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Title: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on February 26, 2012, 07:43:45 PM
Is it possible to learn, or is it just something that you have to be born with? We just bought a new house and I would love to become a handyman. I'm not right now. Although today I did hang a toilet paper roll holder on the wall and I did it perfectly on the first try. Maybe this is the type of thing I could build on and eventually be a handyman. Does anyone have a true story about someone who was not a handyman and then became a really good one? Seems like all the handymen I know have been that way all their lives.  Thoughts?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: michigancat on February 26, 2012, 07:45:22 PM
you have to own the right tools. If you have the right tools, you'll be fine. If you don't, it won't go well.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Kat Kid on February 26, 2012, 07:54:52 PM
you have to own the right tools. If you have the right tools, you'll be fine. If you don't, it won't go well.

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Wrong Answer.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: steve dave on February 26, 2012, 07:57:20 PM
I am absolutely awful at this kind of thing.  AWFUL. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on February 26, 2012, 08:05:26 PM
I think the hardest part of tackling a job is getting started.  I have to research and prep the crap out of  a project.  When I finally get going it usually goes fine and I'm like what the eff was I worrying about?!  Tons info on internets for just about anything you will encounter.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on February 26, 2012, 08:09:12 PM
For some reason I have a terrible time measuring. It seems so simple but I always measure wrong at some point.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Kat Kid on February 26, 2012, 08:19:19 PM
Can someone give me an example of what they are talking about?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: sys on February 26, 2012, 08:20:50 PM
i've definitely gotten better.  not good, but a lot better.  so i think improvement is possible.


try building a shed or something that you aren't afraid of messing up (but finish it like a house).  it's all about putting in the practice time.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: michigancat on February 26, 2012, 08:24:00 PM
For some reason I have a terrible time measuring. It seems so simple but I always measure wrong at some point.

pro tip: measure twice, cut once
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Pete on February 26, 2012, 08:27:16 PM
If it were completely up to me, I'd be living in a maintenance-free condo community right now.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Trim on February 26, 2012, 08:28:00 PM
If it were completely up to me, I'd be living in a maintenance-free condo community right now.

:dubious:
Title: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on February 26, 2012, 08:29:51 PM
eff measuring. You can't beat instincts.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Saulbadguy on February 26, 2012, 08:31:18 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Fix-Yourself-Manual-Books/dp/0671765418

This book has served me well.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Chingon on February 26, 2012, 08:32:34 PM
I am an amazing handyman.

just fixed a towel bar this weekend
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: wetwillie on February 26, 2012, 08:32:41 PM
Its just an acquired skill, anyone can become good at it, naturally gifted ones do it for a living.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on February 26, 2012, 08:56:27 PM
Saul, are you being serious about that book?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on February 26, 2012, 09:07:14 PM
i have completely remodeled 3 homes, including the one i'm living in now.

i have been around that sort of thing since i was young though, so i guess it was a "born with it" thing.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Saulbadguy on February 26, 2012, 09:10:36 PM
Saul, are you being serious about that book?
Yes, i'm not very good with stuff like that, but the book has pictures and has guided me over several "fix it" projects over the years.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Panjandrum on February 26, 2012, 09:17:02 PM
Anything with pictures is good.  Buy that.  I subscribe to the "Family Handyman" magazine.  Lot of good stuff in there every month.

Once you actually tackle a large project (preferably with some help from friends/family), you feel a lot more comfortable.

If you're messing with plumbing, turn off the water.  If you're screwing with electrical, flip off the juice for the room you're working in at the breaker.

As stated earlier, buy good tools.  It's worth the extra money.  I usually go with Craftsman or Kobalt because of the lifetime warranty.  For power tools, go with DeWalt.  It's more expensive, but when I borrowed them from friends and compared them to the stuff I have, it's no contest.
Title: handyman-ness
Post by: chunkles on February 26, 2012, 09:22:33 PM
If it were completely up to me, I'd be living in a maintenance-free condo community right now.
I am incredibly handy but prefer this option.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on February 26, 2012, 10:21:40 PM
Can someone give me an example of what they are talking about?

Just built a new fence around the back yard.  Spent a month stressing about what kind of fence to build.  Do I go with the premade sections, what type of matierial,etc.  Went with 6' cedar pickets and 8' treated posts.  Then do I cement each post or not?  I wanted it to last and look good and straight, so I used 2 bags of quick crete per post.  Once I got all the holes dug and got a corner framed up the rest was a cinch.

Edit: Never built a fence before this.  Have to say it looks dam good to.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: jtksu on February 26, 2012, 10:39:10 PM
Put up a privacy at my little bro's new house last summer.  Hard ass work (it was like 100 rough ridin' degrees both days) but I get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing how nice it looks.  Also, just buy a few DIY type manuals and google the hell out of whatever project you're considering.  A lot of sites you run across will have some nice hints to save you from making some bonehead mistakes or working harder that necessary.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: hemmy on February 26, 2012, 10:52:28 PM
My dad owns lots of property which he often used me as slave labor to maintain/repair in-between tenants. So naturally, I am a great handyman.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on February 26, 2012, 10:56:59 PM
If it were completely up to me, I'd be living in a maintenance-free condo community right now.
I am incredibly handy but prefer this option.
took a large dump the other day and couldn't get it to flush or plunge down.
me:*ring ring*
landlord: hello
me: shitters full
landlord: ok we'll send someone right up
me: great tell them to come on in because I am leaving  :thumbs:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: kim carnes on February 26, 2012, 10:57:08 PM
My dad owns lots of property which he often used me as slave labor to maintain/repair in-between tenants. So naturally, I am a great handyman.

 :lol:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Panjandrum on February 26, 2012, 11:22:50 PM
Can someone give me an example of what they are talking about?

Just built a new fence around the back yard.  Spent a month stressing about what kind of fence to build.  Do I go with the premade sections, what type of matierial,etc.  Went with 6' cedar pickets and 8' treated posts.  Then do I cement each post or not?  I wanted it to last and look good and straight, so I used 2 bags of quick crete per post.  Once I got all the holes dug and got a corner framed up the rest was a cinch.

Edit: Never built a fence before this.  Have to say it looks dam good to.  :thumbsup:

Did you get the posts under the frost line?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on February 26, 2012, 11:33:25 PM
I think it can be learned. I worked construction for 4 years, started out with industrial electrical work, then worked on installing HVAC in new homes, and ended with siding. I am now a complete badass at all things construction or handyman.

I think this means it can be learned. Or maybe it means I was always good at it? My dad sucked at these things in retrospect, so I think it can be learned. Working 50+ hours a week on average building skills helped though. So maybe you can't learn to be a handyman by trying to fix things around the house, it may require a lot more time and effort.

Either way I started out in the biz making 8 dollars an hour, and ended making 18 dollars an hour with rent paid and 10% of the squares I hung siding.  :cheers: myself. thank you  :cheers: you too.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on February 27, 2012, 12:14:00 AM
Can someone give me an example of what they are talking about?

Just built a new fence around the back yard.  Spent a month stressing about what kind of fence to build.  Do I go with the premade sections, what type of matierial,etc.  Went with 6' cedar pickets and 8' treated posts.  Then do I cement each post or not?  I wanted it to last and look good and straight, so I used 2 bags of quick crete per post.  Once I got all the holes dug and got a corner framed up the rest was a cinch.

Edit: Never built a fence before this.  Have to say it looks dam good to.  :thumbsup:

Did you get the posts under the frost line?

 :cheers:

I think 2' was all the further I wanted to go.  If this is not below the frost line then screw it.  I tried a single person posthole auger.  It worked fine for the first foot then hit the diamond hard clay.   :bang: Had to do the second foot by hand.  :flexes arms:  Was a great upper body work out. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: hemmy on February 27, 2012, 12:18:37 AM
My dad owns lots of property which he often used me as slave labor to maintain/repair in-between tenants. So naturally, I am a great handyman.

 :lol:

That's not my job, if that is what you were implying :dunno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on February 27, 2012, 05:44:24 AM
Can someone give me an example of what they are talking about?

Just built a new fence around the back yard.  Spent a month stressing about what kind of fence to build.  Do I go with the premade sections, what type of matierial,etc.  Went with 6' cedar pickets and 8' treated posts.  Then do I cement each post or not?  I wanted it to last and look good and straight, so I used 2 bags of quick crete per post.  Once I got all the holes dug and got a corner framed up the rest was a cinch.

Edit: Never built a fence before this.  Have to say it looks dam good to.  :thumbsup:

Did you get the posts under the frost line?

 :cheers:

I think 2' was all the further I wanted to go.  If this is not below the frost line then screw it.  I tried a single person posthole auger.  It worked fine for the first foot then hit the diamond hard clay.   :bang: Had to do the second foot by hand.  :flexes arms:  Was a great upper body work out.
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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Rams on February 27, 2012, 08:18:00 AM
Can someone give me an example of what they are talking about?

Just built a new fence around the back yard.  Spent a month stressing about what kind of fence to build.  Do I go with the premade sections, what type of matierial,etc.  Went with 6' cedar pickets and 8' treated posts.  Then do I cement each post or not?  I wanted it to last and look good and straight, so I used 2 bags of quick crete per post.  Once I got all the holes dug and got a corner framed up the rest was a cinch.

Edit: Never built a fence before this.  Have to say it looks dam good to.  :thumbsup:

Did you get the posts under the frost line?

 :cheers:

I think 2' was all the further I wanted to go.  If this is not below the frost line then screw it.  I tried a single person posthole auger.  It worked fine for the first foot then hit the diamond hard clay.   :bang: Had to do the second foot by hand.  :flexes arms:  Was a great upper body work out.
(http://www.poolcenter.com/blog-freeze-map.PNG)

On a side note, I love how the U.S. Department of Commerce Weather Bureau abbreviates Kansas "KA"   :facepalm:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on February 27, 2012, 09:30:14 AM
Pro Tips:
1. everything is on youtube.  you can watch a pro fix pretty much anything on youtube, then go replicate it.
2. learn on someone else's house.  That way if you get frustrated, tired, or just really suck at something you can say whatevs and just leave. also you don't have to live with it if it is done poorly.

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on February 27, 2012, 10:11:18 AM
Going to try to hang some blinds tonight.   :ohno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on February 27, 2012, 10:18:17 AM
Going to try to hang some blinds tonight.   :ohno:

Oh man, do you have any friends that need help hanging blinds first?
Title: handyman-ness
Post by: felix rex on February 27, 2012, 10:26:48 AM
My brother is a good example of learning. He just started knocking out walls and doing stuff himself in his first house a few years ago. When he moved into his current house he remodeled the whole thing. His inspiration was basically that he noticed how stupid most of the labor he was hiring was. He just figured it couldn't be that hard. His place looks great.

But he's also annoyingly meticulous/patient. He's like a literate version of Orr.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Panjandrum on February 27, 2012, 10:32:56 AM
My brother is a good example of learning. He just started knocking out walls and doing stuff himself in his first house a few years ago. When he moved into his current house he remodeled the whole thing. His inspiration was basically that he noticed how stupid most of the labor he was hiring was. He just figured it couldn't be that hard. His place looks great.

But he's also annoyingly meticulous/patient. He's like a literate version of Orr.

My dad is/was the same way.  He did a fantastic job doing stuff at his house and helping me finish my basement.  But we went pretty slow.

Honestly, if you really take your time and you have the right tools, you'll do better than most people you contract because you care about the end product more.  There is a major difference in our basement between what we did and what hired laborers did.  I think I spent more time/stress/energy dealing with contractors than actually doing the work myself.  I just simply didn't have the time to do it all, but if I did, I probably would have done the whole thing myself in retrospect.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on February 27, 2012, 10:35:00 AM
My brother is a good example of learning. He just started knocking out walls and doing stuff himself in his first house a few years ago. When he moved into his current house he remodeled the whole thing. His inspiration was basically that he noticed how stupid most of the labor he was hiring was. He just figured it couldn't be that hard. His place looks great.

But he's also annoyingly meticulous/patient. He's like a literate version of Orr.

Yeah, very little of it is hard to understand.  However, some of it is simply being practiced enough to execute it well.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on February 27, 2012, 10:36:41 AM
My brother is a good example of learning. He just started knocking out walls and doing stuff himself in his first house a few years ago. When he moved into his current house he remodeled the whole thing. His inspiration was basically that he noticed how stupid most of the labor he was hiring was. He just figured it couldn't be that hard. His place looks great.

But he's also annoyingly meticulous/patient. He's like a literate version of Orr.

Yeah, very little of it is hard to understand.  However, some of it is simply being practiced enough to execute it well.

Wrong. It's all extremely hard to understand.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Panjandrum on February 27, 2012, 10:37:00 AM
My brother is a good example of learning. He just started knocking out walls and doing stuff himself in his first house a few years ago. When he moved into his current house he remodeled the whole thing. His inspiration was basically that he noticed how stupid most of the labor he was hiring was. He just figured it couldn't be that hard. His place looks great.

But he's also annoyingly meticulous/patient. He's like a literate version of Orr.

Yeah, very little of it is hard to understand.  However, some of it is simply being practiced enough to execute it well.

People can do some wicked stuff with drywall that I'm just not "artistic" enough to do.

However, I do want to buy a miter saw and go nuts with crown molding in my kitchen and upstairs bedrooms.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Panjandrum on February 27, 2012, 10:39:09 AM
Can someone give me an example of what they are talking about?

Just built a new fence around the back yard.  Spent a month stressing about what kind of fence to build.  Do I go with the premade sections, what type of matierial,etc.  Went with 6' cedar pickets and 8' treated posts.  Then do I cement each post or not?  I wanted it to last and look good and straight, so I used 2 bags of quick crete per post.  Once I got all the holes dug and got a corner framed up the rest was a cinch.

Edit: Never built a fence before this.  Have to say it looks dam good to.  :thumbsup:

Did you get the posts under the frost line?

 :cheers:

I think 2' was all the further I wanted to go.  If this is not below the frost line then screw it.  I tried a single person posthole auger.  It worked fine for the first foot then hit the diamond hard clay.   :bang: Had to do the second foot by hand.  :flexes arms:  Was a great upper body work out.

It took me 45 minutes to get my mailbox in because as soon as we got under the sod, it was all clay.

My wife wants me to do our fence, but for that reason, I'm thinking of hiring it out.  I just simply don't have the patience to deal with the clay.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ksu_FAN1 on February 27, 2012, 10:41:29 AM
My brother is a good example of learning. He just started knocking out walls and doing stuff himself in his first house a few years ago. When he moved into his current house he remodeled the whole thing. His inspiration was basically that he noticed how stupid most of the labor he was hiring was. He just figured it couldn't be that hard. His place looks great.

But he's also annoyingly meticulous/patient. He's like a literate version of Orr.

Yeah, very little of it is hard to understand.  However, some of it is simply being practiced enough to execute it well.

People can do some wicked stuff with drywall that I'm just not "artistic" enough to do.

However, I do want to buy a miter saw and go nuts with crown molding in my kitchen and upstairs bedrooms.

I'm comfortable doing about anything handy man related, but I hate mudding and taping.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on February 27, 2012, 10:42:16 AM
Get all your holes started to the point that you hit the clay.  Then take a rock bar, or some other item that can penetrate a few inches into the clay, and poke a few holes in the clay. then take a half bucket of water, or so, and dump it  in the hole.  Wait a little while, then the clay will be much easier to work with.

When I put in my fence we hit clay so hard and dry that it sheered off my auger bit from the bolt that pinned it on.  Sheared through 1/8" steel.  nasty stuff.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Panjandrum on February 27, 2012, 10:43:47 AM
My brother is a good example of learning. He just started knocking out walls and doing stuff himself in his first house a few years ago. When he moved into his current house he remodeled the whole thing. His inspiration was basically that he noticed how stupid most of the labor he was hiring was. He just figured it couldn't be that hard. His place looks great.

But he's also annoyingly meticulous/patient. He's like a literate version of Orr.

Yeah, very little of it is hard to understand.  However, some of it is simply being practiced enough to execute it well.

People can do some wicked stuff with drywall that I'm just not "artistic" enough to do.

However, I do want to buy a miter saw and go nuts with crown molding in my kitchen and upstairs bedrooms.

I'm comfortable doing about anything handy man related, but I hate mudding and taping.

See, that part doesn't seem that bad.  Considering how bad a job my contractors did, that was the part I wanted to do myself.

I had to call the owner of the company out, and they did additional mudding/taping/sanding for two more days.  I ended up doing additional sanding myself because, well, I'm crazy like that.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dugout DickStone on February 27, 2012, 10:46:05 AM
i have completely remodeled 3 homes, including the one i'm living in now.

i have been around that sort of thing since i was young though, so i guess it was a "born with it" thing.

Quit buying crappy houses?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on February 27, 2012, 11:09:25 AM
Get all your holes started to the point that you hit the clay.  Then take a rock bar, or some other item that can penetrate a few inches into the clay, and poke a few holes in the clay. then take a half bucket of water, or so, and dump it  in the hole.  Wait a little while, then the clay will be much easier to work with.

When I put in my fence we hit clay so hard and dry that it sheered off my auger bit from the bolt that pinned it on.  Sheared through 1/8" steel.  nasty stuff.

This makes way too much sense.   I'd rather attack it with blind rage, then beat my chest victoriously (after my hands healed from all the blisters).
Title: Re: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: kitten_mittons on February 27, 2012, 11:19:23 AM
he noticed how stupid most of the labor he was hiring was.
This.  Same thing worth car repair.  If you go back to your hometown and see who is doing car repair or construction, they are the people who couldn't think in high school.

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: steve dave on February 27, 2012, 11:21:36 AM
a smart person's time is better spent doing other crap than pounding nails and doing car stuff.  if your family members were so smart they would be able to pay people to do all that crap for them and not waste their own time. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on February 27, 2012, 11:29:44 AM
I wish to take this thread in a new direction if you will join me.

List tools that a handyman should have:

(http://images.oreillyauto.com/parts/img/medium/acd/34745.jpg)

I'm going with my XRP series.  Love them over regular home improvement lines.
(http://www.plumbersurplus.com/images/prod/5/DeWALT-DC825KA-rw-200638-308151.jpg)
(http://ak.buy.com/PI/0/500/217358722.jpg)
(http://www.wurtec.com/products/Power%20Tools/DW310K-3.jpg)

upgraded with proper blades
(http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/attachments/f24/1194d1190730259-craftsman-table-saw-137-248840-saw.jpg)
(http://toolmonger.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/DM_Craftsmen_10Saw.jpg)


(all stock photos)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on February 27, 2012, 11:33:00 AM
a smart person's time is better spent doing other crap than pounding nails and doing car stuff.  if your family members were so smart they would be able to pay people to do all that crap for them and not waste their own time.

Have to get pretty drastic to apply this across the board.  I mean, like quit your job and start one up that allows you to actually benefit from working at your job on the weekends rather than your house.  In my biz, I need several other people to be available and at work for me to be productive at work.  Would be pretty useless for me to do my job on the weekends.

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: j-dub on February 27, 2012, 11:36:10 AM
My brother is a good example of learning. He just started knocking out walls and doing stuff himself in his first house a few years ago. When he moved into his current house he remodeled the whole thing. His inspiration was basically that he noticed how stupid most of the labor he was hiring was. He just figured it couldn't be that hard. His place looks great.

But he's also annoyingly meticulous/patient. He's like a literate version of Orr.

Yeah, very little of it is hard to understand.  However, some of it is simply being practiced enough to execute it well.

People can do some wicked stuff with drywall that I'm just not "artistic" enough to do.

However, I do want to buy a miter saw and go nuts with crown molding in my kitchen and upstairs bedrooms.

I'm comfortable doing about anything handy man related, but I hate mudding and taping.

i'm pretty dece at drywall. mostly the mudding/taping/sanding.. i hate hanging it. especially ceilings.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dugout DickStone on February 27, 2012, 11:37:52 AM
a smart person's time is better spent doing other crap than pounding nails and doing car stuff.  if your family members were so smart they would be able to pay people to do all that crap for them and not waste their own time.

Have to get pretty drastic to apply this across the board.  I mean, like quit your job and start one up that allows you to actually benefit from working at your job on the weekends rather than your house.  In my biz, I need several other people to be available and at work for me to be productive at work.  Would be pretty useless for me to do my job on the weekends.

Smart people work very hard during the week being smart and making money.  On the weekend they want to party.

Certainly don't need to be doing something dumb people can be paid to do.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on February 27, 2012, 11:40:30 AM
a smart person's time is better spent doing other crap than pounding nails and doing car stuff.  if your family members were so smart they would be able to pay people to do all that crap for them and not waste their own time.

Have to get pretty drastic to apply this across the board.  I mean, like quit your job and start one up that allows you to actually benefit from working at your job on the weekends rather than your house.  In my biz, I need several other people to be available and at work for me to be productive at work.  Would be pretty useless for me to do my job on the weekends.

Smart people work very hard during the week being smart and making money.  On the weekend they want to party.

Certainly don't need to be doing something dumb people can be paid to do.

I don't disagree, but some of us can't help ourselves.  I enjoy it to a certain extent.  It's like Legos for adults. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dugout DickStone on February 27, 2012, 11:45:51 AM
a smart person's time is better spent doing other crap than pounding nails and doing car stuff.  if your family members were so smart they would be able to pay people to do all that crap for them and not waste their own time.

Have to get pretty drastic to apply this across the board.  I mean, like quit your job and start one up that allows you to actually benefit from working at your job on the weekends rather than your house.  In my biz, I need several other people to be available and at work for me to be productive at work.  Would be pretty useless for me to do my job on the weekends.

Smart people work very hard during the week being smart and making money.  On the weekend they want to party.

Certainly don't need to be doing something dumb people can be paid to do.

I don't disagree, but some of us can't help ourselves.  I enjoy it to a certain extent.  It's like Legos for adults.

Legos are entertaining for 15 minutes max.  Then you just have a huge mess.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: kitten_mittons on February 27, 2012, 12:00:35 PM
I "DIY" because I'd rather not pay someone to do a crappier job than I can do myself.  Last time I took my car in for maintenance I had my timing belt replaced.  When I picked up the car it sounded like a lawnmower and the engine would die after a minute.  Went back inside and they said they didn't have time to fix it.  Next day when I picked it up they said they had forgotten to set the timing when they replaced the belt. . . Now, if I need something done to my car I just "work from home" and fix it during the day.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on February 27, 2012, 12:11:21 PM
I "DIY" because I'd rather not pay someone to do a crappier job than I can do myself.  Last time I took my car in for maintenance I had my timing belt replaced.  When I picked up the car it sounded like a lawnmower and the engine would die after a minute.  Went back inside and they said they didn't have time to fix it.  Next day when I picked it up they said they had forgotten to set the timing when they replaced the belt. . . Now, if I need something done to my car I just "work from home" and fix it during the day.
this

i also enjoy the accomplishment of doing stuff too.

and LOL at people who think this stuff doesn't take smarts or skills.  Wake up early on a Sunday morning and watch wood working/turning shows.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: kitten_mittons on February 27, 2012, 12:19:34 PM
I "DIY" because I'd rather not pay someone to do a crappier job than I can do myself.  Last time I took my car in for maintenance I had my timing belt replaced.  When I picked up the car it sounded like a lawnmower and the engine would die after a minute.  Went back inside and they said they didn't have time to fix it.  Next day when I picked it up they said they had forgotten to set the timing when they replaced the belt. . . Now, if I need something done to my car I just "work from home" and fix it during the day.
this

i also enjoy the accomplishment of doing stuff too.

and LOL at people who think this stuff doesn't take smarts or skills.  Wake up early on a Sunday morning and watch wood working/turning shows.
It does not take smarts.  The dumbest of the dumb people can do it.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on February 27, 2012, 12:24:46 PM
i have completely remodeled 3 homes, including the one i'm living in now.

i have been around that sort of thing since i was young though, so i guess it was a "born with it" thing.

Quit buying crappy houses?

1 was my parents house, one was a totally new cabin at my dads hunting property, and this house I bought for 30k cash and its now appraised at 78k with around only 6k in materials and all labor done myself.  Its small, but pretty perfect for a single male, and all profit doing something that kind of relaxes me on the weekend.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ksu_FAN1 on February 27, 2012, 12:39:49 PM
My brother is a good example of learning. He just started knocking out walls and doing stuff himself in his first house a few years ago. When he moved into his current house he remodeled the whole thing. His inspiration was basically that he noticed how stupid most of the labor he was hiring was. He just figured it couldn't be that hard. His place looks great.

But he's also annoyingly meticulous/patient. He's like a literate version of Orr.

Yeah, very little of it is hard to understand.  However, some of it is simply being practiced enough to execute it well.

People can do some wicked stuff with drywall that I'm just not "artistic" enough to do.

However, I do want to buy a miter saw and go nuts with crown molding in my kitchen and upstairs bedrooms.

I'm comfortable doing about anything handy man related, but I hate mudding and taping.

i'm pretty dece at drywall. mostly the mudding/taping/sanding.. i hate hanging it. especially ceilings.

I'm the exact opposite. It appears you and I would make a good team j-dub.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: j-dub on February 27, 2012, 12:46:23 PM
My brother is a good example of learning. He just started knocking out walls and doing stuff himself in his first house a few years ago. When he moved into his current house he remodeled the whole thing. His inspiration was basically that he noticed how stupid most of the labor he was hiring was. He just figured it couldn't be that hard. His place looks great.

But he's also annoyingly meticulous/patient. He's like a literate version of Orr.

Yeah, very little of it is hard to understand.  However, some of it is simply being practiced enough to execute it well.

People can do some wicked stuff with drywall that I'm just not "artistic" enough to do.

However, I do want to buy a miter saw and go nuts with crown molding in my kitchen and upstairs bedrooms.

I'm comfortable doing about anything handy man related, but I hate mudding and taping.

i'm pretty dece at drywall. mostly the mudding/taping/sanding.. i hate hanging it. especially ceilings.

I'm the exact opposite. It appears you and I would make a good team j-dub.

oh man. would we ever!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Rams on February 27, 2012, 01:00:39 PM
a smart person's time is better spent doing other crap than pounding nails and doing car stuff.  if your family members were so smart they would be able to pay people to do all that crap for them and not waste their own time.

Have to get pretty drastic to apply this across the board.  I mean, like quit your job and start one up that allows you to actually benefit from working at your job on the weekends rather than your house.  In my biz, I need several other people to be available and at work for me to be productive at work.  Would be pretty useless for me to do my job on the weekends.

Smart people work very hard during the week being smart and making money.  On the weekend they want to party.

Certainly don't need to be doing something dumb people can be paid to do.

No, smart people work very smart and usually have a bunch of free time on their hands if they're doing it right.  You can only party so much.  I find DIY crap incredibly cathartic.  It's more of a hobby than anything and it's not about how much "smarts" it takes.  It feels good to finish a project and stand back and look at what you've made/done.

If you don't get any enjoyment out of it, then yes, you should just hire someone to do it and stop being poor. This isn't about time/money/intelligence.  It's about personal preference, dumbasses.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: steve dave on February 27, 2012, 01:03:07 PM
98 different posters before you said something to the effect of "my cousin saw what kind of rough ridin' idiot hillbillys were doing this stuff and realized they could do it better because they are basically the smartest person on earth"
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SkinnyBenny on February 27, 2012, 01:13:23 PM
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Title: handyman-ness
Post by: felix rex on February 27, 2012, 01:27:24 PM
a smart person's time is better spent doing other crap than pounding nails and doing car stuff.  if your family members were so smart they would be able to pay people to do all that crap for them and not waste their own time.

My dad gave him this exact speech. "Your time is worth twice the cost of labor you're paying. You're better off spending those hours doing something productive and paying to have it done."
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dugout DickStone on February 27, 2012, 01:38:28 PM
a smart person's time is better spent doing other crap than pounding nails and doing car stuff.  if your family members were so smart they would be able to pay people to do all that crap for them and not waste their own time.

Have to get pretty drastic to apply this across the board.  I mean, like quit your job and start one up that allows you to actually benefit from working at your job on the weekends rather than your house.  In my biz, I need several other people to be available and at work for me to be productive at work.  Would be pretty useless for me to do my job on the weekends.

Smart people work very hard during the week being smart and making money.  On the weekend they want to party.

Certainly don't need to be doing something dumb people can be paid to do.

No, smart people work very smart and usually have a bunch of free time on their hands if they're doing it right.  You can only party so much.  I find DIY crap incredibly cathartic.  It's more of a hobby than anything and it's not about how much "smarts" it takes.  It feels good to finish a project and stand back and look at what you've made/done.

If you don't get any enjoyment out of it, then yes, you should just hire someone to do it and stop being poor. This isn't about time/money/intelligence.  It's about personal preference, dumbasses.

Well, I guess.  I stand back and enjoy the view of the ocean at the fancy beach I just used my money to travel to and it feels good to look at too.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on February 27, 2012, 01:44:13 PM
Construction may not take a wealth of intelligence. It does require smarts to be able to do stuff across the board. Of course you can break projects into small enough pieces that any idiot can do the work, much like an assembly line. In order to be able to do a complete project, like building a house from scratch, require intelligence. I worked construction for four years and it was the  most satisfying work I have ever done in my entire life. Granted, I became tired of the vast amounts of idiots that you will find on the job site, and that is why I am going back to school.

I do take pride in knowing that the rest of my life and I "man" it up and get crap down in a handyman sense. I do laugh at men that cannot do these things. Much like I laugh at men that do not enjoy sports. Everyone likes to spin things in a manner that reflects positively on themselves.

As far as knocking the work, like I said earlier in this thread, I went from being an 8 dollar an hour unskilled working to 3 years later making 48k a year and having the company pay my rent as well. It is a field that is easy to knock, but also one that you can easily move up in because you are not an idiot. Saying the CEO and his secretary are equals is like saying all who do construction are equals.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on February 27, 2012, 01:50:27 PM
Yeah, the diff btwn an electrician and a laborer is night and day.

As for the large picture of construction, there is quite a lot of planning that is involved in a lot of it.  Requires a pretty detail oriented person who is good at planning ahead and understanding what amounts to a very large set of standing domino's.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on February 27, 2012, 01:50:56 PM
Construction may not take a wealth of intelligence. It does require smarts to be able to do stuff across the board. Of course you can break projects into small enough pieces that any idiot can do the work, much like an assembly line. In order to be able to do a complete project, like building a house from scratch, require intelligence. I worked construction for four years and it was the  most satisfying work I have ever done in my entire life. Granted, I became tired of the vast amounts of idiots that you will find on the job site, and that is why I am going back to school.

I do take pride in knowing that the rest of my life and I "man" it up and get crap down in a handyman sense. I do laugh at men that cannot do these things. Much like I laugh at men that do not enjoy sports. Everyone likes to spin things in a manner that reflects positively on themselves.

As far as knocking the work, like I said earlier in this thread, I went from being an 8 dollar an hour unskilled working to 3 years later making 48k a year and having the company pay my rent as well. It is a field that is easy to knock, but also one that you can easily move up in because you are not an idiot. Saying the CEO and his secretary are equals is like saying all who do construction are equals.

+1.

To add, any idiot CAN do the work, but it does take some skill and sometimes more of an artistic sense to do things right.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on February 27, 2012, 01:51:39 PM
I do take pride in knowing that the rest of my life and I "man" it up and get crap down in a handyman sense. I do laugh at men that cannot do these things. Much like I laugh at men that do not enjoy sports.

I hate people like you. No offense.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on February 27, 2012, 01:56:32 PM
I do take pride in knowing that the rest of my life and I "man" it up and get crap down in a handyman sense. I do laugh at men that cannot do these things. Much like I laugh at men that do not enjoy sports.

I hate people like you. No offense.

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Everyone likes to spin things in a manner that reflects positively on themselves.

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: jtksu on February 27, 2012, 02:04:28 PM
My youngest bro bought a brand new house 2 years ago.  To have the builder finish the basement would have added another 23k to the price of the house.  We did the basement,  sprinkler system, sodded the yard, and put up a privacy fence for about that price.  Seems like a decent use of time for him, especially considering we did the work during hours which none of would have been at work anyway.  Oh, and the satisfaction thing is worth so much.  :dunno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: kitten_mittons on February 27, 2012, 02:06:22 PM
This thread is about being a handyman.  Yes, you can learn to be a handyman.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dugout DickStone on February 27, 2012, 02:27:31 PM
This thread is about being a handyman.  Yes, you can learn to be a handyman.

Yes.  Pretty quickly.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Rage Against the McKee on February 27, 2012, 02:28:19 PM
I laugh at men that do not enjoy sports.

What on earth do you find humorous about men who don't enjoy sports?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: steve dave on February 27, 2012, 02:31:07 PM
do you guys remember the show with the guy and his family and he had his own handyman show?  complete rough ridin' idiot and he had his own show about being handy.  made gorilla noises. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: steve dave on February 27, 2012, 02:31:36 PM
the top of his neighbors head always gave him advice because he was such a dumbass
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Rams on February 27, 2012, 02:33:27 PM
Yeah...I'm not sure at what point this turned into a validation thread for people that have been or are in the construction industry. I thought we were talking about laying tile or fixing toilets, not building a 4 bed 3 bath house with a walkout basement on an empty lot.  :confused:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on February 27, 2012, 02:35:34 PM
do you guys remember the show with the guy and his family and he had his own handyman show?  complete rough ridin' idiot and he had his own show about being handy.  made gorilla noises.

doesn't ring a bell.   But how awesome was Night Court?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Rage Against the McKee on February 27, 2012, 02:36:59 PM
do you guys remember the show with the guy and his family and he had his own handyman show?  complete rough ridin' idiot and he had his own show about being handy.  made gorilla noises.

I remember that show. I watched it every Wednesday night.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on February 27, 2012, 02:37:34 PM
Sundace_kid = contractor

Steve Dave < Handyman
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: steve dave on February 27, 2012, 02:41:31 PM
I am an excellent room painter
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on February 27, 2012, 02:44:15 PM
I am an excellent room painter

Qualifies as handy man in my book.   :thumbs:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: HELLHAMMER on February 27, 2012, 02:47:17 PM
do you guys remember the show with the guy and his family and he had his own handyman show?  complete rough ridin' idiot and he had his own show about being handy.  made gorilla noises.

doesn't ring a bell.   But how awesome was Night Court?

Markie Post   :excited:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on February 27, 2012, 02:48:49 PM
do you guys remember the show with the guy and his family and he had his own handyman show?  complete rough ridin' idiot and he had his own show about being handy.  made gorilla noises.

doesn't ring a bell.   But how awesome was Night Court?

Markie Post   :excited:

just for you  (http://www.peeperstv.com/pictures/1221780/markiepost.jpg)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on February 27, 2012, 03:02:06 PM
that guy loves cocaine iirc
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on February 27, 2012, 03:56:34 PM
I am going to defend my life choices!  :shakesfist: And lash out at those that make fun of things I'm skilled at!  :shakesfist:





Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: michigancat on February 27, 2012, 04:19:37 PM
lol @ anyone that doesn't like sports or fix everything or buy a big truck or like harleys hur hur hur
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Saulbadguy on February 27, 2012, 07:15:21 PM
laying tile is the absolute worst. Do not attempt this yourself.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: jtksu on February 27, 2012, 07:17:34 PM
Rusty sounds like a real closet case.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on February 27, 2012, 07:22:28 PM
laying tile is the absolute worst. Do not attempt this yourself.

tile's easy if you learn how to do itfrom someone who knows.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on February 27, 2012, 07:36:33 PM
I drive a non-riced out '98 Prelude.

