, since it only takes a quarter turn from full flow to zero. That sudden stoppage in flow can lead to water hammer, and failed joints (copper, plastic, etc). So just turn off the water slowly so it doesn't stop any faster than with a regular bib.

is fascinating! Never thought of that...opening and closing a valve is not only wear and tear on the device that's doing it, but the "system." Cool tip.

It really supports the notion that everything wants to go into a state of disorder. Entropy comes to mind. Maybe the human body is the best example over time.

Honestly? Some of these thoughts imho are this idea or notion of mechanical sympathy. My dad somehow conveyed this idea to me. I'm the type of person who rents a car and treats it like my own--this may be stupid because what difference does it make? Last year I got some cars with as low as 8 miles on the odometer. I told myself this thing will one day be damaged, just not while I have it. Seriously, with 8 or so miles (3 cars were that), it's like I am the person picking it up from a car dealer, and the first person to spend days with it.

I won't mention any names, but I said to my buddy sometimes I get the feeling that someone in my household treats things like they are rental products....cars, etc. How about you? He said, yeah, I know, over here as well lol

p.s. this made me think. when I got the new water heater installed maybe 3.5 years ago, the installer stated our pressure was higher than it should be, and he could install something to reduce it. But, it's not necessary. I was thinking, man more money for something that does nothing? But I never did say no, he said I don't have to get it. Said just watch the vertical tube directed at the pan, and if I notice water blowing off, then I would need that device.

Also, when using the kitchen side spray I do hear that water hammer effect if you will. I always equated the sound to pipes knocking.

you folks have a lot of knowledge, that I want, and that my day job interferes with me gaining haha

p.p.s. another thing I learned a few weeks ago...always wondered where the hot water heater's valve got energy for its blue led that blinks, it's not plugged in like some of the wifi enabled ones....it has a thermopile running by way of the pilot light....