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#136 SSS key

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 12:48 PM

It was like that, only a lot more instantaneous. And it came from below, not above. Cities apparently shit upside down.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 07:18 PM

Hey, so how late in the year is too late to get the gutters cleaned?
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 05:43 PM

Any HVAC experts here? Our furnace (a Lennox Elite EL296V series installed in October) has on two occasions now, stopped working because excess water accumulated in the blower fan housing. I'm waiting on our installer's repair guy to come out again to drain it. The first time, it was after a heavy rainfall / wind storm and we theorized it had blown in through the exhaust. They made a change to the piping on the outside of our house and thought that'd fix it, but here we are just a few months later and our house is 15 deg C (59 F) and getting colder fast.


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#139 Wild_Cat

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 06:40 PM

I’m fairly certain you’re not supposed to run air conditioning when outside temperatures are below -5/-10 C (at least that’s what they told me to do with mine). Do you have a backup electrical heating system?
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#140 Ken Oh

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:28 AM

No idea, jmr.

 

I had my own heating troubles this weekend. We have a boiler that puts hot water into baseboard heating. The circulator (a pump that, well, circulates the water through the system) started making a grinding noise. Everything worked OK, but we wanted to get it replaced before it shat the bed. Got a dude to get on it the day we called, which was great. He did a little extra with an air release value. Bam boom, installed that night and it was cool.

 

Then we woke up to everything being a little cold. Turns out the baseboards on the top floor (where the bedrooms are) were cold, only the bottom rooms were getting heat. After research, I figured there was air trapped at the top of the system. Tore open all of the radiators to find there was no release value to bleed the air.

 

Called the dude up, he was like "yeah, i'll come", never comes. Call him for the next 2 days, continually he says he'll be there "soon", never gets there. Guy is a fuck up.

 

I was super not confident on everything, didn't want to break it completely, but I find what I think is the drain valve (a "sillcock"), hook up a hose and put it to the sump pump drain, and start during the handle. It turns and turns, doesn't go anywhere. I'm just waiting for scaling hot steam to melt my face off while I'm fucking with this.Turns out that valve hand doesn't even go with the sillcock, so it just spins. I go to Lowe's and can't find any replacement that will go with the rectangle shape.

 

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So, I get a tiny adjustable wrench and finally drain water to circulate to bleed some air. I got less air coming out than I expected (I think because the water input is right before the drain...so I'm not sure how this worked at all), but I'm getting heat to the top floor. After having a cold house, sleeping in the guest bed, and having an angry, pregnant wife, I'm very glad everything is working again.


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:00 AM

Had my own home ownership fun over the past few weeks. It started when we got back from PA after Christmas. At first, the lights would flicker a little. Then a few days later it flickered enough to turn off everything for a second. I knew the whole breaker setup was old and probably needed replaced, so I was assuming that's what it was. I had someone come look at it on NYE (during the day), but being NYE, and a Sunday, there wasn't much they could do especially since they thought they would need a permit to do anything. But he agreed the board was old, had some corrosion, and probably needed replaced. 
 
Then on NYE the power was going out for around 10 minutes at a time every 30-60 minutes. That was frustrating. But I realized that only half of the main breaker was turning off. Unfortunately the half that was working only had one outlet inside, and a few lights in the bathroom. For the next week it was super finicky. One night it was off from around 8pm to around 8am. After that it worked fine for 3 days straight.
 
Finally the next weekend I had the guy that came out before coming with someone else to replace the whole board. I had it set in my mind that it was going to be fixed, and I would no longer have to be living off a single outlet. But once they started, they removed the main breaker and realized the cables coming into the main breaker were having issues. When they moved one the voltage dropped to about 60V. So they basically said there's nothing they could do since replacing the board at this point wouldn't fix the problem. I called the power company and that's when the real fun began. A guy came and removed the meter, and when he was wiggling the meter I could see the lights flashing inside. Yup, that's definitely where the problem was. Once it was removed we saw this:
 
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That's the bracket where the meter mounts onto the board. You can see the lower left clip is completely fucked. It was just dangling on there. The real fucked thing is that the power company is responsible for their stuff, but anything else is the home owners responsibility. In this case they are responsible for the cables coming from the power line into the house, and the meter itself. But the bracket that connects the cables to the meter? Nope, sorry, that's your problem not ours. The guy that previously looked at it said at this point I'd just be better off calling someone. The power company man couldn't put the meter back on knowing that bracket was broken, so he permanently blocked that half of the line so that it wouldn't be a fire hazard. At this point I was devastated because like I said, I had it in my head that it was going to be fixed that day. Instead it was a million times worse. 

