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Post #1801 by vonbonds » Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:02 pm

I assume you guys aren't working ~60 hours a week like OFS is though. I never said it was stressful (if I did let's pretend I didn't) but it can be time consuming.
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Post #1802 by Boring Choice #2 » Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:07 pm

i gave that up awhile ago so i could "spend more time with the kids".
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Post #1803 by vonbonds » Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:18 pm

Brown Socks wrote:i gave that up awhile ago so i could "spend more time with the kids".

Same. :bettman:
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Post #1804 by R-66Y » Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:56 pm

Put in 4 new recessed lights in the dining room today. Injured my foot in the process, but it is a fuckload brighter in there.
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Post #1805 by Zardoz » Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:16 pm

One of my smoke alarms went off today so I thought maybe it needed new batteries. Popped in a few fresh batteries and it started going off again. Test button does nothing, just keeps going. So God damned loud. Ripped the batteries out and threw the thing across the room. Hope we don't have a fire tonight...
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Post #1806 by Ricard_Persson » Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:22 am

You might be dying of carbon monoxide. Hold tight.

Or maybe the sensor is dirty. I've heard of tiny flies throwing the alarm by being attracted to the small light on the unit. This time of year, probably not the flies but maybe give the unit a good vacuum out.

I also had a similar issue with one. I thought it was the batteries but it was actually the expiry date. They are good for 10 years and the little bastards know when ten years is up, almost to the month, which at that point the won't stop.
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Post #1807 by Ricard_Persson » Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:30 am

I like cutting lawn too. Sometimes I'm tight for time, but there's nothing better than looking at a freshly cut lawn.

Well, maybe there is, and I'm a bit of a lawn freak. Not sure if I have a pic, but I started the lawn from nothing. Hand raked, hand seeded with a golf course fairway mix of 75% Bluegrass. The Bluegrass takes three weeks to germ so it's quite hard to start a lawn, keeping it moist and avoiding heavy rain washouts for 3 weeks. After a few years it really filled in nicely.

I find it quite relaxing to clean up the lawn on a weekly basis.
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Post #1808 by Zardoz » Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:09 am

My back lawn is about 30 feet by 25 feet. Most of it is garden, and a massive 100 year old maple (7 foot diameter)
So I use a push mower on the thinnest setting, you could putt back there. Very satisfying.
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Post #1809 by Zardoz » Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:11 am

Re:smoke alarm
I don't think it's dust, I cleaned it out and same deal. I'm pretty sure at this point it's a faulty sensor. Think I'll just buy a new one. The thing is only 3 years old. Bah!
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Post #1810 by R-66Y » Thu Nov 26, 2015 6:53 pm

Ours did that for awhile, but it was the carbon monoxide detector. Selyar called the fire department and they gave us a new one for free
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Post #1811 by Zardoz » Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:30 pm

Didn't call the fire department, but my father in law came by today (retired fire chief) and was furious to see it with the batteries out in the corner, so he bought us a new one because he couldn't drive away knowing it was disconnected... Lol.
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Post #1812 by Zardoz » Thu Nov 26, 2015 8:31 pm

I was at work, so I was spared his lecture, thank God.
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Post #1813 by R-66Y » Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:49 pm

Total Christmas light count is up to 2100
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Post #1814 by Zardoz » Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:57 pm

Trying to summon El Nino?


I've heard if you look in your bathroom mirror and say El Nino three times the bathroom will get somewhat warmer and a bit humid.
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Post #1815 by Zardoz » Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:58 pm

Or you can put 2100 lights on your house and El Nino will land its flying hammock on you roof.
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Post #1816 by vf » Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:53 pm

Have LED lights not made it to Hamilton yet?
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Post #1817 by R-66Y » Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:30 pm

Just installed the last 3 windows in the house. They're in the garage, custom sized, they're awesome. I should have sized them a tad bigger, but gave myself play, which is now being filled with spray foam. I will post pictures when we clean up the over expanded foam after it cures. I am very pleased with the result. Having ventilation in the garage will be awesome in the warm season... And days like today if I were working on the cars
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Post #1818 by selyar » Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:16 am

i am on a mission to organize and declutter our house. we just moved in 3 years ago, and i don't understand how we've ended up with so much shit already. i want it gone. i'm going room by room, closet by closet. not that i have much time for this with work being insane right now. but i can't deal with the clutter. i swear we are personally stocking the shelves at our local goodwill with the amount of crap we bring there.

