• FSX_DIY - D.I.Y Chat, Tips + Tricks

    From Avon@21:1/100 to All on Tue May 25 22:11:50 2021
    Hi All,

    This echomail area FSX_DIY was created on 25 May 2021 in fsxNet.

    [snip]

    FSX_DIY - Who needs a professional when you can do it yourself! Discussions
    about all things DIY and how best to do them are welcome. At the end
    we want you to come home and find your significant other still
    smiling :)

    [snip]

    Best, Paul.
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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to Avon on Thu May 27 21:50:00 2021
    Discussions about all things DIY and how best to do them are welcome.
    At the end we want you to come home and find your significant
    other still smiling :)

    Chuckle, as I read this, I was already mentally inserting a significant other still alive... Closest I've gotten to DIY recently is replacing tap washers there was a time this would've been run of the mill. But it seems to qualify these days.

    Spec


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  • From Avon@21:1/101 to Spectre on Sat May 29 12:03:06 2021
    On 27 May 2021 at 09:50p, Spectre pondered and said...

    other still alive... Closest I've gotten to DIY recently is replacing
    tap washers there was a time this would've been run of the mill. But it seems to qualify these days.

    I confess I am not the DIY chap in our household, my wife is way more
    inclined in that space than am I. Still as they say, god loves a trier.
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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to Avon on Sat May 29 11:29:00 2021
    I confess I am not the DIY chap in our household, my wife is way more inclined in that space than am I. Still as they say, god loves a trier.

    I have the building trade background, so ahh yeah I'm the DIY dude... although as "The Man" says, "a mans got to know his limitations". In the building game you could always pickup plenty of info on other trades by keeping your peepers open and if need be asking a few questions.

    I've had a couple of near complete house reno's the odd bathroom rebuild, and probably a fair amount of stuff that would horrify the appropriate trade... but nothing too dangerous, I leave the elecktrickery to the sparkies and most of the plumbing to a plumber...

    Spec


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  • From Warpslide@21:3/110 to Avon on Sat May 29 07:55:08 2021
    On 29 May 2021, Avon said the following...

    I confess I am not the DIY chap in our household, my wife is way more inclined in that space than am I. Still as they say, god loves a trier.

    I will DIY it if I can. A lot of stuff is just "common sense" whereas other stuff can be way more complicated.

    A couple of years ago it seemed like our central AC stopped working. You
    could hear the thermostat click in and the AC would just "hum" but never
    really "kick in". I brought up some youtube videos & one suggested giving
    the fan some help by spinning it first and then setting the thermostat to AC.

    Wouldn't you know it, that little bit of help got the AC going (until the
    next time it stopped). The video said if that was the case, all you need is
    a new capacitor and went on to show where it is & how to replace it.

    Turns out it was super simple, I took the old one out (which was quite rusty
    & bulging) and went down to a local electronics supply store and said "I need
    a new one of these".

    $30 & 45 minutes later our AC has been working fine ever since.


    Jay
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  • From Sparky@21:1/192 to Spectre on Sat May 29 13:08:04 2021
    Been a sparky for 25 years now and yes I am a DIYer and have done just about anything. I just study up before starting a project then hit the ground running. Remodeled a Kitchen, 2 bathrooms, replaced all the plumbing in 2 houses, replaced bad block in one house and getting ready to install a mini split in my current abode.
    Jeff
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  • From tallship@21:2/104 to Sparky on Mon May 31 13:17:42 2021
    On 29 May 2021, Sparky said the following...

    Been a sparky for 25 years now and yes I am a DIYer and have done just Jeff


    I'm just testing to see if any of my posts to echo's are going out. Lemme
    know if this is seen okay? :)
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  • From Lightman@21:3/143 to tallship on Tue Jun 1 16:18:19 2021

    I'm just testing to see if any of my posts to echo's are going out. Lemme know if this is seen okay? :)


    yup.
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  • From Avon@21:1/101 to tallship on Wed Jun 2 20:09:16 2021
    On 31 May 2021 at 01:17p, tallship pondered and said...

    I'm just testing to see if any of my posts to echo's are going out. Lemme know if this is seen okay? :)

    Yep but it may be you don't see this as odd on your messages will purge at midnight...

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  • From Avon@21:1/101 to Sparky on Wed Jun 2 20:09:50 2021
    On 29 May 2021 at 01:08p, Sparky pondered and said...

    Been a sparky for 25 years now and yes I am a DIYer and have done just about anything. I just study up before starting a project then hit the ground running. Remodeled a Kitchen, 2 bathrooms, replaced all the plumbing in 2 houses, replaced bad block in one house and getting ready
    to install a mini split in my current abode.

    Jeff have you played much with the Phillips Hue lights and or similar?
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  • From HusTler@21:4/10 to Lightman on Wed Jun 2 06:44:18 2021
    Re: Re: Do U DIY?
    By: Lightman to tallship on Tue Jun 01 2021 04:18 pm

    I'm just testing to see if any of my posts to echo's are going out.
    Lemme know if this is seen okay? :)


    yup.

