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Online six-point socket II

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Well, Tuesday (yesterday) came and went by, my pro didn't show up. Supposedly because his sidekick didn't show up. Obviously I learned about this when I called him to remind him of our appointment, after he was running an hour late already anyway ... Called me back, apologized, said he doesn't need the appointment on location, he will write the offer based on his last visit ...

This is exactly what happens when year after year 15000 to 20000 apprentices (over all trades) are missing. And it's only getting worse, since a lot of retiring company owners don't have suitable successors (for all sorts of reasons).

Literally right now tradespeople can choose what jobs they take on and how much they charge for it. No show? No problem, who is the customer going to call/ask anyway - everyone is busy as heck.

It's worse for those customers who are new customers, some of them wait for months for appointments and the actual work to start ...

Let's see where this goes - Meanwhile I do some more tool shopping, and I will see if I can find some information on how to fix this professionally myself if necessary.

Kind regards,
Oliver
« Last Edit: June 27, 2018, 01:53 AM by six-point socket II »
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Oliver

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Online six-point socket II

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Good news: I got the offer and monetarily speaking, it's a lot less than what I thought it would be. (So this should be a "no-brainer" for the insurance company.)

Monday a HVAC pro will come by as the heating has to be broken down and removed for the sewer repair - and put back together after ... So we need a second offer for this work.

And then hopefully the insurance company agrees rather quick, so this can be done in a timely manner.

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Hi,

I know this is getting boring, I apologize!

Monday the HVAC-pro came by as promised, I'm waiting for his quote/offer to arrive.

This is going to be my last post on this "issue"/topic - as it will be, all in all, literally weeks before the actual work is going to start. I will post about it when the work has started.

Until then, I have a couple of things on my list - so I will continue with those in the meantime.

Kind regards,
Oliver
« Last Edit: July 04, 2018, 11:40 AM by six-point socket II »
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Oliver

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Hi Oliver,

Best of luck in finally getting the offers in!

Just know that it is not half as annoying for us as it must be for you. [emoji6]

Can’t wait for your next posts!
Uli

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Good luck Oliver. I feel you ur pain, my landscaper was the same way took for ever to get home m to finish the job.

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Hi,

Thank you two very much! We'll see, I'm taking this feeling pretty lighthearted, knowing it could have been so much worse ...

Kind regards,
Oliver

Kind regards,
Oliver

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Hi,

So I got me an DeWalt offset bit holder - impact rated. Funny enough, right after I bought it a discussion in another forum popped up about the quality and robustness of these in general.

I took this as an opportunity to do a quick demo that I'm also going to show here.

DeWalt Extreme Impact Torsion DT70578T 20° offset bit holder



 <-Open-<->-fixed-<->-locked->

















To cut a long story short - this thing is robust. Not that I expected anything less from a bit holder that is impact rated by DeWalt - after all, it's my observation that they have some of the most unforgiving customers when - even highly abused tools and accessories - break. So I expected something that is "bomb proof".

I "hammered" in those seating bolts, and then checked if it could still be used as intended at 20° offset with a tiny Spax screw (T-Star/Torx head) - with those you can even use it single handed without encountering any problems.

If you need to change between offset and straight, it's great that you can simply fix the bit holder without having to push all the way down into locking position - and vice versa.

I bought this because I thought it was nice to have, and only the discussion that came up made me come up with this little demo/test in return.

--

Then finally the last fly screen for the door to the patio/backyard arrived - so I installed that really quick. Love the miniature box cutter the manufacturer supplied...  [eek] [blink] [scared] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin] (the drill bit is a 2mm drill bit ...)





Kind regards,
Oliver

 






Kind regards,
Oliver

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Having worked in every room, re-modeling and modernizing, correcting mistakes and safety issues ... There's really not much left in the house that I haven't looked at over the years...

Well, there is this little junction box where the heating is connected to electricity, I simply never had the need to look into it. Now with the heating getting broken down to be temporarily removed while the foundation is cut open - I did open it.

I guess at some point my curiosity is either my death or financial ruin ...  [eek] [blink] [scared] [scared] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]



I'm sure it's fine for another week or two. ...

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Advertising (because of visible Klein Tools)

So, here just a couple of snap shots from a couple of days ago when I pulled the last coax wire and tested it. Now it's all said and done. Come November I will connect this on the other end/side.













Some fun while BBQ'ing ...



