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Old 08-23-2010, 10:35 PM   #196
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But they drive freak'n crazy over there, so riding bikes is quite a rush. Freaking buses and cabs everyplace, and they don't stop for anyone.
Heh true, jamaicans are so laid back ("no problem mon") but not when they drive! There are so many street signs showing the number of people killed via motor vehicles too

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I am going with him to a Sox game tomorrow, so I will ask him to tell the story again..
Ask him how he got in hedonism. Most of the larger resorts have strict security. The Grande puts tape on your wrist. That is fine but it really make you look like a tourist while outside of the resort Speaking of the sox, they are choking big time now. So much for their great pitching...
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:43 AM   #197
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So,
I noticed my dining room smelling a little musty lately and decided to sniff around and investigate. The smell was coming from beneath a big window.
Dry wall was damp, pulled off the baseboard heater and had mold.

Ripped out the damp drywall, found that a window AC upstairs wasn't draining properly and running down the side of the house, around the window frame and through a small crack below it into the wall. Set up fans and a dehu next to the open wall.
2 days later, still smelled musty. Pulled back the carpet and the subfloor was damp. Ripped up subfloor to bare wood. Subfloor was just about rotten. FUck.
Kid has a bday party on Sat. at the house.. Might have to postpone. I have more problems w/ water I tell ya. Got all the mold out, it wasn't much. burned the rotten subfloor (man, that shit burns HOT and long) and trashed all the drywall and insulation that was wet/moldy. And scrubbed everything down w/ bleach. Probably will have to replace carpet padding as well. What a fucking nightmare. Gotta hit Home Depot today or tomorrow.

Just thought I'd vent. Anyone been through it?
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:56 AM   #198
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Yeah Eck, we had a small dryer fire about 7 yrs ago. The fire dept came bull rushing wth full hose on. Soaked everything and left 2"+ standing water that required all new flooring, a bunch of subfloor, ductwork, 8 fans and dehydrators running 5 days. New paint due to rip out of flooring. All that for something an extinguisher would have sufficed. 38000$ damage.
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Old 08-24-2010, 06:12 AM   #199
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Holy hell, That was an insurance claim though, right?

I'm doing this all myself and I have VERY little drywall experience and NO flooring experience whatsoever. Should be fun!

I had a sink overflow about 7 months ago and ran through all 3 floors of the house. Insurance took care of that. I was gona try to have them take care of this too and say that it was part of that episode, but it's a little too far from the original damage for me to feel comfortable trying to pull it off.
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Oh yes, insurance claim. I didn't have any drywall experience either until we just bought a new house with an unfinished basement. I turned that bad boy into a theater room. Drywall all around and trim. Still working on it, but don't be scared to start learning. Drywalling can be an art form, but its also very easy to fix what you may mess up. Its also not an exact thing, so you cut the DW from the back with a knife, then tap it. Then cut the other side. Take your cut DW and place with the tapered side toward the sides, that's for mudding. Use tape and mud. Dry, sand, then mud again. I did each joint about 4X. Sub flooring is the same, except you use a saw and no mud. Its easier to take out full pieces rather than try to cut on a joist. You need joists at each end for support. Don't know how to carpet, but if it is linoleum, you can use the heavy stuff that lays down without glue. That way you can just pull it up and reuse it if you ever need to adjust or repair again. Trust me, DIY s a good lesson. You appreciate it more, and it makes future issues seem less emergency-ish. If you go insurance again, they will likely drop you, and getting another policy might cost a lot. They look at how MANY claims you have had in a certain time more than cost. Just FYI.
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Yeah, I've already realized drywall isn't an exact science. Tape and mud will be great friends to me.
I'm probably going to measure (twice) and have home depot cut the subfloor for me since I don't have a table saw, it's just the top layer, sort of a heavy particle board then I'll drop it in and nail it down.
It was a real bitch to get out since it was swollen and the nails were deeper, had to chisel them out w/ a screwdriver to get the puller under them.