My knees can't take tiling a floor. I'll do the Hardie board, though.
Title: handyman-ness
Post by: wetwillie on February 27, 2012, 08:01:16 PM
Oh man referring to cars made in Asian countries as rice burners is one of my favorites, right up there with chewing long cut skoal
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on February 27, 2012, 08:05:16 PM
Oh man referring to cars made in Asian countries as rice burners is one of my favorites, right up there with chewing long cut skoal

start saving face now, because that skoals going to take it later.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on February 27, 2012, 09:01:58 PM
The best part of handymaning is showing off your handy work. 

Me:  "Yeah Joe Shmoe only took me one try to fix herp."

Joe:  "Wow you really did a great job on that derp."

Both crack beers.   :cheers:   :drink: Continue to stroke egos.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: sys on February 27, 2012, 11:15:05 PM
tiling seems like it'd be easy.  i've never done it, but i mean, you have a large flat surface and a bunch of small flat tetragons.  and you just have to arrange the tetragons on the large flat surface so as to completely cover it.  and you're allowed to reshape the tetragons!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: michigancat on February 27, 2012, 11:18:27 PM
tiling is easy if you have a wet saw!*

*SEE MY FIRST POST IN THIS THREAD
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on February 28, 2012, 02:47:16 AM
tiling gets boring and repetitive, for me at least.  I've had to work more at caring so a shitty job doesn't get turned in. 

do you guys remember the show with the guy and his family and he had his own handyman show?  complete rough ridin' idiot and he had his own show about being handy.  made gorilla noises. 
his roadsters were badass. You don't do that if your a moron.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: 8manpick on February 28, 2012, 09:08:32 AM
I'm one of the weird ones among engineering types (more normal overall?). Hate doing handyman stuff, despite being somewhat capable. Would much rather watch or play sports, party, or participate in some other, more enjoyable, hobby. Maybe this will change when I own my own house but I doubt it.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on February 28, 2012, 09:16:19 AM
Tiling is easy as long as you have the Mich-recomendo saw and the guy who built your floor didn't make it out of level and shitty.  Rooms that are out of square, or floors that have rises/drops in them are the worst.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on February 28, 2012, 10:57:47 AM
I'm one of the weird ones among engineering types (more normal overall?). Hate doing handyman stuff, despite being somewhat capable. Would much rather watch or play sports, party, or participate in some other, more enjoyable, hobby. Maybe this will change when I own my own house but I doubt it.

no, engineers are lazy and un-talented.   It's what makes them engineers.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on December 18, 2013, 11:23:58 AM
Alright friends, ben ji is off all next week and is removing some old wallpaper and painting his kitchen...not a big job so I'm thinking about sanding and restaining the wood cabinets in the kitchen as well.

Doing some research online it looks like I will need remove the cabinet doors, sand them to remove the sealer then re-stain/seal everything.

Planning on doing a test run on 1 drawer sometime this week to see how it will look. 

I have never done this before so please add any advice you may have!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Tonya Harding of Twitter Users Creep on December 18, 2013, 11:25:50 AM
buy a new house
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on December 18, 2013, 11:26:50 AM
Old picture of cabinets
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on December 18, 2013, 11:35:10 AM
 :bwpopcorn:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Tonya Harding of Twitter Users Creep on December 18, 2013, 11:52:43 AM
ben ji youre on the right track here- you need a new kitchen.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on December 18, 2013, 12:47:57 PM
Thanks Tonya, any suggestions on how to restain the wood cabinets?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Tonya Harding of Twitter Users Creep on December 18, 2013, 12:59:14 PM
Thanks Tonya, any suggestions on how to restain the wood cabinets?

actually ive done it once before. you've got the right idea... sanding then restaining. just make sure you pick a stain that is darker and like, not in my grandmothers kitchen.

when youre all done post pics of lady please. tia.  :D
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 18, 2013, 01:14:33 PM
it's a huge pain in the ass benji.  i would suggest something like this:

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-O9Wk5MrBfwU/UOHKKfI3Y_I/AAAAAAAAAG0/CWPGnOk5BqE/s1600/Rust-Oleum+cabinet+Transformations.jpg)

a lot less work.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on December 18, 2013, 01:21:06 PM
it's a huge pain in the ass benji.  i would suggest something like this:

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-O9Wk5MrBfwU/UOHKKfI3Y_I/AAAAAAAAAG0/CWPGnOk5BqE/s1600/Rust-Oleum+cabinet+Transformations.jpg)

a lot less work.

YES, this is exactly what I was looking for.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on December 18, 2013, 01:24:16 PM
For Tonya

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Tonya Harding of Twitter Users Creep on December 18, 2013, 01:26:24 PM
 :love: :love: :love:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Cire on December 18, 2013, 02:16:05 PM
I'd get new counter tops and back splash before cabinets.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on December 18, 2013, 02:16:43 PM
paint the top ones white and the bottom ones lime green

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ShellShock on December 18, 2013, 03:04:49 PM
Old picture of cabinets

Make sure to tape off and seal off everything or you'll have dust throughout your entire house...also, ditch the 1980's oven/stove combo
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on December 18, 2013, 03:08:10 PM
I'd get new counter tops and back splash before cabinets.
Old picture of cabinets

Make sure to tape off and seal off everything or you'll have dust throughout your entire house...also, ditch the 1980's oven/stove combo

Baby steps guyz, baby steps.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: HerrSonntag on December 18, 2013, 03:27:15 PM
If you are going to take the sanding route, buy some kind of power sander.  I don't care how easy you remember it being in shop class to sand something by hand, its awful.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: BackPayne on December 18, 2013, 10:57:23 PM
Screw restaining it yourself. It is an awful mess and time consuming. Either pay someone or use the paint kits. They turn out quite well.

I like to fix things around the house mainly because I am a cheap bastard. A couple of years ago my Ram blew a head gasket. I said eff it and used a service manual.

My previous home didn't have a fireplace so, again, I said eff it and built a wood burning fireplace with a stone facing.  The house didn't burn down either.

I have always wanted to learn to weld for a hobby so I have been watching every youtube video about welding that I can.  Now I need to buy a welder. I am going to build steel offroad bumpers for my pickup. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 18, 2013, 10:58:59 PM
welding is one of the worst activities ever.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: 8manpick on December 18, 2013, 11:18:53 PM
I am going to build steel offroad bumpers for my pickup.
K-K-State0
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on December 19, 2013, 12:48:50 AM
I am going to build steel offroad bumpers for my pickup.
K-K-State0
denied (assuming its done for purpose and not to be a broseidon)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on December 19, 2013, 12:57:05 AM
Old picture of cabinets
have you considered taking out the cabinet above the range and replacing it with a wall mounted microwave?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Cire on December 19, 2013, 05:53:50 AM
I'd get new counter tops and back splash before cabinets.
Old picture of cabinets

Counter tops are not difficult.  Cabinets are awful.
Make sure to tape off and seal off everything or you'll have dust throughout your entire house...also, ditch the 1980's oven/stove combo

Baby steps guyz, baby steps.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on December 19, 2013, 08:27:22 AM
it's a huge pain in the ass benji.  i would suggest something like this:

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-O9Wk5MrBfwU/UOHKKfI3Y_I/AAAAAAAAAG0/CWPGnOk5BqE/s1600/Rust-Oleum+cabinet+Transformations.jpg)

a lot less work.

YES, this is exactly what I was looking for.

Do paint, sanding all those little edges enough to get all of the stain out is very difficult and time consuming.  Sanding down to bare wood to stain is terrible. 

Just scuff it up with the sander a little and put on the paint. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ksu_FAN1 on December 19, 2013, 08:29:46 AM
Cabinets aren't fun. Painting cabinets isn't that fun either.

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Daddy Claxton on December 19, 2013, 09:00:28 AM
I love DIY projects, benji, but that looks like a long and awful experience. I'd get an estimate before you start and then decide if you want to do it. If you are going to do it yourself, I'd recommend buying the best orbital sander and quarter-sheet sander you can find, if you don't already have them.

I do a fair amount of woodworking as a hobby, but I hate doing finish work. I think only a professional can make it look professional fwiw.

Good luck. Please post your results.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on December 19, 2013, 09:07:46 AM
I love DIY projects, benji, but that looks like a long and awful experience. I'd get an estimate before you start and then decide if you want to do it. If you are going to do it yourself, I'd recommend buying the best orbital sander and quarter-sheet sander you can find, if you don't already have them.

I do a fair amount of woodworking as a hobby, but I hate doing finish work. I think only a professional can make it look professional fwiw.

Good luck. Please post your results.

Just started peeling the wallpaper off and have about half done, should have it painted by the end of the weekend and then I can start on the cabinets while I'm off next week. Not a big woodworker so I'll probably just do the cabinet transformation seven mentioned earlier, seems like a lot less sanding and work. Will post results.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: 8manpick on December 19, 2013, 09:11:10 AM
I am going to build steel offroad bumpers for my pickup.
K-K-State0
denied (assuming its done for purpose and not to be a broseidon)

Isn't the purpose off-roading in your pickup? :whistle1:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Daddy Claxton on December 19, 2013, 09:25:00 AM

Just started peeling the wallpaper off and have about half done, should have it painted by the end of the weekend and then I can start on the cabinets while I'm off next week. Not a big woodworker so I'll probably just do the cabinet transformation seven mentioned earlier, seems like a lot less sanding and work. Will post results.
How's the wall paper going? That's also awful from my experience.

The rustoleum approach seems much better. I'd still be afraid I wouldn't get an even finish, but I'm terrible at painting.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on December 19, 2013, 09:45:32 AM
Wall paper can be super pud if originally installed correctly.  Unfortunately,  that isn't always the case and then its worse than trying to remove your own foot with a paint scraper and without alcohol.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on December 19, 2013, 09:57:35 AM
Is there anyone in the world that's good at caulking around tubs/showers?  Seems impossible to be good at that.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ksu_FAN1 on December 19, 2013, 09:59:04 AM
Is there anyone in the world that's good at caulking around tubs/showers?  Seems impossible to be good at that.

I hate caulking in general. Its a mess.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 19, 2013, 10:01:30 AM
Yes, I'm good at it. Lots of practice unfortunately.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Daddy Claxton on December 19, 2013, 10:13:44 AM
Definitely requires practice. I'm not good but I've improved my results with one of those caulk finishing tools, cutting only a small, diagonal hole at the end of that plastic tip on the tube, and keep a wet rag and bucket of water close.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on December 19, 2013, 10:15:12 AM

Just started peeling the wallpaper off and have about half done, should have it painted by the end of the weekend and then I can start on the cabinets while I'm off next week. Not a big woodworker so I'll probably just do the cabinet transformation seven mentioned earlier, seems like a lot less sanding and work. Will post results.
How's the wall paper going? That's also awful from my experience.

The rustoleum approach seems much better. I'd still be afraid I wouldn't get an even finish, but I'm terrible at painting.

The wall paper sucks because it has a plastic liquid proof layer on the outside, you really have to score the crap out of it...Took me a while to get the hang of it again, the key is to score it, soak it, then peel off the top layer in one piece. Then you can soak the bottom layer and it comes right off with the scraper.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: LilSmokyMcIntyre on December 19, 2013, 12:39:17 PM
Definitely requires practice. I'm not good but I've improved my results with one of those caulk finishing tools, cutting only a small, diagonal hole at the end of that plastic tip on the tube, and keep a wet rag and bucket of water close.

Let's not over complicate this fellas. Get some painters tape and place the tape along the caulk line where you ideally like to have the caulk end. Then you caulk and immediately remove the tape. Voila perfect lines and looking pro-like. No need for water or any tools unless your really bad at putting down tape.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ksu_FAN1 on December 19, 2013, 12:54:21 PM
Definitely requires practice. I'm not good but I've improved my results with one of those caulk finishing tools, cutting only a small, diagonal hole at the end of that plastic tip on the tube, and keep a wet rag and bucket of water close.

Let's not over complicate this fellas. Get some painters tape and place the tape along the caulk line where you ideally like to have the caulk end. Then you caulk and immediately remove the tape. Voila perfect lines and looking pro-like. No need for water or any tools unless your really bad at putting down tape.

I hate using painters tape. Even when I paint (I'm a good painter, but hate it) I never tape and just cut in neatly and carefully.

I can caulk decent, it ends up looking fine, I just don't like it and its messy. Plus there is the difference between fine, neat caulking in a bathroom with good quality silicone, and then there is exterior paint pre-caulking (or camouflage) which is just a big mess all around.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: LilSmokyMcIntyre on December 19, 2013, 12:57:46 PM
Definitely requires practice. I'm not good but I've improved my results with one of those caulk finishing tools, cutting only a small, diagonal hole at the end of that plastic tip on the tube, and keep a wet rag and bucket of water close.

Let's not over complicate this fellas. Get some painters tape and place the tape along the caulk line where you ideally like to have the caulk end. Then you caulk and immediately remove the tape. Voila perfect lines and looking pro-like. No need for water or any tools unless your really bad at putting down tape.

I hate using painters tape. Even when I paint (I'm a good painter, but hate it) I never tape and just cut in neatly and carefully.

I can caulk decent, it ends up looking fine, I just don't like it and its messy. Plus there is the difference between fine, neat caulking in a bathroom with good quality silicone, and then there is exterior paint pre-caulking (or camouflage) which is just a big mess all around.

My recommendation was for inside. Done this w caulk on kitchen counters and it's looks perfect everytime and takes just a few minutes. Outside is like WGAF. I'll just paint it anyway.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ksu_FAN1 on December 19, 2013, 12:58:31 PM
Definitely requires practice. I'm not good but I've improved my results with one of those caulk finishing tools, cutting only a small, diagonal hole at the end of that plastic tip on the tube, and keep a wet rag and bucket of water close.

Let's not over complicate this fellas. Get some painters tape and place the tape along the caulk line where you ideally like to have the caulk end. Then you caulk and immediately remove the tape. Voila perfect lines and looking pro-like. No need for water or any tools unless your really bad at putting down tape.

I hate using painters tape. Even when I paint (I'm a good painter, but hate it) I never tape and just cut in neatly and carefully.

I can caulk decent, it ends up looking fine, I just don't like it and its messy. Plus there is the difference between fine, neat caulking in a bathroom with good quality silicone, and then there is exterior paint pre-caulking (or camouflage) which is just a big mess all around.

My recommendation was for inside. Done this w caulk on kitchen counters and it's looks perfect everytime and takes just a few minutes. Outside is like WGAF. I'll just paint it anyway.

True.

Even in the interior I still don't like taping. (Mainly because I'm lazy)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 19, 2013, 01:04:34 PM
i don't like taping either, fan.  i find that no matter how nice the tape, you're going to get better results being careful with a careful, steady hand.

my bathtub, however, looks like it was caulked by a third grader (me)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: LilSmokyMcIntyre on December 19, 2013, 01:13:11 PM
i don't like taping either, fan.  i find that no matter how nice the tape, you're going to get better results being careful with a careful, steady hand.

my bathtub, however, looks like it was caulked by a third grader (me)

A bathtub is about 6 ft long. You're telling me you can't tape 6 ft in a straight line? Maybe you should call a handyman.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 19, 2013, 01:16:48 PM
i don't like taping either, fan.  i find that no matter how nice the tape, you're going to get better results being careful with a careful, steady hand.

my bathtub, however, looks like it was caulked by a third grader (me)

A bathtub is about 6 ft long. You're telling me you can't tape 6 ft in a straight line? Maybe you should call a handyman.

did not say i can't tape 6 ft in a straight line
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: LilSmokyMcIntyre on December 19, 2013, 01:19:26 PM
i don't like taping either, fan.  i find that no matter how nice the tape, you're going to get better results being careful with a careful, steady hand.

my bathtub, however, looks like it was caulked by a third grader (me)

A bathtub is about 6 ft long. You're telling me you can't tape 6 ft in a straight line? Maybe you should call a handyman.

did not say i can't tape 6 ft in a straight line

Its an easy way to get good results. Never had a problem with it. You should give it a try.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 19, 2013, 01:21:42 PM
Its an easy way to get good results. Never had a problem with it. You should give it a try.

might have to give it a whirl for caulking, that bathtub is an abortion :thumbs:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on December 19, 2013, 01:37:28 PM
Let's say you get some caulk on the tape.  When you remove the tape, doesn't it pull caulk from the areas where you want caulk?  Lke, surface tension, right?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: LilSmokyMcIntyre on December 19, 2013, 01:59:27 PM
Let's say you get some caulk on the tape.  When you remove the tape, doesn't it pull caulk from the areas where you want caulk?  Lke, surface tension, right?

Not if you don't wait awhile to remove it. I suppose if you looked closely you may seem some of that surface tension you speak of but I've never noticed it.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on December 19, 2013, 02:02:34 PM
Well where the eff were you last weekend lil smoky!  :shakesfist:

(For real tho,  :cheers:)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 19, 2013, 02:05:21 PM
You guys know what one of the worst construction jobs is? The waterproofing/caulking guys.  Like maybe only pipe insulators have a worse job.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on December 19, 2013, 02:06:07 PM
You guys know what one of the worst construction jobs is? The waterproofing/caulking guys.  Like maybe only pipe insulators have a worse job.

Roofers. 

Also, spray on fireproofing. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 19, 2013, 02:11:11 PM
You guys know what one of the worst construction jobs is? The waterproofing/caulking guys.  Like maybe only pipe insulators have a worse job.

Roofers. 

Also, spray on fireproofing.

Good additions. That fireproofing stuff just LOOKS like cancer.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: michigancat on December 19, 2013, 03:10:58 PM
taping a 6 foot straight line is actually really hard
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on December 19, 2013, 03:13:16 PM
taping a 6 foot straight line is actually really hard

Don't get all engineer'ey on this.  You just pull the tape out, put one side down, pull it taught and lay it down slowly as straight looking as possible using surrounding lines and angles as reference.  If you don't notice the tape as not being straight with a little review once it is stuck down, you won't notice the caulk not being perfectly straight once it is installed. 

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: LilSmokyMcIntyre on December 19, 2013, 03:24:39 PM
taping a 6 foot straight line is actually really hard

Don't get all engineer'ey on this.  You just pull the tape out, put one side down, pull it taught and lay it down slowly as straight looking as possible using surrounding lines and angles as reference.  If you don't notice the tape as not being straight with a little review once it is stuck down, you won't notice the caulk not being perfectly straight once it is installed.

This. And use the tub as a guide. It doesn't have to be perfectly straight. Just keep it relatively straight in relation to the tub.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on December 19, 2013, 03:25:34 PM
LilSmokyMcIntyre has a passion about taping that i haven't seen before
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: michigancat on December 19, 2013, 03:40:15 PM
taping a 6 foot straight line is actually really hard

Don't get all engineer'ey on this.  You just pull the tape out, put one side down, pull it taught and lay it down slowly as straight looking as possible using surrounding lines and angles as reference.  If you don't notice the tape as not being straight with a little review once it is stuck down, you won't notice the caulk not being perfectly straight once it is installed. 



yeah but on the vertical plane (aka wall) it's a lot harder than this
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: michigancat on December 19, 2013, 03:40:49 PM
taping a 6 foot straight line is actually really hard

Don't get all engineer'ey on this.  You just pull the tape out, put one side down, pull it taught and lay it down slowly as straight looking as possible using surrounding lines and angles as reference.  If you don't notice the tape as not being straight with a little review once it is stuck down, you won't notice the caulk not being perfectly straight once it is installed. 



yeah but on the vertical plane (aka wall) it's a lot harder than this

I also curve a lot when I do this, so I notice that it's not straight, jerk.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Belvis Noland on December 19, 2013, 03:52:41 PM
LilSmokyMcIntyre has a passion about taping that i haven't seen before

def bringing the tape zeal.  glad to see it, tho.  he's a dying breed. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: LilSmokyMcIntyre on December 19, 2013, 04:03:17 PM
LilSmokyMcIntyre has a passion about taping that i haven't seen before

def bringing the tape zeal.  glad to see it, tho.  he's a dying breed.

ZEAL!!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Belvis Noland on December 19, 2013, 04:11:11 PM
ps, what is the best painter's tape?  As a bit of an expert painter here, I've learned that they all pretty much suck in terms of keeping paint from getting underneath.  So, I too, just prefer to cut in by hand, neatly.  Have there been any incredible technological advances in the tape industry that I don't know about?   

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on December 19, 2013, 04:12:18 PM
No, tapeless is the best way still
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 19, 2013, 04:40:10 PM
LilSmokyMcIntyre has a passion about taping that i haven't seen before

def bringing the tape zeal.  glad to see it, tho.  he's a dying breed.

ZEAL!!

Don't worry smokes, lots of pros use tape too because it looks better. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 19, 2013, 04:46:23 PM
No, tapeless is the best way still
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on December 19, 2013, 05:05:33 PM
taping a 6 foot straight line is actually really hard

Don't get all engineer'ey on this.  You just pull the tape out, put one side down, pull it taught and lay it down slowly as straight looking as possible using surrounding lines and angles as reference.  If you don't notice the tape as not being straight with a little review once it is stuck down, you won't notice the caulk not being perfectly straight once it is installed. 



yeah but on the vertical plane (aka wall) it's a lot harder than this

I also curve a lot when I do this, so I notice that it's not straight, jerk.

Buy a new house
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 07:38:36 PM
alright all you tim taylor and bob villa types, help me out.  i stumbled upon this rustic wooden ladder today

(http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h27/poimen/20140428_192604_zps457d7eeb.jpg)

someone put it on the curb for large trash pick-up and i had to bring it home to turn into a project.  i will have no problems with the execution of the project, just not sure which direction to take it in.  do i do something functional like shelves or decorative?   maybe a wine rack? 

throw some ideas against the wall and let's see which one sticks (it's 10' long and pretty heavy duty if that helps you formulate a plan)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on April 28, 2014, 07:39:20 PM
trash
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 07:40:57 PM
trash

outed, not even remotely handy
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on April 28, 2014, 07:43:42 PM
alright all you tim taylor and bob villa types, help me out.  i stumbled upon this rustic wooden ladder today

someone put it on the curb for large trash pick-up and i had to bring it home to turn into a project.  i will have no problems with the execution of the project, just not sure which direction to take it in.  do i do something functional like shelves or decorative?   maybe a wine rack? 

throw some ideas against the wall and let's see which one sticks (it's 10' long and pretty heavy duty if that helps you formulate a plan)

This statement rubs me the wrong way.  Maybe try a little humility and someone will want to help you.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 28, 2014, 07:51:16 PM
AST, I could see if my wife would mind giving you some good Pinterest links you might find interesting.   If nothing else, you might find some good memes about how women have rough days sometimes and like wine. 

Let me know.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 07:55:56 PM
alright all you tim taylor and bob villa types, help me out.  i stumbled upon this rustic wooden ladder today

someone put it on the curb for large trash pick-up and i had to bring it home to turn into a project.  i will have no problems with the execution of the project, just not sure which direction to take it in.  do i do something functional like shelves or decorative?   maybe a wine rack? 

throw some ideas against the wall and let's see which one sticks (it's 10' long and pretty heavy duty if that helps you formulate a plan)

This statement rubs me the wrong way.  Maybe try a little humility and someone will want to help you.

was just stating that i'm not looking for step by step instructions, just general ideas for a project.  sorry it rubbed you the wrong way but i felt it would be more expedient to state i have ability and am just lacking an idea so we could skip any step by step instructions.

 
so i take it you don't have any ideas.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 07:57:07 PM
AST, I could see if my wife would mind giving you some good Pinterest links you might find interesting.   If nothing else, you might find some good memes about how women have rough days sometimes and like wine. 

Let me know.

bazinga
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 28, 2014, 07:58:44 PM
Huge ladder golf game
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 07:59:51 PM
Huge ladder golf game

is that the game with the 2 balls tethered together?  fun but not quite what i had in mind. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 28, 2014, 08:00:30 PM
Put legs on it, laying just like in that pic, and set it so its three ft high.  Store shovels and stuff standing up in btwn rungs
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 28, 2014, 08:01:38 PM
Make it the side wall of an otherwise enclosed box and use it to sort smoke wood.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 08:02:44 PM
Put legs on it, laying just like in that pic, and set it so its three ft high.  Store shovels and stuff standing up in btwn rungs

this has merit.  this is definitely plan b right now, but it's still early.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 28, 2014, 08:03:51 PM
Hang hooks from the ceiling and hang ladder monkey bars style from your bedroom to your masterbath and get swole by only allowing yourself to get to the bathroom by means of monkey bars
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 08:04:13 PM
wine rack.  hanging kitchen rack.  chandelier base above long table.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 28, 2014, 08:05:31 PM
Kitchen rack would be badass if you have really high ceilings.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 08:06:22 PM
Kitchen rack would be badass if you have really high ceilings.

i don't   :angry:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 28, 2014, 08:07:56 PM
Kitchen rack would be badass if you have really high ceilings.

i don't   :angry:
Are you,  your wife,  and all your friends super short?   Could still work. ..
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 08:11:50 PM
Kitchen rack would be badass if you have really high ceilings.

i don't   :angry:
Are you,  your wife,  and all your friends super short?   Could still work. ..

 :angry:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on April 28, 2014, 09:03:04 PM
cut out all the steps and put your kayak in it
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 09:13:32 PM
cut out all the steps and put your kayak in it

sounds like something i could do with just a couple of 2×4's
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on April 28, 2014, 09:14:01 PM
cut out all the steps and put your kayak in it

sounds like something i could do with just a couple of 2×4's

 :dunno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 09:16:21 PM
cut out all the steps and put your kayak in it

sounds like something i could do with just a couple of 2×4's

 :dunno:

 :dunno: :dunno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on April 28, 2014, 09:18:52 PM
cut out all the steps and put your kayak in it

sounds like something i could do with just a couple of 2×4's

 :dunno:

 :dunno: :dunno:

 :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on April 28, 2014, 09:21:49 PM
Smoke it and eat it
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 09:24:02 PM
cut out all the steps and put your kayak in it

sounds like something i could do with just a couple of 2×4's

 :dunno:

 :dunno: :dunno:

 :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno:

 :Wha:

Smoke it and eat it

 :Wha: :Wha:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on April 28, 2014, 09:30:40 PM
Cut it into two 5' lengths and mount it above your bed.  Boom couples exercise equipment.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on April 28, 2014, 09:33:09 PM
With all those metal loops you could set up some kind of pulley system to do resistance training also.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: wetwillie on April 28, 2014, 09:43:41 PM
(https://s-media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/81/b6/b0/81b6b03b31da1ebc38904d413cd20df3.jpg)

this might have legs
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Spracne on April 28, 2014, 09:46:45 PM
But 8 steps is too many.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 09:52:20 PM
oh man, now i gotta get an above ground pool, umbrella and pink floaty
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on April 28, 2014, 09:54:56 PM
use it as a bridge across your below ground pool
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on April 28, 2014, 09:57:02 PM
Make it a big flower bed/veggie garden
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on April 28, 2014, 09:57:43 PM
I'be been looking at that hunk of weathered lumber and all I'm coming up with is outdoorsy type crap.  Are you looking for strictly indoor ideas?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on April 28, 2014, 09:57:57 PM
If you had a really long wall you could put it on said wall sideways and let Mrs AST put decoration stuff on it.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 10:02:38 PM
I'be been looking at that hunk of weathered lumber and all I'm coming up with is outdoorsy type crap.  Are you looking for strictly indoor ideas?

indoor or outdoor.  i like the weathered look.  a little sandpaper and a little stain and this thing could be a real beauty.  it could just as easily end up and outdoor thing as well.

If you had a really long wall you could put it on said wall sideways and let Mrs AST put decoration stuff on it.

hallway, den or living room could handle it without it making the room look small.  this is a B+ idea.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on April 28, 2014, 10:06:07 PM
you could just sand and stain it then use it as a ladder
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on April 28, 2014, 10:27:11 PM
Do you have a fireplace with like a wooden mantle?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 10:37:22 PM
Do you have a fireplace with like a wooden mantle?

nah, it has a brick mantle. i like where your head is at on that but the house was built with windows 6" on either side of the fireplace so any changes to the mantle would really make those windows look weird.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on April 28, 2014, 10:41:11 PM
Do you have a fireplace with like a wooden mantle?

nah, it has a brick mantle. i like where your head is at on that but the house was built with windows 6" on either side of the fireplace so any changes to the mantle would really make those windows look weird.

Actually that works just as well.  I was just going to say what if you cut it into 2 ft lengths and then burned it in your fireplace.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 28, 2014, 10:49:15 PM
Do you have a fireplace with like a wooden mantle?

nah, it has a brick mantle. i like where your head is at on that but the house was built with windows 6" on either side of the fireplace so any changes to the mantle would really make those windows look weird.


Actually that works just as well.  I was just going to say what if you cut it into 2 ft lengths and then burned it in your fireplace.

why would i want to burn wood in a gas fireplace?  you don't make much sense when you are being butthurt
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KSUBrian on April 28, 2014, 11:49:17 PM
 With those metal rings it looks like something Colin Sweeney would use.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on April 29, 2014, 08:04:03 AM
With those metal rings it looks like something Colin Sweeney Caligula would use.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on April 29, 2014, 08:21:53 AM
My B+ idea is moving into A- territory!  I do think whatever you do the rings need to be involved. What about hanging it from the ceiling in a long room or long hallway and hanging little lights from the rings all the way down. (Cut the length if needed)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on April 29, 2014, 08:28:25 AM
Do you have a fireplace with like a wooden mantle?

nah, it has a brick mantle. i like where your head is at on that but the house was built with windows 6" on either side of the fireplace so any changes to the mantle would really make those windows look weird.


Actually that works just as well.  I was just going to say what if you cut it into 2 ft lengths and then burned it in your fireplace.

why would i want to burn wood in a gas fireplace?  you don't make much sense when you are being butthurt

It was funny.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Asteriskhead on April 29, 2014, 08:30:34 AM
bear with me, as I am not a gardener, but mhParents have some latticework stuff that some vine thingy grows on in the front yard. sometimes it grows flowers in the spring time. maybe do that?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Cire on April 29, 2014, 08:34:54 AM
I want an attic fan in my next house.

Seems they never do this any more.

1.  Why don't they do it?

2.  How hard would it be to add?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on April 29, 2014, 08:37:00 AM

I want an attic fan in my next house.

Seems they never do this any more.

1.  Why don't they do it?

2.  How hard would it be to add?
Love mine during certain times of year. Other times you need to block it up to keep cold in or heat in. Seems like they should have new self insulating ones or something.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on April 29, 2014, 08:44:52 AM
Do you have a fireplace with like a wooden mantle?

nah, it has a brick mantle. i like where your head is at on that but the house was built with windows 6" on either side of the fireplace so any changes to the mantle would really make those windows look weird.


Actually that works just as well.  I was just going to say what if you cut it into 2 ft lengths and then burned it in your fireplace.

why would i want to burn wood in a gas fireplace?  you don't make much sense when you are being butthurt

It was funny.

He should convert it into this.

(http://i.imgur.com/Tb8Bz.gif)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on April 29, 2014, 08:47:59 AM
Do you have a fireplace with like a wooden mantle?

nah, it has a brick mantle. i like where your head is at on that but the house was built with windows 6" on either side of the fireplace so any changes to the mantle would really make those windows look weird.


Actually that works just as well.  I was just going to say what if you cut it into 2 ft lengths and then burned it in your fireplace.

why would i want to burn wood in a gas fireplace?  you don't make much sense when you are being butthurt

It was funny.

will accept as an alternate answer to butthurt
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on April 29, 2014, 08:50:47 AM
Do you have kids?  Turn into stockage for punishment/public shaming.

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 29, 2014, 10:50:16 AM
I want an attic fan in my next house.

Seems they never do this any more.

1.  Why don't they do it?

2.  How hard would it be to add?

I was told by an HVAC commercial guy that the electricity you use to run an attic fan usually doesn't save you money over the electricity you use to run an AC fan, so don't do it unless you are doing it for the fresh air and not some idea of saving money.   I haven't calculated it my self, but sounds reasonable.  I mean, attic fans are big ass fans.

That said,  there are certain dishes I cook that put of a little smoke.   Attic fan clears that crap great.

If you add one, the fan, rough in, and electrical should run you around 1.5 - 2k, depending on how hard it is to access the place you want it and if your attic is vented in such a way thay it would actually work.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Spracne on April 29, 2014, 10:52:36 AM
Do you have kids?  Turn into stockage for punishment/public shaming.

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Is that you?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on April 29, 2014, 10:54:25 AM
I want an attic fan in my next house.

Seems they never do this any more.

1.  Why don't they do it?

2.  How hard would it be to add?

I was told by an HVAC commercial guy that the electricity you use to run an attic fan usually doesn't save you money over the electricity you use to run an AC fan, so don't do it unless you are doing it for the fresh air and not some idea of saving money.   I haven't calculated it my self, but sounds reasonable.  I mean, attic fans are big ass fans.

That said,  there are certain dishes I cook that put of a little smoke.   Attic fan clears that crap great.

If you add one, the fan, rough in, and electrical should run you around 1.5 - 2k, depending on how hard it is to access the place you want it and if your attic is vented in such a way thay it would actually work.

The A/C compressor takes way more electricity to run than the fan, FWIW.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: michigancat on April 29, 2014, 10:55:37 AM
My B+ idea is moving into A- territory!  I do think whatever you do the rings need to be involved. What about hanging it from the ceiling in a long room or long hallway and hanging little lights from the rings all the way down. (Cut the length if needed)

yeah, making it a chandelier would be cool. But probably cut it into halves or thirds, mount in your house, sell the other two. Alternative would be some sort of picture frame shelf. Option 3 is trash. I mean how hard is it to find old shitty looking wood.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 29, 2014, 10:57:57 AM
I want an attic fan in my next house.

Seems they never do this any more.

1.  Why don't they do it?

2.  How hard would it be to add?

I was told by an HVAC commercial guy that the electricity you use to run an attic fan usually doesn't save you money over the electricity you use to run an AC fan, so don't do it unless you are doing it for the fresh air and not some idea of saving money.   I haven't calculated it my self, but sounds reasonable.  I mean, attic fans are big ass fans.

That said,  there are certain dishes I cook that put of a little smoke.   Attic fan clears that crap great.

If you add one, the fan, rough in, and electrical should run you around 1.5 - 2k, depending on how hard it is to access the place you want it and if your attic is vented in such a way thay it would actually work.

The A/C compressor takes way more electricity to run than the fan, FWIW.

Fair enough.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on April 29, 2014, 11:01:55 AM
Sell it to American Pickers. The skinny dude would love that.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on April 29, 2014, 12:33:53 PM
I want an attic fan in my next house.

Seems they never do this any more.

1.  Why don't they do it?

2.  How hard would it be to add?

I was told by an HVAC commercial guy that the electricity you use to run an attic fan usually doesn't save you money over the electricity you use to run an AC fan, so don't do it unless you are doing it for the fresh air and not some idea of saving money.   I haven't calculated it my self, but sounds reasonable.  I mean, attic fans are big ass fans.

That said,  there are certain dishes I cook that put of a little smoke.   Attic fan clears that crap great.

If you add one, the fan, rough in, and electrical should run you around 1.5 - 2k, depending on how hard it is to access the place you want it and if your attic is vented in such a way thay it would actually work.
You have other issues if your attic fan is removing smoke from inside your house.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 29, 2014, 01:22:52 PM
I want an attic fan in my next house.

Seems they never do this any more.

