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What home repairs are you working on?
We have a harbor freight store nearby so I just went that route. Same battery works on the lawn mower, 2 chainsaws (I bought the smaller one and wanted an upgrade), hedge trimmer, and weed wacker. Electric is just easier and works better with current battery tech. Don't care about the leaf blower, can't see the neighbors through the treeline anyway.
Battery powered chainsaw FTW. I didn't want to fiddle with gas, oil, yanking cord etc. I am not using it for an entire day at a time, just taking care of deadfall and leaning widowmakers. Its the perfect solution.
Meanwhile to contribute to the thread, I have a 1/2 acre of wildlands in the center of my properly that I have been clearing out. Subbed to chipdrop and spread the woodchips, planted six hazelnut, three apple, two cherry, and one jubilee pear tree there. Also got five blueberries and put them in pots on my deck (so the deer won't get them).
I had some 12 foot logs so I used them for a raised bed in my front yard. 8ft by 12ft roughly. Filled it with shredded cardboard from my household effects shipment and grass clippings from the lawnmower. The boys and I (they are off school today) are going to gather rocks to shore up the short sides of the bed. That'll also clear the rocks off the wildlands that I plan to turn into a permaculture forest garden over the next six years.
Msample wrote: A modular pole saw/hedge trimmer/weed wacker is likely on the horizon for me; as a bonus it will use the same battery as my chainsaw.
Yup. Got the pole saw and the trimmer and blower (and lawnmower and snowblower) all on the same system from Lowe's: Kobalt. Everything does it's job and the pole saw has been really handy for branch trimming. It is quite small for a chainsaw, though, so if I needed something to cut through more than about 10", I'd probably have to upgrade. Most of our trees are in pretty good shape, though, and are pretty massive, so if one did have to come down, I'd probably be calling a pro.
New wired smoke detectors going in this week (7 of them) to replace the ones that were original to the house. Thought it'd be easy--I'd just get the same brand and replace. Then I found out that brand had been bought and the model (shocking!) discontinued. Fine, I'll buy adapters, which they make, and use the same mountings. Nope. The adapters are too big to fit into the original detectors' casing.
Got my MiL, who lives with us, on Squirrel Watch. She fed the dang thing; now it's tearing up our outdoor carpet and (ahem) hoisted one of our lawn games into a tree as (I think) revenge.
Starting three weeks ago, my car occasionally warned me No Key Detected after I already started the vehicle and began driving away. All I had to do was press the OK button on my steering wheel to dismiss the false alert. Two days ago, the problem escalated slightly, with the vehicle refusing to start because No Key Detected. Just taking my key out of my pocket was sufficient for it to get detected and then the car would start just fine. Today, that wasn't good enough, but I was able to trick the car into detecting my key by using the fob to lock the doors and then it would detect the key.
My dad taught me to start with the cheapest, easiest fix and work my way up, whether on car or house problems. The easiest fix for this is to replace the fob battery, but I don't think the fob is the problem, because it easily unlocks the doors and opens the trunk. The next easiest seems to be to replace the "exterior receiver" that is supposed to detect the presence of the key. It's a $70 part, but I only found one video that showed the location of the part on the vehicle. On my lunch break today, I went out and looked for it on my own car, but of course there is nothing in that location. For what it's worth, the steering wheel was on the British side of the vehicle, so it's possible that there were other variations in design. After that, the possibilities are replacing the car battery (but there are no other symptoms of an electrical problem) or replacing the ignition system.
In theory, I am capable of replacing the ignition system. In 1989, I had a car that needed a replacement starter. My dad talked me through the concept on the phone, and my roommate offered some advice. I picked up a reconditioned starter at a well-stocked local auto parts store, carefully disconnected the original and reconnected the replacement. Reconnected the battery and it started just fine. But now cars have so many computer chips and everything under the hood is packed in close, often requiring removal of other parts just to get to the problem. So if the fob doesn't pan out, I'm taking it to a mechanic that I trust.
The other thing that I learned today is that this is a common enough problem that vehicles tend to have a special place in the vehicle where you can place your key fob to get detected... kind of like the old school approach of inserting your key in the ignition, only less convenient. Mine is inside a small storage compartment in between the two front seats.
I replaced the starter on my Acura a while back. The really hard part was taking everything and the kitchen sink off to get to the starter itself. Plus I needed to go buy a breaker bar to break the bolts loose - I couldn't get enough leverage with plain vanilla ratchets or box-end wrenches.
Also, you can pry my keyless fob out of my cold dead pocket. I hate scrabbling around for keys, and grab-to-unlock, touch-top-to-lock is just much more convenient.
jpat wrote: New wired smoke detectors going in this week (7 of them) to replace the ones that were original to the house. Thought it'd be easy--I'd just get the same brand and replace. Then I found out that brand had been bought and the model (shocking!) discontinued. Fine, I'll buy adapters, which they make, and use the same mountings. Nope. The adapters are too big to fit into the original detectors' casing.
Man, I got rid of every wired detector in my house and replaced them with the sealed 10 yr units. Yeah, it's gonna suck in a decade when I have to buy 6 of them but it sure beats 2am wake ups for "low battery" beeps that take 15 minutes to isolate and another 15 to replace.
Whatever jackass built my house (or wired in the OG detectors at least) put one at the highest point of the ceiling which was about 20+ feet off the ground. Who THE HELL could reach it? I'd have to go through the attic I think. Same ceiling height over the stair landing and only 8 feet high there but noooooooo had to place it 10 feet away over the front door and way high off the ground. Anyway, disconnected that sucker the one time I had a guy with a ridonkulously long ladder working on something else because it was, FOR SURE, gonna start sounding off at 2 am Christmas Eve at some point.
Then I lost my confidence in my ability to frame the opening for the doors so it is plumb and true. So we just got a $1000 bid to put in the 25' wall and door frame--that is after we bought the lumber.
I love Texas on the summer
Around this same time, I noticed that most of my basement floor was covered with the same type of tiles. Since I didn't have any other issues with the basement floor, I took a less expensive DIY route of sealing the basement floor with epoxy. I was happy with the results at first, but noticed that the epoxy scratched easily, and also some of it peeled off when I pulled the painters tape after it dried.
Last weekend, I wanted to use some regular gray paint to touch up the scratches and the peeled sections, then cover it all with a coat of clear polyurethane. But I had a promising first date on Saturday and knew that the fumes from the polyurethane would be an issue for at least 24 hours afterwards. So I applied the paint late on Friday night, only to discover that this paint was mislabeled and it was actually a shiny metallic gray instead of a matte gray. Screw it. The hardware stores were all closed, and delaying would set back my whole weekend timetable, so I used the metallic paint. The date was in the morning because the afternoon temperatures were going to be around 100F all weekend, so I applied to polyurethane as soon as I got home. I only have two very small basement windows that open (the rest are glass brick), so I left those open and closed off the basement. But every time the a/c kicked in, the fumes migrated up from the basement.
In the end, the results were good. The polyurethane top layer leaves a nice shine and definitely protects the epoxy layer. The metallic sections are too shiny and detract from the overall work, so I plan to revisit this next spring when conditions are more favorable for venting. I will do a new layer of ordinary paint, maybe gray or maybe some other color, just to cover the partially metallic look, and then finish it with one more coat of clear polyurethane.
And since there was plenty of space in the rented storage area, I also moved over a bunch of my own rarely used items. With everything out, there was enough room in our storage closet at home to set up a well organized sewing and upholstery supplies area. So I have been sewing again.