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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 Senior member

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    Down here in the south, almost all "nice" lawns seem to be Raleigh St Augustine.

    It looks fine, but it feels awful compared to the thinner softer grasses up north that I'm used to. I'm toying with the idea of switching my yard to Zoysia. Would be expensive to just re-sod the whole thing, but on the interwebs it says you can use plugs and let them outcompete the St Augustine over time too.

    Of course there's always the reseeding option also, but then you have to start with and deal with bare dirt.

    Any gone through lawn grass type switches?

    I probably won't bother, but the idea of softer prettier Zoysia is nice.
     
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  2. jbarwick

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    I didn't switch types but just reseeded the yard. I went the route of slowly switching from whatever crap we currently have to Kentucky XX, whatever that number is.

    Just got the bad news from the plumber. Whole house is on cast iron and brass piping other than some of the copper piping we are seeing in various areas. Getting an estimate for a whole house re-piping as we speak. shit.
     
  3. archetypal_yuppie

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    Estimate will be eleventy billion $. Are you sure you need to change from your existing pipes?


    We are almost done having half our house switched from "knob and tube" to modern electrical (idiot previous owners only switched the kitchen area and additions). It costs eleventy billion $.
     
  4. archetypal_yuppie

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    Adding recessed lighting and dimmers all over the place is a huge major upgrade in goodness though.
     
  5. js0930

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    If you're handy at all, you might want to look at redoing it yourself. Shark bite fittings are really easy to use and the amount of money you save could be spent on parts of the house you'll actually see.
     
  6. jbarwick

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    Well finally able to let that sink in. What will get replaced is only the drainage pipe and not the water lines as those are fine. @js0930 The initial guy who came out for our free plumbing inspection said shark bite fittings are bad as we have them in a few places.

    Replacements and some bundling items come to $9,000. They replace drainage pipes, new water 50-gal water heater (worth $5K for tankless?), reset some toilets, and fix our washer drainage. Instead of the normal below picture where the drain is as high as the washer, ours does this then has a one way valve where the water has to fight gravity and travel up to 8ft high to reach the drainage pipe and the washer/dryer are in the basement. I guess this puts extra stress on the washer. They will also install a laundry sink and pump to get the water high enough to drain.

    Going to get more estimates but this would make our house up-to-date internally. It will also allow for easier bathroom remodels as they just have to replace the facade and not internals. From my current internet searching ability...this price seems reasonable. We will see.

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  7. js0930

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    @jbarwick

    Unless you have some very weird old version of sharkbite, there's no problem with that form of plumbing. And I say this as someone that owns and manages an 86 unit apartment building and deals with plumbers/plumbing a lot more than I'd like to.

    For more info, read http://thadelletplumbing.com/tep-talk/are-shark-bites-reliable/

    As for your water heater, last time I was looking I was quoted $1500 for a 95% efficient unit installed (but not tankless). And I've heard tankless can be somewhat problematic as far as consistent hot water for showers or other applications where a few degrees makes a huge difference. We use them for laundry rooms when we have space issues, because there it doesn't matter.
     
  8. jbarwick

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    @js0930 Thanks for the heads up about shark bites. Also may need some minor drywall work. Is it time to learn how to DIY that? Hmmmm
     
  9. otc

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    I've seen tankless work really well in a system where the house had radiator heat and thus the system was replacing a boiler as well as household hot water.

    Extrapolating down from that, it seems like the way to go for the future (and being able to take as long of a shower as you want is awesome), but I can see how it would be annoying if the unit didn't have the capacity to deliver consistent-temp water (so your shower can be long, but the temperature will waver).
     
  10. RedLantern

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    Minor drywall work is relatively easy. I don't know that I'd be down for setting/joint taping/mudding a whole room or house - but patching is pretty manageable.

    Also, installing electric water heaters is very straightforward. I had an ancient (late 70's early 80's) water heater in my house and I replaced it with a heat-pump hot water heater and it was pretty easy. Also they are likely running some pretty good rebates on them as they are very energy efficient. My heater was originally $1200, but I got it on sale for $1000 and then got a $500 rebate on top of that - so it ended up costing pretty much the same as a conventional electric heater.

    BTW, when doing the water heater, make sure you have an expansion tank, if you need one.
     
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  11. Ataturk

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    Two of my neighbors resodded their yards with Zoysia this last year. It does look nice, but I wouldn't prefer it to St. Augustine, especially if you have a shady yard. I prefer St. Augustine because it stays green much longer than other grasses in the fall. In my somewhat limited experience it's also more disease tolerant than the centipede most people (including me) have for most of their yards. I am sick and tired of dead patches in the spring from fall fungus or extreme winter cold.

    Sod is the only way to do a warm-season lawn, IMO, at least if you already have a lot of weeds. IIRC the Zoysia was only about $200 a pallet delivered. If you do plugs it will take many years for it to overwhelm the St. Augustine, if it ever does.
     
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  12. sonick

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    Have been browsing a wall/entertainment unit for our new-to-us condo we just closed on, and came across the Ikea Framsta system only to be hugely disappointed that it the entire system has since been discontinued :brick:
     
  13. jbarwick

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    The re-pipe saga continues. I asked for the bill the be broken into "projects" in case we only want to do X and Y and not X, Y, and Z but the prices for pieces are not even comparable. One is great at 2 things but priced themselves out of the other 2. Hoping to come to a happy medium with 1 company as I don't want to deal with 2 competing companies on 1 plumbing project as pricing is ridiculous.
     
  14. 1969

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    First post into this thread, I'm looking at a similar situation in terms of needing to reside (remove and replace masonite with hardiboard) and there's no telling what we'll find underneath. Do you mind me asking ballpark what this ran you? I have yet to get a quote but I'm seeing discussions online in the ballpark of 12-15K for an 1800sf house.
     
  15. GreenFrog

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    Anyone here use a roomba? Thinking of picking one up for my room. I have hardwood floors and mainly looking for it to clean up dirt / debris that my feet would pick up while walking barefoot.
     
  16. Piobaire

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  17. otc

    otc Senior member

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    screw robots. Buy a Miele canister like the rest of the SF ballers. The parquet twister attachment is the hardwood floor cleaning tool of the gods
     
  18. GreenFrog

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    Have your room plumbed for central vac.
     
  20. sonick

    sonick Senior member

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    Hire a nice filipino lady.
     
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