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

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
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  • CptHamiltonCptHamilton Registered User regular
    edited January 10
    Very nearly! I'll have to go by home depot and see if it's the right size and if (ideally) the ball part screws out. Thanks!

    Edit: Actually, looking at the photo, it looks like the internal ball-catch in that thing is identical to mine. Score!

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  • SatanIsMyMotorSatanIsMyMotor Registered User regular
    edited January 10
    I believe what you're referring to is called a ball catch.

    edit: like this?

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  • evilmrhenryevilmrhenry Registered User regular
    Anybody know the terminology for random pieces of door hardware?

    I've got a pair of double doors that don't have a between-door latch of any kind. The knobs don't turn, even. The doors latch by way of a pair of spring-loaded...thingies on their top, inside corners. The 'thingies' are basically a tube with a ball captured at one end and a spring below said ball such that the ball may move up and down by a small distance against the spring resistance. There's a matching plate in the door frame with a depression such that pulling the door into a closed position pushes the ball down, then it pops back up into the depression and keeps the door shut.

    Well, one of the balls went walkabout. I have no idea when or where. The spring extended up through the now-vacant hole and acted as a stop for the door right up until it didn't and now it's stuck out of the housing and bent about 70 degrees to one side, so it doesn't keep shit closed.

    Ideally I'd like to find an identical replacement piece as the whole tube/spring/ball assembly screws into and out of a cylindrical insert in the door body, so if I can find one just like it I can simply screw in the new ball-tube and be good to go. Failing that I can probably figure out how to replace the assembly with a similar one. Only I have no idea what to google to find such a part. Various permutations on "double door latch", "double door hardware", "spring loaded door latch", etc. have gotten me close but not quite on-target. Anyone know what these bastards are called?

    Try "ball door catch"

  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    Ball catch???

  • N1tSt4lkerN1tSt4lker Registered User regular
    Is it an adjustable ball catch?

  • CptHamiltonCptHamilton Registered User regular
    Man. Now I feel dumb as the only person not up on ball-catching.

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  • SatanIsMyMotorSatanIsMyMotor Registered User regular
    Now you can pass the great story of ball-catching on to your children.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    Never forget to secure your ball

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    I ask my wife to adjust my ball catch all the time, but the receiving socket is always broken.

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  • dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    edited January 11
    My place has tall ceilings in the living room and a staircase/ hall that use fixtures I hate. I like the way they disperse light though.

    They're ceiling boobs and I need to replace about 4 of them. Though I'm thinking of a pair of pendant style lights for the high ceiling, that leaves the hallway and bedroom closet that have normal ceiling height. I can ignore the bedroom closet because it's a closet.

    Suggestions?

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  • OptyOpty Registered User regular
    Tonight marks my first snow as a homeowner, is there anything special I need to do/know that's not readily apparent? Do I need to clear snow off my roof proactively, for example, and if so, at what depth?

  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style Warning: Mothership Reporting Richland, WARegistered User regular
    Hm, think I have a better idea of how to wire my house with ethernet. There's a closet on my main floor that's pretty big and should do nicely to mount the patch panel/switch/router. The only three things that are slightly problematic about it are 1) the builders for some reason sealed up the attic access for that side of the house, so there's currently literally no way to get into the attic. So I'll have to cut a hole in the ceiling to access it. 2) the closet doesn't have a power outlet, so I'll probably need to hire an electrician to put one in there? Probably cost like $200 or so? And 3) running from the attic to the basement seems like it might be kind of a problem. It'll be on an outside wall, too, so it'd be running it inside insulated walls. Plus I'd probably have to drill down between floors within the wall and idk if that's something that can be done cleanly?

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  • DevoutlyApatheticDevoutlyApathetic Registered User regular
    Opty wrote: »
    Tonight marks my first snow as a homeowner, is there anything special I need to do/know that's not readily apparent? Do I need to clear snow off my roof proactively, for example, and if so, at what depth?

    This isn't a real common thing unless you have a flat roof for some reason. Even then you're talking a couple feet of accumulation typically. It is the sort of thing you consider after a real heavy snow season or get hit with an actual blizzard.

