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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #100 on: November 22, 2013, 07:21:45 PM »
MissP is about due for a dose anyways.

Why bring me into this? That is just so rude and I am offended. What does this even mean? I asked wolftie a legitimate questions about flipping because the post I initially referenced was somewhat vague and I didn't understand the meaning.

You really need to stop playing games with people here.
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #101 on: November 25, 2013, 03:23:37 AM »
Wolf I apologize if I offended you.  At times I forget you have a delicate disposition and clearly my "nature" conflicts with that. I will bow out of this thread and take my ribbing elsewhere... MissP is about due for a dose anyways.

keep up the good work though, I will watch your progress from the sidelines.

Btw, I've seen plenty of trailers on sales lot here that are 10 times nicer than my house, and that I would have no probs living in.

-Will



Wolf I apologize if I offended you.  At times I forget you have a delicate disposition and clearly my "nature" conflicts with that. I will bow out of this thread and take my ribbing elsewhere... MissP is about due for a dose anyways.

keep up the good work though, I will watch your progress from the sidelines.

Btw, I've seen plenty of trailers on sales lot here that are 10 times nicer than my house, and that I would have no probs living in.

-Will

I apologize since some of your aren't aware of all I'm dealing with.  As I read through this thread and I am totally apologetic .  I've tried to understand humor in the scope of illness and death.  I hope you can all understand ,  my mother was recently diagnosed with the worst case of what's I'm dealing with.  She is a stubborn ass person.
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #102 on: January 09, 2014, 03:16:35 PM »
OK, hoping you all might have some expertise in the heating field.  This place has a natural gas furnace that was working great until a couple of days ago.  Lost heat and had to shut the well down and drain the water lines until we get heat back.

I've contacted several furnace repairmen, but imagine....they're all booked up.

the issue:  the pilot light stays lit and fires up properly.  After the combustion chamber get hot, the fan kicks on.  Instantaneously, the flame goes out.  I can relight it over and over but it always shuts off as soon as the fan kicks on.

It appears as if there's some sort of kill switch that is telling the gas to shut off.  Any knowledge out there?

Wolfie
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #103 on: January 09, 2014, 03:41:56 PM »
OK, hoping you all might have some expertise in the heating field.  This place has a natural gas furnace that was working great until a couple of days ago.  Lost heat and had to shut the well down and drain the water lines until we get heat back.

I've contacted several furnace repairmen, but imagine....they're all booked up.

the issue:  the pilot light stays lit and fires up properly.  After the combustion chamber get hot, the fan kicks on.  Instantaneously, the flame goes out.  I can relight it over and over but it always shuts off as soon as the fan kicks on.

It appears as if there's some sort of kill switch that is telling the gas to shut off.  Any knowledge out there?

Wolfie

This sounds very similar to what we experienced.  It would kick on and then shut down.  One chamber wasn't lighting, due to the chamber rusting through.  I think there are 3 or 4 chambers.  It is designed to shut down, if all chambers don't light.  Otherwise, you have gas coming out with no flame burning it in that chamber.  Good protection. 

We were told by 2 HVAC guys that it would cost like $1,000 to fix.  I think that was due to the age of the furnace.  It was about 25 years old.  We opted to just upgrade.  Hopefully, that won't be the case with you and they can fix it and maybe yours is a totally different issue.  But, if it is older, they said this is a common issue. 

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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #104 on: January 09, 2014, 03:53:51 PM »
This furnace has a single combustion chamber.  The home is 14 years old and the furnace worked fine until this happened.  It wasn't used for almost 3 years and I had it serviced after I bought the place.  It's strange as the pilot stays lit until the blower kicks on.  I don't know if there's some sort of relay that tells the pilot to shut down.  I'm googling like hell.
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #105 on: January 09, 2014, 04:10:41 PM »
That happened to my water heater and the repair guy said some thingamajiggy went bad . Hope this helps .

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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #106 on: January 09, 2014, 04:22:32 PM »
You may have already found this.  I googled too. 

