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

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    edited March 18
    Yeah we have a NG main at the street, so conversion was painless (just expensive).

    And my mom has 2 bathrooms that vent into the attic. If the attic is properly vented, it shouldn't be a mold risk. Specifically for my mom, her attic isn't finished or set up for walk-up storage.

    Adding roof vents later is fairly cheap and straightforward.

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  • OneAngryPossumOneAngryPossum Registered User regular
    Since working from home is my deal for the foreseeable future, I decided to explore the unused Ethernet cables around my house. Miracle of miracles, the port nearest my modem/router connects to the right set of cables. I think I’m essentially just plugging into a long ass cable, but I’m having some weird issues (seems to recognize the laptop as a mobile device, images not loading, lots of problems verifying certificates), possibly due to using an ancient MacBook to test it out.

    Still, getting a direct wired connection to my basement seems much more plausible than expected. If only I could find a single damn Ethernet coupler in my house. Or any of movable electronics I bought in the last ten years had an Ethernet port.

  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    It's worth spending the money to grab a tester either from a home improvement store or Amazon

    Something like this

    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01M63EMBQ/

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Then buy one of these one you find a good port:

    https://www.anker.com/products/variant/usbc-to-ethernet-adapter/A8341041

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  • OneAngryPossumOneAngryPossum Registered User regular
    Those have both found their way to my amazon cart, thanks!

    And now to look at that guide that Hedgie put up, which I thought was irrelevant all of 24 hours ago.

  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    edited March 18
    We are putting in an offer tonight. That place was super well maintained and we could move in tomorrow and not have to do anything to it. I'm not gonna get hyped just yet since we've been through this process once already and backed out, but this would be a nice change of scenery for us and get rid of our 3 main issues where we currently live.

    edit: Also, interest rates can go to hell. I hate what is going on in the world right now.

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  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    bowen wrote: »
    Yeah underground is definitely immediately walk away and never look back. Maybe flip them off too.

    I still don't think oil is worth the headache, especially for a first time homeowner, there are plenty of other houses.

    Oil is everywhere up here. It's not really a big deal, but definitely get the shopping done early. Most places will set up a payment plan and get you averaged out so you won't be caught off guard during a cold snap.

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    Shadowfire wrote: »
    bowen wrote: »
    Yeah underground is definitely immediately walk away and never look back. Maybe flip them off too.

    I still don't think oil is worth the headache, especially for a first time homeowner, there are plenty of other houses.

    Oil is everywhere up here. It's not really a big deal, but definitely get the shopping done early. Most places will set up a payment plan and get you averaged out so you won't be caught off guard during a cold snap.

    Yea, I think we are gonna ask the owners who they use.

    So, we are under contract for the house! Woo! Our inspection will be Monday morning, closing date May 14th.

    They said that since they had their inspection Jan 2019, that they don't want to fix anything else. Which is understandable. They fixed stuff then (and had receipts for it). The place is so well maintained.

    We are definitely trying not to get too hyped because of our last inspection being HORRIBLE, but this place so move in ready. We got them down $6,900 too, so that's nice.

    I am ready for my own office. BRING ON THE LEDs.

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  • SyngyneSyngyne Registered User regular
    I can't help wondering if they deliberately laid the text out to make "ABS" easy to misread:
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    (though maybe it's for cleaning your six-pack?)

    I think it's so you're clear what version you're getting. There's a brass version as well.

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  • That_GuyThat_Guy I don't wanna be that guy Registered User regular
    I was considering a bidet but I have neither power or hot water going to my toilet area. I'd probably have to get a plumber and an electrician in to get the good setup.

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  • CptHamiltonCptHamilton Registered User regular
    That_Guy wrote: »
    I was considering a bidet but I have neither power or hot water going to my toilet area. I'd probably have to get a plumber and an electrician in to get the good setup.

    Unless you just have spectacularly cold tap water the non-heated kind isn't that bad.

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  • That_GuyThat_Guy I don't wanna be that guy Registered User regular
    That_Guy wrote: »
    I was considering a bidet but I have neither power or hot water going to my toilet area. I'd probably have to get a plumber and an electrician in to get the good setup.

