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post #16 of 2579
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Ewww -- at least our flood was clean water.
I was surprised too -- guess city water pressure is high enough to pump a lot of water in a short time (we might have been gone 2.5 hours, but I could not say when the pressure fitting popped). When I came in the front door I could see water running along the kitchen floor (kitchen is at the back of the house); once in the kitchen I could see it pouring out of the cupboards under the sink like a waterfall. I sloshed down the stairs to the basement furnace room where the water shut-off was located and turned it off. The drywall-popcorn ceiling of the basement had already collapsed in several places and was distended like a balloon in others -- it was "raining" in the basement. The only room unaffected on the main floor was the garage-reno family room.
The good news was that the previous owners of the house had installed some retardedly expensive hardwood flooring in the kitchen and hallways, so the replacement value on the insurance claim gave us the money to go door-to-door-to-door (front, back patio, side) with a nice Italian tile all through the kitchen, powder room and all hallways. I could never figure out why anybody would put hardwood flooring in a room with a door to a pool? We went with engineered hardwood in the dining room and living room. We also replaced the basement wall-to-wall carpet with laminate. The whole process was a damned nuisance (we spent a week in a hotel while the tile was installed) but everything is actually better now than it was before.
The insurance adjuster said he sees a lot of these sorts of floods from those fancy fridges with the water dispensers -- if you have one of those, I recommend you have a plumber check the integrity of the fittings.

Pics?
post #17 of 2579
So is painting the brick exterior of a house a good thing, a desecration of the authenticity of the original exterior material, or it all depends on the chosen color or quality of the paint job? Where I live, there are lots of ugly brick houses that would look a lot better with a different exterior color and/or texture. I don't yet trust my own taste level when it comes to these kinds of things though I have seen many examples of painted brick houses that looked good to me.

I have also heard of staining brick which supposedly retains the texture of the brick while changing the color. I don't know much about it or whether it would be an acceptable middle ground between doing nothing and painting if painting brick turns out to be an architectural or design no-no.
post #18 of 2579
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Personally, I love the look of whitewashed brick, particulalry when it's sort of half-faded. I don't think there are any "authenticity" issues with it unless you have some grand old colonial. I imagine you're talking about one of those 1960s or 1970 developments with lots of ranchers etc. with brick, and they do have a really dated look. I say paint away.

Who could not love this look?

Driveway+on+Old+Clairton.jpg

Probably looks 10x better than it did in plain unpainted brick.
post #19 of 2579
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ITT we discuss the alleged joys of home ownership. The hassles, the repairs, the headaches, the costs, the sudden, urgent, and unexpected expenditures. Positive commentary such as successfully completed improvements, points of pride, etc. also welcome but may fall on deaf or otherwise frustrated ears.
I'll start. Locksmiths: WTF, locksmiths? $2 grand to re-key my house and add some deadbolts? ffffuuuu.gif


A home is a need that we can not go without, but just like everything else owning a home means owning up more responsibilities unless you want it to be a cave. The only secret to attaining all this is by trying not to do every thing at a go. Just ensure that you  are trying to make the mainor repairs in good time before they get out of hand. You will not feel the pinch and your house will always be in good shape.

post #20 of 2579
Farking pool is farking leaking again, fark! Probably a broken gasket on the OTHER return (just replaced one last year) ... cloud.gif

I should have had them do both last year, dammit, I am such an idiot!! facepalm.gifmad0233.gif
post #21 of 2579
didn't even know this thread was here.

moved into the new house right after xmas. so far so good, kids have adjusted well. doesn't need much work at all, but this month was 6k alone-hot water heater, washer/dryer. new sofa on the way too.

the house is a 1938 colonial, 5 br 3 bath with a nice 20 x 40 pool. yard is gorgeous but sucks for kids as it's full of wisteria, roses, etc but we live around the corner from a park. the challenge has been merging the old with the new. the parlor has a frayed ceiling, glass tile surrounded fireplace and a lot of ornate details. the kitchen is enormous (which sold us) red granite and white pickled walnut cabinets. the dining room and living room we went more modern with but again, merging it all is proving a problem. all 1st world issues but it has been a lot of fun pulling the house together.
post #22 of 2579
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

Personally, I love the look of whitewashed brick, particulalry when it's sort of half-faded. I don't think there are any "authenticity" issues with it unless you have some grand old colonial. I imagine you're talking about one of those 1960s or 1970 developments with lots of ranchers etc. with brick, and they do have a really dated look. I say paint away.
Who could not love this look?
Driveway+on+Old+Clairton.jpg
Probably looks 10x better than it did in plain unpainted brick.

