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2020-05-10 08:14:30
The cheap bathroom vanity pulled away from the wall (because our bathroom floor is slightly sloped and does not make a 90-degree angle with the wall).
I got to fixing it by adding a bunch of structural support and tying it to the wall with a much stronger setup. I then added shims to the bottom to take up the gap.
You can stand on the thing now and it is rock solid.

Not pictured are the large "L" brackets I used to tie the sides to the back/wall.

2020-05-10 08:27:25
There is something about this wall in our galley kitchen that causes the paint to peel and bubble away from the wall.
This is might be the first time of three that I've had to repaint it. Each time it gets a bit better. Hopefully one day we will tear down this house and the problem will be solved.

2020-05-10 08:57:04
Now that the roof leak has been fixed (see earlier update) the damage done to the office ceiling due to the leak can be repaired.
No "after" pics but you get the idea.
(I didn't just paint. I filled the crack with construction adhesive.)

A lot of this recent house work was important to do in preparation for an assessor coming to the house to determine the value. This is so we can try to drop primary mortgage insurance early. Only maybe 8 months early, but that's the best we could do. Saving that $80 a month will be great.

2020-05-26 10:45:33
This is me restoring the entryway plinths for my house.
This represents ~16 months worth of work, most of it gluing popsicle sticks to one of the plinths to bring it back to life.
I do not recommend this approach.

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2020-05-30 09:10:52
One of the first things we did when we got the house was to convert to a gas range in the kitchen. We had the most incompetent plumbers come cap off the gas logs in the fireplace, and run a new line to the kitchen. They did not take into account how shallow the recess was on the back of the stove, and ran the pipe up through the floor WAY too far from the baseboard. This caused us to have to live with the stove sticking out from the counters. We kicked them out of our house after they forcefully tried to ram the stove into place.

Well, ever since then I'd noticed a scent marker smell over by our natural gas meter. I didn't think anything of it, and just assumed it was normal for them to leak a little? I don't know, I was a bit busy back then and could not think it through properly.

Well, now that I'm spending a bit more time over in that area messing with other things, I got to thinking about it again and how it started only after the plumbers came. I figured it probably should not have a small leak, so I took some soapy water and started spraying. I found the leak very quickly. I turned off the gas and removed the connection to find a bit of a bad job. I cleaned up the tapered flanges of copper shavings and put it back together but it still leaked. I grabbed some yellow Teflon tape designed for gas lines and used it to fill in the tiny scratches in the surfaces and that did the trick.

Last edited by BenFenner on 2020-05-30 at 09-12-47.
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