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The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    Google image search dictates that I like white oak, though cherry is also interesting. I like modern furniture best, not sure how it fits in the house. Curved wall edges, textured dry wall, etc. seems a but incongruent, though I'd love to make it work. So what paint color then? Lol... never ending money pit and work. Thanks for the help though, I'm really lost with this stuff.
     
  2. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    I think white oak, especially 1/4 sawn white oak will look nice and not complicate things too much.

    You don't need to be in a rush to change things, all in due time. If your plan is to use modern furniture then I would do white walls. Linen shades and if the opportunity arises then change the moldings to rectangular plain moldings (also called sanitary molding) .
     
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  3. Douglas

    Douglas Senior member

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    My wife worked at a large flooring distributor. Her recollection of the company's split was about 35% engineered and 65% solid wood by product volume (not revenue; engineered is less expensive so as a revenue total it was probably even more skewed). Her company was large enough, even moving some material to the big depot stores, that I'd imagine this represents a solid proxy for overall volumes on the East Coast.

    She mentioned specifically that Anderson made very good engineered products in the USA. She also mentioned (and I heard some of the stories, which were very sketchy) that she would go out of her way to avoid engineered product made in China.

    This is definitively not some anti-China-biased opinion; I run a manufacturing company and we do not shy away from Chinese products. They can and do run the quality gamut depending on the product. But if a very large company like hers was getting duped on sketchy products of unknown origin (they were - they had lots of claims on a particular product that the "manufacturer," despite contractual agreements, welched on) then it would suggest a high risk for this particular commodity.
     
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  4. otc

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    I imagine there is still solid wood in a lot of new single family homes, but multi-unit residential is probably significant majority engineered wood flooring due to the underlying construction.
     
  5. SkinnyGoomba

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    Finally convinced my wife to let me move the eames lounge and ottoman next to the fireplace....fuck yeah!
     
  6. JohnGalt

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    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0470928077
     
  7. Harold falcon

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    Pipe burst the other day. Fixed it myself, and put in additional insulation. Great success.
     
  8. JohnGalt

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    I fixed our washing machine today.
     
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  9. RedLantern

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    Feels so good to take care of these things yourself, rather than having to find, schedule, and pay out the nose for someone else to do it!
     
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  10. jbarwick

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    Well our housing update:

    -Got a cash offer of 3% off asking which is what we were hoping to sell at
    -Actual buyer is not the person going to be living in the house. Since person moving in has bad credit, a friend is purchasing and he will live here. Add to that the actual buyer will never see the place before closing as he is in Hawaii. Weird situation but our Agent says we are protected against some sort of fraudulent deal.
    -Buyer decided to buy it as is as long as an inspection is satisfactory
    -Inspection is Wednesday so we will know then if we are good to go
    -Will have more news Wednesday!

    Should be getting our offer ready for the next house this week.
     
  11. SkinnyGoomba

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    This is true, I had a cracked frost proof valve that was leaking inside the house when turned out from the outside. I think I spent all of $50 replacing it, including the drywall repair and another $50 putting in a flush mount access door. Likely each individual bill would have been a three or four hundred if I had hired out the jobs. Small jobs are always priced at incredible rates.
     
  12. lefty

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    Because it's a pain in the ass to come out for a small job.

    Am now convinced the red wire is there in the event that a fan was needed in this spot. I believe this might be code in newer construction.

    Will forge ahead leaving that wire out of the equation which will save me $150 in an electrician bill but potentially torch my place.

    lefty
     
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  13. SkinnyGoomba

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    Certainly, and there is less margin for contingencies.

    Would a multi-speed fan be four wire?
     
  14. lefty

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    No idea.

    My assumption is that one set come in and the other set goes out to the utc lights. Since the utc lights are working with the two lines connected I think it's simply a matter of connecting the lights as is. The unconnected red isn't powering anything right now and everything has power. The fact that it is hot threw me of for a bit.

    lefty
     
  15. bdeuce22

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    Fack. I remodeled my basement over the summer with dry walled ceilings. I didn't think I'd need new wiring needed for the upgrades DirecTV was going to supply. The cabling is above my ceiling and locked into place so access to my bedroom on the first floor is a no go. every other room is OK.

    I guess I don't REALLY need to whole home DVR system after all.
     
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  16. Douglas

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    Crack in my kitchen ceiling. Wtf?
     
  17. Piobaire

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    Do people actually watch TV in their bedroom?
     
  18. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You do live in Baltimore.
     
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  19. aravenel

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    The wife and I got rid of our bedroom TV when we moved to New York, and it has been one of the best things we've ever done. The bedroom is for sleeping (well... and other stuff); if you want to watch TV, go sit on the couch.
     
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  20. Joffrey

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    I'm opposed to having a television in the bedroom (unless I'm older and a baller and can have a sitting room with TV and couch off set from the bed). I like reading before sleep or when I'm struggling.
     

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