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  1. I'm still a big proponent of copper piping, but I do see the big cost savings that PEX gives my clients on materials and install time. The only PEX I have found reliable is PEX-a, and I've always used Uponor / Wirsboro. I know Viega is also good, but I only have Uponor tools. I have seen so many failures of PEX C brass fittings (and sometimes PEX B crimp rings too) that I avoid all metal fittings myself. I'm curious, why do you use bronze fittings on heating systems? Will the plastic fittings fail quicker with the constant heat of a heating system?
  2. I want to thank you for such thorough plumbing help on this forum, for free. I always read your posts to remind me why I sub out boiler / furnace / water heater installs to licensed plumbers like you. Quick story, my "client" wanted to fix a similar issue, spiking water pressure in a large 1990's colonial. I went over, outside hose bibb read up to 95 psi, no expansion tank, very old 60 or 65 gal Rheem tank. Broken house PRV that didn't do a thing. I told him to call a plumber before we planned a full reno in the basement and gutted / rattled the pipes. PEX C, looked to me as one of the first kinds, with brass fittings full of oxidation and dezincification everywhere I looked. No manifold. I didn't touch a thing. He didn't listen. He put on a new house PRV which fixed his "broken" check valve, and maybe spiked the pressure more. Weeks later a Pex fitting burst and flooded the whole basement. Six months later after insurance claims and lots of nonsense, the basement walls and ceiling were gutted, house repiped, new W/H, new expansion tank, new PRV, and all new PEX piping / valves / fittings in the whole basement. But it's still in the first and second floor walls....
  3. It would only be legal if you kept 100% possession while it was in NJ. Some freight carriers used to ship firearms for hunting, not sure if they still provide that service. You would have to ship it personally, and pickup at the airport upon return. I don't know if they do this if you're not a passenger. You could ship it in advance to an FFL in Colorado and have her pick it up. This assumes CO law allows a temporary transfer of a handgun to your spouse, which is illegal in NJ.
  4. I agree, cash only. Most used cars are privately sold for cash. Those don't require police visits or background checks. Imagine a bounced check, and for whatever reason you never receive payment. I'm not sure that it's legally possible to revoke the sale, ie cancel the P2P. I would never use Paypal for firearms, or anything else for that matter. They charge you a withdraw fee, even if you pay with a certified bank check. No thank you sir, my cash money has already been taxed at least three times. Paypal does not allow firearm, parts, or ammunition sales using their site. It's strictly forbidden, see their own site: https://www.paypal.com/us/selfhelp/article/What-is-PayPal’s-policy-on-transactions-that-involve-firearms-FAQ585 Paypal is based in California. Clearly anti gun, good luck disputing any PayPal account terminations or violations in Cali court. I avoid Cali and Paypal whenever possible, especially when it comes to firearms and my hard earned money.
  5. I agree with T Bill. If he has a NJ FPID, and a license with matching address, he can buy a long gun in NJ and take it home that day legally, according to *NJ law*. This does not apply to NYC however. Those rules are much more convoluted. The buyer should research the NY law himself. I don't know the NY Safe Act or NYC firearm laws, but I bet you need to donate a testicle (for DNA analysis of course) to comply.
  6. In NJ, the gun show loophole is a complete myth. A unicorn. There are no gun shows in NJ at all anyway. Even if there were gun shows, you need a NJ FPID for long guns. This requires a NICS check. Local PD will seize your FPID if they find out you are a prohibited person in the future, barring you from private long gun sales. NJ handgun purchases have the strictest requirements in the country. The P2P requires a NICS check. And fingerprints if they feel like it, you move, or their dog or basement flood destroyed your records. And at least 2 in person meetings with LPD, if you're lucky. You can't get any stricter than this, and this applies to private sales also. If the buyer has an FPID and a P2P, you can be sure their LPD has vetted them as much as humanly possible. Sell with confidence.
  7. I got one of the first sets of stickers issued. Back then, police thought the sticker system was a joke. My sticker was on the back of the license, so the front address didn't match the back. Then in all the brilliance of the state of NJ, they upgraded to downloadable PDF letter. I never had to get one, but that's so hokey I can't believe anyone signed off on that. Upon my first renewal of the sticker license, I went to the DMV and requested a new license with my new address. I explained why I needed it for various reasons such as firearms, and they issued me a new license without the sticker. People with paper letters should just do that, you can renew many months beforehand, just explain the situation.
