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The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    Sounds like nothing much in the way of closing so congrats.
     
  2. brokencycle

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    No, the buyers were actually very reasonable. Their inspection had a bunch of nitpicky things show up, but the only thing they asked for was the furnace. Good thing they probably spent $1000+ on the inspection. [​IMG]
     
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    Our house tested just over the limit for radon in the basement, now my wife keeps talking about mitigation. Haven't really looked into it at all.
     
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    It is crap. How long did you test? The numbers vary wildly, and thinks like weather or opening doors and windows or running an AC can all impact it. To get a reliable test you really need to test 6 months to a year.

    Furthermore, low levels of radiation exposure is probably good for you from what I have read. I found about half a dozen papers showing evidence of this in humans and animals.

    Unless it tested at like 100 or something I wouldn't worry.
     
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    I am planning a kitchen renovation and the architect recommended porcelain tile that looks like wood. I am worried that the surface might be too hard. Anything that drops will surely break. Any other preferred alternatives? I don't like real wood in the kitchen because the floor will get wet. What do you think of linoleum?
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, just a 48 hour thing. And the house was vacant, so the air was probably totally stagnant.

    Tested at 4.5 pCI/L, so trivially over the limit. The issue is convincing the wife of that, or deciding if just spending the money on mitigation is easier :embar:
     
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    Start here because I may or may not have compiled all of this in anticipation of the buyers requesting mitigation:

    Blog post by nuclear power plant engineer: http://atomicinsights.com/how-does-low-level-radiation-provide-beneficial-effects/
    Discover Magazine: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2015/04/06/small-radiation/

    Academic studies:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2477686/
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18301096
    http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/174_2011_401 (actual paper behind paywall)
     
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    Which home?

    If the one you are buying make it contingent that they fix that. I wouldnt step near a poisoned home.

    edit: I mean the furnace. CO poisoning
     
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    There are a ton of man-made products that come in a variety of patterns. colors, and textures in sheet, tile, and plank format. The world is your oyster! A lot of them are "commercial" lines, but work great for kitchens
     
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    The one I'm selling has the bad furnace. I'll get it fixed, but poisoned home is a bit extreme. The furnace and AC have been serviced every year, and this is the first it has been detected. I have CO detectors in the furnace room as well as in every bedroom (one of which is right over one of the vents), so if the leak was bad, one of the sensors would have gone off.
     
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    Anything that will break on tile is pretty likely to break on the other materials as well, don't ask me how I know this. :embar:

    I strongly dislike 'wood' tile, not because it looks like wood and yet it is not, but because there are grout lines, and unless something goes completely wrong you usually don't have grout lines in a wood floor. It looks strange to me.

    Pick tile that looks like tile...
     
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  14. brokencycle

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    I agree with this.
     
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    They really made some progress this week. Fire pit, CMU bench/walls, and spa all have field stone completed and the only thing waiting to have its field stone completed is the monument wall. First two have their flagstone tops and the spa and pool have all their travertine coping (monument wall will get flagstone top.) They also finally started to fill in the trenching! Still have half the trenching open but at least there's progress there too.

    I have to say the guys doing the stone work are really doing a nice job. They fixed my concern in that one section (I'm thinking they would have without my prodding at this point) and everything is stellar. They've probably got about 1/3 of the travertine laid but the rest is mainly the easier stuff as it's all the coping and such that takes more time and care. I'm putting odds at 50/50 I've got fill up for TG weekend at this point.
     
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    American Fireglass seems to be the standard. When we have our new fireplace put in last year they used American Fireglass. I used ruby red and thought I'd change the colours. Took an hour or so, as using my hands to clean out the fireglass was tedious and a pain in the ass, but it looks great. I bought from Amazon Prime a batch both of Platinum and Bronze reflective, 10# box each. Poured them into a bucket to mix and then put them in the fireplace. Looks fantastic with the underlit LEDs on.
     
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    As long as your thrones are all American Standard, that's todo you need.
     
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    I like the blue lite models The ones that blink when you pee in em'
     
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    Deal finally done with the buyers of my house. Contingency stuff closed. They wanted the AC and furnace repaired or replaced. My brother is an HVAC guy, so he could repair both for ~$750 (only the furnace actually had a problem). Or I could replace both for <$3k (it would be $7-$8k for the average home buyer (the stuff is super marked up)). Well, I convinced the sellers to contribute $3k to replace them. So I should come out about $500 ahead in the deal rather than $750 out of pocket.

    Also, I bought a house here in NC today.
     
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  20. Piobaire

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    Pics or GTFO.
     
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