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Construction and Building / Water conditioning?
« on: July 14, 2017, 02:21:49 PM »
I figured this forum is the closest it comes to 'house stuff'... feel free to move if there is better spot.

Anyone have a water softener/conditioner in your house? Any recommendations? We had the Kinetico guy come and give us the dog and pony show a while back, but i just can't stomach the $4-5k price tag when there are systems out there for half. Haven't had anyone else out yet.

Kinetico - $$$ - reliable but if it does break, have to pay them to fix (proprietary). uses very little salt. Good reviews.
Culligan - $$$ - proprietary, electric valve.
Rainsoft - $$$ - proprietary, terrible reviews
Aquasana - $$ - not great reviews.
Fleck - $$ - parts are readily available to fix it myself if it comes to that. electric valve. good reviews.
EcoWater - $$$ - mediocre reviews. proprietary. sold through Costco, so at least there is a good return policy (I hope)

No really interested in the Kenmore/GE units that the big box stores sell. They don't have as good of reviews from what I've seen.

annnnnnnd, go!  :smiley:

CIEMR / Bernie just gained the pot heads vote...
« on: November 04, 2015, 08:45:24 PM »


I guess a vote for Bernie is better than a vote for Hillary.  :o

Classifieds / For Sale: OEM '01-'10 Duramax fuel lines
« on: October 29, 2015, 04:55:15 PM »
So, as a follow up to my "help" thread and the seller sending me a second set of lines to replace the damaged ones... I now have an extra set because I'm going to 'fix' the original set with the crimped flex line.

So, if you know of anyone with a 01-10 (I believe the LML's use a different part) Crew Cab (bed length doesn't matter), that need new fuel lines due to rust or whatever, then hit me up.

I paid $200 for them set, so if I can get $150 and you pay for shipping then that would be fair in my eyes. Though, shipping a large box may be difficult, so let's work something out. PM me if you're interested!

GM P/N is 20832565

I've borrowed a cargo trailer from a friend's dad a few times now and upon returning it last night we got to talking about my truck, his suburban, trailers, etc... then he tells me that he's headed to SEMA in a couple weeks. So I asked "what for?" and then he showed me -- he owns and manufactures the "Uni-Dolly"


Has multiple attachments for lifting/clamping vehicles, boats, axles, transmissions, engines so you can work on them. At a fairly reasonable price too.  I'm not trying to make any kind of sales pitch, just wanted to share with all my fellow gear-heads. :)

Oh, and it is 100% built in the US of A.

Construction and Building / RPar's house projects (pic heavy)
« on: October 05, 2015, 02:37:27 PM »
Thought I'd start a thread to document some of the various projects I've done over the last six years.

Old house: 2009-2014
1) Garage - 26' deep x 22' wide x 10' ceiling w/ attic storage Fully insulated and drywalled. Was perfect because the CCLB DMAX would actually fit with a little room to spare.
2) rebuilt the deck
3) front landscaping and irrigation
4) sewer line replacement
5) shed under deck (make most of the unused space)
6) backyard landscaping
7) kitchen wall insulation (or lack there of) and subsequent accident...
8) laminate flooring

Current house: 2014-current
1) family room built-ins
2) shed
3) kitchen table (in planning phase)

General Maintenance, How to/DIY projects / Help with new fuel lines
« on: August 05, 2015, 08:38:59 PM »
The fuel lines on my '06 LBZ are pretty far gone having come from Wisconsin. I bought new ones via a dealer on eBay, I couldn't beat the price! $203 w/ free shipping vs $350 for aftermarket.

Anyway, received them yesterday and a quick glance inside the box before FedEx left they looked OK, but upon further review today...

They had to bend them at the flex/rubber section to fit them in the box. That kink is no bueno.

So, I have two options -- contact the seller/dealer and send them back (probably $50 or more in shipping costs, plus a possible restocking fee), or try to come up with a way to make it work.  The first thought that comes to mind is some AN fittings with flexible hose.

Now, I don't know a thing about AN fittings or how they're measured or what I would need to get this to work.  I'm thinking that I'd need to treat this like brake lines and use a compression nut on the hard-line side and flare the line, the compression nut would then connect to an AN fitting that is compression to a flexible line. Thing is, I don't know where to begin with pieces and parts. I know the supply line is 1/2" OD (.510" according to calipers) and the return line is 3/8" OD (.385").

So, what do I need to get?

Site Rules & Introductions / Ryan from Vancouver, WA
« on: July 21, 2015, 04:47:58 PM »
Hello Real men!
I'm a DuramaxForum (rparlee) transplant that has been following the Square-D build since its inception. I've been 'lurking' for months since Don moved everything on that build over here. I, sadly, was not around for the TacTopper, Tacoma, TacGator or some of those other Don projects...  ;)

I'm an IT Systems engineer by day, and a jack-of-all-trades in my free time. At 17 years old, I plowed my '95 Ranger through a huge puddle while offroading, hydrolocked the engine (busted a rod, bent another) and took it all apart and put it back together and sold it for $300 more than what I bought the truck for (minus all the parts for the repair). 

I enjoy working with my hands - I've built a garage, helped my uncle build their house, done a lot of landscaping/yard care growing up, if it involves power tools or building something, I generally am interested in it.

I'm also a family man with a wife, two daughters (6 and 19 months), a dog and two cats - one cat is like "red dog" and is a major pain and has now been relegated to permanent quarters OUTSIDE (wouldn't stop peeing on the dog's bed).

I have an '06 GMC 3500 CCLB LBZ and can't imagine ever selling it. I'd love to do a Duraburb swap, or even a 6BT swap in an older 'burb someday. All my uncles are into cars one way or another - Tom rebuilds and manufactures parts for Model A Fords, Steve is a fine cabinet and furniture craftsman and is into Alfa Romeo's and Mike is a pump engineer (think large sewage pumps) has an MG in his garage that has been a 'project' for 20 years... So, I guess that is where I get my interest in cars, carpentry and engineering from.

Oh and Don, for pete's sake:


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