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    Somehow I missed. Wow. Really nice work!!

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    It didn't pass inspection. Inspector didn't like the box store pressure guage even though it matched what code said. I can understand since the first guage crapped out and got stuck at 11psi. I also had to wrap it which I thought he would want to see all connections Un wrapped. Get that done this weekend, swap out guage and get it inspected first thing monday so we can turn gas back on.

    As a side note. To change out the old black pipe and install 1.5" PE and a new 1.5" valve was quoted between $4000-$6000 from 3 different companies.

    Will be moving to a tankless water heater setup and to do that I need to upgrade natural gas line. 1.5" because I also want to run a gas stove, gas dryer, as well as a gas grill and gas fir pit outside. On top of my gas fireplace and furnace.

    Gotta look into running csst in the attic because black pipe is a pita to modify. Only issue I found with csst is a need to bond it electrically to ground so a lightning strike doesn't cause it to explode. That has been known to happen with this pipe in the past which is why I wanna look into it more
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    Also, plumber informed me shark bite connections can be buried so I don't need an oxy acetylene rig to fix the pine holes leak. Happy and sad at same time...I would like an oxy acetylene rig oh well, will purchase another time. Have other things to spend money on. Will need a new a/c and furnace soon. We just got all new windows. Double hung, argon, top of line low e, really nice windows. No annoying spring loaded lift mechanism that always tends to bind and break. Each pane can be completely removed in a couple seconds. With lifetime warranty for everything. Adjustments if it wont open due to house shifting, glass break, screen breaks, etc.

    At first we compared prices to Windows my GF mom got installed that her mom said was the same. It was cheaper by quite a bit. After we saw her quote it's specs are alot lower, and after my GF went and looked and played with her windows they feel and look alot cheaper also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poki View Post
    Also, plumber informed me shark bite connections can be buried so I don't need an oxy acetylene rig to fix the pine holes leak. Happy and sad at same time...I would like an oxy acetylene rig oh well, will purchase another time. Have other things to spend money on. Will need a new a/c and furnace soon. We just got all new windows. Double hung, argon, top of line low e, really nice windows. No annoying spring loaded lift mechanism that always tends to bind and break. Each pane can be completely removed in a couple seconds. With lifetime warranty for everything. Adjustments if it wont open due to house shifting, glass break, screen breaks, etc.

    At first we compared prices to Windows my GF mom got installed that her mom said was the same. It was cheaper by quite a bit. After we saw her quote it's specs are alot lower, and after my GF went and looked and played with her windows they feel and look alot cheaper also.
    Good windows pay for themselves, I think. We had to replace all of them when we bought our house plus 3 sliders. Making them easy to clean and removable panes is another bonus. Now we are deciding on which metal roof design we want to go with but we'll do that in the spring. You will love the tankless water heater too - great choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    Good windows pay for themselves, I think. We had to replace all of them when we bought our house plus 3 sliders. Making them easy to clean and removable panes is another bonus. Now we are deciding on which metal roof design we want to go with but we'll do that in the spring. You will love the tankless water heater too - great choice.
    Well with gas shut off and temp dropping into mid 40s at night and 60s during the day for the last 2 days we are still doing good. First night our house stayed on lower 70s and today it was 68 this morning. It has really helped. We have one sliding door we are gonna replace with French doors, but not until we find someone to take our dog. He plays to rough to be inside with the new baby and he scratches at the sliding door a little. Not much, but enough to scratch painted French doors.

    Why metal roof? I havnt looked into roofing yet as ours was just replaced a couple years before we moved in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poki View Post
    Well with gas shut off and temp dropping into mid 40s at night and 60s during the day for the last 2 days we are still doing good. First night our house stayed on lower 70s and today it was 68 this morning. It has really helped. We have one sliding door we are gonna replace with French doors, but not until we find someone to take our dog. He plays to rough to be inside with the new baby and he scratches at the sliding door a little. Not much, but enough to scratch painted French doors.

    Why metal roof? I havnt looked into roofing yet as ours was just replaced a couple years before we moved in.
    Our roof is about 10 years old. It's not causing any problems yet but there are some potential issues that could become problems.

    1) We live on a lake and have 14 trees on the property. Most are in the 50-60 ft. range oak trees, a couple October Glory maples and various other trees, lilac bushes and so on. Where there are storm and wind, we often have big sticks and limbs coming down, not to mention the bazillion acorns.

    2) Metal roofs will stop the threat of ice damns and we won't have to use the roof rake to pull snow down. This in itself is a massive benefit.

    3) The up front cost will be more than a conventional roof (in the $10k range). And they have so many designs. I don't want the long flat pieces like you see on farm houses. I like the shingle type. Copper looks so cool but it's really expensive. Either way, it will be the last roof we will ever need - life expectancy is 40-60 years and up.

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    Nice changes. Dry bar cracked me up; when I worked in renovations, every house previously owned by an unmarried male had one. Granted, yours is a lot sexier than most of the ones I saw. Some were just awful, designed more for convenience than taste. Yours is actually a nice piece of work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sil View Post
    Nice changes. Dry bar cracked me up; when I worked in renovations, every house previously owned by an unmarried male had one. Granted, yours is a lot sexier than most of the ones I saw. Some were just awful, designed more for convenience than taste. Yours is actually a nice piece of work.
    Thanks, I try to combine function with looking good
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    Taking a break from kitchen for a bit. Next project will be reworking return air vents. Current wants use the wall cavity for ducts. In a 70s house it is really dirty, not to mention the cavities total togeher can only flow 600cfm. 100 cfm max per 14.5x3.5 wall cavity. With a 4 ton unit I need a min 1600cfm. Which equates to 800sqin of vents and proper duCT sizing.

    My current plan is 3 14x30 return air vents with filters. Still deciding if I want to add a fourth so I can use 12" ducts. Easier to find. 3 12" ducts will be slightly reestrictive. Each return air vents will go in three corners of the house. Essentially one in each hall.

    Everyone jokes I will be a general contractor when done with this house. Still enjoy programming though. I don't know if I wanna stop programming for a living.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poki View Post


    Tile I found on clearance. Already had wet saw from bathroom floors and left over thinset. So after grout total cost will be $35 for backsplash.
    Can I ask why the microwave is above the stove? Is this considered normal?

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