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

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

  1. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I thought we were back on the health insurance thread for a minute and this was some special postpartum thing.
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  2. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    Only $140 to replace both the front and back spigots and pipe! However, the pvc pipe on the front did crack and water burst out a few hours after the plumber left. They came back and fixed it quickly but I am not super happy about that. Thankfully it was much less expensive than I’d anticipated so I guess it’s a win overall?
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  3. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Just whining. We are putting the last touches on the house and I hate my life. The carpet cleaner is so loud, but honestly I didn’t think that spot would come off the porch so I’m glad we’re doing it.
  4. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    PSA- for fire safety month home depot has 25% off smoke detectors. Ours are expired so just got some wireless interconnected ones. We just got new CO monitors but some of those were on sale too.
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  5. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    A++ adulting. :p
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  6. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Agh, I need to do that again. I replace them too often, but I feel like letting them get too old and they’ll start going buggy, usually in the middle of the night.
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  7. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    We sent the kid over to my parents and spent the last 4 hours deep cleaning the house. This is the first really thorough cleaning since before the kid was born. I’m under no illusions that it will stay this way and there’s still a crapton that needs to get done in way of purging stuff but right now I am so happy.
  8. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Yesssss nice work!
  9. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Went home for lunch and found a fucking geyser on the side of my house. The sprinkler water was blowing everywhere, whole front yard is soggy. And the basement window that’s right there was literally full of water and pouring down the wall in the basement. Luckily that’s right next to the sump so it didn’t make much of a mess but fuck me.
    (Shutting the water to the sprinkler off solved the immediate issue, but the bigger one is I reminded D to winterize them a week ago and now look.)
  10. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    OH NO, I'm so sorry!
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  11. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    That sucks so bad!!! Im glad you went home for lunch though. Ugh. Sorry :sad:
  12. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    Omg that’s brutal. Ugh D, why didn’t you listen?!
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  13. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    At least the ground is soft to bury that body.
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  14. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    So they’re building a house on the lot behind /above us (we’re on a hill). Got a note from the contractor that he needs to talk to us about the rear of our property / the property lines. Ugh, neither R nor I have the time or energy to deal with this right now.
  15. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Use this as an opportunity for an ask. They want to access your property for storm water management? Great. You’d like a new tree.
  16. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Or maybe they’re building a fence and just want to make sure it’s in the right place.
  17. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Did you have a survey on your property when you bought it? Make sure you know where your property lines are located.
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  18. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    That was a point a friend made. Maybe they want to replace the shitty rusty metal fence we currently have.

    Yeah that’s what I’m worried about. I don’t remember, I know we had a general inspection and an earthquake inspection but I don’t think a survey? And that was 6 years ago so memory is fuzzy.

    Oh also on top of that we need a new hot water heater.
  19. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    I have a couple questions for the chickens who are good at home things (they've come up after a second viewing on that house).

    The kitchen sink took a couple seconds for the water to come when I tested it but the house is empty--do you think it's just because it hasn't been used for weeks or months?

    Also the kitchen tap leaked a bit just around the base of the tap (didn't seem to be underneath). Is this just a matter of installing a newer one?

    There was a thin gap in the paint in the main bedroom. We would be painting it anyway, and getting the FULL structural survey, so if this were anything worrisome that would show up on the survey right? 20191109_143057.jpg this is the photo, look above the curtain rail.

    I think we need a lil reassurance that when changes are cosmetic it's ok haha. And it would be good to know if people think the sink tap thing is terrible or nah.
  20. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Crack in the ceiling could be bad, but is way more likely just settling. Our house had tons. You can patch and paint over it and it’ll look good for a couple years.
    The sink I don’t know about the water, but the leak you can easily fix. You may be able to just tighten the faucet that’s on there, but if not a new one correctly installed will for sure take care of it.
  21. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Thank you! I think we're in agreement to get the most thorough survey possible so that would certainly show up any subsidence or other issues--this house falls into the sweet spot of being old enough that we know it won't just fall down in a couple years from shoddy building, but new enough that we don't have any of those major pains in the ass to deal with (thatched roof, ancient beams, listed building consent etc).

    Offers here aren't binding so if the survey threw up something really alarming we could re think.
  22. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    Our water does that (takes a second to come out) whenever we get back from being gone for a couple of days so I don't *think* it is a big deal.
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  23. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    I talked to the contractor. Ugh. Supposedly there’s a sewer easement on or adjacent to our property, but we (previous owners) and at least 3 of our neighbors built on top of it (in our case, a concrete patio with a shed, a small-ish lemon tree, and a retaining wall). According to him, we can run a sewer line down the side of our or our next door neighbor’s property (has to be an adjacent property), which at least for us is practically all concrete, OR he can be forced to deal with the city and potentially screw things up for the rear of the property for all 4+ houses.

    We do have some title insurance, so I think we have to submit a claim (hopefully this is covered), and call the utility company to generally verify the existence of the easement in that area, and very possibly get a survey done. But I think a lot of stuff we can’t get figured out until Tuesday. Ugggggh.

    There’s a city website where I was able to look up some stuff for free but I don’t really understand it.
  24. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    Do you have your closing binder from your sale? If so, see if there is a copy of your title policy. Also, flip through and see if there is a sketch anywhere.

    If you have the title policy, I can look for the easement for you.
  25. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    @Zombie Llama That would be amazing, thanks! I do have a copy of the title policy. I’ll PM you later or tomorrow, I’m going to take a nap in a minute.
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