The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Painters gone:)
    Appliances in:)
    Kitchen cabinets all set:)
    Just waiting for the final coat on the hardwood floors on Monday then move furniture in on Tuesday.

    2 week project will take 4 weeks. Like they say "twice as long and twice as expensive". Fortunately we are pretty much on budget.
     


  2. texas_jack

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    What do we have here? Found behind the paneling in the semi finished basement along with some mold in our current place.

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  3. lefty

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    Old termite damage? Is it soft?

    Look for cracks in wall or any sign of mud tunnels on concrete. Rethink having wood fastened directly to concrete. Termites live in the soil outside your house and the slightest crack in the wall quickly becomes an automat.

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  4. texas_jack

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    It's not soft, it's hard. No mud tunnels.
     


  5. lefty

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    Could be any number of wood eating insects. Worth having it checked out for the peace of mind.

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    Just got word from the bank that the appraisal came back favorable - good news leading into the weekend.
     


  7. Ataturk

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    It sure looks like termites. And they might still be in there below the surface.
     


  8. texas_jack

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    It's a 70yr old house so I'm hoping if it is they were from a long time ago.
     


  9. Ataturk

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    I don't know much about termites, unfortunately. I do know that I've had boards with what looked like old damage and broken them or cut them up to find living termites. So be careful.

    On a similar but related note, mosquitoes are a real problem here (I bet that's true everywhere), but I'd never really done anything about them. I come from the school of thought that bugs are food for more desirable animals (birds, lizards, frogs) and that they ought not be disturbed. To hell with that. I got a big backpack sprayer and some bifenthrin and started spraying my yard.

    Mosquitoes and most other biting insects actually live in and (mostly) feed on bushes and high grass. Spray them and shady areas of the yard every couple weeks, and you can drive the bastards out of your yard. It really works!

    Edit: a backpack sprayer: http://www.harborfreight.com/4-gallon-backpack-sprayer-65040.html (can be had for $20 with a coupon)

    And the bifenthrin: http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/bifen-it-p-226.html
     
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  10. texas_jack

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    Also going into your yard and making sure nothing (not even a bottle cap) has standing water. They can breed in the smallest sources of still water.
     


  11. Ataturk

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    I guess you missed the pictures I posted earlier of dozens of bromeliads--plants notable for having a "cup" that holds water in the center...

    Every other week when I spray the yard, I also spinkle larvicide into the plants. I think it keeps them from successfully breeding, but it doesn't keep the water from attracting more mosquitos from the neighbors' yards.
     


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    Then again, I'm not sure the larvicide pellets are getting into every nook and cranny of the plants. They don't actually have one cup; each leaf can hold water where it meets the stem. Google says the mosquito larvae have to eat the stupid pellets for them to work...

    So I decided that's not working, and bought some of this to try: http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/nyguard-ez1-p-1380.html

    I got the one-gallon size; I'll use a dropper and put it in a small spray bottle for the plants. One small bottle should last me a year (the manufacturer says the shelf life is just one year).
     
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  13. NorCal

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    Might think about getting rid of the paneling and going with a lime wash plaster over the cement on the interior. Many birds, one stone.
     


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    Yeah, I want to not put back up paneling especially since we're (hopefully) never going to live here again just rent it out or sell it.
     


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    I just got the survey back for our new house and it's good news for me but bad for the neighbors. It seems my lot goes up to about 1 ft of their house. Turns out the people who built the two homes were relatives and the bigger house (mine) owned both lots and when they moved out it wasn't split up evenly or something like that. I'm not sure what this means exactly other than I have a bigger lot than I thought.
     


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