1.  Why don't they do it?

2.  How hard would it be to add?

I was told by an HVAC commercial guy that the electricity you use to run an attic fan usually doesn't save you money over the electricity you use to run an AC fan, so don't do it unless you are doing it for the fresh air and not some idea of saving money.   I haven't calculated it my self, but sounds reasonable.  I mean, attic fans are big ass fans.

That said,  there are certain dishes I cook that put of a little smoke.   Attic fan clears that crap great.

If you add one, the fan, rough in, and electrical should run you around 1.5 - 2k, depending on how hard it is to access the place you want it and if your attic is vented in such a way thay it would actually work.
You have other issues if your attic fan is removing smoke from inside your house.

At the time I had an attic fan, I still had the starter house(side to side split with kitchen on mid level).  Open a downstairs window and a kitchen window, turn on the attic fan, and it pulled it right out.  Would take the slight haze of blackening a fuckload of catfish out of a house in no time.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on April 29, 2014, 01:24:10 PM
I want an attic fan in my next house.

Seems they never do this any more.

1.  Why don't they do it?

2.  How hard would it be to add?

I was told by an HVAC commercial guy that the electricity you use to run an attic fan usually doesn't save you money over the electricity you use to run an AC fan, so don't do it unless you are doing it for the fresh air and not some idea of saving money.   I haven't calculated it my self, but sounds reasonable.  I mean, attic fans are big ass fans.

That said,  there are certain dishes I cook that put of a little smoke.   Attic fan clears that crap great.

If you add one, the fan, rough in, and electrical should run you around 1.5 - 2k, depending on how hard it is to access the place you want it and if your attic is vented in such a way thay it would actually work.
You have other issues if your attic fan is removing smoke from inside your house.

Sometimes she gets distracted and burns the crap out of stuff.  I still love her, though.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 29, 2014, 01:30:54 PM
This is going to turn right into the cooking thread, but I used to make pancakes a certain way that made them super(almost crape) thin, still fluffy, yet had a slightly buttery almost crisp to the outside.  They are pretty amazing but required a lot of butter and a super almost-at-melting-point skillet to make.  That used to smoke like crazy when making anything more than two. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mr Bread on April 29, 2014, 02:31:59 PM
omg put some meat on it lol
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on April 29, 2014, 02:40:08 PM
sausage rack
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on April 29, 2014, 02:44:48 PM
I think I have identified the problem. The term "attic fan" is being used, when they should be saying "whole house fan". An attic fan is used to remove air from the attic. The whole house fan is what is being described. Google it.

I had a whole house fan in the Valley in CA. It was pretty great. I could turn it on for 5 minutes first thing in the morning and the AC wouldn't kick on until 11am or Noon if I kept the house mostly closed.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 29, 2014, 03:01:38 PM
I think I have identified the problem. The term "attic fan" is being used, when they should be saying "whole house fan". An attic fan is used to remove air from the attic. The whole house fan is what is being described. Google it.

I had a whole house fan in the Valley in CA. It was pretty great. I could turn it on for 5 minutes first thing in the morning and the AC wouldn't kick on until 11am or Noon if I kept the house mostly closed.

Dobbs, working in residential construction in NE KS from the time I was 14 to until graduating college, I can assure you that Kansans have found yet another thing to be inaccurate on and in fact call what Google believes to be a "whole house fan" and "attic fan". 

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: hatingfrancis on April 29, 2014, 03:06:40 PM
I have a whole house fan.  I think it's it pretty great.  The wife however hates the crap out of it.  She says it's too loud. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on April 29, 2014, 03:09:42 PM
I have a whole house fan.  I think it's it pretty great.  The wife however hates the crap out of it.  She says it's too loud.

Are you ever like "hello pot" ?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: hatingfrancis on April 29, 2014, 03:10:40 PM
I have a whole house fan.  I think it's it pretty great.  The wife however hates the crap out of it.  She says it's too loud.

Are you ever like "hello pot" ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on April 29, 2014, 03:14:39 PM
The first sign to me that something wasn't right was when somebody said it would cost about $2G for an attic fan. I was like, "Hire me, I'll do it for that!"





I think you could put a real attic fan in for about $150 in a couple of hours.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 29, 2014, 03:22:45 PM
The first sign to me that something wasn't right was when somebody said it would cost about $2G for an attic fan. I was like, "Hire me, I'll do it for that!"





I think you could put a real attic fan in for about $150 in a couple of hours.

Probably.  The guy I used to work for when building new homes would charge $500 for the fan and $500 to frame/wire it in a new home with no rework required.  That was over a decade ago and didn't require working in an already finished home.  That is why I padded that up to 1.5-2k.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on April 29, 2014, 03:28:35 PM
The first sign to me that something wasn't right was when somebody said it would cost about $2G for an attic fan. I was like, "Hire me, I'll do it for that!"





I think you could put a real attic fan in for about $150 in a couple of hours.

Probably.  The guy I used to work for when building new homes would charge $500 for the fan and $500 to frame/wire it in a new home with no rework required.  That was over a decade ago and didn't require working in an already finished home.  That is why I padded that up to 1.5-2k.
Is that for a whole house fan? I was referring to an attic fan. Maybe I was way off on an attic fan? :dunno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 29, 2014, 03:32:04 PM
The first sign to me that something wasn't right was when somebody said it would cost about $2G for an attic fan. I was like, "Hire me, I'll do it for that!"





I think you could put a real attic fan in for about $150 in a couple of hours.

Probably.  The guy I used to work for when building new homes would charge $500 for the fan and $500 to frame/wire it in a new home with no rework required.  That was over a decade ago and didn't require working in an already finished home.  That is why I padded that up to 1.5-2k.
Is that for a whole house fan? I was referring to an attic fan. Maybe I was way off on an attic fan? :dunno:

Correct.  In that same amt of time, I have never once been on a project that installed what is apparently an actual attic fan.  Only whole house fans.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on May 17, 2014, 12:31:55 PM
my project for the day, installing a new water saving toilet in the guest bathroom


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whenever i finish i will attempt to convince the wife that the money i saved by not hiring a plumber belongs to my new craft beer habit

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on May 17, 2014, 12:36:48 PM
and by habit i mean hobby, i don't need no stinking intervention, yet
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on May 17, 2014, 12:39:26 PM
The wax ring is the most important part
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on May 17, 2014, 12:41:16 PM
The wax ring is the most important part

yes, and cleaning the old wax ring off is by far the most disturbing part
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on May 17, 2014, 03:27:45 PM
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toilet project done, time to go into the attic to do some re-wiring.  that is after a short beer break
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on August 06, 2014, 10:08:00 AM
Toilet was running on and off for a few days so I went to lowes and bought a new rubber ring flappy thing that covers the hole in the toilet, replaced the old one with it in about 2 min.  Toilet is now operating perfectly.  My goodness what a rush.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 06, 2014, 10:14:53 AM
Toilet was running on and off for a few days so I went to lowes and bought a new rubber ring flappy thing that covers the hole in the toilet, replaced the old one with it in about 2 min.  Toilet is now operating perfectly.  My goodness what a rush.

It's amazing how doing little crap like this can really elevate your status in the household, in my experience. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: meow meow on August 06, 2014, 10:18:37 AM
Toilet was running on and off for a few days so I went to lowes and bought a new rubber ring flappy thing that covers the hole in the toilet, replaced the old one with it in about 2 min.  Toilet is now operating perfectly.  My goodness what a rush.

this was one of my first "big projects" when i first bought our home.  talk about liberating.  could hardly keep the Mrs off of me when she saw me working up a sweat with that flapper.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 06, 2014, 10:23:38 AM
The other night I fixed (replaced all seals and springs) a leaky single handle kitchen seal faucet while cooking dinner, was waiting for a cream sauce to reduce anyway.  Cook dinner and fix a leaky faucet?  ZZZZIIIIPPP!!!!!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on August 06, 2014, 10:27:35 AM
your significant other will get used to this new found handymaness.  For instance I changed out my sump pump, all of the piping, and back up power wiring for it this weekend. Basically ensuring my basement never becomes Iowa State's campus.

CNSWife: "that's nice.   Thanks for doing that."
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on August 06, 2014, 10:29:42 AM
The other night I fixed (replaced all seals and springs) a leaky single handle kitchen seal faucet while cooking dinner, was waiting for a cream sauce to reduce anyway.  Cook dinner and fix a leaky faucet?  ZZZZIIIIPPP!!!!!
oh man! I did my sump pump while gumbo was simmering.
We may need a new thread for handyman cooking combo
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on August 27, 2014, 07:03:52 PM
i just replaced all the gutter hangers on the back side of my house without falling off (was only at a 1, for anxiety control).  let's see what 2015 has in store!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dugout DickStone on August 27, 2014, 10:09:33 PM
i just replaced all the gutter hangers on the back side of my house without falling off (was only at a 1, for anxiety control).  let's see what 2015 has in store!

Sounds like you rough ridin' nailed it bro.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on August 27, 2014, 10:38:22 PM
your significant other will get used to this new found handymaness.  For instance I changed out my sump pump, all of the piping, and back up power wiring for it this weekend. Basically ensuring my basement never becomes Iowa State's campus.

CNSWife: "that's nice.   Thanks for doing that."

bought, gutted, and remodeled our entire house this spring summer. all new plumbing, electrical, 90% of walls replaced. new kitchen, two new bathrooms. did it all myself (ex-contractor) saved us approx 50k.

kcfdwife: how much longer will this take? it can't be that hard :bang:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on August 27, 2014, 10:39:37 PM
that sounds rewardingly awful
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Stevesie60 on August 27, 2014, 11:17:02 PM
Installed some child locks on the knife drawer and cleaning supplies door. So I could basically build a house by myself if I wanted.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 28, 2014, 06:45:25 AM

your significant other will get used to this new found handymaness.  For instance I changed out my sump pump, all of the piping, and back up power wiring for it this weekend. Basically ensuring my basement never becomes Iowa State's campus.

CNSWife: "that's nice.   Thanks for doing that."

bought, gutted, and remodeled our entire house this spring summer. all new plumbing, electrical, 90% of walls replaced. new kitchen, two new bathrooms. did it all myself (ex-contractor) saved us approx 50k.

kcfdwife: how much longer will this take? it can't be that hard :bang:

It's okay to choke her out a little bit for this. 


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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: 06wildcat on August 28, 2014, 06:51:06 AM
Planning on removing a tree (at least 3" diameter) from the front yard this weekend. Might even clean out the gutters if it doesn't rain anymore and muck everything up.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on August 28, 2014, 07:39:10 AM
Same on the teee work and gutters.  Also have 300' of edging I am going to make a couple huge planter beds in my back yard with.  Then get several truck loads of mulch.  Going to be a tiring next couple days.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Cire on August 28, 2014, 09:24:17 AM
anyone ever done spray freon thing for your car.  NO AC!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on August 28, 2014, 09:31:12 AM
right when we bought the house we removed the popcorn ceilings and refinished and painted the ceilings. it was a huge bitch. we also thought we would paint everything right off the bat so we splattered paint all over the other walls. but now it's months later and we have only actually finished one room.

once you move your in your couch, tv, and internet, it gets really hard to want to do anything.

may take a crack at the rubber toilet flapper things tonight :ohno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 28, 2014, 09:38:55 AM
When you guys travel does your wife manage to break at least one thing?  I swear to eff.  Always come home to broken crap.  She freely admits it only happens when I leave, too.  :curse:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ksu_FAN1 on August 28, 2014, 09:45:32 AM
This summer I had to replace a sewage pump that went bad in my basement. Not a fun job.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ksu_FAN1 on August 28, 2014, 09:57:51 AM
However, building the fire pit, planters, and deck was quite enjoyable.

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on August 28, 2014, 10:00:49 AM
:thumbs:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: K-S-U-Wildcats! on August 28, 2014, 10:14:20 AM
When you guys travel does your wife manage to break at least one thing?  I swear to eff.  Always come home to broken crap.  She freely admits it only happens when I leave, too.  :curse:

Yes, and this exactly describes my feeling every time I get that phone call.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mrs. Gooch on August 28, 2014, 10:20:10 AM
When you guys travel does your wife manage to break at least one thing?  I swear to eff.  Always come home to broken crap.  She freely admits it only happens when I leave, too.  :curse:

Yes, and this exactly describes my feeling every time I get that phone call.

Maybe if you guys would get the stuff done that she asked you to do and she didn't have to try to do it herself while you are gone then she wouldn't break stuff.  :dunno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 28, 2014, 10:37:49 AM
When you guys travel does your wife manage to break at least one thing?  I swear to eff.  Always come home to broken crap.  She freely admits it only happens when I leave, too.  :curse:

Yes, and this exactly describes my feeling every time I get that phone call.

Maybe if you guys would get the stuff done that she asked you to do and she didn't have to try to do it herself while you are gone then she wouldn't break stuff.  :dunno:

These breaks aren't because she tried to fix something, it's because of some other reason neither of us can figure out.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: K-S-U-Wildcats! on August 28, 2014, 10:54:18 AM
Right, I can't really blame her for a lot of the crap that happens - but it can't be coincidence that it always happens when I'm (rarely) out of town. AC goes out, garage door gets stuck, disposal gets jammed, ceiling fan starts rattling, dryer breaks, etc.

Owning a home has definitely made me more handy - I can fix pretty much all of it except the AC stuff.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mrs. Gooch on August 28, 2014, 11:03:14 AM
I'm guessing that similar stuff happens when you are there but it is not a big deal because you just fix it real quick. When you are not there to fix it right away that is when it is more of a pain and you are really noting the occurrences.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ksu_FAN1 on August 28, 2014, 11:04:37 AM
Meh, we (guys) break plenty of stuff too or it breaks on our watch. Pretty nitpicky to the significant other to get upset about it. JMHO.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 28, 2014, 11:04:55 AM
I'm guessing that similar stuff happens when you are there but it is not a big deal because you just fix it real quick. When you are not there to fix it right away that is when it is more of a pain and you are really noting the occurrences.

We keep a log book so I'll have to look.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 28, 2014, 11:05:45 AM
Meh, we (guys) break plenty of stuff too or it breaks on our watch. Pretty nitpicky to the significant other to get upset about it. JMHO.

I'm not mad about it, at least not mad at her.  I'm mad at the gods for always doing this!  :shakesfist:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: steve dave on August 28, 2014, 11:07:14 AM
I've mowed my own yard about 10 times now. in a row.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on August 28, 2014, 11:22:13 AM
I've mowed my own yard about 10 times now. in a row.

the worst is that I always get done before she gets home from work so she has no idea how sweaty I got or how long it took.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Cire on August 28, 2014, 11:23:37 AM
sometimes my wife will mow the yard just for some exercise If I go to the grocery store!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: raquetcat on August 28, 2014, 11:46:27 AM
Replaced a broken electrical plug on a mixer, the wife was appropriately impressed
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: K-S-U-Wildcats! on August 28, 2014, 12:39:04 PM
I'm guessing that similar stuff happens when you are there but it is not a big deal because you just fix it real quick. When you are not there to fix it right away that is when it is more of a pain and you are really noting the occurrences.

Agreed. Not a big deal... because I fix it. I should (not) tell my wife this.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mrs. Gooch on August 28, 2014, 01:06:40 PM
sometimes my wife will mow the yard just for some exercise If I go to the grocery store!

I don't think I have ever mowed a lawn in my life except for when I used to drive around on our riding lawn mower as kid, but that was more for fun.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: 06wildcat on August 28, 2014, 01:52:54 PM
Welp... too rainy/humid to do anything outside today. Tree will live until at least tomorrow (the half that's alive anyway).
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on August 28, 2014, 01:58:49 PM
Welp... too rainy/humid to do anything outside today. Tree will live until at least tomorrow (the half that's alive anyway).
Probably the wrong the thread to be giving out T & O (turf and ornamental) advice, but don't try to transplant a tree that isn't healthy in the month of August. Wait until end of Sept or first of Oct. (assuming you live in KS)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Spracne on August 28, 2014, 01:59:58 PM
Welp... too rainy/humid to do anything outside today. Tree will live until at least tomorrow (the half that's alive anyway).
Probably the wrong the thread to be giving out T & O (turf and ornamental) advice, but don't try to transplant a tree that isn't healthy in the month of August. Wait until end of Sept or first of Oct. (assuming you live in KS)

What about transplanting to the firewood pile?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on August 28, 2014, 02:02:43 PM
Welp... too rainy/humid to do anything outside today. Tree will live until at least tomorrow (the half that's alive anyway).
Probably the wrong the thread to be giving out T & O (turf and ornamental) advice, but don't try to transplant a tree that isn't healthy in the month of August. Wait until end of Sept or first of Oct. (assuming you live in KS)

What about transplanting to the firewood pile?
Oh crap. This is two days in a row of drinking for me and I am just rough ridin' worthless.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: 06wildcat on August 28, 2014, 02:24:08 PM
Welp... too rainy/humid to do anything outside today. Tree will live until at least tomorrow (the half that's alive anyway).
Probably the wrong the thread to be giving out T & O (turf and ornamental) advice, but don't try to transplant a tree that isn't healthy in the month of August. Wait until end of Sept or first of Oct. (assuming you live in KS)

What about transplanting to the firewood pile?
Oh crap. This is two days in a row of drinking for me and I am just rough ridin' worthless.

 :lol:

Confused the crap out of me with the first response dobber. Then Spracne stole my reply  :shakesfist:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Gooch on August 28, 2014, 02:28:28 PM
When you guys travel does your wife manage to break at least one thing?  I swear to eff.  Always come home to broken crap.  She freely admits it only happens when I leave, too.  :curse:

Yes, and this exactly describes my feeling every time I get that phone call.

Maybe if you guys would get the stuff done that she asked you to do and she didn't have to try to do it herself while you are gone then she wouldn't break stuff.  :dunno:
Or hang it horribly crooked.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on September 03, 2014, 09:27:37 AM
replaced a bathroom fan  :cool:

lessons learned:

-dont do in summer because it is a billion degrees in the attic
-a serrated kitchen knife is a great drywall saw (possibly better than an actual drywall saw.)
-try to convice your s/o not no fall asleep while you do this in case you pass out in the attic or fall through the ceiling and they need to be there to call the ambulance/fireman.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on September 03, 2014, 02:52:22 PM

your significant other will get used to this new found handymaness.  For instance I changed out my sump pump, all of the piping, and back up power wiring for it this weekend. Basically ensuring my basement never becomes Iowa State's campus.

CNSWife: "that's nice.   Thanks for doing that."

bought, gutted, and remodeled our entire house this spring summer. all new plumbing, electrical, 90% of walls replaced. new kitchen, two new bathrooms. did it all myself (ex-contractor) saved us approx 50k.

kcfdwife: how much longer will this take? it can't be that hard :bang:
Same exact response when I was doing my porch. Saved probably $5k and it was always "are you really working on that again tonight? Why can't it just be done. It's all you have been doing"
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on September 03, 2014, 04:34:47 PM

your significant other will get used to this new found handymaness.  For instance I changed out my sump pump, all of the piping, and back up power wiring for it this weekend. Basically ensuring my basement never becomes Iowa State's campus.

CNSWife: "that's nice.   Thanks for doing that."

bought, gutted, and remodeled our entire house this spring summer. all new plumbing, electrical, 90% of walls replaced. new kitchen, two new bathrooms. did it all myself (ex-contractor) saved us approx 50k.

kcfdwife: how much longer will this take? it can't be that hard :bang:
Same exact response when I was doing my porch. Saved probably $5k and it was always "are you really working on that again tonight? Why can't it just be done. It's all you have been doing"

yup. everyday she gets home from work (the days I'm not working) she asks "what did you do on the house today?" uh, look around, we have all new light switches and outlets... "that took all day? seems really easy"

 :dubious:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: tdaver on September 03, 2014, 04:46:17 PM
I need to build fence/gates on each side of the house to enclose the backyard.  One side will be over an existing concrete slab.  What's the best what to cut postholes through the slab?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on September 03, 2014, 04:53:24 PM
I need to build fence/gates on each side of the house to enclose the backyard.  One side will be over an existing concrete slab.  What's the best what to cut postholes through the slab?

Core drill, probably. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on September 03, 2014, 05:08:00 PM
I need to build fence/gates on each side of the house to enclose the backyard.  One side will be over an existing concrete slab.  What's the best what to cut postholes through the slab?

Core drill, probably.

yup. you can rent one from a HD or Lowe's for pretty cheap and they're pretty easy to use.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: tdaver on September 03, 2014, 05:15:38 PM
Thanks buds.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on September 03, 2014, 05:37:43 PM
Or just use a bracket to attach to the concrete
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on September 03, 2014, 06:39:01 PM
or just use double sided tape to attach to le concrete
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on September 03, 2014, 06:47:51 PM
or just use double sided tape to attach to le concrete

This is not a permanent solution
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on September 03, 2014, 07:43:22 PM
Or just use a bracket to attach to the concrete

the wind load would blow it over pretty quickly.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on November 07, 2014, 10:39:30 AM
Look - everyone here knows I'm handy as eff, we all get it. However, I have never built a fence. I will attempt this tomorrow. 34 posts 4x4x8, 80 2x4x8's, 400 cedar pickets, 34 bags of concrete mix, 2 levels, 2 power drills (DeWalt obvs), 1 2 man auger, 1 miter saw, and a crap ton of Miller Lite.

I need to have this done before the cats game. USA! USA! USA!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on November 07, 2014, 10:41:04 AM
Let those posts cure before putting on the pickets.  Supposed to be windy this weekend and not doing so will make sure your footings are worthless, like immediately.

Set posts this weekend, set pickets next weekend.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on November 07, 2014, 10:43:56 AM
good call. the pickets are pussy crap, can be done whenever.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on November 07, 2014, 10:44:35 AM
Let those posts cure before putting on the pickets.  Supposed to be windy this weekend and not doing so will make sure your footings are worthless, like immediately.

Set posts this weekend, set pickets next weekend.

Thought this common knowledge was common.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: michigancat on November 07, 2014, 10:45:09 AM
LOL, good luck
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on November 07, 2014, 10:46:51 AM
epic facepalm.  what would america be without a fence holding you in it
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on November 07, 2014, 10:48:10 AM
epic facepalm.  what would america be without a fence holding you in it

K_S_U, get in here!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WillieWatanabe on November 07, 2014, 10:53:46 AM
Look - everyone here knows I'm handy as eff, we all get it. However, I have never built a fence. I will attempt this tomorrow. 34 posts 4x4x8, 80 2x4x8's, 400 cedar pickets, 34 bags of concrete mix, 2 levels, 2 power drills (DeWalt obvs), 1 2 man auger, 1 miter saw, and a crap ton of Miller Lite.

I need to have this done before the cats game. USA! USA! USA!

:sdeek:

just helped my friend with his the last couple weeks. Dug all 30 holes/set the posts in one day. Digsafe didn't mark the ISP cable lines...so we cut that bad boy and knocked out a couple houses during college football. Managed to avoid all the sprinkler lines luckily.

after 2 weeks, still have a quarter of the pickets left to put up....plus finish screwing in the ones we have already put up. Saved him a couple grand tho so i guess it was worth it :dunno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on November 07, 2014, 11:00:32 AM
Nail gun.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WillieWatanabe on November 07, 2014, 11:05:39 AM
also, we didn't put enough concrete in each hole. only did 1 bag per hole, except the corner posts which got 2. oops.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on November 07, 2014, 11:08:12 AM
How hard is it to put in new light fixtures? I want to put up a new ceiling fan/light in the kitchen and dining room.

Handyman Level: Beginner(Past experience - Flapper in toilet, scraping wallpaper/repainting, built elevated garden bed)

I know absolutely nothing about electrical wiring so my current plan is to invite my Electrical Engineer friend over to show me how. He is an Expert Handyman who has basically gutted and rewired his entire house.


****Ben Ji's Dad Side Story**** Senior year of High School my dad decides to do some handy man electrical work in my parents bathroom. Crawls up in the attic and gets to work....When he is finished the light in the bathroom would not turn off, just constantly on...Refused to admit defeat and would just stand up on the toilet to unscrew the lightbulb when he wanted to light off....if he wasnt home and the light was unscrewed/off my mom would make me stand on the toilet and screw it back in. Eventually he caved and had to call an actual electrician to fix the wiring.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on November 07, 2014, 11:08:56 AM
how long are you going to live with this fence?  if not 10+ years I would consider using air nail gun/stapler for the pickets, especially if the fence will have a cap and rail top
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: michigancat on November 07, 2014, 11:10:18 AM
How hard is it to put in new light fixtures? I want to put up a new ceiling fan/light in the kitchen and dining room.

Handyman Level: Beginner(Past experience - Flapper in toilet, scraping wallpaper/repainting, built elevated garden bed)

I know absolutely nothing about electrical wiring so my current plan is to invite my Electrical Engineer friend over to show me how. He is an Expert Handyman who has basically gutted and rewired his entire house.


****Ben Ji's Dad Side Story**** Senior year of High School my dad decides to do some handy man electrical work in my parents bathroom. Crawls up in the attic and gets to work....When he is finished the light in the bathroom would not turn off, just constantly on...Refused to admit defeat and would just stand up on the toilet to unscrew the lightbulb when he wanted to light off....if he wasnt home and the light was unscrewed/off my mom would make me stand on the toilet and screw it back in. Eventually he caved and had to call an actual electrician to fix the wiring.

It's a good progression IMO. You can do it!

clams brings up a good point - why build a fence?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on November 07, 2014, 11:10:25 AM
How hard is it to put in new light fixtures? I want to put up a new ceiling fan/light in the kitchen and dining room.

Handyman Level: Beginner(Past experience - Flapper in toilet, scraping wallpaper/repainting, built elevated garden bed)

I know absolutely nothing about electrical wiring so my current plan is to invite my Electrical Engineer friend over to show me how. He is an Expert Handyman who has basically gutted and rewired his entire house.


****Ben Ji's Dad Side Story**** Senior year of High School my dad decides to do some handy man electrical work in my parents bathroom. Crawls up in the attic and gets to work....When he is finished the light in the bathroom would not turn off, just constantly on...Refused to admit defeat and would just stand up on the toilet to unscrew the lightbulb when he wanted to light off....if he wasnt home and the light was unscrewed/off my mom would make me stand on the toilet and screw it back in. Eventually he caved and had to call an actual electrician to fix the wiring.

I think with your buddy there you're golden. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WillieWatanabe on November 07, 2014, 11:11:41 AM
How hard is it to put in new light fixtures? I want to put up a new ceiling fan/light in the kitchen and dining room.

Handyman Level: Beginner(Past experience - Flapper in toilet, scraping wallpaper/repainting, built elevated garden bed)

I know absolutely nothing about electrical wiring so my current plan is to invite my Electrical Engineer friend over to show me how. He is an Expert Handyman who has basically gutted and rewired his entire house.


****Ben Ji's Dad Side Story**** Senior year of High School my dad decides to do some handy man electrical work in my parents bathroom. Crawls up in the attic and gets to work....When he is finished the light in the bathroom would not turn off, just constantly on...Refused to admit defeat and would just stand up on the toilet to unscrew the lightbulb when he wanted to light off....if he wasnt home and the light was unscrewed/off my mom would make me stand on the toilet and screw it back in. Eventually he caved and had to call an actual electrician to fix the wiring.

that is PEAK dad-ness.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WillieWatanabe on November 07, 2014, 11:12:46 AM
How hard is it to put in new light fixtures? I want to put up a new ceiling fan/light in the kitchen and dining room.

Handyman Level: Beginner(Past experience - Flapper in toilet, scraping wallpaper/repainting, built elevated garden bed)

I know absolutely nothing about electrical wiring so my current plan is to invite my Electrical Engineer friend over to show me how. He is an Expert Handyman who has basically gutted and rewired his entire house.


****Ben Ji's Dad Side Story**** Senior year of High School my dad decides to do some handy man electrical work in my parents bathroom. Crawls up in the attic and gets to work....When he is finished the light in the bathroom would not turn off, just constantly on...Refused to admit defeat and would just stand up on the toilet to unscrew the lightbulb when he wanted to light off....if he wasnt home and the light was unscrewed/off my mom would make me stand on the toilet and screw it back in. Eventually he caved and had to call an actual electrician to fix the wiring.

It's a good progression IMO. You can do it!

clams brings up a good point - why build a fence?

friend has a day care at home. required or something. pets maybe?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on November 07, 2014, 11:13:14 AM
Ben ji, super pud. 

is there an existing ceiling fan where you want to put the old one?  If not, you do have to make sure that the junction box is secured for the weight of fan.  If not, you can buy anchors to give you that support for like $15. 

Other than that, there is like three or four wires(four if you have a separate switch at the wall to turn the fan on separately from the light).  The fan's manual will tell you where to put what color wire.

Assembling the fan blades and stuff takes longer than hanging and wiring. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on November 07, 2014, 11:14:48 AM
also, we didn't put enough concrete in each hole. only did 1 bag per hole, except the corner posts which got 2. oops.
Has it actually been an issue?  The hard as hell clay in NE KS prolly would hold up the typical non privacy fence alone if you could dig the prefect hole.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on November 07, 2014, 11:18:42 AM
Ben ji, last summer I put 2 ceiling fans up on angled ceilings all by myself and they worked.  The lights worked, the fan worked.  The feeling you get when you flip the switch and everything does exactly what it's supposed to do is so unbelievable.  I cried a little.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on November 07, 2014, 11:20:06 AM
Ben ji, super pud. 

is there an existing ceiling fan where you want to put the old one?  If not, you do have to make sure that the junction box is secured for the weight of fan.  If not, you can buy anchors to give you that support for like $15. 

Other than that, there is like three or four wires(four if you have a separate switch at the wall to turn the fan on separately from the light).  The fan's manual will tell you where to put what color wire.

Assembling the fan blades and stuff takes longer than hanging and wiring.

Yes, already a fan/light fixture in the kitchen so that should be pretty pud.

I'm more worried about this monstrosity hanging in my dining room. Currently it is controlled by a "Dimmer Knob" on the wall but I've noticed that if I leave the lights on for a long time the plate around the "Dimmer Knob" get warm. Obviously not good.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/07/77b97a52c2aced4b1f3e829fb38512e1.jpg)

When I replace that albatross with some new fixture's I'm guessing I'll have to put in a new "Light Switch" on the wall?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on November 07, 2014, 11:21:10 AM
The dimmer knob is just a variable resistor that burns the extra electricity off as heat.  So that's normal. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on November 07, 2014, 11:23:18 AM
Replace the dimmer with a switch.  Two screws and two wires. 

This entire thing will take you like 1hr and roughly 58 min of that will be putting those little rough ridin' screws in wood blade and blade arms, and then screwing the blade arms to the fan motor while in the air, above your head, and making your shoulders feel super weak like that of a 7 yr old girl. 



Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on November 07, 2014, 11:24:26 AM
The dimmer knob is just a variable resistor that burns the extra electricity off as heat.  So that's normal.

Seriously? I'm worried that if I leave that crap on all day It will start an electrical fire or something and burn my house down. Is that possible?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Asteriskhead on November 07, 2014, 11:26:19 AM
Just replaced the motor on our air compressor to save the operation. Not even my job. :gocho:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on November 07, 2014, 11:26:35 AM
Replace the dimmer with a switch.  Two screws and two wires. 

This entire thing will take you like 1hr and roughly 58 min of that will be putting those little rough ridin' screws in wood blade and blade arms, and then screwing the blade arms to the fan motor while in the air, above your head, and making your shoulders feel super weak like that of a 7 yr old girl.
yes, a ratcheting screw driver or even those usually worthless electric screwdrivers are a god send for this
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on November 07, 2014, 11:28:15 AM
The dimmer knob is just a variable resistor that burns the extra electricity off as heat.  So that's normal.

Seriously? I'm worried that if I leave that crap on all day It will start an electrical fire or something and burn my house down. Is that possible?

I do think it is possible.  I mean the design should be approved by a third part lab that certifies it as safe but crap still happens like improper install.

We put in two ceiling fans this summer you can dim the lights via remote, so all that crap is contained in the fan electronics which I'm hoping is safer.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: K-S-U-Wildcats! on November 07, 2014, 11:29:34 AM
The dimmer knob is just a variable resistor that burns the extra electricity off as heat.  So that's normal.

Seriously? I'm worried that if I leave that crap on all day It will start an electrical fire or something and burn my house down. Is that possible?

I guess anything is possible, but dimmers get warm for the reason Emo explained. But just don't leave your lights on all day - save you money and peace of mind. Two birds with one stone.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dugout DickStone on November 07, 2014, 11:30:49 AM
Just replaced the motor on our air compressor to save the operation. Not even my job. :gocho:

thats pretty handymany
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on November 07, 2014, 11:31:09 AM
The dimmer knob is just a variable resistor that burns the extra electricity off as heat.  So that's normal.

Seriously? I'm worried that if I leave that crap on all day It will start an electrical fire or something and burn my house down. Is that possible?

I guess anything is possible, but dimmers get warm for the reason Emo explained. But just don't leave your lights on all day - save you money and peace of mind. Two birds with one stone.
also make sure the bulbs in the fixture are not too high for the rating on dimmer
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on November 07, 2014, 11:34:44 AM
Yeah, current dimmer/light fixture has been there since like 1980 and the house has not burned down so we should be good. I just noticed it would get warm a couple months ago and figured that was bad.

Thanks guyz!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on November 07, 2014, 11:37:34 AM
dimmers are pretty safe.   if you put multiple in the same box there can be some concerns, but even then you just oversize the box.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Chingon on November 07, 2014, 11:39:22 AM
Buy a modern dimmer which uses a triac.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Asteriskhead on November 07, 2014, 11:46:03 AM
Just replaced the motor on our air compressor to save the operation. Not even my job. :gocho:

thats pretty handymany
I'm a god-damned american handyman hero.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SkinnyBenny on November 07, 2014, 12:49:47 PM
Guess who installed ALL THE BLINDS in ALL THE WINDOWS of his house? :excited:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on November 07, 2014, 12:57:11 PM
Yeah, current dimmer/light fixture has been there since like 1980 and the house has not burned down so we should be good. I just noticed it would get warm a couple months ago and figured that was bad.

Thanks guyz!

just be sure the mounting box is rated for a ceiling fan. changing it out can be a bitch but the retrofit kits they sell make it easier.

also flip the breaker since apparently just turning the switch off doesnt necessarily do it especially if there are always on outlets wired through the same box and you shock myself.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on November 07, 2014, 01:02:20 PM
Your ceiling box will be fine if it has been hanging that monstrosity from it for years.

When changing the fan itself, not the dimmer, just turning off the switch is fine.  Puni, I am worried about the possible wiring issues in your house.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ChiCat on November 07, 2014, 01:03:46 PM
I got a volt tester thing from home depot when I was changing/fixing outlets at my house.  I discovered that my place was wired strangely and the breaker box was incorrectly labeled.  I could've done the job without it but am glad I bought it for the peace of mind.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on November 07, 2014, 01:04:10 PM
Your ceiling box will be fine if it has been hanging that monstrosity from it for years.

When changing the fan itself, not the dimmer, just turning off the switch is fine.  Puni, I am worried about the possible wiring issues in your house.

no, its a normal thing. i had to look up how to do it since i didnt mark any of the wires when i ripped them apart
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on November 07, 2014, 01:05:04 PM
Yeah, current dimmer/light fixture has been there since like 1980 and the house has not burned down so we should be good. I just noticed it would get warm a couple months ago and figured that was bad.

Thanks guyz!

