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

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  1. Baron

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    Rent-A-Center
     
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  2. UncleJesse

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  3. Degausser

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    A few progress pics I took this evening

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  4. Willpépé

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    Not sure I’ve ever seen a fan with that many blades. Looks good.
     
  5. Degausser

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    We went with a smaller version of that same fan everywhere else(bedrooms and porches). We just wanted the really big one in the living room. Here's a pic from a couple weeks ago of the smaller ones on the back porch.

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  6. Oranjello

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    Just re-read my inspection, and apparently I have a 60 amp service panel. What are the implications of that? Google is telling me that it means the house is likely uninsurable, yet I have insurance...
     
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  7. Matt Foley

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    There’s basically zero chance that’s correct unless you live in a one room shack.
     
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  9. Degausser

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    Thanks dude
     
  10. Oranjello

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    my inspector really sucked and I almost sued him, so I don’t doubt what you’re saying I’m just going with what the report says
     
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  11. Struggler

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    Open the panel. The main breaker tells you the panel size. Under 100 amp panel, someone fucked up.
     
  12. Oranjello

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    Everything I’ve read points to 60amp panel and it’s a house built in the 50s

    biggest number on any circuit is 60
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  13. bigred77

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    My house was built in the 80's and had a 80 amp main breaker when we moved in
    Air conditioner would trip the whole house in the middle of the night.
    Luckily my brother in law is an electrician for the county utility provider. And he fixed me up good
     
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  14. Struggler

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    Yeah. Get that shit replaced. I thought you were remolding/building.
     
  15. Oranjello

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  16. goblue31602

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    Do you have any subpanels sitting around anywhere else? Can you see where your power comes into the house? 60 seems unsustainable especially if you haven't had a lot of tripped breakers in your past.

    Also insurance companies are dumb and probably missed it if you do in fact have all circuits in that house going to that 60A panel.
     
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  17. Oranjello

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    That’s the only panel. I’m surprised too that we haven’t had lots of tripped breakers. More importantly, I’m wondering 1) if it’s something I should upgrade and 2) whether the insurance company would try to deny a claim if something were to happen. My policy declaration doesn’t have the detail necessary to tell one way or another
     
  18. Struggler

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    Upgrade? Yes. My home is 1000sqft and my 100 amp is too small.
    Insurance claim result? No idea.
     
  19. Matt Foley

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    That picture does nothing to convince me that the 60 amp breaker is the main.
     
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  20. Tommy Jefferson

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    Unless you lied on your application and said your breaker was something different, I’m not sure how the insurance company couldn’t pay out in case of disaster. It’s in them for not asking.

    With that said, probably good to bring an electrician out to verify what you have.
     
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  21. Oranjello

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    Fair. I don’t know shit about electricity but I don’t have anything else akin to a breaker in the house. that said, I have lots of electric gadgets and have tripped a circuit once (hair dryer + dryer at same time) and never had any problems, so perhaps it’s not or I’m not reading it correctly.

    I’m just worried about an insurance claim being denied if my house burns down. Not having any problems so not going to do anything about it unless my agent/buddy says so
     
  22. Oranjello

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    I didn’t know 60A/100A/200A was a thing until last night so i plead ignorance. 100% would use this post as evidence
     
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    Add chainsaw operator to the list of jobs I’m glad I don’t have to do. That’s a 30-40’ branch that came down this past week during the GA hurricane.
     
  24. slogan119

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    Today’s planned project: replacing 2 storm/screen doors

    Today’s actual project:

    Removing old screen doors that were installed w/ stripped screws

    Going to Lowe’s to buy wood to replace the frame behind the screen door that is rotting

    Measuring and cutting said wood to replace the impacted area. Priming said wood.

    Not pictured - removing the impacted wood or the newly installed scrrens doors. Because that will be later this week.

    While I also need to squeeze in the last bit of exterior pinting.

    Fucking old houses. Eat me.
     
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  25. racer

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    Got our sale under contract at ask and no closing costs this morning. 6 days on market, kind of annoyed me because we were assured it would go to a day one buyer. Glad we got everything signed before tomorrow night. Who knows how people are going to respond to whatever happens. Bye, Gotch Yarbrough . I’ll be back around to look at your lights :peekaboo:
     
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  26. ButchCassidy

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    I'm a big fan of porch fans. A+
     
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  27. Wee Bey

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    Hypothetical:

    I have a basic 2400 sq ft, 3/2, 2-story I want built. I'm considering wood frame on block construction OR a full concrete home, which costs more and by how much? Assume standard wooding/concrete, exact same house, somewhere both materials are readily available.
     
