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The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Well-Known Member

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    One of the few situations that calls for a falcon punch.
     
  2. SkinnyGoomba

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    Huh?
     
  3. archetypal_yuppie

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    Ahh. Thank you autocorrect.
     
  5. jbarwick

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    We do shoes in the house. Need to insulate our floors as they are cold in the winter. Seems like an easy DIY job but wouldn't want to trap moisture.
     
  6. archetypal_yuppie

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    Wife and I have strong opinions that do not intersect on backsplash.
     
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    I wish was only on backsplash with mine
     
  9. Find Finn

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    I love visiting friends, where the girlfriend has decorated their entire place in white fabric furniture and all wooden piece are white as well, you can just tell how emasculated they feel.
     
  10. GusW

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    I've seen some stunning places done up in natural colored woods and neutral fabrics. Any artwork or collections have an enhanced presence while the feel is calm and light.
     
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    Groupthink and homogenic design are the staples of Scandinavia.
     
  12. GusW

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    I have many friends and acquaintances who are artists or home decor / fashion designers who like to come home to all white or neutral rooms. They work with color and patterns all day and find it relaxing and refreshing.
     
  13. Find Finn

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    These are in the cottage chic style and not the minimalistic monochrome style they probably have.

    Also they don't live in a cottage, but in a 2 br apartment from the 70's, its a bit like walking into a dollhouse.
     
  14. itsstillmatt

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    Ugh. This reminds me of my mother's place.
     
  15. archetypal_yuppie

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    solution found. yay.
     
  16. SkinnyGoomba

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    The result of a designer enjoying a project unhindered by negotiation. A similar effect to the architect's own house, which always includes a few selfish splurges that clients who are considering things like re-sale would never chose.
     
  17. RedLantern

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    Joys of home ownership story from yesterday:

    Wife and I had noticed a pesky "damp" bathroom smell over the past several weeks. Figured my vent/fan is on it's last legs and not pulling moisture out of there after showers and stuff.

    Wrong.

    Yesterday morning found water seeping up from between the vinyl tiles around the toilet. Figured "oh, must just need a new wax ring, no bigs."

    Wrong.

    Pulled the toilet off to discover that rather than being bolted to a toilet flange, my toilet had been screwed directly to the foor, and there was, in fact, no toilet flange at all attached to my drain/sewer pipe.

    The water damage was pretty extensive so I started peeling back the vinyl tiles, which is a PITA. Also had to cut and remove 2 different layers of subfloor, which was a bitch because my toilet is in it's own little alcove so it's hard to maneuver a saw in there and you cant get a circular saw any closer than a few inches from the wall.

    I have cast iron sewer pipes, so the fact that there was no flange was very concerning to me at first, as I was not really prepared to lead solder a new flange on there nor did I want to pay for an emergency plumber the day before thanksgiving. Luckily I found that there are compression flanges for use on old cast piping. All of my local stores would have had to order the part in, but luckily a specialty shop across the city had one so I got to drive across the city in holiday traffic to get it.

    Had a really difficult time getting the new subfloor cut correctly - really difficult to cut the right size hole for the pipe as it was a little irregular shaped and the subfloor had to fit rather closely so the new flange could be anchored into it.

    Needed to replace 11 vinyl tiles, which was also a big bitch to do because 9 of them had to be trimmed to fit the space and around a floor vent in the area.

    But in the end I got it all done and I'm happy that we have two working toilets for Thanksgiving!
     
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    Is this unusual to have toilet bolted to the floor? Is this 'code' or some homey improvised shit?
     
  19. RedLantern

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    Normally, there are bolts that you place through the flange then you put nuts on top of the toilet base and tighten everything down so that the toilet is clamped to the flange with the wax cake in between. When you just screw the toilet into the floor the seal is not as good. They have been using the flange method for quite some time so it's definitely unusual and against code to not use a flange.
     
  20. Ataturk

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    One good thing you can say about slab foundations, at least, is that they don't rot when the toilet leaks.

    If you enjoy DIY there's a great deal on a 12" DeWalt miter saw online at Lowes or Amazon. It's $200, but you can get 10% off Lowes with an online code. Beats waiting in line at the store.
     

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