The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. whallyden

    whallyden Senior member

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    Just wrapping up work on a new build. I'm loving the newness of everything after tinkering with an antique for the last 8 years.
     
  2. idfnl

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    Anyone here converted from a hot water heater tank to an inline system? Any thoughts?

    My heaters is about 10 yrs old, will need a replacement eventually and thinking inline may be more efficient.
     
  3. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    My fiancé's mother has in her house, she really likes the inline system.
     
  4. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    Only downside I've heard is that when the power goes out you dont have that tank of hot water to get you a shower or two.

    Does it really save any money?

    It appears they last longer too.

    Also considering one of these:


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  5. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    I'm happy with the natural gas fueled one in my house, don't have to worry about it when the power goes out, it keeps running.
     
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    I'm finding this thread two years too late. My 1100 sqft 1921 cape and I already have plenty of fun stories... which reminds me, I still need to patch up the ceiling underneath where the upstairs toilet's (now replaced) wax seal was leaking. Ugh.
     
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    Does anyone have experience dealing with HOA's? Mine is coming after me about a fence I built 3.5 years ago. This past Fall they passed a provision saying all fences need to be built "friendly-neighbor" style, meaning the supporting posts can only be visible on the inside. I built mine with the posts on the outside, because I paid for and built the damn thing myself, so I should be the one looking at the pretty side. Can they jack me up for something I built before the provision was passed?
     
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    In England's we simply have the convention that support posts always go on the left so you have a nice side and a nasty side at every house. I'm not sure I could handle the politics and bitching that an HOA brings...
     
  9. idfnl

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    Most HOA's dont have any power to do anything. They dont have resources to take any legal action (generally) and are at most an advisory org. Some HOAs are better funded than others but mine is pretty weak. I did an addition to my house and didn't even notify them.

    If the provision wasnt there when you built it, its pretty open and shut. Even if it wasnt they couldnt really do anything. It would be up to the neighbor to sue.
     
  10. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    DO NOT LISTEN to idfnl! It could cost you thousands. HOAs usually have the power to apply penalties for non-compliance to the CC&Rs. Those penalties often are on a per day basis of non-compliance and in many places they can place a lean on your house. When you go to sell that lean will show up and be deducted prior to you getting dollar one for the sale of your property. Get a copy of your CC&Rs and understand thoroughly what your HOA can do in terms of compliance prior to just ignoring them.

    As to your case I would hire an attorney. I would think you might be able to get grandfathered in. Please, get an attorney and do not listen to idfnl.
     
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  11. Ataturk

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    And if they lien too hard on your house it could collapse. Good advice from Piob.

    Why anyone would build a fence with the rails facing out is beyond me. It's not just ugly; it's like inviting children to climb into your yard.
     
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    Good point. More concern over thieves than kids, though.
     
  13. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Lol, that was embarrassing. Had not had my coffee yet.
     
  14. SkinnyGoomba

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    Any one have a suggestion on white lacquer interior doors and minimalist stainless or chrome hardware?
     
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    Turns out zbromer was just about dead on. The way my house is set up, there's actually a section of the first floor that's directly under the roof. That is, there's no second floor above it. The vents on the roof weren't sealed well, and it looks like that was the source of the water. The guy who came out to look at it caulked everything up, and it only cost me $30.

    Now I just have to figure out why my heat decided last night to only run for a few minutes before shutting down. :fu:
     
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