Author Topic: Trials and tribulations of owning a house  (Read 5926 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline GDS_Starfury

  • Musketeer
  • *****
  • Posts: 37484
  • Sons of Punarchy
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #120 on: May 18, 2021, 04:24:52 PM »
how long ago did he give you a quote?  materials are through the roof right now, when they're available, and he probably cant get the job done for what he quoted you.
Toonces - Don't ask me, I just close my eyes and take it.

Gus - I use sweatpants with flannel shorts to soak up my crotch sweat.

Banzai Cat - There is no "partial credit" in grammar. Like anal sex. It's either in, or it's not.

Mirth - We learned long ago that they key isn't to outrun Star, it's to outrun Gus.

Martok - I don't know if it's possible to have an "anti-boner"...but I now have one.

Gus - Celery is vile and has no reason to exist. Like underwear on Star.


Offline nobodyjune61944

  • Velites
  • **
  • Posts: 31
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #121 on: May 18, 2021, 05:18:40 PM »
The tiny tiles in the bathroom are a dirt & mildew magnet. 

We had 3 bathrooms renovated this winter - one was gutted with a custom shower installation.  Others were retiled with new toilets, cabinets & fixtures (including lighting).

We got the best contractor in the region - he charged 10% more.  However, he had a crew of 12 for demolition and a smaller crew of installers.  We did everything right (had all of the materials on hand, did not change anything (except where there was a plumbing fit issue), and did not bother the crew.  98% of the work was done in 4 days.  The last tiny number of fiddly bits in one bathroom (replacing controls in one tub/shower) came a month later when the conversion kit came in - but the bathroom was 100% functional the entire time after the 4 day period.

I've found in construction that at best you can get two of these three: cheap, fast, good.  If you try for all 3 - you get a disaster.  We were willing to pay a 10% premium for fast & good - because we did not want this job lasting for months on end.  As a result - this was about as painless as you ever hear of.

Offline Dammit Carl!

  • Man-at-Arms
  • *****
  • Posts: 1334
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #122 on: May 18, 2021, 07:27:01 PM »
Dang Demjansk1942; hope that ain't your only bathroom if you do start demo.

Offline GDS_Starfury

  • Musketeer
  • *****
  • Posts: 37484
  • Sons of Punarchy
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #123 on: May 18, 2021, 11:13:03 PM »
I could recount stories of bad contractors but it might trigger ptsd in JH.
Toonces - Don't ask me, I just close my eyes and take it.

Gus - I use sweatpants with flannel shorts to soak up my crotch sweat.

Banzai Cat - There is no "partial credit" in grammar. Like anal sex. It's either in, or it's not.

Mirth - We learned long ago that they key isn't to outrun Star, it's to outrun Gus.

Martok - I don't know if it's possible to have an "anti-boner"...but I now have one.

Gus - Celery is vile and has no reason to exist. Like underwear on Star.


Offline demjansk1942

  • Viking
  • ****
  • Posts: 358
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #124 on: May 19, 2021, 04:33:40 AM »
It was 2 months ago the quote, I ended up buying everything.  Problem is, if I email, please respond back, if you canít do it, no problem, Iíll just wait now

You guys think prices will go back down?

I signed the quote and mailed to them in March, itís not a contract so they are not obligated, correct?

Offline GDS_Starfury

  • Musketeer
  • *****
  • Posts: 37484
  • Sons of Punarchy
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #125 on: May 19, 2021, 04:11:51 PM »
no contract no obligation if no money was involved.  but that might be different state to state and more of a JH question.
Toonces - Don't ask me, I just close my eyes and take it.

Gus - I use sweatpants with flannel shorts to soak up my crotch sweat.

Banzai Cat - There is no "partial credit" in grammar. Like anal sex. It's either in, or it's not.

Mirth - We learned long ago that they key isn't to outrun Star, it's to outrun Gus.

Martok - I don't know if it's possible to have an "anti-boner"...but I now have one.

Gus - Celery is vile and has no reason to exist. Like underwear on Star.


Online steve58

  • Landsknecht
  • *******
  • Posts: 4395
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #126 on: July 16, 2021, 02:50:32 PM »
So we just had some new kitchen countertops+sinks installed today....solid surface so nothing fancy like quartz or granite.  They look pretty nice.  I ripped out the old laminate ones and sinks to save about $500.  still need to hook up the bar sink/faucet.

JH, this made me wonder if your chimney/water problems ever got resolved?
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.   Thomas Jefferson

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.   George Orwell

If you ever find yourself in need of a safe space then youíre probably going to have to stop calling yourself a social justice warrior. You cannot be a warrior and a pansy at the same time.   Mike Adams (RIP Mike)

Offline Jarhead0331

  • Judge Advocate General
  • Administrator
  • Arquebusier
  • *
  • Posts: 15122
  • Global Moderator, General Counsel, Heavy Weapons
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #127 on: July 16, 2021, 03:08:53 PM »
I'm honestly not 100% sure. That contractor replaced the collapsed throat damper with a top damper. It is hard to tell if there has been any further deterioration since. Nothing entirely obvious.

Of course, a new problem I noticed the other day in very heavy rain, was a load raindrop sound that sounds like the rain hitting the top damper and echoing throughout the chimney. As annoying as that is, I hope that is, in fact, all it is. Obviously if its actually rainwater dripping inside the chimney, that would be much worse. I did open the fireplace up and look inside and it did look very dry, so hopefully no drops inside.

