This Old #%&@*$ House

WizKid wrote:

Looks great.

Thanks! It no longer feels like I'm in my parent's basement.

Great looking basement!

Over the weekend I got to replace a wall in my house. It seems when someone flashed the roof they decided to place the drip edge UNDER the siding so it has been soaking the interior wall for years if not decades. As it dripped down it would rot the framing and get to the floor where the base flashing on the deck kept it in to slowly drip down into the subfloor. We found squishy subfloor which led me to this giant project. Wall is reframed, replywooded, and resided with flashing now facing out. Now I am worried the flashing on the other side of the house may be doing the same.....What morons designed/built this home!

Also, thanks to my nosey neighbor issue over summer I put off this fix until fall which came way too early and so this was all done in freezing wind and cold temps over the weekend. Yay.

Anyway now to add in porch light on the outside of said wall, an outside electric box, insulate, subfloor, drywall, flooring, paint, trim, then done? I hope!

Rainsmercy wrote:
WizKid wrote:

Looks great.

Thanks! It no longer feels like I'm in my parent's basement.

Fantastic looking floor! I'll be tackling that particular problem over the next few weeks in my own place. After consulting the hivemind here, I decided that the fence was within my capabilities, the floor was worth a shot before I consulted a professional, and the drywall will be done professionally unless I'm unable to find someone to do it for reasonable rates. Given that we had a hurricane recently, wait times are weeks to months to get anything done, and labour rates are extortionate.

In follow up to our project I want to share a dad joke I am proud of.

We had just finished splicing a joist that was rotted out under the water leak in the floor. My father in law and I were talking and trying to figure out what to tackle now the joist is done.

"Can we 'Rejoice' now that we have re-joist?"

I am still chuckling over this one. Lame joke but it landed well with him.

Go put that in the Dad joke thread. It's awesome and should be shared.

That sounds like a big project, Hobear. I am surprised you got it done in a weekend!

A few before, middle, after photos, and me at home depot cutting down a 4x8 sheet of plywood I needed in the lot because my SUV was not able to make the trip lol. IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/IXG0zgd.jpg)IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/3mC7aCj.jpg)IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/befTpdj.jpg)IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/fM054df.jpg)

Dishwasher was failing, bought a new dishwasher to install myself.

Water shutoff valve to the dishwasher wasn't closing, couldn't shut off the water and had started slow leaking.

Plumber replaced the slow dripping valve, and replaced a separate slow dripping valve by our water heater while he was over. I shut off the house main water valve and when I turned it back on a *new* slow drip appeared. Left that one to future me to worry about.

Plumber noticed a faint gas smell while replacing the other valve that needed replacement near the hot water heater. Used his bubble solution to check for a leak and found a gas valve slightly leaking. Called the gas company to check it out and here I am waiting for them.

Homeownership is great!

Edit: Gas company tech tightened a nut and fixed the very very minor gas "leak". He noted that the only way you would have noticed it is if your face was right next to it -- which the plumber was. What a roller coaster of a day. I just want to install my new g-damn dishwasher.

We are moved in to the new old house in Newport. It's great but there is a lot of work to be done. For example, we are currently running our new dryer on a 40 amp breaker instead of a 30 amp breaker. I was gonna swap it out, but the breaker doesn't have a main on/off which means I'm noping out of that.

The ceilings don't have popcorn texture but they do have a sort of ugly smear texture. Anyone ever tried to alter this to a smoother texture? I'm wondering if there is a fill product you could large putty knife over it. Might end up looking worse though. I can't imagine removing it would be easy or doable.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

For example, we are currently running our new dryer on a 40 amp breaker instead of a 30 amp breaker.

If the wires on that circuit are thick enough to carry 40 amps, there's no need to change out the breaker. Breakers are over current protection (OCP) for the wires, not the appliance. The appliance (dryer in this case) will have internal fuses that should protect the more delicate gubbins from high current.

Moggy wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

For example, we are currently running our new dryer on a 40 amp breaker instead of a 30 amp breaker.

If the wires on that circuit are thick enough to carry 40 amps, there's no need to change out the breaker. Breakers are over current protection (OCP) for the wires, not the appliance. The appliance (dryer in this case) will have internal fuses that should protect the more delicate gubbins from high current.

I'm still not loving it.

At any rate, our brand new LG washer/dryer setup sings to us like a Zojirushi, and it makes me infinitely happy.

One of the first things we did was to go buy the nicest toilet seats we could find. They had these Mayfair enameled wood, brushed nickel, soft close seats for about $35 at Ace hardware. They are super beefy and should last. The soft close is a revelation.

Watch out for that soft close. It's a setup to get you to slam down your friends & family's toilet seats when visiting them. (seriously, I have done this at houses without soft-close seats when visiting)

NSMike wrote:

Watch out for that soft close. It's a setup to get you to slam down your friends & family's toilet seats when visiting them. (seriously, I have done this at houses without soft-close seats when visiting)

Can 2nd the soft close confusion. Our house is a combo which keeps me on my toes but I forget wrong on occasion.

Ceiling changes are awful. I'd suggest figuring out how much you hate it first.

