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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #8820 on: January 09, 2020, 05:22:50 pm »
This rotten paneling is actually what caused most of the bad smell. As soon as that was gone, everything improved 100%.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #8821 on: January 10, 2020, 06:34:55 am »
This rotten paneling is actually what caused most of the bad smell. As soon as that was gone, everything improved 100%.
Was the humidity caused by a leak or a dog?
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« Reply #8822 on: January 10, 2020, 06:38:37 am »
This rotten paneling is actually what caused most of the bad smell. As soon as that was gone, everything improved 100%.
Was the humidity caused by a leaking dog?

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #8823 on: January 10, 2020, 08:54:21 am »
Looks vey nice Mrs Zog, did you guys determine were the leak comes from?
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« Reply #8824 on: January 10, 2020, 09:40:40 am »
Geeeeez if you could find time and money to buy old houses, fix them up beautifully like this, and sell them on, I wonder how much profit you could turn. That looks GREAT!! :thumleft: :thumleft:
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« Reply #8825 on: January 10, 2020, 10:59:08 am »
Geeeeez if you could find time and money to buy old houses, fix them up beautifully like this, and sell them on, I wonder how much profit you could turn. That looks GREAT!! :thumleft: :thumleft:
And while your at it you make a tv program of it so we get to see it ;)

I see the name Zog's Build and Rebuild. :thumleft:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #8826 on: January 10, 2020, 11:52:35 am »
Re-purposing... Just for Greta :laughing4:

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« Reply #8827 on: January 10, 2020, 01:35:38 pm »
Geeeeez if you could find time and money to buy old houses, fix them up beautifully like this, and sell them on, I wonder how much profit you could turn. That looks GREAT!! :thumleft: :thumleft:
And while your at it you make a tv program of it so we get to see it ;)

I see the name Zog's Build and Rebuild. :thumleft:

There are a few different shows (in the USA) showing this......nice to watch...and they make a lot of money. Programs like Flip or Flop - I quite like watching it and often think of Mr Zog doing this.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #8828 on: January 10, 2020, 05:19:16 pm »
Given the apparent practical capabilities of most millenials, this could be a winner.  :peepwall:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #8829 on: January 10, 2020, 08:55:54 pm »
Looks vey nice Mrs Zog, did you guys determine were the leak comes from?

No, it wasn't a leaky dog! Although the previous owner had a couple of "handbag dogs" - chihuahuas I think, so I'm sure there was plenty of dog pee in the smelly old carpet. We steam cleaned it when we moved in, but it never really came squeaky clean.

The problem was a tiny hole in the outside wall. Our best guess is that every time it rained REALLY hard, the rain would be driven in by the wind and run down between the outside wall and the paneling and then pool at the bottom. Also, after we moved in, we noticed lots of tiny holes all around the porch, same issue. We also had a small roof leak. All of this was plugged after we moved in, but we didn't know about/didn't see the outside wall hole.

The whole porch was an afterthought, anyway, it was not part of the original house. As far as we can determine, they added on the porch in the late 1980s.

Mr. Zog can explain the leak issue better, I'm not sure if this makes a lot of sense.  ???
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #8830 on: January 10, 2020, 10:01:22 pm »
Looks vey nice Mrs Zog, did you guys determine were the leak comes from?

No, it wasn't a leaky dog! Although the previous owner had a couple of "handbag dogs" - chihuahuas I think, so I'm sure there was plenty of dog pee in the smelly old carpet. We steam cleaned it when we moved in, but it never really came squeaky clean.

The problem was a tiny hole in the outside wall. Our best guess is that every time it rained REALLY hard, the rain would be driven in by the wind and run down between the outside wall and the paneling and then pool at the bottom. Also, after we moved in, we noticed lots of tiny holes all around the porch, same issue. We also had a small roof leak. All of this was plugged after we moved in, but we didn't know about/didn't see the outside wall hole.

The whole porch was an afterthought, anyway, it was not part of the original house. As far as we can determine, they added on the porch in the late 1980s.

