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Homeowner/House Thread: It's going to cost how much, now?

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Only the connections on the storage tanks are threaded, the rest is the push-to-connect sharkbite style stuff. Speaking of which, the sharkbite style tee fitting I used to join the two tanks has started dripping. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

    Water, uh....finds a way.

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  • Jebus314Jebus314 Registered User regular
    Only the connections on the storage tanks are threaded, the rest is the push-to-connect sharkbite style stuff. Speaking of which, the sharkbite style tee fitting I used to join the two tanks has started dripping. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

    First thing to test with those is always to see if they are fully seated. So push the tube real hard into the fitting. hopefully you will feel it move a bit, which means it just wasn't quite seated.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    Damnit, I am defeated by my house

    Specifically one of my bathroom faucets. There was a leak under the cold handle (underside of the sink), so I figured worn cartridge. Found replacements easy and cheap enough, so figured I’d replace the hot while I was at it.

    Cold side fixed!

    Now the hot side is leaking.

    Fffuuuuuu

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    I think it's like headlights where if you fix one you should just fix both.

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  • Jebus314Jebus314 Registered User regular
    Just the month of leaks I guess. I also discovered a leak under my kitchen sink at the bottom of the garbage disposal.

    Apparently leaks out of the bottom are usually internal seals, which aren’t worth replacing. So off to the store to get myself a new disposal I guess.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Just don't get a Parkman (please, someone get the joke)

  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    edited September 9
    Damnit, I am defeated by my house

    Specifically one of my bathroom faucets. There was a leak under the cold handle (underside of the sink), so I figured worn cartridge. Found replacements easy and cheap enough, so figured I’d replace the hot while I was at it.

    Cold side fixed!

    Now the hot side is leaking.

    Fffuuuuuu

    Update, got a whole new faucet

    The valve stems for the bad faucet handles are corroded/frozen in place though. And upside down in a tight space where I can’t get a lot of torque.

    So I got some rust remover. Then it got in my eye. And all over the bottom of the sink, dripping down. The whole bottom floor smells like a garage now.

    Still couldn’t get the valve stems. My next step was to remove the pedestal sink so I could flip it over and hopefully get at them from a position where I could torque the fuck out of them...or cut them off.

    My wife stopped me, rightly, because based on my luck with this I’d probably shatter the sink...

    Good luck to the plumber we’ll call to take a crack at this. Meanwhile I’ll have to point my own crack at my 2nd most favorite toilet in the house.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    @Captain Inertia for those, you either need to remove the sink (like you said) or use a basin wrench

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-Basin-Wrench-16PL0127/304217758

    The one I have is a square-tubed "neck" instead of round, which allows me to use a crescent wrench to add more torque.

    Good call just calling a guy, but keep a tool like this in mind for the future.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    edited September 9
    Yeah I got one of those.

    The underside of the sink has weird bump outs that prevent me from using it. I have about a 1/4” diameter around the 1” nut that’s frozen on the valve stem, so pretty much just the “quick install tool” that comes with the faucet is the only thing I have access to that fits.

    This bathroom has also previously been on fire and has a hole in the ceiling.

    Love using it tho

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  • BlackDragon480BlackDragon480 Bluster Kerfuffle Master of Windy ImportRegistered User regular
    This bathroom has also previously been on fire and has a hole in the ceiling.

    Love using it tho

    You may need to reevaluate your deuce dropping routine. It seems rather forceful.

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  • BloodycowBloodycow Registered User regular
    My Amish roofers started about 2 hours earlier then they said they would on Friday! Then got the second story done, most of the 1st story is ready to get the metal sheets thrown on. They also got the pitch built and metal done over the flat spot on our addition.

    They started back up this morning at 730. I figure they will be done by the end of the day.

    A little faster then the guy I hired before.. that took 9 months to do nothing.

    Who I'm still struggling to get my deposit back from. But I recorded our last phone call where he says he will pay me back in full (he was trying to charge me a 25% restocking fee on the materials that 'he bought for the job'). So on Wednesday he either pays me or I go to my lawyer to start the process of putting a lien on his properties.

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    I am in escrow. Soon I will no longer be a home owner.

    It's a mixed bag of emotions.

    I'm thinking about becoming a slumlord next. Seems easier than traditional home ownership.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    edited September 10
    If there's only one bedroom bathroom, it's considered gross negligence.

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  • OneAngryPossumOneAngryPossum Registered User regular
    We’re closing Friday! I increasingly realize I don’t fully understand closing costs!

    We’re not facing any issues - after seller contributions we’re paying about $300 for closing. But I’m not sure if pre-paying a year’s worth of insurance and property taxes affects my initial mortgage payments. I assume we pay as normal, but does this mean our escrow account will continually be carrying a substantial balance as a cushion for the life of our loan?

