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Josh Karpf

Member Since 27 Aug 2006
Offline Last Active Jun 18 2018 07:36 PM

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In Topic: eating in Japan

18 June 2018 - 07:39 PM

My memory of (another) Namba, and Japanese delay/miscommunication, is less pleasant.


My very careful planning of a day trip from Osaka to Kyoto (or maybe Nara) via the Namba train station ground to a halt when I was told, at Namba, there was no such train from Namba. Both the language and cultural-difference limits of me and the station staff left me (with lovely spouse) wandering back out, aimless and dazed. Then, and a few times later, I did not find service staff eager to offer an alternative to a problem.


There turned out to be three stations named Namba, each for a different line. I forget how we found the correct station/line, but I know we did that on our own.


At least the trains themselves were delay-free. A few days later, when I successfully navigated us into the burbs via three trains that offered transfer times of only a couple of minutes, I felt like I had just learned surfing.

In Topic: The surrealism of everyday life

13 June 2018 - 07:18 PM

Since I failed French three times (junior high, high school, and finally my college freshling year):



In Topic: Pre - Yahrtzeit for a Kitchen

31 May 2018 - 01:49 PM

I am partly embarrassed to admit that although some pulls will indeed be remounted, much of the misalignment is said to be soon routinely fixed by the builders adjustment of hinges, as you pointed out, joe.

Meanwhile, back at the range whose substitution from gas to electrical was meant to easily avoid a huge additional project of building out to a neighboring lines gas riser, since ours is Swiss cheese we now learn that the breaker box, despite its surplus of amperage, is already full of breakers, so an additional panel will be needed.

And since the powers coming up through a structural wall, there may not be room for a second box, so some furring may be added.

I have passive-aggressively reminded the builders about angled ducting.

Now, if only the building architect would respond to my architect in days instead of weeks.

In Topic: Pre - Yahrtzeit for a Kitchen

30 May 2018 - 03:47 PM

Thanks. We were lucky to able to sell my now spouse's condo apt for our asking price, so had enough after costs to fund this renovation.


We also got a great deal on this because its owners knew how much work it would need. And almost no one else wanted it thanks to, in part, it not being a classic-four or -six in a coop full of such units. All that space but there's only one real bedroom. The second bedroom lost its radiator when the normal-width door to the deck was changed to a double-width glass door.


Before I moved into my now spouse's condo, I had lived for almost twenty years in a rent-stabilized one-bedroom with 10 amps. I like amperage very much now. And since the gas line from the basement of this new apartment turned out to have have holes in it, an extra 40 amps for the (sob) electric range will be welcome.


Off I go for our weekly visit. The range hood requires a duct diameter of at least 8", preferably 10". The architect had thought he was helping by getting the air-conditioning installer to go up from 4" to 6".

In Topic: Pre - Yahrtzeit for a Kitchen

30 May 2018 - 01:05 AM

We have weekly meetings too. The GC's responsive in person, but not by phone/messaging. The architects are the converse.


The reno slogs on:




There's 200 amps coming from the building basement, but the apartment's breaker box was rated for only 150. Upgrading to 200 made sense since we were doing some new wiring anyway. On one of my visits I found a replacement box installed. If the packaging hadn't been nearby, I'd never have known.