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Been a while since I updated this one. A guy who works for my FIL did HVAC work for 25 years so I've got him over today helping do a complete rip and replace of both the furnace and AC right down to the thermostat wire. Since we're selling the house I just went with an 80% single stage furnace, the AC is a 2.5 ton unit.
I'll post pics when we're done.

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Here's a good one. Code requires the furnace to sit on a dedicated circuit. the circuit that was currently installed was a 20 amp shared. So I ran a new 15 amp run from the breaker box to the furnace room.

Code also requires a furnace shut off within close proximity of the furnace. Typically this is like a little light switch that comes off of the Furnace supply or a breaker sub panel. The installed furnace did not have one, or so I thought.

While running a new wire from the breaker box I found the shutoff, it was located all the way across the basement, above the drop ceiling, and on the floor footer. Sometimes when you are reading the code and you read one that makes you say what kind of stupid motherfucker.. Well, the kind of stupid motherfucker that would do this.

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While I had the cover off the breaker box I went ahead and installed a dual 15 amp and a whole-home surge protector. This house has had problems in the past with surges blowing electronics. While installing the surge protector I noticed another " you lazy motherfucker" items. The main ground wire that is grounded to the water supply line should connect to the ground bus inside of the circuit panel, it was simply ran behind the panel and tucked in to make it look like it did. It never actually entered the panel and connected to the ground bus.

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Whole lotta "hmmmm" going on right there. Glad you found them Joe and nice upgrades!
This whole subdivision, probably 1000 homes, was built in the early 70s by a single developer on the heels of the IH truck plant boom.

The previous owner was a drunk who lost the house in a nonsupport prison induced short sale. The condensate pump for the furnace was plugged in to an extension cord that ran up into the drop ceiling, over a wall, and was plugged in to the GFCI next to the sink in the basement bathroom. 😂
 
While I had the cover off the breaker box I went ahead and installed a dual 15 amp and a whole-home surge protector. This house has had problems in the past with surges blowing electronics. While installing the surge protector I noticed another " you lazy motherfucker" items. The main ground wire that is grounded to the water supply line should connect to the ground bus inside of the circuit panel, it was simply ran behind the panel and tucked in to make it look like it did. It never actually entered the panel and connected to the ground bus.

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How much does a whole house surge run? I never knew they made such a thing. How do you hook it up?
 

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How much does a whole house surge run? I never knew they made such a thing. How do you hook it up?
That one runs about $120. Pretty simple really. This one uses a dual 15 amp breaker. Red wire to one, black to the other, green and white go to the neutral and ground bus in the panel. Attaches to the box through a knockout with a threaded washer nut on the inside. Took all of 20 minutes, just don't touch the shiny parts in the box and its a DIY job.
 
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That one runs about $120. Pretty simple really. This one uses a dual 15 amp breaker. Red wire to one, black to the other, green and white go to the neutral and ground bus in the panel. Attaches to the box through a knockout with a threaded washer nut on the inside. Took all of 20 minutes, just don't touch the shiny parts in the box and its a DIY job.

That is pretty cheap. By the time you buy a half dozen for stuff around the house it would be worth it.
 

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Atta boy, congrats Joe!
I didn't do a whole lot except help with some lifting, run electric, and put some cash in an envelope. The guy that works for my FIL had his own HVAC business for 25 years and still has an account at the local wholesale supply company. I paid for the $2,400 in equipment and gave him 1k in labor. Still saved 3k over what it would have cost to have a local HVAC company do it.
 

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Spemn half of today ripping out a plastic shower surround, underlying green board. And stupid traction stickers on the tub bottom. I got durock hung and will start tiling tomorrow.
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The larger tile will go in the shower, the smaller tile on the floor.

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Subfloor is going to need some work next to the shower where its soft in spots. Going to do a white beadboard wainscotting on the wall where the tile is now and then ]paint a neutral color. The vanity will be painted and reused. There's a medicine cabinet screwed to the wall that was intended to be set in the wall that will be removed. Yeah, more lazy motherfucker shit. I am willing to bet there's a hole for the old cabinet behind it so I'll hang a large mirror over it instead of roughing in a cabinet.