well, shit

Feb. 14th, 2016 09:01 am
rmd: (house)
kitchen pipes froze overnight. I've moved the washer mostly out of its nook and have a fan running there and I'm blow-drying aggressively against the under-sink pipes, so hopefully this will get the frozen part from both sides (I am guessing that the frozen bit is between those two points).

Hopefully I won't then discover that the pipe burst as well. No dripping or flowing water sounds yet, so my fingers are crossed.

ETA: pipes are fine, and I left the water trickling on Sunday night so things were fine when I got home today (Monday).
rmd: (flip off kittens)
well, the annoying leak has been upgraded to icky leak. seems the toilet on the second floor is seeping with every flush. and has been for a while.

and if doubling up on the wax ring doesn't fix it, then that will mean it's the drain. which... boy howdy, that will be a whole pile of i-love-home-ownership right there.
rmd: (trinity gun)
Well. That was startling.

The toilet in my house had a sudden and unanticipated loss of hold tank structural integrity.

Happily, it was the upper tank that broke -- so the floodwater was clean water -- and i got to the shutoff valve quickly. The water didn't escape the bathroom, and every larger-than-a-facecloth towel in my house is now on the floor of the bathroom or cycling thru the laundry (since while the water was clean, the bathroom floor certainly was not).
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well, if any sink drain in my house had to fail, i guess it's best that the one that failed was the one located directly above a litter box, so the water didn't leak everywhere.

first, to clean everything out and see what the actual failure is, then i predict a home depot shopping trip in my future.
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well, having finished all the tile work in the the upstairs bathroom, now i finally get to take apart the downstairs bathroom and make it water-tight around the tub. the base of the current wall-covering is all swollen and rotting and clearly not long for this world. so i pulled part of it down and it looks like the wallboard behind is actually okay. which is very good.

but now i have to pull off all the faucet hardware stuff so i can pull the faux-tile-covered-masonite off of that wall, too.

i am not a plumber. no, no i am not. gosh! a new learning curve.

also, holy shit it's march and this means i have to get even more uptight about studying for the CISSP test. eek!

What i did:

Feb. 2nd, 2002 07:17 pm
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short term: tack up several layers of trash bag across the opening so
that cold air and pigeons don't fill my house. (no pigeons in sight,
but i don't really want to face one that things it's still a good
roosting place.)

next step: hide the air conditioner unit in a closet.
okay, i haven't done that part yet, but let's just remove the a/c
from the equation.

then, it's time for THIS OLD SCRAPHEAP, where you have to complete
a given home repair project using only the materials in the
house to avoid having to go out to home depot.

count staples in the staple gun: 18. look for more staples. nope!
none here, so i'm constrained to the 18. get several heavy duty trash
bags, several smaller white trash bags, string, a big bag of trash i
was going to put out for the trash guys next week (this contains a
bunch of fiberglass insulation that i pulled out of the ceiling of
the bedroom when i took down the ugly lower ceiling), a piece of
old wall panel that's about the height of the opening but a bit too
long, and - of course - duct tape.

score the piece of panelling so it'll be about long enough, then break
it on the score mark. cover all the edges in duct tape. wrap it in
two layers of white trash bag.

remove the temporary barrier. try to save as many of the staples as
possible, since we don't have too many in the gun.

take the twine, put a bowline at the end, and staple it to the bottom of
the box that surrounded the a/c so that it's well anchored. run it up
and down in a zig zag pattern a few times so that it provides a rough
barrier to large objects falling out of the box.

next, put the piece of panelling (wrapped in trash bags so it's mildly
weather-proofed for a few months) up against the string.
then take an empty heavy duty trash bag and put a bunch of fiberglass
insulation in it. remeber to put on gloves *before* starting that last
bit. then stuff the bag into the box so it mostly fills it. tear
pieces of insulation inside the bag and stuff them into the corners.
notice how you can no longer hear street noises from the opening and
decide it's mostly insulated.

take a bare piece of insulation and cover the opening with it. this
doesn't need to be in plastic since it's not going to be exposed to the
elements. cover this with the folded heavy trash bag i had earlier
used for the temporary barrier. staple in place.

run out of staples and cleverly RE-USE the staples i had carefully saved
when i pulled the temporary barrier off. (push them into the wood with
lineman's pliers and then use the face of the pliers to bang them in.)

no big drafts, no noise, and the area is no longer a pigeon haunt.

now i should look and see if i can find one of the framed prints i
have that's big enough to cover the hole.

long term: when the weather's warmer, hire someone else to do the
necessary high-up-work to repair or replace the box and re-install
the air conditioner.

oh *hell*

Feb. 2nd, 2002 05:15 pm
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so, several of the rooms in my house have built-into-the-wall air
conditioner units. just regular room a/c units with boxes built
around them instead of them being set in windows.

one of them is set in a wall with no nearby window. and the door to
the little box was half-open and it had become a major roosting
spot for pigeons, and it was drafty. so i figured, hey, i'll
make a big clatter to chase the pigeons away, and then unwedge
the rope and pull the door shut. then in spring, i can replace
the rope and clear out the pigeon shit and such and tack up
some screening to keep birds out. or, more likely, pay someone
else to do that since it's about 30 feet up and i don't like working
on high ladders these days.

unfortunately, the rope was seriously frayed. and the frayed part caught
on the far side of the little pulley, and so as i tugged on it, it broke.
and the door fell open and the force of it was enough to cause the hinges
to pull out and the entire little door went tumbling down onto my

*sigh* so i pulled the moulding off of the wall around the air conditioner,
pulled the a/c unit out, cleared pigeon shit and stuff out, and then stapled
up a half a dozen layers of garbage bag to try and provide some insulation.

and now i have to figure out what to do in the short term and long term about


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