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    Inlaws

    Okay, so this has been quite a busy week. This is kind of a long story, but there's hardly a way to say it more simply...

    My very soon-to-be inlaws are in town visiting this week, and we decided to get my father inlaw to help with some home improvements. He is quite the handyman type, and actually designed and built their 3,000 sq ft home himself... So, I figured he knew his crap a lot better than me!!!

    Anyway, we asked if he could install a bathroom exhaust fan for us this week. Of course, this is a fairly minor project, so the prospect of getting it done didn't present any issues.

    Nevertheless, I get a call from my fiance while I'm working tonight. She just says "hey, you'll need to park in the drive (not the garage) when you get home tonight". Of course I asked why, and her response was: "because my dad has some support beams holding our ceiling up in the garage right now, and they're blocking your parking spot".

    Now this is obviously getting me wondering. So I ask why we have the ceiling supported right now, since it apparently did fine on its own for the past 40 years... She responds "so it doesn't collapse" (gee, no kidding?).

    As I dig deeper I get this basic story:

    Father inlaw goes up into the attic today to install bathroom fan. He doesn't like the wiring he sees in the attic (which was fine per our home inspector and from everything I could tell). He decides that the wiring is absolutely getting fixed to his standards... and he also decided that he didn't want to crawl up into the attic by just using my ladder a couple dozen times today (we had no attic stairs, just a "hatch" in the ceiling of the attached garage).

    Anyway, I got home from work late tonight, and they were already in bed at the time of my arrival. As far as I can tell (and was told), this is our current situation:

    1) we apparently have attic stairs now... he reportedly installed them because our ladder wasn't "good enough" (an adjustable Gorilla ladder). He's in the process of rebracing some beams that needed "adjusted" to accomadate this fancy attic-stair thing, and has therefore braced our ceiling from below until he can finish this particular job.

    2) Our home has damn near been completely rewired (at least above the ceiling.... new wire, junction boxes, routing of the wires, etc.).

    3) The local cops were out to my house at about 9:30 tonight on a noise complaint due to this work Kind of embarasing for me, but I was gone at the time and my fiance says they were friendly.

    4) We still don't have an exhaust fan in our bathroom. Perhaps tomorrow?

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    Man, does he have a permit for all that work? Around here it could jam you up having electric work done by someone who does it as a hobby or whatever.

    My father in law is the same way though. His house is a collection of about 20 half finished ambitious projects.

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    Look at it this way.....now you know to NEVER ask your father-in-law to help with home improvement projects!

    Some people take decades to learn that sort of thing.
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    Just think of the added value to your home. Thank the man, if he didn't like you or want you to marry his daughter he wouldn't have done it.
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    Sorry man.......but just Smile, thank him, and count the days till he leaves!!!! (and hope all the projects are completed by then)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Virginian View Post
    Man, does he have a permit for all that work?
    No kidding, Virgin! Here in Iowa, you need a permit just to change a light bulb. I was smart and bought energy star light bulbs. You know... the ones that last nine years (or so they say).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crimebytes2 View Post
    No kidding, Virgin! Here in Iowa, you need a permit just to change a light bulb. I was smart and bought energy star light bulbs. You know... the ones that last nine years (or so they say).
    I sure hope I'm not going to jail!!! I just changed 3 light bulbs last night!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsb22 View Post
    I sure hope I'm not going to jail!!! I just changed 3 light bulbs last night!
    You better arrest yourself!

    Off topic, you are now starting to scare me, first it was the kilt. Now you have a kitten avatar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beans View Post
    You better arrest yourself!

    Off topic, you are now starting to scare me, first it was the kilt. Now you have a kitten avatar!
    He had the kitten avatar first. Let me guess, you haven't been promoted to Detective yet, have you?






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    Sorry dude. Enjoy married life!! =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beans View Post
    You better arrest yourself!

    Off topic, you are now starting to scare me, first it was the kilt. Now you have a kitten avatar!
    As two others said, it's a kitty doing push ups. For whatever reason the .gif part of it isn't working. It's under the requirements for the site. I guess I'll just have to pay you guys off!

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    as an electrician, I must say the idea of a ton of J boxes in the attic scares the crap out of me....let alone someone doing things they may not have full knowledge of...as a son in law...your father in law rocks, mine is just a drug addicted red neck. LMAO
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    Grin, bear it, get an electrician to check it out after he leaves...

    ...and be proud of yourself for having such patience. This has convinced me to only date orphans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BEB View Post
    Grin, bear it, get an electrician to check it out after he leaves...

    ...and be proud of yourself for having such patience. This has convinced me to only date orphans.
    Conalabu tried that for a while too, but then the cops came and the orphanage director got pretty pissed off about the whole "I'm just taking Johnny to another movie" thing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virginian View Post
    Conalabu tried that for a while too, but then the cops came and the orphanage director got pretty pissed off about the whole "I'm just taking Johnny to another movie" thing...
    To quote the Todd from Scrubs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc_Holliday View Post
    as an electrician, I must say the idea of a ton of J boxes in the attic scares the crap out of me....let alone someone doing things they may not have full knowledge of...
    I guess the story behind this is that he found a number of open junction boxes in the attic, and some very questionable wiring. He was also pissed because the wiring was basically stapled across from the top of one beam to the next, and not run through the beams... So, he pulled all the wire, put in new junction boxes where they were needed, and completely rewired the area above the ceiling.

    Anyway, the projects continue... Today we completely re-plumbed the solar and gas hot water systems (I had actually just requested one new mixer valve since the old one on there was not working properly). This pretty much took the entire day.

    It all started with the father-in-law saying: "I don't know what the fuck the idiot who used to live here thought he was doing, but he was obviously too lazy or too stupid to do the job right... now go to the store and buy X, Y, and Z so we can get this thing fixed. I'm not about to half-ass this project so that it can be more screwed up the next time we have to look at the thing".

    40' of copper pipe later, 5 new ball valves, a new check valve and mixer valve, and lots of pipe sweating... we are now newly set up on the hot water system! I've also been told that I get to learn how to work with sheet metal tomorrow, because he doesn't like the setup with the exhaust from the furnace and hot water heater (another case of "some idiot was too lazy to upgrade this when they changed out the furnace/water heater, and they just tried to find an easy way out").

    In regards to his knowledge... As hard as it is to work for "his majesty" at times, I have to admit that his work looks far better than what ever it is he has removed. I'm no expert, but the electrical work looks a lot closer to what I'd imagine code as being, and the plumbing also seems better overall. So, I guess I'll put up with the 12-hour breakless days of backbreaking work --- 'cause I'm getting a lot of cheap work done!!!

    I guess he actually has a contractor's license... which he ended up having to obtain originally to be able to put the sewer connection between the house he built and the city system (or something to that effect). Again, not my area of expertise!!

    Regardless, I wonder how much of this stuff actually needs fixed. He does have a reputation as a bit of a perfectionist!

 

 
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