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Old 08-20-13, 09:18 PM   #26
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Congrats!!! I like the style of house. Now you get to learn how to fix leaks, drafts, broken hinges, etc, etc, etc
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Alfster, you in your new tepee yet?
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You bet! We're lovin' it!!! I'll post pics a bit later ... when we're not living in a sea of boxes.
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Not bad! A similar sized house just sold here in S Fla on the St. Lucie Canal for $256K/ Oceanfront would go for more like $2.5 million.
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Congrats!!! I like the style of house. Now you get to learn how to fix leaks, drafts, broken hinges, etc, etc, etc
Saturday I replaced two toilets, two bathroom fans, and six door locks.
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Congrats!! Like Bigbenaugust says, it is always something but all the sweat equity is yours to keep.
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I am scared that you live so close to me. I may move. And congrats. As others have said, you now get to learn home maintenance and improvement, you get to buy a lawnmower and power tools and you get the fun stuff, like coming home from a week long vacation to find a toilet running. Not sure for how long. So within hours of getting home, I am off to Home Depot to buy a $6 gasket and watch a video on how to replace said gasket on a Kohler class 6 flush valve. 5 minute job and a great sense of satisfaction of having fixed something else in my own home.
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Yeah, I replaced the toilets and the toilet shut-off valve in the kids' bathroom started leaking. Thankfully, all I had to do was tighten the packing nut.

One job always begets another.
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Yeah, I replaced the toilets and the toilet shut-off valve in the kids' bathroom started leaking. Thankfully, all I had to do was tighten the packing nut.

One job always begets another.
Yep. I want to replace every shut off valve in my house with new 1/4 turn units, but I am a scared of burning down my house with the torch sweating off the old valves.
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Yep. I want to replace every shut off valve in my house with new 1/4 turn units, but I am a scared of burning down my house with the torch sweating off the old valves.
The mobile home had pull shut-off valves for the toilets. But that was all plastic plumbing and I cannot do that in a real house.

While I would love to have and use a torch, I probably couldn't keep the boy away long enough to get anything done... fire fire fire!
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Congrats!

Now make sure to get your valuables (jewelry, etc.) over $1,500 in value scheduled on your homeowners policy.
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Congratulations!! Now, look forward to lots of DIY projects! It's fun actually, once you become a homeowner.

Like my home (3,200 sq/ft) we also only have 2 bedrooms in relation to the size of the house.
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There's a few reasons why we got it so cheap:
  1. It does not have central heat or a/c. There are 5 window/wall a/c units, two of which also heat, and a 6th NIB heat/cool unit on a pallet in the garage.
  2. It needs some work. There is rotted wood in various spots due to poor drainage. Both the rotted wood & drainage issues are being fixed (we have funds in escrow to pay for repairs).
  3. It only has 2 bedrooms. There is a room which could be used as a bedroom, but because it doesn't have a closet or door, it can't be called a bedroom on the listing.
That being said, the previous owner had a new roof installed in late May/early June. The roofers did a decent job. It was raining the day the inspector was there, and he detected no leaks at all. He saw evidence of previous leaks, but none were active.

There's an electrician there as I type this, replacing the breaker panel. The current panel is a Federal Pacific. The inspector verbally told us three times, and mentioned it on his report 3 times, that Federal Pacific panels are unsafe, and that it should be replaced. I spoke with my brother (who happens to be a licensed electrician), and he strongly recommended replacement, too. I'd have had him do it, but he's in Wisconsin.

The next time we visit my MIL in Arkansas, she's going to give us her leaf blower and edger. Unfortunately she already got rid of her mower.

Our current project is redoing the floor in the master bedroom & hallway. We're tearing out all the carpeting in the house. It looks like it was installed in the 80s. The master bedroom has concrete, which appears to have been done in 3 or 4 separate pours, and has settled oddly & cracked a little. We're patching the cracks and will be pouring more concrete to level the floor. Next comes a moisture barrier (plastic sheet), a layer of plywood, a sound deadening barrier, and then some laminate hickory flooring.

Over the weekend I installed anti-fatigue flooring in the bike room.

Today I sprayed a couple of wasp nests on the patio. That's always fun.
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At least we knew it going into it that it needed work.

Just remembered another bonus of this place: I'll be able to get back into homebrewing.
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Next comes a moisture barrier (plastic sheet), a layer of plywood, a sound deadening barrier, and then some laminate hickory flooring.
Today I sprayed a couple of wasp nests on the patio. That's always fun.
Two things, think about putting an inch of Styrofoam under the plywood, it'll make the floor warmer and feel softer. The cement will suck heat out of the floor. Secondly, spray any more wasp nests and such after dark when all the little critters are home sleeping, that was you get them all in one shot.
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84k? that's not just the down payment? And that tax amount, is that per 1/4?
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enjoy! we bought a bit over a year ago (wow, time flies) and while I hemmed and hawed about it (on here, among other places) It's been one of the best moves I ever made. No place like home...




although, see me in about 6-12 months when we'll need to rip the bathroom apart for renovations...
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although, see me in about 6-12 months when we'll need to rip the bathroom apart for renovations...
I hope that goes better than some of your other home repair projects.
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It should; I plan to finance it with lottery winnings.


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enjoy! we bought a bit over a year ago (wow, time flies) and while I hemmed and hawed about it (on here, among other places) It's been one of the best moves I ever made. No place like home...




although, see me in about 6-12 months when we'll need to rip the bathroom apart for renovations...
Cannot wait to see if your water pipes are 120v or 240v or some weird voltage that no one has ever heard of before.
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enjoy! we bought a bit over a year ago (wow, time flies) and while I hemmed and hawed about it (on here, among other places) It's been one of the best moves I ever made. No place like home...




although, see me in about 6-12 months when we'll need to rip the bathroom apart for renovations...
Did those leaks ever get fixed by the association?
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84k? that's not just the down payment? And that tax amount, is that per 1/4?
Nope, $84k was purchase price. And the tax amount is per year.
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Lots of things you can do yourself. Use the cost of labor that you saved to buy the proper tools for the job. You get the job done right and you have the tools for other projects.
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Cannot wait to see if your water pipes are 120v or 240v or some weird voltage that no one has ever heard of before.
they fluctuate in NYC; usually ebb as low as 24, but can dial it up to 400 at peak usage. Which is pretty mint, sinew what I'm sayin?

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