"It can be one of two things. A limit is being tripped and killing 24v to the gas valve and bringing on the blower or you have a crack or hole in your heat exchanger and when the blower kicks on it blows the flame away from the flame sensor. In any case it could be dangerous and you would want to get the system checked out."

http://www.askmehelpdesk.com/heating-air-conditioning/furnace-lights-has-flame-but-shuts-off-when-blower-starts-413424.html

This also talks about flame sensor with pics.

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,23422513



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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #107 on: January 09, 2014, 04:23:48 PM »
That happened to my water heater and the repair guy said some thingamajiggy went bad . Hope this helps .

I found several thingamajiggies, just don't know to test them.   ;D
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #108 on: January 09, 2014, 04:30:14 PM »
Im going out on a limb here because I do not know the right terms . Sounds like the pilot light thing is going bad and that's the problem . I had to light my water heater about 3 times a week before I figured out the wind in my attic was not the problem as I assumed .

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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #109 on: January 09, 2014, 04:34:00 PM »
You may have already found this.  I googled too. 

"It can be one of two things. A limit is being tripped and killing 24v to the gas valve and bringing on the blower or you have a crack or hole in your heat exchanger and when the blower kicks on it blows the flame away from the flame sensor. In any case it could be dangerous and you would want to get the system checked out."

http://www.askmehelpdesk.com/heating-air-conditioning/furnace-lights-has-flame-but-shuts-off-when-blower-starts-413424.html

This also talks about flame sensor with pics.

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,23422513

thanks for the link.  I already tested the thermostat and eliminated that.  I'm suspecting something is killing the voltage causing the pilot to immediately extinguish.  Oh well, I'll just use the fireplace when I'm there and wait on the repairman. 
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #110 on: January 09, 2014, 04:43:32 PM »
  I don't know if there's some sort of relay that tells the pilot to shut down.  I'm googling like hell.


Hey Greg,...

A couple things here.  First, you may want to see if you can adjust the pilot light flame. Most of these are adjustable, and you may have to turn it up a little.  If you look at the pilot light, there should be a small gas line, running from the pilot light to another small gas control unit.  There should be a small slotted screw, that is used to adjust ONLY the pilot light flame height. It should be marked.

Second. Connected closely to the pilot flame ( In fact it is probably partially in the pilot light flame, is a small rod. ( about 1 1/2 inches long, and smaller in diameter than a pencil )

This rod is the thermocouple, that turns the flame off ( cuts the gas, to the pilot), should the flame become extinguished, for whatever reason. Once the flame goes out, the rod cools and causes the control mechanism, to stop feeding gas to the pilot.  Older furnaces ( many years ago) never had these, in which case, should the flame go out, there would be a small amount of gas leaking.

The thermocouple has a small line that runs to the gas control unit also.


The 3 things I would check, is two make sure the flame is adjusted properly on the pilot light, and that the thermocouple is functioning properly.

I would also check all access panels to make sure they are secured properly.  Seems to me, that I remember a shield of sorts around the pilot light, to help prevent the flame from going out. I would look for any possible missing sheilds or deflectors, around the pilot light

If any of the above is unfamiliar , then you really need to call someone to check the pilot flame and thermocouple. You don't need an explosion!!  :o


Pilot light thermocouple:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNd2TAddg78


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Offline wolfter

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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #111 on: January 09, 2014, 04:48:31 PM »
thanks Ray.  I'm going to change the thermocouple first.  I doubted it was the problem since it does light.  Normally, a pilot won't stay lit at all once it fails.  For no more than it costs, it's worth trying.  This unit doesn't have an adjustable pilot.
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #112 on: January 09, 2014, 04:52:45 PM »


By the way, Gas hot water tanks have this thermocouple also.  It's code.


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 As of 12/10/14,  t-cells are at 350,  Previous 8/25/14--- 402/ Viral load remains <40

 Current % is at 13% / Previous 8/25/14 11%

  
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #113 on: January 09, 2014, 04:54:27 PM »

By the way, Gas hot water tanks have this thermocouple also.  It's code.


