Saturday, September 10, 2016

Contractors... ARRRGH!!!!

OK, so I'm so tired of contractors.  Especially contractors that suck.  Mostly these are the contractors that are hired by someone else.  We bought a range from Home Depot.  We paid Home Depot to deliver and install the range.  The installer arrives (contractor).  They say they can not install the range because the gas line we paid to have installed according to Samsung's installation instructions is not correct. The contractor tells me that he has been installing ranges for seven years and he has never seen a gas pipe like the one we had installed.

I want to stress that.  SEVEN YEARS and he has never seen a gas pipe like we have.

We have a 1/2 NPT black iron pipe stub.

He said his install kit has nothing to connect to it.

I argue with him on the phone, tell him he is wrong.

He doesn't care.

I get home and what do I find?

The install kit they left here has everything needed to connect to the gas line we had installed, EXCEPT for the thread sealer.

I pick up the stub out pipe that the "installer" unscrewed from the wall and thread it into the adaptor from the kit they left.  I say "Are you fucking kidding me?"  

The "installer" had done the same thing and had said "I can't make the seal work, these kits won't seal that.

The back of the install kit lists thread sealer for NPT to the flexible pipe.  Like I fucking told the guy over the phone, and he said in 7 years he had never seen.

So I go to Home Depot and get some natural gas safe thread sealant.  I install the gas hose and now here we go...

I do not know why companies do not care about stuff like this any more.  I know I will never buy an appliance from Home Depot any more, and I will tell everyone I know not to either.  It's like that Sears commercial "Can anyone help us?"  I know when I call Home Depot on Monday to get a refund on the "install" I will probably get it no question, but will that make them change their contractor?  No probably not.  Hell, the "installer" handed my fiance the tip over protector and said "you need to have this installed."


Douchebag is lucky I wasn't home for the delivery/"install"

The stove itself is badass, and I see cooking many excellent meals.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Remodeling and other stuff...

Plumbers are gone, but will be back.  Next up is an electrician.  To finish the laundry move and to add a new 50 amp circuit in the garage for my new electric brewery.  The breaker panel is also being replaced as it is very old, obsolete and has design flaws.

The plumbers will be back to run a gas line for the new range as I was 99 percent sure there was gas ran to where the range is, but I was wrong.  Stupid tract home builders in the 70's.  Why have gas heat, waterheater and dryer connections but no gas range connection?  Well whatever, it is going to be done so that the gas range can be delivered and installed.

That should do it for now for contractors.  I will be able to build my electric brewery and will have a nice range to cook on.  I will be taking some pictures soon to document all of these builds...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wow, it's been a year or so give or take a few days since my last blog.  Guess I should do this more often...

So lots of stuff.  I got engaged to my incredibly awesome girlfriend.  We were in San Francisco, having a wonderful time and I realized that we were right around the corner from Farallon.  I felt bad cause I went there wearing khakis and a polo shirt.  BEST DINNER EVER!  I mean of course cause I popped the question and she said yes, but really, it was the best meal I've ever had.  That is saying a lot cause the lunch we had in Napa was fucking insane as well, bone marrow, classic French stuff (yea, I picked it) so good.  Muir Wood Park is cool as hell too.  It is amazing to be around all those trees that are easily 1000 years old.

So anyways, if you are in San Francisco, go to Farallon.

Seriously.  It is THAT GOOD.


We were going to move to Alvin, decided not to.  Decided to upgrade our house instead.  Plumbers have been here all week.  Kitties are stressed.  All the galvanized pipes have been replaced with PEX.  We now have an on demand water heater, a full house filter, relocated laundry, gas fireplace and some other stuff.  Remodeling is continuing, range has been ordered, Viking dishwasher is on the way, some more power tools are in the near future, and more kitchen stuff is about to happen.

I'll have to take some pictures soon.


Go to Farallon... and  Russian River, we went there too, but really Farallon...