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    #801 3 months ago
    Quoted from TZBen:

    home improvement question:
    bathroom fans: I see these advertised as "quiet". Why would you want this? seems like white noise might be valuable.

    I too like mine to sound like a jet engine when I am power bombing the John with Taco Bell leftovers.

    #802 3 months ago
    Quoted from TZBen:

    home improvement question:
    bathroom fans: I see these advertised as "quiet". Why would you want this? seems like white noise might be valuable.

    i have timer switches on mine. It'll run for another 20 minutes, and I don't necessarily want to hear it in the next room while i'm watching TV.

    #803 3 months ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    i have timer switches on mine. It'll run for another 20 minutes, and I don't necessarily want to hear it in the next room while i'm watching TV.

    okay, that makes sense. I've seen them with auto switches for humidity control post shower.

    #804 3 months ago
    Quoted from titanpenguin:

    I too like mine to sound like a jet engine when I am power bombing the John with Taco Bell leftovers.

    You don't like your efforts to be heard many rooms away?

    #805 3 months ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    You don't like your efforts to be heard many rooms away?

    I don’t mind, but my family does.

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    #806 3 months ago

    Okay, here's a big one. It's been going for a while and now that it's as done as it's going to be for a long while, I can show it off. Some of this might be a bit of a rehash.

    The kitchen...
    Our house was built in '94 so it was very 90's. Golden oak, fake corian, and brass everywhere.
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    Ripping apart a functioning kitchen was a stressful job. It's the center of the house.
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    All of the wires, pipes, and vents had to be moved.
    Figuring out the exact placement of the future island was critical, since we still needed a functioning kitchen without having to move pipes again. Once we finalized that, my cousin put the plumbing in the pony wall.
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    We were without water in the kitchen for only 6 hours before getting the old sink and counters back in place. Gotta have a dishwasher!
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    With everything opened up, it was time to fix the squeak in the upstairs hallway. One shim and it's gone.
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    Also, while getting the kitchen ready, you can't have too much blocking. Blocking everywhere! Then there's no need to look for studs when installing the cabinets.
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    I also ran speaker wire to four locations in the ceiling for speakers. When I'm cooking, I want music from hard wired speakers.
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    Finally in January we received our cabinet order from cabinets.com and for the final time, we emptied all of the cupboards and started working on their final resting place. Going from the existing kitchen wall to the new kitchen wall wasn't perfect. There were waves and a slight bump out. You'd never know by looking at it, because my drywaller did such an amazing job. But when it comes to cabinets, you have make them all appear correct too. Shims on the walls, shims on the floor...
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    Then it was time to take on the island.
    The rough dimensions of the island were 10' x 5'. I had to build out the remained of the wall, with another wall parallel to it a foot away to give the island an overall width of 60"
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    One side has the sink, dishwasher, trash and two sets of drawers.
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    The other side has a 24" overhang with room for 5 seats, flanked by a pair of narrow cabinets.
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    I lost my pencil a lot on this island.
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    In the pony walls I could now run the electrical. I wanted a switch on the side for the island pendants and then a pair of outlets on either side. 20A and gfci. The one light is 2" higher due to the ceiling height difference. I still have to custom make a piece of pipe to make the heights consistent.
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    Then I had to do another of the jobs that I was dreading. Skinning the island. I had four 4x8 sheets of pre-painted 1/4" material. No mistakes can be made.
    I had to make sure if there were gaps, that you wouldn't see them. The touch up kit came with a marker, so I pre-marked all of the edges.
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    The sheets are all cut to size and nailed on with 32 gauge pin nails. It was stressful, but it all went well.
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    Next up is the sink. The front of the cabinet had to be cut to make the sink fit properly, and it has to be perfect as well. Any mistakes will be seen around the edges.
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    Oven was up next.
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    The cabinet needed to have the opening cut wider and higher
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    Wire it up and slip it in. A handful of small screws hold it in place.
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    #807 3 months ago