Kind regards,
Oliver

Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline neilc

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What does the yellow Klein tool tool do on the end of the coax?  Don't think I've seen one.  Looks like a pass/fail but I'm wondering what it's measuring in terms of signal.

On your electrical find on the heater.... SHOCKING!

When we demoed and remodeled our home 18 years ago, the electrical in two rooms was taped with what we call 3M Scotch tape in the boxes. The kind you use to tape paper together.  So you are probably OK relatively speaking!

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Hi Neil,

The tester is called „VDV512-101 Coax Explorer 2“ It tests for shorts and continuity. Simply put one of the four remotes on one end of the cable/installation and the tester on the other side. It‘s small, leightweight and easy to use - less bulk than the larger VDV testers and also quicker to use - especially when you don‘t need more functions or it‘s just a small installation like mine. If it‘s a bigger installation, the VDV‘s with up to 19 remotes are a better option.

I love these small gadgets, so when I was asked if I wanted to test it, albeit having the VDV501-825 Scout Pro 2 LT, I said yes :)



I know that feeling finding something like that Scotch tape in a junction box. In my case this will be OK for a couple of weeks and then these not permitted screw connectors will be replaced with Wago connectors and the wire that is just running through that box will be removed and placed next to the box in it‘s own conduit. :)

Kind regards,
Oliver
« Last Edit: July 17, 2018, 07:38 PM by six-point socket II »
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Oliver

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What's the Klein box on the end of the Systainer?

Seth


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Hi Seth,

Ron is correct, it's Klein's wireless jobsite speaker. :) I need my daily dose of music and Bloomberg Radio in between  .... ;)






Kind regards,
Oliver

« Last Edit: July 18, 2018, 07:16 AM by six-point socket II »
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Oliver

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Love the Wago wire connectors. 


By far the easiest to install or update of any I've found, and more space efficient in small boxes than wire nuts in my experience.

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Wago rocks. :)

I'm still hoping for them to either switch to Tanos completely or simply offer Systainer in addition to L-Boxx and Mini L-Boxx

https://eshop.wago.com/JPBC/0_5StartPage.jsp;jsessionid=9C4512A97598CA5B8D93E7BB8231758D?supplierAID=887-913&catalogID=WAGO01&zone=7

https://eshop.wago.com/JPBC/0_5StartPage.jsp?supplierAID=887-950&catalogID=WAGO01&zone=7

I guess one can't have everything, but this would be such a relief for my "Systainer-OCD" ;)

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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So, speaking about Wago connectors, here's a good advertisement for them. I'm changing out the luminaries in the yard and going to a different style with glass shades rather than polycarbonate shades.

I installed the old luminaries along with the Wago connectors 11 years ago. They've been exposed to the elements 24/7 for 11 years and they still look like this.  [cool]

I checked the Wagos for any rust or corrosion and found none so...back in they go into the new luminaries to provide another 11 years of service. [big grin]

The 3rd photo is a great example of why you want to tin all outside wiring connections. Compare the tinned ends and the soldered Molex connectors for corrosion, then look at the screwed connectors on the fixture itself.

This corrosion actually started one of the old luminaries on fire this winter because of arcing.
« Last Edit: July 19, 2018, 10:37 AM by Cheese »

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Those really do look spectacular for 11 years of outdoor use, @Cheese ! Not that I expected anything less from Wago - but it's always great to be proven right. :)

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Advertisement (Due to visible and used Klein Tools)

So today I got to scratch something of the "Honey do list". My better half informed me she wanted to use one of our canopies soon, of course exactly the one that "I" damaged earlier, by using it in pretty bad weather while doing another "Honey do list"-job.

To my excuse, I did order a spare part right away, but when I found it wouldn't work out of box - I set it aside.

Setting up "shop".



Broken part.



Drilling out rivets.















Cutting new joist to length.



Installing new joist. Originally I planned on using rivets, but the ones I had at hand were too short. So I simply used some bolts. Since the spare part beside being too long was also a little bit too thick, I made a small cut to relief stress/tension.







Works!  [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]





Then it was time for BBQ - two really nice Irish Entrecôtes were ready to be put over the coal ...

While waiting for the coal to get ready, we had homemade Tomato soup.



And then the fun started!









Irish Entrecôte with homegrown beans from our raised bed.



Kind regards,
Oliver
 
Kind regards,
Oliver

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I had to look up the Entrecote part-  We'd call it a Ribeye cut of Steak here in the US,- French meaning apparently is that Entrecote is a premium cut of Beef, coming from the Rib area.   The things we learn on the FOG.... [big grin]
Not as many Sanders as PA Floor guy.....

