The New (Old) Laundry Room

The New (Old) Laundry Room

Women can be very funny at times.

We received a new Samsung Washer and Dryer from Best Buy and my wife wanted to place the machines in our back bathroom. This would require running water supplies and running a new drain and vent as well as running a 240 volt line for the dryer. All things i can do and have done in the past.

So why is this funny? Because 12 years ago, my wife decided we should remove the washer and dryer from the very same bathroom and place them in the basement! So yes, I removed the plumbing and drain and had new plumbing put in the basement to accommodate the moving of the laundry machines.

Fortunately, I disconnected and left the 240 line in the 2.5 ft. high crawl space so it only required fishing up through the wall and installing a new outlet box and receptacle and then reconnecting it at the service box. (I had a suspicion about my wife’s moving the machines into the basement! šŸ˜‰ )

So I thought I’d share the job with you all and let you see the “fun” I had doing it!

Stage 1 – Cut the sheet rock and plan where the new pipes would run. Done

Stage 2 – Install the water supply lines and test – Done

Stage 3 – Install Drain and vent and test (This required lots of time in and out of that very small crawl space!) – Done

Stage 4Ā  – Run 240 volt line and install receptacle (More crawl space work.) – Done

Stage 5 – Cut whole in siding where old dryer vent was and install new vent pipe – Done

Here’s the picture up to this point:

Laundry Room Project 1

Stage 6 – Install insulation and put new sheet rock in place – Done

Stage 7 – Spackle sheet rock and prepare to paint – Done

And here’s the picture for the project up to this point:

Laundry Room Project 2

Stage 8 – Change standard electrical outlet to GFCI outlet and paint new sheet rock – Done

Stage 9 – Install new washer and dryer – Done – Yay!

finished laundry room project

 

washing-machine-hookup

 

dryer-hookup

 

So what projects are you currently working on? Care to share?

Cheers!

 

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The 2016 Hyundai Tucson Reviewed

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson Reviewed

2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD review

One of the recent vehicles we received for review purposes was the new 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD.

In the not too distant past, I owned a Hyundai Accent. It was a bare-bones kind of car. Base model with only an automatic transmission as one of its options. It was a good car – reliable and was my wife’s first vehicle after moving here from Brazil.

So I was expecting a simple vehicle when we received the Tucson. But the Tucson was much ore than simple!

The color was brilliant and the 19 inch wheels were attention getting and something I appreciate – they were easy to keep clean.

As soon as you sit down in the Tucson, you notice the panoramic sunroof and the comfortable seats. The Tucson is called a CUV for Crossover Utility Vehicle and it rides very nicely. It has a 7 speed dual clutch transmission which feels a little different when you first start driving, but you hardly notice it after driving for a bit.

It has a 1.6L Turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that puts out 175 horsepower @ 5500 rpms with 195 lb-ft of torque @1500-4500 rpms.

Check out my video for a quick once over of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson and I highlight some of my favorite features of the CUV:

 

 

The list price of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD we received for review is $32,320.

Here’s the MSRP Sheet:

 

2016 Tucson Limited AWD

 

I liked the vehicle and would recommend it. Try a couple other SUVs for comparison and I think you’ll agree that the Tucson’s ride is smoother than most!

Catch you later.

 

 

The 2016 Nissan XD Platinum Reserve AWD

The 2016 Nissan XD Platinum Reserve AWD

We live in America! And in America, bigger is almost always better. So I was pretty excited when the 2016 Nissan Titan XD Platinum Reserve showed up in our driveway.

 

The Nissan Titan XD is BIG – just check out the truck front-to-rear with my 2001 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab 4X4 SLT.

 

2016 Nissan Titan XD AWD Platinum Reserve

 

It has everything a truck lover like me would ever want. (And apparently, what a woman would want as well!) And just what is it that a trucker would like about this vehicle?

Well, check out my video review below:

The truck has a Cummins 5.0 Liter V8 Dual Stage Turbo Diesel engine and a Bosch HPCR fuel system. The engine is compacted graphite iron and generates 310 HP @ 3200 rpm and 555 lb-ft of torque @1600 rpm. As you can see … lots of power!

It has over 2,000 lb payload with over 12,000 lb towing capacity.

I haven’t been in a diesel vehicle for a number of years, but my memories of them are of loud knocking diesel engines. They just don’t run as quietly as gasoline engines. Diesel engines have historically been lower powered than gasoline engines.

But after driving this for a week, I’m sold! The engine is very quiet for a diesel and it really had great pickup – more than I thought was possible from a diesel.

The price on the truck was not finalized on the paperwork we received as it was a brand new model. But you can expect to pay around $60,000 for it.

So if you haven’t driven a diesel truck lately, I highly recommend the 2016 Nissan Titan XD AWD Platinum Reserve!

I’m 100% certain that if you like trucks, you’re going to love this one. šŸ™‚

Cheers.

 

Kia K900 – The Best Kept Secret

Kia K900 – The Best Kept Secret

2015 Kia K900

What’s a Kia K900? You say you’ve never heard of it? Well neither had I until one arrived at our house for a review!

 

The K900 is Kia’s top of the line luxury car. It has a 5.0L V8 gasoline engine which produces 420 hp and has an 8 speed automatic transmission. Step on the gas and this car moves! What have I driven that would allow me to say that this is a fast car? I owned a 1990 Corvette Coupe that had a six speed manual transmission with a 350 ci V8. It produced 250 hp! So trust me when I say this is a fast car. šŸ™‚

 

Along with that speed comes some really nice options. Watch my video below for my walk through and high lights of the options on the vehicle.

 

 

I showed the car to some friends of mine, one of which owned a Kia SUV. They all were very impressed with the car and the Kia owner was ready to trade me!

 

I liked the car quite a lot and was sad to see it go. The list price of the vehicle is $66,400, which puts it in a class comparable to the Mercedes E Class and the BMW 5 Series. Until it becomes more well known, Kia may have a hard time selling enough of these to make it profitable for them. But I’d recommend that you take one of these out for a test drive if you’re in the market for a higher end luxury sedan. I’m fairly certain that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the quality as well as the performance and drive-ability of this vehicle.

If you’re interested in seeing the MSRP Sticker, just click here.

Cheers!

 

 

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWD

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWD

2015-Mitsubishi-Oulander-Sport-SE

We had the pleasure of driving a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWD 4 door SUV for a week. It was provided for my wife to view a review on it and since I got to experience the vehicle, I’m sharing my thoughts of the vehicle with you!

The Outlander had a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine which produced 148 HP @ 6000 RPM. Now I know that this doesn’t sound like a high performance vehicle’s stats, but it actually drove nicely and had enough pickup that I wasn’t afraid to pull out onto the highway. There is a larger 2.4 liter engine available on 2 other Outlander Sport models which produces 168 HP @ 6000 RPM if you’re needing just a little more power. You can check out the other models here.

The large sunroof was a nice feature that I enjoyed, especially since it was in the 80s and 90s while we had it. And the night lights around the sunroof was a cool feature that we enjoyed.

The adjustable headlight feature was very unique and one that I’ve never seen before. A nice touch when you have the vehicle fully loaded.

My full walk around review is below:

 

 

And the MSRP sticker can be seen by clicking here.

If you want a nice looking smaller SUV that gets good gas mileage and does well 4-wheeling, check out the Outlander at your nearest Mitsubishi dealer.

Cheers!

 

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