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Makes that two weeks... Apparently it is something like walking pneumonia. Really hanging on...

Been spending my down time doing sketches and plans for the new front porch and landscaping layout, and back deck. Front porch will be small, maybe 12 or 14'x4', just large enough to put a chair on either side of the door, with the stairs being 6 or 8' wide. Supports will be 6x6 posts, with a slightly overhanging pergola. Got pictures, will upload later.
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I haven't died, just on hold until I find work. Hard to get work done when bills are backing up... Anxious to get back to work on the house. It's so close, and it bothers me having it 95% complete, and seeing little things here and there that I could fix easily if I had the money for it.
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I haven't died, just on hold until I find work. Hard to get work done when bills are backing up... Anxious to get back to work on the house. It's so close, and it bothers me having it 95% complete, and seeing little things here and there that I could fix easily if I had the money for it.
Kind of like the first two houses I built,lived in them for about 6-8 years each, and right before I sold them I had to finish the stuff I lived with for somebody else to use LOL
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Love this thread, looking forward to your porch build.

I too am renovating my house, thinking of doing a thread like this.

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I forgot about this thread. Not much progress has been made since my last post roughly 1.5 years ago, but I'll share what I've done. I'm currently mostly done with the inside, except for figuring out what I'm going to do with the shower. I have a fiberglass tub that I could frame up, but I still kind of want a walk in shower stall with tile... One day I'll figure it out. Recently I've been working on the outside mostly. Recently had some guys come in and paint all of the trim, eaves, fascia and siding on the gable ends. The front is painted with a slightly lighter shade than what I originally thought I wanted. The side is still in the darker color, and the other side and back and still both in the old grey color.

I started on the front porch and some of the landscaping/cleanup. Still much to be done, but it's a start. Summer just hit, so I've slowed down on the outside work. I work in the heat all day, and the last thing I want to do is come home after work, or work on the weekends in the soupy heat. Porch still needs the last of the railings and the actual deck boards. I just have some scrap 2x10's up there now to walk on.





Compared to how it looked just after removing the rotted porch and starting on the paint (other dark color)

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Looking good Jesse

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I will hopefully have a/c again for the first time since last August, which is very much required for Alabama summers. I ordered a 1.5 ton Pioneer ductless unit (only for the downstairs, upstairs doesn't get used and is blocked off pretty much) on Amazon about 5 weeks ago, and after the absolute worst purchase hassle I've ever experienced, I'm hopeful I'll have it going over the weekend. Initially things seemed to be going smoothly, had R&L scheduled to deliver on a day where I took half a day off. The truck broke down and it never showed. I finally got it 3 days later, unboxed it and inspected it, all looked good. The following weekend I started installing it, got the new 20A circuit ran to a disconnect, wired it all up, ran the line set and had it ready to be vacuumed and started up. The next weekend I had a guy I know come out to vacuum it for me, and the time came to finally get this things going after 3 weeks from ordering, and 2 weeks into a 90 degree + heatwave... Inside unit was working fine, blowing air, but the outside unit was DOA, no compressor, no fan running. Took 3 days to get in touch with their customer support, and after half a day of back and forth, and me taking apart most of the unit, running voltage tests on a bunch of parts (which is crazy to do on a new unit... shouldn't be necessary) they said they would send a replacement outside unit main PCB. Never got a shipping confirmation, so I called them back 2 days later and they knew nothing about it. Finally got Amazon involved and after another 3 or 4 days I finally got an actual tracking info email, and the package arrived yesterday. The 3rd party seller on Amazon was trying to keep everything off the books, contacting me through cell phone calls and texts instead of official emails. I would highly NOT recommend HighSeer on Amazon for any purchases. If for some reason this replacement PCB doesn't fix this thing I'm going to have a come apart. Wish me luck.
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Fascinating thread, Jesse!
You've done some great work...I got tired just following your efforts!
Best of luck!

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Thanks guys. So, FINALLY I have the a/c sorted after 6-7 weeks of the most incredible hassle. After swapping both the inside unit and outside unit main boards, checking voltages all over the system, spending hours on the phone and through email with both Amazon and the 3rd party seller/tech support... It was a "bad" wire. Not bad connection, or bad end connectors, but a bad conductor. One of the 3 wires in the line between the inside and outside units, the one I chose to be the signal/comm wire was apparently faulty. Ran a piece of THHN between the two ports, and she fired right up. Ran that new wire, and now I'm all set. I guess from being a mechanic before, I should have known to check the simple things first, but it never occurred to me that it could be something that simple and easy to fix. Ice cold air is finally here. Seems to be keeping up with the downstairs very well for only being a single air handler, and a 1.5 ton system.
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Glad to hear you got the A/C running, miserable without it.