i'm loosely following along with this blog. she takes things a bit far for us, but the concepts are good, and its nice to have some guidelines and pictures. i did the linen closet this weekend. http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/tag/ho ... 1-season-3
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Post #1819 by vonbonds » Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:32 pm

selyar wrote:i am on a mission to organize and declutter our house. we just moved in 3 years ago, and i don't understand how we've ended up with so much shit already. i want it gone. i'm going room by room, closet by closet. not that i have much time for this with work being insane right now. but i can't deal with the clutter. i swear we are personally stocking the shelves at our local goodwill with the amount of crap we bring there.

i'm loosely following along with this blog. she takes things a bit far for us, but the concepts are good, and its nice to have some guidelines and pictures. i did the linen closet this weekend. http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/tag/ho ... 1-season-3

You sound like my wife, clutter drives her bonkers. She has the time you don't have though to deal with it.
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Post #1820 by Craig » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:40 pm

Right, so I have a shit (3/8", at best) slab floor in my basement with ceilings that average maybe 74-75". I can feel moisture through the slab sometimes, but never have standing water or anything. Internal weeping tile + sump means I'm unlikely to flood, just general moistness.

What should I do for a floor? I'm not particularly worried about money on this one, since it's such a small space.
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Post #1821 by Zardoz » Fri Jan 22, 2016 7:27 am

Shag carpet.
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Post #1822 by Boring Choice #2 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:39 am

dehumidifier?
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Post #1823 by Craig » Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:52 am

Dog wrote:Rubber?


Is that a thing?
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Post #1824 by MP » Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:58 am

How far down do your foundation walls go past your mud slab?
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Post #1825 by MP » Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:10 am

If you know the underside of the walls/footing is deeper, I'd remove the mud slab, excavate to a point without undermining your footing, lay 1" rigid insulation with taped joints, install whatever plumbing you need, pour a 3-4 inch slab with wire mesh. (If you want to go all out put in an in-floor heating system.)

If the slab is already at the level of the footing, you can still excavate the middle portion of you basement (say 4 feet from the foundation), and provide a smaller but usable space. Leaving the rest as storage.

Another options is to excavate and form a retaining wall tight to inside face of you foundation wall, but you have to do this in sections if you want to avoid shoring. I did this to an old farmhouse that was putting a geothermal system in the basement, but didn't have the headroom.
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Post #1826 by MP » Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:17 am

Also, you're gonna need an engineer, if you plan to excavate below the underside of the footing.
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Post #1827 by MP » Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:20 am

If you want to just go over top, I'd get a roll of the plastic egg shell drainage layer then plywood over top.

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Post #1828 by MP » Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:31 am

Dog wrote:I don't think he meant "how can I rebuild my house so that my basement floor is less humid".

I'm not rebuilding the house, just scooping out its innards like a pumpkin...I also gave him the drainage layer option.
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Post #1829 by MP » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:22 am

Dog wrote:Yeah, just saw that. I agree with the rubber floor option, Greg.

Plastic.
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Post #1830 by AD » Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:57 pm

Rubber doesn't have to be, dog.
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Post #1831 by Craig » Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:03 pm

We already decided not to dig, mp.
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Post #1832 by R-66Y » Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:45 am

Our dishwasher isn't cleaning dishes well anymore, and I've already cleaned the filter and run dishwasher cleaner (wtf is that btw?) through it. Just took the spray arms off and cleaned those.. If this doesn't work, I'm at a loss for what could be wrong with it
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Post #1833 by MP » Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:20 pm

R-66Y wrote:Our dishwasher isn't cleaning dishes well anymore, and I've already cleaned the filter and run dishwasher cleaner (wtf is that btw?) through it. Just took the spray arms off and cleaned those.. If this doesn't work, I'm at a loss for what could be wrong with it

Check the drain line too.
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Post #1834 by PPJ » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:39 am

Back in the 70's when people re-did their roofing shingles they just put them over the old ones. Since then shinglers have said you should remove the old ones and start from scratch.

Is this just a make more work project for shinglers or is there method to this madness. You'd think two layers of shingles is better than one, no?
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Post #1835 by PPJ » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:40 am

R-66Y wrote:Our dishwasher isn't cleaning dishes well anymore, and I've already cleaned the filter and run dishwasher cleaner (wtf is that btw?) through it. Just took the spray arms off and cleaned those.. If this doesn't work, I'm at a loss for what could be wrong with it


How old is it? How many loads to you do a week?
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Post #1836 by vonbonds » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:47 am

PPJ wrote:Back in the 70's when people re-did their roofing shingles they just put them over the old ones. Since then shinglers have said you should remove the old ones and start from scratch.