Can we get a pic of the fixture as you throw it out?  I think that'd be a good idea for a thread:  embarrassing crap in your house you should have replaced a long time ago.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on November 07, 2014, 01:07:12 PM
this thread is a nightmare but i'm excited for the future kind of  :ohno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on November 07, 2014, 01:11:36 PM
i am also building a fence. maybe this weekend?!?! I might wait for AJ's postmortem
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on November 07, 2014, 01:12:31 PM
What are you guys so paranoid about that you need fences? 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on November 07, 2014, 01:13:35 PM
What are you guys so paranoid about that you need fences?

i dont really like to do it. it wont be a privacy fence. It's because we got a dog.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on November 07, 2014, 01:15:24 PM
I have two dogs and no fence.  But like I trained them to listen to me and stuff.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Chingon on November 07, 2014, 01:16:57 PM
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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Spracne on November 07, 2014, 01:17:43 PM
Neighbors. I believe Robert Frost already covered this
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on November 07, 2014, 01:30:50 PM
I have two dogs and no fence.  But like I trained them to listen to me and stuff.

there are lots of kids and dogs in the neighborhood that dont listen to anybody

maybe it will also help keep deer out of my garden?

maybe it just fulfills my natural human desire to build ?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on November 07, 2014, 01:31:23 PM
Right on man you do you.  :thumbs:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on November 07, 2014, 01:34:57 PM
spracne, what did robert frost say?

also last weekend we pulled down all the shutters and the front door and repainted them all a better color AND put them back up
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: michigancat on November 07, 2014, 01:39:38 PM
just get a gun and judge whoever comes onto your lawn

peace of mind
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Spracne on November 07, 2014, 01:40:25 PM
spracne, what did robert frost say?

also last weekend we pulled down all the shutters and the front door and repainted them all a better color AND put them back up
Good fences make good neighbors.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: HerrSonntag on November 07, 2014, 02:04:51 PM
Installing a pre-hung bedroom door for my mom, this weekend, any tips from you classy cats out there?

Also, after its installed and been verified to fit, it needs staining.   What all things besides stain do I need to put on?  Does it need any of that pre-stain?  Will it need a coat of polyurethane, after?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on November 07, 2014, 02:05:58 PM

Replace the dimmer with a switch.  Two screws and two wires. 

This entire thing will take you like 1hr and roughly 58 min of that will be putting those little rough ridin' screws in wood blade and blade arms, and then screwing the blade arms to the fan motor while in the air, above your head, and making your shoulders feel super weak like that of a 7 yr old girl.
yes, a ratcheting screw driver or even those usually worthless electric screwdrivers are a god send for this
The fan I put up a couple months ago actually had holes in the blades and little knobs on the arms that allowed them to snap in. About 20 seconds per blade. Then the arms snapped into the main hub and had two screws to keep it secure. Piece of cake.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on November 07, 2014, 04:10:39 PM
Installing a pre-hung bedroom door for my mom, this weekend, any tips from you classy cats out there?

Also, after its installed and been verified to fit, it needs staining.   What all things besides stain do I need to put on?  Does it need any of that pre-stain?  Will it need a coat of polyurethane, after?

have you ever hung a door before? what sort of tools do you have? compressor and nail gun? or are you trying to do this with a hammer and nails? Make sure it's level, obviously. keep a long level on the hinges whenever possible, this is key to ensuring it stays open when you want it, etc... make sure you have a lot of shim handy, you'll use more than you think.

you'll just stain it and poly it when you're done. wipe everything down with a damp cloth beforehand to get all the dust off.


Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on November 07, 2014, 04:14:13 PM

Replace the dimmer with a switch.  Two screws and two wires. 

This entire thing will take you like 1hr and roughly 58 min of that will be putting those little rough ridin' screws in wood blade and blade arms, and then screwing the blade arms to the fan motor while in the air, above your head, and making your shoulders feel super weak like that of a 7 yr old girl.
yes, a ratcheting screw driver or even those usually worthless electric screwdrivers are a god send for this
The fan I put up a couple months ago actually had holes in the blades and little knobs on the arms that allowed them to snap in. About 20 seconds per blade. Then the arms snapped into the main hub and had two screws to keep it secure. Piece of cake.

My last few had the snap on friction fit arm to blade things, but not arm to hub things.  I can only imagine how great that had to feel
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on November 07, 2014, 04:16:19 PM
What are you guys so paranoid about that you need fences?

i dont really like to do it. it wont be a privacy fence. It's because we got a dog.

I have an invisible fence.  It keeps my dogs in great.  My dogs are outside at my house right now, with no one home, and they are fine.  Do it all the time.  Pretty great.  Does nothing for deer, though, and neither will your wood privacy fence.  Those fuckers jump really great.   Other dogs, tho.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 07, 2014, 04:25:09 PM
Very proud of metalhead
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 07, 2014, 04:39:45 PM
Doors can be tricky, just make sure things are plumb. Take the door off and shim the bottom of the for the head to be level, then shim /plumb/nail the hinge side. You can put the door back on then to help keep the gaps on the other side consistent.

I would stain the door in a garage. Stain, poly, scuff with fine sandpaper, wipe off dust with tack cloth, 2nd coat of poly
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on November 07, 2014, 04:46:40 PM
Doors can be tricky, just make sure things are plumb. Take the door off and shim the bottom of the for the head to be level, then shim /plumb/nail the hinge side. You can put the door back on then to help keep the gaps on the other side consistent.

I would stain the door in a garage. Stain, poly, scuff with fine sandpaper, wipe off dust with tack cloth, 2nd coat of poly

not saying you're wrong, but I worked as a professional carpenter for 5 years and I was taught to always hang jambs with the door intact (if pre-hung) I've done it both ways and this way always seems easier to me. But, that's what I'm most familiar with.  :th_twocents:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 07, 2014, 04:49:16 PM
Whoever taught you was probably like 80 years old and enjoyed doing things the hard way
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Gooch on November 07, 2014, 04:49:36 PM
Doors can be tricky, just make sure things are plumb. Take the door off and shim the bottom of the for the head to be level, then shim /plumb/nail the hinge side. You can put the door back on then to help keep the gaps on the other side consistent.

I would stain the door in a garage. Stain, poly, scuff with fine sandpaper, wipe off dust with tack cloth, 2nd coat of poly

not saying you're wrong, but I worked as a professional carpenter for 5 years and I was taught to always hang jambs with the door intact (if pre-hung) I've done it both ways and this way always seems easier to me. But, that's what I'm most familiar with.  :th_twocents:
Not saying you two are both wrong but I have never hung a door and never intend to. Get a professional to do it right.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 07, 2014, 04:50:50 PM
I am a professional, gooch :Crybaby:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on November 07, 2014, 04:57:01 PM
Whoever taught you was probably like 80 years old and enjoyed doing things the hard way

I can't imagine how taking the door off the frame would make it easier, this just allows the jamb to flex and fall out of square.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Asteriskhead on November 07, 2014, 05:24:27 PM
Very proud of metalhead

"we" didn't have the right tools, so I ran out to my truck and grabbed my tool bag out of my tool box and was just like, "hey maintenance guy, stand back and hold the flashlight here. I've got this".
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Asteriskhead on November 07, 2014, 05:36:19 PM
my #metricwrench game and my #deepsocket game is on point, son. #fixingshit
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 07, 2014, 05:48:59 PM
I bet you really emasculated that guy
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: HerrSonntag on November 07, 2014, 05:57:08 PM
Doors can be tricky, just make sure things are plumb. Take the door off and shim the bottom of the for the head to be level, then shim /plumb/nail the hinge side. You can put the door back on then to help keep the gaps on the other side consistent.

I would stain the door in a garage. Stain, poly, scuff with fine sandpaper, wipe off dust with tack cloth, 2nd coat of poly

not saying you're wrong, but I worked as a professional carpenter for 5 years and I was taught to always hang jambs with the door intact (if pre-hung) I've done it both ways and this way always seems easier to me. But, that's what I'm most familiar with.  :th_twocents:
Not saying you two are both wrong but I have never hung a door and never intend to. Get a professional to do it right.
My plan was to hang the door/jamb in tact, use a framing level, rubber mallet, hammer and finishing nails, and lastly some long screws to set the hinges/shims.  I dunno, watched a guy on youtube run through an entire install, didn't observe anything too tricky but i guess we'll see.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Asteriskhead on November 07, 2014, 06:13:47 PM
I bet you really emasculated that guy

Afterwards he gave me directions to an authentic mexican food place south of fort worth for this weekend. I didn't want to tell him that we probably weren't leaving downtown.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 07, 2014, 06:17:02 PM
That was very nice of him
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Asteriskhead on November 07, 2014, 06:25:51 PM
That was very nice of him

tbh, you've more than likely met him. he was probably at the job site when you were there last.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 07, 2014, 06:32:28 PM
Nope!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Asteriskhead on November 07, 2014, 06:37:44 PM
Nope!

Okay! See you at Mae's in 20?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: EMAWmeister on November 07, 2014, 06:39:49 PM
Just replaced the motor on our air compressor to save the operation. Not even my job. :gocho:

thats pretty handymany
I'm a god-damned american handyman hero.

I'm no Bob Villa but metalhead is about a thousand times as handyman-y as I am. He really is a hero.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 07, 2014, 06:41:35 PM
Nope!

Okay! See you at Mae's in 20?

I need to eat dinner tho
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Asteriskhead on November 07, 2014, 06:57:57 PM
Nope!

Okay! See you at Mae's in 20?

I need to eat dinner tho
Bring it there. Duh
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 07, 2014, 06:59:33 PM
They let you do that?!?! - havs
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on November 07, 2014, 08:55:23 PM
Doors can be tricky, just make sure things are plumb. Take the door off and shim the bottom of the for the head to be level, then shim /plumb/nail the hinge side. You can put the door back on then to help keep the gaps on the other side consistent.

I would stain the door in a garage. Stain, poly, scuff with fine sandpaper, wipe off dust with tack cloth, 2nd coat of poly

not saying you're wrong, but I worked as a professional carpenter for 5 years and I was taught to always hang jambs with the door intact (if pre-hung) I've done it both ways and this way always seems easier to me. But, that's what I'm most familiar with.  :th_twocents:
Not saying you two are both wrong but I have never hung a door and never intend to. Get a professional to do it right.
My plan was to hang the door/jamb in tact, use a framing level, rubber mallet, hammer and finishing nails, and lastly some long screws to set the hinges/shims.  I dunno, watched a guy on youtube run through an entire install, didn't observe anything too tricky but i guess we'll see.

Should work fine. I personally wouldn't use screws on an interior door though
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: HerrSonntag on November 07, 2014, 09:00:24 PM
What about screws through the hinge shims then what through the stop side?  Do they make 4 inch finishing nails?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on November 07, 2014, 11:22:20 PM
What about screws through the hinge shims then what through the stop side?  Do they make 4 inch finishing nails?

Oh yeah, sorry put screws through the hinges into the framing.

You shouldn't need screws through the top, I guess if the gap is too large then use one screw to prevent sagging. Your gap shouldn't be too big for a larger finishing nail though.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on November 09, 2014, 06:41:58 PM
I cannot recommend installing a fence on your own unless you have like 4 or 5 bros. It's miserable if you don't have flat land.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: GoodForAnother on November 09, 2014, 11:48:52 PM
I broke one of the heads and the riser to said head on my sprinkler system mowing and fixed it today. To get the old broken riser out of the supply line I bought a tool called a nipple extractor. :lol:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on November 10, 2014, 12:26:14 AM
Doors can be tricky, just make sure things are plumb. Take the door off and shim the bottom of the for the head to be level, then shim /plumb/nail the hinge side. You can put the door back on then to help keep the gaps on the other side consistent.

I would stain the door in a garage. Stain, poly, scuff with fine sandpaper, wipe off dust with tack cloth, 2nd coat of poly

not saying you're wrong, but I worked as a professional carpenter for 5 years and I was taught to always hang jambs with the door intact (if pre-hung) I've done it both ways and this way always seems easier to me. But, that's what I'm most familiar with.  :th_twocents:
Not saying you two are both wrong but I have never hung a door and never intend to. Get a professional to do it right.
My plan was to hang the door/jamb in tact, use a framing level, rubber mallet, hammer and finishing nails, and lastly some long screws to set the hinges/shims.  I dunno, watched a guy on youtube run through an entire install, didn't observe anything too tricky but i guess we'll see.


Doors really aren't that bad if you take your time.  KC has you on the right track.  When you shim, I'm a stickler for having wedge shims from opposing sides.  In the video I posted at one point he puts the two shims in from the same side.  This vid does a nice job showing the set up for the molding on the reveal. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on November 10, 2014, 07:51:00 AM
I'm oscar Willis, my yard is an asteroid, and this is Armageddon.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on November 10, 2014, 09:10:30 AM
hire it out. It took me the entire day on Saturday just to mark and dig (auger) the posts (28). I have a huge slope on one area of the lawn and it was a rough ridin' nightmare trying to get them lined up. Yesterday leveled and set the posts, then poured the concrete. Now I wait. The hard part is done tho. Now just rails and pickets. Not sure it was worth the money I saved.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on November 10, 2014, 07:21:12 PM
Good God this was horrible. My yard is solid clay starting 8" down. It was honest to god Armageddon and oscar Willis still dies
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on November 10, 2014, 07:51:21 PM
What about vinyl coated chain link? Anyone have this? Wife wants chain link fence for new dog but I don't like the look of chain link.  Seems like it could be a good compromise?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on November 10, 2014, 07:52:36 PM
Sounds like it still looks like chain link and is not a compromise.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on November 10, 2014, 08:19:16 PM

What about vinyl coated chain link? Anyone have this? Wife wants chain link fence for new dog but I don't like the look of chain link.  Seems like it could be a good compromise?
It looks ok. The nice parks n baseball fields have it.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on November 10, 2014, 08:24:35 PM
What about vinyl coated chain link? Anyone have this? Wife wants chain link fence for new dog but I don't like the look of chain link.  Seems like it could be a good compromise?
more expensive than wood and reg chain link.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on November 10, 2014, 08:52:20 PM
if I was putting in a fence at my house, barbed wire is the only option

I love the attitude it gives off
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 10, 2014, 08:53:59 PM
great for some tattoo attitude as well
Title: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on November 10, 2014, 10:09:43 PM
then again, nothing says "don't tread on me" like an ultra sharp razor wire fence.  prob rate it as 1A with barbed wire as 1B.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on November 11, 2014, 10:32:20 PM
I was washing some dishes today and when I opened the dishwasher the whole thing ended up moving about 6 inches out of the "Home".

The screw that held the dishwasher inside the cabinet thingy had popped out and ended up going down the dishwasher drain.

Being a MANLY MAN I grabbed my drill and a random screw and went to work. 10 minutes later the dishwasher is securely fastened to its home underneath the cabinet thingy.

Gawd, I felt like such a man.

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on December 08, 2014, 04:14:12 PM
replaced the window sill that i demo'd out like a month or two ago. pretty stud home handyman work   :cool:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 08, 2014, 04:16:41 PM
Your ceiling box will be fine if it has been hanging that monstrosity from it for years.

When changing the fan itself, not the dimmer, just turning off the switch is fine.  Puni, I am worried about the possible wiring issues in your house.

in practice yes, this is typically fine, but in that odd chance they got the ground energized, that can still tickle.   Be sure to test the circuit.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 08, 2014, 04:20:16 PM
I was washing some dishes today and when I opened the dishwasher the whole thing ended up moving about 6 inches out of the "Home".

The screw that held the dishwasher inside the cabinet thingy had popped out and ended up going down the dishwasher drain.

Being a MANLY MAN I grabbed my drill and a random screw and went to work. 10 minutes later the dishwasher is securely fastened to its home underneath the cabinet thingy.

Gawd, I felt like such a man.

if that took you 10 minutes the committee will approve "boy".   A man would take 4 minutes, tops.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 08, 2014, 04:22:33 PM
i added a switch to a closet that only had a pull string light and also switch-i-fied all the lights in my unfinished basement.  will see if house has burned down in about 45 minutes

(have two more existing walk-in closets to add switches to but crawling around in the attic sucked so bad i think i'll just pay someone)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on December 08, 2014, 04:24:55 PM
(http://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/images/add-new-electrical-receptacle.gif)

my situation looks like this and is generally regarded as safe except not safe for your conductive body parts if all you did was flip the switch.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on December 08, 2014, 04:25:58 PM
I was washing some dishes today and when I opened the dishwasher the whole thing ended up moving about 6 inches out of the "Home".

The screw that held the dishwasher inside the cabinet thingy had popped out and ended up going down the dishwasher drain.

Being a MANLY MAN I grabbed my drill and a random screw and went to work. 10 minutes later the dishwasher is securely fastened to its home underneath the cabinet thingy.

Gawd, I felt like such a man.

if that took you 10 minutes the committee will approve "boy".   A man would take 4 minutes, tops.
The "lip" was underneath the counter so I had to get under it all tim allen tool man style. On my first attempt the screw ended up going into dishwasher, second attempt was successful but was off center. 

Third time was a charm and everything fit perfect. My dog, lady, was super impressed and kept trying to muzzle up to me to show how grateful she was.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on December 08, 2014, 04:27:12 PM
Finished my fence btw. Again - please - do not do this on your own. Either hire it our or get like 6 of your bros. It was rough ridin' miserable.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Cire on December 09, 2014, 09:17:21 AM
I need to re seal a shower tub.

Advise?

There are cracks in the seal between the fiberglass base and tile.

Scrape out all the old and re apply? 

Haven't done any research yet FWIW
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 09, 2014, 09:19:51 AM
I need to re seal a shower tub.

Advise?

There are cracks in the seal between the fiberglass base and tile.

Scrape out all the old and re apply? 

Haven't done any research yet FWIW

if it's silicone (as it should have been), nothing will stick to it, not even new silicone.   You will have to manually scrape it all off with a razor blade, remove any remaining residue with a caulk remover and re-caulk.     If it's latex than less prep is required, but just assume it's silicone.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on December 09, 2014, 11:58:41 AM
I need to re seal a shower tub.

Advise?

There are cracks in the seal between the fiberglass base and tile.

Scrape out all the old and re apply? 

Haven't done any research yet FWIW

I just did this last week for the second time.  Don't go on the internet to research it because they have all sorts of complicated stuff.  Just scrape it all off, goop it on and smooth it with your finger.  Looks great afterward and you feel great for a job well done.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: cDubya on December 09, 2014, 12:19:39 PM
Just replaced all the old plumbing in the gf's kitchen sink. Feeling pretty :gocho:

(http://i1375.photobucket.com/albums/ag451/colemanwmullins/Mobile%20Uploads/20141208_151152_zpskmszbm1c.jpg) (http://s1375.photobucket.com/user/colemanwmullins/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20141208_151152_zpskmszbm1c.jpg.html)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on December 09, 2014, 01:43:46 PM

Just replaced all the old plumbing in the gf's kitchen sink. Feeling pretty :gocho:

(http://i1375.photobucket.com/albums/ag451/colemanwmullins/Mobile%20Uploads/20141208_151152_zpskmszbm1c.jpg) (http://s1375.photobucket.com/user/colemanwmullins/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20141208_151152_zpskmszbm1c.jpg.html)
I hope she doesn't dump you now.


Gonna win 'em all!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on December 09, 2014, 01:44:43 PM

I was washing some dishes today and when I opened the dishwasher the whole thing ended up moving about 6 inches out of the "Home".

The screw that held the dishwasher inside the cabinet thingy had popped out and ended up going down the dishwasher drain.

Being a MANLY MAN I grabbed my drill and a random screw and went to work. 10 minutes later the dishwasher is securely fastened to its home underneath the cabinet thingy.

Gawd, I felt like such a man.

if that took you 10 minutes the committee will approve "boy".   A man would take 4 minutes, tops.
The "lip" was underneath the counter so I had to get under it all tim allen tool man style. On my first attempt the screw ended up going into dishwasher, second attempt was successful but was off center. 

Third time was a charm and everything fit perfect. My dog, lady, was super impressed and kept trying to muzzle up to me to show how grateful she was.
The only thing that saved your story was the addition of Lady. You were sinking right up until that point.


Gonna win 'em all!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Asteriskhead on December 09, 2014, 06:31:06 PM

Just replaced all the old plumbing in the gf's kitchen sink. Feeling pretty :gocho:

(http://i1375.photobucket.com/albums/ag451/colemanwmullins/Mobile%20Uploads/20141208_151152_zpskmszbm1c.jpg) (http://s1375.photobucket.com/user/colemanwmullins/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20141208_151152_zpskmszbm1c.jpg.html)
I hope she doesn't dump you now.


Gonna win 'em all!

no worries, he installed a couple of traps to keep her around.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: HerrSonntag on December 09, 2014, 10:12:34 PM

Just replaced all the old plumbing in the gf's kitchen sink. Feeling pretty :gocho:

(http://i1375.photobucket.com/albums/ag451/colemanwmullins/Mobile%20Uploads/20141208_151152_zpskmszbm1c.jpg) (http://s1375.photobucket.com/user/colemanwmullins/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20141208_151152_zpskmszbm1c.jpg.html)
I hope she doesn't dump you now.


Gonna win 'em all!

no worries, he installed a couple of traps to keep her around.
Tell her to up her garbage disposal game.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on December 09, 2014, 10:28:01 PM
which way is up in this picture?  and what is all that black crap? that is just the black lung waiting to happen, be careful cDubs
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: dmartin on December 23, 2014, 01:39:25 PM
Building a washer game for my father to take tailgating. Nice beveled edges, used no less than 4 power tools (table saw, arm saw, router, and drill). 

Too bad I still am horrible at staining wood.  Could ruin the whole thing.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on December 23, 2014, 01:46:38 PM
how are you horrible at staining wood?  It is way easier than paint or pretty much anything you could do to finish the wood. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 23, 2014, 01:48:24 PM
you just like rub it on with a drenched cloth and then wipe it off with a clean one.  it's pretty ez
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on December 23, 2014, 01:49:26 PM
yep.  Don't let it sit there, either.  Just apply and remove.  If it isn't dark enough, do it again.  super simple. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 23, 2014, 02:20:16 PM
once you're to the staining part, it's smooth sailing im (and others) o
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on December 23, 2014, 04:00:17 PM
the smell is gross
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on December 23, 2014, 10:50:52 PM
Prefer a natural look myself.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on December 24, 2014, 10:36:12 AM
sometimes the stain drips in a big clunky looking line. you have to watch out for that
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on December 24, 2014, 10:36:51 AM
also, cDubya, great job Demonstrating your value
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: dmartin on December 24, 2014, 11:09:05 AM
Yeah, i'm also horrible at painting. So bad that the wife won't ever let me help paint.

But it gets me out of alot of painting.

And I put the stain on with a brush, I think that's the problem.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on December 24, 2014, 12:02:32 PM
Rags are a lot easier to apply and control stain with.  Just make sure you use a rubber glove.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: cDubya on December 24, 2014, 01:04:15 PM

Just replaced all the old plumbing in the gf's kitchen sink. Feeling pretty :gocho:

(http://i1375.photobucket.com/albums/ag451/colemanwmullins/Mobile%20Uploads/20141208_151152_zpskmszbm1c.jpg) (http://s1375.photobucket.com/user/colemanwmullins/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20141208_151152_zpskmszbm1c.jpg.html)
I hope she doesn't dump you now.


Gonna win 'em all!

no worries, he installed a couple of traps to keep her around.
Tell her to up her garbage disposal game.

Do you even compost, bro?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 24, 2014, 01:06:26 PM
just did a brokedick job running some romex over to the fireplace at this place I rent.  crap wasn't even the right gauge :lol:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Cire on December 24, 2014, 01:30:49 PM
why are you staining washer boxes?

it will get all nicked up
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on December 26, 2014, 07:08:38 AM
I have decided to finish our basement. 1600 square feet. Gonna be my winter project that will probably spill into the spring.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on December 26, 2014, 07:23:32 AM
lazy river the eff out of it
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on December 26, 2014, 07:53:07 AM
lazy river the eff out of it
LOL. My ten year old would never go to school again.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on December 26, 2014, 07:57:34 AM
If done correctly,  he could take the lazy river to school
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dugout DickStone on December 26, 2014, 10:01:50 AM
 
just did a brokedick job running some romex over to the fireplace at this place I rent.  crap wasn't even the right gauge :lol:

 :buh-bye:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on December 26, 2014, 11:11:33 AM
 :lol:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: cDubya on December 26, 2014, 07:45:41 PM
also, cDubya, great job Demonstrating your value

I see what you did there.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on December 27, 2014, 08:26:13 PM
have any of you DIY'rs ever shortened a hollow interior door?  I have a door in my basement that rubs on the carpet pretty hard.  What tools are recomended to do it right?   
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on December 27, 2014, 08:36:23 PM
have any of you DIY'rs ever shortened a hollow interior door?  I have a door in my basement that rubs on the carpet pretty hard.  What tools are recomended to do it right?
Table saw works best for a straight cut but it can be done with a circular saw or reciprocating saw. You'll want to sand the cut when you're done.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on December 27, 2014, 08:57:28 PM
Yeah, hollow doors have rails, solid wood interior frames.  So, cutting a little off the bottom shouldn't be an issue.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 27, 2014, 09:02:36 PM
If you want to be a real pro, wrap it in painters tape, then score the cut line with a knife and straight edge, then cut it using whatever. I generally use a circular saw with a straight edge. A table saw can scratch the door, if that's a concern.  You won't have to sand crap

The tape and scoring help keep the wood from splintering up along the cut
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 27, 2014, 09:04:57 PM
lib^7 sounds handy AF
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 27, 2014, 09:06:14 PM
Sadly
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on December 27, 2014, 10:47:51 PM
Alright, I'll attempt to remedy this bastard door tomorow.  Thanks everyone!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on December 28, 2014, 06:33:11 AM
If you want to be a real pro, wrap it in painters tape, then score the cut line with a knife and straight edge, then cut it using whatever. I generally use a circular saw with a straight edge. A table saw can scratch the door, if that's a concern.  You won't have to sand crap

The tape and scoring help keep the wood from splintering up along the cut
Good call on the tape. I forgot that little trick.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on December 28, 2014, 06:34:04 AM
Sadly
Be proud of that crap. Nothing wrong with being able to fix your own stuff.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ksu_FAN1 on December 28, 2014, 10:45:02 AM
The tape is a good trick to avoid the splintering. Also, if you have a long metal ruler, you can clamp it on the door and use it as a guide for your circular saw.

I just finished a snap together floating floor over 500 sq ft in my basement. Made of recycled tires so if it gets wet no problem. Decent looking honey maple surface.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on December 28, 2014, 11:05:53 AM
Do you have a product link fan?
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Post by: ksu_FAN1 on December 28, 2014, 11:29:13 AM

Do you have a product link fan?

http://m.homedepot.com/p/TrafficMASTER-InterLock-5-45-64-in-x-35-45-64-in-x-4-mm-Rustic-Maple-Honeytone-Vinyl-Plank-Flooring-22-66-sq-ft-case-TMI001/202563609/
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Post by: IPA4Me on December 28, 2014, 11:34:16 AM
Thanks. Looks like a fairly simple installation per the video link.
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Post by: ksu_FAN1 on December 28, 2014, 11:40:21 AM

Thanks. Looks like a fairly simple installation per the video link.

Very simple. It's really nice that you can score it with a utility knife and snap it so you don't have to mess with a saw. I also used tin snips when working around corners.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on December 28, 2014, 11:48:02 AM
We were planning vinyl with area rugs but I think I'll be throw a little extra at the floor budget. I like that a lot. Would certainly look better than vinyl.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: 06wildcat on December 28, 2014, 12:37:23 PM
We were planning vinyl with area rugs but I think I'll be throw a little extra at the floor budget. I like that a lot. Would certainly look better than vinyl.

Vinyl planks are great for basements/rentals.
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Post by: ksu_FAN1 on December 28, 2014, 12:47:58 PM

We were planning vinyl with area rugs but I think I'll be throw a little extra at the floor budget. I like that a lot. Would certainly look better than vinyl.

Yeah, it looks nice.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/28/5cf76fde00c7e469813571861490abff.jpg)
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Post by: cDubya on December 28, 2014, 12:50:20 PM
That looks great, _Fan.  :thumbs:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on December 28, 2014, 01:10:23 PM
Well done. I'm sold.
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Post by: _33 on December 28, 2014, 05:03:09 PM
Engineered hardwood is also a great option.  We recently went with the strand woven bamboo and since all but the top couple mm are composite board it cuts really easily and it's much cheaper than solid hardwood.  You get the feel and look of real wood, with the easy click-lock installation and water resistance of vinyl.

http://m.homedepot.com/p/Home-Decorators-Collection-Handscraped-Strand-Woven-Brown-3-8-in-x-5-1-8-in-x-36-in-Thick-Click-Engineered-Bamboo-Flooring-25-625-sq-ft-case-AM1317E/205171020/
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 29, 2014, 11:19:33 AM
If you want to be a real pro, wrap it in painters tape, then score the cut line with a knife and straight edge, then cut it using whatever. I generally use a circular saw with a straight edge. A table saw can scratch the door, if that's a concern.  You won't have to sand crap

The tape and scoring help keep the wood from splintering up along the cut

spot on.   Most doors have about 1 1/2" of solid rail at the bottom, but I wouldn't suggest taking off more than 1/2".
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on December 29, 2014, 11:25:29 AM
replaced a boring light fixture over the kitchen sink with a cool one.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on December 29, 2014, 03:08:25 PM
A clown face with a strobe light for a nose?!?!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on December 29, 2014, 03:18:09 PM
A clown face with a strobe light for a nose?!?!

man that would be way cooler
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mr Bread on December 29, 2014, 03:36:28 PM
This thread is a river of lies. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on December 29, 2014, 03:39:28 PM
This thread is a river of lies.

i actually only replaced 2 of my 3 toilet flappers and the remaining flapper has been in a junk drawer for 6 months
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on December 29, 2014, 03:45:40 PM
elite handyman protip:

if your toilet is leaking from the tank bolts, these "right way" folks will try to pressure you to just get the kit with the new bolts and gaskets to fix it the "right way"

BUT a secret pro tip from a guy whose motto is "lets work a little bit smarter and not quite so hard" is to empty the tank of water and dry it out then slather the eff out of the bolts and gaskets with silicone caulk. just bury them under like an inch dome of the stuff. allow to dry and then let the party begin.
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Post by: Dr Rick Daris on December 29, 2014, 04:05:49 PM
as a break between fatty fest rounds next year we are going to have ten toilets set up in the basement of maes with different problems that each group tells us how they would fix them and then the winner gets an extra twenty points.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on December 29, 2014, 04:07:12 PM
make it a round of drinks instead of points
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on December 29, 2014, 04:07:42 PM
(http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/13/135906/4001797-a1.jpg)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Gooch on December 29, 2014, 04:14:07 PM
(http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/13/135906/4001797-a1.jpg)
GOOD DAMMIT MOTHER rough rider! I won't be able to take a proper crap for weeks now. This is one of my true nightmares.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on December 29, 2014, 04:17:57 PM
(http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/13/135906/4001797-a1.jpg)
GOOD DAMMIT MOTHER rough rider! I won't be able to take a proper crap for weeks now. This is one of my true nightmares.

fix:

place this in the toilet tank and flush twice

(http://thebarefootmom.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/mongoose.jpg)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on December 29, 2014, 04:19:22 PM
(http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/13/135906/4001797-a1.jpg)
GOOD DAMMIT MOTHER rough rider! I won't be able to take a proper crap for weeks now. This is one of my true nightmares.

craziest thing is they can come up at any time, like an eel in its hole
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Post by: CNS on December 29, 2014, 04:23:17 PM
(http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/13/135906/4001797-a1.jpg)

Just add like a 1" dome of silicone.  #Fixed.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Gooch on December 29, 2014, 04:25:03 PM
(http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/13/135906/4001797-a1.jpg)
GOOD DAMMIT MOTHER rough rider! I won't be able to take a proper crap for weeks now. This is one of my true nightmares.

craziest thing is they can come up at any time, like an eel in its hole
Seriously just eff off with all that. When I was a kid my brother who knew i was terrified of snakes told me he saw a snake come out of our toilet. I had to hover crap for weeks after that.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 29, 2014, 04:25:17 PM
(http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/13/135906/4001797-a1.jpg)
GOOD DAMMIT MOTHER rough rider! I won't be able to take a proper crap for weeks now. This is one of my true nightmares.

fix:

place this in the toilet tank and flush twice

(http://thebarefootmom.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/mongoose.jpg)

is that little fella legally imported son?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on December 29, 2014, 04:28:23 PM
(http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/13/135906/4001797-a1.jpg)
GOOD DAMMIT MOTHER rough rider! I won't be able to take a proper crap for weeks now. This is one of my true nightmares.

fix:

place this in the toilet tank and flush twice

(http://thebarefootmom.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/mongoose.jpg)

is that little fella legally imported son?

direct your question to Home Depot, not me.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Gooch on December 29, 2014, 04:30:21 PM
QUIT rough ridin' JOKING AROUND GUYS! Snakes coming out of toilets is not funny. If this ever actually happened to me game rough ridin' over, my heart would explode.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 29, 2014, 04:31:13 PM
it's not like it's a spider or a clown, chill the eff out gooch
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Spracne on December 29, 2014, 04:32:09 PM
QUIT rough ridin' JOKING AROUND GUYS! Snakes coming out of toilets is not funny. If this ever actually happened to me game rough ridin' over, my heart would explode.

Like, that's not even something that will realistically happen.

Everyone should be far more concerned about a spider crawling all over your hangydown parts mid-deuce.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on December 29, 2014, 04:33:23 PM
its those snakes on a plane that you really have to watch out for
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 29, 2014, 04:34:12 PM

Everyone should be far more concerned about a spider crawling all over your hangydown parts mid-deuce.

uncle mark got brown recluse'd on his ass in an outhouse in the 70s
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on December 29, 2014, 04:36:03 PM
the toilet is probably just as afraid of a snake popping out of you
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on December 29, 2014, 04:37:02 PM
Guyz, gonna share some old pics from a couple years ago. Long Story short I got a great deal on my GPA's old house...Only problem was it had not been updated since the mid 80's.

5 layers of wall paper in the living room/dining room, etc etc.

Upstairs when I moved in
(https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/nSsH_AOp7FsOCy5QnYE7k8JxlGpCyhJWToJ6098a42VleGLcgidMLMrMOPvs5XyJo7B3W6G72TCSZCyVTlYlJif7C499WaY=s0-d-e1-ft#http://photos1.zillow.com/p_f/IS-7x5lu751frdp.jpg)


(https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/2IlX6ENaHpETR--rwVngV2M_uBiY-28U_vfom-RkAm7hnDX9MAy5bZH6-Szh-A6N75Rnvkl29GyYdCZLDOu-4IJhzqjaybU=s0-d-e1-ft#http://photos1.zillow.com/p_f/IS-7x5ltvaurfj1.jpg)

Upstairs after

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/ghLd-HzX5ZsO9ScESQcaypqbLCwvY_-P5ZzWA4BXQ5tK0XlSD-k3sVhSQbPJVUZJwRbthCU0qhebahQnegnF_72j2Z5qaoeO=w1576-h679)

**Really regret going that dark of green**

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/RFxtv-URybJxUNoJVB37P3m-LQK1B9B8QFOUEwvY3o11IF383TgyPfUXhVGuNA6sxEoAcdtW-7LH5o0q8Cf0uZEXRinvi5fP=w1576-h679)

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 29, 2014, 04:42:06 PM
none of the "after" pics work
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on December 29, 2014, 04:45:39 PM
maybe we have to 'shop what we think the result was based on descriptions alone
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on December 29, 2014, 04:55:46 PM
Dammit Tobias, there was actual plumbing in the '70's.


