September 2005 Archives

New Faucet

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We replaced our kitchen faucet this weekend. We went from:


to this:


It's a Kohler, and we found it at Lowes for $200. So far so good - it's a massive improvement over the old one, which appears to have been a "builders special" (i.e., $29.95).

And, as I sit here in the basement, watching ESPN HD's Sunday night game, I realize how much I miss going to live football games... I never went to that many when in Wisconsin, but at least I could. Here, there's nothing really worth going to -- I hate the Razorbacks, and there are no pro teams... I could go to KC and see a Chiefs game (ick), or to Dallas and see a Cowboys game (barf), but it's not the same as a Badgers or Packers game...

Maybe next year I'll have to plan a few weekend road trips for some games -- go see the Packers again, and maybe someone else, like Jaguars, Titans, or someone like that. Heck, even an Eagles game might be sort of fun...

I think my house is going to crumble

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I was re-wiring the Home Theater's stereo equipment tonight, trying to get rid of a slight "hum" that has surfaced since adding a Dish receiver to the system (I added a Furman AC Line Conditioner, a 3GHz isolator, and a ground bar to the satellite feed). I also added a second 120mm fan to the cabinet, to help cool the receiver, as I felt it was getting too warm.

I fixed the hum... and then realized that I had my subwoofer's parametric EQ system completely misconfigured. So, I did some tweaking on it, and the subs are truly overwhelming now... I had previously run the sub amplifier at "-10" volume (it goes from -80 to +20)... It's now on -70, and is still scary powerful.

As an example, I had the receiver's volume set to about -30 (it goes from -80 to +5), the sub amp at -70, and I went up stairs... the stove was rattling, as were the dishes, the bathroom fixtures, the shower stall, and the floor was literally "heaving" in spots...

You like popsicles?

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I think "Family Guy" may be my most favorite show ever.

Nothing else new to report - the riser is done in the basement, and the curtains are up... waiting on trim, which should be done in a week or so... I just need to find the right shade of black stain.

Almost there...

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Well, we finally got the carpet situation fixed. I called Lowes on Wednesday, and they sent the carpet crew back out. Apparently, the tack strips had broken in several spots, so they replaced them, and now the carpet seems to be ok.

Here's what it looks like:



The carpet is Mohawk Premiere, 25-year warranty with stain guard protection and a premium, odo-ban pad. The carpet feels *really* nice, and the dogs love to lay on it. Regis gets in the room and immediately lays down, and refuses to leave... so, we have to carry him out.

Oh, and I sure hope the price of gas starts to drop... Amy filled-up the Tahoe today (thankfully she's only driving it 5-6 miles a day) for a whopping $54.25. Whew. That one hurt.

Strike 3 for Lowes

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Well, the carpet was installed, but... well, you be the judge:

Carpet along the wall:


Notice the "bump" along the wall? Well, I was looking at the carpet, and I thought it felt a little loose... so, I take a little dig at it with my index finger, and:


Hmm, that doesn't seem right... check the rest of the room, and I can basically move the entire carpet just by sliding my feet around on the carpet. Great work, Lowes! You guys are the best!!

I'm seriously done with Lowes... I can't wait for the Home Depot to open in our area - it'll be done in a month or so. I tried, and tried, and tried to like Lowes - I thought they were great, actually - but then I started having one problem after another, and no one there seems to care or have any idea of what "customer service" means. I even talked to the store manager about my carpet problems, and I got a "I'm sorry," but that was it. Nice, eh?

Any way, here's what the carpet looks like:




Now, if it would only stay in place, I'd be really happy. They (Lowes) were supposed to have someone call me today to come out and fix the problem, but alas, no phone call. I won't be holding my breath for them to call.... I'm sure I'll have to call them a half-a-dozen times before someone comes out to look at it, and then I'm sure they'll have an attitude about it, and the "repair" will probably be crummy. I can only pray that Lowes goes into bankruptcy some day.

That's what I get for trying to save a few dollars. I should've gone through a real carpet store. :-(

Anyway, I don't mean to harp on Lowes, but dang it, talk about frustration.

On a more serious note, please consider donating to the Humane Society. I hate to think of all of the helpless dogs/cats/horses/etc. that are suffering as a result of the hurricane. If I could, I'd donate a million dollars to help them out...