This Old #%&@*$ House

Has anyone here ever replaced a dishwasher motor? If so how hard is it? Is it worth it vs just replacing the dishwasher?

DSGamer - I have not, but in my opinion, depending on how old it is, they don't really make them to last anymore, so might be easier/cheaper to just buy a new one.

As far as my house projects go - Replacing/updating light switches with newer/white light switches and new white plates....3 circuit breakers for 5 switches. 3 of the switches in same box - 2 separate circuit breakers. 4 of the 5 switches within 5 feet of each other. 1 at top of stairs on same circuit as outlets within 5 feet of it, I get, but 1 of the switches in the basement on the same circuit as the fridge one floor above and 20 feet away, what the f*ck? And it was an easter egg hunt to find which circuit breaker each was on, ugg.

Project this coming weekend is to find what circuit each of the 8 wall electrical outlets in the basement are on so I can replace those as well with white/tamper resistant outlets. sigh

Thanks. Has anyone gotten work done inside recently? Can contractors do work safely?

DSGamer wrote:

Thanks. Has anyone gotten work done inside recently? Can contractors do work safely?

We had our garage floor resurfaced this month and have a landscape project starting this week. Nobody inside the house itself yet.

JLS wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

Thanks. Has anyone gotten work done inside recently? Can contractors do work safely?

We had our garage floor resurfaced this month and have a landscape project starting this week. Nobody inside the house itself yet.

We had some cabinets installed in a craft room. Left the room unused for a few days and then wiped down with Lysol all the horizontal surfaces. Ask me in 2 weeks whether we dodged a bullet

My in-laws pool sprang a leak, so their liner is getting replaced. That means all the interlok around their pool is up for grabs. So, my wife and I moved about 400 square feet of interlock (well, by my wife and I, I mean I did with my daughter, my wife supervised) by the wheelbarrowfull across the street, and we have spent the last week getting quotes on someone to do the job for us.

Our second floor bathroom has sprung a leak so that when anyone takes a shower some water goes through the floor and down into the kitchen. We had a plumber come and check it out yesterday and do a quick possible fix that had maybe a 50/50 shot of working, and as I found out last night after I took a shower, did not work.

So, they're going to have to come back and open up the wall and actually figure out where the problem is happening. Like Moggy, I think you'll have to ask again in a couple weeks whether it we're going to dodge the bullet.

For my work, I get contractors in my building(s) regularly - plumbing, HVAC, water treatment, and so on. Because it’s a place of work, most of our procedures are of the CYA kind - questionnaire on contact with infected, self-reporting, etc; masks (depending on proximity to others); gloves are pretty standard; and we do an extra sanitizing pass on door handles, etc. on their path.

So... about 6 weeks ago now we put in an offer on a house in Savage. It was accepted, and we closed and moved in two weeks ago. My wife fell in love with the kitchen and the amount of space, I'll admit that the unfinished loft above the detached garage caught my eye, and there's a pretty damn big yard (technically our property is two lots, the one beside us being empty). It'd been abandoned for quite a while, was picked up by a couple investors, and basically gutted. For a place built in 1925, it looked amazing. My ONE concern with this house, was the large sycamore tree very close to the west side of the home.

Well, last night my wife heard something that sounded like fireworks, and asked me to take a look. Given she put these cling things on the windows in the kitchen that would prevent me from seeing anything in that direction, I figured I'd step out onto the deck. After getting outside and getting to the back of the deck, I immediately realized the sound was wood snapping and the tree was breaking apart. But not being able to see the limb that was snapping, I froze because I didn't know which way to run. Instead of trying to get back inside I ran to the corner and tried to hunker down under the rail, and got there just in time to get hit in the back by the limb that went through the deck. It went through our kitchen in three places, busted out a window, went through the deck, and totaled my wife's car. I got checked out in the ER last night as I took a pretty good hit, but lucked out with just scrapes, bruises, and admittedly some PTSD. Our other house just got put on the market and the contractor we hired for that house came out last night to do a quick job cleaning a little and putting ply board up, then spent the day with his tree crew removing the rest and sealing the house up better. But he can't do any more work until the adjuster comes and takes a look on Wednesday.

We haven't even paid our first mortgage payment. We're not even really fully moved in yet. I didn't have her car in the garage because I have stuff in t here I was putting together, so I had it sitting right outside. We were about 8 payments away from having it paid off. Thankfully no one else was hurt, and my injuries were insanely minor considering had I tried to run in the house they would have been cleaning me up with a mop and bucket. The kids were pretty shook up, they saw me almost get crushed. I hate being right about stuff like this, but I wanted that tree down soon because I was so worried about it.

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Woah. Glad you are ok!!!

Wow! I am glad you are relatively ok and your family is too.

Did it come up at all in the home inspection?

No. There really wasn't any obvious indication that the limb was rotten. All the branches from it were starting to bloom so it was alive, the towel is on the limb because water was dropping out of it onto our marble countertop, but the very core of it where it broke was rotten. It got to a point where the weight was just too much. I imagine the recent cold snap probably did it in. Even the arborist today that was on site couldn't figure it out until they got it all to the ground and he was able to see the inside close up. The rest of the tree is likely fine, but I'd still like to get it cut down before the winter if we can.

Yikes! That's terrifying and the worst of luck. I'm sorry! Glad everyone is okay.

Yikes, glad you are mostly ok, lucky you made the best choice you could at the time. Sorry to hear you will have to go through that in a house you just bought/haven't even moved into.

You made your reflex savings for half damage, high DC.

Glad you're ok. What a nightmare.

Holy cow! Glad you're okay!

Wow! So glad everyone is as okay as can be! Some of those pictures are truly terrifying. Hope The cleanup is fast and covered by insurance so it’s not too costly!