Mr. Zog can explain the leak issue better, I'm not sure if this makes a lot of sense.  ???


I have a small hole in my roof that only leaks when the wind blows in a certain direction. So it is understandable. Can\t fix a leak you can't find.

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #8831 on: January 11, 2020, 09:57:53 am »
Looks vey nice Mrs Zog, did you guys determine were the leak comes from?

No, it wasn't a leaky dog! Although the previous owner had a couple of "handbag dogs" - chihuahuas I think, so I'm sure there was plenty of dog pee in the smelly old carpet. We steam cleaned it when we moved in, but it never really came squeaky clean.

The problem was a tiny hole in the outside wall. Our best guess is that every time it rained REALLY hard, the rain would be driven in by the wind and run down between the outside wall and the paneling and then pool at the bottom. Also, after we moved in, we noticed lots of tiny holes all around the porch, same issue. We also had a small roof leak. All of this was plugged after we moved in, but we didn't know about/didn't see the outside wall hole.

The whole porch was an afterthought, anyway, it was not part of the original house. As far as we can determine, they added on the porch in the late 1980s.

Mr. Zog can explain the leak issue better, I'm not sure if this makes a lot of sense.  ???

Your explanation was understandable thanks, had a hole and plugged it  :thumleft:  :imaposer:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #8832 on: January 12, 2020, 07:37:25 pm »
I have that type of problem with ants, any tiny hole in the walls they are in there...

Zog, I am lucky I get great Steak an Chops from a German Butcher (the actual Butcher is English) and they used to be "The Sandton Butchery" before being bought out, they won Best Butchers in Jo,burg a few times "old school".

Family are not great Boerie lovers, so I seldom cook it, wastes too much, yesterday I bought, not a roll (I am old school it should be a roll) but 4 straight pieces of wors, swambo packed it individually so I can have, I braaied tonight German Sausage Wors, Chicken, only one piece of wors, I ate 2/3 daughter grabbed the 1/3 it was delicious, really good Rump Boerie is a delicacy.  :biggrin:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #8833 on: January 13, 2020, 02:09:58 am »
I have that type of problem with ants, any tiny hole in the walls they are in there...

Zog, I am lucky I get great Steak an Chops from a German Butcher (the actual Butcher is English) and they used to be "The Sandton Butchery" before being bought out, they won Best Butchers in Jo,burg a few times "old school".

Family are not great Boerie lovers, so I seldom cook it, wastes too much, yesterday I bought, not a roll (I am old school it should be a roll) but 4 straight pieces of wors, swambo packed it individually so I can have, I braaied tonight German Sausage Wors, Chicken, only one piece of wors, I ate 2/3 daughter grabbed the 1/3 it was delicious, really good Rump Boerie is a delicacy.  :biggrin:

Good boerie is simply delicious  :drif: :drif: :drif:

I have such a yearning for some simple "pap & wors met sous"  :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif:  :lol8:

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #8834 on: January 13, 2020, 02:21:20 am »
The leaks in the Florida Room...

The first leak was discovered during the first rains after we moved in. The roof had a nasty leak, but I got up there and did a repair, then it leaked again, so I fixed it again, now the roof seems to be ok.

Then the walls. The walls are all windows, with aluminium framework holding it all together. The original installer may have thought that the Florida room was only going to be a porch, or maybe he was just lazy / useless, because there were 5mm x 10mm gaps at all the junctions between the frames. I fixed them by cutting small aluminium strips (around 30mm x 100mm) and using silicone and pop rivets to attach them. That sorted out the gaps.

The last leak was where there is a power conduit coming into the wall from the outside. This was added long after the room was built. It is a dedicated power line for the window-mounted AC unit. The conduit runs along the top of the outside wall, and then goes down the outside wall and into the aluminium sheet that is at the bottom. This is where it was never properly sealed. When it rained from a certain direction the water would catch against the conduit, run down the conduit, and stream into the inside of the paneling. This I fixed by sealing both the inside and the outside with a silicon based caulk. I also found several more little holes when I had the paneling and the insulation removed that I sealed up.