I did HVAC/R for about 40 years, sometimes the small things can bite you. In the 90's we had a bad rash of thermostat wire, it was like yours looked normal but no resistance when checked


You would need to use a dealer but Daiken is some real good equipment and it is the last big name still making their equipment in the USA, most everybody else moved to messico


Kind of odd, Daiken bought out Goodman, and it was Goodman the caused the destruction of the HVAC trade with the dirt cheap Janitrol units in the 80's, everybody used to use compressor protection to get more life out of the unit, Janitrol used none but was always the low bid, so all the other companies had to get in the dirt with them (or so they thought) and build junk

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So is Goodman decent today, since being bought by Daikin? I was eyeballing a Goodman before I went the mini split route.

I have to say, in spite of the massive headache getting it going, since it's been operating, I'm extremely happy with the performance. I was sort of expecting it to be underwhelming, since it's fairly undersized at only 1.5 tons, but it is more than keeping up with the ~1000-1200 sq ft of downstairs space. Even in this humid mid 90's weather, it's whispering right along, and using MUCH less power than the old dinosaur package unit that was original to the house, or just after being built a little over 30 years ago. Comparing my power bill and daily usage using my providers website, last year with similar temps, I was at around $7-$9 per day, and recently with the temporary portable unit I was using while figuring this thing out was around the same. Since getting this new unit going, I'm at a dead steady $3.25-$3.50 per day. Weekends it goes up a dollar or so... For me, and this area, that is incredible.

I know my daily cost not running any a/c or heating is around $2.50-$2.75, so it is barely sipping any power. I guess there is something to be said for the efficiency of these little DC powered heat pumps. I guess some credit is also due to my grandfather and father who built a pretty solid house with rockwool insulation and pretty tight construction. That's been one of my big objectives through this whole remodel process has been to better seal and insulate the house. Eventually, before doing new siding, I'll be adding rigid foam exterior insulation, and at the same time to save hassle, I'll replace all of the windows with new, far more efficient ones. These 33 year old all wood casement windows are NOT up to the task of sealing well.

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Goodman has been pretty good for quite a while, it just is still a thorn in old farts side that they pretty much single handedly ruined the HVAC trade

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Ouch..... so, I got one good week out of the new a/c. The second week that I've been using it, it has slowly been less and less effective, and the last few days it had started frosting and freezing up on the inside unit. I was correct in assuming the refrigerant had been leaking out. Had some a/c guys come out again, to confirm what I thought. He said it was basically empty, 3lbs of A410 lost in just under 2 weeks. Three of the four flares were leaking... I never claimed to be an a/c guy, so apparently I didn't tighten them enough, or failed to do something right. I did use good flare sealant on the fitting and threads, but that wasn't nearly enough. They gave me a complimentary free charge on the unit to get me by till Monday when they will come back out and fix my screwed up flares, using some actual flare crush washer things on them, assure that it's leak free this time, re-vacuum the system and recharge. And, it'll only cost me... another $750. Fine, take my money, I didn't want it anyway. At least they will guarantee the work for a year. I could probably tighten the flares and fiddle with it myself and possibly make it work for less money, but I'd rather pay someone who actually knows about HVAC to do it right and put my mind at ease. So after this, my total will be right at $2000, for a unit that only cost me $950. My screw up this time, but oh well. You live and learn. Sometimes the education is painful and expensive. I can typically do almost anything myself, but sometimes it's cheaper to pay a professional.
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A/C still kicking. It has been the hottest summer in my lifetime here in Alabama, and so far the new unit has kept the whole downstairs perfectly cool, even on the hottest days.

Current project is my downstairs shower, which was started by my father ~20 years ago and never finished. The stall was framed, cement board hung, pan poured and some of the tile started, but the tile was ugly, the pan was incorrect, so I had to rip it back to studs and start over. I have all of my tile piled up, waiting for me to get off my butt and actually start on the new pan. Going with grey colors, a darker stone mixed size pattern mosaic on the floor, light grey subway tiles on the walls, with a strip of vertical thin glass mosaic tiles running floor to ceiling in the center on the short walls, where the shower head and knob will be, and opposite wall. It's a good size 3'X6' shower, with a partial wall on two sides. I'll be sure to post some progress pictures once I actually begin.

The shower color is actually making me want to redo the rest of the bathroom floor, as I used free tiles donated to me, and the beige/tan color will not match well with the shower, and it'll bug me. That might be something for another day...
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