The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    We purchased a new dishwasher this Spring. An energy efficient Bosch. It works like a charm cleaning dishes and best of all it is super quiet. If you have a 10 y/o dishwasher, you will be amazed at how much better they are today.
     


  2. brokencycle

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    I rarely am in the kitchen when the dishwasher is running, but last night I was and trying to have a conversation. I pulled out a decibel meter, and it was around 65-70 dB. Makes me want to go out and buy a new one, but it isn't that old and works fine otherwise.
     


  3. Cary Grant

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    Most newer DW's are around 40dB - Our Kitchenaid is and I suspect PSGuy's Bosch is too. We typically run ours overnight so that helps.
     


  4. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sometimes its good to be able to fix a few things yourself.
     


  6. HRoi

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    shit fuck there's an opossum in my roof. there's a little crevice among the eaves, and i came home from a business trip this morning and something made walk around the property just to check everything out.

    i look up and the little mother fucker's nose is poking out of the crevice :fu:
     


  7. SkinnyGoomba

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    Sucks, I had squirrels last year. One of the many disadvantages of living in what was previously a forrest. If you are in central NJ/PA i'll refer you to the exterminator i used, he's very good.
     


  8. Ataturk

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    All you have to do is seal up the attic at night when it's out foraging. Block the hole off with some hardware cloth (wire mesh). Hopefully it doesn't have a nest full of babies, but if it does you should be able to find it by following the trail of shredded insulation and shit.

    Or you could pay somebody, I guess.

    My folks had an outdoor floodlight that was shorting out a few years back. Farthest corner of the attack from the entrance. I went up there, crawled way into the corner on my stomach to fix it. About halfway through I looked over to the other side and I was nose to nose with a dessicated squirrel skull. It'd chewed the wire, presumably to make a better path to get into the attic through a hole he'd eaten behind the light.

    I knew a guy in high school who delighted in running them over. At the time, I thought he was an asshole -- and he was, but I understand why he did it now.
     
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  9. HRoi

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    I'm in Florida. Called pest control - he got the guy caged and says he'll let him loose in the Everglades.

    I wasn't gonna DIY this one. Possums are fucking nasty when cornered and they are full of diseases. Plus I'm not wrestling any critter out of its hole on a 26-foot high sloped roof.

    I am going to screen off the crevice tomorrow though
     
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  10. JohnGalt

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    just installed a nest thermostat
     


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  12. FtRoyalty

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    I had bats in my fascia over the summer. Unfortunately, I couldn't do anything about them until the pups were old enough to leave. They finally left a few weeks ago so I can get someone to clean up their shit and seal it up. Or get a respirator and a hazmat suit and DIY it with my Shop Vac.

    On a good note, I won my tax assessment appeal. Will save about $800/year in taxes.
     
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  13. i10casual

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    $800.00 is a good amount.
    My current animal problem is a dog. The neighbors brought home a puppy, play with it for a few weeks then just left it outside with the other dog. Now its turned into a super bored, untrained, anger machine. He pokes his head in the space between the wall an our fence and barks at our little girl and myself every time we are out there. He just wont get use to us like the other neighbors big guard dogs.

    I'm a dog lover so I can't just kill it. Besides they put you jail for that here. I just want to be able for my 3 yr old daughter to play out there by herself when she is older.
    I think I'll man up and go talk to the neighbors. All I can think of is place more of a fence there.

    Not a cool situation.
     


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    Confronting the neighbor is a good first step. They probably don't realize it (just the dog barking) and will take care of it out of embarrassment. If not, a spray bottle with water and vinegar and check your city ordinances.
     


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    spotted some condensation around the base of the furnace. also noticed a small leak from the pvc exhaust. we've only been here for a few months and had the seller pay for the home warranty, so it should be covered with the $100 deductible. will also use the opportunity to have the hvac guy quote running the home humidifier control up to the nest.

    have contractors coming in later this week to get quotes on finishing the rest of the basement too. hvac and electrical is already done, so really just framing and sheetrock.
     


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