  28. CF3234

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    concrete is going to be much more expensive but will be much stronger. If you live in an area that gets hurricanes, go with full concrete regardless of cost.
     
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  29. slogan119

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    Step 1: meticulously plan out your lunch break to get a small home inprovement project completed

    Step 2: paint to prep during AM break

    Step 3: grab materials to install trim and realize the nails you bought are in the car your wife took to work today

    Fuck.
     
  30. Degausser

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    They're a must in Georgia
     
  31. Snakes

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    Anybody got any knowledge with gas fireplaces? We moved in June and I can’t figure out if the damn things work. (I have one in the basement too, same chimney).

    i can turn the gas on and off and can hear/smell
    It. But there is no pilot lighter or anything. Do I just light a match down there? Obviously I’m hesitant to do that but I don’t know how else to start it. The only other fireplaces I have used have had a pilot switch or something.

    also there is a lot of dust like shit all encased down there on top of a pile of sand (?). It’s not regular dust. It’s like some kind of product intentionally placed there.

    any input would be appreciated. Figured I’d throw it out to you guys before calling an expert.
     
  32. bama1

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    line is probably stopped up with dust, call the gas company and they’ll come out to clean it and light the pilot for you.
     
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  33. a.tramp

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    If it is like the one we have, yes. We found it pretty worthless and had the chimney company convert it to a gas lit wood burning fireplace. Even with the ceramic logs in there it would not radiate heat.
     
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  34. a.tramp

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    Snakes is it an actual fireplace with full blown chimney?
     
  35. Doc Louis

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    If there's one place that everyone agrees needs quality air flow, it's the back porch. Glad you got a good bulk discount on those
     
  36. Snakes

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    Like my gas provider?
     
  37. Doc Louis

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    Good call on the conversion, otherwise they're just there to run up a natural gas bill.
     
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  38. Snakes

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    Yes. Chimney starting in the basement with a gas fireplace on both levels.
     
  39. bama1

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    yes, I had them come out today for mine. Supposedly it’s fairly common, takes only a couple minutes to do. You could probably get it lit with a lighter but fuck that.
     
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  40. Snakes

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    Yeah, no thanks. I’ll have the guy teach me. I’ll call Spire tomorrow.
     
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  41. goblue31602

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    Any hard water people out there? The area where our new build is located has extremely hard water. We're currently considering a water softener vs a whole home water filter with a softener. Probably the pelican 15 gal/min system. Thoughts? Opinions?
     
  42. CF3234

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    I went with an old school salt one and like it. Neighbor went with pelican and likes his. Can’t go wrong either way imo.
     
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  43. Willpépé

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    We just have a regular water softener I love the thing. I cannot take hard water in the winter. Dry winter skin is my equivalent to nails on chalkboard, I don't even like to think about it.
     
  44. bigred77

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    I grew up with hard water. Now water through a softener feels like I cant rinse the soap off my body
     
  45. Rabid

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    Ours is extremely hard. We have a traditional softener and reverse osmosis for drinking water.
     
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  46. SkilleyBinner

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    These fans look great. We are looking at something very similar. Are they made by Progress Lighting or do you mind sharing the maker?
     
  47. rcragg82

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    I posted a couple weeks ago about some plumbing issues we were having. Called a plumber yesterday after debris from our garbage disposal ended up in our bathtub.

    It was pretty far down the line. Plumber was about to use his rodder and get about 40' of line and couldn't get past a large blockage. Either a root or broken pipe. Coming back on Thursday and putting a camera through it to see exactly what is going on.

    If there is a major issue 40' out, that is just outside of our foundation wall. Plumber said that pipe because it runs below our basement is about 15' down so a large effort to replace. And it will be below the new sidewalk from our driveway to our front porch that was poured this summer.

    We bought this house in August. I'd guess the sellers knew this existed but I haven't seen detailed plumbing inspections during a home inspection.
     
  48. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    sucks man. Someone with a legal angle can chime in about legal ramifications, if any.

    Our sellers told us they had replaced all piping (well technically, they said so in the listing) so we paid a plumber to come out and scope to fact check them. For me it was worth it.
     
  49. BamaNug

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    Question re: water heaters. My water heater is behind my washer/dryer so I can't readily access it, unfortunately.

    Last week, my water got a lot hotter than normal, like scalding. I didn't adjust the temp on the heater at all. Last night, my hot water is gone, and flipping the breaker hasn't helped.

    Is this common right before a water heater bites the dust? Like one last hurrah?
     
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  50. BigReff73

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    Not a legal expert but I feel like this would be hard to prove. How would you know they knew and hide it?