    Countertops! Finally this week we got the countertops installed.
    I had to put in supports for the island overhang. I put extra in, just in case. This should be the final mess in the kitchen. I had to rout out all of the support locations, sending dust everywhere, even with a vacuum going.
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    In addition to the island are three small countertops.
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    But the island was a lot more effort. The final dimension was 63" x 129"
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    It took 4 guys to get it in the house and put it in place.
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    It was perfect.
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    We had to wait 24 hours for the caulk to dry around the sink. So this was officially the third night in the project that we had no water in the kitchen. Not too shabby.
    I put the faucets in and it was done.
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    The original rendering looks pretty close to the final state.
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    I still need to put in the cooktop and the hood. The cooktop when I can afford it and the hood will be post inspection. The requirements for make-up air in NY are a bit excessive...

    #808 3 months ago

    looks great! nice work. I'm a stool over chair guy myself but that's an easy change down the line.

    #809 3 months ago
    Quoted from TZBen:

    looks great! nice work. I'm a stool over chair guy myself but that's an easy change down the line.

    There'll be stools, those were just some excess chairs that my wife threw there. They're too short to even get used.

    #810 3 months ago

    I feel like we are due a crazy neighbor update

    #811 3 months ago
    Quoted from TZBen:

    I feel like we are due a crazy neighbor update

    There actually hasn't been any drama other than when our paths cross while walking, it completely ruins his day.

    #812 3 months ago

    Looks great, I don't know how you guys are able to build and get such good photo documentation, I've been building out my game room/bar/themed bathroom for quite some time, but never remember to take pics or document anything! I just made a huge transparent lily pad light and crazy custom carved soft, didn't take one pic of the build, wish I had your patience!
    Thanks for taking the time to share.
    B

    #813 3 months ago

    I take pictures of everything. Mainly because there might be some small detail that future me needs for some reason. Current me needs to know the location of pipes behind the wall, where a vent is, wire locations, or even when something happened. I can always check the date on a photo and know exactly when it was done. Like right now, there's a guy fixing the gutters that were installed 2 months ago and leak horribly. I have a couple pics of him working and his truck with the company name and phone number.

    #814 3 months ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    I take pictures of everything. Mainly because there might be some small detail that future me needs for some reason. Current me needs to know the location of pipes behind the wall, where a vent is, wire locations, or even when something happened. I can always check the date on a photo and know exactly when it was done. Like right now, there's a guy fixing the gutters that were installed 2 months ago and leak horribly. I have a couple pics of him working and his truck with the company name and phone number.

    I work commercial construction and we employ similar strategy- we use 360 cameras and do a weekly walk as well as a walk before major milestones, that way you can see in exact location week after week the changes to the space.

    #815 3 months ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    There actually hasn't been any drama other than when our paths cross while walking, it completely ruins his day.

    My neighbor put up a sign on top of his bench swing that's near our property line with a sign that says "Cats Not Allowed". It's clearly pointed at my patio. Then he put up a sign that says "Bird Sanctuary" where only I could see it when I get my trash cans out to the curb and back.

    Turns out the dude is passive aggressive and upset our indoor/outdoor cats are natural predators and can prey on birds. From day one we moved int he told me has strived to make his backyard a park like setting. Don't get me wrong, it's looks great, but he doesn't think he gets as many birds as he used to.

    Most recently he put up a two foot or so chicken wire barrier along my fence, I assume to keep the cats from crossing over to his side. However, he failed to realize cats can jump really well and his other three corners of his backyard are completely open (only I have the fence, he doesn't have one). Earlier this week he ripped the chicken wire fence out. I assume he realized how dumb it was.

    He's still never mentioned anythign to me, but my wife talked with his wife. He's oldder and not great health so I think he's getting way too hyper focused.

