Home Buyin/Maintenance Thread - Where most of us are 30ish but act 47. Oh, and fuck home inspectors

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  1. southlick

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  2. Bricktop the white

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  3. bigred77

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    I want an outdoor version too
     
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  4. NineteenNine

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    Hell yeah. A “pack” of like 4 or 5 launch at an alarm...
     
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  5. Boom TittyMilk

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    What are the threads thoughts on a netgear powerline? Gonna have my nerdroom upstairs so I am considering running some ethernet up there but this seems like money well spent if its effective.
     
  6. Anison

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    Have had no problems with mine. Running to the TV in my man cave.
     
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  7. MORBO!

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    Long post re: wiring for Ecobee 3 Lite

    So my last thermostat was having an issue where the screen was showing low battery even after putting some new batteries in there. I couldn’t figure out what it was, and I’ve been wanting to get an Ecobee for a while and seized the opportunity. Got an Ecobee 3 Lite.

    Video of old thermostat:




    Installing the new Ecobee and ran into an issue with wiring at the furnace. I’ve added photos for context.


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    Some questions I have:

    1) My R wire on the thermostat was initially on RH with an RC jumper. I put the R into RC to start and ditched the jumper. Is that correct?

    2) My R wire at the furnace is not setting into the Power Extender Kit because the wire isn’t the single solid firm wire, but rather the multiple small strand type wire (I don’t know the terminology, sorry yo). How can I get this to sit into the PEK?

    3) Are there any other issues I may be missing with my wiring setup?


    It looks to me like the R wire that won’t sit in the PEK is a wire that splits off (one side in the control panel and one side on what I’m guessing is a safety device for if the condensate line gets clogged).

    Any help here would be greatly appreciated!
     
  8. MORBO!

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    Update:

    Figured it out. Repurposed the jumper that I didn’t need and used it to connect to the PEK and then used a twist on wire connector to connect the jumper to the R wire.

    HVAC appears to be working well for now. Tested out both AC and heating.

    Fingers crossed!
     
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  9. Baron

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    Anyone have some shelves in their shower they like? The over the showerhead type don't work with my shower head. I hate having bottles on the floor though.
     
  10. NineteenNine

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    Does your shower have absolutely no shelves/storage of any kind?
     
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  11. Baron

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    None at all. Its a stand up shower with all tiled walls, insert for a floor.
     
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  12. Willpépé

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    If it’s tile you could just slap some in yourself. Won’t take that long.
     
  13. Struggler

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    Mortgage peeps,
    Quicken is trying to charge me 2.125 points for my cash out refinance + 4,600 escrow and $2k misc fees - $5,500 credit. Doesn’t show my current $5k escrow in their math, unless that’s my “credit”. LTV will be at 70%.
    New rate is 3.5%. Seems high. Current rate is 3.99%. Credit is above 800 and home is in California.
    Started remodeling and won’t be complete for another month. Quicken is my current lender, so no appraisal. Loss of income during shelter in place dropped my income, but they’re ready to close on above.
    Will waiting a month to get an appraisal be advantageous if Quicken can’t improve on these terms?
     
  14. momux

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    We locked in a couple weeks ago (new purchase, primary residence) much much lower than that.

    2.875%, 0 points. Can’t speak to the cash-out refi part but that seems high to me.
     
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  15. 20/20/20/20

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    Cash out refi generally screws you rate wise. I’d just do a regular refi and then get a HELOC if you need the cash for the remodel or something
     
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  16. comrade static

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    cash out refis can sometimes result in a higher rate than a refi. Your loan size might have something to do with it also. Lots of moving parts and sometimes depends on when you apply.

    with that said, I locked someone in a 15 year cash out at 1.99% a little over a month ago.
     
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  17. Barves2125

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    That's a lot of points. Rate could be lower and maybe that's what the $5500 credit is -- "selling points" for credit to cover closing costs. Could also just be that they have cash-out overlays or loan value overlays or something that gives you a higher rate based on certain value parameters that you're within/outside of. Hard to say but 2.125% is a lot of points for sure. Especially if you're talking about a lock for 60 days or less.
     
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  18. NineteenNine

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    I think I would just move.
     
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  19. Harry Twatter

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    Also, if it’s currently in a remodel stage, that may impact the appraisal and thus the refi rate
     
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  20. Struggler

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    Quicken isn’t doing an appraisal for the above refinance.
     
  21. DetroitNole

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    I am closing next week, paid 1.2 points to get 2.5%. Had cash available and wanted lowest rate I could get. Also a new purchase and not a refi though. Still amazed at the rates available now.

    Just a warning about waiting though, I considered taking a month listing our house after moving out, but our agent strongly suggested trying to sell before election because who knows what happens based on election results, could have a major impact on the market he said
     
  22. Gotch Yarbrough

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    Lol real estate agents don't have a fucking clue how or if the election is going to impact the housing market. He said that because he wanted to get his commission ASAP.
     
  23. NineteenNine

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  24. Degausser

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    Made lots of progress on the build lately. Should be a month out, tops. I'll try to post some progress pics a little later. Met with the landscaper today, and we're going with lots and lots of emerald zoysia. Can't wait to have the prettiest lawn in the neighborhood.
     
  25. THF

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    Wasn’t sure where to put this, but we learned our Dyson upright has an actual filter installed which should be cleaned regularly. I have owned this thing for probably 10 years.

