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Author Topic: DIY when fixing a house?  (Read 4706 times)

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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #75 on: June 17, 2020, 03:23:17 PM »
I picked up the Milwaukee trimmer, because it came with an edger attachment. I’ve got concrete ribbons down my driveway and I want that grass to be crispy looking at the concrete.

Super impressed with the edger and the trimmer. I gave my trusty Echo to my father. Order the pole saw attachment, super badass. Leaf blower may be next...

it's fathers day on Sunday PTM, gift the old man your new trimmer

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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #76 on: June 17, 2020, 04:13:01 PM »
I'll lobby for the village to allow them at the next virtual town hall

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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #77 on: June 17, 2020, 04:42:54 PM »
I guess that's a friendly way to shame people.  Maybe it's a midwest faux uppity thing "oh, you mow your own lawn - you must be poor!"  I also know my job pays better than most but
1) I was raised in a family where you should know how to fix things yourself - and you're lazy if you can't figure out how to fix your own toilet
2) I'm a natural saver and cheap ass
3) I generally enjoy it.  Manual labor is simple to me, and a chance to clear my mind from programming.
4) There's a huge overlap people with good jobs and those with the intellectual curiosity to DIY

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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #78 on: June 17, 2020, 05:00:45 PM »
4) There's a huge overlap people with good jobs and those with the intellectual curiosity to DIY

For me, if I know its going to require a lot of blood, sweat, and tears and I can't learn how to do it in an hour from videos online... then I'm calling an expert.

Also, I don't mess with electricity outside of replacing a light fixture.

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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #79 on: June 17, 2020, 10:05:54 PM »
it's fathers day on Sunday PTM, gift the old man your new trimmer

And break the tradition of two cases of beer every Father’s Day?

That Echo is as good as new. Rebuilt carb, starts on one pull and has the upgraded easy feed head. It’s a Rolls Royce.
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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #80 on: June 29, 2020, 10:45:58 AM »
Thinking of building a bar. Anyone done this? Wouldn't add sink. But probably would convert my mini fridge into a kegerator (which if anyone has done I'd also appreciate tips)
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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #81 on: June 29, 2020, 11:49:36 AM »
Thinking of building a bar. Anyone done this? Wouldn't add sink. But probably would convert my mini fridge into a kegerator (which if anyone has done I'd also appreciate tips)

My father is in the process of building us one right now.  Taking him forever... but the result on the back bar area is... nothing short of amazing.  Leaded stained glass, black walnut with cherry accents...  gorgeous.

Next section will have a sink, and then the front bar with a couple of minifridges, and my kegerator in the center.  Can't wait for it to be finished, but I'm sure glad I'm not the one creating it.

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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #82 on: June 29, 2020, 12:26:15 PM »
Thinking of building a bar. Anyone done this? Wouldn't add sink. But probably would convert my mini fridge into a kegerator (which if anyone has done I'd also appreciate tips)

Currently making a concrete bar top.

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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #83 on: June 29, 2020, 03:39:36 PM »
I'm guessing these people don't want DIY to fix this problem in the house they were just moving into.


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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #84 on: December 21, 2020, 01:55:22 PM »
Water tank just went. Anybody want to chime in on whether to go tankless or stick with a classic one?
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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #85 on: December 21, 2020, 01:58:24 PM »
Water tank just went. Anybody want to chime in on whether to go tankless or stick with a classic one?

Depends on how many bathrooms you have.  Tankless requires one for each, IIRC.

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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #86 on: December 21, 2020, 02:14:11 PM »
Depends on how many bathrooms you have.  Tankless requires one for each, IIRC.

Damn really? I have two full and am planning on adding a third when I convert the attic to a proper 2nd floor. No chance I'm dropping the $$ for three tankless heaters.
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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #87 on: December 21, 2020, 02:17:31 PM »
Depends on how many bathrooms you have.  Tankless requires one for each, IIRC.

Not true at all - as least for gas.  They're rated by how many gallons per minute they can heat (from a base temp of 40f I think).  I know of 4br/4ba houses with a single one in the absement.

I paid to have a rinnai put in a small (1br 1ba) house back in 2005 - still going strong and endless hot water is awesome.

They do make smaller electric units that can go under each sink - which is probably what you've seen.

