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Well I finally finished insulating the attic this weekend.  It would have taken 40 bags of blow-in insulation + using the store supplied blower so I went with rolls of fiberglass instead.  It was really easy other than battling the heat but it was done in 1.5hrs with some help.  

 

Next up is some furniture at the end of the month then save up money for another big project.  Thinking $15-$20K should be enough to remodel a bathroom or do a bunch is outside projects.

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Replaced a house full of smoke alarms that I realized were about 12 years old. I had already done two of them with Nest with CO detector, did seven more in literally 20 minutes by using the same brand's "replacement" version that comes with a wiring adapter. Twist off the old one, click in the adapter and twist the new one back in. The newer models also have the front load battery replacement where you just slide in the 9V and close the door. Don't even have to attach any terminals. (Kidde / Firex)
post #3393 of 5760
Have my new A/V and home sound system lined up. Can't wait to get it done but not looking forward to paying for it. Sonos Connect amps, in wall and ceiling speakers throughout the house and guest house using a bunch of http://www.sonance.com/in-wall-in-ceiling/visual-performance/medium-round-square the VP62Rs, then a nice Yamaha 7.2 receiver and a bunch of goodness for the flatscreen viewing.
post #3394 of 5760
I need a new amp. Mine doesn't have bluetooth which is annoying
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I need a new amp. Mine doesn't have bluetooth which is annoying
If you otherwise like your existing amp and have a spare pair of RCA inputs, I can highly recommend this little widget. I routinely crank music through mine from anywhere in the house.
post #3396 of 5760
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If you otherwise like your existing amp and have a spare pair of RCA inputs, I can highly recommend this little widget. I routinely crank music through mine from anywhere in the house.

You're my hero
post #3397 of 5760
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Have my new A/V and home sound system lined up. Can't wait to get it done but not looking forward to paying for it. Sonos Connect amps, in wall and ceiling speakers throughout the house and guest house using a bunch of http://www.sonance.com/in-wall-in-ceiling/visual-performance/medium-round-square the VP62Rs, then a nice Yamaha 7.2 receiver and a bunch of goodness for the flatscreen viewing.

Sounds awesome. I am a big Sonos fan, with a couple of 5s and a Playbar. A good friend just rebuilt a home and put in a similar setup with 9 connect amps on a rack and in-wall and ceiling speakers. Works flawlessly, great sound and the convenience of the Sonos app.
post #3398 of 5760
Cooktop igniters. We have a GE Profile cooktop. One of the burners is no longer sparking. Any quick fix or call a tech?
post #3399 of 5760
Sometimes just cleaning the igniter area is enough, otherwise it will probably need to be replaced.
post #3400 of 5760
On my stovetop it would be very easy to do since the stainless top just comes right off with a few screws (IIRC). No idea about others.
post #3401 of 5760
Anyone familiar with swiss brand V-Zug?
post #3402 of 5760
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Cooktop igniters. We have a GE Profile cooktop. One of the burners is no longer sparking. Any quick fix or call a tech?

It's probably an easy fix if you get the right part number and find a local low-cost repairman (unless you have one of the home owner's insurance/maintenance policies icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif).

My parent's had a similar situation and used one of those BBQ grill lighters until they just gave up and had it fixed. When I saw the fix, it was essentially like changing spark plugs in a car.

Or maybe, it's time to go Wolf induction wink.gif Not to plant ideas in your head.
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So we were having problems with our A/C.  It would turn on but not frequently and not cool our house down below 75*F.  After about a week of this and waiting on our service call, I read online about possible A/C issues and went about crossing those items off.  Condenser was clean, drain pipe was fine, I was out of ideas.  I went to the thermostat, pressed some buttons and became annoyed.  I took the thermostat off the wall and saw some batteries.  I changed the batteries and it is working like new and the A/C is cooling to 70*F.  Honeywell, the maker of the thermostat, says there is a low battery warning but it wasn't on our thermostat.

 

Quick fix and now we can wait on our service call it peace and have then give the A/C a once over as we have not had that done and don't know about the previous owners.

post #3404 of 5760
Air conditioners only have two settings -- on and off.* If it comes on and works like it should when it's on, but isn't coming on reliably, it's usually the thermostat. It's amazing how awful programmable thermostats are. I had one that started short cycling the a/c by running it for six seconds every time it cut on or off. Another one had a bad switch that didn't reliably make contact on A/C mode. Both developed these problems within a year.

*I know some new high efficiency A/Cs actually have two stages.
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Or maybe, it's time to go Wolf induction wink.gif Not to plant ideas in your head.

A Wolf induction range sounds like you are just begging for far more serious electrical problems than a faulty igniter.
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