Gonna win 'em all!
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Post by: alexander supertramp on December 29, 2014, 09:34:12 PM
weekend project finished, sanded and painted the master bedroom door to match the trim i am putting up throughout the house.  also went with the updated hardware as the original 1960 brass look is out.  only 18 more doors to go   :lol:

(http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h27/poimen/20141229_210839_zpsa9ad2592.jpg)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on December 29, 2014, 09:35:46 PM
Weird I can't see your yeard from this angle
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on December 29, 2014, 09:37:01 PM
it's the shadow in the lower left
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on December 29, 2014, 09:37:46 PM
Crap, watch that yeard of yours. It would suck balls to get that thing caught in a drill.


Gonna win 'em all!
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Post by: Dr Rick Daris on December 29, 2014, 09:43:37 PM
someone check the local kc home depot board to see if they have a handy man class for posting after pictures for benji.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on December 29, 2014, 09:46:11 PM
someone check the local kc home depot board to see if they have a handy man class for posting after pictures for benji.
I thought maybe the joke was that he hadn't actually done anything
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on December 29, 2014, 09:47:17 PM
someone check the local kc home depot board to see if they have a handy man class for posting after pictures for benji.

by the looks of it its gonna take more than 1 class, maybe a series?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 29, 2014, 10:35:03 PM
nope
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on December 29, 2014, 10:38:21 PM
ben ji, i mean, if you need some help getting pics to show, just ask  :dunno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on December 29, 2014, 10:41:39 PM
:lol: ben ji was typing up a long as post and was oblivious to the posting that was going on. :lol:


Gonna win 'em all!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 29, 2014, 10:47:18 PM
nope
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 29, 2014, 10:48:40 PM
This is making me sad like watching my grandma go further into dementia
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on December 29, 2014, 10:48:50 PM
Screw it, i'm gonna go hang out in the shame yourself thread for awhile.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 29, 2014, 10:49:08 PM
ben ji's house is so mumped
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on December 29, 2014, 10:50:07 PM
i like benji more than the next but this is kind of funny/sad. funad.  :frown:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 29, 2014, 10:54:57 PM
limestone must've bought his house
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on December 30, 2014, 09:11:34 AM
Anyone done the heated flooring?  What about under a floor like _fan put in?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ShellShock on December 30, 2014, 11:50:57 AM
weekend project finished, sanded and painted the master bedroom door to match the trim i am putting up throughout the house.  also went with the updated hardware as the original 1960 brass look is out.  only 18 more doors to go   :lol:

(http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h27/poimen/20141229_210839_zpsa9ad2592.jpg)

While I admire the handyman-ness and craftsmanship of that project, you picked some of the most plain, boring trim that i've seen in a long time. I do like the door hardware though!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 30, 2014, 12:55:37 PM
weekend project finished, sanded and painted the master bedroom door to match the trim i am putting up throughout the house.  also went with the updated hardware as the original 1960 brass look is out.  only 18 more doors to go   :lol:

(http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h27/poimen/20141229_210839_zpsa9ad2592.jpg)

While I admire the handyman-ness and craftsmanship of that project, you picked some of the most plain, boring trim that i've seen in a long time. I do like the door hardware though!

I'd assume it was a craftsman style house, but don't think they have those in the metroplex, now would the avergae person paint them white.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on December 30, 2014, 01:11:04 PM
weekend project finished, sanded and painted the master bedroom door to match the trim i am putting up throughout the house.  also went with the updated hardware as the original 1960 brass look is out.  only 18 more doors to go   :lol:

(http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h27/poimen/20141229_210839_zpsa9ad2592.jpg)

While I admire the handyman-ness and craftsmanship of that project, you picked some of the most plain, boring trim that i've seen in a long time. I do like the door hardware though!

that is the exact same trim that you put in your house
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on December 30, 2014, 01:14:21 PM
have any of you added a small half bathroom to your house? in this example, we are talking about a main floor bathroom where underneath is an unfinished basement, so you can route the plumbing wherever, i think. my question is how much of a PITA is it? tia
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on December 30, 2014, 01:53:54 PM
have any of you added a small half bathroom to your house? in this example, we are talking about a main floor bathroom where underneath is an unfinished basement, so you can route the plumbing wherever, i think. my question is how much of a PITA is it? tia

wouldn't be that much of a pain. hardest deal is adding the sanitary drain for the toilet. don't forget when you're adding a partition to a room you'll need to account for HVAC, this could be a PITA also.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on December 30, 2014, 02:04:35 PM
Vent pipe would probs be the biggest pita., imo.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: dmartin on December 30, 2014, 02:07:50 PM
have any of you added a small half bathroom to your house? in this example, we are talking about a main floor bathroom where underneath is an unfinished basement, so you can route the plumbing wherever, i think. my question is how much of a PITA is it? tia

Alot easier than adding a bathroom to a concrete slab style backroom. That was a horrible pain in the ass.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on December 30, 2014, 02:27:56 PM
Vent pipe would probs be the biggest pita., imo.

there are easy ways around this. http://www.diyadvice.com/diy/plumbing/kitchen/install-air-admittance-valve/ (http://www.diyadvice.com/diy/plumbing/kitchen/install-air-admittance-valve/)
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Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on December 30, 2014, 07:54:34 PM
Vent pipe would probs be the biggest pita., imo.

there are easy ways around this. http://www.diyadvice.com/diy/plumbing/kitchen/install-air-admittance-valve/ (http://www.diyadvice.com/diy/plumbing/kitchen/install-air-admittance-valve/)

doesn't meet most codes, and would not meet any code installed in a wall cavity.    That said I have one on my basement mop sink.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 30, 2014, 07:56:39 PM
what is the area currently mr. mocat
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: alexander supertramp on December 30, 2014, 10:02:34 PM
weekend project finished, sanded and painted the master bedroom door to match the trim i am putting up throughout the house.  also went with the updated hardware as the original 1960 brass look is out.  only 18 more doors to go   :lol:

While I admire the handyman-ness and craftsmanship of that project, you picked some of the most plain, boring trim that i've seen in a long time. I do like the door hardware though!

thanks, i think

weekend project finished, sanded and painted the master bedroom door to match the trim i am putting up throughout the house.  also went with the updated hardware as the original 1960 brass look is out.  only 18 more doors to go   :lol:

While I admire the handyman-ness and craftsmanship of that project, you picked some of the most plain, boring trim that i've seen in a long time. I do like the door hardware though!

I'd assume it was a craftsman style house, but don't think they have those in the metroplex, now would the avergae person paint them white.

there are some craftsman in east dallas but my house is not.  i like the craftsman & shaker styles so i am incorporating it in my ranch style as part of a transitional remodel.  it looks white in the picture but it is ceme brulee trim on castle stone walls.  really pops with the dark walnut i used on the oak floors, just need better lighting and photog skills.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on December 30, 2014, 10:04:44 PM
weekend project finished, sanded and painted the master bedroom door to match the trim i am putting up throughout the house.  also went with the updated hardware as the original 1960 brass look is out.  only 18 more doors to go   :lol:

While I admire the handyman-ness and craftsmanship of that project, you picked some of the most plain, boring trim that i've seen in a long time. I do like the door hardware though!

thanks, i think

weekend project finished, sanded and painted the master bedroom door to match the trim i am putting up throughout the house.  also went with the updated hardware as the original 1960 brass look is out.  only 18 more doors to go   :lol:

While I admire the handyman-ness and craftsmanship of that project, you picked some of the most plain, boring trim that i've seen in a long time. I do like the door hardware though!

I'd assume it was a craftsman style house, but don't think they have those in the metroplex, now would the avergae person paint them white.

there are some craftsman in east dallas but my house is not.  i like the craftsman & shaker styles so i am incorporating it in my ranch style as part of a transitional remodel.  it looks white in the picture but it is ceme brulee trim on castle stone walls.  really pops with the dark walnut i used on the oak floors, just need better lighting and photog skills.
Get w Benji on that.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ShellShock on December 31, 2014, 12:27:29 PM
weekend project finished, sanded and painted the master bedroom door to match the trim i am putting up throughout the house.  also went with the updated hardware as the original 1960 brass look is out.  only 18 more doors to go   :lol:

(http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h27/poimen/20141229_210839_zpsa9ad2592.jpg)

While I admire the handyman-ness and craftsmanship of that project, you picked some of the most plain, boring trim that i've seen in a long time. I do like the door hardware though!

that is the exact same trim that you put in your house

False.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on December 31, 2014, 01:51:47 PM
Vent pipe would probs be the biggest pita., imo.

there are easy ways around this. http://www.diyadvice.com/diy/plumbing/kitchen/install-air-admittance-valve/ (http://www.diyadvice.com/diy/plumbing/kitchen/install-air-admittance-valve/)

doesn't meet most codes, and would not meet any code installed in a wall cavity.    That said I have one on my basement mop sink.

psh. codes. what good are they anyway?

but, yeah if it was for a whole bathroom I'd say you gotta run a vent pipe. but, just for a sink and toilet? this should work fine, doesn't have to be in a wall, just put it in the vanity right after the p-trap. just make sure the sink drains before the toilet.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on December 31, 2014, 02:19:22 PM
yeah we are talking about a toilet and sink here. where does all the poop go?  :Wha:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 31, 2014, 03:58:07 PM
Into the sewer, you hayseed
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on January 09, 2015, 12:13:59 AM
Yeah, hollow doors have rails, solid wood interior frames.  So, cutting a little off the bottom shouldn't be an issue.

Thanks for all the tips fellas!  This was the info that was most useful because I thought I was going to have to recore the bottom of the door and wasn't sure I could pull that off.  It took like 20 minutes.  I can't believe I put it off for so long.  4yrs  :facepalm: hope the carpet recovers
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on January 12, 2015, 12:07:06 PM
O man guyz, handyman super hero story coming!

I'm spending a lovely monday morning bbs'n on the couch with lady when my doorbell rings. It's my neighbor from across the street who I have never met,  she is a pleasant maybe 50 year old woman named Evette who started renting the house a couple months ago.

She is a little distraught and tells me her pipes have burst and there is water everywhere, can I help?!? Duh, handyman super hero ben ji to the rescue.

This is all she can tell me

-Has been out of town and heat stopped working.
- Pipes have burst
- Cant get ahold of landlord cell phone.
- When she moved in landlord said water shutoff was in the front corner of her yard (lift off a metal plate to turn it off)

The only problem is her yard has not been raked all year, I come back over with a rake and spend around 15 minutes raking her yard but cant find the plate. I know that in my house the water turnoff is in the basement and her house is similar so I tell he I'll go down there to check it out....only problem is she doesn't have a basement....just a crawl space....with about 2 inches of water on the floor and more pouring down from the ceiling.

I change into some boots and tell her to turn off all breakers(water pouring over electrical wires) then head down to the crawl space. I spend about 30 minutes crawling around down there with a flashlight but cant find anything resembling a shutoff.

I come back out and tell her to try landlord again, no answer, phone off. She says he works at cerner so I have her call cerner and ask for him....about 10 minutes later we get him on the phone and he tells me exactly where the water shutoff is, turns out it is in the front yard but in a different area.

I can't get it turned off with my bare hands so I run across the street and grab some pliers to really get into it, BOOM! Water shut off, lovely Evette is ecstatic and landlord guys thanks me and says he is on his way.

 :D
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on January 12, 2015, 12:14:17 PM
"evette's war stories" would make a popular addition to this blogosphere
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on January 15, 2015, 02:26:53 PM
confessional: back when i said i was building a fence the same weekend AJ built a fence i ended up only getting the holes drilled and since that time they have been covered with pavers so no tresspassers fall in them and sue me.

i think im going to build some more fence this weekend.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on January 15, 2015, 02:34:04 PM
Thought:  What if I built a fence that had a wood frame and then vinyl coated chain link stapled to it?  Thoughts?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Gooch on January 15, 2015, 02:37:26 PM
confessional: back when i said i was building a fence the same weekend AJ built a fence i ended up only getting the holes drilled and since that time they have been covered with pavers so no tresspassers fall in them and sue me.

i think im going to build some more fence this weekend.
If you would have hired a pro that fence would already be up.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on January 15, 2015, 02:40:47 PM
confessional: back when i said i was building a fence the same weekend AJ built a fence i ended up only getting the holes drilled and since that time they have been covered with pavers so no tresspassers fall in them and sue me.

i think im going to build some more fence this weekend.
If you would have hired a pro that fence would already be up.

I hear some form of this almost every day!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on January 15, 2015, 03:04:48 PM
confessional: back when i said i was building a fence the same weekend AJ built a fence i ended up only getting the holes drilled and since that time they have been covered with pavers so no tresspassers fall in them and sue me.

i think im going to build some more fence this weekend.
If you would have hired a pro that fence would already be up.

I hear some form of this almost every day!

Digging holes in the ground is hard work.  You deserved a few weeks/months off after that.  But you're right, now it's time to get back at it.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on January 15, 2015, 03:24:10 PM
the toilet is probably just as afraid of a snake popping out of you
:lol:

#TheWesIsTheFuture

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on January 15, 2015, 03:25:57 PM
This thread made me feel pretty good guys. Thank you. :)

#TheWesIsTheFuture

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on January 15, 2015, 04:11:22 PM

This thread made me feel pretty good guys. Thank you. :)

#TheWesIsTheFuture
I assure you that was not the intent.











Jk


Gonna win 'em all!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Missouriscribe on January 15, 2015, 08:27:44 PM
Redoing our basement, taking it from 70s bar theme to office, family entertainment center and Chappell style sports bar. Popcorn ceiling is stripped and nearly finished painting. Walls will be painted next week before I finish crown molding and pick out flooring.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: sys on January 15, 2015, 10:39:45 PM
i had no idea liblib was so handy.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on January 15, 2015, 10:44:10 PM

i had no idea liblib was so handy.

tom "libliblibliblibliblib" silva
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 15, 2015, 11:05:54 PM
more of a norm.

i actually read a book by norm (IN ONE SITTING)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on January 15, 2015, 11:16:04 PM
:sdeek:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Stevesie60 on January 19, 2015, 01:37:07 PM
The whirlybird on my house is creaking damn near every rotation. Very annoying, especially at night when everything else is quiet. I haven't found anyone who has had this problem before. Any suggestos?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Gooch on January 19, 2015, 01:47:39 PM
The whirlybird on my house is creaking damn near every rotation. Very annoying, especially at night when everything else is quiet. I haven't found anyone who has had this problem before. Any suggestos?

(http://cdn.instructables.com/FT9/2YXS/H2MYMA27/FT92YXSH2MYMA27.MEDIUM.jpg)
+
(https://www.lamrod.com/uploads/products/1320327395_1_FINAL%20WD_40_200_ml_827.jpg)
or hire some guy to do it.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on January 19, 2015, 02:30:33 PM
confessional: back when i said i was building a fence the same weekend AJ built a fence i ended up only getting the holes drilled and since that time they have been covered with pavers so no tresspassers fall in them and sue me.

i think im going to build some more fence this weekend.

Just saw this - I will never, ever build another fence on my own. I'm still feeling the effects (affects?) of it.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on January 19, 2015, 02:34:12 PM
Also - in the market for miter saw. Think I'm gonna roll with the 12" Bosch

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Bosch-15-Amp-12-in-Dual-Bevel-Glide-Miter-Saw-GCM12SD/202568455
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on January 19, 2015, 03:07:24 PM
Just got the 12" Dewalt.  Using for the first time today.  Built up trim valence for window coverings in living room. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on January 19, 2015, 03:16:23 PM
love Dewalt drills. Never used their saws. Will compare reviews.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on January 19, 2015, 04:41:46 PM
Just finished.  Review: worked super good.  4 stars and one racoon(no clue if I did that right).
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: cDubya on January 19, 2015, 05:00:56 PM
Just finished.  Review: worked super good.  4 stars and one racoon(no clue if I did that right).

I know I've been around a while when I begin to recognize these cross-thread gems...
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 19, 2015, 05:13:21 PM
Bosch is cheap crap fyi (also ryobi). Dewalt is good for a homeowner, hitachi is my personal fav.

I would recommend a 10in slider over a 12in fixed miter saw. I don't know what the price difference is tho.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on January 19, 2015, 05:44:35 PM
O man guyz, handyman super hero story coming!

I'm spending a lovely monday morning bbs'n on the couch with lady when my doorbell rings. It's my neighbor from across the street who I have never met,  she is a pleasant maybe 50 year old woman named Evette who started renting the house a couple months ago.

She is a little distraught and tells me her pipes have burst and there is water everywhere, can I help?!? Duh, handyman super hero ben ji to the rescue.

This is all she can tell me

-Has been out of town and heat stopped working.
- Pipes have burst
- Cant get ahold of landlord cell phone.
- When she moved in landlord said water shutoff was in the front corner of her yard (lift off a metal plate to turn it off)

The only problem is her yard has not been raked all year, I come back over with a rake and spend around 15 minutes raking her yard but cant find the plate. I know that in my house the water turnoff is in the basement and her house is similar so I tell he I'll go down there to check it out....only problem is she doesn't have a basement....just a crawl space....with about 2 inches of water on the floor and more pouring down from the ceiling.

I change into some boots and tell her to turn off all breakers(water pouring over electrical wires) then head down to the crawl space. I spend about 30 minutes crawling around down there with a flashlight but cant find anything resembling a shutoff.

I come back out and tell her to try landlord again, no answer, phone off. She says he works at cerner so I have her call cerner and ask for him....about 10 minutes later we get him on the phone and he tells me exactly where the water shutoff is, turns out it is in the front yard but in a different area.

I can't get it turned off with my bare hands so I run across the street and grab some pliers to really get into it, BOOM! Water shut off, lovely Evette is ecstatic and landlord guys thanks me and says he is on his way.

 :D


ben ji, you are a very good person.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on January 19, 2015, 05:57:01 PM
Bosch is cheap crap fyi (also ryobi). Dewalt is good for a homeowner, hitachi is my personal fav.

I would recommend a 10in slider over a 12in fixed miter saw. I don't know what the price difference is tho.
Have never used a slider.  12" is big enough for any board work I have done in the past.  10" non slider has made me get creative in the past.   I could see the slider part making that not an issue though. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on January 19, 2015, 06:02:14 PM
Bosch is cheap crap fyi (also ryobi). Dewalt is good for a homeowner, hitachi is my personal fav.

I would recommend a 10in slider over a 12in fixed miter saw. I don't know what the price difference is tho.
Have never used a slider.  12" is big enough for any board work I have done in the past.  10" non slider has made me get creative in the past.   I could see the slider part making that not an issue though.

every single word in these two posts sounds completely made up.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on January 19, 2015, 06:07:05 PM
Just two Too Cool for School'ers talking in code again. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on January 19, 2015, 07:02:01 PM
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/19/fd5c58bc052f66560559607b6a70fb7a.jpg)


Gonna win 'em all!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 19, 2015, 07:09:09 PM
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/th/content_26/Q3_2009/c26-HITACHI-B0009MGOSG-5-lg.jpg)

 :love:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on January 19, 2015, 07:11:30 PM
Other than cost the biggest negative for a slider is the added weight and bulk. Picking the DeWalt up off the ground is not a thoughtless endeavor
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on January 19, 2015, 07:11:41 PM
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/19/fd5c58bc052f66560559607b6a70fb7a.jpg)


Gonna win 'em all!
Very adept at the use of sliders after all.  :surprised:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on January 19, 2015, 07:14:22 PM
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/th/content_26/Q3_2009/c26-HITACHI-B0009MGOSG-5-lg.jpg)

 :love:
hmm, I have always been a little put off by Hitachi's cartoonish appearance - like they are trying a little too hard or something
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 19, 2015, 07:24:50 PM
oh good grief  :facepalm:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on January 19, 2015, 08:06:56 PM
Nothing wrong with Bosch  :don'tcare:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 19, 2015, 08:20:34 PM
Nothing wrong with Bosch  :don'tcare:

yeah, you're probably right  :D
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on January 20, 2015, 12:01:19 AM

hitachi is my personal fav.

that's what I have! :D
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: dmartin on January 20, 2015, 08:01:59 AM
Built this for MrsDMartin this past weekend. Now she gets to decide how she's going to finish it.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on January 20, 2015, 08:15:24 AM
mrsDmartin, from dmartin! :alleyoop:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on January 20, 2015, 09:18:53 AM
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/th/content_26/Q3_2009/c26-HITACHI-B0009MGOSG-5-lg.jpg)

 :love:
hmm, I have always been a little put off by Hitachi's cartoonish appearance - like they are trying a little too hard or something

I have a hitachi 12" non-slider. IMO Hitachi makes great saws. Makita has the best impact drivers and hammer drills. Dewalt for pretty much everything else. Rigid from HD is not bad if you're looking for a medium-duty tool, I used a Rigid impact driver for about two years while working as a carpenter, was a nice product for a good price.

FYI if you're purchasing a miter saw and want any sort of portability one of these is a must: (http://hybrisimages.toolcommerce.com//prod/500X500/DWX723_1_500X500.jpg) fits pretty much any saw, but sliders tend to make it a bit wobbly, so beware!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on January 20, 2015, 09:36:46 AM
i bought makita everythings out of my fence budget. i do want a slider miter saw but maybe i will just borrow someones from this thread if i ever need one.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on January 20, 2015, 09:41:07 AM
i bought makita everythings out of my fence budget. i do want a slider miter saw but maybe i will just borrow someones from this thread if i ever need one.
that is a good plan, i prefer using a little old DeWalt miter from the 80s (its not even yellow!) handed down from the old man if i just want a nice square cut
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on January 20, 2015, 10:12:41 AM
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/th/content_26/Q3_2009/c26-HITACHI-B0009MGOSG-5-lg.jpg)

 :love:
hmm, I have always been a little put off by Hitachi's cartoonish appearance - like they are trying a little too hard or something

I have a hitachi 12" non-slider. IMO Hitachi makes great saws. Makita has the best impact drivers and hammer drills. Dewalt for pretty much everything else. Rigid from HD is not bad if you're looking for a medium-duty tool, I used a Rigid impact driver for about two years while working as a carpenter, was a nice product for a good price.

FYI if you're purchasing a miter saw and want any sort of portability one of these is a must: (http://hybrisimages.toolcommerce.com//prod/500X500/DWX723_1_500X500.jpg) fits pretty much any saw, but sliders tend to make it a bit wobbly, so beware!

for a homeowner, a Ridgid battery tool is BITB because they have LIFETIME battery replacement if you register the warranty.

For someone who uses them regularly, Ridgid are too heavy.   Ridgid does make some of the BITB plumbing tools though.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on January 20, 2015, 10:19:03 AM
Built this for MrsDMartin this past weekend. Now she gets to decide how she's going to finish it.

Looks good!

Wood working seems like it would be a funs hobby if you know what your doing.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on January 20, 2015, 10:19:43 AM
I would love to get into woodworking. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on January 20, 2015, 10:21:48 AM
I would love to get into woodworking.

Ditto, seems like it would be really expensive starting out though.

Would want to make sure its something i actually enjoy before going out and buying saws/lathes/whatever else. .
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on January 20, 2015, 10:29:49 AM
Yeah.  I have most the saws, router, jointer, etc, I would need.  Just no lathes, planer, much experience, or much know how.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on January 20, 2015, 10:34:52 AM
a biscuit joiner is on the wish list. i'm pretty obsessed with a clean look.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on January 20, 2015, 10:37:36 AM
Norm Abram is a dork.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: dmartin on January 20, 2015, 10:44:09 AM
I would love to get into woodworking.

Ditto, seems like it would be really expensive starting out though.

Would want to make sure its something i actually enjoy before going out and buying saws/lathes/whatever else. .

Lucky for me, MrsDMartin's dad had all the tools, but didn't have the room to store them anymore, so I took them over. Most are plenty old, but still get the job done.

and I don't always know what I'm doing, but I figure it out along the way.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ew2x4 on January 20, 2015, 10:44:59 AM
Got a Hitachi drill/impact driver set for Christmas. Very good quality.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on January 20, 2015, 10:45:44 AM
any mhk handimen have a 30+ ft extension ladder?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on January 20, 2015, 10:46:20 AM
this is now the master townie can i borrow your tools thread
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on January 20, 2015, 11:00:12 AM
any mhk handimen have a 30+ ft extension ladder?

stevesie roped you in? :lol:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mr Bread on January 20, 2015, 11:38:08 AM
Busted torsion spring on garage door yesterday.  Called a company I found on Angie's List/BBB.  He showed up the same morning and was done in like twenty minutes.  Works like a dream.  Pewpewpew -- handyman-ed!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 20, 2015, 12:26:24 PM
Norm Abram is a dork.

I will rough ridin' fight you
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 20, 2015, 12:28:39 PM
I have a way to get a 32' ladder...
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Brock Landers on January 20, 2015, 01:02:20 PM
Busted torsion spring on garage door yesterday.  Called a company I found on Angie's List/BBB.  He showed up the same morning and was done in like twenty minutes.  Works like a dream.  Pewpewpew -- handyman-ed!


I don't think calling a handyman counts as handymanning.  That's more like stevedaving.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: HerrSonntag on January 20, 2015, 01:58:16 PM
Busted torsion spring on garage door yesterday.  Called a company I found on Angie's List/BBB.  He showed up the same morning and was done in like twenty minutes.  Works like a dream.  Pewpewpew -- handyman-ed!


I don't think calling a handyman counts as handymanning.  That's more like stevedaving.
Def stevedaving
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on January 24, 2015, 12:27:18 PM
Just realized the Woodworking Show is at the OP Convention Center this weekend. I'll be going tomorrow and I'm afraid of what I'll buy. Cats.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on January 24, 2015, 05:47:47 PM
Have some of you idiots neglected to read the lawn thread and how big of a diy guy sd is? What a stud.


Gonna win 'em all!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on January 24, 2015, 07:02:15 PM
Have some of you idiots neglected to read the lawn thread and how big of a diy guy sd is? What a stud.


Gonna win 'em all!

Oh, I'd definitely hire him to manicure my lawn and be witty about it, slobber.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: 06wildcat on January 24, 2015, 10:52:06 PM
any mhk handimen have a 30+ ft extension ladder?

Anything over 20 feet is a great excuse to rent a boom lift.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on January 24, 2015, 11:34:19 PM
I'm also willing to borrow a boom lift
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Asteriskhead on January 25, 2015, 03:45:56 AM
my father borrowed a tool from me today.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Cire on January 25, 2015, 08:26:10 AM
this thread reaffirms my choice to be a "yard guy"
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on January 25, 2015, 09:56:35 AM
I'm more of a wood guy than a car guy. Moving parts made of steel and grime? No thanks. But I have built like 4 decks
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on January 25, 2015, 12:09:18 PM
Yep.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on January 25, 2015, 02:14:43 PM
Busted torsion spring on garage door yesterday.  Called a company I found on Angie's List/BBB.  He showed up the same morning and was done in like twenty minutes.  Works like a dream.  Pewpewpew -- handyman-ed!


I don't think calling a handyman counts as handymanning.  That's more like stevedaving.
Def stevedaving
Fuuuuuuuck working on those torsion springs, worst DIY thing I attempted.  Everything was fixed at the end, but I legitimately could have die multiple times because I was a dumbass.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 25, 2015, 02:17:06 PM
Yes, those can be very dangerous
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on January 25, 2015, 02:22:35 PM
i read about that for about 30s when my went out a couple of years ago and then promptly called someone else who was more willing to die
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 25, 2015, 02:29:59 PM
i read about that for about 30s when my went out a couple of years ago and then promptly called someone else who was more willing to die

I did too!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 25, 2015, 02:31:06 PM
Like one of only two handy things I've ever called someone else for
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on January 25, 2015, 04:56:59 PM
Just realized the Woodworking Show is at the OP Convention Center this weekend. I'll be going tomorrow and I'm afraid of what I'll buy. Cats.

holy crap there were deals to be had today.

Dewalt slider miter AND table stand for $500
Dewalt 2 pack 20v drills for $179
Dewalt right angle drill for $79  :love:
Bosch new slider table saw was the best there, but wanted $575 for the saw and another $290 for their portable stand. was baller but $$$
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: dmartin on January 26, 2015, 08:48:34 AM
going to go ahead and put up the finished product here.  ignore the gloves,  hadn't put feet on it yet.

Now MrsDMartin wants me to build a similar piece for a stereo cabinet.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on January 26, 2015, 08:55:32 AM
thats rad
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on January 26, 2015, 09:59:59 AM
I'm afraid I cannot ignore the gloves.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ksu_FAN1 on January 26, 2015, 10:15:52 AM

I'm more of a wood guy than a car guy. Moving parts made of steel and grime? No thanks. But I have built like 4 decks

Designing and building a deck is very fun handymanning.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on January 26, 2015, 12:53:53 PM
Nice job doc.


Gonna win 'em all!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: dmartin on January 26, 2015, 12:57:35 PM
I'm afraid I cannot ignore the gloves.

You can be at ease, the gloves are no longer there.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: LilSmokyMcIntyre on January 26, 2015, 08:53:05 PM
Busted torsion spring on garage door yesterday.  Called a company I found on Angie's List/BBB.  He showed up the same morning and was done in like twenty minutes.  Works like a dream.  Pewpewpew -- handyman-ed!


I don't think calling a handyman counts as handymanning.  That's more like stevedaving.
Def stevedaving
Fuuuuuuuck working on those torsion springs, worst DIY thing I attempted.  Everything was fixed at the end, but I legitimately could have die multiple times because I was a dumbass.

Tried fixing my garages tension spring once. Almost died. The ratchet flew out of my hand with such force that I couldn't feel my hand for 15 minutes. Lucky the ratchet flew away from my head and not towards it. Would have likely killed me. My dad was hiding behind a door as I did it. Guess he was smarter than me.

Never again will I try that crap.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on February 12, 2015, 11:39:17 AM
I've been handyman-ing my face off for the last few months.
Before(http://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/l/t1.0-9/10690037_10101931975677221_2829349261788104768_n.jpg?oh=7eeae1666115a3da39b5febe7d96d972&oe=5562E369)

during (http://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/1472046_10101931973167251_3729734219974769718_n.jpg?oh=52ccec01d17f8a84ef6abc12faf8aeb6&oe=554978FB)

during (http://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t31.0-8/s960x960/1836936_10101931970792011_2008736038601341197_o.jpg)

after (http://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10991137_10102145423311451_8535299517401781779_n.jpg?oh=7b4c6f0f46a7dc0966602a3b3c099a9a&oe=554D32AB&__gda__=1435805134_9b156c1ceb3d5f90a82257ebbe277d0f)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on February 12, 2015, 12:19:12 PM
That's like level 10 handyman-ness there.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on February 12, 2015, 12:21:44 PM
I really like the light uppers and the dark lowers.  I need to redo my whole kitchen.  Don't know how though.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on February 12, 2015, 12:22:34 PM
On a handyman-ness scale of 1 - KCFDcat, how hard is it to put in new countertops?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on February 12, 2015, 12:37:57 PM
Depends on what kind

If you're doing stone or something, just let the company do it. They can take a freaking exact autocad plot of your cabinets and cut it with the computer and then it fits exactly and also it's heavy as eff and they have to carry it.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on February 12, 2015, 12:39:01 PM
On a handyman-ness scale of 1 - KCFDcat, how hard is it to put in new countertops?

it's super easy b/c you pay for countertops and 99.9% of the time that price includes installation.

countertops were the only thing I didn't handyman on this project. I even built the cabinets myself.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ShellShock on February 12, 2015, 12:40:58 PM
On a handyman-ness scale of 1 - KCFDcat, how hard is it to put in new countertops?

Depends on if you have access to buy countertops at contractor price or not.

Typically, the countertop folks come out and take all sorts of measurements with a fancy machine then go back and actually manufacturer the countertop at their shop to exactly fit your space. When I replaced mine, I had about 1/4" change in elevation over the 16' length, so the countertop (quartz in my case) was machined to be slightly thicker on one end so it sat level on the top of the cabinets. From the front and top, you can't tell at all, but behind the bullnose, there is some change in depth so it fits perfectly.

To make a long story short, order countertops directly through the manufacturer (I always use Top Master, Inc out of KC) and not Lowes, Home Depot, etc. You'll get a much better price and service.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on February 12, 2015, 12:42:36 PM
That's like level 10 handyman-ness there.

 :cool:

I also renovated a bathroom and master bedroom. Did a lot of foundation repair, replaced 100% electrical (was old knob and tube) and replaced the plumbing, including the sewer line to the street.

Super glad to be done with all of it.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on February 12, 2015, 12:45:02 PM
On a handyman-ness scale of 1 - KCFDcat, how hard is it to put in new countertops?

Depends on if you have access to buy countertops at contractor price or not.

Typically, the countertop folks come out and take all sorts of measurements with a fancy machine then go back and actually manufacturer the countertop at their shop to exactly fit your space. When I replaced mine, I had about 1/4" change in elevation over the 16' length, so the countertop (quartz in my case) was machined to be slightly thicker on one end so it sat level on the top of the cabinets. From the front and top, you can't tell at all, but behind the bullnose, there is some change in depth so it fits perfectly.

To make a long story short, order countertops directly through the manufacturer (I always use Top Master, Inc out of KC) and not Lowes, Home Depot, etc. You'll get a much better price and service.

we got quartz for this project and the cheapest we found was through Nebraska Furniture Mart. about 10% cheaper than top master. Even though top master installs for them, NFM must get some huge discount.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mr Bread on February 12, 2015, 12:48:06 PM
That's like level 10 handyman-ness there.

 :cool:

I also renovated a bathroom and master bedroom. Did a lot of foundation repair, replaced 100% electrical (was old knob and tube) and replaced the plumbing, including the sewer line to the street.

Super glad to be done with all of it.

How is it you know how to do those things?  As I've written before, this thread is a river of lies. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on February 12, 2015, 12:48:45 PM
That's like level 10 handyman-ness there.

 :cool:

I also renovated a bathroom and master bedroom. Did a lot of foundation repair, replaced 100% electrical (was old knob and tube) and replaced the plumbing, including the sewer line to the street.

Super glad to be done with all of it.

How is it you know how to do those things?  As I've written before, this thread is a river of lies.

I was a carpenter for 4 years.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mr Bread on February 12, 2015, 12:49:44 PM
That's like level 10 handyman-ness there.

 :cool:

I also renovated a bathroom and master bedroom. Did a lot of foundation repair, replaced 100% electrical (was old knob and tube) and replaced the plumbing, including the sewer line to the street.

Super glad to be done with all of it.

How is it you know how to do those things?  As I've written before, this thread is a river of lies.

I was a carpenter for 4 years.

So.  Who taught you?  It isn't intuitive. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on February 12, 2015, 12:53:27 PM
bathroom during (i forgot to take before pics) (http://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t31.0-8/s960x960/10733847_10101931970298001_8163739082738402894_o.jpg)

after (http://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10968445_10102145510801121_1436797388854116515_n.jpg?oh=a7594c92fca16c74db21548b33228854&oe=5555B205)

after (http://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10403138_10101932134773391_7042637851803830511_n.jpg?oh=3ee05d3ec1829f7ec7f12b32398e3fcc&oe=55482F1C&__gda__=1431597923_54d43bf00117f7eb9a0a0a0797a3965d)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on February 12, 2015, 12:55:09 PM
That's like level 10 handyman-ness there.