    Unless you just have spectacularly cold tap water the non-heated kind isn't that bad.

    The tap water in the winter is usually cold enough to be uncomfortable to wash my hands with. I have absolutely no interest in spraying my butthole with freezing cold, winter water at 6am.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    redfield85 wrote: »
    They said that since they had their inspection Jan 2019, that they don't want to fix anything else. Which is understandable. They fixed stuff then (and had receipts for it). The place is so well maintained.

    I understand their view, but making blanket statements like that is slightly concerning.

    I mean in a year a lot can happen. I'd feel better if they said no cosmetic fixes.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    That_Guy wrote: »
    That_Guy wrote: »
    I was considering a bidet but I have neither power or hot water going to my toilet area. I'd probably have to get a plumber and an electrician in to get the good setup.

    Unless you just have spectacularly cold tap water the non-heated kind isn't that bad.

    The tap water in the winter is usually cold enough to be uncomfortable to wash my hands with. I have absolutely no interest in spraying my butthole with freezing cold, winter water at 6am.

    It wakes you up though.

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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
    Waking up suddenly is not a good thing though; as I understand it, most heart attacks occur in the morning because people go from sleeping heart rate to an alarm to a shower to rush hour traffic and work in a fairly short period. Adding b-hole shock to that makes sense to me as something to be avoided.

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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
    B-Hole Shock, btw, featuring on a new song with The Weeknd

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    yeah don't give your chocolate starfish a shock if you're in poor heart health

    as most doctors will likely recommend I'd wager

    ... maybe not in those words exactly

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  • BouwsTBouwsT Wanna come to a super soft birthday party? Registered User regular
    9/10 Doctors recommend not shocking your B-Hole.

    Who's the 10th tho?

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  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    BouwsT wrote: »
    9/10 Doctors recommend not shocking your B-Hole.

    Who's the 10th tho?

    It's 8 out of 10, and the two doctors that DO recommend butthole shocking?

    Ryan Reynolds and Elijah Wood:



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  • SyngyneSyngyne Registered User regular
    bowen wrote: »
    That_Guy wrote: »
    That_Guy wrote: »
    I was considering a bidet but I have neither power or hot water going to my toilet area. I'd probably have to get a plumber and an electrician in to get the good setup.

    Unless you just have spectacularly cold tap water the non-heated kind isn't that bad.

    The tap water in the winter is usually cold enough to be uncomfortable to wash my hands with. I have absolutely no interest in spraying my butthole with freezing cold, winter water at 6am.

    It wakes you up though.

    it’s brisk

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  • That_GuyThat_Guy I don't wanna be that guy Registered User regular
    BouwsT wrote: »
    9/10 Doctors recommend not shocking your B-Hole.

    Who's the 10th tho?

    It's 8 out of 10, and the two doctors that DO recommend butthole shocking?

    Ryan Reynolds and Elijah Wood:



    Speaking of music videos with Elijah Wood. I have to watch this now.

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  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    Somehow a book ended up in the laundry. Went downstairs last night to the basement floor covered in water, detergent, and shredded paper. Fuck. The drain had so much paper stuck in it and the force of the water turned it basically into cement. So instead of trying to figure out how to get that paper out, I bought a new length of PVC and replaced it.

    Plumbing level: master.

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  • That_GuyThat_Guy I don't wanna be that guy Registered User regular
    Shadowfire wrote: »
    Somehow a book ended up in the laundry. Went downstairs last night to the basement floor covered in water, detergent, and shredded paper. Fuck. The drain had so much paper stuck in it and the force of the water turned it basically into cement. So instead of trying to figure out how to get that paper out, I bought a new length of PVC and replaced it.

    Plumbing level: master.

    Pure sodium hydroxide crystals will hydrolyze cellulose and allow it to dissolve into solution. Basically pour pure lye crystals down the clogged drain and let it sit for a little while. Dump cold clean water down the drain to rinse it clean.

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    redfield85 wrote: »
    They said that since they had their inspection Jan 2019, that they don't want to fix anything else. Which is understandable. They fixed stuff then (and had receipts for it). The place is so well maintained.

    I understand their view, but making blanket statements like that is slightly concerning.

