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

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  1. DistantFactor

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    See my post above but $7 a linear foot sir
     
  2. arrdub

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    I was hoping this was more of a wax on, wax off first step to deeper understanding of personal finance but this is acceptable too
     
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  3. buy_dont_lease

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  4. Open Carry

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    So I’m supposed to be moving in tomorrow. Last night my contractor was still installing base and working on drywall. Heading over now to help drag him across the finish line.
     
  5. devine

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    Good news: A Part is in

    bad news: it’s the wrong part
     
  6. One Two

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    Got 10,000 spoons when all you needed was a knife
     
  7. UncleJesse

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  8. BigReff73

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  9. Imurhuckleberry

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    The downstairs livingroom has 12 can lights. They are all the modern energy efficient last for ever lights. At least in theory. In the last year I've had 4 fail. I'm not sure if the realtor just put in shitty bulbs or if their might be some sort of electrical problem. Not sure where to start or if it's even worth hunting. Maybe just buy better can lights.
     
  10. bigred77

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    The manufacturers don't really have LED's quite figured out
    Engineers and architects all sell them as "forever" maintenance free, but in the real world they just arnt there yet
     
  11. goblue31602

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    Also the hour rating on them is if you leave them on. Turning them off and on, so like regular life, degrades that number.
     
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  12. Imurhuckleberry

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    First Dado cuts. Had to fabricate my own Dado throat. Feeling pretty proud honestly. Bout to begin mass production next.
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  13. BayouMafia

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    Anyone with Google nest devices - I set up a Nest display hub and two speakers today and they work fine on their own but the Google Home app on my phone says they aren’t connected to WiFi and therefore can’t be controlled by the app.

    My other Nest devices (doorbell and smoke detectors) work fine with the app, and my display hub can connect to the doorbell but when I click on it or the speakers in the app I get this. Tried googling but doesn’t seem to be any info on it. Any ideas?

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  14. fish

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    I need to replace our over the range microwave. Any brand recco's?
     
  15. bigred77

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    GE

    I'm very happy with our GE stuff
     
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  16. Name P. Redacted

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    Replaced a ceiling fan today, feeling like a domestic god. I have three more to hang. Gonna stick to a one per weekend pace.
     
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  17. Open Carry

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    Officially moved into the new house. Stayed here last night, though I slept in the recliner because my contractor hadn’t finished my bedroom, so I’m not really going to count that. I had to follow him around today to make sure he finished everything and didn’t fuck anything else up, but all in all it’s done enough that I told him to get lost. I still have touch up painting to do that he didn’t finish and installing some ceiling fans, but that’s pretty minor compared to the giant remodel that’s been done. Next big project is the yard.
     
  18. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    I'm guessing they are on different wifi networks (e.g. the 2.4 and 5ghz bands separately, or possibly on guest wifi; if you enabled that).

    Try rebooting to see if that self-corrects. If not, "remove from home" and then go through set up again.

    FYI I get plenty of "device offline" prompts, but it usually reconnects and restores itself.
     
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  19. leroi

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    last week I stole a bunch of eastern redbud seeds from the arboretum and local street trees

    today i dug up some clay, and rolled them into little balls and threw the seed bombs into my idiot neighbors' yard

    tomorrow we're gonna make seed bombs from some beautyberry and baptisia seeds, and then after that I have about $200 worth of wildflower seeds arriving in the mail for wintertime strategic bombings
     
  20. goblue31602

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  21. Name P. Redacted

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    But why
     
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  23. leroi

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    today i put out about 30 of these:

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    coming soon ~30 or so of these:

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    later in the winter putting out lots of seeds of these:

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    split between my backyard and my idiot neighbor who inherited/abandoned the house next door.

    also picking up 4 of these tomorrow as plants for my own yard
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    #31724 leroi, Nov 8, 2021
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  24. bigred77

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    What the hell is going on in here?
     
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  25. Open Carry

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    Feel free to ecologically vandalize my yard in the future.
     
  26. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    eco vandalism
     
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  27. leroi

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    i prefer the term "guerrilla gardening"
     
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  28. Willpépé

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    Need more background on the neighbor and the training you’ve taken. Also don’t use bamboo.
     
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  29. leroi

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    When I moved in, the neighbors house was in deep shit, but he was a poor, old, army guy with cancer so I felt sympathetic.

