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Old 04-13-2014, 08:48 PM   #1
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Fun Mods - Basement Gadgets

While I had the basement panels off, I couldn't resist adding a few gadgets:

I added a sonic pest chaser to the outlet inside the utility cavity where the vacuum plugs in. Figured it would be passive and would just come on whenever I plugged in. Don't know if they work or not, but we have always used them.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



I added a water alarm and installed the remote sensor down on the floor by the utilities:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



And the alarm is mounted up by the filter so I can access it to change batteries



And I added a photoelectric smoke and carbon monoxide wireless detector in there by the access door so I can reach it. It will alarm at this detector and in one I installed in the upstairs hall if either goes off. It may be too close to the furnace (CO), but thought I would start there and see what happens.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Old 04-13-2014, 11:21 PM   #2
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My wife and I found out the hard way about water leaks. She got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, came back to bed and a couple of hours later I got up and stepped onto a water soaked carpet in the bedroom!!! The valve in the toilet had stuck and since the very small amount of water going into the toilet can't be heard it just kept filling up the toilet until......yep, overflow. Water even went down into the basement area. Needless to say, what a mess. Luckily we were able to pull out everything in the basement storage and let it dry and all of our towels soaked up the worst of the water in the carpet. Then I pulled carpet back and put a fan on to dry the carpet. After that night I couldn't sleep because every time I thought about that experience I had to get up and check the toilet. Couldn't go through that every night so went to a Fleet Farm and bought 3 battery operated water alarms and placed one under each sink and one next to the toilet. They were not expensive and have already alerted us to a leak in our Redwood under the kitchen sink. The drain was not tightened. Thankfully it was not pressurized water so no damage. We also place a shutoff in our water line coming in to the fifth wheel and whenever we leave the coach we turn it off. It's a great habit to get in to
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:52 PM   #3
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Yep, I also installed one next to the toilet after reading a few issues with that one.

I have always shut the water off when I leave, but now with the ice maker I've kind of stopped. I'll probably be sorry someday.
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Yep, I also installed one next to the toilet after reading a few issues with that one.

I have always shut the water off when I leave, but now with the ice maker I've kind of stopped. I'll probably be sorry someday.
To be honest with you, I wish I didn't have the ice maker, just another water leak waiting to happen and another item I have to be concerned about when I winterize. I think I would rather turn the icemaker off than not turn my water off.
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:34 AM   #5
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our icemaker line IS turned off under the sink.... and probably will stay that way...

We like Sonic Ice better anyway and with the residential fridge it will get the freezer down to - 8 degrees !
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our icemaker line IS turned off under the sink.... and probably will stay that way...

We like Sonic Ice better anyway and with the residential fridge it will get the freezer down to - 8 degrees !
Ours is turned off also under the sink. It will probably also stay that way or when we get to destination we turn it on, make ice then turn it off under sink.
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:42 PM   #7
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My icemaker is also off ~ never used it. We prefer the ice from a market. Also, it's one less thing I need to do in the winter.

Gonna have to get some of the water alarms.
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i also just turned off my icemaker. One thing I would not have next time around. Takes up too muck space and don't use the ice. I really didn't want it, but got it for resale. Took out the container and stored it in a cabinet to have the extra space.
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Wow - lots of folks don't use it. I was all excited about it and looked away from a new Montana because they didn't offer one.
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:18 AM   #10
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Ours is off primarily because it is exposed and froze and made a MESS of our kitchen slide....
turned it off and the dealers didn't have time to fix it so I just said leave it off !
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