Ray

You sir are making me look bad with all your fancy correct information  .  ;)

Offline wolfter

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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #114 on: January 10, 2014, 12:19:14 PM »
The repairman discovered the problem.  There is in fact a slight crack in the combustion chamber.  I made the problem worse by turning the heat down below 50 while not there.  When it suddenly got so cold, it was sucking too much air, thereby putting out the flame.

Because it's warmer, he was able to get it going again.  He says as long as I don't turn the heat down that low again, it should last through the season.  It'll be cheaper to replace it in the Spring as opposed to now.

I'm considering converting it to electric anyways. 
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #115 on: February 26, 2014, 03:08:12 PM »
Here are the latest pictures of the place.  I have the front rooms and one bathroom capable of being used.  I can tolerate painted subfloors until I get everything else done.  I have a pair of devoted slippers while hanging out there.

I divided the LR into several different areas.  That is too large for one room.  It also has a decent sized DR that I'll just put a more formal set that'll seldom be used.  My next goal upon healing is the floors.  In the mean time, it's relaxing to have a place to hang out and be alone.  :)







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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #116 on: February 26, 2014, 03:29:38 PM »
That's a big space Greg! Looking forward to seeing the flooring.
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #117 on: February 26, 2014, 04:50:21 PM »
where do the double doors lead?

you should provide us floor plans LOL

that place is looking SO much nicer. You have done a lot of very good work!
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #118 on: February 28, 2014, 09:52:33 AM »
where do the double doors lead?

you should provide us floor plans LOL

that place is looking SO much nicer. You have done a lot of very good work!

Those lead to the master suite.  That entire area measures 28' x 16' so I should be able to end up with a fabulous master closet.  I will custom build it.  I can't afford my desired cherry wood so I'll use birch with a cherry stain.  That area had the worst damage and I had to gut it to the joists but already have the subfloors all reinstalled. 

I had a foundation expert over a couple of days ago.  I wasn't sure why so much of the trim had come loose and was afraid of settling.  He said it was perfect and a lot of the issues probably arose from sitting empty with no heat for so long...thank goodness.  More money saved.  :)  I'm happy beyond belief that all the mechanicals were fine and simply needed servicing.

I already bought the components for my dry bar.  That large alcove in one picture will house a fabulous bar area. 

My dream was always to rehab an old Victorian or farmhouse, and this actually taught me a lot. 

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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #119 on: March 10, 2014, 05:01:58 PM »
WOW you have had a major project on your hands.  The place looks huge!  Just a matter of weeks and you will have those windows open to let in the warm spring air. 

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« Reply #120 on: June 26, 2014, 08:53:42 AM »
My closet update.  I've spent a week now customizing my closet.  I built my own shoe rack that still needs a couple of more shelves added and a casual clothes unit. Not too shabby considering this was a complete tear out and rebuild.

It has been a stressful year, dealing with this place, mom's illness and such.  Several times I was on the verge but somehow dealt with it better than I have in the past.  I even considered selling it as it seemed so daunting.  I also considered taking out a loan so I could pay to have it all completed.

Now that it's pert near done, I am ever so grateful that I didn't have to finance anything.  It feels awesome to have a sense of financial freedom that comes from not having a mortgage or rent payment.  I also petitioned for a tax abatement and was granted one for 2 years.  It's part of a program where they're encouraging people to buy distressed homes and fix them up.  They'll eventually garner more tax revenue in the long run so it benefits everyone.





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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #121 on: June 26, 2014, 09:01:43 AM »
remodeling in our bedrooms - including my closet where some of the improperly installed racks have ripped out of the wall!! - commences next week.... maybe. LOL I still have a ton of cabinet doors to paint in the kitchen; but that shouldn't hinder my brother and his crew from doing the two bed and bath rooms.

Good work on your house!!
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #122 on: June 26, 2014, 09:15:32 AM »
As I told you Mikey, I was amazed at your recent remodeling projects. 

Another goal I had was to replace all the 80's style, gold plated fixtures.  After an expensive ceiling fan and table lamp, I decided to temporarily fix all the problem gold plated items in the house.  I wanted everything in brushed nickle, but lord it's costly.  I bought several cans of brushed nickle spray paint.