 :cool:

I also renovated a bathroom and master bedroom. Did a lot of foundation repair, replaced 100% electrical (was old knob and tube) and replaced the plumbing, including the sewer line to the street.

Super glad to be done with all of it.

How is it you know how to do those things?  As I've written before, this thread is a river of lies.

I was a carpenter for 4 years.

So.  Who taught you?  It isn't intuitive.

A master carpenter, I was his apprentice for 18 months, he also taught me sign language since he was deaf...plus you learn a lot from working with other trades and such.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on February 12, 2015, 03:26:35 PM
KCFDcat, I'm sorry to out you, but that isn't even the same kitchen in your pictures. THE DOOR OPENS IN THE OTHER DIRECTION IN THE 'AFTER' PHOTO.
You liar liar pants on fire.


Gonna win 'em all!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on February 12, 2015, 03:28:57 PM
KCFDcat, I'm sorry to out you, but that isn't even the same kitchen in your pictures. THE DOOR OPENS IN THE OTHER DIRECTION IN THE 'AFTER' PHOTO.
You liar liar pants on fire.


Gonna win 'em all!

I had to switch the way the door swings when I put a new door in so the new drawer would open. If I didn't switch the swing the doorknob would have stopped the drawer from opening.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on February 12, 2015, 04:24:36 PM
nice work KCFD.   
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on February 12, 2015, 04:30:04 PM

KCFDcat, I'm sorry to out you, but that isn't even the same kitchen in your pictures. THE DOOR OPENS IN THE OTHER DIRECTION IN THE 'AFTER' PHOTO.
You liar liar pants on fire.


Gonna win 'em all!

I had to switch the way the door swings when I put a new door in so the new drawer would open. If I didn't switch the swing the doorknob would have stopped the drawer from opening.
BS!!!!!! LIES!!!!!!




(Really outstanding work!)


Gonna win 'em all!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ShellShock on February 12, 2015, 05:15:36 PM
On a handyman-ness scale of 1 - KCFDcat, how hard is it to put in new countertops?

Depends on if you have access to buy countertops at contractor price or not.

Typically, the countertop folks come out and take all sorts of measurements with a fancy machine then go back and actually manufacturer the countertop at their shop to exactly fit your space. When I replaced mine, I had about 1/4" change in elevation over the 16' length, so the countertop (quartz in my case) was machined to be slightly thicker on one end so it sat level on the top of the cabinets. From the front and top, you can't tell at all, but behind the bullnose, there is some change in depth so it fits perfectly.

To make a long story short, order countertops directly through the manufacturer (I always use Top Master, Inc out of KC) and not Lowes, Home Depot, etc. You'll get a much better price and service.

we got quartz for this project and the cheapest we found was through Nebraska Furniture Mart. about 10% cheaper than top master. Even though top master installs for them, NFM must get some huge discount.

Really? What brand of quartz did they install? Were you getting contractor pricing through Top Master or retail pricing?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on February 12, 2015, 05:18:25 PM
On a handyman-ness scale of 1 - KCFDcat, how hard is it to put in new countertops?

Depends on if you have access to buy countertops at contractor price or not.

Typically, the countertop folks come out and take all sorts of measurements with a fancy machine then go back and actually manufacturer the countertop at their shop to exactly fit your space. When I replaced mine, I had about 1/4" change in elevation over the 16' length, so the countertop (quartz in my case) was machined to be slightly thicker on one end so it sat level on the top of the cabinets. From the front and top, you can't tell at all, but behind the bullnose, there is some change in depth so it fits perfectly.

To make a long story short, order countertops directly through the manufacturer (I always use Top Master, Inc out of KC) and not Lowes, Home Depot, etc. You'll get a much better price and service.

we got quartz for this project and the cheapest we found was through Nebraska Furniture Mart. about 10% cheaper than top master. Even though top master installs for them, NFM must get some huge discount.

Really? What brand of quartz did they install? Were you getting contractor pricing through Top Master or retail pricing?
Hanstone is the brand I think...

It was contractor pricing from top master, if I remember right Nfm was having a deal on that brand of quartz. It was installed back in June so the details are fuzzy.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on February 12, 2015, 08:25:44 PM
On a handyman-ness scale of 1 - KCFDcat, how hard is it to put in new countertops?

Depends on if you have access to buy countertops at contractor price or not.

Typically, the countertop folks come out and take all sorts of measurements with a fancy machine then go back and actually manufacturer the countertop at their shop to exactly fit your space. When I replaced mine, I had about 1/4" change in elevation over the 16' length, so the countertop (quartz in my case) was machined to be slightly thicker on one end so it sat level on the top of the cabinets. From the front and top, you can't tell at all, but behind the bullnose, there is some change in depth so it fits perfectly.

To make a long story short, order countertops directly through the manufacturer (I always use Top Master, Inc out of KC) and not Lowes, Home Depot, etc. You'll get a much better price and service.

we got quartz for this project and the cheapest we found was through Nebraska Furniture Mart. about 10% cheaper than top master. Even though top master installs for them, NFM must get some huge discount.

Really? What brand of quartz did they install? Were you getting contractor pricing through Top Master or retail pricing?
Hanstone is the brand I think...

It was contractor pricing from top master, if I remember right Nfm was having a deal on that brand of quartz. It was installed back in June so the details are fuzzy.

if you got a better deal than shellshock for the exact same thing he is gonna be super pissed  :lol:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on February 12, 2015, 08:29:20 PM
did your quartz come with whitlock dna?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ShellShock on February 13, 2015, 08:47:30 AM
On a handyman-ness scale of 1 - KCFDcat, how hard is it to put in new countertops?

Depends on if you have access to buy countertops at contractor price or not.

Typically, the countertop folks come out and take all sorts of measurements with a fancy machine then go back and actually manufacturer the countertop at their shop to exactly fit your space. When I replaced mine, I had about 1/4" change in elevation over the 16' length, so the countertop (quartz in my case) was machined to be slightly thicker on one end so it sat level on the top of the cabinets. From the front and top, you can't tell at all, but behind the bullnose, there is some change in depth so it fits perfectly.

To make a long story short, order countertops directly through the manufacturer (I always use Top Master, Inc out of KC) and not Lowes, Home Depot, etc. You'll get a much better price and service.

we got quartz for this project and the cheapest we found was through Nebraska Furniture Mart. about 10% cheaper than top master. Even though top master installs for them, NFM must get some huge discount.

Really? What brand of quartz did they install? Were you getting contractor pricing through Top Master or retail pricing?
Hanstone is the brand I think...

It was contractor pricing from top master, if I remember right Nfm was having a deal on that brand of quartz. It was installed back in June so the details are fuzzy.

if you got a better deal than shellshock for the exact same thing he is gonna be super pissed  :lol:

We got great pricing through Top Master on some Grey Caesarstone. I'm definitely going to check out NFM when we get to remodeling the kitchen to make sure that i'm getting the best pricing possible.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ShellShock on February 13, 2015, 08:48:04 AM
did your quartz come with whitlock dna?

No. It was put in way after I bought the house and purged all of the Whitlock out...
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: HerrSonntag on February 13, 2015, 11:06:16 AM
Finished staining and hanging a door for MommaSonntag earlier this week... first time hanging a door.  It works great functionally but i'm not happy with my finishing work.   Finishing carpentry is hard, guys.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: TaqMan on February 13, 2015, 11:17:49 AM
I'm installing new doors for the first time as well, and the trim work is actually what I look forward to! much rather be doing that than wrestling around with doors that must weigh 100 lbs...
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Cire on February 13, 2015, 11:26:20 AM
I helped frame and sheet rock a wall last week
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on February 13, 2015, 11:30:11 AM
i had to hang a new door in an apt once because someone put a hole through it  :th_twocents:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ShellShock on February 23, 2015, 03:45:03 PM
Oh, you guys! Just finished the master bedroom remodel and once I figure out how to host pictures on the internet, i'll share. Also, waiting on carpet so it might be a couple days for final pictures.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Fedor on February 23, 2015, 04:56:50 PM
Changed out a 50 gal. water heater in less than two hours.  The internet has told me that this was a much better than average time.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on February 23, 2015, 05:15:02 PM
Carpet...  :Ugh:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on February 23, 2015, 05:23:54 PM
Carpet...  :Ugh:

bathroom carpets hold 1000x more DNA than a hottub :barf:

edit: oh, he said bedroom.

still BATHROOM CARPET IS A PET PEEVE OF MINE
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on February 23, 2015, 06:25:18 PM
600 sq ft of tile this weekend. Sore as hell
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on February 23, 2015, 06:27:18 PM
tile absolutely sucks (to install).  t's & p's BR
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ShellShock on February 24, 2015, 07:57:41 AM
Carpet...  :Ugh:

bathroom carpets hold 1000x more DNA than a hottub :barf:

edit: oh, he said bedroom.

still BATHROOM CARPET IS A PET PEEVE OF MINE

Agreed. If someone I know puts carpet in a bathroom, then they're no longer friends of mine...
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on February 24, 2015, 08:05:54 AM
I'm amazed it's allowed by code (is it still?)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on February 24, 2015, 08:14:18 AM

tile absolutely sucks (to install).  t's & p's BR
Yeah I used to do it as a side job in high school and college. Now everyone I know try's to rope me in to help with projects. Probably end up doing 3-5 per year.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: raquetcat on February 24, 2015, 10:41:28 AM
That's like level 10 handyman-ness there.

 :cool:

I also renovated a bathroom and master bedroom. Did a lot of foundation repair, replaced 100% electrical (was old knob and tube) and replaced the plumbing, including the sewer line to the street.

Super glad to be done with all of it.

How is it you know how to do those things?  As I've written before, this thread is a river of lies.

I was a carpenter for 4 years.

So.  Who taught you?  It isn't intuitive.

A master carpenter, I was his apprentice for 18 months, he also taught me sign language since he was deaf...plus you learn a lot from working with other trades and such.
That sounds amazing, I would love to take off 1.5 years from my job and learn from a master carpenter, maybe retire early and do it. Do you get paid when you're an apprentice?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on February 24, 2015, 10:52:02 AM
KCFD cat your house looks amazing and very Hyde Park-y.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on February 24, 2015, 10:55:54 AM
Yeah you get paid, probably 12-15 an hour would be my guess
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on February 24, 2015, 12:37:01 PM
Yeah I made 12 when I started. By the time I finished my apprenticeship I made 14, then a substantial raise when you over up to carpenter... Being an apprentice is an incredibly rewarding and frustrating experience. You do stuff wrong everyday for a long time, and you are made to feel pretty stupid. But when you finish and have your own way of doing things it feels pretty good.

Thanks mocat, I actually live in Waldo, it's an old Waldo Tudor house.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on February 24, 2015, 01:46:34 PM
Thanks mocat, I actually live in Waldo, it's an old Waldo Tudor house.

i should have known from the arch in the doorway
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Missouriscribe on February 24, 2015, 01:55:41 PM
Did 700sq feet of locking wood floor laminate last week, finishing the basement upthis week.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on February 24, 2015, 02:00:27 PM
you guys i spent saturday afternoon sistering up a back porch support joist, and replacing some broken deck slats. they used to use 1x tongue and groove material 100+ years ago, even for exterior applications, instead of 2x with gaps. that is so weird.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on February 24, 2015, 02:06:55 PM
tile absolutely sucks (to install).  t's & p's BR

tile doesn't suck.   GROUTING sucks.  Actually REMOVING grout haze sucks.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on February 24, 2015, 10:42:48 PM
i cleaned my bathroom the other day, smelled like pure chemicals when i got done  :cool:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Kat Kid on February 25, 2015, 03:54:57 AM
I have a light over a two story staircase that has been out for almost a year.  No idea what to do.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on February 25, 2015, 06:43:43 AM

I have a light over a two story staircase that has been out for almost a year.  No idea what to do.
seriously?


Gonna win 'em all!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on February 25, 2015, 06:44:08 AM


I have a light over a two story staircase that has been out for almost a year.  No idea what to do.
seriously?


Gonna win 'em all!
they make an extension tool


Gonna win 'em all!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on February 25, 2015, 07:10:05 AM
Kk, is it in a fixture that you need to take a cover off to get to the light, or is the bulb exposed?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on February 25, 2015, 07:35:46 AM
Headlamp with hanger at bottom and top of stairs

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on February 25, 2015, 11:19:41 AM

Headlamp with hanger at bottom and top of stairs

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have a bunch of friends over and make a pyramid.


Gonna win 'em all!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on February 25, 2015, 02:15:09 PM
Extension ladder against wall opposite the stairs. Run a plank from ladder to stairs.

#TheWesIsTheFuture

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on February 25, 2015, 02:16:01 PM
And if you need a hand, I'm available

#TheWesIsTheFuture

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on February 25, 2015, 03:13:57 PM
Turn wall of the stairway into climbing wall. Train vigorously in the art of rock climbing for the next few months. Climb up and change it out.

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Brock Landers on February 25, 2015, 03:19:26 PM
Since there's already 2 stories of stairs just build another story that goes right up to the light.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Kat Kid on February 25, 2015, 03:20:31 PM
Kk, is it in a fixture that you need to take a cover off to get to the light, or is the bulb exposed?

cover off
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Kat Kid on February 25, 2015, 03:21:02 PM
Extension ladder against wall opposite the stairs. Run a plank from ladder to stairs.

#TheWesIsTheFuture

that sounds insane
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Kat Kid on February 25, 2015, 03:22:09 PM
Turn wall of the stairway into climbing wall. Train vigorously in the art of rock climbing for the next few months. Climb up and change it out.

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that sounds like it would require affixing things to the wall and I don't have a level or stud finder (except the mirrors in my house)  :gocho:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Kat Kid on February 25, 2015, 03:22:56 PM
Since there's already 2 stories of stairs just build another story that goes right up to the light.

If I was handy I would build a jet pack and change it myself but that is the problem
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on February 25, 2015, 03:23:18 PM
Extension ladder against wall opposite the stairs. Run a plank from ladder to stairs.

#TheWesIsTheFuture

that sounds insane
Hahaha that's the best way man. Or if you know someone with stilts.

#TheWesIsTheFuture

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Kat Kid on February 25, 2015, 03:24:37 PM
Extension ladder against wall opposite the stairs. Run a plank from ladder to stairs.

#TheWesIsTheFuture

that sounds insane
Hahaha that's the best way man. Or if you know someone with stilts.

#TheWesIsTheFuture

 :dunno: :dunno: :dunno:

(http://www.geocities.ws/davyj44/bigcatcrossing.jpg)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dugout DickStone on February 25, 2015, 03:25:46 PM
I have a light over a two story staircase that has been out for almost a year.  No idea what to do.

My mom has a guy who changes hers
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Kat Kid on February 25, 2015, 03:27:59 PM
I have a light over a two story staircase that has been out for almost a year.  No idea what to do.

My mom has a guy who changes hers

hmm...ok may look in to hiring handy man.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dugout DickStone on February 25, 2015, 03:32:52 PM
I have a light over a two story staircase that has been out for almost a year.  No idea what to do.

My mom has a guy who changes hers

hmm...ok may look in to hiring handy man.

He may discount if you do at same time
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on February 25, 2015, 03:34:56 PM
Scaffold rents for basically nothing and a person with a 10yr olds intellegence and the ability to lift 30 pounds can erect it.  Give it a whirl and tackle any other high stuff you have for like $40/month rental.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mrs. Gooch on February 25, 2015, 03:38:03 PM
Kk, is it in a fixture that you need to take a cover off to get to the light, or is the bulb exposed?

cover off

Hasn't your kid learned to climb on things yet? Just have him climb up there.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on February 25, 2015, 03:40:48 PM
Turn wall of the stairway into climbing wall. Train vigorously in the art of rock climbing for the next few months. Climb up and change it out.

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that sounds like it would require affixing things to the wall and I don't have a level or stud finder (except the mirrors in my house)  :gocho:

the phone app stud finders actually work pretty well surprisingly
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on February 25, 2015, 03:55:27 PM
Kk, is it in a fixture that you need to take a cover off to get to the light, or is the bulb exposed?

cover off

I have the required equipment to deal with this should you ever want to
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on February 25, 2015, 04:03:53 PM
Kk, is it in a fixture that you need to take a cover off to get to the light, or is the bulb exposed?

cover off

I have the required equipment to deal with this should you ever want to
Get in line :shakesfist:

#TheWesIsTheFuture

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on February 25, 2015, 04:36:34 PM
I'm really pissed that the pyramid method didn't get any play. Imagine a human pyramid to change a light bulb!
Afterwards, miller lutes and double high fives for everyone!


Gonna win 'em all!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: deputy dawg on March 01, 2015, 03:05:51 PM
My garbage disposer crapped out, and was getting ready to buy a new one.  Watched a youtube video on installing yourself, and one of the previews off to the side showed how to use a hex wrench to free up the disposal from underneath, and set the reset button.  Did it and it worked!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on March 01, 2015, 06:46:23 PM
Feels good when you can cheap or no cost fix. Next plan is fence for back yard. Two neighbors have fences so I essentially have a small piece 10ft a medium piece 30ft and a large piece 80ft to do. Is this going to suck
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on March 01, 2015, 06:49:08 PM
it won't suck if you make someone else handyman that thing
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: AppleJack on March 01, 2015, 06:58:45 PM
do not ask me for help
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: wetwillie on March 01, 2015, 07:11:36 PM
that fence sounds pud,  just make sure to call 1-800-KAN-DIG.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on March 01, 2015, 07:59:41 PM
Will have to MO dig but I got the idea. A little nervous on the amount of sloped terrain posts that there will be but I guess that's what my level is for.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on March 03, 2015, 10:24:10 AM
Water softeners. Who has experience?  Folks sold their house and I was able to get their kinetico to bring to my house. Going to try to unhook it tonight
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on March 03, 2015, 10:31:21 AM
Good for all your equipment and appliances, but you will want to only drink filtered water
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on March 03, 2015, 10:46:04 AM
Water softeners. Who has experience?  Folks sold their house and I was able to get their kinetico to bring to my house. Going to try to unhook it tonight
if you or the family drink a lot tap water one easy thing to do is just put the water softener upstream of the hot water tank.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on March 03, 2015, 12:04:24 PM
Does it make the tap water taste that much worse?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on March 03, 2015, 12:05:16 PM

Water softeners. Who has experience?  Folks sold their house and I was able to get their kinetico to bring to my house. Going to try to unhook it tonight
if you or the family drink a lot tap water one easy thing to do is just put the water softener upstream of the hot water tank.
This might be a pretty good idea
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on March 03, 2015, 12:08:39 PM
MODS, move the last few posts to the scams thread please
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on March 03, 2015, 12:28:31 PM
if you add a water softener make sure you are more vigilant on checking/replacing your water heater anode.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on March 03, 2015, 02:04:58 PM

Water softeners. Who has experience?  Folks sold their house and I was able to get their kinetico to bring to my house. Going to try to unhook it tonight
if you or the family drink a lot tap water one easy thing to do is just put the water softener upstream of the hot water tank.
This might be a pretty good idea
if you use salt to soften the water it can obviously increase your sodium intake or you can spend more and use potassium chloride.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on March 03, 2015, 02:19:14 PM

Water softeners. Who has experience?  Folks sold their house and I was able to get their kinetico to bring to my house. Going to try to unhook it tonight
if you or the family drink a lot tap water one easy thing to do is just put the water softener upstream of the hot water tank.
This might be a pretty good idea
if you use salt to soften the water it can obviously increase your sodium intake or you can spend more and use potassium chloride.

I don't believe you can use KCL in all softeners so check that out.    Sodium from a softener isn't a health risk unless you have pretty sever health concerns re: sodium.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: XocolateThundarr on March 03, 2015, 02:30:26 PM
if you add a water softener make sure you are more vigilant on checking/replacing your water heater anode.

Wait...I thought using a softener was supposed to make all of your water appliances last longer.  :shakesfist:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on March 03, 2015, 02:35:11 PM

if you add a water softener make sure you are more vigilant on checking/replacing your water heater anode.

Wait...I thought using a softener was supposed to make all of your water appliances last longer.  :shakesfist:
I guess this kinetico is pretty fancy and doesn't use very much salt. I believe they help keep and make things (clothes, dishes, showers, you) cleaner, but degrade the anode faster. That's the main downside I guess. Less sediment in the water heater though.

I'm doing it because it's close to free and I like how it feels showering especially in dry winters.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on March 03, 2015, 02:36:38 PM
I bought one at Sears and paid a plumber $160, or something, to install it.  I recommend that.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: deputy dawg on March 03, 2015, 03:38:08 PM
Water softeners. Who has experience?  Folks sold their house and I was able to get their kinetico to bring to my house. Going to try to unhook it tonight

Eazy peazy. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Boom Roasted on March 03, 2015, 08:46:08 PM
Pulled it out in about an hour. Was heavier than expected. Looks like I'll have to soften my hose water as well based on the way the water comes in the house. No water spots on my rides I guess
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on March 03, 2015, 08:58:39 PM
Pulled it out in about an hour. Was heavier than expected. Looks like I'll have to soften my hose water as well based on the way the water comes in the house. No water spots on my rides I guess

terrible idea for 2 reasons....you will go through salt like crazy, and it will kill your grass
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on April 29, 2015, 08:27:50 PM
hmm, tried to blow a hole in the 'deck strippers cause chemical burns' narrative propagated by Big Safety Gear but couldn't find one
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on April 29, 2015, 08:33:51 PM
just use deck cleaner and a good power washer
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on April 29, 2015, 08:35:53 PM
the deck and pergola posts cleaned up easy (actually just sanded those), but all the crap above my head sucks ballsacks and taints (it's a million crevices and is that solid barn red crap)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on April 29, 2015, 08:37:38 PM
light a match
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on April 29, 2015, 08:40:02 PM
reached a point yesterday where i considered cutting down everything at foot-level and above.  think I'm past it now
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WonderMeal on April 29, 2015, 11:27:50 PM
I second the power washer suggestion by 'clams. I bought one a couple of months ago for a similar project to yours and it was amazing how much easier it made things. Plus, it was basically the same price (~$120) to own one as it was to rent it for a few hours.

In other handyman news, I fixed a stove all by myself. (Props to youtube for the assist.)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on April 30, 2015, 12:16:56 AM
all of this grief was with a power washer, unfortunately.  i'm just going to remove and replace the million glorified furring strips (purlins?) so I can get the rafters down to bare wood.  there's like 16 rafters and prolly 50 purlins so basically i think it's time for a new house
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mr Bread on April 30, 2015, 04:03:42 PM
just put in three bathroom sinks and a kitchen sink.  new ones to replace the old ones i mean. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mr Bread on April 30, 2015, 04:04:56 PM
just kidding, fuckers.  i paid a guy who does that professionally and he did a fantastic job while i pumped some iron and read a little. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on April 30, 2015, 04:06:39 PM
i ripped off all the tile and mantle from around the fireplace but we cant decide what to replace it with
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mr Bread on April 30, 2015, 04:09:13 PM
i ripped off all the tile and mantle from around the fireplace but we cant decide what to replace it with

probably something that's a bit poorly installed and that took significantly more time than it should have.  #recommendo
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: K-S-U-Wildcats! on April 30, 2015, 04:09:59 PM
I'm remodeling our bathroom. I didn't want to tear out the vanity and shower and I didn't want to pay the contractor to do it, so I listed them for sale on Craigslist. Instead of paying to have them removed, somebody bought them for $200 and removed them for me. I've pulled this stunt a few times. Love it when people pay me to do a chore that I'd otherwise have to pay someone else to do.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on April 30, 2015, 04:11:28 PM
i ripped off all the tile and mantle from around the fireplace but we cant decide what to replace it with

probably something that's a bit poorly installed and that took significantly more time than it should have.  #recommendo

 :drink: :cheers:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mr Bread on April 30, 2015, 04:12:28 PM
yeah, genius.  letting people from craig's list tear crap out of your house.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 30, 2015, 04:13:06 PM
I'm remodeling our bathroom. I didn't want to tear out the vanity and shower and I didn't want to pay the contractor to do it, so I listed them for sale on Craigslist. Instead of paying to have them removed, somebody bought them for $200 and removed them for me. I've pulled this stunt a few times. Love it when people pay me to do a chore that I'd otherwise have to pay someone else to do.
Seems risky.  I mean, as long as the vanity doesn't get screwed up, who cares about the wall?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mr Bread on April 30, 2015, 04:13:25 PM
you are a really weird [redacted] if you actually do that.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on April 30, 2015, 04:15:19 PM
holy crap :lol:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on April 30, 2015, 04:18:49 PM
i think its a pretty legit #hackdyman trick

any kid who free ranged 2 miles alone to school and back when were five would have the necessary mental tools to survive that kind of craigslisting
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on April 30, 2015, 04:20:17 PM
bread, its like if the guy you were paying to mow your grass paid you instead!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mr Bread on April 30, 2015, 04:23:34 PM
i just need to find somebody that needs my grass is all. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on April 30, 2015, 04:44:28 PM
I got kitchen cabinets for a house I renovated from a Craigslist deal like that. Saved a few thousand by doing it that way. The "seller" was a teacher in Rossville.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 30, 2015, 04:46:57 PM
Pretty sure you just robbed a house and paid some guy to let you.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slobber on April 30, 2015, 04:48:11 PM
I got kitchen cabinets for a house I renovated from a Craigslist deal like that. Saved a few thousand by doing it that way. The "seller" was a teacher in Rossville.
Was it Hammes!?!?!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on April 30, 2015, 04:51:36 PM
I didn't pay anything
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on April 30, 2015, 04:58:49 PM
Yeah, you def robbed them
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on April 30, 2015, 05:01:18 PM
 :dunno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mr Bread on April 30, 2015, 05:01:36 PM
i don't have a garbage man, i use craig's list and weirdos just show up and take things that i'd like to throw away.  it's great. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mr Bread on April 30, 2015, 05:04:18 PM
the thing is that i really understand modern society and i manipulate the eff out of it accordingly.  i am the maestro to its symphony orchestra. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on January 23, 2016, 12:13:06 AM
handyman'd the crap out of having my heat pump get destroyed and having someone that knew what they were doing put a new one in today
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WillieWatanabe on July 07, 2016, 08:55:58 PM
Think my timer went out on my oldish toploader Kenmore washer. Is it worth the $140 bucks of part to test out my handyman-ness? I need this washer to last me < 2 years until i can combine appliances with ms. ww.

http://www.repairclinic.com/Shop-For-Parts/a11b6i2577d188737/Model-11026832691-Kenmore-Washing-Machine-Timer-Parts
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on July 07, 2016, 09:04:45 PM
It'll be fun
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on July 07, 2016, 09:05:26 PM
Nope.  You can buy a decent used washer for less, I bet.

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on July 07, 2016, 09:07:19 PM
Speaking of... I need a w/d
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: GoodForAnother on July 07, 2016, 09:11:51 PM
Bought our washer and dryer on Craigslist in like 2011 for $200. Still working great. Waiting for them to break before we get nice ones. They look hilariously out of place in comparison to our other appliances.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 07, 2016, 09:30:26 PM
Lib you should join Johnson County, KS Swap and Shop page on Facebook.  You'll find one rickytick and also v entertaining. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on July 07, 2016, 10:43:35 PM
We just bought a dryer for $75 on craigslist.  Only 2 years old.  Anyway we put the old, broken dryer on craigslist for free and this guy came out to get it so I went out to the back patio where we had put it to help him carry it to his truck. He picked it up by himself, put it on his back and carried it all the way to his truck and put it in.  It was awe inspiring.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on July 08, 2016, 12:06:15 PM
Think my timer went out on my oldish toploader Kenmore washer. Is it worth the $140 bucks of part to test out my handyman-ness? I need this washer to last me < 2 years until i can combine appliances with ms. ww.

http://www.repairclinic.com/Shop-For-Parts/a11b6i2577d188737/Model-11026832691-Kenmore-Washing-Machine-Timer-Parts

no, but it's probably worth $56   http://www.ebay.com/itm/3951769-WP3951769-Whirlpool-Kenmore-Washer-Timer-/262505419511
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on July 08, 2016, 12:31:09 PM
as a general rule I don't repair appliances. If a part goes out, there's a good chance the replacement part is going to fail within a year and you'll be stuck in this perpetual circle of broken appliances. For example: my refrigerators ice maker went out a while back. fixed it, worked for 6 months, broke, fixed again, worked for a few months. said eff it and bought a new fridge. life's good now.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on July 08, 2016, 12:33:02 PM
man, i miss Bread
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WillieWatanabe on July 08, 2016, 01:32:33 PM
man, i miss Bread

i thought he's still around?   :jeffy:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WillieWatanabe on July 13, 2016, 06:53:13 PM
Replaced the timer and got a working washer again. Man i feel handy AF.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WackyCat08 on July 13, 2016, 07:44:18 PM
He quit us. Just like oscar. :bawl:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on July 30, 2016, 12:06:11 PM
Started framing my basement this weekend. Oh man. This crap is going to take a long time to finish.

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on July 30, 2016, 03:19:17 PM
Started framing my basement this weekend. Oh man. This crap is going to take a long time to finish.

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Have fun! Hope you didn't make your walls tight to the ceiling
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on July 30, 2016, 03:33:49 PM
Drywall rhe ceilings first!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on July 30, 2016, 04:41:15 PM
Demo'ed part of the deck (20y/o) that had old termite damage, rebuilt, just finished it up.  Going to deck coat it tomorrow. 

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on July 30, 2016, 06:02:10 PM
Assembled some used bunk beds for the boys today.  No funkin directions whatsoever.   :cool:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on July 30, 2016, 06:39:32 PM
Nice.  Build my son a loft from scratch about three weeks ago.  He has a permanent fort built under it now and he spends almost all his time in the fort. 

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KST8FAN on July 30, 2016, 07:29:13 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160731/8f23d60c67aa3a505640eca8ea9bafeb.jpg)

New fishing dock for the pond.

Tom

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on July 30, 2016, 11:05:53 PM
That's great Tom
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KST8FAN on July 31, 2016, 11:52:31 AM
That's great Tom

Probably should confess the fist launch failed as I tried to hinge it between dock and the walkway.  It's way over built as the floats are rated to hold like 1500 lbs each.  So it was pretty tipsy.  New hardware going to make the T a solid connection and I should be good to go.  Should have asked for some goEMAW engineering advice.


Tom
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on July 31, 2016, 01:10:08 PM
I put a new desk together last week
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on August 02, 2016, 07:00:29 AM
Drywall rhe ceilings first!
I will sub the drywall. Less than $2K labor and materials. I'll be resting that week.

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on August 02, 2016, 08:27:57 AM
Hanging walls is super easy. 

Mud and tape is a great thing to sub out, though. So is hanging celings. 

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on August 02, 2016, 08:44:29 AM
So is carrying rock to the basement
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 02, 2016, 08:48:07 AM
I may replace a headlight/bulb in my truck tonight.  Been putting it off for a week or so.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ShellShock on August 02, 2016, 09:20:14 AM
Any KC cats have a jackhammer laying around? Will rent for beers and KSU bullshitting...
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on August 02, 2016, 11:00:05 AM
Drywall rhe ceilings first!
I will sub the drywall. Less than $2K labor and materials. I'll be resting that week.

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Smart man. :)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Canary on August 02, 2016, 11:12:25 AM
I may replace a headlight/bulb in my truck tonight.  Been putting it off for a week or so.
I didn't realize how easy that was. I have done that twice in the last year.  About as much as I know how to do, thanks to a friend who showed me.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Asteriskhead on August 02, 2016, 11:17:07 AM
I may replace a headlight/bulb in my truck tonight.  Been putting it off for a week or so.
I didn't realize how easy that was. I have done that twice in the last year.  About as much as I know how to do, thanks to a friend who showed me.

you can teach yourself many things with the help of the ol' google/youtube machine.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on August 02, 2016, 11:19:46 AM
I may replace a headlight/bulb in my truck tonight.  Been putting it off for a week or so.
I didn't realize how easy that was. I have done that twice in the last year.  About as much as I know how to do, thanks to a friend who showed me.

you can teach yourself many things with the help of the ol' google/youtube machine.
Yes. And online chiltons, etc.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on August 02, 2016, 12:03:24 PM
My last job included some light mechanic type stuff. I made it very clear I had no clue about that stuff but they didn't care. I'm fairly proud how much I was able to do with just parts diagrams and youtube. What a time to be alive
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 02, 2016, 12:44:15 PM
I may replace a headlight/bulb in my truck tonight.  Been putting it off for a week or so.
I didn't realize how easy that was. I have done that twice in the last year.  About as much as I know how to do, thanks to a friend who showed me.

It's pretty easy but the last time I did it I scraped up my hand removing the rubber seal thing.  So I'm just rolling with fog lights on until I'm ready to bleed over it.  Two nights ago I got home from the gym and popped my hood to force myself to do it.  Well I forgot and the next morning I get on 435 and the hood starts bouncing so I had to pull over and shut it all the way.  Stupid.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on August 02, 2016, 01:29:06 PM
I may replace a headlight/bulb in my truck tonight.  Been putting it off for a week or so.
I didn't realize how easy that was. I have done that twice in the last year.  About as much as I know how to do, thanks to a friend who showed me.

It's pretty easy but the last time I did it I scraped up my hand removing the rubber seal thing.  So I'm just rolling with fog lights on until I'm ready to bleed over it.  Two nights ago I got home from the gym and popped my hood to force myself to do it.  Well I forgot and the next morning I get on 435 and the hood starts bouncing so I had to pull over and shut it all the way.  Stupid.
Glad you caught that. I didn't once in and the hood flew up and shattered my windscreen.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on August 02, 2016, 02:21:06 PM
About to embark on my biggest handyman project to date. Adding a main floor master suite on to the house. Will report back.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Poster formerly known as jthutch on August 02, 2016, 02:24:13 PM
Hey guys I just got done redoing my entire kitchen.  It was fun.  I even built an island where our whole family can sit and eat.  :lynchmob:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Fedor on August 02, 2016, 03:57:12 PM
About to embark on my biggest handyman project to date. Adding a main floor master suite on to the house. Will report back.
Good Luck!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Fedor on August 02, 2016, 04:00:36 PM
Hey guys I just got done redoing my entire kitchen.  It was fun.  I even built an island where our whole family can sit and eat.  :lynchmob:
Way to go! :thumbs:

I am glad there are some handy-cats on this blog.  It is very cringey when posters whip out the credit card to get a light bulb changed.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ShellShock on August 02, 2016, 05:07:36 PM
Any KC cats have a jackhammer laying around? Will rent for beers and KSU bullshitting...

 :impatient:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on August 02, 2016, 05:47:32 PM
Any KC cats have a jackhammer laying around? Will rent for beers and KSU bullshitting...