    Then he died and left it to an absolute demon of a human being. This lady, his sister, wants to sell, and demand for housing in this neighborhood is extremely high. But she won't put it on the market, and will scream at and threaten anyone who approaches her wanting to buy it. I've steered 2 potential rehabbers to her place and they both nope'd the fuck out when she started making threats.

    House is collapsing, windows busted out, old guy left rusty lawnmowers everywhere and busted out cars. Covered in invasive weeds that keep spreading into my yard, old tarps and hard surfaces (rusty lawnmowers) that catch water and breed mosquitos.

    mostly spent about a year reading about plants on ncsu.edu

    started stealing seeds off public trees, started researching places I could get native wildflowers that are preferred by hummingbirds, rare butterflies, etc.

    did some reading on how to make seed bombs .. just clay and compost, add water as needed

    only using native plants, going heavy on the pollinators

    another factor here -- the lady who lives on the other side likes to sit on her porch and stare across my neighbors yard, into my yard. She's always staring at me when I'm in my back yard, and her carport looks like shit, and this will put an end to all that.
     
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  30. leroi

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    here are some visual AIDS
    i have already begun piling up brush on top of this guy's lawnmowers so they just look like leaf piles now

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  31. Name P. Redacted

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    Fence seems simpler
     
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  32. bigred77

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    Piling brush and leaves on the lawnmowers sounds like a really good way to increase mosquito production
     
  33. leroi

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    you'll have to explain that in further detail.

    those lawnmowers are pooling water and breeding mosquitos heavily, without leaves, so i don't see how it could be any worse with leaves.
     
  34. ButchCassidy

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    His strategy is way more fun, for all of us.
     
  35. leroi

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    i priced a fence, they aren't cheap

    also they're just ugly, in my opinion, especially the tall wood privacy fences. I would rather look at plants.

    i do intend to build a fence, i just have way too many spending and maintenance priorities, it will probably be in like 5 years and it will probably be wood-and-wire.

    I have a situation where my neighbors on all sides have sort of ... ceded control to nature. One my neighbors can't even access a pretty big part of his yard, it has functionally become my yard, or my job to maintain. They've all mismanaged the drainage situation into a total clusterfuck, too.

    So I'm going to spend a few years making sure the drainage flows right (already dug connecting swales this past winter), and just plant whatever I want, and then after that's done I'll start looking at fencing.
     
    #31736 leroi, Nov 9, 2021
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  36. Name P. Redacted

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    Uglier than a rusty mower and carport with some witch staring at you?
     
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  37. ButchCassidy

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    Tree bombs, NameP, tree bombs!
     
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  38. ButchCassidy

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  39. leroi

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    thank you for attending my TED talk
     
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  40. Willpépé

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    Every time you bomb the yard you should yell Leroiiiiiiii Jenkinssssss.
     
  41. goblue31602

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    Proof that vandalism doesn't always make things look worse.
     
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  42. thunderstruck

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    If demand is so high just sell and gtfo… shitty neighbors on both sides sound awful.
     
  43. leroi

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    i think you're looking at this backwards. The rusting lawnmowers next door is what allowed me to afford this neighborhood, which is otherwise way out of my price range.

    The houses on the other sides of me are very nice, one just sold for $1.3m. They just don't manage the parts of their property that are within like ~30 feet of my property line, so I will.
     
    #31744 leroi, Nov 9, 2021
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  44. fish

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    You know what a seed bomb in L.A. county would do? Nothing. I'd need to throw water bombs on them every other day to make them viable.
     
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  45. One Two

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    leroi you should build a wall

    and make them pay for it

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  46. Open Carry

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    Anyone have smoke detector recs? I’ve done some research, but it’s confusing and there’s too many options and a ton with mixed reviews.
     
  47. Duck70

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    Fucking FINALLY finished my deck rebuild project that was necessitated by me using the wrong screws when I first installed.

    Got oil down right before the cold weather hit. Now to let it dry for a another day or so then get my patio furniture set back up.

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  48. Johnny Utah

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    No personal recommendations but here are the consumer report ratings for both smoke only and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.

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  49. colonel_forbin

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    Make sure you get a combination photoelectric and ionization alarm. Ionization alarms are better at detecting smoke (more common in house fires) and photoelectric are better at detecting flame. You need both technologies.
     
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