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Yeah, I know, sorry ;) - thing is, my Mom is from Belgium - so I'm more used to the French terms regarding kitchen & cooking ... Sometimes I even use a very hearty mix of terms, originating in different countries [scared] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Yeah, I know, sorry ;) - thing is, my Mom is from Belgium - so I'm more used to the French terms regarding kitchen & cooking ... Sometimes I even use a very hearty mix of terms, originating in different countries [scared] [big grin] [big grin] [big grin]

Kind regards,
Oliver
  Nothing wrong with that, you're enriching our knowledge base all the time, Oliver.... [thumbs up]
Not as many Sanders as PA Floor guy.....

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I had to look up the Entrecote part-  We'd call it a Ribeye cut of Steak here in the US,- French meaning apparently is that Entrecote is a premium cut of Beef, coming from the Rib area.   The things we learn on the FOG.... [big grin]

True, but the French cut these quite a bit thinner than anglo-saxon meat eaters. (Saves a few bucks when cooking for a larger complement — the rib eyes I source from a herd that I have co-invested in are cut in half lengthwise to turn into entrecôtes.)
Cheers, Bert Vanderveen

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Online six-point socket II

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Hi,

So here's a little update on the whole "water damage"/ broken sewer issue.

First of all, it's still not being actively worked on.

And personally, I've reached a dead end, for now, too.

So let me start be re-posting a picture.



As I have said before, the water came out where the circles are. It's a fairly small hole - a little larger than a 1/2" pipe/hose.

Now I have this cool tool from Snap-On. A BK5600DUAL55 Videoscope. I love it.



I thought I would get a better Idea of what happened and where the damage is located when I use it to look into that hole.

Right in front of the hole.



Going in.



Deeper.



And a little deeper.



Honestly, I'm lost at what I'm seeing here. There is a deep cavity, I'm not sure I'm inside the actual sewer/ clay pipe - could be still in the concrete.

So I tried from the other side - I will be forever thankful my plumber put in a piece of pipe with removable cover - but even though the cable is long enough - I can't find this cavity/damage from inside the pipe. And even in total darkness, I can't see the tiniest bit of the camera head's LED shining through when looking at the hole with the videoscope in.

I spare you the pictures, they wouldn't add anything of value anyway.

So this is basically where I am with this.

Kind regards,
Oliver

Kind regards,
Oliver

Online six-point socket II

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Hi!

So this morning my pro and his colleague came by, brought a industrial grade inspection camera and we did an extensive inspection inside the/ of the complete sewer (pipe) system. This was quite fun for me, I learned a lot.











Ladies and Gentlemen, please stay tuned. Further down the road I will say more about this, sorry for the cliffhanger - but first I want to know what the insurance company's take is on this and our results/findings ...

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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And even in total darkness, I can't see the tiniest bit of the camera head's LED shining through when looking at the hole with the videoscope in.

Hey Oliver, those pictures remind me of the many pieces of galvanized pipe used in water service that I've replaced. There was a piece of 9' pipe that I cut in thirds and I still couldn't see any light through it when I held it up to a 150 watt light bulb. The inside of the pipe was just a solid progression of rust and mineral stalagmites & stalagtites. It was hard to believe that water was even able to flow through those pipes.

Online six-point socket II

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Yeah. I can relate to that, ask me how those lead sewer pipes looked when we took them out years ago, while remodeling master bathroom and guest toilette ... ;)

But I think you will probably be as surprised as I was when I found out what really has been/ is going on there actually ...

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Waiting patiently....  But hurry up!   [tongue]

Meanwhile I've been reminded of your household antics recently.  One of my AC units died the other day.  I can't live without AC...really, I think I would shrivel up and die without it.  I found myself loading up a bunch of screwdrivers, pliers, nut drivers, multimeters and what not and heading out back to figure out what's going on.  It looked like one of your scenes from your household projects!  The only difference is, I seem to be identifying one problem at a time and resolving them as I go (blowing a fuse with each incremental test).
-Raj

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Everywhere I look I see @jobsworth avatar ... Heidi ... And I constantly have to think about Tool Time since it was brought up here, and I've watched the DVD Set I have again ...

So random picture today ... Just because ... TOOL TIME !!!!



Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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heheheh Oliver, I really like the Binford shirt hehehehe