 :impatient:
Sorry dude. Fresh out of Jack hammers.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Canary on August 02, 2016, 07:07:09 PM
Hey guys I just got done redoing my entire kitchen.  It was fun.  I even built an island where our whole family can sit and eat.  :lynchmob:
Way to go! :thumbs:

I am glad there are some handy-cats on this blog.  It is very cringey when posters whip out the credit card to get a light bulb changed.
I wish I was better at that kind of stuff.  And I don't have lots of friends to lead me through big projects.  So I have to pay for work to be done.  Not proud of it, but no other options for me. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on August 02, 2016, 07:13:54 PM
Hey guys I just got done redoing my entire kitchen.  It was fun.  I even built an island where our whole family can sit and eat.  :lynchmob:
Way to go! :thumbs:

I am glad there are some handy-cats on this blog.  It is very cringey when posters whip out the credit card to get a light bulb changed.
I wish I was better at that kind of stuff.  And I don't have lots of friends to lead me through big projects.  So I have to pay for work to be done.  Not proud of it, but no other options for me.
You got lots of friends here, bud.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Canary on August 02, 2016, 07:32:02 PM
Hey guys I just got done redoing my entire kitchen.  It was fun.  I even built an island where our whole family can sit and eat.  :lynchmob:
Way to go! :thumbs:

I am glad there are some handy-cats on this blog.  It is very cringey when posters whip out the credit card to get a light bulb changed.
I wish I was better at that kind of stuff.  And I don't have lots of friends to lead me through big projects.  So I have to pay for work to be done.  Not proud of it, but no other options for me.
You got lots of friends here, bud.
I appreciate you saying that. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on August 02, 2016, 07:34:47 PM
Lots of stuff is a lot easier than ppl think.  Before you hire out next time, post here and we may be able to get it figured out.

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Canary on August 02, 2016, 07:43:50 PM
I'll do it.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WillieWatanabe on August 02, 2016, 08:20:08 PM
Everyone remember that time a couple weeks ago when i replaced that washer time? wow it still feels good.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on August 02, 2016, 08:21:01 PM
you're good for the rest of 2016 bud
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on August 03, 2016, 06:19:18 AM
I'll do it.
Plenty of great books plus YouTube. I found a fantastic series on basement finishing.

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Canary on August 03, 2016, 08:08:19 AM
I'll do it.
Plenty of great books plus YouTube. I found a fantastic series on basement finishing.

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Thanks. I think most of my holdup is that I grew up doing all tasks with my brothers. It is hard for me to get motivated to do things without someone else there to work with.  The ten of us did lots of projects together, but I never was the lead or idea man.  Now that we are all adults those opportunities to work together are few and far in between.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on August 03, 2016, 08:25:35 AM
I'll do it.
Plenty of great books plus YouTube. I found a fantastic series on basement finishing.

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Thanks. I think most of my holdup is that I grew up doing all tasks with my brothers. It is hard for me to get motivated to do things without someone else there to work with.  The ten of us did lots of projects together, but I never was the lead or idea man.  Now that we are all adults those opportunities to work together are few and far in between.
TEN?!?!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Canary on August 03, 2016, 08:38:56 AM
I'll do it.
Plenty of great books plus YouTube. I found a fantastic series on basement finishing.

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Thanks. I think most of my holdup is that I grew up doing all tasks with my brothers. It is hard for me to get motivated to do things without someone else there to work with.  The ten of us did lots of projects together, but I never was the lead or idea man.  Now that we are all adults those opportunities to work together are few and far in between.
TEN?!?!
Yes.  And we have sisters as well.  All single births from same parents. Ridiculous, I know, but it was a great way to grow up.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ChiCat on August 03, 2016, 08:56:01 AM
So you guys got handy adding on extra bedrooms every 9 months?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Canary on August 03, 2016, 09:08:57 AM
I appeared near the end of the list, so everything was ready by the time I was born.  And now, I live in a house by myself that is almost as large as the house I grew up in.  I have more bathrooms in my house than we did then. And sometimes I feel crowded!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 03, 2016, 09:16:27 AM
I still haven't fixed the head light.

Also reminded me that my wife took her car in for service and they recommended filter changes, so I ordered filters on Amazon and they sat in the closet for about 6 months because I couldn't remember if they were a PITA the replace or not.  Finally get to it, super easy, and discover that we got a K&N filter that is washable the last time I replaced.  They're not cheap so that was annoying to find out. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on August 03, 2016, 11:12:58 AM
How hard is it to replace a sink?

Specifically a bathroom sink(Really Ugly) and a kitchen sink(Old and small leak) with a garbage disposal underneath.

My previous handyman experience includes Replacing/daisy chaining electrical outlets, painting, putting down stick on tiles, changing light bulbs.

Will I be able to do this successfully by watching a couple youtube videos?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on August 03, 2016, 11:16:57 AM
Yes. It's really easy if you have the right tools for the job, most are. The worst part is working above your head in a cramped space. Assemble as much of the piping and fixtures as you can before dropping it in so that it's less to do later. Don't tighten the drain pipes down all the way though as you'll need to be able to adjust their placement later.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on August 03, 2016, 11:19:42 AM
How hard is it to replace a sink?

Specifically a bathroom sink(Really Ugly) and a kitchen sink(Old and small leak) with a garbage disposal underneath.

My previous handyman experience includes Replacing/daisy chaining electrical outlets, painting, putting down stick on tiles, changing light bulbs.

Will I be able to do this successfully by watching a couple youtube videos?
Assuming these sinks have been in place for 50+ years I would consider the following

Bathroom - get a whole new countertop with molded in sink or undermount or what have you

Kitchen - find a really big new sink so that the cut out will completely remove anywhere the old sink touched
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on August 03, 2016, 11:19:43 AM
Make a list and queck it twice before heading the the store. A common SdK problem is multiple trips to the hardware store.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on August 03, 2016, 11:21:53 AM
Make a list and queck it twice before heading the the store. A common SdK problem is multiple trips to the hardware store.
I just buy like twice as much plastic pipe as I need so hopefully there is just the two trips, 1 to buy and 1 to return
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on August 03, 2016, 11:24:52 AM
Make a list and queck it twice before heading the the store. A common SdK problem is multiple trips to the hardware store.
I just buy like twice as much plastic pipe as I need so hopefully there is just the two trips, 1 to buy and 1 to return
Smart man. Shame myself part: I once put the the U or J? pipe on backwards and it took me a full hour to figure out what the eff. This happened 6 months ago. Don't worry, I'm naked walking through Topeka covered in crap and piss.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on August 03, 2016, 11:26:41 AM
Make a list and queck it twice before heading the the store. A common SdK problem is multiple trips to the hardware store.
I just buy like twice as much plastic pipe as I need so hopefully there is just the two trips, 1 to buy and 1 to return
Smart man. Shame myself part: I once put the the U or J? pipe on backwards and it took me a full hour to figure out what the eff. This happened 6 months ago. Don't worry, I'm naked walking through Topeka covered in crap and piss.
Thought about it. Definitely a J
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on August 03, 2016, 11:58:00 AM
Trap
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on August 03, 2016, 12:04:34 PM
Trap
It's going down.....then up, then parallel.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on August 03, 2016, 12:23:58 PM
P trap
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on August 03, 2016, 12:33:23 PM
I guess I was just plumb wrong!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on August 03, 2016, 12:38:14 PM
P trap
nailed it
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Bloodfart on August 06, 2016, 12:28:56 AM
The plastic thing under the front bumper (splash guard?) of the Dodge Journey decided to come loose while going 80mph down I-70.  I pulled over on the shoulder and took a look at the sitch.  Got down there and ripped that crap off and proceed to the next town Limon, Co.  Turns out Limon has a free/donation train museum for the kids to run around at while I find some baling wire to secure the plastic crap that was still flapping around under the front fenders.  Pull into the parking lot and spotted some wire hanging on the fence around one of the exhibits.  Snagged that crap and had that fuckin dodge road worthy in 10mins bros. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on August 06, 2016, 01:34:16 AM
that's handy af
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on August 06, 2016, 09:17:29 AM
Handyman level: 9.9/10
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on August 06, 2016, 09:24:59 AM
Full 10/10 if you'd used some duct tape too.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on August 06, 2016, 07:05:22 PM
Studs are mostly done. Moving along faster than I expected.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160807/b06296e4bcd048619f9aecf6b9659f24.jpg)
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160807/0405d4436d00327818e736cc9b5fc498.jpg)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on August 06, 2016, 08:16:22 PM
I assume you've left a little lip on the bottom plate at the doorways for a jack and header? Did you think about doing a moisture barrier under the base?  Going with topcons or .22 cal death bolts?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on August 06, 2016, 08:16:43 PM
The plastic thing under the front bumper (splash guard?) of the Dodge Journey decided to come loose while going 80mph down I-70.  I pulled over on the shoulder and took a look at the sitch.  Got down there and ripped that crap off and proceed to the next town Limon, Co.  Turns out Limon has a free/donation train museum for the kids to run around at while I find some baling wire to secure the plastic crap that was still flapping around under the front fenders.  Pull into the parking lot and spotted some wire hanging on the fence around one of the exhibits.  Snagged that crap and had that fuckin dodge road worthy in 10mins bros.

Dodge upgrade
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on August 06, 2016, 08:19:50 PM
The plastic thing under the front bumper (splash guard?) of the Dodge Journey decided to come loose while going 80mph down I-70.  I pulled over on the shoulder and took a look at the sitch.  Got down there and ripped that crap off and proceed to the next town Limon, Co.  Turns out Limon has a free/donation train museum for the kids to run around at while I find some baling wire to secure the plastic crap that was still flapping around under the front fenders.  Pull into the parking lot and spotted some wire hanging on the fence around one of the exhibits.  Snagged that crap and had that fuckin dodge road worthy in 10mins bros.

same happened on my lincoln ls.  also used tie-wire to put it back in place.   :cheers:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: steve dave on August 06, 2016, 09:07:00 PM
I can't do crap ITT
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on August 06, 2016, 09:08:03 PM
you could, you just don't want to
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: steve dave on August 06, 2016, 09:17:13 PM
you could, you just don't want to

we'll never know
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: HerrSonntag on August 06, 2016, 11:35:17 PM
I remember having to remove that part on my Jeep when I upgraded the suspension, wheels and some months later when I made a claim on hitting a deer they tossed it on the payout that I used on an upgraded bumper.
TLDR: keep that crap handy to shirk insurance claims
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on August 07, 2016, 04:49:27 AM
I assume you've left a little lip on the bottom plate at the doorways for a jack and header? Did you think about doing a moisture barrier under the base?  Going with topcons or .22 cal death bolts?
Kings are set on a couple doors and there is a enough space for the trimmer. I glued. Then shot .22 every two feet. No moisture barrier. Just treated lumber.

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Asteriskhead on August 07, 2016, 09:24:13 AM
you could, you just don't want to

we'll never know

That would make for an entertaining mini-series.

SD attempts to to normal handyman-y type things at his house. Messes up hilariously, calls a buddy to help him fix it, they fix it in no time flat cause it was something simple, laugh a lot,  :cheers: with 10000 resealable Miller lite pints, wash, rinse, repeat.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on August 07, 2016, 11:36:22 AM
I assume you've left a little lip on the bottom plate at the doorways for a jack and header? Did you think about doing a moisture barrier under the base?  Going with topcons or .22 cal death bolts?
Kings are set on a couple doors and there is a enough space for the trimmer. I glued. Then shot .22 every two feet. No moisture barrier. Just treated lumber.

Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk

Missed the treated lumber  :thumbsup:

I've never had to do a large framing project and I'm worried I'd get too bored with it and do a shitty job halfway through.  Good on you.  Are you doing any wiring yourself, networking/cable/audio visual?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on August 07, 2016, 11:41:35 AM
I assume you've left a little lip on the bottom plate at the doorways for a jack and header? Did you think about doing a moisture barrier under the base?  Going with topcons or .22 cal death bolts?
Kings are set on a couple doors and there is a enough space for the trimmer. I glued. Then shot .22 every two feet. No moisture barrier. Just treated lumber.

Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk

Missed the treated lumber 

I've never had to do a large framing project and I'm worried I'd get too bored with it and do a shitty job halfway through.  Good on you.  Are you doing any wiring yourself, networking/cable/audio visual?
I'm doing it all except drywall at this point. My wife is questioning the need to hire the drywall.

I had to take my time on the base plates and it got a bit frustrating. Once end studs and top plates were set, it flew. I did all the studs yesterday. Nail gun was key. Best $150 I've spent to this point!

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on August 07, 2016, 12:02:03 PM
Nice work.  I agree with nail guns.  I snagged a few when I was doing molding at my parent's house.  F ever doing finishing nailing without a nailer again.  Any project from framing walls to finish nailers, I'm using a gun.

My wife and I are looking at houses, and while not many where we live has basements, she always says I can just finish the basement when needed.   :sdeek:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on August 07, 2016, 01:14:29 PM
Ha. My wife commented that we should not have a problem doing something like this again if we decide to move.

I'm thinking I'm retiring in this bitch. Next stop is patio home in the golf course or condo in Breckenridge.

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on August 08, 2016, 01:09:03 PM
One thing I will never attempt myself is tree removal/trimming.

I helped my buddy remove a tree yesterday and spent the whole time waiting for a disaster to happen.

He rented a cherry picker and watched a couple YouTube videos and thought he was good to go.

No one was seriously hurt and only one limb landed on the corner of the roof doing minimal damage.

I did get to see 2 50yr old men fly about 2 feet up in the air and 5 feet to the side when the limb they were cutting was heavier than expected (think pulley system designed to lower limb to the ground.


(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160808/001a8c7442b680c50b22ae6916eccf57.jpg)

Eventually the base in the picture was the only thing left, they tied a rope around the cherry picker and used that to pull it in the direction they wanted.

Somehow it worked.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KST8FAN on September 18, 2016, 04:59:50 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160918/8f2f60d83ca3ae9cdcec33b1b62a315f.jpg)

Float test the new fishing dock today.  Learning how little I know about building a dock.

Tom

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on September 18, 2016, 05:34:32 PM
Looks like it's floatin' Tom  :thumbs:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on September 18, 2016, 06:28:40 PM
did you fireproof it?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KST8FAN on September 18, 2016, 06:37:37 PM
did you fireproof it?
Not #BID proof.

Tom

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on September 18, 2016, 06:42:37 PM
Did you install a nest thermostat?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on September 19, 2016, 09:27:34 AM
what are those big floaty black things, and did you buy them somewhere or fashion them yourself out of old tractor tires?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WackyCat08 on September 19, 2016, 11:16:15 AM
Is this where I go after removing a dead mouse from our water heater?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on September 19, 2016, 11:17:19 AM
that's the legionnaire's thread i think
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WackyCat08 on September 19, 2016, 11:24:20 AM
 :Keke:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on September 19, 2016, 11:37:56 AM
One thing I will never attempt myself is tree removal/trimming.

I have low hanging branches over my house that I've been pretty tempted to try to do myself but I think this has convinced me that would be a terrible idea.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Gooch on September 19, 2016, 11:47:23 AM
Hiring a pro to trim trees is the best $200 - $300 you will ever spend.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: sys on September 19, 2016, 11:57:28 AM
I have low hanging branches over my house that I've been pretty tempted to try to do myself but I think this has convinced me that would be a terrible idea.

get up there and take them out.  i can't do any of the handyman stuff in this thread, but even i can remove parts of trees.  if you understand sawing and gravity, that's all there is to know.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on September 19, 2016, 12:50:54 PM
I have low hanging branches over my house that I've been pretty tempted to try to do myself but I think this has convinced me that would be a terrible idea.

get up there and take them out.  i can't do any of the handyman stuff in this thread, but even i can remove parts of trees.  if you understand sawing and gravity, that's all there is to know.

it's also important to know about electricity and also about US dept of labor statistics that say tree trimmers suffer fatalities at a rate 3x higher than average worker in the us

the crap is dangerous and best left to someone else to get hurt doing
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mrs. Gooch on September 19, 2016, 01:44:27 PM
Is this where I go after removing a dead mouse from our water heater?

There was a dead mouse inside of your water heater? So you and Mrs. W have been drinking and showering with dead mouse water? :barf:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WackyCat08 on September 19, 2016, 01:46:39 PM
It was actually to the side of it. We looked in there, because we haven't had warm water yet to shower in for some reason. We've been drinking bottled water, so we're good there.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on September 19, 2016, 01:49:47 PM
It was actually to the side of it. We looked in there, because we haven't had warm water yet to shower in for some reason. We've been drinking bottled water, so we're good there.
sounds like you aren't getting any fluoride then.. dangerous game you're playing wacks
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WackyCat08 on September 19, 2016, 01:52:54 PM
 :frown:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on September 19, 2016, 01:54:34 PM
some bottled water has fluoride, some doesn't
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on September 19, 2016, 02:12:11 PM
You shouldn't be able to look inside your water heater....  GTFO of this slum immediately
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WackyCat08 on September 19, 2016, 02:21:10 PM
I didn't look inside of it. We were looking on the outside around it.  :curse:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mrs. Gooch on September 19, 2016, 02:22:57 PM
So there was a mouse just sitting on the ground outside of the water heater and Wacky thinks that removing it gets him a handy-manness credit???? SMDH.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on September 19, 2016, 02:23:26 PM
I didn't look inside of it. We were looking on the outside around it.  :curse:

It was actually to the side of it. We looked in there, because we haven't had warm water yet to shower in for some reason. We've been drinking bottled water, so we're good there.

Is wackycat08 gaslighting me?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WackyCat08 on September 19, 2016, 02:24:08 PM
So there was a mouse just sitting on the ground outside of the water heater and Wacky thinks that removing it gets him a handy-manness credit???? SMDH.
lol. Well ya. He was fried.

When I said we looked in there, I meant the closet where it's at, bud.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WackyCat08 on September 19, 2016, 02:24:59 PM
Anyways we found out the issue on with why we weren't getting hot water. The shower handle needs to be pointed at 11 o'clock instead of 6 o clock for it to work.  :lol: :curse:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on September 19, 2016, 02:26:33 PM
It was actually to the side of it. We looked in there, because we haven't had warm water yet to shower in for some reason. We've been drinking bottled water, so we're good there.

Anyways we found out the issue with why we were getting hot water. The shower handle needs to be pointed at 11 o'clock instead of 6 o clock for it to work.  :lol: :curse:

#gaslighting?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WackyCat08 on September 19, 2016, 02:27:41 PM
Fixed my post.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WackyCat08 on September 19, 2016, 02:36:45 PM
Our neighbors are adorable. We've got a pair of partners to our left that told me they think my blue eyes are the best thing on this earth.  :love: Then across the street, we got some hoosier fan who likes to party and asked if we did too. I said yeah and he winked at me and said "good!  ;)" So either he's going to bang me or i'm about to get into some black tar kinda crap. Good times!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KST8FAN on September 19, 2016, 03:07:39 PM
what are those big floaty black things, and did you buy them somewhere or fashion them yourself out of old tractor tires?

http://www.formex.com/dock-floats/

3x6x16 each with buoyancy of 1350 lbs.  Son got six of them on craigslist for a steal.


Tom
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on November 25, 2016, 09:23:11 AM
F'ing built this table out of fir, and made the stain myself with steel wool and vinegar

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161125/8034fb93d7c9f76b2c4bc07afbc1e62a.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161125/5959999863bb442f4e5c686998db7f51.jpg)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on November 25, 2016, 10:09:06 AM
you fireproof that rough rider?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on November 25, 2016, 10:47:25 AM
Nice job, mc.  What's the live load rating?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on November 25, 2016, 10:47:54 AM
good job what type of shop tools?  i'd love to get into furniture building
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on November 25, 2016, 11:04:00 AM
you fireproof that rough rider?

Nope, just jake with state farm
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on November 25, 2016, 11:04:41 AM
Nice job, mc.  What's the live load rating?

If my house starts to settle, this table will support it. Also it weighs roughly 600,000 lbs
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on November 25, 2016, 11:09:57 AM
good job what type of shop tools?  i'd love to get into furniture building

The kreg jig was the key to the whole deal. I think it was like $99 at sutherlands and it is amazing.
Also some type of saw. My dad has an ancient montgomery ward radial arm saw that he bought at a garage sale in like 1986, but you could use a chop saw or even circular saw if need be.
Orbital sander and palm sander.
Drill and driver obvi.
Pipe clamp came in handy to keep the table top boards together during assembly.
I used 2x10 for the table top and 4x4 for the frame. It's about 46"x84"
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on November 25, 2016, 11:14:08 AM
I made the stain to make it look old and rustic. You take a clump of #0000 steel wool and put it in a jar, then fill the jar with white vinegar. After 3 days the steel wool has completely vanished. Then you strain it through a paper towel to get  the little bits out. Then take a small amount of the liquid and put it in another jar and add more vinegar to weaken the mixture, then bam you brush that ish all over your wood before applying about 3 coats of semi gloss polyurethane
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on November 25, 2016, 11:37:24 AM
i dig it
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on November 25, 2016, 11:37:33 AM
Schutte for the lumber?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on November 25, 2016, 11:56:34 AM
Schutte for the lumber?

Absolutely. My intent was to use pine but apparently fir was less expensive
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on November 25, 2016, 01:38:06 PM
good job what type of shop tools?  i'd love to get into furniture building

The kreg jig was the key to the whole deal. I think it was like $99 at sutherlands and it is amazing.
Also some type of saw. My dad has an ancient montgomery ward radial arm saw that he bought at a garage sale in like 1986, but you could use a chop saw or even circular saw if need be.
Orbital sander and palm sander.
Drill and driver obvi.
Pipe clamp came in handy to keep the table top boards together during assembly.
I used 2x10 for the table top and 4x4 for the frame. It's about 46"x84"

no planer? 

my stepdad has a shopsmith mark 5 that is pretty great for wood working
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on November 25, 2016, 01:39:30 PM
Planers have gotten decently affordable. I have found a few at home depot, in the last year or so, that would plane 11" and under for something like $200.

Also, a joiner is only like $30-$50
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on November 25, 2016, 02:02:04 PM
I don't have a planer, just tried to pick straight boards
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: sys on November 25, 2016, 02:33:35 PM
that's really impressive, mocat.  if you ever want to build me a table, let me know.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: tdaver on November 25, 2016, 05:45:27 PM
Nice work, mocat
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: dmartin on November 29, 2016, 04:28:06 PM
Built a murphy bed in the spare bedroom in the basement.  Much more comfortable than a hide a bed and takes up even less space.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on November 29, 2016, 04:36:45 PM
Pretty cool, is that upcycled pallet wood?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on November 29, 2016, 04:37:59 PM
portal to narnia and/or doom's basement
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mrs. Gooch on November 29, 2016, 04:43:23 PM
That Murphy bed looks great. I want to put one in the new guest room.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: dmartin on November 30, 2016, 03:00:10 PM
Pretty cool, is that upcycled pallet wood?

It's just paneling.  Not pictured is the removable head board that I whipped up after the first user mentioned their pillows kept shooting out behind them.

Would have been much easier and nicer if it wasn't for the short ceilings in the basement.

Finished up the room by getting rid of the desk/stand combo that took up too much room and whipped up a quick shelf desk.  Not happy with where the tower is sitting now, want to take everything out of the case and wall mount the exposed MB, but MRS DMartin isn't fond of the idea.  Will run the cables in the wall when I do figure out where to put the tower.

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 30, 2016, 03:10:36 PM
Just make a vented cabinet
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on November 30, 2016, 04:38:55 PM
I bought this ~100 year old door at the re-store for $5, sanded it and put some clear coat poly on. Attached some 2x4 legs and boom, now mrs mocat has her wish and we have a headboard

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161130/2448e643ebca6d5bb5b40830256a055e.jpg)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 30, 2016, 04:40:18 PM
Pretty boss mcat
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on November 30, 2016, 04:42:42 PM
mocat mo killin it
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on November 30, 2016, 04:43:07 PM
he really is
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: sys on November 30, 2016, 04:44:21 PM
i did not know and would not have guessed that mocat was one of those dudes that likes to hang out with wood in his spare time.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on November 30, 2016, 04:48:11 PM
i am making some maple cabinet fronts rn, kinda relaxing and different
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on November 30, 2016, 05:02:36 PM
This is called nesting I think
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: sys on November 30, 2016, 05:05:41 PM
i am making some maple cabinet fronts rn.

 :surprised:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on November 30, 2016, 05:08:27 PM
I bought this ~100 year old door at the re-store for $5, sanded it and put some clear coat poly on. Attached some 2x4 legs and boom, now mrs mocat has her wish and we have a headboard

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161130/2448e643ebca6d5bb5b40830256a055e.jpg)
Obv a great headboard, but I think your next project should be that bedroom floor.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on November 30, 2016, 05:29:14 PM
I dont think i could post a photo of my actual bedroom. I'm like the antifanning in that regard
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 30, 2016, 05:31:55 PM
We're all adults here mcat
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on November 30, 2016, 05:32:03 PM
But yeah i just want to build everything now
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on November 30, 2016, 05:36:25 PM
Now do your fireplace mantle
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on December 01, 2016, 12:13:53 PM
I repainted a window (white) and installed new blinds, felt like a real manly man!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: tdaver on December 01, 2016, 03:20:57 PM
I made this amazing ski rack out of a scrap 2x6 and dowel. 

(http://i67.tinypic.com/n65atl.jpg)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 01, 2016, 03:28:15 PM
elite, keep it going you guys
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on December 22, 2016, 06:34:08 PM
i am making some maple cabinet fronts rn, kinda relaxing and different

Updates
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 22, 2016, 06:47:10 PM
haven't really had much time to work on things this month :frown:

this is the only pic i have on my phone rn

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161223/a490f88e3ddc0328bfc57ddb27d2dce2.jpg)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WillieWatanabe on December 22, 2016, 06:47:55 PM
Looks at that sexy ass joint.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on December 22, 2016, 06:48:06 PM
going to just be painted after sanding and all that fun
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 25, 2016, 03:22:25 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/96QspUA.jpg)

It's at my mom's place now, but I made this mission style bed frame and end tables about 10 years ago
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: steve dave on December 25, 2016, 03:32:25 PM
Like you made it out of wood and crap? Holy crap.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on December 25, 2016, 03:58:56 PM
Does building a gaming PC from components fall into the realm of handyman-ness? If so, I crushed it this weekend. 12 y/o has Minecraft on max settings and is on cloud 9.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 25, 2016, 04:07:23 PM
Does building a gaming PC from components fall into the realm of handyman-ness? If so, I crushed it this weekend. 12 y/o has Minecraft on max settings and is on cloud 9.

Built my first one a long time ago and have continually upgraded parts as needed. I don't think anything except the case and cd drive are left from the original. Really loved that first build though.
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Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on December 25, 2016, 04:07:50 PM
Like you made it out of wood and crap? Holy crap.

Mostly wood
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Post by: IPA4Me on December 25, 2016, 04:10:50 PM
Like you made it out of wood and crap? Holy crap.

Mostly wood
Very nice bed you made.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Catchacold on December 25, 2016, 10:25:11 PM
installed a gas range and two door knobs last night boom
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Post by: Tobias on December 25, 2016, 10:25:29 PM
p stud
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Post by: mocat on December 25, 2016, 10:36:13 PM
Jfc lib that looks like it would take forever
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Post by: The Big Train on December 26, 2016, 07:41:19 AM
Does building a gaming PC from components fall into the realm of handyman-ness? If so, I crushed it this weekend. 12 y/o has Minecraft on max settings and is on cloud 9.

Built my first one a long time ago and have continually upgraded parts as needed. I don't think anything except the case and cd drive are left from the original. Really loved that first build though.

Specs?

BTW IPA4ME that's pretty impressive you wrote minecraft on cloud 9. ;)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: BIG APPLE CAT on December 26, 2016, 09:02:37 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/ZRgwjg1.jpg)

Hayseed? More like

(http://i.imgur.com/ivhqGb4.jpg)

BAEseed
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Post by: The Big Train on December 26, 2016, 09:26:39 AM
:thumbs:
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Post by: IPA4Me on December 26, 2016, 09:33:38 AM
Does building a gaming PC from components fall into the realm of handyman-ness? If so, I crushed it this weekend. 12 y/o has Minecraft on max settings and is on cloud 9.

Built my first one a long time ago and have continually upgraded parts as needed. I don't think anything except the case and cd drive are left from the original. Really loved that first build though.

Specs?

BTW IPA4ME that's pretty impressive you wrote minecraft on cloud 9. ;)
:D


She was using a refurbed Dell Latitude laptop with I3 processor. It was a dog for Minecraft and it wouldn't even load Unravel. It will do everything she wants for now. Video card/power supply/drives can all be upgraded when she wants to spend her money on it down the road.


Specs:
ASRock Micro ATX DDR3 1066 Motherboards 970M PRO3
EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING, 4GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) (04G-P4-6253-KR)
Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB Single DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory Module BLS4G3D1609DS1S00 (x2)
Seagate ST3250310CS 250GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.5" Internal Desktop Hard Drive
Antec VP-450 Power Supply
AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition
Rosewill Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case FBM-01
Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)
ASUS VS248H-P 24" Full HD 1920x1080 2ms HDMI DVI VGA Back-lit LED Monitor
Win10


Now, I'm thinking about building something for the home system. Our old ass eMachine is lagging with the Win10 "upgrade".
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on December 26, 2016, 03:42:40 PM
Look at the size of big apple cat's cold air return
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on December 26, 2016, 05:09:26 PM
Look at the size of big apple cat's cold air return

I'm glad he only shattered 2 floor tiles trying to install that beautiful door.
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Post by: Emo EMAW on January 03, 2017, 11:04:31 AM
Diet A&W FTW
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Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on January 03, 2017, 12:12:56 PM
Pretty cool, is that upcycled pallet wood?

It's just paneling.  Not pictured is the removable head board that I whipped up after the first user mentioned their pillows kept shooting out behind them.

Would have been much easier and nicer if it wasn't for the short ceilings in the basement.

Finished up the room by getting rid of the desk/stand combo that took up too much room and whipped up a quick shelf desk.  Not happy with where the tower is sitting now, want to take everything out of the case and wall mount the exposed MB, but MRS DMartin isn't fond of the idea.  Will run the cables in the wall when I do figure out where to put the tower.

just replace the PC with a Dell AIO...
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mhkpasa on January 03, 2017, 12:49:35 PM
Replaced a rear sliding window motor and regulator assembly in  the truck. $350 dealership quote turned into $85 part and an hour of my afternoon

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170103/eed08704a16f4da18c52987677bd950b.jpg)

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Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 03, 2017, 12:52:44 PM
I'm getting more involved in car stuff, but most of it is still baffling to me. Great job 'pasa
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: CNS on January 03, 2017, 12:55:58 PM
You are like two generations too late to get into car stuff.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: The Big Train on January 03, 2017, 06:30:12 PM
You are like two generations too late to get into car stuff.

Why?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: HerrSonntag on January 04, 2017, 11:51:56 AM
Blower in my jeep wasn't working, and after checking all the fuses i'd not located the problem.  A quick google search suggested i "bang on it"

So, i looked under the passenger side dash, found the fan/motor and gave it a whack.

Started right up.

 :gocho:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: cfbandyman on January 04, 2017, 05:25:31 PM
Blower in my jeep wasn't working, and after checking all the fuses i'd not located the problem.  A quick google search suggested i "bang on it"

So, i looked under the passenger side dash, found the fan/motor and gave it a whack.

Started right up.

 :gocho:

(http://i.imgur.com/IviNsUi.png)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on January 06, 2017, 01:10:37 AM
You are like two generations too late to get into car stuff.

Why?

Since we're all  :kstategrad: or some crap, an example: New BMWs need to have the dealer replace the battery because you have to tell the car it's a new battery with their fancy dealer diagnostic tablets or else it gets pissed off.  We're quickly approaching dealer only serviced cars unless the federales step in with some of that unneeded government regulation. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on January 06, 2017, 03:00:23 AM
I'm a car fixed guy. Ask me anything about 2004 hellantras 1996 BMW 3s or 1988 dodge Aries and I will tell you anything.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on January 06, 2017, 03:03:52 AM
I don't hate my beems anymore. All the bullshit engineered to fail parts have been replaced with superior cheap ass aftermarket parts and now it's actually a really great car with no cupholders. E36 beems are cheap and easy to work on. I dropped my grudge.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on January 06, 2017, 03:04:31 AM
There's no dealer to change your battery on the FURY ROAD
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on January 06, 2017, 11:32:51 AM
True test of e36 owners, how many times have you repaired or replaced your door panels Puni?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on January 06, 2017, 12:30:35 PM
You are like two generations too late to get into car stuff.

Why?

Since we're all  :kstategrad: or some crap, an example: New BMWs need to have the dealer replace the battery because you have to tell the car it's a new battery with their fancy dealer diagnostic tablets or else it gets pissed off.  We're quickly approaching dealer only serviced cars unless the federales step in with some of that unneeded government regulation. 

https://www.amazon.com/MAOZUA-C110-Latest-Reader-Diagnostic/dp/B00VSMG4IQ#Ask

that said, i couldn't change the oil on mine if i wanted to
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: XocolateThundarr on January 06, 2017, 12:59:21 PM
I used to service my truck all the time.  By the time I bought oil, filters, etc. it was something like $80 plus my time to do it.  I can take it to the dealer and they will take care of everything and rotate the tires for right at $50.  In addition to saving $$, I get some quality BBS'n time while I wait.
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Post by: ednksu on January 06, 2017, 01:17:30 PM
You are like two generations too late to get into car stuff.

Why?

Since we're all  :kstategrad: or some crap, an example: New BMWs need to have the dealer replace the battery because you have to tell the car it's a new battery with their fancy dealer diagnostic tablets or else it gets pissed off.  We're quickly approaching dealer only serviced cars unless the federales step in with some of that unneeded government regulation. 

https://www.amazon.com/MAOZUA-C110-Latest-Reader-Diagnostic/dp/B00VSMG4IQ#Ask

that said, i couldn't change the oil on mine if i wanted to

I looked quickly and didn't see battery registration on there.  I'd be surprised if you could do it with such a cheap OBII unit, but you're probably right. 

It's amazing now to see companies now trying to limit access to their vehicles and repair through intellectual property laws.


Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on January 06, 2017, 01:54:28 PM
I used to service my truck all the time.  By the time I bought oil, filters, etc. it was something like $80 plus my time to do it.  I can take it to the dealer and they will take care of everything and rotate the tires for right at $50.  In addition to saving $$, I get some quality BBS'n time while I wait.
That's my math. I'll even pay a little more if they drop the rotation in there. I hate swapping tires.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mhkpasa on January 06, 2017, 02:37:30 PM
I get my oil changed where I bought tires (free rotations for life of tires) so w/ a $10 coupon that is always available, oil change (& lube) + tire rotation is $20. I don't mind doing it but I don't have a shop or easy way of oil disposal.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 06, 2017, 02:38:41 PM
Just pour it in the creek behind the house
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on January 06, 2017, 02:40:32 PM
have you ever been to an auto parts store?  they have an oil dumpster thing
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mhkpasa on January 06, 2017, 02:42:04 PM
Just pour it in the creek behind the house

 :nono: haha unfortunately that was standard practice for way too long for most people. Or my dad just dumping the pan upside down on top of the firewood pile.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mhkpasa on January 06, 2017, 02:43:52 PM
have you ever been to an auto parts store?  they have an oil dumpster thing

Nope never. We had large drums for collecting waste oil in the shop back when I did it myself. Non issue now.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on January 06, 2017, 07:53:09 PM
True test of e36 owners, how many times have you repaired or replaced your door panels Puni?
They're mumped but eff it
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on January 07, 2017, 10:08:23 PM
Oil is friggin organic.  Put it on your potato skins or something.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Skipper44 on January 07, 2017, 10:21:19 PM
pour it on the fence line making it carbon neutral vs weedeating
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Post by: KST8FAN on January 08, 2017, 10:49:33 AM
I need to replace the diesel engine in the F250 farm truck.  May need some consulting like WTH do you get a good replacement diesel engine.  :facepalm:


Tom
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on January 08, 2017, 12:14:32 PM
Tom I think the point of diesel engines is never having to replace them.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 08, 2017, 12:22:35 PM
What year and engine Tom
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on January 08, 2017, 04:52:43 PM
I hope it's not the 6.0  :ohno:

Maybe swap in a 6.4 if it is?  Not sure if that's possible. 

