Sunday, June 17, 2012

+9 Days - Breath Caught, and 1st PM Service call.

Success in a move is measured by how long it takes before your garage is usable.  I can officially and publicly state that on day 9 (6 since moving in) I was able to park both cars inside for the first time.   I consider this a success.

Info on our first service call/issue at the bottom.

The move has been hectic and exhausting, but we are officially in and most of the main stuff is done.

  1. Ceiling fans were installed by me last Sunday.   By the 4th one I was getting a lot faster and got on a roll.   Only problem was all 4 fans were different, so each had a slightly different steps.  I will try to post photos tomorrow.
  2. HDTV hung over the fireplace.   This was an ordeal, and thankfully no kids were a round because the profanity was flying fast and loud.   First issue -- we had a level that gave different readings when flipped over.  So basically our level wasn't level and it threw everything off.  Took 45 minutes to figure that one out.   Next issue, the TV screw holes were not level (old level or new level) so we had to redrill a hole wider on the bracket to give us some wiggle room.  Eventually it worked out.
  3. HDTV on wall of master BR went in, much easier. for all your mount needs. Seriously,  $12 vs $88 at Best Buy.
  4. Garage door openers installed (not by me). Very glad we went with belt drives.
  5. Installed a "Honeywell RWD41 Water Defense Water Sensing Alarm" around the washing machine.   Our house has a 1st floor laundry with my media room (finished) below it in the basement.  Any washer leaks would be bad news.  We sprung for the 20 Year Hoses that are not supposed to break (or at least in 5 years like the rubber ones do), but with a 5 year old washer I was still a bit nervous.  At the first sign of water underneath the washer the alarm will sound.   
  6. Granite half sealed.   Sealed the island and the bar top, still need to find time to do the counter slab.   It needs to dry 12 hours before you seal and 4 hours after, so it takes some planning.  I used the SCI cleaner and sealer from home depot but I think I went heavy on the sealer.  I used 80% of the bottle on the island/bar and it says you can do 100 sq ft twice with 1 bottle.  Oh well, it looks good :-)
  7. Landscaper "buried" the time-warner coax for us under the sod.   Had to chase away the TW contractors that showed up with a pick ax and wanted to hack up my new sod.  I will need to be careful when installing my sprinkler system.

My alarm install is on tap for tomorrow night.  I have had everything setup for a week, but haven't had a chance to do the activation.   I ended up going with the Abbra wireless system with monitoring from

Ordered another wifi access point last week and will be installing it tomorrow.   This house is solid and wireless throughput drops from 30M in the basement to 28M in the kitchen, to 5M upstairs.   I'm going to add a 2nd access point on the 2nd floor connected with cat5 to the basement.  Should provide coverage to the whole house and some of the outside space.  

Long story warning:
Ok.. So we had our fist service issue last week.  The dishwasher has been an issue since closing.  Our inspector didn't like they way they shimmed it in, so we had them fix it pre-closing.   Then day 2 we tried to run dishes and couldn't get it to power on.   Apparently there is a switch on the counter that provides power to the unit.  I found this out after checking the circuit, testing the disposal (same feed) and then calling the PM.  I have never seen this before, but having kids I love it.   Master shutoff capability....   
Then we ran it twice and noticed it wasn't cleaning.   Did some more digging and realized it wasn't getting any water, but ran the whole cycle w/o water.   Called PM.  He said call GE but he will have the plumbers check supply line real quick in the morning.   Plumber comes, water line fine, says he sees no signs of water inside the unit.  So we call GE and they say they will be there in 3 days (they don't work over the weekend)...  Then I call the PM back.   Basically I said "it's your call, but you might want to take a look at this DW today at some point..."   If it's GE's problem then they will fix it, but if I had to wait 3 more days (10 post closing) to get it fixed and it ended up being an installation (read Ryan homes) problem then I was going to be pissed off.   Somebody stopped by, found a wiring issue with the pump, and it was working fine within 10 minutes.   Either 1) it was installed wrong, and ran dry at least 3 times (ouch...), or 2) it worked when installed but something happened, the wiring came lose on the pump, and the guy who stopped by fixed it for GE ahead of time...   Both are plausible, but I'm betting on #1.    In the end it was fixed, builder response was prompt (after I leaned on them a bit and wasn't willing to just accept it was a GE problem).   MORAL of the long story:  TEST EVERYTHING before closing and verify.   I heard the dishwasher run, but never verified water running, and it bit me in the butt sort of.


  1. Very good point about testing out everything before closing. In fact there were several good points there, thanks! I have a funny image of you running out and telling the TimeWarner folks to skedaddle.

  2. Glad the dishwasher is fixed, but it's ridiculous that it took that long. I have heard of a master switch for the dishwasher and that would be convenient with little ones, but I know I would take awhile to get used to it. Congrats on getting the two cars in the garage already!

  3. Thanks for sharing! FWIW, if folks haven't used they've also got unbelievable prices on HDMI cables. And great great reminder about testing the dishwasher. Congrats on getting settled so quickly!

  4. What a fiasco with the dishwasher! Thanks for the reminder to make sure it runs-correctly. I definitely want to get a few water sensing alarms, thanks for the info on yours!Congrats again, on your beautiful house (BTW, I think the picture of your Yorkshire looking from the street to the front looks like one of their brochure pics-picturesque!).

  5. 9 days til a clean garage... that is VERY impressive.

  6. Mike, you are on a a roll and very handy....that is awesome what you have accomplished! Thanks for the tips! We all NEED them!