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Old 03-10-2016, 05:26 PM   #1361
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Not a repair, but an enhancement to my motorhome. Its water heater runs on propane only. Looking for a place to refill the propane tank can be a chore while traveling, and it is silly to use up the propane when I am plugged into shore power at RV parks with hookup.

There's an aftermarket kit that has an electric element that screws into the drain hole of the heater. Instead of buying the entire kit, I bought just a replacement heater element, and use it with a digital and settable thermostat off eBay. This is the same $12 electronic temperature controller that I have used to make my own sous vide cooker.

While driving, I can also power the water heater with the whole-house 2kW inverter, that runs off the batteries being fed from the alternator. My 225W solar panel is too puny to run this 500W water heater.

PS. I just realized another nice feature provided by this digital temperature controller. Even when I cannot run the electric heater and have to turn on the propane heater, the temperature display is nice to show the temperature of the tank, and to know if it is good for a shower.
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Old 03-10-2016, 06:12 PM   #1362
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Installed new rotors and disc brake pads on the Caddy today. Original set lasted 62,000 miles, probably could have got another 5,000 to 10,000 out of them but I am too lazy to monitor them closely. These should last until I trade it off in 3 years.
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Old 03-10-2016, 06:16 PM   #1363
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On my run this morning I saw a dresser and headboard out for the trash. They were not exactly stylish by today's standard, but certainly usable. Someone could probably turn them into "shabby chic" with some milk paint and creativity. It's a shame if they end up in the landfill. I thought about running home to get the pickup truck, retrieving the items, and delivering them to the Thrift Store...but the dresser was much too large for me to lift into the truck bed on my own.
Not to sidetrack the thread, but it really annoys me when I see that because most of the 2nd hand places will pickup re-usable items for no charge.....AND it's deductible.
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On Thursday, I finished putting up a basement bedroom closet ceiling after finding and fixing a leak from the upstairs bathroom. That night, we found the carpet in that bedroom soaked. I figured the water was coming from the boiler room, so Friday, I cleaned it out and figured out the water was coming from the hot water tank. Saturday, my plumber son and I (well, I got things that he needed), changed out the tank and re-did the piping. The new setup is a much cleaner and more artistic layout than the Rube Goldberg layout it was before.
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Old 03-15-2016, 12:28 AM   #1365
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Not to sidetrack the thread, but it really annoys me when I see that because most of the 2nd hand places will pickup re-usable items for no charge.....AND it's deductible.
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Old 03-15-2016, 04:34 AM   #1366
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The floor in my RV bathroom had "play" in it - I was afraid it was going to end up cracking.
I cut a piece of 1/4" plywood to fit the floor area with bevelled edges. Then used fiberglass resin to adhere to the rough sanded floor, adding several dumbbells to flatten out and get a good attachment.
After a couple days I added 4 layers of fiberglass with resin on top and allowed to dry. Then sanded it nice and flat/smooth and painted with gloss white paint.

The floor is rock solid and looks like new -
I have a lot of camping/traveling planned! Already have been to Death Valley, San Diego and Santa Cruz this year......
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Old 04-11-2016, 07:37 PM   #1368
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We had new garage doors (2) installed last Friday and one of the openers replaced. House is pushing 40 years old, still had the original doors. New ones are insulated, should keep the garage warmer. Also shopping for a new dishwasher. We've been in this house 17 years, it was here when we moved in. The top rack is rusting.
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The shower/bath in the guest bathroom doesn't get used very often. Had some visitors over last week and sure enough the first guest who used the shower informed me there was no hot water coming out of the shower. Confirmed the problem and removed the water valve cover to get access to the inside. Turned the water main off and tried to remove the valve cartridge but it was stuck and wasn't easily coming out. Figured the valve cartridge needed replacing so picked one up at HD, along with a cartridge removal tool. The old cartridge came out easily with the tool and the new one slid in easily with some grease applied. Fixed the problem and the guest were happy.
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Old 04-26-2016, 02:48 PM   #1370
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The shower/bath in the guest bathroom doesn't get used very often. Had some visitors over last week and sure enough the first guest who used the shower informed me there was no hot water coming out of the shower........... .
I've got one of those anti scald shower controls and I found that very fine debris would jam it up, as it has two surfaces that rotate counter to one another with a tight clearance.
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Old 04-28-2016, 03:43 PM   #1373
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Today I installed new quick struts on my 2006 Cadillac DTS. Local shop quoted $780 to do the job including front end alignment. I purchased the quick struts online for $262.07 delivered to my house. I have already made an appointment for a front end alignment tomorrow at a cost of $62.35 including tax.

