Whuzzit Time

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This is the time when I ask "What is it?" 

Many times the challenges of buying an existing B&B (aka turn-key) is that you do not know what went on before you. You discover it as you go along...you also find things like this.

Here is an image, can you guess what it is?  

To some it will be obvious, to others might take a moment, don't look at others answers before you guess, whuzzit?

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 See, I thought those were "fire-roasted cannolis" and wondered if I would be able to replicate the recipe after I bought the place.

Tom

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Mind you the stuff you find when they dug up the sewer to attach the stuff that came out of our basement it was all held together at the joints with super old duct tape could have gone at any time! could have caused subsidence and all sorts!!!! Luckily all I have at the back is car park in which i will not be digging, no side garden and only a small patch at the front in which I make it as low maintenance as possible! mainly flags and path.

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MISS Utility comes out with a sensor thingy that pinpoints where the lines are. JB is correct, in her case one would have had no clue there was a reason to call.  I would say it depends on where you are planting and what I guess. But if I were planning to have to dig more than 1 foot down, I would call them. It costs nothing and is a lot better than being surprised.

In Illinois the frostline was 36 inches. Here it is 18.

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And that is why there is Miss Utility. I do not know about other States, but it is a REQUIREMENT in WV to call Miss Utility (an 800 number) before you dig. It saves people from electrocuting themselves and from cutting power, phone, cable, water, etc lines as they miss the utility lines. They come out and spray a line on the ground where the utility lines are so there is no question about where to NOT dig.

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Dig Safe. We have that here.

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in your own garden?  heck raking leaves could have got us killed! Obv 6 inches down (idiots) is not where it was supposed to be and in a garden.  T is still really ticked off over it.  

Listen once again I am here to say to those who say "Hire a professional they know what they are doing" is RUBBISH.  The owner does not know what they are doing and are taken to the bank when they so-called-professional do a shoddy install like this. Why bother digging, we''' just cover it up.

I am so bad. I really want old houses to be saved, but when someone asks me the one advice I would give if I had to do it over again? BUILD A NEW B&B.

God bless all of you innkeepers today, dealing with these things we get to deal with and more.

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 That's why the first thing we did when we bought this 150-year-old farmhouse was to totally redo all the electrical and plumbing.  Otherwise you are continually being surprised.  And, yes, we were here to supervise to make sure that things were done correctly.  It is amazing that anyone would take a chance like that with live wires...simply amazing.

 Glad you are here to tell about it!

By the way, whenever I paste my response from a Word program, where I check my spelling, I get these little oval thingys down the side at the bottom of my response.  Any idea how to prevent that? It doesn't show up on the response until it is submitted so there is no chance to remove it from the original pasted text.   I appologize in advance for the odd little things.  

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Silverspoon wrote:

 That's why the first thing we did when we bought this 150-year-old farmhouse was to totally redo all the electrical and plumbing.  Otherwise you are continually being surprised.  And, yes, we were here to supervise to make sure that things were done correctly.  It is amazing that anyone would take a chance like that with live wires...simply amazing.

 Glad you are here to tell about it!

By the way, whenever I paste my response from a Word program, where I check my spelling, I get these little oval thingys down the side at the bottom of my response.  Any idea how to prevent that? It doesn't show up on the response until it is submitted so there is no chance to remove it from the original pasted text.   I appologize in advance for the odd little things.  

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We have had more fun with the misspellings....... There have been some REALLY good ones

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 Yea, well I am one heck of a problem solver but spelling?  not so much!   I have tried pasting from Word after spell checking but am left with those oval thingys.  Can't seem to find a spell check on the forum post.  Am I missing something?  

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 No Spell check here

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Silverspoon wrote:

By the way, whenever I paste my response from a Word program, where I check my spelling, I get these little oval thingys down the side at the bottom of my response.  Any idea how to prevent that?

I thought those ovals were something like X's and O's that mean hugs and kisses or something!

If you look below the window where you enter your post, you'll see a link that says "Switch to plain text editor". If you click that you'll see that actual HTML code of your post, and you may see the extra stuff there that's causing the "oval thingys" so you can delete them.

When I look at your posts I see a section that starts with < !--[if gte mso 9] >< xml > < w:WordDocument > and ends with  < /w:WordDocument > < /xml >< ![endif]-- > < !--StartFragment-- > < !--EndFragment-- >

That whole section is the code that's puting the ovals in. It's invisible code except in the plain text editor.

Another option would be to paste from Word into Notepad first. That strips out all but the plain text. Then paste that in here.

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 Thanks, I'll give it a try.