Is this just a make more work project for shinglers or is there method to this madness. You'd think two layers of shingles is better than one, no?

It's my understanding that you can layer 1 course on top of the original. After that you take it all off and start over.
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Post #1837 by AD » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:53 am

So I've just sold the lost condo after my flip.

Now I'm gonna start selling my house and buying a new one in different hood. (I'm told that the damned kids need schools with no gun-battles apparently.. then who will teach them about the proper gang signs and territory control. Fucking soft generation I tell ya)
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Post #1838 by R-66Y » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:56 am

PPJ wrote:
R-66Y wrote:Our dishwasher isn't cleaning dishes well anymore, and I've already cleaned the filter and run dishwasher cleaner (wtf is that btw?) through it. Just took the spray arms off and cleaned those.. If this doesn't work, I'm at a loss for what could be wrong with it


How old is it? How many loads to you do a week?

I'm guessing it's around 10 years old. We do about a load a day, maybe every 2 days
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Post #1839 by R-66Y » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:57 am

vonbonds wrote:
PPJ wrote:Back in the 70's when people re-did their roofing shingles they just put them over the old ones. Since then shinglers have said you should remove the old ones and start from scratch.

Is this just a make more work project for shinglers or is there method to this madness. You'd think two layers of shingles is better than one, no?

It's my understanding that you can layer 1 course on top of the original. After that you take it all off and start over.

This is my understanding as well, but I'm no roofing expert. I would get a metal roof now if I had the option though.
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Post #1840 by PPJ » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:09 am

R-66Y wrote:
PPJ wrote:
R-66Y wrote:Our dishwasher isn't cleaning dishes well anymore, and I've already cleaned the filter and run dishwasher cleaner (wtf is that btw?) through it. Just took the spray arms off and cleaned those.. If this doesn't work, I'm at a loss for what could be wrong with it


How old is it? How many loads to you do a week?

I'm guessing it's around 10 years old. We do about a load a day, maybe every 2 days


I think she's diein. Appliances aren't like they used to be. You did well getting 10 years out of it and getting that type of usage.
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Post #1841 by R-66Y » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:17 am

We've only owned the house for 3 years. Not sure how much usage the previous owners gave it. I'm going to start looking for a new one I guess. It kills me to not be able to fix this though
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Post #1842 by vonbonds » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:31 am

We had to get a new dishwasher last year. The previous model was 13 years old or thereabouts. Like PPJ said, designed obsolescence.
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Post #1843 by R-66Y » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:07 pm

planned obsolescence is the worst. i don't want to throw my dishwasher away, i want to replace what's probably a $20 part and have full functionality again, just like i do with my cars.
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Post #1844 by R-66Y » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:13 pm

15 year @ 2.75% or 30 year @ 3.5%?
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Post #1845 by AD » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:30 pm

15? 30?

Your banking system is weird.





I'd be tempted at 15 because (and I'm assuming this is a house mortgage) I'd think I'd want the whole thing paid down in 15 years.
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Post #1846 by R-66Y » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:32 pm

That's tempting me as well. I likely wouldn't pay a dime of additional $ toward either of those, since the rates are so low. Only difference is the 15 year is $400/month more than we're paying now, while the 30 year is $200/month less than we're paying now.

...decisions, decisions.
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Post #1847 by AD » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:34 pm

Its 200$ per month less but if you want to actually have the whole damned thing paid off after a while, the amount left after X years will be substantially higher in option 2.
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Post #1848 by R-66Y » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:54 pm

Yes. It gives us more financial flexibility, though, for the eventual kids
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Post #1849 by AD » Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:03 pm

How old are you? That's really the question I should have started with. And is there any flexibility to renegotiate terms without penalty?
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Post #1850 by MP » Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:06 pm

For PPJ, building code does let you apply a second layer over the first, however, it can lead to a shorter service life of the second roof, as you're not replacing flashings and ice and water shield membrane. Also depends on the condition of the old roof, if it's all curled and cracked you have to remove the upper tabs anyhow and might as well strip clean.

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