Hobear wrote:

Can 2nd the soft close confusion. Our house is a combo which keeps me on my toes but I forget wrong on occasion.

Ceiling changes are awful. I'd suggest figuring out how much you hate it first.

Heehee! Yeah, we're probably just gonna prime and paint. At least it's not the popcorn nightmare.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

The ceilings don't have popcorn texture but they do have a sort of ugly smear texture. Anyone ever tried to alter this to a smoother texture? I'm wondering if there is a fill product you could large putty knife over it. Might end up looking worse though. I can't imagine removing it would be easy or doable.

If it's actual texture the only way is to skim coat, sand, prime and re-texture with what you like.

NSMike wrote:

Watch out for that soft close. It's a setup to get you to slam down your friends & family's toilet seats when visiting them. (seriously, I have done this at houses without soft-close seats when visiting)

Once you go Toto, there's no going back.

Seriously...

ragin_redneck wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

The ceilings don't have popcorn texture but they do have a sort of ugly smear texture. Anyone ever tried to alter this to a smoother texture? I'm wondering if there is a fill product you could large putty knife over it. Might end up looking worse though. I can't imagine removing it would be easy or doable.

If it's actual texture the only way is to skim coat, sand, prime and re-texture with what you like.

Thanks! We will probably kick the can on this one.

Rainsmercy wrote:

We had a front load washer once as my wife thought that is what she wanted. Turns out all front load washers experience issues with draining/smelling musty which then transfers to your clothes. When we got a new set here at our second house we have owned, we got a top load, but got the extra large capacity one and she constantly says how much she loves the set. Think they are LG.

Belated reply, but: if you leave the front door open, they'll dry out. At least some of the LG front-loaders come with this sneaky little magnetic catch, which holds the door ajar, but won't let it swing open unless you actively pull. It's a very tiny feature, but it's a clever one.

For musty smells in general in a washer, running a load with some bleach will usually kill anything and clear it out. If that doesn't work, a few cups of vinegar added to an otherwise-empty load will usually do it.

Malor wrote:

For musty smells in general in a washer, running a load with some bleach will usually kill anything and clear it out. If that doesn't work, a few cups of vinegar added to an otherwise-empty load will usually do it.

Just don't try both at once.

Moggy wrote:
NSMike wrote:

Watch out for that soft close. It's a setup to get you to slam down your friends & family's toilet seats when visiting them. (seriously, I have done this at houses without soft-close seats when visiting)

Once you go Toto, there's no going back.

Seriously...

Totally true. I put Totos in all our bathrooms at our last house. Never had any clogs or issues. New house has nice and newish Kohlers - already had two clogs...

Moggy wrote:

Once you go Toto, there's no going back.

Seriously...

Seriously, I've used a friends one and it made me feel legit violated.

Our basement playroom/guest room was lit with a bunch of track lights that used those halogen spot lamps. Since it's a pretty low ceiling, they didn't work great because they're spot lamps, and there weren't nearly enough of them. The fixtures were also starting to crap out, and I couldn't find replacements. So we ordered a dozen low profile recessed LED fixtures from Amazon, I got some molex and new switches, and spent an afternoon with my wire strippers. It is WAY brighter in there now.

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And the $18 wire tester/toner I got on a whim once again proved invaluable for figuring out where the existing wiring went. It was an easy enough bit of work that I think we're going to do the same thing in the other basement room, and replace the 2'x2' florescent fixtures. Probably won't use quite as many though.

Jonman wrote:
Moggy wrote:

Once you go Toto, there's no going back.

Seriously...

Seriously, I've used a friends one and it made me feel legit violated.

I will never, ever be able to watch The Wizard of Oz in the same way.

Jonman wrote:
Moggy wrote:

Once you go Toto, there's no going back.

Seriously...

Seriously, I've used a friends one and it made me feel legit violated.

The updated model asks your consent before letting you sit down.

Coldstream wrote:
Jonman wrote:
Moggy wrote:

Once you go Toto, there's no going back.

Seriously...

Seriously, I've used a friends one and it made me feel legit violated.

The updated model asks your consent before letting you sit down.

Adds a whole new meaning to "End User License Agreement"

Every time I see pictures of someone's basement I get jealous. It just seems so nice to have a whole additional extra room. I recently visited my buddy's house in Indiana and his basement is a glorious ode to gaming space that I drool over. I don't foresee moving to a region where basements are common, so this is just one of those things I have to enjoy vicariously through all of you.

Lester_King wrote:
Moggy wrote:
NSMike wrote:

Watch out for that soft close. It's a setup to get you to slam down your friends & family's toilet seats when visiting them. (seriously, I have done this at houses without soft-close seats when visiting)

Once you go Toto, there's no going back.

Seriously...

Totally true. I put Totos in all our bathrooms at our last house. Never had any clogs or issues. New house has nice and newish Kohlers - already had two clogs...

Some day. That's the easiest can to kick down the road right now.

Edit: I had planned on putting some sort of Japanese toilet in the laundry room bathroom (We have 3 bathrooms for 2 people! Crazy!), and those fit the bill. Still will be a few years before we get to that.