i am a sucker for the whitewash brick
post #23 of 2579
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Originally Posted by eg1 View Post

Farking pool is farking leaking again, fark! Probably a broken gasket on the OTHER return (just replaced one last year) ... cloud.gif
I should have had them do both last year, dammit, I am such an idiot!! facepalm.gifmad0233.gif

Crap, it's even worse than I feared. Turned off the pump about 40 hours ago and the water level is still dropping, which means there is a liner leak. After that is fixed, I will know whether or not there is also a leak in the lines ...
post #24 of 2579
My chimney is all white washed brick in my 1930s colonial icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #25 of 2579
Thread Starter 
Nice, Kunk. I remember when you were moving, I'd love to see some pics. Sounds like a house with a lot of character. I can sympathize with the challenge of mixing old and new.

This month I have:

- spread several yards of mulch after cutting some new beds and restoring some old ones.
- applied with the HOA to cut down a large shrub in our front yard and do some additional planting in the front. spent like 4 hours with markers and shit drawing up color plans, which they requested. anyways, PITA though it was, our work was approved. I'll dig into that (literally) this weekend.
- did some work to "furnish" a 2nd floor veranda: rug, chairs, cushions, some hanging baskets. it's a nice area to have a glass of wine now.
- had to purchase a rototiller.
- had verizon out twice to fix nonfunctioning DSL and phone lines.
- installed security cameras with associated DVRs and other equipment.

The first year in this place is going to put me in the poor house.
post #26 of 2579
Lots of pain, but a little joy--I found something that supposedly kills bahiagrass, selectively, so my dream of eradicating it from my yard may soon be realized. It's that woody, thin grass that grows faster than anything else and sprouts 18" tall seed pods in a week.

It's Image "Kills Nutsedge," about $20 for a small concentrate bottle, by the way.
post #27 of 2579
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Lots of pain, but a little joy--I found something that supposedly kills bahiagrass, selectively, so my dream of eradicating it from my yard may soon be realized. It's that woody, thin grass that grows faster than anything else and sprouts 18" tall seed pods in a week.
It's Image "Kills Nutsedge," about $20 for a small concentrate bottle, by the way.

I can't wait until my kids grow up so I can replace ALL my grass with ground cover (eg. periwinkle) ... plain.gif
post #28 of 2579
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

Personally, I love the look of whitewashed brick, particulalry when it's sort of half-faded. I don't think there are any "authenticity" issues with it unless you have some grand old colonial. I imagine you're talking about one of those 1960s or 1970 developments with lots of ranchers etc. with brick, and they do have a really dated look. I say paint away.
Who could not love this look?
Driveway+on+Old+Clairton.jpg
Probably looks 10x better than it did in plain unpainted brick.

Whitewashed, sure. One of our neighbors painted his bricks pink. Not so appealing.

Our big thing is new siding. The house is half-brick, half-wood, the particular wood is no longer available so I can't just buy enough to get us through and recycle the rest. Everyone's pushing hardiplank which is durable but adds an element of brutalism to an otherwise distinctive house. Oh, and the house is done up in a horseshoe shape, the inside of the horseshoe is sided and 25' up. I hate heights.

Also, we have a palm tree that's right in front of the chimney - just north of the chimney, actually. Guess what that means. When the first cold winds blow in from the north, the wife lights the fireplace. The winds swirl around the trunk and jam up the airflow so the house fills with smoke. lovely. Gonna have to take that bad boy down soon (it's about 30' tall)

If you ever get the idea to go with salt water pools, watch for algae. Mad, crazy algae problems with those fuckers. My pool is just now clear again. But there's a leak in the filtration system.

The casement windows are not opening and closing like they should. One of them (that I know of) has rotted at the bottom of the (wood) frame, so that's a whole new project. The Mrs. tells me they run 1k each.

Someday (I've been saying this for four years now) I'm going to run a gas line into the kitchen and scrap that stupid glass-top burner. I hate that thing.

Those are just the things I've agreed to. The wife badgers me regularly for more projects and whatnot. She wants the fence extended and a gate for the driveway. I hate the idea but not as much as the 10' fence she wants to install between the decks and pool.
post #29 of 2579
BTW: Garage door maintenance. Not nearly as bad as I'd imagined.
post #30 of 2579
This threak makes me want to rent forever.
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