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How DirecTv/DBSTalk saved my basement


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#1 OFFLINE   ProfLonghair

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:54 AM

So, yesterday I read about the overnight reboots/ToDo list problems. I woke up not feeling so hot (I got better), so I was already at home. I went downstairs to the main floor, checked both DVRs there, and they were fine. Then, I went into the basement to check the last one.

When I first headed down the stairs, it was quiet, so I knew the dehumidifier was full. So, I went into the unfinished half. Then, I saw it: The basment had a hugs puddle of water around the drain in the floor. So, I checked the sump pump, as that was where it seemed to be coming from. Sure enough, the pit was full, and I couldn't see the floater. So, I reached my hand in, and that water was COLD! I'm surprised it was still liquid. I could only fish around in there for a few seconds at a time, as my hands went numb quickly, and it was murky enough that i had to rely solely on touch.

Got that fixed, and when it started draining, water came pouring out the output pipe, right at the catch valve. WE already had it duct taped, because there was a pinhole leak there a while back. So, I tried more duct tape. No good. I found if I held the valve and the flanges together in just the right way, it would drain with no leak. So, I held it long enough that it was not overflowing, with some room to spare. Went to Home Depot, got a new valve with flanges attached, and came home to replace.

The rubber flange at the top of the system was ripped about half off! That ended up being my big problem. The replacement went fine, and no damage was done, thankfully, because I caught it in time.

And, why did I catch it in time? Because, I read here about the reboots, and went in the basement to check on my HR20-700. So, thank you, DirecTV, for screwing up the guides, and helping me fix my basement leak, and thank you DBSTalk, for telling me to go check.

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#2 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:56 AM

Hey .. cool story .. Thanks for sharing :)
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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:05 AM

So, yesterday I read about the overnight reboots/ToDo list problems. I woke up not feeling so hot (I got better), so I was already at home. I went downstairs to the main floor, checked both DVRs there, and they were fine. Then, I went into the basement to check the last one.

When I first headed down the stairs, it was quiet, so I knew the dehumidifier was full. So, I went into the unfinished half. Then, I saw it: The basment had a hugs puddle of water around the drain in the floor. So, I checked the sump pump, as that was where it seemed to be coming from. Sure enough, the pit was full, and I couldn't see the floater. So, I reached my hand in, and that water was COLD! I'm surprised it was still liquid. I could only fish around in there for a few seconds at a time, as my hands went numb quickly, and it was murky enough that i had to rely solely on touch.

Got that fixed, and when it started draining, water came pouring out the output pipe, right at the catch valve. WE already had it duct taped, because there was a pinhole leak there a while back. So, I tried more duct tape. No good. I found if I held the valve and the flanges together in just the right way, it would drain with no leak. So, I held it long enough that it was not overflowing, with some room to spare. Went to Home Depot, got a new valve with flanges attached, and came home to replace.

The rubber flange at the top of the system was ripped about half off! That ended up being my big problem. The replacement went fine, and no damage was done, thankfully, because I caught it in time.

And, why did I catch it in time? Because, I read here about the reboots, and went in the basement to check on my HR20-700. So, thank you, DirecTV, for screwing up the guides, and helping me fix my basement leak, and thank you DBSTalk, for telling me to go check.

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So...was the basement receiver updated or not? :D
Glad you escaped without too much damage!

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:05 AM

Glad you got it taken care of! DirecTV saves the day! Well don't leave yourself out. You had to be intelligent enough to fix it!!:D
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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:48 AM

There will probably be a "disaster aversion" charge on your next bill!
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Posted 12 February 2009 - 11:51 AM

Yeah, DTV is cool even though they cost me a good door.

Back when my son was living at home I found him in his room with the TV off. I asked why and he reported too many commercials and stupid programs on the locals. So he was doing homework and reading a math text. After he left for an expensive college I rented his room to a guy who began selling drugs. The cops kicked down the door and hauled his ass out of here one night last week.

So, do you think DTV will fix the door?

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 12:03 PM

Pretty cool story. :lol:

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 12:43 PM

I've got a sump pump in my unfinished basement that occasionally 'hangs' without cutting on and needs a bump to start.

I've added a water alarm ($12 or so at HD or Lowe's) that has saved my neck several times. There's actually a wireless version available online that you can put the alarm upstairs.

Check it out.

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 01:03 PM

So, I tried more duct tape. No good.


!rolling !rolling That's the best part of the story right there! !rolling !rolling


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Posted 12 February 2009 - 01:26 PM

!rolling !rolling That's the best part of the story right there! !rolling !rolling


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Hey, why not? What problem can't be fixed by duct tape?
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Posted 12 February 2009 - 01:27 PM

Hey, why not? What problem can't be fixed by duct tape?


I know of two so far... this one and something about fishing cables. :P :lol:

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 04:56 PM

Hey, don't laugh at duct tape. . . another story, but it saved my sailboat from sinking!

I keep a roll handy in the boat!

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 08:47 PM

You only need two tools: WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn't, use Duct Tape.:D
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Posted 12 February 2009 - 09:05 PM

You people forget the virtues of caulk.

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:35 PM

Hey, why not? What problem can't be fixed by duct tape?


Since this was D* related it would have been fixed with self tapping screws :lol:

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 06:51 AM

Sounds like we've got a lot of Red Green fans here. Duct tape fixes everything!:D
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Posted 14 February 2009 - 10:25 AM

I know of two so far... this one and something about fishing cables. :P :lol:


Hey, I successfully fished a cable through a wall using a bent coat hanger, attached to the end of a coax connector (don't know what you'd call it - it's the coax connector I took out of an old wall plate). Coat hanger was attached to the connector with... yep... a ridiculous amount of duct tape (I couldn't pull off the connector after I was done :)). I then just screwed the end of the cable to the connector, and after much sweating and swearing I got the cable through. As Alton Brown said on one episode of Good Eats: Macgyver isn't my patron saint for nothing...

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 10:26 AM

You only need two tools: WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn't, use Duct Tape.:D


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Posted 14 February 2009 - 12:17 PM

Since this was D* related it would have been fixed with self tapping screws :lol:

ProfLonghair, You owe us all a cold one.


Given the cold ones he had that day, I don't think I want one right now. :)

Thanks for the story ProfLonghair!
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Posted 17 February 2009 - 12:27 PM

That small pinhole depending on where it is is important. Usually a small pinhole is drilled into the discharge piping to prevent airlock. Airlock doesnt occur often but when it does it allows the pump to pump air but not pull water and discharge it. So by duct taping the hole in the past you may have set yourself up for this problem. Usually the hole is drilled just below the lid of the pit so that it doesnt splash outside.




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