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    Anyone want to go in halves on a haunted house with me?

    https://www.redfin.com/CA/Long-Beach/1612-E-7th-St-90813/home/7612585

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    edited September 10
    We’re closing Friday! I increasingly realize I don’t fully understand closing costs!

    We’re not facing any issues - after seller contributions we’re paying about $300 for closing. But I’m not sure if pre-paying a year’s worth of insurance and property taxes affects my initial mortgage payments. I assume we pay as normal, but does this mean our escrow account will continually be carrying a substantial balance as a cushion for the life of our loan?

    There shouldn’t be a change to your payment amount, not until your first escrow analysis and/or insurance premium adjustment.

    It’s a cushion to start. Taxes are fairly steady but over the length of a loan you could see a fairly large swing, which is why they put in a cushion.

    Depending on the servicer, there may be a process to get some of that back.

    I lucked out here, since while I’m a doofus with fixing bathrooms, my wife got us a mortgage without escrow and remembers to pay the bi-annual tax bill...

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    We get a report from our escrow bank once per year that details the withdrawals and deposits, and projects into the next year whether payments need to be adjusted based on changes in various tax rates or fees. We generally pay the difference as a lump sum, and - again generally - it's usually in the neighborhood of $150 or less. Lately it's been much less than that.

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  • OptyOpty Registered User regular
    Speaking of leaking sinks, one of the plusses of the house we just bought was a nice stainless steel sink set into a cabinet next to the washer and dryer. Now that we've used it some, we've discovered that whoever put it in didn't seal around the edge of the sink, meaning water spilled on the edge leaks through to the cabinet underneath. While investigating that, I also discovered the actual drain pipe (white plastic) has a leak at the seal at the back end of the u bend, meaning every angle of that sink leaks.

    For the first problem, is caulk the solution or is there a special sink sealant I need to pick up? I happen to have bathroom grade caulk handy because someone thought it was a good idea to screw a decorative cover into the sewer cleanout access pipe cover connecting the master bath to the basement sewer, which led to the screw rusting and sewer water leaking through.

    For the second, I could either try to patch the seal on the pipe connection or just replace the pipes outright with newer better ones. I haven't decided yet.

  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Yes, use bathroom grade caulk or silicone.

    For the drain, I would replace it whole cloth, from the sink to the wall. It's all PVC or LDPE. For that stuff, I prefer to just replace the full assemblies so I'm not endlessly chasing leaks after I plug the first.

    In the short short (short) term, you can use more silicone/caulk if it's a crack. It's also possible the pipe is just cross threaded or otherwise the gasket isn't making a full seal and it could be a relatively easy fix. If it's cross threaded, though, you may not be able to recover the connection without replacing.

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  • KruiteKruite Registered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    Anyone want to go in halves on a haunted house with me?

    https://www.redfin.com/CA/Long-Beach/1612-E-7th-St-90813/home/7612585

    5 bedrooms; if you can get a group of people together that are comfortable living together that is easily affordable.

    Doodmann
  • DaimarDaimar A Million Feet Tall of Awesome Registered User regular
    Opty wrote: »
    Speaking of leaking sinks, one of the plusses of the house we just bought was a nice stainless steel sink set into a cabinet next to the washer and dryer. Now that we've used it some, we've discovered that whoever put it in didn't seal around the edge of the sink, meaning water spilled on the edge leaks through to the cabinet underneath. While investigating that, I also discovered the actual drain pipe (white plastic) has a leak at the seal at the back end of the u bend, meaning every angle of that sink leaks.

    For the first problem, is caulk the solution or is there a special sink sealant I need to pick up? I happen to have bathroom grade caulk handy because someone thought it was a good idea to screw a decorative cover into the sewer cleanout access pipe cover connecting the master bath to the basement sewer, which led to the screw rusting and sewer water leaking through.

    For the second, I could either try to patch the seal on the pipe connection or just replace the pipes outright with newer better ones. I haven't decided yet.

    You got this.

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  • urahonkyurahonky Dayton, OHRegistered User regular
    We finally got our new garage door installed on Friday and it's amazing how quiet it is. Before it was so loud and heavy that you could hear it down the court if you opened it and now you can sneak into the house without hearing it open.

    I may have already scared my children this way.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Nice. Is it it just a new chain drive or you go from a chain to belt?

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  • urahonkyurahonky Dayton, OHRegistered User regular
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    Nice. Is it it just a new chain drive or you go from a chain to belt?

    Still a chain, but they redid the rails (previous owners thought they were home builders and did it themselves... and it was bad) and the new door weighs at least half the old one. It's wonderful. Plus it's way more insulated so it feels good in it.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Ah, got it. You did say 'door'.

    I was hoping you switched to a belt so I'd have a good excuse to replace my perfectly fine (but noisy) chain system.

