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  • dxmnkd316
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    Well that's depressing.

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  • St. Clown
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    Originally posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post

    Gotcha. Wasn’t sure if you’d done the math on other parts or tools you’d used or if it was the return policy. Hard to fault them if the product isn’t defective, but it is annoying in this day and age when you aren’t reimbursed in full for a return. Fanatics is an example of the worst at this because if you want to return an item you can either get your money back but pay for shipping, which sometimes is like half the cost of what you bought if it was just a tshirt, or you can return it for “reimbursement” but you only get store credit.

    But maybe it’s just Amazon and the like warping the mind of the consumer into thinking free shipping is the default.
    https://youtu.be/EdL85EP7s5M?si=SdWV3GNsglTtArgH

    Within the video, the short of it is that free shipping is baked into the sale price (of course), and online clothing returns are sent to the landfill rather than restocked. Other returns go to pallet resellers, where returns are then resold in bulk, by the pallet.

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  • Spartanforlife4
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    Originally posted by state of hockey View Post

    The return policy of the joint we ordered it from. Yeah, I could probably complain and get more, but when they didn’t the math and realized many people won’t try to claw it all back they had people like me in mind. Just don’t have the patience with some situations, I’d rather cut my losses and leave it behind me quickly.

    So, it is really me that is stopping me I suppose.

    Maybe I’ll sick my wife on them. She is very much the opposite. She’ll squabble for hours over a quarter*. Not because she needs it, but because of what it represents.

    *A wee bit of an exaggeration
    Gotcha. Wasn’t sure if you’d done the math on other parts or tools you’d used or if it was the return policy. Hard to fault them if the product isn’t defective, but it is annoying in this day and age when you aren’t reimbursed in full for a return. Fanatics is an example of the worst at this because if you want to return an item you can either get your money back but pay for shipping, which sometimes is like half the cost of what you bought if it was just a tshirt, or you can return it for “reimbursement” but you only get store credit.

    But maybe it’s just Amazon and the like warping the mind of the consumer into thinking free shipping is the default.

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  • state of hockey
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    Originally posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
    Whats stopping you from getting 100% back?
    The return policy of the joint we ordered it from. Yeah, I could probably complain and get more, but when they didn’t the math and realized many people won’t try to claw it all back they had people like me in mind. Just don’t have the patience with some situations, I’d rather cut my losses and leave it behind me quickly.

    So, it is really me that is stopping me I suppose.

    Maybe I’ll sick my wife on them. She is very much the opposite. She’ll squabble for hours over a quarter*. Not because she needs it, but because of what it represents.

    *A wee bit of an exaggeration
    Last edited by state of hockey; 12-29-2023, 11:20 AM.

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  • Spartanforlife4
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    Originally posted by state of hockey View Post
    Had a leaky ice maker in our fridge. Eventually realized it was a broken mounting bracket (wasn’t immediately obvious because it had fallen on the shelf below) that caused it to sit at too much of an angle. The water would travel fast enough that it didn’t get a chance to freeze.

    Of course I hadn’t realized that this was the problem before ordering a new ice maker, but I should get at least 80% of that back.
    We didn’t even hook up the water or ice maker in our new fridge. Between replacing filters, reading too many posts about the ice maker being the first to break, not using ice all that often to begin with, it just ended up being one more thing that I didn’t want to deal with.

    Whats stopping you from getting 100% back?

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by state of hockey View Post
    Had a leaky ice maker in our fridge. Eventually realized it was a broken mounting bracket (wasn’t immediately obvious because it had fallen on the shelf below) that caused it to sit at too much of an angle. The water would travel fast enough that it didn’t get a chance to freeze.

    Of course I hadn’t realized that this was the problem before ordering a new ice maker, but I should get at least 80% of that back.
    That's actually pretty good police work.

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  • state of hockey
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    Had a leaky ice maker in our fridge. Eventually realized it was a broken mounting bracket (wasn’t immediately obvious because it had fallen on the shelf below) that caused it to sit at too much of an angle. The water would travel fast enough that it didn’t get a chance to freeze.

    Of course I hadn’t realized that this was the problem before ordering a new ice maker, but I should get at least 80% of that back.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    That's a cult house where the cult ran out of money, right?

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  • Kepler
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    I give you... the greatest Zillow ad of all time.

    This expansive 9,052 square foot work in process is set on a generous 1.5-acre lot, a property brimming with potential and unique features. Tall fir trees and a territorial view signal a stately presence. It stands as an exceptional opportunity for investors, developers, or families looking for a substantial wealth building project. With a past proposal for seven additional subdividable buildable lots, this property is not just a home but a potential development goldmine.Care Home/Multigenerational Housing Opportunity: The layout and size make it suitable for conversion into a care home, subject to necessary permissions. Elevator Shaft: An existing shaft to connect all three levels, enhancing accessibility and adding a touch of luxury or ADA support. There is Ample Parking, inside and out. The current bed/bath count is 7/7.1, and As-Built Plans are available. Past construction took a pause, so changes to plans are much easier to make before construction resumes.Seller financing available, will carry balance with 50% down.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    For you, clear potting compound.

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  • Laura-4334
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    My EPDM roof must have a big section cut out to repair water damage (a leak around ac that only showed up recently, must have leaked for some time). I am looking for suggestions as to what liquid roof product to use to do the entire roof over the existing rubber roof as well as the exposed plywood from the repair. I’m leaning toward a system called roof replacement burke va but would love to find what others have used with success.

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  • state of hockey
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    We ripped out the carpet in the living room and hallway today. Uncovered some very 50’s 1.5” red oak. It is a bit beat up, but light years better than the awful cheap contractor carpet that was thrown in right before we bought the place.

    Only eyesore now is the baseboards floating around 3/8 an inch above the floor. Might be able to just throw down some quarter round to fix that.

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  • St. Clown
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    When my daughter was an infant through new toddler, she would just stare at the boob lights all the time. I had to explain the reason to my wife - dark center encircled by a lighter hue…

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Final light went in quick. 60% of my time was putting up sheeting around the electronics and double bagging them to be sure. Thankfully this was just the one cable that was powered. But oddly, there was an unpowered, unterminated cable in the box too. Very weird. I taped it and stuck it into the new box.

    Also, after two days of hanging sheeting, I don't know how Dexter managed this week after week. It's enough to drive you mad.

    Now I've just got our HEPAs running downstairs to help pull the bulk of the fines out of the air and then I'll go clean up.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    I got rid of my last boob light a bit ago. Some replaced with tbe hockey puck flush light.

    dont miss them
    I think we're looking at something closer to what you have for our hallways. Cans and downlights just don't seem to fit (in my mind) in hallways. Which doesn't mean they can't work, just my $0.02

    Originally posted by Swansong View Post
    Yeah little by little I'm replacing all the boob lights in my house. I get them, they're generally inoffensive and do an adequate job of dispersing and diffusing light. But ... my god they're just everywhere.
    That's exactly my thought as well. I look at everything else that's out there and, they're just... there. No one notices them. Some of the newer styles out there are going to go out of style fast. I'm not rewiring everything again. Screw that. I installed the Hue's so I can just unscrew the three nuts each and swap them with generic slimlights when we sell (smart home stuff will be explicitly and exhaustively cataloged in the exclusions list).

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