    Not linked to snow but actual winter would be to check all your piping to outside water spigots for shut offs. It isn't uncommon for them to have a shut off inside the house if the pipes run in unheated areas for any length. Then you'd turn off the inside shut off and open the outside valve so the water doesn't get trapped and burst a pipe when it freezes.

  • HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    Opty wrote: »
    Tonight marks my first snow as a homeowner, is there anything special I need to do/know that's not readily apparent? Do I need to clear snow off my roof proactively, for example, and if so, at what depth?

    This isn't a real common thing unless you have a flat roof for some reason. Even then you're talking a couple feet of accumulation typically. It is the sort of thing you consider after a real heavy snow season or get hit with an actual blizzard.

    Not linked to snow but actual winter would be to check all your piping to outside water spigots for shut offs. It isn't uncommon for them to have a shut off inside the house if the pipes run in unheated areas for any length. Then you'd turn off the inside shut off and open the outside valve so the water doesn't get trapped and burst a pipe when it freezes.

    Yeah unless you experience a heavy snowfall where it accumulates on the roof at 2ft+ and then sticks around you probably don't have to worry about it. I live in North Dakota and even though we average about 50" of snow a year it's relatively rare that anyone with a sloped roof needs to go out and start cleaning it off the roof. As DevoutlyApathetic mentioned flat roofs are another matter entirely.

  • evilmrhenryevilmrhenry Registered User regular
    Hm, think I have a better idea of how to wire my house with ethernet. There's a closet on my main floor that's pretty big and should do nicely to mount the patch panel/switch/router. The only three things that are slightly problematic about it are 1) the builders for some reason sealed up the attic access for that side of the house, so there's currently literally no way to get into the attic. So I'll have to cut a hole in the ceiling to access it. 2) the closet doesn't have a power outlet, so I'll probably need to hire an electrician to put one in there? Probably cost like $200 or so? And 3) running from the attic to the basement seems like it might be kind of a problem. It'll be on an outside wall, too, so it'd be running it inside insulated walls. Plus I'd probably have to drill down between floors within the wall and idk if that's something that can be done cleanly?

    (Honestly, you should probably fix the attic access before it becomes important.) As for the actual switch, running the cables is going to be the most annoying bit, not finding a spot for the switch, and you should probably optimize on that. This doesn't sound like a super-awesome location.

  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Do you have siding on the outside of the house? You can drill a hole in the attic that runs near a corner, feed the cable out, then run it down near the foundation and tuck it under the corner coaming. Then drill another hole for basement access.

    Then use silicone to fill both holes. If you do it strategically, it'll be nearly invisible. This is what my cable guy did for me about 8 years ago when we moved in.

  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    Opty wrote: »
    Tonight marks my first snow as a homeowner, is there anything special I need to do/know that's not readily apparent? Do I need to clear snow off my roof proactively, for example, and if so, at what depth?

    Look up roof rakes for clearing snow off the roof. Generally try to keep it to less than a foot of snow, but depends on the climate. The ones to watch for are heavy wet snows that freeze as those are the heaviest.
    Also - how much land/what region?

  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    edited January 13
    Don’t eat the yellow snow

    Also if you have neighbors you don’t like with high enough windows, you can make a penis in the snow in their yard by walking out the outline

    Oh but also make sure your exterior hoses are empty/cared for, and exterior faucets are turned off or covered if need be- water backed up in the nozzle can freeze and shatter and that’s a pain

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  • SatanIsMyMotorSatanIsMyMotor Registered User regular
    But DO listen to Frank Zappa.

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  • SimpsoniaSimpsonia Registered User regular
    Opty wrote: »
    Tonight marks my first snow as a homeowner, is there anything special I need to do/know that's not readily apparent? Do I need to clear snow off my roof proactively, for example, and if so, at what depth?

    As others have mentioned, the snow isn't really something to be concerned about. Really the only thing to be worried about up there is ice dams. A little late now, but just always make sure your gutters are clean going into the winter season, otherwise ice/snow melt can pool in the gutters and then re-freeze creating ice dams. If you don't see masses of icicles forming along the length of your gutters, you're probably fine.

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  • StraygatsbyStraygatsby Registered User regular
    Busted through nearly 3 feet of old salt, but finally got my softener running and regenerating normally. Am sore and have 2 salt tank edge shapped bruises on either side of my chest from leaning over the edge angrily hacking away at the thing with a hammer and chisel and scoop, but shit be working. Yeesh.