Holy hell. So glad you're okay.

It's a nightmare situation but this is definitely in that category of "walked away with your life" and that's all that matters. Everything else is fixable or replaceable.

Wow. I’m glad you and your family are ok.

I noticed my downstairs ceiling was bowing and dripping water out of a nail hole last night. When I cut into the drywall water started pouring out! After a little more cutting I noticed the water was hot. Finally found a pinhole leak in a copper pipe about a foot down from the initial drip.

Luckily, it happened in the dead center of my laundry room over a tile floor. The pinhole is even pointed almost straight down so a bucket on a stepladder is currently doing the trick. The ceiling and part of the wall are all torn up and the drywall needs to be replaced, but it could've been a WHOLE lot worse.

The sub-loathe is my plumber is closed during the crisis. I'm looking around for another plumber right now and am running out to get some epoxy to seal it up. Anyone have any idea how long that might last?

I'd say time to learn to sweat copper and fix yourself. Watch a couple youtubes and see what you can do. Not sure of what would stop the leak easily beyond some real mcguyver sh*t. You could call a local hardware store and see if the I have any shark bite fixes but that would cost almost as much as a coupling, pipecutter, and torch kit.

Can anyone tell me the name of this kind of thing so I can buy a new one. It's broken and normally has another side opposite the same as the top, like a dumbbell. It used to hold one side of the swinging mailbox flap in place. I could just use a nut and bolt I guess but I'd like to get one matching to the other hinge if possible.

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You can replace it with a pop rivet, most likely.

Hobear wrote:

I'd say time to learn to sweat copper and fix yourself. Watch a couple youtubes and see what you can do. Not sure of what would stop the leak easily beyond some real mcguyver sh*t. You could call a local hardware store and see if the I have any shark bite fixes but that would cost almost as much as a coupling, pipecutter, and torch kit.

Yeah, that's not happening.

My biggest frustration with owning a house is that I am not skilled at all in repairs of this kind. To learn how to do something well often requires trial and error that frustrates me to no end. I simply don't have the patience or the confidence - especially when it involves something critical that I can really screw up and cause either a flood or a fire in extreme cases.

I've really come to appreciate professional skilled laborers that can do something well, and I'm fortunate enough that I can afford to hire them to do so.

Mermaidpirate wrote:

Can anyone tell me the name of this kind of thing so I can buy a new one.

That's a rivet. Take it to your local Home Depot or other hardware store, and they should be able to help you out easily.

PaladinTom wrote:

I simply don't have the patience or the confidence - especially when it involves something critical that I can really screw up and cause either a flood or a fire in extreme cases.

This is wisdom. There are some things that can be done by homeowners, and some that should be done by professionals. For my money, anything critical to the home's integrity (roof, foundation), that can fail catastrophically (water pipes), or fail dangerously (electrical) should be done by professionals. There's a reason that these are known as skilled trades.

Yeah, especially with plumbing. That's one of the things you could never convince me to DIY.

Like maybe... MAYBE... running a line of cold water with some Pex. MAYBE. But everything else? Proper drainage angles and sh*t? Sweating copper?

Like, there's a lot to it. And a lot of weird sh*t that can make things fail faster, like if pipe is not deburred inside, for PVC if it's not clean and primed well, etc.

It's just too finicky for me to mess with, and there's too much risk of serious damage with failure.

We have a brand new house (completed last June) and the number of past and ongoing issues is driving me and my wife insane.

Circuit breakers keep tripping off for any reason or no reason at all. The contracted electrician for the builder claims it is MD state code to have breakers that trip when a squirrel farts, but I think they are just cheapass Guatemalan breakers.

The microwave broke and the repair part needed to be ordered from China in the middle of a pandemic which meant we had no convenient reheating capacity for a month.

But the biggest issue is that the berm that the house is built on is eroding into a drainage ditch because the grade was set higher than the original approved plan. The builder says they will remediate it, but wants to wait until "the rain stops". I am just concerned he is going to try to wait out the clock and make it the HOA's problem.

Paleocon wrote:

We have a brand new house (completed last June) and the number of past and ongoing issues is driving me and my wife insane.

Circuit breakers keep tripping off for any reason or no reason at all. The contracted electrician for the builder claims it is MD state code to have breakers that trip when a squirrel farts, but I think they are just cheapass Guatemalan breakers.

The microwave broke and the repair part needed to be ordered from China in the middle of a pandemic which meant we had no convenient reheating capacity for a month.

But the biggest issue is that the berm that the house is built on is eroding into a drainage ditch because the grade was set higher than the original approved plan. The builder says they will remediate it, but wants to wait until "the rain stops". I am just concerned he is going to try to wait out the clock and make it the HOA's problem.

Definitely the Con side of building versus buying from a previous owner.

Paleocon wrote:

We have a brand new house (completed last June) and the number of past and ongoing issues is driving me and my wife insane.

Circuit breakers keep tripping off for any reason or no reason at all. The contracted electrician for the builder claims it is MD state code to have breakers that trip when a squirrel farts, but I think they are just cheapass Guatemalan breakers.

are they AHCI breakers in that are typically required in bedrooms? We had one that did this, replaced it with one from Home Depot and it's been fine since.

Chairman_Mao wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

We have a brand new house (completed last June) and the number of past and ongoing issues is driving me and my wife insane.

Circuit breakers keep tripping off for any reason or no reason at all. The contracted electrician for the builder claims it is MD state code to have breakers that trip when a squirrel farts, but I think they are just cheapass Guatemalan breakers.

are they AHCI breakers in that are typically required in bedrooms? We had one that did this, replaced it with one from Home Depot and it's been fine since.

yup