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    Kruite wrote: »
    Doodmann wrote: »
    Anyone want to go in halves on a haunted house with me?

    https://www.redfin.com/CA/Long-Beach/1612-E-7th-St-90813/home/7612585

    5 bedrooms; if you can get a group of people together that are comfortable living together that is easily affordable.

    Apparently there is fire damage and a potential title issue.

    So that's gonna be a pass, unless they want to sell it to me for like...400k

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  • KruiteKruite Registered User regular
    how are they selling the property if there's a title issue

  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    Kruite wrote: »
    how are they selling the property if there's a title issue

    Well I'm not sure exactly, my realtor just said:

    "close of escrow subject to sellers ability to deliver clear title "

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  • KruiteKruite Registered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    Kruite wrote: »
    how are they selling the property if there's a title issue

    Well I'm not sure exactly, my realtor just said:

    "close of escrow subject to sellers ability to deliver clear title "

    have the offer contingent on delivery of said clear title

  • SummaryJudgmentSummaryJudgment Today we will paint a mountain that owes us nothing. Registered User regular
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    Ah, got it. You did say 'door'.

    I was hoping you switched to a belt so I'd have a good excuse to replace my perfectly fine (but noisy) chain system.

    I've got a belt, it rocks :biggrin:

    But a motor is a motor. It's quiet, but I mean...probably not that much more than a well-done chain.

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  • KruiteKruite Registered User regular
    OO, this also means to really low ball the offer

  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    Kruite wrote: »
    Doodmann wrote: »
    Kruite wrote: »
    how are they selling the property if there's a title issue

    Well I'm not sure exactly, my realtor just said:

    "close of escrow subject to sellers ability to deliver clear title "

    have the offer contingent on delivery of said clear title

    Yeah I still might drive over this weekend and take a look at it. But like I said, I would definitely want to put an offer in significantly under asking, which the current owners are probably delusional about.

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  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    Home Depot whispered sweet nothings today, "Your fence sucks and our prefab panels are on sale" it said. "No interest for 18 months when you spend over $999" it said.

    Fuck.

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    Also it is a WHOLE LOT EASIER watching the guy load them on the truck with a forklift than it is dragging each one off by myself at home.

    No comments on the patio, that's a work in progress.

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  • BlazeFireBlazeFire Registered User regular
    Team, our front yard has a big dip in it from where a tree was removed over a decade ago by the previous owners.

    I want to fill this in. My plan is to cut/lift/peel-back the grass and fill with top soil so that the snow does a bunch of work over the winter compacting it for me.

    How much soil do I need? I can determine the volume that I want to fill, but how do I estimate the change in density as the soil compacts? Should I get twice as much?

  • Al_watAl_wat Registered User regular
    you could fill it in multiple stages over several months.

    Let it settle, add more.

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  • BlazeFireBlazeFire Registered User regular
    Al_wat wrote: »
    you could fill it in multiple stages over several months.

    Let it settle, add more.

    That's a good point, I was expecting to redo the process in the spring after the snow melts anyways. Maybe I'll go with 1.5x for now and re-evaluate in the spring.

  • FairchildFairchild Rabbit used short words that were easy to understand, like "Hello Pooh, how about Lunch ?" Registered User regular
    Home Depot whispered sweet nothings today, "Your fence sucks and our prefab panels are on sale" it said. "No interest for 18 months when you spend over $999" it said.

    Fuck.

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    Also it is a WHOLE LOT EASIER watching the guy load them on the truck with a forklift than it is dragging each one off by myself at home.

    No comments on the patio, that's a work in progress.

    You look like one of those build sites from FORTNITE.

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  • chromdomchromdom Why do bad things keep happening to me? Oh yeah, because of the things I've done.Registered User regular
    BlazeFire wrote: »
    Al_wat wrote: »
    you could fill it in multiple stages over several months.

    Let it settle, add more.

    That's a good point, I was expecting to redo the process in the spring after the snow melts anyways. Maybe I'll go with 1.5x for now and re-evaluate in the spring.

    Or plant a tree?

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  • BlazeFireBlazeFire Registered User regular
    chromdom wrote: »
    BlazeFire wrote: »
    Al_wat wrote: »
    you could fill it in multiple stages over several months.

    Let it settle, add more.

    That's a good point, I was expecting to redo the process in the spring after the snow melts anyways. Maybe I'll go with 1.5x for now and re-evaluate in the spring.

    Or plant a tree?

    Nah, I don't want a tree there.

  • Banzai5150Banzai5150 Registered User regular
    BlazeFire wrote: »
    chromdom wrote: »
    BlazeFire wrote: »
    Al_wat wrote: »
    you could fill it in multiple stages over several months.

    Let it settle, add more.

    That's a good point, I was expecting to redo the process in the spring after the snow melts anyways. Maybe I'll go with 1.5x for now and re-evaluate in the spring.

    Or plant a tree?

    Nah, I don't want a tree there.

    Make sure you don’t effect the drainage so that it heads back to your house.

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