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Old 06-10-2015, 03:59 PM   #861
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The inner pan rusted through on my upstairs unit last summer. I still haven't fixed it or had it fixed, so it's dripping into the backup pan. Also R22. Mine is 22 years old, and builder installed "quality".

My plan was to fix it as soon as it warmed-up. Now it's too hot!
Unfortunately, builder in my tract home installed "builder grade" appliances throughout the development. Many houses I have seen here have upgraded appliances and A/C units. Fellow down the street had the A/C contractor replacing he whole unit and the furnace yesterday. I may go for a new A/C unit as I had the money budgeted for this year. That way I will be good for a decade and a half or longer.

One thing I have learned from living in Houston is that A/C units and 30 year roof shingles have half-life utility.
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One thing I have learned from living in Houston is that A/C units and 30 year roof shingles have half-life utility.
And those of us with heat pumps get even poorer results - 10 to 12 years is my experience.
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And talking "builder grade", I thought I'd sneak a little bit of glue into a place in the ceiling where the popcorn coating was hanging loose. Hardly noticeable, but once I saw it, I couldn't leave it alone. With a hypodermic needle and a little super-glue? Don't try it! I had it up there pretty good, but I tried to improve it and a few seconds later, I had a bunch of chips fall off, leaving me with unprimed wallboard and inch or two across!

So I scraped the loose stuff off (about a foot in diameter) and, after a trip to the hardware store, gooped on the popcorn repair stuff.

It looks pretty good, texture-wise, but does anyone have an easy way to get it to match the ceiling color better? It's too white!
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It looks pretty good, texture-wise, but does anyone have an easy way to get it to match the ceiling color better? It's too white!
Stand underneath it and smoke a couple of cartons of cigarettes...
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Not an immediate problem, all lawnmowers, tillers, generators, etc. are currently in working condition, but the ancient Chinese mower repair shop owner I have trusted, for like 30 years , passed, and now I have to find a new repair shop.

I haven't had a conundrum like this scene my last barber retired .
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We're about to buy a gently used 5th wheel RV so I'm praying that I don't become a regular on this thread!
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Water Powered Self Winding Hose Reel

Bought a fancy expensive water powered hose reel. I hate winding the hose back up and I hate having a mesy tangled pile of hose to fight with. It worked so well I went back to Lowe's and bought a second unit for the back yard. After 4 yrs they started acting up...running erratically/ would not rewind. I liked themd so well I already decided to replace at least one of them if I could not fix them but I was actually hoping it just needed some generic seals replaced so I took it apart and sure enough some of the seals were dislodged. Unfortunately, I damaged the plastic valve when I tried to get to the seal. The company was out of business in the US and a search on the brand name (Hydro Industries) took me to a site selling hydroponic growing equipment. Fortunately the rights were purhased by Suncast and they were selling the valve for only 8 bucks and another part I needed was only $4. Shipping was fast and cheap. Cost me $28 to rebuild both units and they are as good as new. I've had good luck with various other Suncast products.
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We're about to buy a gently used 5th wheel RV so I'm praying that I don't become a regular on this thread!
Congratulations.

A new opportunity to practice your electromechanicalplumbing skills.
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We're about to buy a gently used 5th wheel RV so I'm praying that I don't become a regular on this thread!
Just a dose of reality--if you took your home and drove it across the country with everything bouncing up and down when you hit every pothole do you think it would survive unscathed? At megacorp we test some systems by vibrating them until they fall apart. Most large items are put in their shipping packaging and then on a machine that is made to simulate the bouncing of a shipping van. Interesting what falls out of such a test...
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Just a dose of reality--if you took your home and drove it across the country with everything bouncing up and down when you hit every pothole do you think it would survive unscathed? At megacorp we test some systems by vibrating them until they fall apart. Most large items are put in their shipping packaging and then on a machine that is made to simulate the bouncing of a shipping van. Interesting what falls out of such a test...
+1

As someone who has owned an RV of one type or the other for the past 30 years, I agree that no matter how well they are built things are going to come loose, leak, short out, fall off, break, blow away or deteriorate. Guaranteed.
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What is that they say about the two happiest days of an RVer's life... Oh wait! That is about boaters.

Anyway, when I am done with my RV, it's going to be given away, so there will be no selling.
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Can I call it a repair, if I didn't use any tools, duct tape, or glue?