    #816 3 months ago

    Quoted from RyanStl:

    My neighbor put up a sign on top of his bench swing that's near our property line with a sign that says "Cats Not Allowed". It's clearly pointed at my patio. Then he put up a sign that says "Bird Sanctuary" where only I could see it when I get my trash cans out to the curb and back.
    Turns out the dude is passive aggressive and upset our indoor/outdoor cats are natural predators and can prey on birds. From day one we moved int he told me has strived to make his backyard a park like setting. Don't get me wrong, it's looks great, but he doesn't think he gets as many birds as he used to.
    Most recently he put up a two foot or so chicken wire barrier along my fence, I assume to keep the cats from crossing over to his side. However, he failed to realize cats can jump really well and his other three corners of his backyard are completely open (only I have the fence, he doesn't have one). Earlier this week he ripped the chicken wire fence out. I assume he realized how dumb it was.
    He's still never mentioned anythign to me, but my wife talked with his wife. He's oldder and not great health so I think he's getting way too hyper focused.

    You are kinda lucky they guy simply doesn't set out a live trap for cats (hidden on his property), catch them and deliver them like 50 miles away to a humane society.

    I live in the country and guarantee you no domestic cat has more than a days chance of catching a bird on our property

    The bobcats we have around here they get a free pass, and are supper cool to see.

    #817 3 months ago

    We have bobcats and outdoor cats all over, and we get tons of birds.

    #818 3 months ago

    The cats go after the rats and voles. Bobcats like the tree rats and mini neighborhood dogs. Same with the coyotes.

    #819 3 months ago

    Still can’t believe the people that let those poor little dogs out in the backyard without being with them.

    #820 3 months ago
    Quoted from JohnTTwo:

    You are kinda lucky they guy simply doesn't set out a live trap for cats (hidden on his property), catch them and deliver them like 50 miles away to a humane society.
    I live in the country and guarantee you no domestic cat has more than a days chance of catching a bird on our property
    The bobcats we have around here they get a free pass, and are supper cool to see.

    I told my wife, the guy is an idiot. One, I would just keep the hose ready and spray them. AND, not what I would do because I'm not cruel and don't care, but wouldn't be surpised if he got a pellet gun out or poison.

    Quoted from titanpenguin:

    We have bobcats and outdoor cats all over, and we get tons of birds.

    We have plenty in our yard when I remember to fill the feeders. It's a totally stupid issue.

    #821 3 months ago

    Lets not derail this thread.. I love following the progress and dont want to engage in a discussion about the insane amount of birds that cats kill.

    #822 3 months ago
    Quoted from mtn-:

    Lets not derail this thread.. I love following the progress and dont want to engage in a discussion about the insane amount of birds that cats kill.

    Great point if a mod or OP of this thread could you please delete my post above?

    Thanks

    John

    #823 3 months ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    I take pictures of everything. Mainly because there might be some small detail that future me needs for some reason. Current me needs to know the location of pipes behind the wall, where a vent is, wire locations, or even when something happened. I can always check the date on a photo and know exactly when it was done. Like right now, there's a guy fixing the gutters that were installed 2 months ago and leak horribly. I have a couple pics of him working and his truck with the company name and phone number.

    I do the same on all projects. Biggest issue is if I accidentally delete them when purging memes off my phone.

    #824 3 months ago
    Quoted from JohnTTwo:

    Great point if a mod or OP of this thread could you please delete my post above?
    Thanks
    John

    I don't think he was talking to you.

    Yak, it's all coming along great.

    #825 3 months ago
    Quoted from titanpenguin:

    I do the same on all projects. Biggest issue is if I accidentally delete them when purging memes off my phone.

    You have to get more OCD. Pictures backed up to google and OneDrive and then automatically pulled down to the local server and mirrored to a second drive. My desk is a mess, but my photo directories are an organized masterpiece.

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    #826 66 days ago

    Little minor update.

    Final electrical inspection was passed on Friday.

    Not much has been going on. I was working for a company owned by RiteAid. They unexpectedly sold us off in mid-March during their bankruptcy process and the new company only kept a handful of employees. I wasn't one of them. So, it was back to the interview process. Fortunately, it wasn't that long this time. But still, no job means no new spending to be safe. But now I'm back up and running with a new company. Time to get the bathroom done and with it, this project.

    #827 66 days ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    Not much has been going on. I was working for a company owned by RiteAid. They unexpectedly sold us off in mid-March during their bankruptcy process and the new company only kept a handful of employees. I wasn't one of them. So, it was back to the interview process. Fortunately, it wasn't that long this time. But still, no job means no new spending to be safe. But now I'm back up and running with a new company. Time to get the bathroom done and with it, this project.

