Unhappy memories: 4th July

Discussion in 'Ian's Corner' started by Ian Gills, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Oh dear. It's almost the 4th July again. While you lot are running around gayly with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies I will be sitting at home crying over our our legal separation when the American colonies split from Great Britain in 1776.

    It was like a divorce and I feel like a lonely old man.

    Come back to me USA. We can make it up.
  2. FloridaOrange

    FloridaOrange Plumbing Designer

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    Some parties of divorce are happier separate than they were as a whole.
    Don't worry Ian, most people like the current situation...:D
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  4. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    I feel like a child with two divorced parents.

    If you pay your backtaxes I am sure England could make amends.

    I prefer the plumbing and electrical in the US though. It's so much simpler.

    No ring-mains. Standalone water heaters versus combination on-demand units. Easy peezy.
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  5. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    I heard it was dreary and gloomy...
    Always raining...
    Impossible to get a tan....:cool:
  6. Scuba_Dave

    Scuba_Dave Extreme DIY Homeowner

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    I'll be putting a roof on for the 2nd time in a few years
    I'm always working on the house on 4th of July weekend :(
  7. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Me too. I have almost finished replacing my basement windows (just some trim on the last one to do and many thanks to this forum, all the advice was excellent) before polishing them off with a few customs made blinds.

    Then I'll mow the lawn.

    And that for me is a days work. If I am lucky, I'll get started tomorrow.

    Who would like to see some pics of the new windows?
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    Every 4th, I go to the Vets Hospital. :)
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    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes
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  10. Cookie

    Cookie .

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    Yes, Ian I would like to see your new windows, too. How did you end up fixing them, did you ever say?

    By the way, at the Vet Hospital, their is a group of us women who put on funny skits. :)
  11. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    OK, here are the windows.

    The old ones are now like this:
    old.jpg

    The new ones from the inside look like this. I added a PVC frame for extra stability.
    inside.jpg

    And on the outside, like this. The custom made window well cover helps keep the dirt off and protects from mower damage. You know I have a thing about mower damage. The burnt grass is from spilt mineral spirits, used to tidy up the polyethylene caulk.
    outside.jpg

    And all thanks to this forum. I got five double low-e and argon vinyl replacement slider windows for about $1000 including delivery. Quotes to get the job done by local installers were in the $3000-4000 range.

    Each window took 1.5 days to fit. A day to get the old one out and fit the new and an extra half day to trim and caulk.

    I value my time at $350 a day.

    So 1.5*5*350=$2625 for my labor +$1000 in materials = $3625

    Yep, would have been cheaper to get the pros to do it! But much less fun!

    It's pricey on the East Coast! Stay away!
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  12. Cookie

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    They are really nice looking Ian, you did a great job. I will hire you to do mine. lol.

    It is pricey on all the coasts. :p
  13. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

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    I think you'd be more credible if you were Maid Marian's go-to guy.:p
  14. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    You realy should become a trator and join us....:D
  15. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    I am guessing you are realy a spy....

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