A few hours of my labor saved me about $455 compared to the local shop. Not bad!
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Today I installed new quick struts on my 2006 Cadillac DTS. Local shop quoted $780 to do the job including front end alignment. I purchased the quick struts online for $262.07 delivered to my house. I have already made an appointment for a front end alignment tomorrow at a cost of $62.35 including tax.

A few hours of my labor saved me about $455 compared to the local shop. Not bad!
I did the Quick Struts on my Escape and it was a very easy job - 5 bolts on each side as I recall. The estimated labor by my local repair shop was a total rip off.
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:06 PM   #1375
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The shower/bath in the guest bathroom doesn't get used very often. Had some visitors over last week and sure enough the first guest who used the shower informed me there was no hot water coming out of the shower. Confirmed the problem and removed the water valve cover to get access to the inside. Turned the water main off and tried to remove the valve cartridge but it was stuck and wasn't easily coming out. Figured the valve cartridge needed replacing so picked one up at HD, along with a cartridge removal tool. The old cartridge came out easily with the tool and the new one slid in easily with some grease applied. Fixed the problem and the guest were happy.
If you have a Moen shower head they'll send you a new cartridge for free. Some of my Moen faucets are 20 years old now, and I've learned that their lifetime warranty comes in handy.
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I recently replaced a lavatory faucet and fell victim to my dyslexia. The replacement faucets came with the hot marked with red tape. "OK," I thought, "red goes on the right." I got done and realized that I'd installed the faucets backwards.

Thinking back, I did the same thing when I installed new faucets in the kitchen a few years ago.
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If you have a Moen shower head they'll send you a new cartridge for free. Some of my Moen faucets are 20 years old now, and I've learned that their lifetime warranty comes in handy.
It is a Moen but didn't even consider it would be covered under warranty (18 years old), thanks for the info. Even if I had I'm not sure I would have waited for Moen to ship one out, needed the extra shower with guest visiting. I will try to get them to ship out a replacement anyway, never hurts to have a spare around.
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I had shut off our giant gas water heater for vacation but upon our return, the pilot would not light. If the pilot lights but does not stay lit, it normally just needs a $10 thermocouple, but ours would not ignite at all. Turns out there was no gas coming out of the pilot line so the valve was broken or blocked. Cleaning the pilot line did not help so a plumber suggested installing a new water heater for $2000. Instead I ordered a new valve unit online and installed it myself. For $130 plus express shipping it's as good as new, and I had a chance to flush out all the gunk that had built up in the bottom of the tank.


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I recently replaced a lavatory faucet and fell victim to my dyslexia. The replacement faucets came with the hot marked with red tape. "OK," I thought, "red goes on the right." I got done and realized that I'd installed the faucets backwards.

Thinking back, I did the same thing when I installed new faucets in the kitchen a few years ago.
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I had shut off our giant gas water heater for vacation but upon our return, the pilot would not light. If the pilot lights but does not stay lit, it normally just needs a $10 thermocouple, but ours would not ignite at all. Turns out there was no gas coming out of the pilot line so the valve was broken or blocked. Cleaning the pilot line did not help so a plumber suggested installing a new water heater for $2000. Instead I ordered a new valve unit online and installed it myself. For $130 plus express shipping it's as good as new, and I had a chance to flush out all the gunk that had built up in the bottom of the tank.
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I used to turn mine off for vacations, but now I just turn it down very low so I don't have to fuss with lighting it, just turn the dial up.
Your story makes me sure I'll continue just lowering it a lot.
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