    Glad to hear you found a new job. I’m a retired IT guy but a couple of my friends that are still working have recently gone through the same thing.

    #828 66 days ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    So, it was back to the interview process. Fortunately, it wasn't that long this time.

    You have had a roller coaster job-wise over the last year, glad to hear this time things went smoother with the transition. Good luck with the new company!

    #829 66 days ago
    Quoted from ReadyPO:

    You have had a roller coaster job-wise over the last year, glad to hear this time things went smoother with the transition. Good luck with the new company!

    Thanks! This is job number 3 in 3 years.

    4/21 Laid off due to interest rates and Equity firm demands
    11/22 Laid off due to interest rates and Equity firm demands
    3/24 Laid off due to Company being sold amidst opioid related bankruptcy case

    I officially started this project on 5/19/21

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    #830 46 days ago

    I know you guys love neighbor updates. I've mentioned he's not too bright, but this is a new level of dumb.

    Power washing the roof, while on the roof, in the rain, while wearing sandals.
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    #831 46 days ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    I know you guys love neighbor updates. I've mentioned he's not too bright, but this is a new level of dumb.
    Power washing the roof, while on the roof, in the rain, while wearing sandals.
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    Maybe he will win a Darwin Award. That is unless he’s already reproduced.

    #832 46 days ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    I know you guys love neighbor updates. I've mentioned he's not too bright, but this is a new level of dumb.
    Power washing the roof, while on the roof, in the rain, while wearing sandals.
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    Winner winner chicken dinner

    #833 46 days ago
    Quoted from titanpenguin:

    Maybe he will win a Darwin Award. That is unless he’s already reproduced.

    He's got an exceptionally dumb son that somehow managed to get a master's in mechanical engineering from MIT during covid. I worry about all of the degrees that were handed out during that time. Actual conversation that occurred while he was almost done with his masters.

    Him: "Dad, the hose doesn't work"
    Crazy man: "Turn the valve"
    Him: "It doesn't work"
    Crazy man: "Kyle, you have to turn it"
    Him: "I did!"
    Crazy man: "counterclockwise!"
    Him: "Which way is that?"
    Crazy man: "The opposite way the clock goes, just turn it the other way!"
    Him: "Oh, I thought it only turned one way"

    I graduated with some dumb engineers that couldn't figure out which end of a hammer you hold, but this conversation really took the cake.

    #834 46 days ago

    So the Crazy Man is the smart one.

    #835 45 days ago

    Sadly the stupid are not just in engineering. Every part of the workforce has stupid. Some just seem to have more then others. Like your neighbors kid stupid is coming in droves today. If there isn't an app on their phone to do it they have no idea what to do.

    Your neighbors kid probably is the kind that buys a shop vac fills the collection bin and then throws it out with the trash then buy another one. I will never need to buy one i see them at the curb looking brand new just full of dirt. The same for the small air compressors the thermal reset breaker trips and it doesn't work to the trash it goes. Year old bicycles out for the trash because the tire went flat.

    #836 45 days ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    He's got an exceptionally dumb son that somehow managed to get a master's in mechanical engineering from MIT during covid. I worry about all of the degrees that were handed out during that time. Actual conversation that occurred while he was almost done with his masters.
    Him: "Dad, the hose doesn't work"
    Crazy man: "Turn the valve"
    Him: "It doesn't work"
    Crazy man: "Kyle, you have to turn it"
    Him: "I did!"
    Crazy man: "counterclockwise!"
    Him: "Which way is that?"
    Crazy man: "The opposite way the clock goes, just turn it the other way!"
    Him: "Oh, I thought it only turned one way"
    I graduated with some dumb engineers that couldn't figure out which end of a hammer you hold, but this conversation really took the cake.

    There is absolutely NO WAY that conversation happened. You made that up!

    #837 45 days ago
    Quoted from Jazman:

    There is absolutely NO WAY that conversation happened. You made that up!

