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The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Well-Known Member

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    TWSS
     
  2. FtRoyalty

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    I had bats in my fascia over the summer. Unfortunately, I couldn't do anything about them until the pups were old enough to leave. They finally left a few weeks ago so I can get someone to clean up their shit and seal it up. Or get a respirator and a hazmat suit and DIY it with my Shop Vac.

    On a good note, I won my tax assessment appeal. Will save about $800/year in taxes.
     
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  3. i10casual

    i10casual Well-Known Member

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    $800.00 is a good amount.
    My current animal problem is a dog. The neighbors brought home a puppy, play with it for a few weeks then just left it outside with the other dog. Now its turned into a super bored, untrained, anger machine. He pokes his head in the space between the wall an our fence and barks at our little girl and myself every time we are out there. He just wont get use to us like the other neighbors big guard dogs.

    I'm a dog lover so I can't just kill it. Besides they put you jail for that here. I just want to be able for my 3 yr old daughter to play out there by herself when she is older.
    I think I'll man up and go talk to the neighbors. All I can think of is place more of a fence there.

    Not a cool situation.
     
  4. FtRoyalty

    FtRoyalty Well-Known Member

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    Confronting the neighbor is a good first step. They probably don't realize it (just the dog barking) and will take care of it out of embarrassment. If not, a spray bottle with water and vinegar and check your city ordinances.
     
  5. JohnGalt

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    spotted some condensation around the base of the furnace. also noticed a small leak from the pvc exhaust. we've only been here for a few months and had the seller pay for the home warranty, so it should be covered with the $100 deductible. will also use the opportunity to have the hvac guy quote running the home humidifier control up to the nest.

    have contractors coming in later this week to get quotes on finishing the rest of the basement too. hvac and electrical is already done, so really just framing and sheetrock.
     
  6. otc

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    I've wondered about those. If I had a thermostat in my current place (instead of radiators), I might swap one out, but I am unsure how much it really benefits me vs a decent programmable model.

    Lots of things about it are pretty nice...but programming a thermostat isn't hard (I was never one to have trouble programming the VCR) and I have a pretty good idea of how and when I would like the temps to be adjusted.
     
  7. Ataturk

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    The nest thermostat sounds like a gimmick. And the odd size means you may have to touch up the paint when you remove your old one.

    I replaced my thermostats recently and got a model with independent fan programming; you can set the fan to circulate air for a minimum number of minutes each hour, regardless of whether the heat or the a/c is running. That's a nice feature.
     
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  8. JohnGalt

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    it comes with a cover plate that you can use if you need to cover previous holes, so no need to touch up paint. i can also use it to run the fan and it has a feature to run it automatically once the a/c turns off for a residual cooling effect.

    we had a honeywell programmable, but the simple fact is that we never once considered using it. there's also no way my wife would have taken the time to mess with it. we have erratic schedules, so programming isn't really beneficial; however, with the nest it's so easy. just set it to away or let auto-away kick in. as it learns more and figures out our actual schedules, it takes over.

    edited to add: my wife was running out the door this morning with the kids and I knew she wouldn't be home until later this afternoon (and wouldn't think to set the nest to away). i set it to "away" from my phone, saving a whole day's heating.
     
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  9. Cary Grant

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    It's not--- not at least based on a number of friends that have it... the only trick seems to be making sure it's located in the right spot of the house in terms of traffic. We recently put in a new thermostat- regular shape and it still required touch-up plaster and paint.


    Our furnace runs the fan in similar fashion but without the need for thermostat programming...
     
  10. otc

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    Y'all are making me jealous. I want a programmable thermostat...

    Trying to adjust each radiator independently sucks (and its not like you can just set them to a temperature...you just have to turn the knob a little and guess).

    Also, since they don't circulate air, they take a long time to heat the place back up. So if I turn them down when I leave, it will take forever to get back up to temp when I get home.
     
  11. Cary Grant

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    Radiators... reason No. 875 while I'll never own a very old home.
     
  12. i10casual

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    Radiators. Reminds me of living in Chicago. I once had a stern Polish landlord who wouldn't turn them on until November 11th. He would say in a thick accent. You Americans, you want to walk around in a t-shirt and shorts all winter. Put a sweater on!
     
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    He's right about this. It's crazy.
     
  14. mixProtocol

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    I ended up putting a programmable thermostat in my apt. soon after moving in -- just went with a basic Honeywell weekday/weekend model. It definitely payed for itself in oil during the first few weeks of use.
     
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    This is the first step in the process of Skynet eventually taking over our homes
     
  16. mixProtocol

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    The robots make my coffee before I wake up and vacuum the floor while I sleep. I, for one, welcome our new domestic mechanoid overlords.
     
  17. SkinnyGoomba

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    I like the programmable thermostat, saves a few bucks and makes the house more comfortable. I try to avoid drying out the house in the winter, so I keep moderate settings on the thermostat.
     
  18. otc

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    Well, at least my radiators are electric so I have control over them, which is about the only advantage of electric baseboard heat. I guess technically, you can rewire them all into a line-voltage thermostat...but I'm not doing that in a rental (I would swap thermostats if I had a non-programmable one...but I'm not hiring an electrician to rewire all of the radiators to a central point).


    That's true...I have friends who keep their apartments warmer in the winter than in the summer. Wasteful (of energy and money) and honestly I think it just makes you feel worse every time you go outside....the temperature hit when you go out into freezing weather from a 75 degree apartment is way worse than if you are acclimated to something in the upper 60s.
     
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    The small flipped 1921 craftsman my wife and I bought a few years ago -- no radiators, no gas anything, all electric -- slammed us with a power bill of $435 in our first month of occupancy and $450 the next. Programmable thermostat paid for itself within about five weeks of use. Combined with state and utility rebate programs, we expect all the insulation work we've done to pay for itself within the next year and a half.

    Now it's 67° in the winter and 77° in the summer; in the worst months, the bills are about half of what they were. I'm really digging our old house, but it took some work to get there.

    Fortunately we've got a gas line running into the house, so as crappy flipper-grade appliances break we can replace them with models that use actual flame to warm things up. :slayer:
     
  20. Connemara

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    It does. The human body adjusts to temperature, but it doesn't work so well if your house is 72 year-round.

    I barely use my heat. It's been a steady 60-64 degrees in my apartment since the cold set in. I find it comfortable because I wear season-appropriate clothes (pajamas, flannel shirts, sweaters, slippers).

    What's with these idiots who walk around in shorts during the winter? Tons of dudes used to do this in college.
     

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