The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. hookem12387

    hookem12387 Senior member

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    Where in Texas are you? And are Catholic schools an option? Only because they're much cheaper than other, comparable private schools - at least in Houston.
     
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    I went to both public and private schools, and some of the public schools I went to were very highly rated. To me, it was still night and day difference. Though, as another poster said, the student and family tend to me more important than the school.
     
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    Something about the type of loan or mortgage we have keeps us in the house for 5 years. I'll go over the paper work to refresh my memory.

    Ok, the district has low ratings prob because of the parents and not the teachers or admin. I guess the problem is the disruption in the class room, a high teen pregnancy rate, a whole anti-scholastic attitude, and lots of gangs. I'm in El Paso TX and I'd like her to go to a good college like A&M, Saint Mary's, oe even UT. Rice would be awesome.

    Thanks for the heads up and reminder Jbarwick. I do work with my daughter about an hour each day on reading, math, and basic skills. I'm going to start her in a Methodist school this year at age 4. It should be fun for her.
     
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    House: One funny thing about the home is the original owner added rain gutters to it which increased the value a little. However I live in a desert. It's only rained here about twice this year. So I spend a lot of time removing heaps of sand from them.
     
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    IIRC bad school districts don't really start to fall behind until the kids are a few years past kindergarten. A couple years probably won't set junior back for life.
     
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    Everyone I've ever known with central vac, have described them as being asthmatic and a complete waste of money,.
     
  7. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Did the idiots not complete any due diligence on what they were getting installed? We did the entire house Saturday and it has not been this clean since we moved in. Not only did it vacuum substantially better than our previous upright it was easier to use and I did not have to empty the canister several times. This thing sucks like a mo-fo, is super quiet, and things move much faster.

    However, your initial criticism was being a "bitch when they break." I replied to that and now you have second hand reports on poor performance as a critique? Seems you just don't like them for some reason.
     
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    And as I said before, we had one for 5 years in our previous home and loved every minute of it. Best money I ever spent (was about $2500 both the time before and this time around).
     
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    Doesn't Texas have some sort of program where if you graduate in the top 10% of your high school class, you are automatically admitted into any state school (so I guess UT or A&M)? If that's true, maybe that would be an incentive to sticking around in a less desirable district if, like many believe, more of her performance comes down to the family life and her support system. Of course, who knows what sort of admission standards they will have by the time she graduates...
     
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    We have all hardwood floors but we do have some area rugs. I broom, swifter, then clean the hardwoods then for carpets I use this little handheld that works better than our two upright vacuums. For any other vacuuming (corners, up high, etc.) I just drag around my shopvac. I can see the appeal for a centralized vacuum but do the random connections points around the house look bad or are they covered by some sort of "outlet" cover and blend in?
     
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    they are typically the size of a wall receptacle and have a cover over the port. i don't understand the complaint of "asthmatic" above - it doesn't make sense. there is no air circulating in the living area. as well, the only noise you'll have will be the suction and the agitator brush, not the motor (it will be minimal, if any).

    pio - how complex/time consuming was the installation? Is it difficult to have done in an existing home?
     
  12. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    They blend as much as an electrical outlet. They are all covered or else they would drain the vacuum created by the main unit. They also tend to be placed in very inconspicuous areas.


    JG, no idea about retro fitting. Our house was plumbed for it when it was built. Took the installer all of an hour to install the unit.
     
  13. aravenel

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    My parents put in a central vac when they built their current house about 20 years ago. The thing has never had any major issues and works like a champ. Also like Pio, it sucks very hard (TWSS?) and cleans better than any upright I've ever used--though granted, I've never used a very high end upright. The plugs completely blend in.

    The only annoying thing about it is that the hose is very long and heavy, but I imagine they chose that size for a reason.
     
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    What do you do if your vac pipes are leaking inside the walls and how do you know if they aren't? Also I occasionaly vacuume something that I need to recover from the bag or canister, how do you do that with central vac if it is somehwre in the pipes?

    P.S. I personally hate vacuuming and let my gang of robots do the whole thing. They clean the house well and entertain the cat.
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    The pipe install is plumbing grade PVC. Given the low wear and tear occasionally running a light vacuum will put on that install, vs. constant pressurized water flow, I'm pretty sure it's up to many years of service. As far as idiot proofing the act of vacuuming, years of having hundreds of employees have taught me as much as I think I've idiot proofed something, I can always hire a bigger idiot. If it gets stuck in the pipes call a plumber to snake it; if it doesn't it's in the canister just like any vacuum.
     

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