Homeownership - Maintenance, Building, Updating, Renos, etc.

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by Fitz, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. calicat

    calicat Queen of the Eggs

    I'm on Day 3 of sanding and don't know how much longer I'll be able to keep going. I may just pay a local retiree to do the actual painting as I am so done
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  2. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    We re-screened our back porch today and I feel like super good home owners.
  3. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    The kid and dog are off at my parents and the AC is getting replaced (I still can’t believe we’re doing this). Good thing is this is the closest thing I get to a lazy day since I’m hiding in our room with the cat while R deals with when the crew needs access to something. Also since we won’t be moving for another 3-5 years (probably 5), it’s looking like I’ll get to replace our crappy oven next year maybe.
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  4. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    I mean, good on ya for getting it done.

    Guess what I've done about the soggy ceiling? Nothing.
  5. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    I mean you can’t really delay on a broken AC in the summer. Personally, I would have procrastinated for a bit if it wasn’t so dramatically impacting our lives and electric bill.
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  6. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    This house better sell in a day for over list, this is such a pain in the ass. We’ve almost got flooring in both rooms and the trim is half ready to go on. Countertops (then new sinks etc) for the bathrooms will be here next Friday, then hopefully Hank the handyman can come and paint the basement (and bathrooms upstairs) and fix all the holes in the walls.
    Ugh. I know it’s totally normal, but this house will look better than it ever has when we sell it.
  7. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    So we seem to have a new downstairs neighbor (no clue which unit) with heavy smokers. Our place smells like cigarettes a good chunk of the time and it is awful (I have asthma). What can we do? I think the main source is the HVAC - we have separate heat/cooling pumps for each unit (we have two in our place, one on each floor) but they are all connected through the building to a main chiller on the roof.

    W tried taping up the area behind our downstairs HVAC but it didn’t help. Our next thought is to call the HVAC repair guys we’ve used and have them take out the heat pump units, insulate / cover the gaps that lead to the lower floors, and then seal them up. But the lack of effectiveness of W’s taping efforts makes me concerned this will be a lot of money for no good result. Our condo docs sadly do not prohibit smoking so I’m not sure the association would do anything or care :sad:. Any chicken homeowner ideas? This is making me consider living in a house and that’s basically giving up on life as far as I am concerned.
  8. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    How do they not have a no smoking law/rule/clause? MA doesn’t have one that would override the condo association? That is nasty. I don’t even care if the condo is owned, people should not be allowed to smoke inside. Smoke goes everywhere.
  9. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Hard agree. But nope, not in our docs, not in state law. They tried to get a new bylaw passed in our association 2 or 3 years ago and it didn’t (or there was no quorum, forget which).
  10. hellohelloagain

    hellohelloagain Chicken

    Not to mention the safety issue of smoking inside. So many house fires are started by cigarettes.

    I would talk to the condo about the situation. You shouldn't have to be uncomfortable in your place (especially with a medical condition it effects!) because someone else feels is ok to smoke inside
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  11. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    I have no idea, but that sucks.
  12. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    No suggestions but lots of sympathy because our downstairs neighbor is basically always smoking either weed or cigarettes. We have to keep the window on whichever side of the flat he's smoking in shut, and if he changes position we have to switch which windows are open. He doesn't work so it can be all the time--I feel bad because they're in a 1 bed flat like us but there are little kids in there, if it affects my asthma from above (and makes the place smell terrible) it can't be nice for them either. These flats don't have HVAC systems or anything so we just block the smoke by closing the windows. Sorry I don't have any good suggestions :sad:

    ETA our experience of this guy has pretty much made us decide when we buy, it will be a house.
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  13. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    I dunno how to fix. Do you already have door/draft guards? I’m sure this is bigger than that.

    I’d be irate. Cig smoke gives me the worst headaches. It clings to everything and devalues the whole building. Good luck with any attempt you make. It’s something I’d move over if it can’t be ameliorated.
  14. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Maybe one (or several) portable HEPA filter device. But honestly that’s terrible to have to work around their vice.
  15. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    this is a good point, would the condo board care about this?
  16. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Sadly no, as long as people are paying condo fees. There are 100+ units in our building so they won’t care if we are the only ones complaining (or even if 10 units are, frankly). I love our place and our immediate neighbors but if we can’t figure something out I feel like we will have to move (and good luck to us trying to sell if it smells like smoke in here...). I’m both sad and really angry.
  17. android

    android Founding Messiah

    As That Asshole who smokes weed indoors, I run an air purifier on high during and after smoking to mitigate the smell and it really does seem to help.
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  18. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    We have an air purifier in our bedroom and it still smells like smoke (though not as bad as the living room). That said, we haven’t replaced the filter in a while so we should do that.
  19. Vespidae

    Vespidae Antagonist Staff Member

    I'm sure you know the law in Boston better than I do (lol) but here in Ontario, even if something is legal, it is not allowed if it becomes a nuisance and impinges on the "quiet enjoyment" of other residents. People can smoke, but not if the smoke bothers their neighbours. They can have dogs, but not if they pee on the common carpets or bark all night. They can practice the piano, but not at three in the morning. I would talk to your property management team anyway - at least if they know there's an issue they can do whatever the bare minimum is to deal with it. At least ask the people to tone it down.
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  20. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    @Canaligator smoke drifts through more than just the HVAC so I wouldn't start there. As you said, expensive without knowing if it will work.

    I would try to find out who recently moved in, but do it on the down low. A maintenance staff member or such is your best ally. Hopefully, it's renters and smoking is in violation of their lease. If it is the owner, I am sure your condo docs have a nuisance/quiet enjoyment clause.

    Once you know who moved in, I would meet with your property manager with a doctor's note in hand. Then throw around that Harvard law degree. The unit owner (or the HOA) should be the ones spending money to make sure you aren't having an asthma attack.

    And if that doesn't work, go get a local ordinance passed.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2019
  21. deet

    deet Chicken

    My husband is in the middle of wiring the garage & had to dig a path from the house to the garage. He dug up a pop bottle from the 50s, never heard of this brand in my life. This really also should be down a rabbit hole, because that’s where I find myself:


    It’s a root beer bottle, if you’re curious lol. Edit: called the Stempien Bottle Co
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2019
  22. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    Got our windows and driveway/front step power washed today and we’re finally painting the living room, hallway, and kitchen next week! So pumped.
  23. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    We have a plumber coming out Friday to fix our leaking backyard hose and to check our front hose and look at our dripping bathtub. I’ve never in my life paid for a plumber and I’m terrified to see the bill.
  24. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    If you start from the (true) proposition that if a plumber walks in your house the minimum is $200, you can set realistic expectations.
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  25. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    A tampon applicator cost us $450.