    It’s right under a lid below the plastic housing that holds all the dirt. Had absolutely no idea it was there. Wasn’t creating any suction and started tracing out where the blockage was.

    Let’s just say I found it.
     
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  26. a.tramp

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    I have been working on my most in-depth project to date, starting around March and about 80% done. Will try to catch thread up on it the next couple of days.

    This is the area, was a Jack & Jill suite. Goal to turn it into a nursery, master, & en suite.

    Top arrow, that entire wall was closets. The “nursery closet” I added to the end of the hall. There was a closet at the end of the hall going into the room, with the remainder of the wall being closets for that room.

    Next arrow, moved the entry door down to make it adjacent to the new room wall I added, we claimed space from that room by removing the closets and adding the wall to create the en suite. Load baring wall that the door was in so that was fun.

    Next arrow, this was the previous wall of the room that became the nursery. Now the wall that splits the wet bath area from the her closet and mechanical closet.

    Next arrow, existing wall but the door was moved. It now occupies the space where the previous shower was. Basically that “hall” was framed in.


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  27. PAHokie

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    Got my patio project most of the way done. Need to finish the landscaping.

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  28. a.tramp

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    Those lights kill it man, nicely done
     
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  29. Harry Twatter

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    Does that tv not get wet?
     
  30. PAHokie

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    I’ve brought it inside at the end of the weekend. I have a cover for it, but haven’t left it out in weather. Current living room set up.

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  31. a.tramp

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    Demo, this is the bank of closets removed to make the new nursery. You can see the end of the hall where we would tuck the nursery closet into.

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    Door placement on the prior wall to Jack & Jill bathroom. It will not stay there.

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    Cutting into the floors to set the seal plate for the new wall, separating the nursery and created master en suite.

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    Wall framing done, and a well deserved beer break.

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    Rough opening for the new door space.

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  32. petere1588

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    Since we are posting pics...this is one side of the basement. The first pic doesn’t do it justice. Super ugly, tiles cracked, and the walls were filthy. Moved in March and just now started working on it. 1C56DFA8-74CB-4D98-86A8-CA732E7063FC.jpeg Gave it a nice facelift with new paint, baseboards, carpet, etc for a playroom for the little one..
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    I am not very handy but did this all myself, except for the carpet install. Went pretty well, learned a lot. Still have to caulk the trim and a few other small things but I am happy with it. (the cut out piece of drywall is to access the electric panel without going in the door, as we had a big issue with the water heater from the previous owner.)
     
  33. rcragg82

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    Plumbing question.

    Issue: when we drain the tub after a bath, our toilet and tub clog/won't drain.

    Normally, when take a shower or use the toilet, we don't have an issue. We have a 4-year old who takes baths and the last 3 times he has done so, about 80% of the water drains, then it just stops. I've been able to plunge and wait and get all the water drained. Once we do so, I hear a gurgling/bubbling sound coming out of the toilet.

    We have only lived in the house for a couple months and it was a rehab. My light research shows it might be an issue w/ pressure forcing the water down since we haven't had other clog type of issues outside of when a large amount of water is being drained. Also, our other bathroom and faucets in other parts of the house are not having an issue.

    Thoughts from the audience?
     
  34. THF

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    Sounds like a clog a ways down the line. The clog is far enough down the line that the empty drain line can hold most of the water until it fills up, then you have to plunge it to get it to move until it clogs again.

    I would run to Home Depot and get some of the professional drain cleaner and fill up the tub and then drain it until it backs up, and then pour that stuff down to break up the clog. Otherwise you might need to have it snaked. It seems that the toilet and sink aren't creating enough water to back up the line (yet).
     
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  35. bigred77

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    The gurgling makes me wonder if you have a venting issue or clogged vent
     
  36. THF

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    Good point. A clogged vent would probably slow the drainage as well. I figured it was the air in the line below the toilet pushing back up the line when he plunged it due to the blockage.
     
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  37. Snakes

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    Dude, you can say you're handy now. Good job.
     
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  38. Duck70

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  39. PAHokie

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    :dennard:
     
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  40. Tommy Jefferson

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    Which brand did you end up going with? Was it a good choice?
     
  41. LSU90

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    Went volt. It was 100% the right choice and would recommend to anyone.
     
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  42. gocams

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    Both a clog and a bad vent could cause those issues. In a remodel, I worry its bad plumbing and they don't have the tub vented. The tub can be overlooked for vent if they redid those drains. Worst case if its not vented you need to put in an inwall AAV.

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  43. leroi

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    black walnut trees are the bane of my existence. anyone else have to deal with these?
     
  44. texasraider

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    Cut one down the second day I was in my new house
     
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    i wish i could, but apparently it is a misdemeanor to cut a tree down in my town without permission

    so i have to let them fall, but idk wtf to do with all these walnuts
     
  46. goblue31602

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    They are the worst. My parents have one in their back yard. My dad has picked up over 1,000 black walnuts this year and he thinks he's got at least 6-700 left in the tree. We got him one of these a couple years ago and it works really well. We got ours from Home Depot I believe, but it's the same concept.

     
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  47. comrade static

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    sure would be a shame if that tree just randomly died, perhaps from a poisoning. The responsible thing to do as a homeowner would be to cut down dead trees.
     
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  48. leroi

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    i ain't sayin i poisoned that tree, but roll tide
     
  49. Harry Twatter

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    Isn’t that thing just another name for your mom?
     
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