  8. Local law enforcement officers can't run gun serial number checks on a "real time" basis, ie instantly from their vehicles, 24 hours a day on Christmas. They must call in a request that is then handed over to NJSP using the ATF's eTrace system. That's not "real time". The 500 municipalities in this state would have to implement this system in each local PD. Some PDs don't even have laptops in their cruisers. Police radio is not secure communication. You can't broadcast all this information publicly. If it's not available in each LPD vehicle, it can't be done "real time". Going back to a station and looking it up later by making a phone call to NJSP / ATF, that's neither electronic nor real time. I can't see how the LPDs and NJSP would support this at all.
  9. What happened to strict scrutiny? Did I miss something? I didn't think King's whining about mass shootings would hold weight to the en banc 4th. Wow, the judges ARE that emotionally reactive when it comes to firearms. But this ruling is far more reaching and much more well written than his whining about the 2-1 original loss. He not only repeatedly cited Heller, but Woolard, Palmetto, Caetano. After reading King, I would think Heller was pro assault-weapons ban. Quote from King en banc: (recognizing that large-capacity magazines also “could be deemed dangerous and unusual, in view of evidence that, inter alia, they are particularly designed and most suitable for military and law enforcement applications”); Kolbe, 42 F. Supp. 3d at 789 n.29 (observing that, “[g]iven that assault rifles like the AR-15 are essentially the functional equivalent of M-16s — and arguably more effective — the [reasoning of Heller that M-16s could be banned as dangerous and unusual] would seem to apply here” (citing Heller, 554 U.S. at 627)). The fact that they distort Heller so badly repulses me, though Heller isn't the golden child we think, many holes exist and need to be addressed. The 4th has basically said that military rifles are NOT protected by 2A. And AR-15s are equivalent to a full auto weapon in functionality. The lack of logic, lack of education, and overwhelming fear of anything military / police related has crept into the mainstream for good. Welcome to the new millenial controlled Court, media, country. In the end, it seems like there is a hidden future business opportunity here. This future would have been RIGHT NOW if Hillary won. A future rifle platform based loosely on the AR-15 design, but with no interchangeable parts from the only militarily useful, dangerous, and unusual M16 / AR15. If these types of decisions keep coming, then smart firearm manufacturers will need to create a 223 design that does not directly derive from the M-16 platform, and comes only in stainless steel with rosewood grips. Maybe old school blued also, but no ceracote or parkerizing because of the black evil.
  10. Commercial renovation may involve 15 to 20 contractors, usually all specialists. They have large crews with overlapping skills and extra guys to be 100% on schedule. Verbose contracts have penalties for missing schedules, along with hundreds of pages of specs per trade, per location, and per design aspect. Commercial projects have architects, engineers, project managers, lawyers, estimators, site managers, crew chiefs, schedulers, secretaries, purchasing departments, and suppliers who guarantee white glove service. Cost is not a primary factor. Most homeowners want this level of service at home, but that just won't happen. A homeowner has to take it upon themselves to do a lot more of the planning, design, and specification phases in detail *before* hiring a contractor. Or find a good contractor who will do all of this for you. Have reasonable expectations of your contractor, have patience, appreciate the hard work involved, and have a brief but well planned list of exactly the type of work and materials involved. Give the list to the contractor, so that he can charge you for all the labor and materials. Drawing up a contract takes time and/or money, so put a lot of effort into it before seeking bids on the job. It's business, don't take it personally. Don't chat too much about your family, your hobbies, your feelings. Use the little time a contractor gives you for free to discuss the job. Clean, empty, and prep the work area in advance, to show you are ready to begin immediately. Give them free gatorade or water in an iced cooler, this goes a long way and always pays you back in spades on a day like today. 1. Regarding the 1/4" doors and velcro, the door style, construction, wood species, materials, and finish should be spelled into any door contract. That's a basic thing, get specific with everything. 2. Alcohol on the job should not be tolerated. Fire him immediately, pay him a reasonably low amount to go away and hire someone else. Chalk it up to lesson learned. 3. If you have a written contract for the replacement of a light fixture, there should be a price for the cost of the light and installation. If that work isn't done, you simply don't pay for that portion. 4. Staircases are a specialty thing. While quoting, ask them how many treads and risers are required for these stairs. If they can't whip out a tape and estimate the staircase stringers based on the finish floor and grade, then pick someone else for that job. Get permits from the town. This costs money and time for you and the contractor, so they should charge you for this. This ensures all work is done to Residential Code. NJ uses the ICC family of codes now, so read the IRC section that pertains to your job. For those that feel your home contractor should get paid $0 for a $15K bathroom job because he was 5 or 10 days late on completion, you're not seeing the whole picture. If you want to get lawyers / delay penalties involved to reno your kitchen, that's your call. The price goes up for that job. Most good residential contractors are selective with their clients. Some clients get upset because a contractor, getting paid absolutely nothing, spent his time at your jobsite and now doesn't return your calls. What exactly does a construction manager owe you, if you paid him nothing? Just like this website, you get what you pay for. How many days do you personally spend working, to not get paid at all? It's impossible to get a new Mercedes for the price of a Yugo. Buy once, cry once.
