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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeyplayer1015 View Post
    Came home from working away for past 4 weeks late tonight. Forgot to remotely lower my central AC temp. Wouldn't have mattered anyways, because the batteries to the thermostat went dead 10 days ago. Put new batteries in and the unit still didn't seem to come on. 3 sweaty hours later, with the temp coming down from 85 to 83, the lightbulb goes off in my head, to check and see if the condensation drip pan got full and triggered the safety shut off for the unit. You bet. Tired me is somewhat ashamed that I didn't check that sooner. Now (very) slowly cooling off me is thanking the Big Guy that I had a wet vac that I just so happened to purchase the day before I left.

    Only got rid of the water under the unit, I'll worry about the apparently clogged drain once I wake up from much needed rest.
    Had same trouble last year and bought one of those test tube cleaner brushes (narrow - don't get the fat one as it has trouble with the pipe bends) and got rid of the gunk that was clogging the pipe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Had same trouble last year and bought one of those test tube cleaner brushes (narrow - don't get the fat one as it has trouble with the pipe bends) and got rid of the gunk that was clogging the pipe.
    I'm going to try the vacuum first on the drain outside once it's daylight. If that doesn't work, I'll keep that in mind as a plan B.

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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    My son and his family have contracted on a house in rural MD. The house has a well and septic system. I know how to deal with a septic system, but I've never had well water.

    The well test came back positive for lead (everything else was to code). For those of you who have a well, how do you deal with filtering it and what do you use? They've asked the seller to remediate the lead issue.

    I'm curious on how to keep the water healthy. Concern is they have 2 little ones and water contaminants are bad.

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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    My son and his family have contracted on a house in rural MD. The house has a well and septic system. I know how to deal with a septic system, but I've never had well water.

    The well test came back positive for lead (everything else was to code). For those of you who have a well, how do you deal with filtering it and what do you use? They've asked the seller to remediate the lead issue.

    I'm curious on how to keep the water healthy. Concern is they have 2 little ones and water contaminants are bad.

    Thanks!
    I have a whole house reverse osmosis system. I'm pretty sure that covers lead removal, but taking some guy's word for that on the internet is not recommended. Having said that there are pros and cons. Pros include water that is considerably lower in impurities then even filtered bottled water. Cons include it's a fairly costly system, $10-15k installed (guessing there) it's not really very efficient, and it takes up a lot of space. I have a 500 gallon tank to store purified water, for example. But it does work.
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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    id be asking a water specialist not uscho. Id want to know where the lead came from.

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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    My current house is my first experience with well water. In the spring I have so much water it gushes our the top of my well around the cap!

    New construction 2014.

    My well tested safe with no filtering/treatment, but I’m considering adding a sediment filter, since we do get some drilling debris (small gravel/sand) that we need to remove be from faucet aerators and appliance filters. If the lead is coming from the well, you’ll need a filtering system. The lead could come from plumbing as well depending on age of the home. Contact a company that specializes in this. Filtering lead should be straightforward.

    Have it tested yearly

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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    I ah e zero experience with residential water.

    But I agree on annual testing. RO systems are the gold standard but as was mentioned they aren’t terribly efficient. Wisko mentioned install costs but I also know upkeep/membrane costs can be very high as well.

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    LG gas oven throws an F11 code now and then. Found a guide and ran a test and it tells me I need a new igniter. Medium effort to replace.

    Ordered the part from Amazon ($68+) and it arrives Tuesday. If you hear of a large gas explosion in Maryland later this week, blame me.
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    Fridge died last weekend, so I got to upgrade from a usable but boring white Maytag to a stainless steel French Door with bottom freezer. Very pretty. Some of the challenge was finding one to fit the footprint - we only have. 31.5 inch slot to put the fridge. Very happy with the upgrade.

    Repainted our bedroom today. We had painted it when we moved in (Valspar Rare Wine, it's eggplant), but had used a semi-gloss finish. We were worried that the dark paint would absorb the light and not give the richness we were looking for. WRONG! The sheen bounced light everywhere and looked ridiculous. Repainted today with an eggshell finish and it looks exactly like I hoped - warm, inviting, and luscious. Was most definitely worth the effort. I still like the semi-gloss finish on our walls downstairs (we have light gray and blue) because it reflects light well and brightens up the smaller living spaces.

    We also changed out all the outlets, switches, and other plates from almond to white (I'll put the plates up tomorrow once the paint has 24 hours to dry, but the outlets and switches are in).


    Now - finishing building cornice boxes to hang black out curtains (and regular curtains).

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    Installed Nest Hello over the weekend. It's both creepy with its surveillance and alerts, and yet fun to watch.

    I've learned that my subdivision is boring even during the days I'm not home.

    The wife and I are also thinking of getting cameras for the back yard and the front yard as well. We had some footprints last winter after a fresh snow around the driveway like someone was trying to snoop through the neighborhood cars.

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