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    Busted through nearly 3 feet of old salt, but finally got my softener running and regenerating normally. Am sore and have 2 salt tank edge shapped bruises on either side of my chest from leaning over the edge angrily hacking away at the thing with a hammer and chisel and scoop, but shit be working. Yeesh.

    You sound a tad salty.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Sounds like you need to get one of those salt guns for bugs, since you have ammo for years.

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  • CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    Busted through nearly 3 feet of old salt, but finally got my softener running and regenerating normally. Am sore and have 2 salt tank edge shapped bruises on either side of my chest from leaning over the edge angrily hacking away at the thing with a hammer and chisel and scoop, but shit be working. Yeesh.

    I think you need a pitchfork.

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home Dad Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Corvus wrote: »
    Busted through nearly 3 feet of old salt, but finally got my softener running and regenerating normally. Am sore and have 2 salt tank edge shapped bruises on either side of my chest from leaning over the edge angrily hacking away at the thing with a hammer and chisel and scoop, but shit be working. Yeesh.

    I think you need a pitchfork.

    Hell yeah! Where are we taking our angry mob to?

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  • AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    Get a snow blower. Especially if you have a bigass driveway.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Get a snow blower. Especially if you have a bigass driveway.

    And get it before October so you have time to test it and put it together and not end up in january on year 2 like me who is still shoveling.

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  • DevoutlyApatheticDevoutlyApathetic Registered User regular
    ...or get a relationship with a local plow dude.

    It is absolutely one of those value of time thing to not come home after work and have to spend an hour out in freezing cold temperatures doing physical labor.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Anyone have experience with changing cable companies? We have Comcast coming Saturday and previously were with Verizon but they are being bitchy about pricing.

    I'm likely going to keep the Verizon service through this month as overlap. Any tips for hopping between them?

    (Just bought a good cable modem so I'm not sure what the Comcast dude is going to do when he shows up, that I couldn't do)

    We're using this to move fully over to streaming.

  • Banzai5150Banzai5150 Registered User regular
    Mugsley wrote: »
    Anyone have experience with changing cable companies? We have Comcast coming Saturday and previously were with Verizon but they are being bitchy about pricing.

    I'm likely going to keep the Verizon service through this month as overlap. Any tips for hopping between them?

    (Just bought a good cable modem so I'm not sure what the Comcast dude is going to do when he shows up, that I couldn't do)

    We're using this to move fully over to streaming.

    Some techs will tell you that your modem won't provide all the services that their modem will. It's 99% bullshit. Most good techs will tell you that it's fine to use your own. Keeping Verizon an extra month seems like overkill as you won't likely be using it at all as when Comcast comes in they will switch all coax into the house over to their system. The switch should be painless and all behind the scenes if they do it properly.

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  • DelzhandDelzhand Hard to miss. Registered User regular
    edited January 14
    For reasons, I haven't lived in my own house for a year, but I'm now back. I have virtually no furniture, so I've been taking the opportunity to get the house to a blank canvas. Pulling down wallpaper, cleaning floors, fixing minor things, emptying rooms.

    I want to make the house an airbnb eventually, but I have no sense of interior style. Furthermore, I have cats who will claw at things, so it doesn't make sense to get a bunch of nice furniture yet.

    Once all the wallpaper is gone and the walls are primed, I don't actually know what I'm going to do. Most of home decor seems to be about building around a few anchor pieces of furniture or art, and I don't have that.

    Also, my house has zero interesting features. It is literally the most boring shape and floorplan you can imagine. A rectangle with a central hallway.

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style Warning: Mothership Reporting Richland, WARegistered User regular
    Oh yeah, I had the cable installation guy come on Sunday. Got through like an hour of installation stuff and then like 20min before the end, it came up that they'd deactivate my internet at my old place when they activate it here. That was something I super didn't want, since I'm still living at my old place during the next week. I was super confused, because like, why did they even give me the option to have a deactivation date after the installation date if you couldn't have it active at the old location after installation anyway? So now that's another thing I get to do this weekend on top of doing the big move and getting everything set up.