    I mean in a year a lot can happen. I'd feel better if they said no cosmetic fixes.

    I think our idea is if there is something major, we will go back to them no matter what. The fact that they had their own inspection and fixed things last year, at least to me, shows that they are serious about making this house ready to sell. We shall see!

    I pray to the Gods that the inspection goes well. Our crap neighbors decided after three years that last night, when I had a terrible headache laying in bed, for it to be the first time they blast their TV so loud we hear it through the wall.

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  • CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    So, we're in the middle of a whole house reno, not living in the house while it's gutted. The store we've ordered our appliances from has shut down their stores and all deliveries for an undetermined amount of time. We were a month or two away from needing them anyways, but this is showing the impact that the virus may have on some of your reno projects

    As well, half the inspectors for the city aren't showing up to work.

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  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    That_Guy wrote: »
    Shadowfire wrote: »
    Somehow a book ended up in the laundry. Went downstairs last night to the basement floor covered in water, detergent, and shredded paper. Fuck. The drain had so much paper stuck in it and the force of the water turned it basically into cement. So instead of trying to figure out how to get that paper out, I bought a new length of PVC and replaced it.

    Plumbing level: master.

    Pure sodium hydroxide crystals will hydrolyze cellulose and allow it to dissolve into solution. Basically pour pure lye crystals down the clogged drain and let it sit for a little while. Dump cold clean water down the drain to rinse it clean.

    Good to know! On the plus side, this was a super easy fix. Hack saw off the old pipe, throw the new one on with a coupler. Sealed perfectly.

    The hard part has been getting all the shredded paper out of the clothes. Most of them are good now but I have a couple pairs of cargo pants that are possibly ruined. Washing them a couple more times then gonna try by hand next.

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    So, we scheduled the inspection for Monday. They cancelled because they have to close down. FML. We just had to sign some stuff dealing with Covid 19. I am honestly freaked out by everything going on and super frustrated. WE ARE SO CLOSE TO GETTING OUT OF HERE.

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  • GdiguyGdiguy San Diego, CARegistered User regular
    We’ve been at ‘we should hear back from underwriting tomorrow’ for about a week at this point... seems like the whole system is getting strained

  • CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    If you are looking at a move, make sure you are able to do the move yourself at this point, some movers in my area are refusing jobs

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    Corvus wrote: »
    If you are looking at a move, make sure you are able to do the move yourself at this point, some movers in my area are refusing jobs

    Yea, this is another thing.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Shadowfire wrote: »
    That_Guy wrote: »
    Shadowfire wrote: »
    Somehow a book ended up in the laundry. Went downstairs last night to the basement floor covered in water, detergent, and shredded paper. Fuck. The drain had so much paper stuck in it and the force of the water turned it basically into cement. So instead of trying to figure out how to get that paper out, I bought a new length of PVC and replaced it.

    Plumbing level: master.

    Pure sodium hydroxide crystals will hydrolyze cellulose and allow it to dissolve into solution. Basically pour pure lye crystals down the clogged drain and let it sit for a little while. Dump cold clean water down the drain to rinse it clean.

    Good to know! On the plus side, this was a super easy fix. Hack saw off the old pipe, throw the new one on with a coupler. Sealed perfectly.

    The hard part has been getting all the shredded paper out of the clothes. Most of them are good now but I have a couple pairs of cargo pants that are possibly ruined. Washing them a couple more times then gonna try by hand next.

    Keep tabs on how much residual paper is in the line. Also I'm assuming you cleaned the washer itself of paper residue.

  • Ninja Snarl PNinja Snarl P My helmet is my burden. Ninja Snarl: Gone, but not forgotten.Registered User regular
    Just be real careful with pure sodium hydroxide, you do not want that stuff on your skin or accidentally splashing yourself with it if it's mixed in water. You're talking real possibility of a major chemical burn, so we're talking long sleeves, gloves, and goggles at a minimum.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    I've worked with potassium hydroxide crystals. Protection helps a lot (especially the eyes) but also keep some 50% vinegar solution nearby to spray down any potential splash areas.

    You'll know you have a small amount on your skin if it starts to feel very itchy.