Today I finally finished installing all the new paneling, and I also found that there was a small gap (around 2mm) all around the top of the wall between the wall and the roof  :eek7:  So I filled that gap with more caulking, we should be good to go now  :biggrin:  :thumleft:
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« Reply #8835 on: January 13, 2020, 02:39:13 am »
This weekend was mainly spent getting the Florida room done.

I can happily report that all of the new paneling is now installed, and we are waiting for some extra cash so I can buy the rest of the trim to do the finishing off. But I did get a new transition for the door, that will help stop any water from coming in under the door.

I was on call this weekend, and this morning I got called out, on the way home I spotted a lawn mower on the street, so I pulled over and loaded it into the van.

This afternoon after finishing off the Florida room, I had a "quick look" at the mower. I pulled out the spark plug and it had no spark. So I pulled off the covers, and the fuel tank and the starting cord mechanism, and had a look at the cut-off switch. The cable that you have to pull with the handle-bar level was a little stretched, resulting in the cut-off switch constantly making contact. I bent the bracket back just a touch, and checked again, SPARK!

So I squirted some fuel into the carb, gave it a spin with the drill and a socket on the crank-nut, and it fired right up! I gave it a good cleaning with some de-greaser, and put it all back together again. I did take the carb off and blow out all the passages, just for good measure. Then I put some clean fuel in the tank, and it fired right up on the first pull. Awesome!

I let it idle for a while, and it was fine. The oil is pretty dirty, so I'll change that out, and put in a new air filter. Total cost will be around $10 in parts and fluids. SCORE!

As soon as spring is in full swing I'll advertise the mowers etc. for sale, when the demand is higher. I'm hoping to have better luck selling them then.

Maggie dug a massive hole in the backyard today, and as a result she was FILTHY! So this evening I gave her a good shaving, then she had a bath in the shower with me. Now she is sparkling clean, but sulking under the bed. She doesn't like having a bath  :imaposer:

Oh, and last night Mrs Zog made a delicious Bobitie for supper, from scratch. She used a recipe that she cut out of a You magazine years ago. It was very lekker  :drif: :drif: :drif:  I even opened up one of my Black Lables for the occasion  :ricky:

Ok, that's about it all for now, back to work again tomorrow...  :ricky:
« Last Edit: January 13, 2020, 02:46:02 am by Mr Zog »
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« Reply #8836 on: January 13, 2020, 04:42:51 am »
Well Done Gary, yet another lawn mower saved!  :thumleft:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #8837 on: January 13, 2020, 05:28:55 am »

...Family are not great Boerie lovers, so I seldom cook it, wastes too much, yesterday I bought, not a roll (I am old school it should be a roll) but 4 straight pieces of wors, swambo packed it individually so I can have, I braaied tonight German Sausage Wors, Chicken, only one piece of wors, I ate 2/3 daughter grabbed the 1/3 it was delicious, really good Rump Boerie is a delicacy.  :biggrin:

Good boerie is simply delicious  :drif: :drif: :drif:

I have such a yearning for some simple "pap & wors met sous"  :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif:  :lol8:

I have simple tastes  :peepwall:  :ricky:

I have the same problem...
My local butcher makes batches of 'spekwors' which is minced only once before feeding directly into the casings.
The coarse texture and chunks of fat inside are deemed unacceptable to the family, but I love it!
I reminds me of a time when I was a lad of about 8 or 9.
My grandmother and I made some boerewors together in that way.
So I too have my specific piece of wors when the family gets to braai...
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #8838 on: January 13, 2020, 06:14:49 am »
Well Done Gary, yet another lawn mower saved!  :thumleft:
Bobotie looks delicious  :drif:

Agreed, bobotie with chutney, bananas and desiccated coconut is food for a king (with simple tastes)
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« Reply #8839 on: January 13, 2020, 06:31:27 am »
Well Done Gary, yet another lawn mower saved!  :thumleft:
Bobotie looks delicious  :drif:

Agreed, bobotie with chutney, bananas and desiccated coconut is food for a king (with simple tastes)
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