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Offline 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 »
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Offline 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

Offline six-point socket II

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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 »
Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline grobkuschelig

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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.

Offline six-point socket II

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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

Offline six-point socket II

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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

Offline six-point socket II

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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

Offline six-point socket II

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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!

Offline six-point socket II

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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 »
Kind regards,
Oliver

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

Seth


Offline six-point socket II

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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

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Oliver

Offline neilc

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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.

Offline six-point socket II

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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