    I wish I did. This kid was so babied that his mom never let him do anything. No lawn mowing, watering plants, putting out garbage. His dad would light a fire in the firepit for him when he was about 23. It never dawned on me that he probably never tried to turn on the hose before. My sister-in-law was one of his elementary school teachers. She said he wanted everyone else to do things for him. He somehow got married, moved out of state for jobs twice and came back twice. He's definitely a result of a complete parental failure.

    #838 45 days ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    I know you guys love neighbor updates. I've mentioned he's not too bright, but this is a new level of dumb.
    Power washing the roof, while on the roof, in the rain, while wearing sandals.
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    At least there's a remote chance when he goes rolling off the roof, he might land in the pool.

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    #839 45 days ago
    Quoted from yaksplat:

    I wish I did. This kid was so babied that his mom never let him do anything. No lawn mowing, watering plants, putting out garbage. His dad would light a fire in the firepit for him when he was about 23. It never dawned on me that he probably never tried to turn on the hose before. My sister-in-law was one of his elementary school teachers. She said he wanted everyone else to do things for him. He somehow got married, moved out of state for jobs twice and came back twice. He's definitely a result of a complete parental failure.

    Or maybe his parents shared last name before marriage?

    #840 44 days ago
    Quoted from mbwalker:

    At least there's a remote chance when he goes rolling off the roof, he might land in the pool.[quoted image]

    The absolute best part of this post was the diagram of how he'd bounce. I laughed out loud. And bumping off the pool ladder - genius.

    Chris

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    #841 33 days ago

    Wife wanted a patio. It wasn't even on my radar, because i'm thinking about all the stuff that has to be done for code. But then again, we have a 4th of july party and a graduation party in a few weeks. So, I called up my buddy that did the basement and garage floors and got the ball rolling.

    All that nice grass I planted? Rip it out.
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    Then a few thousand pounds of crushed concrete. and then some bad weather for a few days.

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    But as soon as it wasn't pouring, the steps are formed.
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    and then poured an hour later.
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    I personally can't get used to forms being removed the same day as the pour.
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    The next day the forms go up for the patio.
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    Then 1pm hits and they start going.
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    one hour later and they're troweling it
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    Forms get pulled the next morning and it's done and perfect.
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    We had to pull all of that excess stone out of there down to dirt and then fill it with dirt from the pile created in the first step.
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    Yesterday i decided to order sod. Turns out that 500sqft of sod is cheaper than 100sqft, so I got 50 rolls. That showed up this morning and I had to get it all in place before i was coaching at 10am. They tell you that it needs to be place immediately, or else it won't grow well. I don't recommend hauling and placing 50 rolls of sod in under an hour, but it can be done, but itll kill your back. But then suddenly you have grass and it looks pretty fantastic.
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    #842 32 days ago

    Nice to see, your making progress maybe not on what you want to. Surprised you don't go bigger then throw the neighbor in

    #843 32 days ago

    The hard thing is trying to make progress when dealing with standard day to day stuff. This spring has been crazy busy with each kid in a different sport, repairing cars and catching up on their maintenance. I'm getting close with the remaining items I have to do.

    I did find out something interesting though. My inspector moved out of the area and now I have the inspector that I started this project with. He's a really cool, laid-back guy, as opposed to the one that was okay, but I had to argue with over the R-value of trim, and rust on my natural gas company owned meter, and a downspout that doesn't enter the pipe running around the house. I felt like he was going to be super picky about a lot of other things too. Perhaps I'll be done with the town sooner.

    Now just to sell off that loader...

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    #844 16 days ago

    I'm in the midst of multiple upcoming parties and trying to get things done for them. 4th of july and my son's graduation 10 days later.

    Boring update: I did some grout. Woo hoo, now my back is sore. These floors have been ready for months, but I finally did them over the past weekend.

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    Exceptionally boring, but I seriously couldn't move the next day. I think I twisted while hunched over and moved a 30# bucket of water. It took another 3 days to recover.

