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The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. jbarwick

    jbarwick Senior member

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    If its builder grade towards the lower end then I could see it. Our door frames are original at 56 years and look fine.
     
  2. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I know some sort of virtually invisible coating exists to reflect UV rays as my car came with that. Really works as my RFID transmitter had to go right in a certain spot where there's a spot to let its signal through or otherwise it can't transmit through the windshield.
     
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    I have the original 70 yr old tile kitchen counter and sink the only prob was the enamel on the cast iron sink was shot . When I looked into it I found they still made the sink, popped out a few 3/4 rounds , old sink out , new one in
     
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    We had a decommissioned boiler in our basement when we moved in. We worked to take out all the pipes and baseboard heaters when we refinished the floors but we left pipes and the boiler in the basement. I had to take out some pipes to run electrical lines in a chase, so I decided to go ahead and get everything cleaned up down there. I got all the pipes out last weekend, and got the boiler disconnected this morning, then spent hours trying to disassemble it because it weighed 700+ lbs and I couldn't get it up the stairs in one pieces. I had just one connection to break free, and while trying to get leverage with a pipe wrench ended up turning the whole thing over. I almost got out of the way in time, and got a nice deep gash on the side of my lower leg. Fun little Saturday trip to the ER, and 11 stitches later, I still have a boiler down there and I'll have to wait at least a week to finish cleaning up down there.
     
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    How old? Might be chock full of asbestos.
     
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    Old, and it was. The pipe wraps had been removed before we bought it, and the few remaining areas were encapsulated and removed.
     
  7. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Man, that sucks. Get a tetanus booster?
     
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    Wait till you get the ER bill. The last one I got was $600 per stitch. After that I made sure to figure out exactly where the nearest urgent care clinic is.


    Absolutely. They make UV resistant clear coat after all. Not sure it'll do anything for the heat though. With a view like that I'd get a better air conditioner.
     
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    Thanks guys. I was quoted $1500 for coating those windows with a nearly colorless film that would block UV rays and reduce heat. Seems a bit high, given that it costs much less to do my car, which is a much more difficult job due to the curved glasses.
     
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    Yeah, and it hurts as bad as my leg today.


    Ugh, don't say that. Although it was a pretty deep gash and it was hard to tell if it would close up well with just stitches, so it seemed like an ER job.
     
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    Sorry about the injury . Next time heat that fitting cherry red . It'll come apart with a pair of channel locks . Retired steam fitter welcome to 30 years of my life
     
  12. BobStrauss

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    Finally finished rehabbing my deck last night, finishing up the staining at 1 am.

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    Just say NO! To deckover paint and excess railings.
     
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    Looks great, I'm currently sanding down the previous painting work done on my deck so that I can oil it and show the wood better. You did really well.
     
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    Thanks. I'd be careful with your plan, though. We tried to do the same thing with our deck, sanding down using a floor/drum sander, grinding the paint off between boards using an angle grinder, and patching in boards that needed to go. Took forever and was quite expensive. In the end it didn't look good, even after using a deck wash and brightener. It's almost impossible to get the old wood to look great, and it's completely impossible to get it to match the fresh stuff. After all that work we tore all the old boards out and put in new ones. It was a giant waste of time and money, but a great learning experience and quite a bit of good exercise.

    Good luck! But if you have to patch any sections, please don't make the same mistake I did.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. My entire deck is mahogany so nothing needs to be replaced. The previous owner used more of a thick stain / paint instead of oiling it so now it's peeling. I did a test section with the new oil and it came out great. I'm just lightly sanding to take up the peeling surface but otherwise not doing too much else to it.
     

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