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This is a home (no pun intended) for home maintenance issues, questions, tips and hints.
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  2. The old (not working) dishwasher has been removed by the landlord, and replaced with one that works
  3. A mixture of soil and sand makes good fill as does just sand. The sand will filter down into the soil as time goes on leaving the soil on top. Clay will not do what sand does. It will pack and may become slick when it rains and will hard to dig in later. At least that has been my experience
  4. Would like to level my yard a bit for trip hazards and looks. If I was to raise certain areas up by 6 - 8 inches, would you use fill dirt or clay than topsoil? Thoughts?
  5. Hot wire should go to switch first, typically a black wire. The white wire or neutral goes driectly to the device. Ground, green wire or bare would go to the ground. If you wire the hot to the neutral the cassis or case could be hot. White is the current carrying ground or center tap on the trasnformer. Green is non current carrying ground. Sounds like a good way to kill someone. Switch on the neutral side would allow for power on the device and touching the device, you coul dbecome the neutral, or path to ground. That is deadly. You can buy these with GFCI testing buttons. Good to test you GFCI's, bathroom, kitchen, outdoor outlets at least once a year.
  6. As a procrastinator - I deserve an award. . . LOL I opened a small section of the exterior siding to access plumbing. That was 15 months ago. Still haven't returned the piece of siding back to where it belongs. Now, squirrels and/or chipmunk are enjoying life in the attic. I heard these creatures don't like peppermint. Also heard that shavings of Irish Spring bar soap is a deterrent. Does anyone have other non-lethal solutions? Once I know they are gone I will put that piece of siding back. That's a promise !!!
  7. I have cleared out that space I mentioned ... a while ago ... and inserted the drawers that actually was meant to be there. One more for my procrastination-list: Mount a bracket for my newly purchased cordless vacuum cleaner. I must first decide whether to hang it downstairs or upstairs ...
  8. On Saturday, I took care of drilling through mortar to hang 2 dusk to dawn lights outside garage. Used a Ryobi SDS+ hammer drill with 3/8 masonry drill 12 inches long. I made a few mistakes but got it done safely. On the light by my front door that was done first as a replacement of an older light fixture.
  9. A step closer to doing something about the dishwasher: Some time next week (but not tomorrow), I will be clearing out a small storage space for easier access. When that is done, I'll be calling ... either Bosch service or a plumber.
  10. I just said the same thing ... because my toe hurts. Vacuuming the car needs to be done before Friday. I thought yesterday that I would be doing it today ... And it’s raining a little, I think.
  11. I always keep saying: tomorrow I’ll fix it..... but when someone asks me te next day when I start..... I say.... Tomorrow 😇😂
  12. I called the car repair. He has retired! I called TWO other car repairs. Both were closed for summer. Is that possible?!! Yup. I stopped by the nearest car repair after it opened again, and I am HAPPY to report that my car will be checked in less than two weeks
  13. That sounds like a nice job for reinforced concrete for a hammer drill. I wish my dog could hear. He seems to be deaf. He can see well and smell for an older dog. I've installed some Ring cameras for exterior surveillance. All exterior cams 1080p. And installed some anti rabbit hard plastic at the bottom of pvc fence (small gaps). It was fun
  14. Hmmm. Seems I am the only actual procrastinator with a need to confess 😄 I knew I didn't make a complete list. Since I can't edit my original post, here it goes: My dishwasher has been out of order for a while now. Time to call someone ... but who? The appliance was here already when I moved in. The landlord won't do anything about it. An electrician I know says it's not his table. A plumber, maybe ... or Bosch service. Oh, and I really need to call the car repair for EU control of my lovely Honda Prelude vehicle.
  15. I have updated my studio computer. I forgot to put in on the list in my first post, but hey: Studio computer updated That satisfied feeling ... Drawers and door hinges, however ...
  16. Oh, I did so many repairs during the lockdown that some keep coming to mind. The kitchen door used to scratch the floor. Sometimes a bit of gravel got stuck and it made a horrible screeching noise. So I unmounted the door and shaved the lower end with a sander machine. The sander cost me like 20 euro and made the job much easier. It wasn't perfect, but nobody can see it anyway and now it doesn't scratch anymore.
  17. Which model do you have? Personally, I haven't gotten around to putting the jobs off ... I'm too busy putting off making the list
  18. Thanks for the ideas. Unfortunately she already bought the camera some months ago and I have kept delaying it.
  19. That is good to know. I might jump right in and do the same. My Mom enjoys watching the birds and the deers and I would love for her to have an upclose view of them. Thanks for the encouragement.
  20. If you check the Wyze cameras on Amazon, they supposedly have solar power now to run them. The camera themselves is very good, but haven't tried the solar panel option yet. I plan to do so soon though.
  21. What an animal-friendly project your wife's idea is I think an actual electrician would be required for that job in Norway. (Not sure) Let us (thread-readers) now how it goes!
  22. Yes, my wife wants me to install a webcam in the backyard, to be able to watch our dogs and speak to them from work. The problem is that we don't have any electrical socket outside, so I need to drill a hole through the wall (a really thick wall of reinforced concrete) behind one of the sockets, then pass a wire, install a weather-proof socket there, then 7 meters of wire until the point where I want to install the camera. I keep procrastinating as you can imagine... But at some point I will have to get my hands on it.
  23. Thank you! 🌼 Feels good to be here! And what an impressive effort you have made in fix & repairs! Anything left on the to do list? Now, you reminded me of that door handle ... 🤦‍♀️ 0K, another item added to the list 😆 (How do I edit my first post ... ) Proper tools are a must! It is also possible to procrastinate by going out and actually buying proper tools Or making a list of tools needed. And waiting for sale ...
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