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I bought a full suite of SS kitchen appliances on Friday. Gas range, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator. The sales guy at HD talked me into getting extended warranties on the fridge, range and dishwasher, which I agreed to. The total cost for the 5-year extended warranties was around $300. What's the consensus on these? Waste of money? I've always felt that way but now I'm questioning it. The appliances are Whirlpool and reliability appears to be pretty good.
I've been to Penrose a few times. Nice atmosphere, good dranks.I miss visiting the UES chick who I shagged on and off for years.
There are some dark stains on the hardwood floors in the dining room. I don't know why it took me so long to think about it, but they are probably from dog/cat piss. I think this also explains the musty smell when you walk in, although I chalked that up to the home being uninhabited for some time. We will be sanding and refinishing the floors and I'll treat with hydrogen peroxide beforehand. Hopefully the stains come out and the smell is contained. This better work...
Very nice. I'm working Monday through Wednesday and then enjoying a long weekend.
Any general thoughts on Great Danes, aside from the obvious issues with large breeds?
Encapsulation may be the way to go, but the tape is pretty nasty. Moldy, fraying. I'd rather have it removed but still considering encapsulation. Based on what I've found online, removal of tape on ductwork shouldn't be overly expensive. If we are talking $1-2K I may bite the bullet simply to allay my neurotic fears. Thanks for the opinions, guys. And I did think about the reporting/disclosure issues Piob. Good point.
I'm growing more concerned with the probable asbestos tape on the ductwork joints. There's at least 30 strips of tape (4 inches wide I believe) throughout the ducts that are visible in the basement. Quite a few strips are frayed and moldy. Some of the ductwork is low enough that it could be bumped into if one is careless. The amount of tape has me leaning against a DIY approach. Has anyone priced out an abatement on this kind of asbestos?
My grandfather has a mild case of asbestosis. He was a plumber and spent years ripping asbestos insulation off of pipes. Got a pretty big monetary settlement for it and aside from an occasional cough he is doing well. I think I'm going to get an air quality test after we seal the floor and the open walls, even though I'm pretty sure there's no asbestos in the insulation we removed/will be removing.
There is old tape on the ductwork in the basement which I'm sure contains asbestos. I think I am going to just encapsulate it with aluminum duct tape rather than remove it. Then again, it's moldy. Kind of gross.Dad and I are scraping up some old cutback adhesive/tile backing on the basement floor. That likely was made with asbestos too. We put the space suits, respirators, etc. on and poured a lot of water on the floor. Didn't seem to create dust so I think we are in the...
My father and I gutted the kitchen of my house down to the studs this weekend. It was built with rock lathe and that stuff is HEAVY. I am kind of bummed that we took the walls and ceiling down but I want to move some wiring, install recessed lights, run a gas line for a stove, etc. The only insulation in the walls was a 1941 issue of a now-defunct newspaper. Found sheets of mineral wool (90% sure - too early for fiberglass) above the ceiling which we pulled out. Based on...
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