Always something...now we need to redo the walkway, repave the driveway, repair some landscape lights that got shorted out by a lightning strike and replace the doors to my main entrance, which with current lumber prices, is going to cost a small fortune.  :uglystupid2:
Grogheads Uber Alles
Semper Grog
"No beast is more alpha than JH." Gusington, 10/23/18


Online steve58

  • Landsknecht
  • *******
  • Posts: 4395
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #128 on: July 20, 2021, 02:42:08 PM »
Well, hopefully, theyíve got it fixed up for you.

OK, Iíve got an electrician-type question for all ye Grogs.

We just had some new countertops and sinks installed in the kitchen.  Previous owners had installed a garbage disposal under the main sink.  We never used it since we have a septic tank and Iíve read that septic tanks and disposals donít mix well.

The disposal was wired directly to a wall switch under the sink and as far as I can tell, the switch was on its own circuit breaker.

I have the circuit breaker off and the disposal is gone.  Right now I have the wiring exposed and am ready to either just cap off the wires or just install an outlet since most new disposals are plugins (for any future owners).

Iíve been surfing the internet and Iím pretty sure I can go either route, kinda leaning towards the outlet.  Iíve installed many a light fixture, even a dishwasher, but replacing a wall switch with an outlet would be a first.  Just looking for a little feedback from some who are more electrical-savy.  TIA


p.s.  speaking of lightning strikes.  Our neighbors are currently adding a MIL addition to their house.  The contractors had parked a good sized tractor? with a rear scoop and a front loader right about at the property line last Thursday and not too far from both our Comcast hookup box.  A few hours later our area gets hit with a bad thunderstorm (Iím talking purple on the radar bad).  Iím looking out the front windows and see a lightning strike on the tractorís rear scoop.  Fortunately it wasnít a real bad strike (for us), but bad enough to fry all our neighbors electronics.  Unfortunately for them, their cable line was all above ground since their contractor had previously cut the line at the start of construction.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.   Thomas Jefferson

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.   George Orwell

If you ever find yourself in need of a safe space then youíre probably going to have to stop calling yourself a social justice warrior. You cannot be a warrior and a pansy at the same time.   Mike Adams (RIP Mike)

Offline Dammit Carl!

  • Man-at-Arms
  • *****
  • Posts: 1334
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #129 on: July 20, 2021, 05:06:54 PM »
Seem to think that if you've the wiring, then an outlet would be a snap; power on one side, neutral on the other and ground hooked up.  Get a good tester and there you go.

-think I've done a outlet before, but am hazy.  Put up many a damn light as the Mrs. has a unnatural hatred to ceiling fans.  Loves stupid, useless chandeliers, though.

Offline GDS_Starfury

  • Musketeer
  • *****
  • Posts: 37484
  • Sons of Punarchy
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #130 on: July 20, 2021, 06:34:30 PM »
LEDs can be tricky because of the frequency of the low voltage.  if these were normal lights from 10 years ago it can be simple.

as for the outlet, just install a GFI outlet.  its pretty much the same as installing a light switch and the instructions will be very clear.
Toonces - Don't ask me, I just close my eyes and take it.

Gus - I use sweatpants with flannel shorts to soak up my crotch sweat.

Banzai Cat - There is no "partial credit" in grammar. Like anal sex. It's either in, or it's not.

Mirth - We learned long ago that they key isn't to outrun Star, it's to outrun Gus.

Martok - I don't know if it's possible to have an "anti-boner"...but I now have one.

Gus - Celery is vile and has no reason to exist. Like underwear on Star.


Online steve58

  • Landsknecht
  • *******
  • Posts: 4395
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #131 on: July 21, 2021, 09:49:20 AM »
Yeah, probably just going to go the outlet route.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.   Thomas Jefferson

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.   George Orwell

If you ever find yourself in need of a safe space then youíre probably going to have to stop calling yourself a social justice warrior. You cannot be a warrior and a pansy at the same time.   Mike Adams (RIP Mike)

Offline Jarhead0331

  • Judge Advocate General
  • Administrator
  • Arquebusier
  • *
  • Posts: 15122
  • Global Moderator, General Counsel, Heavy Weapons
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #132 on: August 02, 2021, 07:55:42 AM »
So the lightening strike seems to have taken out more than just my transformers for the landscape lighting. It also killed some ports in my router and now one of the boards on my Samsung TV in my great room seems to have shit the bed. TV still works, but none of the HDMI ports are detecting any devices. It will probably cost me between $250 and $450 to repair. I can get a new Samsung or LG TV in the $600 range...

Decisions, decisions...
Grogheads Uber Alles
Semper Grog
"No beast is more alpha than JH." Gusington, 10/23/18


Offline Gusington

  • The Jewish Missile
  • Global Moderator
  • Tercio
  • *****
  • Posts: 46815
  • You must be at most 'this tall' to ride the Gus.
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #133 on: August 02, 2021, 08:43:19 AM »
Definitely just get a new tv. And maybe consider moving because it sounds like Satan is your new roommate.
"I'm not even dead and I'm rolling over in my grave."

- Toonces

Offline Jarhead0331

  • Judge Advocate General
  • Administrator
  • Arquebusier
  • *
  • Posts: 15122
  • Global Moderator, General Counsel, Heavy Weapons
Re: Trials and tribulations of owning a house
« Reply #134 on: August 02, 2021, 08:52:14 AM »
^That's comforting.
Grogheads Uber Alles
Semper Grog
"No beast is more alpha than JH." Gusington, 10/23/18