Homeownership - Maintenance, Building, Updating, Renos, etc.

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by Fitz, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    I’d get an electrician. Something may have a short and you don’t mess around with DC power.
     
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  2. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Thank you. I've contacted a friend whose father is an electrician. We know he's good because he's the one who does pat testing for our letting agents' properties.

    If it is just an issue in that area I don't need to have the whole house redone? Right? I'm literally crying right now. So so much has gone wrong and I don't know if I can take much more. Financially or emotionally.
     
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  3. ClamJam

    ClamJam Chicken

    I hope it's an easy fix, Ham!!! Hugs.
     
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  4. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    It may just be a short with the oven. If they haven’t had issues, then it’s probably an isolated issue that can be fixed. Again, I’m not great at electrical, but I would guess that’s the place to start.
     
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  5. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Thank you so much. This has made me feel better as we know less than nothing. <3
     
  6. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    I mean, if it keeps tripping the breaker, I’d keep the switch to the oven turned off (if there is a switch) since there’s no telling.
     
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  7. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    It is not a wiring issue! The oven only works halfway really (the bottom unit works but not the top) but the electrician said the wiring itself is really good esp for a house of this age. Thank fuck for that.
     
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  8. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    Phew! Is it gas or electric? Changing out an electric heating element is fairly manageable to DIY.
     
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  9. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Electric but it's such a cheap oven it will be better to replace it. When things have settled a bit that's what we're going to do.

    Also he didn't charge us even though he helped so much. Sooo nice.
     
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  10. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Oh I am so glad to hear this! Small kindnesses mean so much right now.
     
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  11. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    Quarantine has inspired M to lay the three pallets of pavers that we bought three years ago. He's been digging out the old pavers and moving dirt all weekend so he can put paver base down when it gets delivered this week. The old pavers were really just a walkway from the back door over to the gate - just about three feet wide along the back of the house; the new pavers are going to make a real 300ish (350?) square foot patio area. M really wants to make our backyard something that doesn't suck so C has a place to play where we actually want to be.

    Also, related good neighbor story: our 65 year old neighbor popped his head up over the fence to see what M was working on and I just overheard M telling him that he is not allowed to come help. This is the same guy that ended up painting half of the outside of our house with M and helped him take down a huge, dying oak tree in preparation for hurricane season a couple of years ago. He loves projects and is always trying to join M in whatever he's working on. Like, he won't take no for an answer - just goes and gets his own tools, paintbrush, whatever and joins in. Such a nice guy.
     
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  12. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    Your neighbor sounds adorable
     
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  13. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    He really is. He's also back there with his own shovel now.
     
  14. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    6 feet apart I hope :lol:
     
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  15. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    Lol nice neighbors are the best! We’ve also been trying to renovate our back and front yards with our quarantine time!
     
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  16. shiba shake

    shiba shake Chicken

    A and I both really wish we could use this quarantine time to work on the yard, but Minnesota does not agree. It rained yesterday which is now slushy snow and too gross to work in.
     
  17. hallokween

    hallokween Chicken

    We spent the weekend in the yard, too. We took out some trees, relocated a knockout rose bush, spread a couple truckloads of dirt, and put grass seed out. When the grass grows, we're going to out together E's playset she got for her birthday.
     
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  18. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    This has only been on my todo list for like a year. 3BBE69B5-901B-4AB6-9CF5-1877BA8E6C3A.jpeg

    It was basically permabrown before because the old owners left it laying in dirt for so long. I kept thinking it’d probably look nice painted but it came out better than expected!
     
  19. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    It’s really pretty!
     
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  20. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Ooh I love it!
     
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  21. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    My fucking asshole cat cracked the bathroom sink. He opened the cabinet and knocked a bunch of stuff into the sink and cracked the porcelain so that some water can get through to underneath. In the short term is this something we can seal? I don’t want anyone doing work in our house right now if I can avoid it.
     
  22. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    If it’s a relatively small/thin crack, you could probably seal it at the sink/top side with some caulking. But that may not last too long.
     
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  23. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Thank you! I haven’t looked at it myself yet because I don’t need any more rage in my life but W said he didn’t notice it at first and then thought it was a stray hair, so hopefully we can caulk it for the short term.
     
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  24. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    All of us tbh :lol:
     
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  25. deet

    deet Chicken

    Happy birthday! You’re getting a new sink!