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post #1921 of 2432
I would recommend you get swatches of white oak (oil finish), Sapele, and natural cherry.

This depends somewhat on the direction you chose to take with the interior. If you want modern furniture in this house then I would lean toward white oak, if you want traditional furniture then Sapele and if you want shaker/country furniture then natural cherry.

If you find yourself becoming dedicated to one style than you'll end up changing the wall colors and window coverings to better suite that style.
post #1922 of 2432
Google image search dictates that I like white oak, though cherry is also interesting. I like modern furniture best, not sure how it fits in the house. Curved wall edges, textured dry wall, etc. seems a but incongruent, though I'd love to make it work. So what paint color then? Lol... never ending money pit and work. Thanks for the help though, I'm really lost with this stuff.
post #1923 of 2432
I think white oak, especially 1/4 sawn white oak will look nice and not complicate things too much.

You don't need to be in a rush to change things, all in due time. If your plan is to use modern furniture then I would do white walls. Linen shades and if the opportunity arises then change the moldings to rectangular plain moldings (also called sanitary molding) .
post #1924 of 2432
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

How common is engineered wood flooring in construction these days?

My wife worked at a large flooring distributor. Her recollection of the company's split was about 35% engineered and 65% solid wood by product volume (not revenue; engineered is less expensive so as a revenue total it was probably even more skewed). Her company was large enough, even moving some material to the big depot stores, that I'd imagine this represents a solid proxy for overall volumes on the East Coast.

She mentioned specifically that Anderson made very good engineered products in the USA. She also mentioned (and I heard some of the stories, which were very sketchy) that she would go out of her way to avoid engineered product made in China.

This is definitively not some anti-China-biased opinion; I run a manufacturing company and we do not shy away from Chinese products. They can and do run the quality gamut depending on the product. But if a very large company like hers was getting duped on sketchy products of unknown origin (they were - they had lots of claims on a particular product that the "manufacturer," despite contractual agreements, welched on) then it would suggest a high risk for this particular commodity.
post #1925 of 2432
I imagine there is still solid wood in a lot of new single family homes, but multi-unit residential is probably significant majority engineered wood flooring due to the underlying construction.
post #1926 of 2432
Finally convinced my wife to let me move the eames lounge and ottoman next to the fireplace....fuck yeah!
post #1927 of 2432
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

My wife worked at a large flooring distributor. Her recollection of the company's split was about 35% engineered and 65% solid wood by product volume (not revenue; engineered is less expensive so as a revenue total it was probably even more skewed). Her company was large enough, even moving some material to the big depot stores, that I'd imagine this represents a solid proxy for overall volumes on the East Coast.

She mentioned specifically that Anderson made very good engineered products in the USA. She also mentioned (and I heard some of the stories, which were very sketchy) that she would go out of her way to avoid engineered product made in China.

This is definitively not some anti-China-biased opinion; I run a manufacturing company and we do not shy away from Chinese products. They can and do run the quality gamut depending on the product. But if a very large company like hers was getting duped on sketchy products of unknown origin (they were - they had lots of claims on a particular product that the "manufacturer," despite contractual agreements, welched on) then it would suggest a high risk for this particular commodity.

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post #1928 of 2432
Pipe burst the other day. Fixed it myself, and put in additional insulation. Great success.
post #1929 of 2432
I fixed our washing machine today.
post #1930 of 2432
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

Pipe burst the other day. Fixed it myself, and put in additional insulation. Great success.

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Originally Posted by JohnGalt View Post

I fixed our washing machine today.

Feels so good to take care of these things yourself, rather than having to find, schedule, and pay out the nose for someone else to do it!
post #1931 of 2432

Well our housing update:

 

-Got a cash offer of 3% off asking which is what we were hoping to sell at

-Actual buyer is not the person going to be living in the house.  Since person moving in has bad credit, a friend is purchasing and he will live here.  Add to that the actual buyer will never see the place before closing as he is in Hawaii.  Weird situation but our Agent says we are protected against some sort of fraudulent deal.

-Buyer decided to buy it as is as long as an inspection is satisfactory

-Inspection is Wednesday so we will know then if we are good to go

-Will have more news Wednesday!

 

Should be getting our offer ready for the next house this week.

post #1932 of 2432
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Feels so good to take care of these things yourself, rather than having to find, schedule, and pay out the nose for someone else to do it!

This is true, I had a cracked frost proof valve that was leaking inside the house when turned out from the outside. I think I spent all of $50 replacing it, including the drywall repair and another $50 putting in a flush mount access door. Likely each individual bill would have been a three or four hundred if I had hired out the jobs. Small jobs are always priced at incredible rates.
post #1933 of 2432

Because it's a pain in the ass to come out for a small job.

 

Am now convinced the red wire is there in the event that a fan was needed in this spot. I believe this might be code in newer construction.

 

Will forge ahead leaving that wire out of the equation which will save me $150 in an electrician bill but potentially torch my place.

 

lefty


Edited by lefty - 1/12/14 at 8:27pm
post #1934 of 2432
Certainly, and there is less margin for contingencies.

Would a multi-speed fan be four wire?
post #1935 of 2432

No idea.

 

My assumption is that one set come in and the other set goes out to the utc lights. Since the utc lights are working with the two lines connected I think it's simply a matter of connecting the lights as is. The unconnected red isn't powering anything right now and everything has power. The fact that it is hot threw me of for a bit. 

 

lefty

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