  11. If you don't own the property, it's not your problem yet. I would get a quote from a larger, reputable mold remediation company in your area. The quote should include removal of all moldy drywall, to be on the safe side and protect yourself. Then ask the seller to pay for the entire cost of this remediation, before closing. A white salty substance forms on below grade basement concrete, called efflorescence. This usually goes together with water infiltration. It's the leftover salts when the moisture or water evaporates. It sometimes is confused with white mold. Have a pro look at it, they will know without the need for a test.
  12. Bleach is fine for non porous surfaces like tile or painted cast iron or fiberglass tubs. For porous surfaces like wood, drywall, grout, and concrete, you should use Concrobium's Mold Control product in a spray bottle. This product contains salts and is non toxic. Then to eliminate the dead mold, get an OxiClean type product containing sodium percarbonate. It will scrub off the black stains easily with a rag or scrub brush. This is also non toxic. A mold remediation company will charge a lot to do this. They will most likely blast off the mold with walnut shells, sand blaster, dry ice, or some other salt media blasting. Sometimes they use steel brushes and sanders. They will seal off the attic and create a negative pressure space. Then they coat all wood with a fungicide (like Mold Control) with a pressure washer. This is expensive. It's much easier, non toxic, and much cheaper to do it yourself with the above products. Ideally, you should install small soffit vents to allow air flow into the eaves. This should be done from the exterior. It can be done even if the soffits are hidden by subfloor inside. It's not incredibly expensive, nor complicated. A professional would recommend doing this to solve the moisture penetration problem which is causing the mold. If you don't do this, the mold will come back.
  13. As stated above, yes you would be OK transporting in NJ like that regardless of the location inside the vehicle or number of passengers. I think you are getting this confused with the federal transportation regulations. Those include that the firearm must not be directly accessible from inside, the ammunition must not be directly accessible from inside, and vehicles without a trunk must have firearms and ammunition in a locked container. This would apply while crossing state lines, so if you do that you would need the locks. Notice the "directly" accessible part. Please read the Gun Law FAQ, it answers many questions beyond these as well.
  14. Also, if you're that concerned.... Get permission that you are allowed to hunt, target practice, train, repair firearms, and maintain firearms on your friend's property in advance, whatever he is willing to write and sign. If there's any chance you could bow or shotgun hunt on his land, I would include that even if you don't have a license to hunt in his DMZ. Hunters get some special leniency in NJ law. Bring the note in your vehicle when you travel with firearms or encounter nosy neighbors or police when he's not there.
  15. 2C:39-6 allows transport of firearms "Directly to or from any target range, or other authorized place for the purpose of practice, match, target, trap or skeet shooting exhibitions, provided in all cases ..." How can you shoot clays on state hunting land, outside of hunting season with a non hunting legal firearm? How come state lands have handgun ranges when handgun hunting is illegal? You are allowed to transport firearms to state land, green acres, WMA, or Farmer Bob's farm for the purpose of legal target practice, handguns or long guns, outside of the hunting season. Private hunting clubs with private charters on private land do not have commercial / dealers license, but I can still transport handguns there and shoot them outside of hunting season. IANAL, but the only place I see this allowed is "any target range / authorized place". The PRNJ legislature frequently fails to detail the rights NJ firearm owners DO have, and verbosely details the illegal items, leaving it up to us and the judges. You can do a temporary transfer at any location you are allowed to legally target practice (by the legal owner, for 8 hours, non felon, of age, no disqualifications). You can also hunt with someone else's firearm. The rifle and pistol club does not need to be licensed. 2C:39-9 "The temporary transfer of a firearm while hunting or target shooting, the transfer of any firearm that uses air or carbon dioxide to expel a projectile, or the transfer of an antique firearm shall not constitute a violation of this subsection." 2C:58-3.1 (the one you cited) "The person to whom a handgun, rifle or shotgun is temporarily transferred by the legal owner of the firearm or a licensed dealer may receive, possess, carry and use that handgun, rifle or shotgun, if the transfer is made upon a firing range operated by a [1] licensed dealer, [2] by a law enforcement agency, [3] a legally recognized military organization or a rifle or pistol club which has filed a copy of its charter with the superintendent and annually submits to the superintendent a list of its members and if the firearm is received, possessed, carried and used for the sole purpose of target practice, trap or skeet shooting, or competition upon that firing range or [4] instruction and training at any location.
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