Brag / Complain About a DIY Project Thread

Yaj Yak

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In the never ending saga of "TWO prior electricians owned this house and I've seen the most hack job electrical shit in my life."

There's a booster fan at the end of the house because the HVAC is at the complete polar opposite side of the house. Well, this fan was wired hot 24/7. All day, every day, night and day, day in day out, you have this fucking fan whirring away generating white noise. All day. All fucking day. All night. I was trying to figure out how to wire a relay to it and run the relay to the furnace so when the furnace fan kicks on, it kicks the booster fan on ONLY WHEN ITS NEEDED. Versus all day. Did I mention it ran all. fucking. day?

Well I realized looking at the main trunk, there's an air pressure switch and the booster is on the daughter trunk. So I start tracing this cluster fuck rats nest of 14/2 all over the basement and find out guess what? The fucking pressure switch USED to control the booster fan but was partially disconnected and I'm assuming because the dumb motherfucker wired it hot instead of as a switch. So any time to fan came on, I'm sure it tripped the breaker, they couldn't figure it out, so they just disconnected the switch and wired the fan hot.

Guess what, dumbass non-electrician me knows how to wire a fucking switch into a circuit and now the booster fan kicks on only when the furnace is on.

I'm actually afraid to start peeling back the drop ceiling and seeing the chainsaw abortion of wiring I CAN'T see and how much of it is dead ends that are still hot. Oh, did I mention the antenna tower next to the house had a live circuit going up the tower, into a conduit box that was open to the elements? Yeah, found that too.

Fucking hacks.


that's called the lightning energizer.
 

Pewter-Camaro

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Working on the old cheapo spinet piano. First tuned it as best as it would go. Then Tightening the tuning pegs because the block they are pressed into is splitting. I use thin CA glue in a syringe down holes next to each tuning peg that I drilled years ago. CA glue makes the wood swell and lasts for around 5 years. Then run down the tuning again. That is 230 strings.. one at a time. Most people would never bother to DIY a cheapo Spinet piano from the 50’s but man I just love this thing.

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Yaj Yak

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For real. I went out and got the stain and brushes and power washer. Took one look at it and went….. eeehhhh it’s probably good for another year
my latest thought is to wait for that day when all the snow melts but there's still snow on the ground/patio etc and just unleash fury with a paint sprayer from 5' above it on a manlift.