The dining room ceiling is the last one that needs painted but that god awful gold fixture was driving me crazy.  A little paint and I can at least live with it for a while.  More pics for your pleasure.  :)








I just noticed that I need a little more ceiling paint around this fixture.  :(
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #123 on: June 26, 2014, 10:20:13 AM »
replace all the 80's style, gold plated fixtures.  After an expensive ceiling fan and table lamp, I decided to temporarily fix all the problem gold plated items in the house.  I wanted everything in brushed nickle, but lord it's costly.  I bought several cans of brushed nickle spray paint.
ROFLMAO
we've been changing out those gold fixtures for brushed nickle too! Lord! Are switch plates expensive!!
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #124 on: June 27, 2014, 10:08:23 AM »
I like the brushed nickel Greg. Great solution!

For some reason I think the pics of your shoes is just the tip of the iceberg. Where are you hiding the rest?
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #125 on: July 20, 2014, 11:27:18 AM »
Jeff, here are the problem cabinets I was discussing with you.  I HAVE to get rid of the gold inlay design.  I was thinking of maybe just replacing the glass with simple colored glass but if you have any suggestions I'll listen.  Perhaps pay someone to create something unique?



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« Reply #126 on: July 20, 2014, 12:18:26 PM »
I'm familiar with those type cabinets and its not to terribly difficult to pop the glass or plastic out to change it up but it is really expensive to buy that much stain glass in that large of sheets . If you had some one do leaded glass it would be thousands to have it done ... copper foil would allow you to foil and solder smaller pieces together but is very expensive also .

Have you considered primer and paint as an option ... or decorative tin like old ceiling tile ?     

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« Reply #127 on: July 20, 2014, 12:33:00 PM »
Wow so industrious and such good results. I like those cabinets. I like the gold but of course now it doesn't go with your theme. Why not just put in clear glass. Or frosted plain glass.

I know Im a bit eclectic but what do people have against mixing gold and silver? My kitchen has mostly brushed stainless but I have brass mixed in and it looks homey. I even put glittery gold stars and comets stickers on my silvery fridge. Anyway I like it.

To me mixing gold tone and silver tones with wood warms up the silver.
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« Reply #128 on: July 20, 2014, 12:38:08 PM »
whats the final look you're going for wolfie? punched tin panels in the cabinet doors would look very cracker barrel country, but would blend with the brushed nickel

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« Reply #129 on: July 21, 2014, 08:09:31 AM »
I'm trying to achieve a toned down Turkish theme with a little French Riviera thrown in.  Definitely not doing a country theme.

Any sort of tin or punched metal will definitely produce a country feel.  I had a friend who's a real estate agent give me a detailed list of things that should be replaced based on the current market.  He says that's the number one complaint from home seekers is 80's style fixtures.

He says this will be an easy sell if I choose to go that route.  He knows of no other properties this close to the lake that has 3 lots.  I sit directly across from the Yacht club and boat launches so this would be ideal for some of the seasonal people. 

I guess I'll settle for colored glass as I see stained glass panels are out of touch with my pocketbook.
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« Reply #130 on: July 21, 2014, 08:25:41 AM »
The reason I mentioned tin was because they are not always punched or country ... some are contemporary in design and very easy to work with . I do like the idea of glass though .

Wolfe ... I used to go to glass company in town and raid the dumpster with their permission . They installed new windows for folks and brought back the old ones with the old wavy glass .

I would take the glass and foil the edges in copper and solder them together its super easy to do . I have a cabinet in my kitchen that I used old glass I found and threw a in few bevels I bought to dress them up .

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« Reply #131 on: July 21, 2014, 08:35:52 AM »
One of the things I like about copper foil work is you can incorporate anything interesting into the piece as long as it can be foiled and soldered . I have made windows out of everything to bits or metal to geode slices ... the geode slices are beautiful when back-lit or in a window . This is not specific advice advice for your projects but considering all the possibility's can get your creative juices flowing and lead to the perfect plan .     

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« Reply #132 on: July 21, 2014, 09:00:57 AM »
I've been searching and I found some really pretty options.  Home Depot has different colored glass and I'm really drawn to the bold red.  It has that wavy look to it.  I think that means it has a higher led level?  removing the existing glass will be a piece of cake.  It is only caulked into place.