    But today, it's certainly more exciting. It's gas line day! I finally got the cooktop I've been waiting 10 weeks for AND it was time to get the old natural gas grill up and running again. Both involved some black pipe. Not a ton, but still not one of my favorites to do.

    Cooktop showed up at 7:05 this morning. I woke up at 6:45 and had 3 missed messages from the delivery company. I was expecting them at 10-12, but I guess they were running early. It's always great to see a truckload of items with "UP" on various boxes pointed every direction except up. Fortunately, all was well with my delivery, even though the crating was absolutely destroyed. Companies always tell you, unbox everything, before you sign. He couldn't wait to get me to sign and leave. But i unpackaged everything and made sure there was no hidden damage, and then sent them on their way.
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    I had to trim the base cabinet by 7/16", which i was planning on doing with a power planer, but then decided to run the whole 48" x 24" cabinet through the table saw. It wasn't fun, but it worked well. Everything fit perfectly.
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    Finally, the kitchen is done with the exception of the ventilation hood, but that will come post inspection.
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    The other gas line has been a long time coming. This is for the gas grill which I haven't been able to use since May, 2021. It has been sitting on the side of my neighbor's house since then. I've been using a pellet smoker, which I love, but a natural gas grill just heats up so fast. I've missed it. So, I ran a 1/2" pipe outside near the edge of the patio and I attached a gas box. It's basically a set of brass fittings that have a valve and quick connect for the hose. All snuggled under a stainless lid. I like it better than my old option of, "Here's the pipe!"
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    Quick sidebar on the grill because i love this. I went to lowes in 2006 to buy a JennAir grill for about $600. It was a huge splurge, but we already went through 2 grills in 4 years. Those cheap $125 Sunbeam grills that rust out completely in 2 years. Well, it was time to up my game. I wanted a stainless grill with a 10 burger capacity and I had a 10% off coupon. So, I go to Lowe's and say, this is the grill that i want. He goes, "ok", and leaves for the back room. 20 minutes later, he comes back and says, "Well, inventory says we have 10 of those, but someone received them in wrong. We have none of that one, and 10 of the next model up."

    That's the 36", and 20 burger capacity.

    So, I say, "Well, what can you do for me?" He says, "As far as i'm concerned, those are all the lower model, since that's what inventory says. You can have one at that price."

    I buy the $900 grill, for $600 and pull out my 10% off coupon at the register. $540 + tax out the door.

    The great thing about JennAir is that they're done by Nexgrill, which had a full warranty on every metal part of the grill. That includes burners, flame tamers, grates and everything you can think of. You could call, and they'd have new parts at your house in a few days for no charge. I have 3 sets of each here, just ready to go when needed, so this single purchase of a natural gas grill will really last forever. Just like it should be.

    The reason this is such a big deal is that I always throw a large 4th of July party. I cook the ribs and everyone brings everything else. It's been since 2020, I'm ready to get this party back into full swing. I picked up 60# of ribs, and I'm going to need two grills to cook them all.
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    Happy 4th everyone!

    #845 15 days ago

    Nice progress on house. I see the ribs and now waiting to see they turnout.

    #846 14 days ago

    Happy 4th of July.
    I am sure your neighbor will be seething watching you enjoy your party and ribs.

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    #847 12 days ago
    Quoted from cp1610:

    Nice progress on house. I see the ribs and now waiting to see they turnout.

    The ribs turned out fantastic. I only did 15 racks though. The last 3 went back in the freezer when I realized i had no more grill space. 7 racks on the smoker and then I parboiled the other 8 racks, soaked them in sauce and grilled them for 90 minutes before serving. I know, boiling is a rib foul, but my god they always turn out amazing. The crowd is always 60/40 on the side of the boiled over the smoked.

    Fortunately, the neighbor was gone on the 4th, otherwise the cops would have been called when the fireworks were going off.
    Unfortunately, he's back from wherever he was. Just your everyday, normal 4am walk...
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    #848 11 days ago

    Looks like a shaved Yeti

    #849 11 days ago

    Looks like me! Unfortunately :/

    #850 10 days ago

    I’m pretty sure that’s Vladimir Putin!

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