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post #616 of 2591
Not all DIY is bad, but some people really are not qualified for it. Sounds like you really got in deep with this house? What redeeming qualities does it have?
post #617 of 2591

agreed but this guy was not qualified. basement just has cheap, poorly assembled walls and power setup. Basement is big and finishing it would be a nice thing to do down the road, but foundation and structure are in great shape, desirable neighborhood at a great price, walk to parks, close to "downtown", 4br plus finished attic, 2 bath with plumbing ready for another half we'll put in right away. 

post #618 of 2591
Sounds like it will be nice after you discard all of the old owners work
post #619 of 2591
has anyone appealed a property tax assesment? ours just went up about 6% which seems a bit high.
post #620 of 2591
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Originally Posted by jgold47 View Post

has anyone appealed a property tax assesment? ours just went up about 6% which seems a bit high.

Yep, although we have a firm that does that for us on a contingency basis. Generally they're former employees of the appraisal district and know the system. Some years we get savings, other years nothing, but it beats just taking the increases.
post #621 of 2591
Any one bought a HUD home or other house that needed repairs? Worried about my ability to get financing on it frown.gif
post #622 of 2591
PSA, thought this was a good spot:

Had to stop at Home Depot yesterday, they have a nice DeWalt drill for 1/2 price @ $99. Online you can even get free shipping...


http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202019943/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053


I picked one up, seems to work really well. I doesn't have the hammer feature, but I have a Bosch hammer drill anyway so it didn't matter.
post #623 of 2591
I have a big project I plan to do in a couple of years to finish this house off right. Thinking of adding a whole house generator onto the list.
post #624 of 2591

has anybody made the switch to a tankless water heater recently. We'll be putting in a new one and moving to a tankless seems like a no-brainer as far as energy/cost savings and lifespan of the equipment. I know to get something with a proper GPM for my household but can anyone speak to a certain brand to purchase or avoid?

post #625 of 2591

Pio, Generator is a beautiful thing to have in place when the need arises. Great idea.

post #626 of 2591
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Originally Posted by mike1445 View Post

has anybody made the switch to a tankless water heater recently. We'll be putting in a new one and moving to a tankless seems like a no-brainer as far as energy/cost savings and lifespan of the equipment. I know to get something with a proper GPM for my household but can anyone speak to a certain brand to purchase or avoid?

You might consider an AO Smith Vertex:

post #627 of 2591

that is an intense promo

post #628 of 2591
This is just another water tank system, which is the dumb and wasteful idea. Sort of like top-loading washers.
Definitely go tankless.
The idea that they are selling that without tank you cannot have enough hot water during peak demands is simply baseless marketing lie.
post #629 of 2591
Last I checked, tankless water heaters took a decade or more (often two decades) to pay for themselves. But in the meantime you get to enjoy water that's not consistently hot and doesn't flow enough to shower while washing dishes. A guy I know swears by them--but he has three in his house.

Around here the attics are so damn hot most of the year, water heaters don't have much work to do to keep their tanks hot.
post #630 of 2591

 tank style water heaters are $350-1000 with a lifespan of 12 years, tank-less are $800-1400 with a 20 year lifespan and energy cost savings of 30% or about $100/yr for a 2 person home, savings seem substantial enough for me. Price varies with volume for tank-style and output (gpm) for the tank-less. If your friend has 3 it's because he probably bought multiple lower priced units small outputs, 

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