There's a product also available where you can frost existing glass but I know the existing design will be visible.  And I'm a dumb ass, my sister is the office manager at a glass manufacturing plant so I'll give her a holler and see if she has any thing I might be able to use.
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« Reply #133 on: July 25, 2014, 10:25:47 AM »
Awesome!!!!  I got the replacement panes ordered today at an unbelievable price.  FREE!!!!  My sister's company has both P516 obscure glass and frosted acid etched glass.  She is bringing them to me next week and I told her I prefer the acid ones.

She is bringing me a sample of the obscure just make sure.
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« Reply #134 on: July 25, 2014, 03:01:07 PM »
having relatives in certain professions sure can be helpful. That whole island we installed in the kitchen came at almost no expense.

pictures. i wanna pix of these new panes when you get them installed. :D
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #135 on: July 26, 2014, 10:14:13 AM »
A bit off topic but I rec'd other pretty good news yesterday that was the antithesis of the original news that I was initially upset about.  Right after my mother's diagnosis, she took out a loan on her pick up truck to finance a long, around the country vacation visiting all her sisters.  I didn't even know about this until we were going through her financials.  I've obviously changed my mindset and am glad she did that.

I made a ridiculously low offer to the finance company expecting that they would reject it.  None of us really need another truck and weren't willing to pay what they loaned her on it.  They accepted my $500 offer to settle the debt.  I asked each of my siblings if they wanted it and none did.  So now my 30 year old S10 has a younger companion S10.  It's purple, but what the heck.  :) 

We've also all reached the point where we're ready to deal with her personal affects.  Every time I've entered her bedroom, I became overwhelmed.  None of us have been able to sort through things.  We're going down later to pack it up to donate to a local church that provides free clothing to the needy.  I see an emotion packed evening.
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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #136 on: July 26, 2014, 10:24:11 AM »
A bit off topic but I rec'd other pretty good news yesterday that was the antithesis of the original news that I was initially upset about.  Right after my mother's diagnosis, she took out a loan on her pick up truck to finance a long, around the country vacation visiting all her sisters.  I didn't even know about this until we were going through her financials.  I've obviously changed my mindset and am glad she did that.

I made a ridiculously low offer to the finance company expecting that they would reject it.  None of us really need another truck and weren't willing to pay what they loaned her on it.  They accepted my $500 offer to settle the debt.  I asked each of my siblings if they wanted it and none did.  So now my 30 year old S10 has a younger companion S10.  It's purple, but what the heck.  :) 

We've also all reached the point where we're ready to deal with her personal affects.  Every time I've entered her bedroom, I became overwhelmed.  None of us have been able to sort through things.  We're going down later to pack it up to donate to a local church that provides free clothing to the needy.  I see an emotion packed evening.

I know that when my dad died I payed off his credit cards although it was my understanding that his estate was not under any obligation to do so ... not sure about an automobile loan though . It could be they were happy to get anything they could from you .

I had to gather my dads possessions when I sold his home and it was hard to part with things and very emotional ... it took me a few years to get rid of the things I had no need of so I am looking back and remembering that when I read where you are in the process .

Hope you can get through this with some happy memories ... its a tough part and almost like having to say goodbye again . Hugs . 

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Re: Finally made the plunge
« Reply #137 on: July 26, 2014, 10:36:13 AM »
Hope you can get through this with some happy memories ... its a tough part and almost like having to say goodbye again
sorting through someone's belongings is the second worst part of them dying. :-X It really is a time when you say goodbye. Goodbye to things in your childhood (often parents will still own things we made/bought/had as children), goodbye to times you shared together and just goodbye.

My thoughts when doing this "sorting" was to get rid of as many things as possible and only keep the things I could really use or that really "mattered". Things I didn't know what to do with or didn't know if I should part with, I simply boxed up. Then during my subsequent moves (which happened yrs later), I've revisited those boxes and threw away more. It was easier to pare down to the essential items to keep when some time had gone by.

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