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Old 08-23-13, 08:36 PM   #51
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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.
240, 241..whatever it takes.
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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.
Given the past association with a vintage home in New York I'd expect some sort of DC system leftover from the early Edison days.
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Congrats! New homes are always fun! You get to fill it with nice memories!
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Old 08-26-13, 11:37 AM   #54
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This weekend we discovered that mixing/pouring concrete isn't as fun as it sounds.

We also had a pleasant surprise when we pulled up the carpet in the large center room. When we initially pulled up the carpet in the corners, we saw painted concrete under the padding. We assumed that it would be painted concrete throughout. We were wrong. In the center section, under the carpet was tile. Under the tile was hardwood.


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Interseting, cement on the outsides and wood on the inside? Cement additions? Originally 3 different rooms? Though I guess I did once go into a house while househunting where the outside of the room was hardwood but the center was carpet to simulate the look of having an area rug without the cost of buying both an area rug and hardwood underneath it. Might have pulled off the look if the carpet hadn't been shag and slightly lower than the wood.
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Change of plan on the master bedroom floor. Our handyman let us know that our leveling plan was not going to work well, and we'd end up destroying the floor in short order. So last night we spent 2 hours undoing 2 days worth of concrete pouring. This afternoon he'll give us a quote on leveling the floor so that we can lay the laminate down w/o the need of a plywood subfloor. I know it will end up costing us more, but I think I'll be happier knowing it was done right.
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bike room? that garage looks like a bike room ...
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And under the hardwood is more carpet!
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And the carpet is laid on top of packed dirt from when the house was actually a frontier cabin.
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And that's where they hid the bodies.
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I thought the bodies where under the shed in the backyard....
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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.
If there is enough pipe sticking out of the wall, just cut the old ones off and install valves with compression fillings.
You'll be glad you did.
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I like the way you think. One of my valves has a little clearance issue with the new toilet just about resting on the valve after 1/4th turn or so. Cutting the pipe shorter would be great. Do they make these for copper pipe??
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Overflow?
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That is what the chipper shredder is for.

Regarding the home ownership thing, this summer saw the addition of a new roof after a tornado made a fly-by, a new 5 ton air conditioner, 1400 pavers replacing crushed limestone for a 2 car parking pad (this was friggin' hard work), and new paint on the ceiling of the back porch. And those are just the highlights. There is always something to do.
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Cutting the pipe shorter would be great. Do they make these for copper pipe??
The ones that I've seen are made only for copper pipe.
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I'm working on laying claim to the shed in the back yard, too. It is wired for electric & cable, and has its own A/C unit.


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Are you certain you didn't pay $84k for the shed and the bill hasn't come due for the house?

Congratulations. Looks like a nice place. The kind of place I have been looking for. Lots of trees around. Looks like you might have some privacy from your neighbors too?

No way would you get a place like yours here for $84k unless you got REALLY lucky. Pittsburgh area has some pretty low housing costs too. Always has so we not loose much when the bubble burst.

I might be able to find such a place for that price but it would be in the city in a rough neighborhood.
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I like the way you think. One of my valves has a little clearance issue with the new toilet just about resting on the valve after 1/4th turn or so. Cutting the pipe shorter would be great. Do they make these for copper pipe??
Yes they do,
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Update

The handyman finished leveling the floor today. He recommended waiting for the first good rain before laying the laminate, to be sure there are no leaks from the door frame repairs.

The refrigerator has been installed.

While working on cleaning the kitchen, my wife pulled off a part of one of the cabinets. It was basically just resting on the countertop. Then, while leaning on part of the counter to clean another part, I noticed that it was flexing over an inch down. I grabbed my drill & removed the 3 screws that were holding it in place, thus removing the small countertop connecting the main counter and a side counter. My wife then asked how easy it would be to remove the side counter. I gripped the countertop, and it lifted right off. The cabinet it was connected to moved easily, too. So now that whole section is in the utility room, and the kitchen is much more roomy & open. And we still have more counter/cabinet space than we currently have in the rental.

Got the bikes hung in the bike room. Since 3 of my hangers were Rubbermaid FastTrack hangers, I went ahead and picked up the FastTrack bar & anchored the $#!+ out of it.



Also discovered that there's still a current occupant in the place:



Monday we're finishing up packing at the old place, cleaning the new place, and moving the items we don't want the movers dealing with (computers, art, other valuables). Tuesday the movers are meeting my wife at her office at 8am to pick up a desk & credenza, then heading to the old place to load up. I'm meeting Time Warner at the new place at 9am for the cable internet installation. A cleaning service is coming later that afternoon to clean the old place.

I am so ready for this whole move to be complete. I know we have months, if not years, ahead of us to do various upgrades, but I'm looking forward to that, too.
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Plenty of DIY ahead, I guess it depends if you have kids or not. You can buy cheap, but it'll take years to get into shape but in the end it'll be the way you wanted it and not someone else's idea of a home. Good luck!
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Got the bikes hung in the bike room. Since 3 of my hangers were Rubbermaid FastTrack hangers, I went ahead and picked up the FastTrack bar & anchored the $#!+ out of it.




How do you like that rubbermade fastrack? I'd been thinking about getting that or something similar to organize my garage. All those hooks add up.
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How do you like that rubbermade fastrack? I'd been thinking about getting that or something similar to organize my garage. All those hooks add up.
So far so good. I used three of the bike hooks before, but mounted directly to drywall instead of the track. They held up great, as expected. This is my first time using the FastTrack with it. It seems to be doing well. If you do decide to use it, make sure you anchor it to the wall really well. I screwed 10 screws directly into studs, and then another dozen or more into the wall panels themselves (the wall panels are wood).

Another bonus is that right now, Lowe's has the 48" rails on sale for buy one for $9.99, get one free. They ring up at $4.98, so there's no requirement to get two if you only need one. I went ahead and got two, in addition to the 78" rail, just in case I see a need for them in the future.
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