  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    Mugsley wrote: »
    Shadowfire wrote: »
    That_Guy wrote: »
    Shadowfire wrote: »
    Somehow a book ended up in the laundry. Went downstairs last night to the basement floor covered in water, detergent, and shredded paper. Fuck. The drain had so much paper stuck in it and the force of the water turned it basically into cement. So instead of trying to figure out how to get that paper out, I bought a new length of PVC and replaced it.

    Plumbing level: master.

    Pure sodium hydroxide crystals will hydrolyze cellulose and allow it to dissolve into solution. Basically pour pure lye crystals down the clogged drain and let it sit for a little while. Dump cold clean water down the drain to rinse it clean.

    Good to know! On the plus side, this was a super easy fix. Hack saw off the old pipe, throw the new one on with a coupler. Sealed perfectly.

    The hard part has been getting all the shredded paper out of the clothes. Most of them are good now but I have a couple pairs of cargo pants that are possibly ruined. Washing them a couple more times then gonna try by hand next.

    Keep tabs on how much residual paper is in the line. Also I'm assuming you cleaned the washer itself of paper residue.

    Oh for sure, I cleaned everything out. There's just a few pieces of clothing that were in the wash that will not separate from the paper. The rest of the clothes are good. Mostly it's my cargo pants for work which, yay, not working now!

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  • That_GuyThat_Guy I don't wanna be that guy Registered User regular
    Just be real careful with pure sodium hydroxide, you do not want that stuff on your skin or accidentally splashing yourself with it if it's mixed in water. You're talking real possibility of a major chemical burn, so we're talking long sleeves, gloves, and goggles at a minimum.

    Absolutely. The directions on the bottle say to wear gloves and eye protection. It also recommends covering the drain after dumping in the lye and to work in a well ventalated area. And do not breathe the fumes.

    My kitchen drain was clogged when I used it. I had opened the kitchen window in which I placed a fan set to high, blowing air out.. I opened my front door for cross ventilation. I donned sunglasses, a long sleeve shirt and nitrile gloves. I covered my face with a shirt just in case. I ran water untill the drain was full, let it drain down a little then poured in the crystals. I let it sit for around a half hour before flushing with cold water.

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  • CauldCauld Registered User regular
    edited March 22
    Gdiguy wrote: »
    We’ve been at ‘we should hear back from underwriting tomorrow’ for about a week at this point... seems like the whole system is getting strained

    I've read a lot of back offices and state offices have been deemed non essential and closed. In many states some physical action is required, so even if the employees are working from home, at some point things will just stop.

    I found the article I read this all in: Is Now a Good or Terrible Time to Buy a Home? https://nyti.ms/397EUqY

    Edit: corrected the article

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  • GnizmoGnizmo Registered User regular
    Home inspection is scheduled for Monday! I am equal parts terrified and excited! I am really hoping for no huge surprises. I know the AC is out and I am hoping it's a reasonably cheap fix. If not window units are a thing so we can manage. I am not thrilled with reports of mortgage rates shooting up to 5%, but that also won't stop us to be honest. I really love this place for a variety of reasons. Here is to hoping nothing major is found! We won't get to know until the report comes in because it has been asked that we not be there for the inspection due to covid which is fair, I think.

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    You are lucky that they are still doing your inspection. I'm in Philly and ours was cancelled. If it was me, I would want to be at the inspection, but I understand the circumstances. Good luck!

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  • GyralGyral Registered User regular
    Yeah, the entire home maintenance/building/repair industry ground to a halt around here two weeks ago. I needed to get some siding repair done and have basically been unable to get anyone to answer their phones. My usual handyman basically said "I'm stuck at home watching my kids until this is over." So, I told him that I'd probably get back with him after the kids are back in school because NO ONE is doing work in Pitt County.

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  • GnizmoGnizmo Registered User regular
    redfield85 wrote: »
    You are lucky that they are still doing your inspection. I'm in Philly and ours was cancelled. If it was me, I would want to be at the inspection, but I understand the circumstances. Good luck!

    Oh we had every plan to do be there, but the guy specifically requested it to limit exposure and I can't really argue right now. As you said, we are really lucky to get an inspection at all right now. I was tempted to put up a fight but decided to take the win on this.

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