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post #1756 of 2559
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The house we bought this summer had a severe case of this. It had ugly wallpaper everywhere and lots of 70s/80s decorations to match. It sat on the market for 2 years.

My neighborhood has a number of these types of properties. My house is up to date but these relics depress the prices in the neighborhood slightly because of shitty appraisals.

My house should realistically be worth 50k more than it is just because of this.

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Over the weekend I had a guy come in and poke a hole right behind the brick wall of my wood stove. My laundry room is right behind one of the walls, and that's where my furnace is. He added a 10 x 10 vent and a duct directly into the return of the furnace (about an 8 foot run). Basically its sucking air directly from the heat of the stove. I measured the air temp in the new duct to be between 80 and 93 degrees.

Since Saturday, I've been experimenting and basically in temps around 40 degrees I now only need to run my furnace after 8 pm thru morning, then I can turn it off. The heat circulating from the stove is basically maintaining the house temp all day. Fuck ya.
post #1757 of 2559

Any NYers have a lead on a good contractor for this bathroom that will not go away?

 

lefty

post #1758 of 2559
The 2500-lumen, dimmable BR40 LED:

BR40_DM_2500_3K_LED_bulb.jpg&w=250&h=250

http://www.feit.com/led-lamps/performance/dimmable/reflector/br40-dm-2500-3k-led

This is by far the brightest LED reflector-style bulb on the market. The nearest runners up are 1650 and 1400 lumens. And those are hard to find. Most are 800 or so.

At $50 each and with a white-ish 3000k color temperature, it's not really ideal for me; and I'm not sure whether it's the right depth (though my cans at least could probably accommodate it). Still, it's a hopeful indication that the technology can eventually replace the 100 and 150 watt bulbs the government took away from us.

Edit: despite the appearance in the picture, the specs claim it's the standard 6.3" tall.
post #1759 of 2559
How much does it cost to have someone install an electrical socket where there isn't one? We have a serious lack of plugs upstairs.

Ataturk, don't tell me to do it myself.
post #1760 of 2559
That's what extension cords are for!
post #1761 of 2559
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Originally Posted by texas_jack View Post

How much does it cost to have someone install an electrical socket where there isn't one? We have a serious lack of plugs upstairs.

Ataturk, don't tell me to do it myself.

 

How much have ya got?

post #1762 of 2559
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How much does it cost to have someone install an electrical socket where there isn't one? We have a serious lack of plugs upstairs.

Ataturk, don't tell me to do it myself.

It depends on where you want it and whether you can piggyback it on another nearby circuit.

If you put it right below a light switch, and can share the circuit with the lights, uh, someone you hire off the street could do it in 20 minutes and for about $5 in materials.

As you long as you have an attic above, though, you can put one anywhere, and it's pretty straightforward. I don't know how much an electrician would charge. Figure a hundred bucks an outlet? Maybe more.
post #1763 of 2559

I didn't actually watch the video, but that looks about right.
post #1764 of 2559
I'll join this party. Closed this summer in Uptown, Dallas.

3 story townhome with single car garage. 2 bedroom 2.5 bath. Crazy how far $200/sq ft will go in Texas. I'm in a prime location walking to my office, bars, restaurants, American Airlines Center, etc.

Mostly move-in ready, but I could go to Home Depot every week if I wanted to.





post #1765 of 2559

Do you want advice? Careful.

 

lefty

post #1766 of 2559
Well, Im already in. Voted into HOA so that may help (or hinder)
post #1767 of 2559

Congratulations. Welcome to home ownership.

 

I would consider ripping out the fanlights.

Ripping out the crown moulding and cleaning it up.

Ripping out the baseboards and putting in a larger square baseboard.

Ripping out the carpet and replace with a darker more interesting carpet.

Replace the kitchen ceiling light with recessed lighting.

Replace the stair railing with glass.

Repaint everything white.

 

Welcome to home ownership.

 

lefty

post #1768 of 2559

My in-laws have a place in uptown as well.  Nice area.  Before you make any big changes, do research.  Projects aren't always simple and redoing a pain in the ass project is not fun.

post #1769 of 2559
http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/13/news/economy/light-bulb-ban/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Get your 40- and 60-watt light bulbs today, 'cause uncle sam won't let you buy them after the first.
post #1770 of 2559
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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/13/news/economy/light-bulb-ban/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Get your 40- and 60-watt light bulbs today, 'cause uncle sam won't let you buy them after the first.

 

When I bought my house in 2009 I converted pretty much every lightbulb I could find into the CFL type so I'm not really all that concerned. We've known this was coming for 6 years so I don't really think it's a big deal to anyone. I thought most people had switched over anyways.

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