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    Quote Originally Posted by R-Audi View Post
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    I messed up on saturday.

    Went to change the pressure and temperature valves in two showers... water main shut off was corroded, and I had to really crank it to shut of the water. In fact, hard enough that the knob snapped off.. in the closed position.
    Called a plumber on the weekend and he was nice enough to tell me it would be cheaper to check into a hotel and wait till monday, but my parents were out of town so we stayed there. Monday we talked to the original plumber.. booked for two weeks. Found another and they came out this morning and made an emergency call to Enmax to shut off our water main. Turns out our water main valve is broken too! So now that valve has to be replaced, but luckily for us the plumber was able to use vice grips to turn our water on temporarily... so basically now its hope to hell that something doesnt happen where we need to turn off our water in the next two weeks.. fun fun.
    Make sure you don't book the work in your house before the work on the perimeter water valve. When the city did some work in our neighbourhood, it actually caused some debris to free up and get caught in our main shutoff in the house (which required replacing it). You don't want to risk doing the one in your house, then having someone do it again if something happens with the exterior main repair.

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    Dishwasher drain pump decided to shit the bed.... Was going to be close to $150 from local stores for a 20 year old dishwasher.

    Went on Amazon and $50 later and 1 day delivery all back together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjblair View Post
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    Make sure you don't book the work in your house before the work on the perimeter water valve. When the city did some work in our neighbourhood, it actually caused some debris to free up and get caught in our main shutoff in the house (which required replacing it). You don't want to risk doing the one in your house, then having someone do it again if something happens with the exterior main repair.
    Plumber said to call them when we hear from the city so that do it all at once when the water is turned off... luckily they arent charging double to come back to coimplete the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R-Audi View Post
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    I messed up on saturday.

    Went to change the pressure and temperature valves in two showers... water main shut off was corroded, and I had to really crank it to shut of the water. In fact, hard enough that the knob snapped off.. in the closed position.
    I had a kind of similar situation in a 1980s home with the main shut off using an old school gate-type valve. Was reefing on the tap handle to shut it off with no success and then noticed that a packing nut on the stem had worked itself loose and was stopping the handle from turning fully closed. Sprayed some silicone lube on it and tightened the nut down and it worked fine. It's pretty old and likely on borrowed time so I'm thinking to have it replaced with a quarter-turn ball valve like you find in newer homes.

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    I think I need to clean my gutters
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    Going to start work on sanding and repainting my deck. Does anyone have a belt sander they'd lend out or a place I can rent one? Seems wasteful to buy one just for this deck project.

    Edit: nvm found one
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheoxs View Post
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    Going to start work on sanding and repainting my deck. Does anyone have a belt sander they'd lend out or a place I can rent one? Seems wasteful to buy one just for this deck project.
    seriously @pheoxs , don't waste your time with a belt sander to do something like a deck. It will probably be the most miserable thing you will ever do.

    Go to Rogers-rent-all or some place similar and get a proper floor sander. It will make the process literally 1000x faster and it's less to rent than to buy a belt sander.

    I can't stress this enough, unless your deck is like 10 square feet, just go rent a floor sander.

    ORBITAL FLOOR SANDER
    4 Hour: $44.00
    Daily: $62.00
    Weekly: $195.00
    Monthly: $450.00

    https://www.rogersrentall.ca/equipme...key=040%2D0260
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    I'm gonna go that route but still want a smaller sander for along the edges as well as a the side pieces along the edges I need done too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spikerS View Post
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    seriously @pheoxs , don't waste your time with a belt sander to do something like a deck. It will probably be the most miserable thing you will ever do.

    Go to Rogers-rent-all or some place similar and get a proper floor sander. It will make the process literally 1000x faster and it's less to rent than to buy a belt sander.
    Just don't tell them it's for a deck. They got all weird about that last time I rented one because people with shitty decks and nails sticking up tends to wreck stuff.
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    The AHS system is quite good.

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    Yea I was under the impression a floor sander is a less than ideal tool for sanding most decks for reasons like that and the fact that the wood tends to bow substantially and the floor sander won’t touch most of the surface.

    Maybe a good option if you have brand new boards and toenail the fasteners off the side.

    Though I’m pretty sure spikers has built infinitely more decks than I have.
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    I've CAREFULLY power washed with great success. I agree if your deck is like mine the floor sander will only get the edges of the boards and leave the middle.

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    An update on this part of the yard. Still lots do finish though, including replacing the sidewalk slabs with something more attractive. Might have to wait until next summer for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killramos View Post
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    The AHS system is quite good.

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    that looks awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tik-Tok View Post
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    Just don't tell them it's for a deck. They got all weird about that last time I rented one because people with shitty decks and nails sticking up tends to wreck stuff.
    Quite the opposite. Even on the link I posted above it specifically states for decks, and they give you different grits to stip decks.

    Can be used for hardwood floors or outside decks.
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    Yea I was under the impression a floor sander is a less than ideal tool for sanding most decks for reasons like that and the fact that the wood tends to bow substantially and the floor sander won’t touch most of the surface.

    Maybe a good option if you have brand new boards and toenail the fasteners off the side.

    Though I’m pretty sure spikers has built infinitely more decks than I have.
    I have built lots of decks, but only refinished about 10-12. Part of it is the prep to make sure nails and screws are sunk in enough to not interfere. If the boards are cupped bad enough that you can't get a good finish with 36 sandpaper, you should be replacing those boards anyways. But, as they say, YMMV.
    @pheoxs if you are dead set on a belt sander, I have one you can use for the smaller areas.
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    Well, another project finished.

    Custom feature / privacy wall with bench seating and platform to cover sunken bricks and dirt. Bench seating with hidden storage, pass through to the side of the house. Pergola over top to offer support to the tree canopy and offer shade and planter boxes on each end.

    Pretty happy with how this turned out, and I wish I could do something similar in my backyard. It totally changed the whole feeling in the backyard, and made it MUCH more inviting and livable. I am pretty jealous TBH lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tik-Tok View Post
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    An update on this part of the yard. Still lots do finish though, including replacing the sidewalk slabs with something more attractive. Might have to wait until next summer for that.

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    Stellar work! Looks great.

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    Insulated & drywalled the garage this weekend. Just finished for the day, got 3/4 of the way done since I needed to return the drywall lift.
    Drywall took two days, would've gone ALOT quicker if the framers owned a square or a level.

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    Had something stuck in the door of our downstairs freezer for a few days. Had to throw out contents and defrost.
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    we really do need a covid subforum.

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    You had to throw out the contents?
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    Quote Originally Posted by killramos View Post
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    You had to throw out the contents?
    They were soft and not cold. I'm not some food safety nut, but this was unreasonable.
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    we really do need a covid subforum.

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