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    Made a nightlight

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    That is very cool. What does it look like in the daytime?

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    Building a rink right now - Got my frame in place - building bracing for the sides, unsure when its going to be cold enough outside for 3 days in a row to freeze water though. Seems like it will be mid to late January at this rate.

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    Kids light fixture fell on her after a stuffed animal bumped it. Broke the clip that holds the glass shade.
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    Bought new fixture at Lowes. It was cheap and on the shelf, which was my complete criteria.
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    Nice easy swap. I have 12 more of those fixtures that I don't really like. May look at options to replace the more visible ones with something nicer. May not.
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    Flooded my rink, liner leaked now I have frozen water outside of rink and inside rink. Hoping that the deep freeze will just keep everything solid enough to skate on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzwasp View Post
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    Flooded my rink, liner leaked now I have frozen water outside of rink and inside rink. Hoping that the deep freeze will just keep everything solid enough to skate on.
    sounds like you just have a larger rink than expected. Win!

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    Fixed my fridge. Water/ice dispenser paddle/valve module broke. Nowhere local had it in stock. Amazon was $30 cheaper than local anyway.
    Went from this:
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    To this:
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    To this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    Fixed my fridge. Water/ice dispenser paddle/valve module broke. Nowhere local had it in stock. Amazon was $30 cheaper than local anyway.
    Well done sir!
    More people need to discover that appliances are user-serviceable.

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    Well had my shower break on me today, faucet seems to have something wrong internal and broke in the on position. Ffs. Tried to fix the faucet but she wasn’t cooperating so got stuck between a rock and a hard place.

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    Interim solution, until I can figure out what I am doing about the fixture. install water shutoff to the shower.

    Got super lucky and found a plywood access panel in my bedroom closet, and all PEX! (Not a guarantee in a 1952 home...).
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    Went simple and installed a couple shark bite shutoff valves:
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    Good enough for the girls I date. And buys me time to figure out wtf I am doing with the shower fixtures and saved me a service call.
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    I am scared of shark bites. Do they technically meet code?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenIsMightier View Post
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    I am scared of shark bites. Do they technically meet code?
    My house is worth $0. Everything I do to it is to kick the can down the road until I turn it into a hole in the ground.

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    I’ve had success with all the shark bites I’ve used, and I never would have got a crimper into the spaces I have installed them anyway.
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    I used one on copper once... As I was moving out!
    Do they work like one of those finger trap things? As long as PEX isn't too slick, I suppose. If you can't get a crimper in there, what's a mahfk supposed to do!?
    My asshole friend was that exact prick in the meme you showed and it planted the seed in my mind that they might not technically be compliant. I have no idea but wouldn't think Home Depot etc would sell illegal things aside from Days Labourers...

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    That hole in the wall in the closet is a major win. I'd be up the creek if something like that happened in any of my bathrooms with a shower/tub. Now that I think about it, two of them upstairs share a wall that is tiled on both sides (two showers back to back, more or less). If the newer one gives up the ghost, I'd be ok cause I'm sure I can get a new cartridge for the fixture... the older one though, I'd be in for a headache.

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    Probably not related, but my master bathroom shower has the hot and cold pipes reversed, so the handle works the wrong way. Have been dealing with it for 12 years. Not tearing out the tile to fix it.
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    Yea all things considered I got real lucky, not sure how replacing the fixtures will go because I have a bit of an odd setup, but the point of today’s fix is that’s a problem for another day and my wife can stop being annoyed that the water is shut off.

    It’s pretty easy to be lazy with the shark bites and not insert them the right length or properly deburr the pipes which I think leads to a lot of the leaking stories. But again I have no need for any of these to last me 25 years.

    However, to the best of my knowledge there is nothing about shark bites that isn’t to code. It’s just not necessarily best practice for professionals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    Probably not related, but my master bathroom shower has the hot and cold pipes reversed, so the handle works the wrong way. Have been dealing with it for 12 years. Not tearing out the tile to fix it.
    Ugh on a sink I that’s an easy fix but shower without an access panel glwt.

    That would piss me off every day
    Last edited by killramos; 02-04-2021 at 08:19 PM.
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    Maybe that's why I'm such an angry man?
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    Makes sense to me
    Originally posted by Thales of Miletus

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    Probably not related, but my master bathroom shower has the hot and cold pipes reversed, so the handle works the wrong way. Have been dealing with it for 12 years. Not tearing out the tile to fix it.
    Hmm... We have the same issue (hot and cold reversed), though with the style of handle we have I think I can reverse the connection directly in the handle without needing access to the hot/cold pipes. After 8 years in this house I think I'm about ready to try and fix it.
    Signatures are dumb..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gart View Post
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    Hmm... We have the same issue (hot and cold reversed), though with the style of handle we have I think I can reverse the connection directly in the handle without needing access to the hot/cold pipes. After 8 years in this house I think I'm about ready to try and fix it.
    If you figure it out, let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    Probably not related, but my master bathroom shower has the hot and cold pipes reversed, so the handle works the wrong way. Have been dealing with it for 12 years. Not tearing out the tile to fix it.
    haha i installed something backwards in my basement, so instead of twisting past cold to get to hot, you just turn it on a little bit for hot... maybe that's better?

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