Also Jasper is a big reman company.  Parents many years ago had to put a new gasser in their van (e250) and it was only okay.
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Post by: KST8FAN on January 08, 2017, 08:04:00 PM
What year and engine Tom
[/

2002 7.3L Powerstroke

Tom
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Post by: mhkpasa on January 09, 2017, 10:28:03 AM
pour it on the fence line making it carbon neutral vs weedeating

Ok now we are talking solutions.  :lol:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: GregKSU1027 on March 08, 2017, 02:42:19 PM
Hey all I had no idea if you have had any experience with a car window rolling up about halfway and stopping? My friend and I are going to work on his car and I wondered if the great mechanics at goEMAW had any helpful advice on what his problem might be. TIA
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on March 08, 2017, 02:43:36 PM
Manuel or automatic, greg
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: GregKSU1027 on March 08, 2017, 02:51:40 PM
Manuel or automatic, greg
automatic. We are defiantly going to pull the door panel off. My guess is that it has came off the track and needs to pop back on but idk if it rolls halfway up.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on March 08, 2017, 03:06:24 PM
I'm confident a computer guy like you can figure it out
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on March 08, 2017, 03:11:28 PM
Greg the manual say premium unleaded only?  Gotta watch for that.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: GregKSU1027 on March 08, 2017, 03:14:07 PM
Greg the manual say premium unleaded only?  Gotta watch for that.
Yeah i think the window motor takes jet fuel but i'm not 100% certain.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on March 08, 2017, 03:41:24 PM
Manuel or automatic, greg
(http://www.thefawltytowersguide.co.uk/manuel.jpg)
you called for a Manuel?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on March 08, 2017, 03:41:41 PM
my college car had that happen... pulled off the door and there was the "for sale" hard plastic sign that had slipped down past the weatherstripping or whatevs and was jamming crap up
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on March 08, 2017, 03:41:56 PM
then i crushed some beers and took the year off
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on March 08, 2017, 03:44:42 PM
then i crushed some beers and took the year off

Well you earned it
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mrs. Gooch on March 13, 2017, 03:59:14 PM
Manuel or automatic, greg
automatic. We are defiantly going to pull the door panel off. My guess is that it has came off the track and needs to pop back on but idk if it rolls halfway up.

I'm a little late on this, but Greg why are you being so defiant while doing this?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: GregKSU1027 on March 13, 2017, 04:21:02 PM
Manuel or automatic, greg
automatic. We are defiantly going to pull the door panel off. My guess is that it has came off the track and needs to pop back on but idk if it rolls halfway up.

I'm a little late on this, but Greg why are you being so defiant while doing this?
Definitely, sorry for the misunderstanding

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on March 13, 2017, 04:25:22 PM
don't back down, greg
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on March 13, 2017, 04:44:23 PM
Especially to a girl
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KSUBrian on March 13, 2017, 11:51:50 PM
I used to service my truck all the time.  By the time I bought oil, filters, etc. it was something like $80 plus my time to do it.  I can take it to the dealer and they will take care of everything and rotate the tires for right at $50.  In addition to saving $$, I get some quality BBS'n time while I wait.
That's my math. I'll even pay a little more if they drop the rotation in there. I hate swapping tires.

Buy the oil & filter you want at wal-mart and they will change the oil for like $9.00 more.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on March 21, 2017, 06:03:30 PM
Dryer door switch broken? PFT, come on. What is this handyman-ness 101?!?

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170321/97476a3ac4dd17ecf660b4278c5d1ee7.jpg)
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Post by: Emo EMAW on March 21, 2017, 06:07:58 PM
Pro tip that is not a dryer it's the spaceship they have in Hutchinson.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on March 21, 2017, 07:00:27 PM
Handymannin' sweater
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on March 24, 2017, 10:09:15 PM
Dryer door switch broken? PFT, come on. What is this handyman-ness 101?!?

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170321/97476a3ac4dd17ecf660b4278c5d1ee7.jpg)
Bypass that. Wire nut!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on March 25, 2017, 11:44:25 AM
Handyman-ing the eff out of my house right now. New master bathroom addition (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170325/3e86b4f67f16b75898851314fd781051.jpg)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on March 25, 2017, 11:50:43 AM
Dryer door switch broken? PFT, come on. What is this handyman-ness 101?!?

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170321/97476a3ac4dd17ecf660b4278c5d1ee7.jpg)
Bypass that. Wire nut!

Pfffff wire nuts

http://www.homelectrical.com/compact-splicing-wire-connector-2-connection-points.wag-221412.1.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjwqtjGBRD8yfi9h42H9YUBEiQAmki5OnWP57cFlKnhib3cMDON5gwC4WT3YUQNWF0-eM69PtsaAurO8P8HAQ
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on March 25, 2017, 11:52:06 AM
I have wire nuts in the toolbox. None of those new fangled contraptions! :)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on March 25, 2017, 01:58:45 PM
I too have a ton of wire nuts, but after watching some videos of these in use, I'm going to pick some up for any project. 
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Post by: Dugout DickStone on March 25, 2017, 03:09:56 PM
Kcfd is gonna get twisted and go James Garner on that
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Post by: ksu_FAN1 on March 25, 2017, 05:32:23 PM
It's fun to discover your outside faucet broke during the winter.

Ever better when it was all covered by sheetrock by the original owner.

Also, it was attached with a permanent pex connection so I can't twist it off.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170325/a9fc377bb8cd39afb7e6bac5c182fcc7.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170325/d94b71984c92da7aa40b502a857661f2.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170325/1eaa35c15890fd2867c7b084ab2af28b.jpg)

Especially when you are just getting ready to watch basketball.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on March 27, 2017, 02:37:27 AM
that sucks _Fan.  I had a faucet go but I was fortunate to have an unfinished basement and a shutoff valve.  A connection and self taught brazing and I was back in business.
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Post by: puniraptor on March 27, 2017, 02:45:32 AM
Of course as soon as guests arrive another engineered-to-fail component on the beems completes it's mission of boning me.  Stay tuned for me soldering a capacitor into the climate control unit.

I will try to salvage one from a PC power supply to get it working before my Amazon bits arrive.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ksu_FAN1 on March 27, 2017, 07:00:12 AM
that sucks _Fan.  I had a faucet go but I was fortunate to have an unfinished basement and a shutoff valve.  A connection and self taught brazing and I was back in business.

The fix wasn't too bad once I found it. The previous owner had soldered a pex fitting to the end of the old faucet and then attached it to the pex line. I had to rent a pex tool so I could put on a new fitting for the new faucet, but no big deal.

Worst part was cutting out the wet carpet in the closet and removing the baseboard. Then I sprayed the bottom of the walls with bleach and put several fans in there to dry everything over night before putting in some vinyl floor and new base Sunday afternoon while listening to Frank.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on March 27, 2017, 08:45:21 AM
that sucks _Fan.  I had a faucet go but I was fortunate to have an unfinished basement and a shutoff valve.  A connection and self taught brazing and I was back in business.

The fix wasn't too bad once I found it. The previous owner had soldered a pex fitting to the end of the old faucet and then attached it to the pex line. I had to rent a pex tool so I could put on a new fitting for the new faucet, but no big deal.

Worst part was cutting out the wet carpet in the closet and removing the baseboard. Then I sprayed the bottom of the walls with bleach and put several fans in there to dry everything over night before putting in some vinyl floor and new base Sunday afternoon while listening to Frank.

Do you have a dehumidifier? I've had to use one for a couple sump pump issues and it worked pretty well.  It's amazing how far water wicks up drywall. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on March 27, 2017, 11:41:45 AM
I like handyman endksu very much compared to the pit'r endksu.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on March 27, 2017, 11:49:32 AM
I think most pit posters are very likable outside of the pit. I can't think of one that I disagree with in the pit that I also disagree with outside of the pit.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on March 27, 2017, 05:28:28 PM
I like handyman endksu very much compared to the pit'r endksu.

I appreciate your pit posts.  You and I might not see eye to eye, but you try to mount an intellectual defense instead of "pitting" all the time.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on March 27, 2017, 05:46:24 PM
Thanks.  I post kinda lazy and troll'y in there too much.  Ima stop doing that.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on April 10, 2017, 10:16:45 PM
ksubrian was too drunk to make it to my house tonight so i had to cut in a new ball valve around my backflow contraption like a chump
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on April 11, 2017, 11:19:01 AM
Why in the huh?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on April 11, 2017, 12:04:50 PM
Getting ready to finish a basement within the next couple of weeks..  :horrorsurprise:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on April 11, 2017, 12:05:38 PM
Are you making it a movie theater? Only reason I can think to do that
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on April 11, 2017, 12:20:40 PM
Getting ready to finish a basement within the next couple of weeks..  :horrorsurprise:
Good luck man. I'll build frames and run electric and plumbing and paint and trim and hang doors. But drywall mudding. Yuck.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on April 11, 2017, 12:21:33 PM
We just got done re-finishing a basement.  Old decor needed to go.  Also replaced carpet with Pergo.  Better for dogs and humans alike.  We like cooler basements for summer time napping, like put some golf on the 56" 4K and pass out.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on April 11, 2017, 12:25:54 PM
Are you making it a movie theater? Only reason I can think to do that
basically. I like to call it my rumpus room. also 2 bedrooms that are framed but not done down there and a bathroom that needs gutted
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on April 11, 2017, 12:31:48 PM
Sounds great yla. The only positive to buying a house is you can make a movie theater
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ew2x4 on April 11, 2017, 02:25:08 PM
We just got done re-finishing a basement.  Old decor needed to go.  Also replaced carpet with Pergo.  Better for dogs and humans alike.  We like cooler basements for summer time napping, like put some golf on the 56" 4K and pass out.

I've redone our first floor, but I don't want to touch the basement. Getting quotes for drywall work and carpet.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on April 11, 2017, 02:39:07 PM
Gonna put in that porcelain tile that looks like wood. I like that stuff it looks hot
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on April 11, 2017, 04:44:34 PM
Where did you get your porcelain tile from?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on April 16, 2017, 01:54:13 AM
Handymanning the beemer (again)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170416/2c6d45c9a709899a3a2fe40d3b27e5b9.jpg)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on May 22, 2017, 12:15:11 PM
need advice. using a scraper and concentrate crap is proving to be a giant pain in the ass for the basement flooring the carpet adhesive is a bitch to get off.
I want to rent either a scraper or a floor buffer and put sandpaper on it to get this off. Tips/suggestos?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on May 22, 2017, 12:25:19 PM
It pretty much sucks no matter what. A floor sander like you are talking about will probably just get gummed up and not really work worth a crap, but I think they have carbide scraper type attachments for them. Call a rental place and see what they recommend, probably be like 100 bucks for the day.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on May 22, 2017, 12:41:53 PM
Perhaps some paint thinner or something the likes would help soften up the adhesive. I used to strip and was floors in a hospital. The pads will get gummed up, so buy a bunch of extras.

We would apply a liberal amount of wax stripper with a mop. Then scrub it all up. Using a wet vac to soak up all of remainder. Then mopping the floor with clean water to get it all up.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 22, 2017, 01:43:54 PM
Whatever you do, do it in a wife beater with a case of Natty.  Maybe also melt some grass fed butter and oil up the guns.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on May 22, 2017, 02:09:05 PM
seems like sacrilege to waste great beer on a home improvement project
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on May 22, 2017, 02:11:50 PM
Perhaps some paint thinner or something the likes would help soften up the adhesive. I used to strip and was floors in a hospital. The pads will get gummed up, so buy a bunch of extras.

We would apply a liberal amount of wax stripper with a mop. Then scrub it all up. Using a wet vac to soak up all of remainder. Then mopping the floor with clean water to get it all up.
yeah I did the paint thinner first but holy crap balls dick even with a mask on I could feel myself getting dumber
Whatever you do, do it in a wife beater with a case of Natty.  Maybe also melt some grass fed butter and oil up the guns.
yesterday it was PBR pints and a hard rock t-shirt
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on May 22, 2017, 02:14:37 PM
So I bought a little shop vac at home Depot for the sole purpose of cleaning out my car. Saturday afternoon I open up the box and someone had already used it to suck up a bunch of concrete dust. So I used it to vacuum my car and returned it saying someone had already used it to suck up concrete dust.

I'm on quite the home Depot streak rn
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on May 22, 2017, 02:15:39 PM
Yla, be careful with chemicals, they could result in your tile mastic not stickin' as good as it should
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on May 22, 2017, 02:17:02 PM
Perhaps some paint thinner or something the likes would help soften up the adhesive. I used to strip and was floors in a hospital. The pads will get gummed up, so buy a bunch of extras.

We would apply a liberal amount of wax stripper with a mop. Then scrub it all up. Using a wet vac to soak up all of remainder. Then mopping the floor with clean water to get it all up.
yeah I did the paint thinner first but holy crap balls dick even with a mask on I could feel myself getting dumber
Whatever you do, do it in a wife beater with a case of Natty.  Maybe also melt some grass fed butter and oil up the guns.
yesterday it was PBR pints and a hard rock t-shirt

https://www.amazon.com/Mastic-Remover-Gallon-Franmar-Chemical/dp/B0006NL1JA  if you have Prime and want it fast
https://products.franmar.com/products/mastic-adhesive-remover-for-concrete-bean-e-doo?variant=31497957953

I used a lot of this removing asbestos cutback mastic at SdK's employer.   You can literally drink it if you wanted to (not recommended) but it works.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KST8FAN on May 28, 2017, 09:55:23 PM
Cranked out 250 program fans for sons wedding next week.

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on May 28, 2017, 10:00:31 PM
Tom is the Fing tits
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slackcat on May 29, 2017, 06:12:03 AM
Nice fans FAN.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slackcat on May 29, 2017, 06:20:26 AM
In the process of restoring one of these: (http://i.ushipcdn.com/resize.php?path=%2Fstatic%2F3ebc3fcc-6131-461e-9.jpg&w=270&h=210)

Picked one up at an auction, 65 years old and still cools.  Once I get done doing my magic on it, the cooler will set on my deck keeping my selection of fine ales cool.  :gocho:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on May 29, 2017, 08:52:29 AM
Man you're gonna have a great situp
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Post by: KST8FAN on May 29, 2017, 10:17:34 AM
That is awesome Slackcat.  Saw a Coke one fully restored a guy had in his mancave.  Beautiful conversation pieces and functional.

Tom

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 29, 2017, 10:27:29 AM
Your fans are better
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: slackcat on May 29, 2017, 09:26:28 PM
Have to admit, them some nice fans.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on May 30, 2017, 12:10:47 PM
Tom, every once in a while you've gotta slow down and smell the roses my friend. You've been working too hard lately bub
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mrs. Gooch on May 31, 2017, 03:45:04 PM
Those fans look great but IMO they belong in the arts and crafts thread or maybe the Pinterest thread.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on May 31, 2017, 04:31:01 PM
Men handyman, now scram broad
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: TheHamburglar on May 31, 2017, 11:30:22 PM
I recently bought a miter saw, Kreg jig, router, and router table.  Used them to make a small table for my daughter to do art projects on.  I'm going to build 2 more tables plus 4 chairs for her room & upstairs.  Also going to build some other stuff.  Is this the right thread?   :dunno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on May 31, 2017, 11:59:53 PM
v nice.  bought a router and made a table for it like 6mo ago, pretty cool piece of equipment i had never used before
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on June 01, 2017, 12:02:56 AM
i have a crap ton of space in my unfinished basement, now have miter/table saws down there, 4' router table, belt sander and some other random crap.  super convenient to just have it all sitting there and not have to do all the shuffling crap around the garage thing
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: TheHamburglar on June 01, 2017, 01:10:23 PM
I have an oversized 3 car garage, but we keep 3 cars in the garage most of the time.  I can put everything away/get it out quickly & leave out the 3rd vehicle out for a few days at a time.  However, not having a basement is one of the worst things about OK.  I keep thinking I'll get a table saw, but every time I need one I end up tipping a kid at Lowes to make all my big cuts on the upright circular saw thing.  I'm also thinking about taking out my workbench and building a bigger router table.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WillieWatanabe on June 01, 2017, 01:18:42 PM
i have a crap ton of space in my unfinished basement, now have miter/table saws down there, 4' router table, belt sander and some other random crap.  super convenient to just have it all sitting there and not have to do all the shuffling crap around the garage thing

pretty easy to clean when finished too, right?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: TheHamburglar on June 02, 2017, 04:19:10 PM
Tobias, if you have kids, check out the Ana White website.  There's a lot of good, free plans for stuff they'd like.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on June 02, 2017, 05:04:16 PM
How about stuff cats will like?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on June 02, 2017, 06:22:34 PM
ooh yeah, does ms white have anything for cats?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on June 04, 2017, 02:37:20 AM
Tobias, if you have kids, check out the Ana White website.  There's a lot of good, free plans for stuff they'd like.
How about stuff cats will like?

whoa, forgot about dumb Mother's Day gift :surprised:

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on June 04, 2017, 02:44:18 AM
Are those red crocs?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on June 04, 2017, 02:45:21 AM
some variation of ms tobias' jv indoor footwear that gets left here
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Gooch on June 06, 2017, 08:11:03 AM
I took the vacuum apart and cleaned all of the Mrs. Gooch hair out of it and put it back together. That is a :Yuck: job that I will never do again. Better to just get a new vacuum.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 06, 2017, 08:14:22 AM
Attn:  Mike Rowe
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 16, 2017, 05:28:08 PM
Cottonwood fluff had clogged my AC unit so I took off the outer shell and torched it off and then sprayed it out with water and it looks pretty clean now.

This was after it was so hot yesterday it couldn't keep up.  Like 75 inside at 10 at night.  It was colder outside than in my house.  Awful.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on June 16, 2017, 05:34:27 PM
Is this a joke thread? There are people on this blog that can't take care of themselves?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: cfbandyman on July 10, 2017, 09:55:48 PM
Cold water valve to the washing machine cracked a small leak, replaced it and the new line, feels good. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Missouriscribe on July 11, 2017, 09:40:02 AM
Trying to decide whether to replace steering wheel pump on my Honda or have a mechanic do it for 3 to 3.5 times the price of doing it myself.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: SdK on July 11, 2017, 09:50:17 AM
Do you have the extra time?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on July 11, 2017, 10:07:31 AM
Should probably just pay for someone who doesn't call it a steering wheel pump
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on July 11, 2017, 10:18:21 AM
i do some stupid stuff with my time but lol at handyman'n all that
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on July 11, 2017, 10:25:44 AM
Should probably just pay for someone who doesn't call it a steering wheel pump

 :lol:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mhkpasa on July 11, 2017, 10:48:45 AM
Should probably just pay for someone who doesn't call it a steering wheel pump

 :lol:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Missouriscribe on July 13, 2017, 07:30:09 AM
ah. Yes. Power steering pump.  I will have the time in about a week.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KST8FAN on August 05, 2017, 11:07:41 PM
Freaking water in the basement.  Been fighting this crap for 25 years.  I suck at this.

Tom

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on August 06, 2017, 08:42:44 PM
Good thing you got a dock. Just float around the entertainment area. :)

Seriously though, that stinks. Had water issues at the old house. Live on hill now thankfully.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KST8FAN on August 07, 2017, 09:09:46 PM
Good thing you got a dock. Just float around the entertainment area. :)

Seriously though, that stinks. Had water issues at the old house. Live on hill now thankfully.
Dock is not a bad idea.

Tom

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on August 07, 2017, 09:20:18 PM
What kind of water issues?  Sump in play?  How's yo French drain game?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KST8FAN on August 12, 2017, 09:08:19 AM
What kind of water issues?  Sump in play?  How's yo French drain game?
Wells are North end house and sump is South end.  Moved a truck load of dirt with a skid steer a few years ago.. need to do more grade work based on elevations in the yard.

Tom

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KST8FAN on August 12, 2017, 09:10:36 AM
Pouring my own pier caps to clean up crumbling brick on each end of house.  Basement may be a mess but will look good on the outside.

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on August 12, 2017, 10:18:42 AM
Very nice Tom
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on August 12, 2017, 02:15:21 PM
Hot
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on October 02, 2017, 01:51:56 PM
when a PAK'd bud came over and walked into my closed screen door, part of the screen came out (about 18 inches worth on the side, about 6 inches on the bottom

read online about fixing it with a spline tool, bought one at the home depot, dominated the broken screen


bonus extra credit:  also swapped out my furnace filter  :gocho:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on October 13, 2017, 01:41:22 PM
done some googling but does anyone have a nice app for me to see what different paint colors would look like on the exterior of my house?
its all brick but has stucco on two small spots and it's currently gray and I don't like it
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on October 13, 2017, 02:51:29 PM
https://www.sherwin-williams.com/visualizer#/active/scenes

I've used this for interior but I imagine it would work for exterior as well.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on October 13, 2017, 04:17:18 PM
https://www.sherwin-williams.com/visualizer#/active/scenes

I've used this for interior but I imagine it would work for exterior as well.
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thanks bud
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KST8FAN on November 12, 2017, 11:55:47 AM
Sunday morning routine of coffee, breakfast, and goEMAW interrupted when the wife informs me the waffle maker "fell apart " after one waffle.  Seems that years of heat the plastic around machine screws they were imbedded in gave way.  Quick run to Ace, two drill holes, and 30 mins later back in business.


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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WillieWatanabe on November 12, 2017, 05:08:21 PM
helped do the rear brakes on ms. WW's car. Actually my mechanically inclined friend did 80% of the work. But i did loosen some bolts and stuff. My hands still have grease on them. wow!
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on November 12, 2017, 06:13:24 PM
Installed a new washing machine like ridiculously gigantic stud. Btw they are super cheap, why did I even consider getting a used one? So stupid
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Chingon on November 12, 2017, 06:57:28 PM
Going to try to fix the leaky shower.  Fifty fifty shot I actually fix it.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on November 16, 2017, 09:48:50 AM
Planning on staining the staircase to my basement this weekend. Have never done any staining hopefully its easy
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 16, 2017, 10:36:58 AM
There is like nothing to f up so yeah p ez.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on November 16, 2017, 10:38:48 AM
There is like nothing to f up so yeah p ez.
have to make it more interesting then and be watching the cats at the same time..
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 16, 2017, 10:40:54 AM
Do you have a way out of the basement besides that stair?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: yoga-like_abana on November 16, 2017, 10:45:21 AM
Do you have a way out of the basement besides that stair?
No  :ohno:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Spracne on November 16, 2017, 10:49:08 AM
Planning on staining the staircase to my basement this weekend. Have never done any staining hopefully its easy

lacquer > liquor, I tell you what...

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on November 16, 2017, 10:57:56 AM
Do you have a way out of the basement besides that stair?
No  :ohno:

Ha, it's going to really suck having to start at the bottom
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on November 16, 2017, 11:30:42 AM
spracs is right, the buzz will make it all worth while
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ednksu on January 06, 2018, 03:22:23 PM
Anyone have other webpages for nicer home things, like Houzz?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: steve dave on January 06, 2018, 07:07:39 PM
google photo search
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: BackPayne on January 07, 2018, 11:11:34 PM
Currently in the process of two major "jobs":

 1. Building an Olds 455 engine bored 60 over and rebuilding/beefing up a th400 transmission for my 1964 Chevy C10. The engine should put out 425+ HP and 500+ lbft of torque.  :driving: I have already added bags all around, replaced rockers, and painted it myself.

2. Adding rooms to our attic (approx. 500 sq. ft).  I had a contractor build the stairs as I did not want to screw those up. Father-in-law (30 years in HVAC) installed new HVAC. I am doing everything else.  Currently finishing up drywall. Drywall is awful and takes forever with only one person. It doesn't help having so many odd angles in attic. My daughter's 9th b-day is Feb. 5th and my wife says the upstairs must be finished by her party.  crap.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on January 07, 2018, 11:18:45 PM
dangit that truck is cool
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: BackPayne on January 07, 2018, 11:26:13 PM
dangit that truck is cool

Thanks!  Having a 60-66 Chevy C10 has been a dream of mine since 8th grade.  I saw a kid in our HS drive one to my sister's prom and fell in love.

I hope to pass this on to my son; he's only 6. My daughter already told me she doesn't want it.  :)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on January 08, 2018, 01:29:38 AM
I installed a wine fridge which included plugging it into the wall and sliding it into the spot under the counter
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: dmartin on January 08, 2018, 09:24:48 AM
Digging that C10.  Just got started swapping the motor in my daughter's 95 Camry after she blew the motor. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on January 08, 2018, 09:40:15 AM
my first vehicle was a 1964 c10  :surprised:
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Matt Mckee on January 08, 2018, 10:21:37 AM
My first vehicle was also a 64 Chevy.  Stepside tho.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: HerrSonntag on January 10, 2018, 08:55:22 AM
Dealership wants me to get a new radiator.   I think i can replace it myself AND i've watched a whole youtube video.  Think i should do it?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on January 10, 2018, 09:02:24 AM
usually handymen are divided into two categories:
-handymen that are handy with wood/carpentry
-handymen that are handy with cars/mechanical stuff

my handyman split is roughly 100/0 so i would never attempt to replace a radiator.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 10, 2018, 09:23:41 AM
Go for it, probably just a few bolts and hose clamps
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mhkpasa on January 10, 2018, 11:04:46 AM
do it
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: IPA4Me on January 10, 2018, 12:14:18 PM
Do it. Super pud.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Tobias on January 10, 2018, 12:26:41 PM
usually handymen are divided into two categories:
-handymen that are handy with wood/carpentry
-handymen that are handy with cars/mechanical stuff

my handyman split is roughly 100/0 so i would never attempt to replace a radiator.

exact same
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: pissclams on January 10, 2018, 12:59:01 PM
i did mine -after watching a you tube video
it was a manual transmission vehicle which is easier than an automatic because those run the fluid through the radiator

pud city usa
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on January 10, 2018, 01:15:10 PM
Blocked out 2 hours to replace bathroom faucet last weekend.  Took 7 hours and 3 trips to Lowe's.  Did not feel very handyman afterwards.  I did it though, I did it. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 10, 2018, 01:18:27 PM
Wow, what was the problem?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: _33 on January 10, 2018, 01:41:09 PM
Well, after I hooked up the hot and cold lines to the new faucet I couldn't get it to stop leaking.  Had to end up using a ton of plumbers tape and some putty stuff which finally worked.  A big problem was that the water shut off valve on the line under the sink didn't work.  So my wife had to go downstairs every time I needed to test the connection and turn the water on/off to the whole house.  Also some other problems occurred that are probably really easy to fix, but hard for me, so I'd rather not mention them.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: KCFDcat on January 10, 2018, 03:15:16 PM
usually handymen are divided into two categories:
-handymen that are handy with wood/carpentry
-handymen that are handy with cars/mechanical stuff

my handyman split is roughly 100/0 so i would never attempt to replace a radiator.

exact same
Yep. I do not eff with vehicles.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: wetwillie on January 10, 2018, 04:40:38 PM
Where does electrical/plumbing and home appliances fall into? 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: cfbandyman on January 10, 2018, 04:48:49 PM
Where does electrical/plumbing and home appliances fall into?

Probably the mechanical side.

I can do a lot of electrical stuff as long at it doesn't involve a lot of demo or running new wire. Car stuff I can do myself as long as it doesn't involve taking a part of lot of things to get to the broken part or if it could be dangerous doing wrong. So replacing a radiator I could probably do, it is basically a few hoses and w/e bolts holding it to the car and it's pretty accessible.  But I wouldn't do my AC compressor replacement. It is a pain to get to unless you jack the car up and I don't feel comfortable with compressed fluids.

Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on January 10, 2018, 04:57:51 PM
Where does electrical/plumbing and home appliances fall into? 

i am like a 2.5/7 at plumbing. electrical stuff is lol nah
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 10, 2018, 05:05:13 PM
Wood - 7
Cars - 4
Electric - 6
Plumbing - 6
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: cfbandyman on January 10, 2018, 05:35:19 PM
Wood - 3
Cars - 4
Electrical - 6.5
Plumbing - 2
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: wetwillie on January 10, 2018, 05:55:23 PM
Changing light bulbs -7
Unclogging garbage disposals - 6
Cleaning dryer vent - 7
Starting mower after 6 months of non use -6
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: mocat on January 10, 2018, 06:11:21 PM
Electrical - 6.5

in my house there are like 3 or 4 recepticles in the living room that only have juice when the basement light is turned on. what do i do?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: WackyCat08 on January 10, 2018, 06:15:50 PM
House water pipes- 7
Yard work- 7
Chimney work- 7
Painting- 7
Calling dad for the rest- 7
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on January 10, 2018, 06:58:05 PM
Plumbing, woof. The P trap under my kitchen sink rusted out back in December and started leaking. Seemed like a pretty easy fix, just buy a PVC replacement kit at home depot and boom.

Welp, when I got the old one off I found out why that sink took forever to drain. The main drain pipe was almost completely full of a black tar like substance that was decades in the making. I cleaned out most of it with a butter knife and then ran draino through it twice, drains fine now.

Also had to make an extra trip for an extension.

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All done!

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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on January 10, 2018, 07:02:42 PM
Not looking forward to replacing this beast tho....

My main problem is I have no idea where the cord goes for when I replace it. Like, it just disappears into the back of the cabinet and I flip a magic switch by the sink to turn it on. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180111/a18e6efe94421ad397c09a7cacd81033.jpg)


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Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 10, 2018, 07:13:37 PM
just use that cord and mount an outlet on the back of the cabinet there
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: ben ji on January 10, 2018, 08:00:15 PM
just use that cord and mount an outlet on the back of the cabinet there

Would it be easier to just use the same cord and somehow splice it with the cord of the new garbage disposal?

Kind of nervous about installing my own electrical outlet underneath a sink where water could leak on it. (No idea what would happen but I imagine it wouldnt be good?)
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: cfbandyman on January 10, 2018, 08:17:40 PM
Electrical - 6.5

in my house there are like 3 or 4 recepticles in the living room that only have juice when the basement light is turned on. what do i do?

That's not that uncommon, but it's more uncommon that that switch controls more than one outlet + a light. Let me browse the internet for some visual aids cause it's kinda hard to explain but my best guess would be that it's like a lamp outlet circuit that you see many times in living rooms or bedrooms where if you want to "turn on a lamp" without constantly flicking the switch on the lamp, you wire an outlet to a switch and leave the lamp "always on" and kill the power from the switch.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: cfbandyman on January 10, 2018, 08:19:35 PM
just use that cord and mount an outlet on the back of the cabinet there

Would it be easier to just use the same cord and somehow splice it with the cord of the new garbage disposal?

Kind of nervous about installing my own electrical outlet underneath a sink where water could leak on it. (No idea what would happen but I imagine it wouldnt be good?)

If it gets wet it's short and trip the breaker, or start a fire. That's worst case. If you do, install a GFCI outlet, it's what you by code have to install in kitchens. I would try to reuse the circuit there instead of trying to create a new outlet.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: cfbandyman on January 10, 2018, 08:52:20 PM
Electrical - 6.5

in my house there are like 3 or 4 recepticles in the living room that only have juice when the basement light is turned on. what do i do?

That's not that uncommon, but it's more uncommon that that switch controls more than one outlet + a light. Let me browse the internet for some visual aids cause it's kinda hard to explain but my best guess would be that it's like a lamp outlet circuit that you see many times in living rooms or bedrooms where if you want to "turn on a lamp" without constantly flicking the switch on the lamp, you wire an outlet to a switch and leave the lamp "always on" and kill the power from the switch.

OK, so there are lot of iterations possible of your circuit, and w/o seeing it it's going to be hard to pin down what your exact set up is. The switch could be set up like below, and let's just stick to the principle since I don't want to get too far off track, there are a few flavors on doing it, or the hardware of the switch could be a little different, etc.

(http://www.inspiringwiringideas.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/hot-how-to-wire-cooper-277-pilot-light-switch-and-also-delightful-leviton-light-switch-wiring-diagram-single-pole.jpg?w=640)

So this is your basic light circuit, imagine in addition to the light, in parallel all those outlets are there. If you open up the switch, and pull it out (of course kill the circuit at the breaker box first) and there are more than 2 wires are any one screw, you are probably in luck and can fix this by going through, carefully, and figuring out which wire goes to the light, and which wire goes to the outlets. However, if there only like 1 wire on any screw, you're probably sunk, since you need to have the outlets and the light on separate hot wires from the switch to make the fix easy (I am assuming you want to be able to still turn the light on and off, but have the outlets always on).

Basically, if you have a separate wire running to the outlets, and to the light, you would move the hot wire to the outlet to the incoming hot, thus keeping them on the entire time. I'm actually guessing there is a good chance this is how this particular outlet is set up, with a separate hot for the light and the outlets, because it sounds like whoever owned your house before was really into like track lighting or lamps in your basement, and wanted them to all "come on" and "off" at the same time without having to go and turn each one separately. It is also possible though it was wired the less convenient way from the get go, and will need to break the outlets off from the light.

BTW, i had one of these switch/outlets in my living room, and just have a switch now that doesn't do anything, I'd rather just have the outlet always on (though, admittedly I am lazy and should just actually remove the switch and connect the wires with wire connectors, hopefully I get around to it or else whoever buys my house in the future will probably spend forever figuring out what that switch does.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: cfbandyman on January 10, 2018, 09:00:59 PM
Also, every home owner should invest in one of these, sure multimeters are more complete and give you more info, but this is the easier way to check if something is dead or alive electrically

https://www.amazon.com/Fluke-1AC-A1-II-VoltAlert-Non-Contact-Voltage/dp/B00ATGPRRQ/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1515639526&sr=8-7&keywords=no+contact+voltage+tester

You can find cheaper ones, but serious testers and pros use Flukes. 
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: 8manpick on January 11, 2018, 10:41:05 AM
This thread has inspired me to actually install the 5 USB receptacles that I bought back in April
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mikeyis4dcats on January 11, 2018, 03:37:16 PM
This thread has inspired me to actually install the 5 USB receptacles that I bought back in April

pro-tip, now buy some 4" or 6" USB cables so they aren't littering your countertop/floor
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mrs. Gooch on January 11, 2018, 04:08:18 PM
Wood - 7
Electric - 6
Plumbing - 6

With these numbers I expect you to be able to build a house. Can you?
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: libliblibliblibliblib on January 11, 2018, 04:56:00 PM
Well I have
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Mrs. Gooch on January 11, 2018, 05:02:53 PM
Well I have

Ok then I approve of your self rankings.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: BackPayne on January 11, 2018, 07:15:26 PM
Dealership wants me to get a new radiator.   I think i can replace it myself AND i've watched a whole youtube video.  Think i should do it?

Do it. Not challenging. I hate the feeling of antifreeze on my skin and always wear gloves.
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: puniraptor on January 11, 2018, 08:08:04 PM
fury road car stuff 7
wood stuff (excluding beautiful furniture or crafts) 7
interior finishes 7
fence building 7
electronics stuff that has specific instructions on the internet 7
hvac 7
plumbing 7
cooking 7
googling 7
Title: Re: handyman-ness
Post by: Matt Mckee on January 12, 2018, 05:49:51 PM
Dealership wants me to get a new radiator.   I think i can replace it myself AND i've watched a whole youtube video.  Think i should do it?

Do it. Not challenging. I hate the feeling of antifreeze on my skin and always wear gloves.
I hate the way sandwiches taste after getting antifreeze on my hands.


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