Edit: though in my current house I've got an electric tank water heater - and the new electric heat pump hybrid tank heaters are basically as efficient (annual cost wise) as tankless.  So, I'm with all local promotions to remove inefficient water heaters I'm having one installed next week for only $800 (!!!), save a couple hundred in electric every year, and then I'll get a $300 federal tax credit for doing it.  w00t! 
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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #88 on: December 21, 2020, 02:38:47 PM »
Not true at all - as least for gas.  They're rated by how many gallons per minute they can heat (from a base temp of 40f I think).  I know of 4br/4ba houses with a single one in the absement.

I paid to have a rinnai put in a small (1br 1ba) house back in 2005 - still going strong and endless hot water is awesome.

They do make smaller electric units that can go under each sink - which is probably what you've seen.

Edit: though in my current house I've got an electric tank water heater - and the new electric heat pump hybrid tank heaters are basically as efficient (annual cost wise) as tankless.  So, I'm with all local promotions to remove inefficient water heaters I'm having one installed next week for only $800 (!!!), save a couple hundred in electric every year, and then I'll get a $300 federal tax credit for doing it.  w00t!


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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #89 on: December 21, 2020, 06:57:53 PM »
Tankless is the way. Worth it.
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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #90 on: December 21, 2020, 07:04:09 PM »
I'm in the market for a new water heater too .. mine is 16 years old and I figured I should do some prevent defense.

I decided against tankless because of this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRUgFmBaSCM

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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #91 on: December 22, 2020, 11:31:20 AM »
This is a stupid question, but .. who installs water heaters?

I remember doing this 16 years ago, and I used the yellow pages (really) and looked up Water Heater Installation.

Is it just .. call up any plumber?

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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #92 on: December 22, 2020, 11:33:21 AM »
This is a stupid question, but .. who installs water heaters?

I remember doing this 16 years ago, and I used the yellow pages (really) and looked up Water Heater Installation.

Is it just .. call up any plumber?

Yep, any plumber will do.
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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #93 on: December 22, 2020, 11:40:39 AM »
This is a stupid question, but .. who installs water heaters?

I remember doing this 16 years ago, and I used the yellow pages (really) and looked up Water Heater Installation.

Is it just .. call up any plumber?

Some HVAC guys do them and may be cheaper than plumbers.
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« Reply #94 on: December 22, 2020, 11:56:01 AM »
Yep, any plumber will do.

Yup, and depending on the connections you've got to your current one, even a hanyman might do it (if you already have a flex gas line and "modern" hot/cold hoses).  I'd call around to a few plumbers - ideally they have a set installation price (say $300) and they'll either sell you a water heater or you can get one from home depot and they'll install it.  Just make sure they haul away the old one!

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Re: DIY when fixing a house?
« Reply #95 on: January 19, 2021, 06:02:37 PM »
After months of waiting for wood prices to finally go down I bit the bullet and bought 25 Guage steel.

About 3.62 for an 8 footer so not to bad.


Overall spent 1000 on drywall, metal studs, track, and insulation. Just laid out the top and bottom track throughout the basement.

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« Reply #96 on: January 19, 2021, 06:12:30 PM »
Just finished removing a load bearing wall in my basement and replaced with three 16’ LVL beams. Took a good bit longer than I had figured ahead of time to fully demo old wall but overall it was not that complicated of a process. I did hire a structural engineer to come by, look at the wall and provide in writing exactly what was needed.

Basement is now one extremely large room. Will make an excellent TV room with a large bar.

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« Reply #97 on: January 19, 2021, 06:14:38 PM »
Just finished removing a load bearing wall in my basement and replaced with three 16’ LVL beams. Took a good bit longer than I had figured ahead of time to fully demo old wall but overall it was not that complicated of a process. I did hire a structural engineer to come by, look at the wall and provide in writing exactly what was needed.

Basement is now one extremely large room. Will make an excellent TV room with a large bar.

I've got 5 metal poles that run through the middle of the basement that are the only blight on my design. Thought of doing much the same.

How much did it end up being overall?

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« Reply #98 on: January 19, 2021, 06:19:15 PM »
The engineer charged me $450 for the site visit and instructions. The beams were ~$400 delivered from Lowe’s. Lumber for temporary wall was probably $200 and will be repurposed for other framing. Other supplies like joist hangers and post bases and caps were another $100 or so.

This wall was only loaded on one side so it was much more straightforward than a wall loaded on both sides.