 

I called a bunch of places to see if anyone could come out that day, but no one would because of the permit required, even though the power company man said you can get a permit 24/7. So I had someone else come look Monday. After running through the options, it basically came down to replacing the whole damn thing, which also required moving everything so that it would be in code within proximity to the gas line. Once the guy worked on it he took a bunch of pictures for me. Basically every aspect of the outside electrical system was fucked from the cables coming from the power lines to the breakers themselves. All said and done I got everything replaced, upgraded to a 200 amp circuit, and I'm out a good chunk of money. But at least my house isn't a fire hazard anymore! And I have power. In total we spent almost two weeks having to store food in the guest house refrigerator and cooking by hand crank camping lanterns and not having any heat. I'm glad that's over with.


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:10 AM

Oof that sucks. In NJ a lot of the time we just go ahead and fix the service the day of or whatever, and just make sure we start the permit process that day. I guess it varies from township to township if they’ll late that slide, but they usually make an exception for emergency stuff vs installing a hot tub or whatever.
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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:25 AM

@ken oh: you should notify that dude that you solved the problem so he can rest his mind and doesn't waste his time going to your house
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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:39 AM

Woke up to my own winter weather problems this morning.  I turn the shower on aaaand...nothing.  No hot water from any of the taps, it turns out.  Some pipe, somewhere, must be completely frozen.  I've never had this happen in the 3.5 years I've lived in this house, and it hasn't been that cold for long (just the past couple days), so hopefully it's as easy as finding it and thawing, and not something more serious.


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:41 AM

Like the water isn't hot, or the water isn't coming out?


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:42 AM

No water coming out at all.  The cold side is fine.


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:50 AM

not exactly home ownership probz but close: i have had a neighbor who i get along with great for the past 2 years or so. shes an older lady who is super quiet, doesnt mind when i am loud and we both look after the outside cats. talked to her and shes moving out next month and now i'm all anxious about what replacement i am going to get, as i have had some pretty crappy luck in that department. i cant even imagine how much crappier/ stressful it is for you guys who own homes to be stuck with the possibility of some shithead family buying the house next door


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 11:06 AM

not exactly home ownership probz but close: i have had a neighbor who i get along with great for the past 2 years or so. shes an older lady who is super quiet, doesnt mind when i am loud and we both look after the outside cats. talked to her and shes moving out next month and now i'm all anxious about what replacement i am going to get, as i have had some pretty crappy luck in that department. i cant even imagine how much crappier/ stressful it is for you guys who own homes to be stuck with the possibility of some shithead family buying the house next door

I live next to Johnny Ray, so it pretty much can't get worse for me. 

That reminds me, the guy who did all the work for me mentioned to me "your neighbor came out when we were working on all of this. He seemed really drunk and he tried to offer us dinner."


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 11:16 AM

 

not exactly home ownership probz but close: i have had a neighbor who i get along with great for the past 2 years or so. shes an older lady who is super quiet, doesnt mind when i am loud and we both look after the outside cats. talked to her and shes moving out next month and now i'm all anxious about what replacement i am going to get, as i have had some pretty crappy luck in that department. i cant even imagine how much crappier/ stressful it is for you guys who own homes to be stuck with the possibility of some shithead family buying the house next door

I live next to Johnny Ray, so it pretty much can't get worse for me. 

That reminds me, the guy who did all the work for me mentioned to me "your neighbor came out when we were working on all of this. He seemed really drunk and he tried to offer us dinner."

 

lol i forgot about that guy, hey at least he tried to offer dinner


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 11:22 AM

i will never forget johnny ray, unfortunately.
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