    Oh, also, the spare fridge I brought from my mom's house to have in the garage died upon being plugged in, so that ended up being a big waste of energy. I'll probably have to call home depot and see if they can take it away when they install the fridge I ordered. And the Seahawks lost. Kind of a crummy weekend!

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  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    Had a third foundation company come out to look at our problems.

    Company #1 was who the prior owner used, said the warranty repairs aren't where the problem is, used a bubble level and his feet for measurements, quoted me $8k

    Company #2 was a lot more precise, quoted me $15k (but also did not suggest that all the work was needed right now).

    Company #3 did same as #2, measurements were about the same, said we didn't need to do anything right now (but would keep our file and be glad to re-evaluate in the future).

    Since we aren't seeing any major problems I think we are going with #3's opinion and just keep an eye on things. We have measurements to compare with in the future.

  • SatanIsMyMotorSatanIsMyMotor Registered User regular
    Today I am annoyed. We closed on our house late November of last year. One of the conditions was that we service our ductless splits, so obviously we did so. At the time the technician said everything was fine though there was some work that could eventually get done on the units in the form of a new cover and potentially a new motor for one of the units down the road. I tell him I'm not interested so long as the units are in working order now as we're selling the house.

    Today we get a call from our agent who tells us he got a call from our buyer's agent saying they're coming after us because one of the ductless splits has broken. They sent along a report from the folks who cleaned and maintained the unit when we were selling that we never received. I did see the report as I signed it on the bottom but it's clear that after the technician left the house he added the line "Owner is selling the house and does not want to fix anything. New buyers may want to." - this is after I signed the report.

    I'm at a loss. I feel we held up our end of the agreement by getting the units maintained and providing the associated invoice. Now I'm receiving this mysterious report with info that wasn't on it when I signed it. I honestly don't even know how the new owners got the report.

  • evilmrhenryevilmrhenry Registered User regular
    Today I am annoyed. We closed on our house late November of last year. One of the conditions was that we service our ductless splits, so obviously we did so. At the time the technician said everything was fine though there was some work that could eventually get done on the units in the form of a new cover and potentially a new motor for one of the units down the road. I tell him I'm not interested so long as the units are in working order now as we're selling the house.

    Today we get a call from our agent who tells us he got a call from our buyer's agent saying they're coming after us because one of the ductless splits has broken. They sent along a report from the folks who cleaned and maintained the unit when we were selling that we never received. I did see the report as I signed it on the bottom but it's clear that after the technician left the house he added the line "Owner is selling the house and does not want to fix anything. New buyers may want to." - this is after I signed the report.

    I'm at a loss. I feel we held up our end of the agreement by getting the units maintained and providing the associated invoice. Now I'm receiving this mysterious report with info that wasn't on it when I signed it. I honestly don't even know how the new owners got the report.

    The lesson here is you want to keep a copy of anything you've signed. If you had a signed copy that differs from the copy the buyers have, things would be quite different.

  • SatanIsMyMotorSatanIsMyMotor Registered User regular
    Huh? We sign stuff all the time that we don't get copies of. This was presented as me signing off on the maintenance happening. I actually specifically told them I didn't want any kind of report from them aside from the invoice, which was the only requirement of our agreement.

  • CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    Well, after six goosing months we finally have our reno permit from the city.

    Development and reno approvals are an absolute disaster in BC right now.

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  • DemonStaceyDemonStacey TTODewback's Daughter In love with the TaySwayRegistered User regular
    I'm in the midst of some refinancing and it seems like everything is approved and good to go..

    Is there anything I should be aware of here?

    Like it seems solidly like a bunch of great upsides with no reason not to. (shorter term, lower rate, technically slightly lower payments, and an overall savings of pretty damn huge over the lifetime of the loan)

    And maybe that is the case! But whenever something seems to be this good for so little effort when I don't know too much about it I become mildly wary.

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  • evilmrhenryevilmrhenry Registered User regular
    Huh? We sign stuff all the time that we don't get copies of. This was presented as me signing off on the maintenance happening. I actually specifically told them I didn't want any kind of report from them aside from the invoice, which was the only requirement of our agreement.

    And if there had been any disagreement about the scope of the maintenance work, they're the only ones with a signed copy of the document.

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