The Home Ownership Thread

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

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  1. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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

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  2. Ataturk

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    The 2500-lumen, dimmable BR40 LED:

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    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.
     
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  3. texas_jack

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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.
     


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    That's what extension cords are for!
     


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    How much have ya got?
     


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    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.
     
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    I didn't actually watch the video, but that looks about right.
     
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    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.

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    Do you want advice? Careful.

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    Well, Im already in. Voted into HOA so that may help (or hinder)
     


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    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.

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    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.
     


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    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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    Obviously it's not a big deal if you prefer ugly, non-dimmable, slow-to-light white spiral tubes over real light bulbs.

    But this January, when the last real light bulbs are banned, just think of all that electricity that's being saved from conversion into worthless heat!
     
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