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instead of using right click to select copy or paste, highlight your text, then do control c for copy and control v for paste.

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 I already do that...I have a MAC so I rarely use the right click.  I have made a few posts successfully by cutting a pasting into Word for the spell check and then into text edit.  It is a bit tiresome but it eliminates the promiscuous 00000's 

 

Thanks everyone for your  help on this.  I'll try to clean up my act and not embarrass you all!  

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Spill check? We don't knead noh stinkin' spill chick! 

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Silverspoon wrote:

 I already do that...I have a MAC so I rarely use the right click.  I have made a few posts successfully by cutting a pasting into Word for the spell check and then into text edit.  It is a bit tiresome but it eliminates the promiscuous 00000's 

 

Thanks everyone for your  help on this.  I'll try to clean up my act and not embarrass you all!  

Once you are a super poster like the rest of us your spell check won't matter any more.  I thought the 0 0 0 0 were a secret code...shhh! We won't tell anyone.

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I thought they were little hugs & kisses, too!

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Silverspoon wrote:

 That's why the first thing we did when we bought this 150-year-old farmhouse was to totally redo all the electrical and plumbing.  Otherwise you are continually being surprised.  And, yes, we were here to supervise to make sure that things were done correctly.  It is amazing that anyone would take a chance like that with live wires...simply amazing.

 Glad you are here to tell about it!

By the way, whenever I paste my response from a Word program, where I check my spelling, I get these little oval thingys down the side at the bottom of my response.  Any idea how to prevent that? It doesn't show up on the response until it is submitted so there is no chance to remove it from the original pasted text.   I appologize in advance for the odd little things.  (Hey your spell checker didn't catch that one! haha)  

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See that is the problem you're spell checking! We have had some doozies here due to no spell checker on this site!  But see the "shop" is a new building, so we would have "assumed" they ran the wire correctly.  We have uncovered plenty of little surprises in this place. more to come...no doubt about it.

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that is why there was a chap who wanted an old style B&B but he couldn't find the right property where he wanted to be (ie excellent tourism market) so he built and imitation one! this may be the way forward.

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Yes, the B&B where I attended my aspiring innkeepers class was built new in 1994 specifically to be a B&B, but built in a Victorian style that makes many guests think it's over 100 years old.

Didn't fool me though. Roof line was too straight and perfect. None of the sagging you'd expect from a really old house, or from a really old innkeeper

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it is a REQUIREMENT in WV to call Miss Utility (an 800 number) before you dig.

You mean to dig a little hole to plant a tulip bulb or a new shrub you have to call and get the ground inspected first? That could become cumbersome. Safe, but cumbersome.

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Arkansawyer wrote:

it is a REQUIREMENT in WV to call Miss Utility (an 800 number) before you dig.

You mean to dig a little hole to plant a tulip bulb or a new shrub you have to call and get the ground inspected first? That could become cumbersome. Safe, but cumbersome.

We almost went through the power line to our outside lights just trying to move a shrub. So, someone put it in but we couldn't get it out!

When I had my new house built the contractor ran yellow caution tape while the hole where the utility lines went was being refilled. Assumption being I would hit the caution tape before I hit the utility lines! Correct assumption.

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Arkansawyer wrote:

it is a REQUIREMENT in WV to call Miss Utility (an 800 number) before you dig.

You mean to dig a little hole to plant a tulip bulb or a new shrub you have to call and get the ground inspected first? That could become cumbersome. Safe, but cumbersome.

But why would this help, I am asking, certianly they do not know where this was run? How would they. Nobody knows.

I get the call before you dig, pertaining to big digs.  We dig around here all the time.

DH also dug up the line from the cottage to see where it was, as you can see in this image another find job (a hired professional did). Scary really. 

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bodgers frighten the crap out of me! that shallow one of you could have been killed! ie put a spade through it or anything!!!!

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Final image.

(yeah who buries electrical cable 1/2 foot below the surface?) We lost power to the shop and after trouble shooting DH finally had to dig up the wire and found this. He will replace it and put it in conduit and/or bury 3 feet down like it is supposed to be.

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 clue #2

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 I hope this isn't really bad electrical wiring ???? Chewed up by some critter in your attic Sad

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 First thing I thought was clogged up plumbing lines Sad UGH!

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breakfast burrito?

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It looks like you need to eat more fiber.

I'm with Diva on this one....old plumbing. 

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Proud Texan wrote:

It looks like you need to eat more fiber.

No not fiber but it does involve splicing.

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100+ year old plumbing?

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either water pipes or cigars?

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Yummy sushi !   Smiling

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