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    Unhappy Unhappy memories: 4th July

    Oh dear. It's almost the 4th July again. While you lot are running around gayly with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies I will be sitting at home crying over our our legal separation when the American colonies split from Great Britain in 1776.

    It was like a divorce and I feel like a lonely old man.

    Come back to me USA. We can make it up.

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    Some parties of divorce are happier separate than they were as a whole.
    Don't worry Ian, most people like the current situation...
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    Ian,
    You can always visit England when you get lonely for it.
    I hear it's a nice place to visit.

    I had a lot of relatives that came from there, but that was forever ago.
    I'm sure some of those were flying in the face of your wisdom back then too.

    http://alden.org/our_family/3generations.htm#John


    http://plymouthcolony.net/families/packard1.html

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    I feel like a child with two divorced parents.

    If you pay your backtaxes I am sure England could make amends.

    I prefer the plumbing and electrical in the US though. It's so much simpler.

    No ring-mains. Standalone water heaters versus combination on-demand units. Easy peezy.
    Last edited by Ian Gills; 07-02-2009 at 09:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Ian,
    You can always visit England when you get lonely for it.
    I hear it's a nice place to visit.
    I heard it was dreary and gloomy...
    Always raining...
    Impossible to get a tan....

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    I'll be putting a roof on for the 2nd time in a few years
    I'm always working on the house on 4th of July weekend
    DIY Handyman (not 4 hire)
    I have enough to do to my own house

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    Me too. I have almost finished replacing my basement windows (just some trim on the last one to do and many thanks to this forum, all the advice was excellent) before polishing them off with a few customs made blinds.

    Then I'll mow the lawn.

    And that for me is a days work. If I am lucky, I'll get started tomorrow.

    Who would like to see some pics of the new windows?

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    Every 4th, I go to the Vets Hospital.

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    Who would like to see some pics of the new windows?
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    Yes, Ian I would like to see your new windows, too. How did you end up fixing them, did you ever say?

    By the way, at the Vet Hospital, their is a group of us women who put on funny skits.

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    OK, here are the windows.

    The old ones are now like this:
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    The new ones from the inside look like this. I added a PVC frame for extra stability.
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    And on the outside, like this. The custom made window well cover helps keep the dirt off and protects from mower damage. You know I have a thing about mower damage. The burnt grass is from spilt mineral spirits, used to tidy up the polyethylene caulk.
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    And all thanks to this forum. I got five double low-e and argon vinyl replacement slider windows for about $1000 including delivery. Quotes to get the job done by local installers were in the $3000-4000 range.

    Each window took 1.5 days to fit. A day to get the old one out and fit the new and an extra half day to trim and caulk.

    I value my time at $350 a day.

    So 1.5*5*350=$2625 for my labor +$1000 in materials = $3625

    Yep, would have been cheaper to get the pros to do it! But much less fun!

    It's pricey on the East Coast! Stay away!
    Last edited by Ian Gills; 07-02-2009 at 04:14 PM.

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    They are really nice looking Ian, you did a great job. I will hire you to do mine. lol.

    It is pricey on all the coasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    Oh dear. It's almost the 4th July again. While you lot are running around gayly with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies I will be sitting at home crying over our our legal separation when the American colonies split from Great Britain in 1776.

    It was like a divorce and I feel like a lonely old man.

    Come back to me USA. We can make it up.
    I think you'd be more credible if you were Maid Marian's go-to guy.

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    You realy should become a trator and join us....

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    I am guessing you are realy a spy....

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