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    Quote Originally Posted by nnuut View Post
    On top of that My refrigerator Ice Maker died. After surfing the internet troubleshooting a fix, I decided to replace the whole DAMN thing. It's in the mail!
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    Whole damn ice maker or refrigerator? "They" say things happen in threes, so watch for it.
    Every day when I get up I look for a note from SWMBO or wonder what I am going to discover broken today.
    All in all retired life is great isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullitt View Post
    We had a Moen faucet and it was constantly leaking. I kept going to plumbing shop and getting the various parts for fixing inside the handles. The guy there, a master plumber, finally said Moen says buy it for looks, buy it for life, but they definitely won't last your life.

    Problem fixed when we had a plumbers grade Delta faucet installed in it's place. It's not the prettiest, but it does the job without problems.
    The previous Moen lasted 13 years with no problems except the handle “breaking off”. It was scheduled for replacement some time as it matched the sink color and that is no longer the trend. Brushed chrome or nickel currently.
    I have been told for years by plumbers and non plumbers that the fixtures you buy v what plumbers buy are different. Probably so. Either way, since DIY is getting less and less for me, having a registered professional provide the fixture and install likely won’t cost that much more based on the last experience. Plus the plumber “owns” the installation if they are reputable.

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    Hacker hint #1) A few bags of plastic zip ties of various sizes are your friend. Secure zip ties around the line loosely at strategic points, then fasten the zip tie to the back of the undercounter surface with a stapler. You will not kink the line or damage the internal plastic portion of your braided line.

    Hacker hint #2) Go to your local discount store (Walmart, Lowes, etc.) and buy an Arrow heavy duty manual stapler. Staples are available in multiple sizes and there are dozens of uses for staples.
    #1, got some but around here if stored in the garage they tend to deteriorate in a few years. Probably gets to around 130°F out there. Paint spoils in about 2 years. Spackle, caulk about 1. Stapler is hanging on peg board but staples sometimes get gummy after a while. I guess the glue that holds them together melts?


    Quote Originally Posted by bmneveu View Post
    LOL same here. One of the most frustrating things is getting back from the store, starting back up on the project and realizing you need to make another store run for something else. Live and learn!
    Yup


    Quote Originally Posted by nasa1974 View Post
    My problem is I spend more time going back and forth to Home Depot or Lowes then I do on the project.
    Yup, yup. Can be a big problem if water or electric must be off during the project.

    Thinking that maybe hiring someone who likely has needed parts in their vehicle is good. Not always true as professionals have had to leave to go get parts.

    Quote Originally Posted by bmneveu View Post
    This might be a good spot to list all our home projects completed during all the lockdown/quarantine time. Anyone got any good ones?

    My wife and I did a lot. Put in a 10'x10' paver section to extend our back porch. Knocked out the wall under the stairs and extended a closet into the space to add about 24 sqft of fully finished storage space. Those were probably the hardest ones. Remodeled all 3 bathrooms and the laundry room as well. Added some flooring in the attic. We stayed busy.
    No projects worth being called good. My biggest one is cleaning off my workbench in the garage. It’s too damned hot out there!

    Stuff covering it are an older “surround sound” system from a bedroom remodel and a 35 year old microwave oven that still works great. I know if I take these to good will or another agency they are going in the dumpster. Probably should set up the receiver and amp for radio in the garage. Probably should trash the microwave. Thought of offering it for free on nextdoor but it meets 1985 standards, not 2020 standards. I doubt it is dangerous as safety mechanisms worked when retired. Whatever, time to try to recycle it and free up that work bench for the fall season when it’s only 90°.

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    Default Re: Home repairs (broken stuff)

    Quote Originally Posted by nnuut View Post
    On top of that My refrigerator Ice Maker died. After surfing the internet troubleshooting a fix, I decided to replace the whole DAMN thing. It's in the mail!
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    PO it's just the ice maker, but we bought the Frig in 2004 so it's ready for it's turn. Frigs use to last for 30 to 40 years, what happened?
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    I used to do home (and car) repairs, but I've reached the age where one says : "You know what ? It's worth it, to me, to pay somebody ELSE to do it !"

    The hard part is finding that reputable "someone else" !


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    Quote Originally Posted by nnuut View Post
    PO it's just the ice maker, but we bought the Frig in 2004 so it's ready for it's turn. Frigs use to last for 30 to 40 years, what happened?
    Part of it is styles and features. SWMBO types figure in to that.

    Bought a fridge earlier this year. A comma in the price. Bought it from a local chain that owns repairs with the extended warranty. Worth it to keep SO happy. (aka SWMBO)

    Now to get political and blame everything on some politician, W was president when you bought it. Probably all his fault.

    Yeah, it’s just a matter of time and your 16 yo fridge will die and not be worthy of repair.

    I mentioned before about a 35 yo microwave oven that worked fine when retired. Retired because the new range had to have a matching microwave oven. So some stuff will work for a long time. As stated mw will probably go to trash as who wants it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PessOptimist View Post
    The previous Moen lasted 13 years with no problems except the handle “breaking off”. It was scheduled for replacement some time as it matched the sink color and that is no longer the trend. Brushed chrome or nickel currently.
    I have been told for years by plumbers and non plumbers that the fixtures you buy v what plumbers buy are different. Probably so. Either way, since DIY is getting less and less for me, having a registered professional provide the fixture and install likely won’t cost that much more based on the last experience. Plus the plumber “owns” the installation if they are reputable.

    PO
    Youngest daughter is an interior designer and she designed kitchens a baths for her previous employer (another story) and there is a difference between what you purchase from a plumber and a home improvement store. Besides the cost, being more expensive, its the internal guts of the fixture. The DIY stuff is all plastic on the inside verses brass.
    May the force be with us.


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