I'm kinda looking forward to doing the work. I like doing the stuff.
After that bit of experience I may begin doing some stuff in the basement. It's finished, but some stains on the ceiling along the drywall tape where this accident happened. I may just pull it all down and put in drop ceiling. Also want to move a permanent bookshelf and reconfigure a wall... Aggressive ambitions, I know!
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:23 AM   #202
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Well, set the goal and attack it. That's what I'm trying to do. If I were you I would rethink the particle board. Just becuase if it get wet its ruined. If it is carpeted, and you clean it, the water slowly deteriorates it anyway. If your doing it, might as well do it right. Just IMO.
I wish you the best of luck.
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Oh, and if you do decide to do something with the basement, think about a media/HT room. I have a measley HD65 projector I got from BB on clearance for 430$, and Jamo speaker system from Vanns. Yammy receiver and two subs, all for under 800 (speakers, AVR, subs) and I am just floored when watching movies or UFC PPVs. Heck, it even makes bad movies watchable!
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I wish I knew how to do handy stuff like drywalling and fixing stuff. My Dad worked in construction, my Grandpa can fix anything, but I just never learned. It sucks because when something breaks my wife calls her Dad and Brother, I feel like a piece of shit.
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I wish I knew how to do handy stuff like drywalling and fixing stuff. My Dad worked in construction, my Grandpa can fix anything, but I just never learned. It sucks because when something breaks my wife calls her Dad and Brother, I feel like a piece of shit.
Oh, I will tear the phone out of the wall and leave my house in shambles trying to fix something before I'll let my wife call an older male family member for help!! Too much manly pride to let that happen.
My projects usually turn out fine though, might have to call the old man or someone w/ experience to ask a question or few, but it gets done.
Most of the stuff I've learned was either doing it w/ my dad when I was younger or fumbling through it myself since I've growed up.
I've turned into at least a bit of a handyman. I'll be damned if I'm paying someone to do it!
I go to Cheap's house and come out of the bathroom like, Oh, I fixed your toilet while I was in there, by the way.

I also want to replace the existing wood on my deck, minus the supports and footers and expand it. Have not much of a clue on the real deal of it, but I can figure it out through reading and asking questions.
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:32 AM   #205
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Well, set the goal and attack it. That's what I'm trying to do. If I were you I would rethink the particle board. Just becuase if it get wet its ruined. If it is carpeted, and you clean it, the water slowly deteriorates it anyway. If your doing it, might as well do it right. Just IMO.
I wish you the best of luck.
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Oh, and if you do decide to do something with the basement, think about a media/HT room. I have a measley HD65 projector I got from BB on clearance for 430$, and Jamo speaker system from Vanns. Yammy receiver and two subs, all for under 800 (speakers, AVR, subs) and I am just floored when watching movies or UFC PPVs. Heck, it even makes bad movies watchable!
I've been contemplating this for several months now.
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For example, my lame ass friend walked through my screen door over the weekend and I don't know how to mend it back together, so I had to pay some jackoff $60 to fix it.
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About 6 weeks ago, my wife was cleaning our master bath and a tile fell off. Had a feeling bad things were brewing back there since I could see a slight bow in the wall facing the faucet. Tore a few more tiles out and then felt the mush. Drywall was rotten in a few spots so said F&ck it at tore out a bunch more. Started seeing signs of possible mold near the bottom. Baby sledge time.. L S S...Tore out all the drywall and put in dura rock. Decided to put in a new tub too even though I new the cast iron tub that was in there was going to be a BIG bitch to get out..Boy was it. 400+ pounds, 2 guys and a flight of stairs made for a fun evening. Glad I did, because when I yanked it, I noticed moisture running down to the sub floor. So tore that out and slapped in all new 3/4 pressure treated plywood. Ran some electrical and popped in a new whirlpool tub. New tile and floor and I have a new bathroom. And since I did most of the work myself with the help of a kickass friend that only charged beer and food. Got er done for unde a duece.. I was planning on doing it anyway so glad I got it outta the way and did it rite..

Now it is time to replace my 10'x5' bay window. The window alonw is going to run me $3500 on a discount..
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:47 PM   #208
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Got some greenboard drywall and new subfloor waiting at the house, wifey got her grandfather to run out to the depot with her and pick it up whle I'm at work.. He was even nice enough to measure the floor and get the heavy stuff cut for me. I'm happy now. I like doing the stuff, but dread the shopping.


Windows are one thing that I'm really timid about fucking with. I have some huge windows in my house too, and they're all wood frame, so they're ready to be replaced and it wouldn't be cheap.

Luckily, my neighbor does it for a living and told me he'd help me out. I figure I'll have him over till I get the hang of it then buy him lunch and send him home (he's in his 60's and works pretty much 7 days a week.)

Helped my sis move her cast iron tub from her second story bathroom, took 3-4 dudes and it was a bear.


SOBAY,
If you would've just looked at the screen you coulda done it yourself. Either just buy a hunk and replace it all, usually just gotta put a rubber strand into a groove to hold it in place.
Or you buy a small hunk and basically sew in a patch.. (Ditka Voice) -> C'mon man!!!
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SOBAY? Really? Screening? Lol! That's funny.
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Bigloww, good job. Hope you salvaged that cast tub, people are paying good money for those in the more expensive hoods.
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Eck, you lucky dog. Now no excuses. I'm a refer tech, so welding, brazing, cutting, almost every tool out there I've used at some point. Find a good circular saw a necessity. They're cheap too.
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