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post #2041 of 6999
You should get some shitake plugs and put them in the trees.
post #2042 of 6999
Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

You can get an electric chainsaw for about $40. With that lot it'd probably come in handy, assuming you can get an electric cord out there.

an electric chainsaw won't be adequate for those trees. go big or go home.
post #2043 of 6999

Sounds like I should just leave it for wildlife and tackle other projects first.

post #2044 of 6999

You're welcome.



post #2045 of 6999
Originally Posted by JohnGalt View Post

an electric chainsaw won't be adequate for those trees. go big or go home.

It's not clear to me how big the trees are, but I used an electric recently and found it to be satisfactory and capable of cutting as much as any other 14" chainsaw.
post #2046 of 6999
Thread Starter 
14 inches, lol.
post #2047 of 6999
Yeah, well, at least it'll start when you need it again in three years.

I didn't get the window insert, yet, by the way. The guy called me like five times--first telling me they didn't have it yet, then saying he'd called and the lady he talks to isn't there, but he'll have it Wednesday. Then calls and says Monday. Then Wednesday again. I stopped answering and the last call was "oh, it just showed up." So I guess I'll get it tomorrow.
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post #2049 of 6999
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by imatlas View Post


Riveting is pretty easy to do yourself. You can call a professional but he's going to charge you hundreds of dollars. The tools for riveting and some basic safety supplies at Harbor Freight will cost you about the same as one riveting job. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that show you how to do it; it's remarkably simple if you prep the surface correctly and just watch the temperature. Once you've got the tools, all your future riveting jobs are free.
post #2050 of 6999
Do you prefer ball peen or sledge for riveting?
post #2051 of 6999
This joke went too far, it scares me now how it took on a life of its own. It is riveting.
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Called in a plumber as my novice attempts to fix a few things ended with me throwing up my arms.  


1. Garbage disposal.  I have installed some before but the guy at the "home improvement" store said I had been installing it wrong.  The plumber said I had it right and didn't charge me to fix it as I had everything except 1 piece of PVC.  Worst part was the garbage disposal was faulty so I have to go exchange the unit...damnit.


2. Leaky 3 knob shower.  The plumber said he assumed everything is original as he hasn't seen anything like ours in a long time.  Instead of rebuilding our old system he suggested upgrading to modern internals that are easily fixed.  Said don't buy plastic crap as it is more costly in the end than buying a more quality piece first.  I agreed.


So he barely charged us this time around but said installing 2 new shower faucet sets takes some time but they will warranty the work for something like 6-10 years.  Old house problems...

post #2053 of 6999
So, they actually had the right glass. Came with the trim and even a little bag with the plugs for the screw holes. Also said they could get me inserts for french doors at $150 apiece, which is reasonable.

But the trim was actually damaged in shipping so they had to send it back for another one. Thursday. As exciting as this is I'll be sure to keep you guys posted!

Really, though, I posted about this because it's a good upgrade, easy to DIY, and cheap, but is also mostly unknown.

@Jbarwick: leaking shower knobs are almost always a very easy fix. I'd be really hesitant to replace the whole thing if it's just a couple $5 cylinders. Pull 'em out and take them to a real hardware store. I bet you can get them.
post #2054 of 6999

This picture helps explain our old faucets.  More modern faucet systems have a packing nut.  Ours does not nor has any place to put them.  We would have to find a source for old stem "systems" or whatever they are called and then he said they may leak again in a year.  Maybe I am getting taken advantage of but I felt he was being honest.


post #2055 of 6999
I guess it depends on what the guy wants to do the work and how much cash you've got at the moment. The possibility of a $5 fix that lasts a year might be worth investigating. The thing is 50 years old, right? I would think that pretty much guarantees that it can be serviced, and I doubt seriously that any fix would only last a year.
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