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Thoughts on Bosch and Kitchenaid wall ovens?
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Planning, my man! Run conduit in the concrete, sized to future proof. Or build chases into your plan.

I don't recall the specific version of paint, and since we've returned all of our stuff from the storage unit we were renting, it's buried behind a ton of crap I wish I didn't own. :-)

That's fine and all for new construction but when buying an old condo you can't plan in advance.
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Progress photo


Countertops coming Wednesday. Frustrating to be so close but still have so many picky details left. Contractor burned through the upper trim for the cabinets leaving us a section short and my cabinet maker is on vacation till mid July so I'm going to be waiting a while on that piece!

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I'm waiting to hear from someone whose construction project is finished on time and under budget...
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I'm waiting to hear from someone whose construction project is finished on time and under budget...
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Progress photo


Countertops coming Wednesday. Frustrating to be so close but still have so many picky details left. Contractor burned through the upper trim for the cabinets leaving us a section short and my cabinet maker is on vacation till mid July so I'm going to be waiting a while on that piece!


are those crystal knobs? I like!
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I'm waiting to hear from someone whose construction project is finished on time and under budget...

You're going to end up looking like your avatar in that case . . .
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Close up of the knobs. They are chrome mid century repros
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Close up of the knobs. They are chrome mid century repros

Is that quarter sawn oak?
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Quarter sawn khaya. Sometimes called African mahogany.
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I'm waiting to hear from someone whose construction project is finished on time and under budget...

I just finished a new master bedroom/bath over my garage that I managed myself, 3k under budget and I got it done faster than a guy down the street that started 2 mos before me.
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So after reading on all the issues in systems without a C wire, quirks with its learning ability, and the data gathering, I've decided not to go forward with the Nests. That being the case, I'm trying to figure out what t-stats to get.

I need programmability, wifi access, and power that doesn't have to leech from the system (battery is fine). The ability to add remote sensors would also be nice but isn't critical. I don't care about remote access, and I'm fine with function over form (i.e. I don't need toys like touchscreen if there's a cheaper model without it that performs just as well).

Any input?
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So after reading on all the issues in systems without a C wire, quirks with its learning ability, and the data gathering, I've decided not to go forward with the Nests. That being the case, I'm trying to figure out what t-stats to get.

I need programmability, wifi access, and power that doesn't have to leech from the system (battery is fine). The ability to add remote sensors would also be nice but isn't critical. I don't care about remote access, and I'm fine with function over form (i.e. I don't need toys like touchscreen if there's a cheaper model without it that performs just as well).

Any input?



The Ecobee3 is supposed to be really nice, but I think you'll have the same problem.  Have you looked at either the Honeywell Z-wave or Sensi?  Neither require a c-wire.

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The nest is really just if you want the "smart" features. Motion sensors that tell if you are home...learning features ("hey, you always turn the thermostat up at 5:45pm, so we decided to have the house already warm for you when you get home"), etc.

If you are capable of programming a thermostat and just want to be able to connect from the internet and turn down your AC while you are on vacation, then yes, you don't need anything fancier than what someone like Honeywell can make.

The nest will do it smarter. But you can probably figure it out for yourself that the house takes 15 minutes to warm up...so set the program to come on 15 minutes before work. Where the nest will help you is noticing things you wouldn't think about--like parts of the day where you are gone and it would be ok to let the house cool down. But the savings from that are minor compared to the the difference between a "dumb" thermostat and a standard 7-day programmable.
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Bathroom has been tiled, plumbers arrive tomorrow morning to install the fixtures.

I still need to build the cabinet for the vanity, but the garage my workshop is filled with the former contents of our storage space. I will probably stop at the hardware store this evening and pick up a cheap utility sink to give us full functionality in the interim.
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The nest is really just if you want the "smart" features. Motion sensors that tell if you are home...learning features ("hey, you always turn the thermostat up at 5:45pm, so we decided to have the house already warm for you when you get home"), etc.

If you are capable of programming a thermostat and just want to be able to connect from the internet and turn down your AC while you are on vacation, then yes, you don't need anything fancier than what someone like Honeywell can make.

The nest will do it smarter. But you can probably figure it out for yourself that the house takes 15 minutes to warm up...so set the program to come on 15 minutes before work. Where the nest will help you is noticing things you wouldn't think about--like parts of the day where you are gone and it would be ok to let the house cool down. But the savings from that are minor compared to the the difference between a "dumb" thermostat and a standard 7-day programmable.

I've probably posted before, but think it bears repeating: a programmable thermostat is only good if you actually use it properly. I had a Nest because I knew that my wife would never be bothered to use a programmable and neither would I. We also have a hectic schedule, so taking ourselves out of the programming aspect worked very well. Really a matter of recognizing our own limitations.
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