For several months now, I've noticed a water hammering in the pipes when I shut various faucets throughout the house. I know that's bad, it puts stress on all the pipes.

At each faucet, the typical set up is to have about a 6" extension of pipe rise above the take-off point. This traps air, and provides a cushion against the sudden closing of a faucet against the non-compressible water. Over time, that air gets dissolved into the water.

So I finally thought of it when DW was around to open & close faucets on command (well, OK, I asked nicely ). We use our cordless phones as walkie-talkies (need to be within range of the base station). I close the valve to the well pump - pressure tank side, have her open faucets set at middle (half hot, half cold), and I open the faucet in the basement to drain and let air into the system. Took just a few minutes to run through all the faucets, then turn pressure back on and close them as they pushed air out of the lines (but the air in the anti-hammer sections is trapped).

It worked. No more water hammers! Only one of the faucets coughed up some sediment and crud, I may have to clear some of the filters in the aerators over the next few days, but I'm glad I got this done.

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It didn't start out as a repair but could easily turn into one if not careful. Decided to add 4GB of RAM to my HP Laptop, it was always a simple upgrade in every other computer I've owned. This time it was anything but simple, had to completely disassemble the laptop. These are the steps (from the HP manual) that you have to perform to add/replace memory modules on my laptop. Each step has it's own section in the manual that includes more detailed instructions.

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3. Disconnect the power from the computer by first unplugging the power cord from the AC outlet and then unplugging the AC adapter from the computer.
4. Remove the battery.
5. Remove the keyboard.
6. Remove the top cover.
7. Remove the hard drive.
8. Remove the USB board.
9. Remove the WLAN.

10. Remove the system board.
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It didn't start out as a repair but could easily turn into one if not careful. Decided to add 4GB of RAM to my HP Laptop, it was always a simple upgrade in every other computer I've owned. This time it was anything but simple, had to completely disassemble the laptop. These are the steps (from the HP manual) that you have to perform to add/replace memory modules on my laptop. Each step has it's own section in the manual that includes more detailed instructions.
One of my research projects when selecting a new laptop is to download the manual and make sure it is easy to replace memory and hard drive.

Most of them are a snap, so far it has been a short search. My Emachines E725 and Lenovo G710 were no trouble at all.

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Fixed the pressure washer. The bypass/unloader valve was stuck. Youtube videos suggest replacing it. After removal though, one could see calcification, so I used a spark plug socket to hold it while banging on it with a hammer. That loosened it, so I re-installed it and now my son can power-wash the patio, the driveway, the sidewalk, the garage floor, the lawn furniture, the house, the ….
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Fixed the pressure washer. The bypass/unloader valve was stuck. Youtube videos suggest replacing it. After removal though, one could see calcification, so I used a spark plug socket to hold it while banging on it with a hammer. That loosened it, so I re-installed it and now my son can power-wash the patio, the driveway, the sidewalk, the garage floor, the lawn furniture, the house, the ….
I just fixed my friend's power washer. He let gasoline sit in the carburetor all winter, Disassembled the carb cleaned it and got the hard stuff out of the main jet. Works like new!
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Can I call it a repair, if I didn't use any tools, duct tape, or glue?

For several months now, I've noticed a water hammering in the pipes when I shut various faucets throughout the house. I know that's bad, it puts stress on all the pipes.

At each faucet, the typical set up is to have about a 6" extension of pipe rise above the take-off point. This traps air, and provides a cushion against the sudden closing of a faucet against the non-compressible water. Over time, that air gets dissolved into the water.

So I finally thought of it when DW was around to open & close faucets on command (well, OK, I asked nicely ). We use our cordless phones as walkie-talkies (need to be within range of the base station). I close the valve to the well pump - pressure tank side, have her open faucets set at middle (half hot, half cold), and I open the faucet in the basement to drain and let air into the system. Took just a few minutes to run through all the faucets, then turn pressure back on and close them as they pushed air out of the lines (but the air in the anti-hammer sections is trapped).

It worked. No more water hammers! Only one of the faucets coughed up some sediment and crud, I may have to clear some of the filters in the aerators over the next few days, but I'm glad I got this done.

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I have been having that problem with some faucets in my daughters bathroom.... they are leaving for a trip tomorrow, so I will be doing this...

I have been thinking about it for a month or two.... just have not done it.... this is the push I need... thanks...
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