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  • From Sparky@21:1/192 to tallship on Tue Jun 1 17:11:37 2021
    On 31 May 2021, tallship said the following...

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    On 29 May 2021, Sparky said the following...

    Been a sparky for 25 years now and yes I am a DIYer and have done jus Jeff


    I'm just testing to see if any of my posts to echo's are going out. Lemme know if this is seen okay? :)

    Looks like your getting out just fine.
    Jeff
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  • From Sparky@21:1/192 to Avon on Wed Jun 2 19:10:07 2021
    Jeff have you played much with the Phillips Hue lights and or similar?

    I haven't but I know someone who has them and really likes them. He uses Alexa routines to "set the mood" in his family room for watching movies and TV. I am thinking of getting a RGB LED Bias set to put behind my tv that will change color depending on what's on the screen. https://www.amazon.com/Backlights-Govee-Compatible-Lighting-Calibrate/dp/B07JKV KZX8?tag=edit-tech-round-up-20&ascsubtag=04TVvKdSyRwSslwopbDd2Vp
    It helps when watching in a dark room.
    Jeff
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  • From Avon@21:1/101 to Sparky on Sat Jun 12 10:22:25 2021
    On 02 Jun 2021 at 07:10p, Sparky pondered and said...

    Jeff have you played much with the Phillips Hue lights and or similar

    I haven't but I know someone who has them and really likes them. He uses Alexa routines to "set the mood" in his family room for watching movies and TV. I am thinking of getting a RGB LED Bias set to put behind my tv that will change color depending on what's on the screen.

    I have some bulbs in the house and have linked them to my alexa devices. The niggle I have found is that after a powercut the alexa seems to have lost contact with the bulbs and now now longer remembers the room profiles I set
    up either.

    Trying to rescan for the hardware is also failing :( So yeah, a bunch of
    bulbs I can't do much with at the moment :(
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  • From Sparky@21:1/192 to Avon on Sun Jun 13 08:41:34 2021
    I have some bulbs in the house and have linked them to my alexa devices. The niggle I have found is that after a powercut the alexa seems to have lost contact with the bulbs and now now longer remembers the room
    profiles I set up either.

    Sigh, I have several lamps that are on mains plug in devices to turn them on/off with Alexa. I have one that i have had to reconnect to the network a couple of times but have been fortunate that so far everything works after a power failure. From what I have read there is a wide range of "quality" in both devices and software (skills) that is out there. I do notice there always seems to be improvement in things as we go along.
    Jeff
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  • From Avon@21:1/101 to Sparky on Mon Jun 14 14:44:05 2021
    On 13 Jun 2021 at 08:41a, Sparky pondered and said...

    on/off with Alexa. I have one that i have had to reconnect to the
    network a couple of times but have been fortunate that so far everything works after a power failure. From what I have read there is a wide range of "quality" in both devices and software (skills) that is out there. I
    do notice there always seems to be improvement in things as we go along.

    yep I need to spend some time to try and get mine all working again, I just need that thing they call 'time' to do so :)
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  • From Sparky@21:1/192 to Avon on Mon Jun 14 17:42:19 2021
    yep I need to spend some time to try and get mine all working again, I just need that thing they call 'time' to do so :)

    Yeah, I have searched Amazon and asked alexa, but so far can't seem to find more time to do the things I need too. ;)
    Jeff
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  • From The Godfather@21:1/165 to Spectre on Fri Jul 23 22:41:23 2021
    I have the building trade background, so ahh yeah I'm the DIY dude... although as "The Man" says, "a mans got to know his limitations". In
    the building game you could always pickup plenty of info on other
    trades by keeping your peepers open and if need be asking a few questions.

    I've enjoyed being a DIY'er for years, and like many have learned from my own mistakes. I draw the line with plumbing, electrical, and HVAC, won't touch it.

    Two years ago I gutted and completely redid our upstairs bathroom that my kids share. I've also installed hardwood floors, a lot of drywall work as we had nail pops everywhere, and a lot of holes in the wall from an HVAC retrofit between our first and second floor. However, most of my DIY'er stuff is outdoor landscape. I love making pergolas, arbors, ponds, patios, firepits, enclosed and decorative gardens; while also finding scrap supplies and repurposing them into interesting flower boxes or sparrow bird houses.

    Unfortunately with the price of lumber up 700% this year, I didn't focus on many landscape projects this season but rather have focused more on the plant care and gardening. It's driving me nuts not to complete what little I have left, but 6x4x12ft pressure treated timbers are going for an unreasonable amount of money for the amount I need to finish off my kids playset area.

    Thanks for bringing these sections to life Avon and Spectre (for the DIY!)

    -tG

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