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post #16 of 61 (permalink) Old 08-22-2015, 05:34 PM
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But also at your own expense and effort.



Just seems odd to me. I work for a disaster restoration company. We do it all day, every day and the insurance company pays us to do it right. For example, we have to test all the materials and if there is asbestos, it gets abated correctly which is also all covered by the insurance claim. We get it done plenty fast (we have to, if we don't finish by certain timelines the adjuster will cut some of our payment).



Unless the job would have only been $1,000 or so, in that case it is sometimes not worth it to have us do it when the homeowners deductible is $500.

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I get it done faster and to my specification

When you say dry out do you mean dehumidification and proper air flow?
Hope it wasn't open the ceiling and let nature do it .
Also how did you know it was dry?
Did you use a meter?

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When you say dry out do you mean dehumidification and proper air flow?
Hope it wasn't open the ceiling and let nature do it .
Also how did you know it was dry?
Did you use a meter?

Yep, my BIL is a carpenter, and borrowed some of his supplies. Sleeping at night with blowers going can be a challenge. A colleague of mine does environmental building test... He said it as dry as it will ever be in this environment, no AC and average humidity here is about 80%.
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Being a long time homeowner, and my husband having construction background, plus working where I do....these things have given me a lot of knowledge about my home and its construction. I love having this knowledge. Before I had it, houses and how they are built was such a mystery to me that it seemed overwhelming to try to imagine doing major or even minor house projects. It was intimidating. Now? Nothing scares me. I've redone most of my house, a fair bit of it myself. If I have a fire or flood or electrical or plumbing issue, I know how to handle it or who to call. That gives me a lot of peace of mind.

Working for the disaster restoration company has also given me peace of mind, because now if a bigger problem like that occurs I know who to call and that they will take care of me. Before working there I did not understand how all of that worked and it also intimidated me. Like if I imagined having a fire it really freaked me out. Now that I understand the process that happens after a fire, I feel a lot better.

There are still many if not most projects that we do ourselves. But we know which parts of a job to hire out, and also have trusted people to call.
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Yep, my BIL is a carpenter, and borrowed some of his supplies. Sleeping at night with blowers going can be a challenge. A colleague of mine does environmental building test... He said it as dry as it will ever be in this environment, no AC and average humidity here is about 80%.

Lol. Sounds like an airport at night. Those fans make some noise

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Back in 2007, we moved out of our house, hired a contractor to bring our kitchen down to floor. Moved the 240 line for the range. Moved the plumbing for the sink. Rebuilt from the ground up. New everything. One decision I'm happy about, single deep sink. We went with silestone (sp?) countertop. They also extended our master bedroom (2x bigger). We permitted the project, which they made us come up to standard on some items. We now have 11 smoke alarms wired in. You know what happens when the batteries start to give out.

I rented a sprayer and repainted the entire interior.

Finished it off with new floors.

Years prior my BIL and I tore down our bathrooms and rebuilt them as well. After 15 years, this place looks nothing like it did when we first moved in.
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Our dryer went out last weekend. Did some research, found the likely culprit, ordered a replacement part. Took less than 10 minutes to get the dryer back up and running once I had the part in hand.

It's not like I remodeled our kitchen or anything, but still...


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Our dryer went out last weekend. Did some research, found the likely culprit, ordered a replacement part. Took less than 10 minutes to get the dryer back up and running once I had the part in hand.

It's not like I remodeled our kitchen or anything, but still...

Ya know, not too terribly long ago, I read an article about how x-gens and millennials don't know how to repair stuff. They buy stuff, it breaks, they buy a new replacement.

Our LG dishwasher that we had was an uber silent dishwasher (you pay through the nose for the quiet ones) and when the sump assembly went bad, I wasn't about to shell out another $1,000 dollars when all I had to do was buy a new sump assembly for $120 dollars and invest a couple hours to replace it. Viola!

Just did the 100K timing belt replacement on the Volvo S80 a few weeks back as well. Wanna know how much Volvo charges for that procedure? $1200 freaking dollars!!!

I bought the parts, along with a new water pump while I had the front of the engine torn out, for $160 dollars and a day and a half of my time. Like hell I'm gonna pay $1200 dollars to do something that I already know I can do, right?
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Word.

The dishwasher in our last house was a freaking marvel of engineering. Stainless inside and out. Silent and cleaned GREAT. Made by some Scandinavian company named Asko. Wish we'd replaced it w/ a $500 Whirlmore Aid before we moved so that we could've brought it w/ us.

Oh well...

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Was looking at wi fi light switches. Sounds great but the whole " neutral wire required " thing has me baffled.
Is that the same as the ground wire?


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Was looking at wi fi light switches. Sounds great but the whole " neutral wire required " thing has me baffled.
Is that the same as the ground wire?
Yes.
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Yes.

Sweet. The Amazon echo has caught my eye and the Wemo switches work with it.

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Was looking at wi fi light switches. Sounds great but the whole " neutral wire required " thing has me baffled.
Is that the same as the ground wire?

I'm glad MR could answer this... However administration, please see that a specific subforum for DYI, home, car etc repairs would be so helpful.
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First the dryer, now the washer.

Oh well, at least this turned out to be an easy fix...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reZnmpTPgew

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Was looking at wi fi light switches. Sounds great but the whole " neutral wire required " thing has me baffled.
Is that the same as the ground wire?
Dear god, no they're not the same.

Ok, they sorta are, but are not. Neutral and ground are connected in normal 2 and 3 phase house wiring, but only at the main panel. They are otherwise separated at all other points in the circuit. This is to keep equipment enclosures and things that should never have line voltage from being energized if there is a fault in the system.

Think of a motor with a hot and a neutral connection. Under normal operation, the motor drops the entire line voltage, and the neutral line is at the same voltage as ground (0). If the neutral is interrupted somewhere along the path from the motor to the panel, the neutral side may now not be at ground any longer - it could be at the same potential as the hot wire - no current, no voltage drop. If the motor casing was tied to the neutral wire, you could get shocked if you touched the motor. That's why there is a separate ground wire that gets tied to junction boxes, light fixtures, socket casings, etc. The ground wire can be accidentally cut and then your grounding of the equipment is lost, but the ground line is never tied to any voltage unless accidentally.

That is the point of a 3 wire plug - to provide a ground that is independent of the neutral wire.
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