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The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    Same, I really didn't enjoy the process.
     
  2. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Have any of you guys had any experiences with contemporary sliding door hardware (barn door style). Any recs?
     
  3. TC (Houston)

    TC (Houston) Senior member

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    Why does everything break at once?! The past 2 weeks, had plumbing issue, replaced the coil in an AC air handler, and now funky electrical issues in the garage.
     
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    So, we've ripped out all of the walls and the ceiling in the kitchen, and discovered that we've been living in a death trap. The gas oven and hood vented into a cavity in the wall; the track lighting was badly patched into the god-only-knows-how-old knob and tube wiring; and the roof rafters were cut in half when a skylight was put in the '50s. I finally understand why our prior contractor told us not to walk around on the roof.

    We also found a scrap of newspaper in the wall from May 1958, referencing President Eisenhower and former President Truman, as well as the opening of the Belgium World's Fair, along with a quote (attribution lost) about the necessity to have planes ready to scramble at the first radar warning, loaded with H-Bombs.

    It's nice knowing that not only will we have a beautiful kitchen, it will also be a hell of a lot safer (what with all of those planes loaded with H-bombs).
     
  5. Douglas

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    These stories always astound me. Cheap contractors are fucking swindlers.

    So I bought one of these kind of faucets for our cleanup sink:

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    and I love the way it looks, and the functionality is also quite handy given that we have a huge sink and having a pull-out or similar is the only way to reach the whole thing (incidentally, we chose a 33" sink and while it is wonderful, check your larger sinks to make sure they slope effectively enough for stuff to wash down the drain - ours doesn't have much pitch to it and stuff hates to run down to the drain. We use one of those grates at the bottom, which is great for making sure glassware doesn't tip but since you can't sponge down the bottom without removing the grate, you need more slope).

    Unfortunately, the spring is now sort of permanently deflected to the point where there's not enough tension on it to effectively pull the pull-out handle up into its cradle (it sort of pulls in from below). So it just sort of dangles there, which is annoying.

    We bought a discount brand (Kraus - the one pictured) and they do claim a lifetime warranty so I guess I'll write in to see if they'll give me a new spring - I am not optimistic.

    Just a word of caution for those considering them. We've owned this for less than 2 years.
     
  6. SkinnyGoomba

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    Fwiw it could also be a poor attempt at DIY.
     
  7. Ataturk

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    I got one of those pull down faucets for the laundry room. I hate it. You can't reach as far as you could with a regular pull-out sprayer, and the skinny hose limits the flow of water to a (government approved) trickle.
     
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    This was my thought. Every time I see insane stuff like that it has always looked like an owner special.
     
  9. texas_jack

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    Ha ha ha ha ha
     
  10. imatlas

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    Yeah it was definitely a poor DIY effort, no professional worthy of the name would ever have built this. The roof is essentially resting on a rafter that is jammed in and propped up on a couple of wooden blocks.


    Fuck you, I'm glad my slow carbon monoxide poisoning is funny to you.

    :)
     
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  11. imatlas

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    A couple of examples:

    "Hmm, I don't seem to have any brackets to hold my heating duct. I know, I'll hang it with fiberglass tape!"

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    No flue? No problem! Just vent it into the wall, nobody will ever notice!


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  12. RedLantern

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    mmmmmm . . plaster and lathe. Have fun with that!
     
  13. Ataturk

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    Venting into the wall sounds more like a fire hazard than a suffocation risk, assuming the cavity is open to the attic at the top. But I don't know anything about it so take that with a grain of salt.
     
  14. SkinnyGoomba

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    Looking forward to seeing how it turns out. It seems that sort of thing was common enough that now most of the literature for the range hoods will include a note that you can't exhaust the duct into a cavity in the wall. Scary that anyone attempting to install a vent would not have the foresight that it will only function properly if it actually vents.
     
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    True. That was my original concern, but our contractor was really fired up about the CO risk.

    Both the range and the hood vented into the same space; the range vent had a spark screen over it, but it was on its way to rusting out.

    I need to take some pictures of our bathroom plumbing - there is at least 50' of copper pipe running every which way. Our contractor keeps muttering that there was a lot more to do than he expected and built into his estimate - we're effectively putting in three showers and it was only plumbed for one to start with. There is a main shower with flush-mounted rain head and wall mounted standard head; a handheld head with its own valve next to the bench; and a steam shower.

    I kind of feel bad because I really like the guy, but hey, it was all in the specs! It's making up (a little) for the royal screwing that we got from our last contractor.
     
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    How big of a CO risk is there really?

    I would guess that a vast majority of people live with a standalone stove that vents back into the same room and no outside ventilating hood. It's dumb to shove that stuff into the wall, but the alternative was to probably just leave it in your kitchen.
     
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    Can't vent into nothing. Either outside or back inside. It's not about CO it's about comfort. Shooting grease into a wall cavity is a terrible idea.
     
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    That's what I meant--I'm surprised the contractor was concerned about the CO issue at all considering where it goes if you don't have a vent system...but he sure as hell should be worried about sending all of that grease from the vent hood into the walls.
     
  19. imatlas

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    If you have a gas range and one of those vent-less hoods, how significant is the CO risk?
     
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  20. Ataturk

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    If I recall correctly from the warnings on my greenhouse heater, not very. That is, unless you heat your house with the stove and run it constantly for days. People do that, though.

    Obviously it depends on how big your house is and how well sealed it is. The range might also have a cutoff to keep it from suffocating you.
     
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