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

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

  1. antisocialite

    antisocialite Chicken

    We have an easement on our property (shared private driveway, so an easement for turning around). It's documented in our closing paperwork (probably the title, but not sure). Good luck!
     
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  2. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    C and I are tentatively considering replacing our fridge and possibly other appliances as well. Our kitchen can be seen here. We really want a fridge with a water dispenser. Would it look weird to just have a stainless steel fridge if we don't replace the other black appliances?
     
  3. HBC

    HBC Chicken

  4. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    I think it would be fine too.

    Signed,
    Owner of almond-colored refrigerator and range, black dishwasher and built-in microwave
     
  5. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    I also agree it would be fine, but we got a “black stainless” fridge (no water dispenser tho) and I love it.
     
  6. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    Thanks guys. Our main floor is very open concept and I felt it would look weird, but C didn't.

    @fantasynerd does it scratch? I read something about those getting dinged up because they're essentially a coating over the true stainless.
     
  7. antisocialite

    antisocialite Chicken

    Go for it, especially if you plan to stay where you are a while and would want to gradually transition to all stainless as things are replaced.
     
  8. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    Go with what is functionally best! I’m still pissed I didn’t get my ice maker.
     
  9. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Having ice/water on the fridge is great. Esp once kids can reach that and their cups. “Get yourself some water!” :lol:
     
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  10. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    @Zoomzoom I guess so? I just noticed that it does have a few scratches on it, not sure if they could be buffed out or something. Obviously I don’t find them super noticeable, but we also have a ton of pictures and magnets on it.
     
  11. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    I’m just going to point out that you are having a baby, so regardless what option you choose, a certain amount of wear and tear and scratching is inevitable once that baby/toddler is mobile. They are destructive little creatures, even if it’s unintentional.
     
  12. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    Oh for sure @megatron. The less noticeable the better is my theory at least! Also makes me hesitant to replace the fridge now. We have a water cooler currently but it makes strange noises semi-frequently and we're both over having to deal with jugs.
     
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  13. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Also don’t let the baby make you hate everything you have. Get something that’s easy to clean and if you have to replace it again when she’s 15 and can walk past without scratching it, whatever.
     
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  14. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    Yeah, get what you need/want! But don’t expect it to stay perfectly pretty either lol. As long as it isn’t a safety issue with a small child, don’t compromise on something more “sturdy” just because you feel you have to! Stuff is replaceable. As long as it works for what you need lol!
     
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  15. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    It’s raining here. A lot. I got out of the shower and heard some horrible noise, which turned out to be the sump pump. It was deadheaded somehow and making a horrible racket. So we rush down there, and I’m saying “yeah it’s probably not pumping out..” and look across the basement to where it goes outside.. “oh shit there’s water coming in that window!”
    That water turned out to be coming from the shower in the master bath. So. Two problems. Cool. D ran outside and hacked off the sump drain so it’s running ok again, but dumping right next to the house. He left to go to Menard’s and get a long flex pipe to drain it out into the middle of the yard. In the freezing (literally) rain.
    The shower, we have no idea. There is some cracked tile, but the amount of water down there has to mean the pan is leaking or isn’t tall enough. Idk. It’s going to cost a fortune and fml. Thank fuck we sold the other house.
     
  16. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Yikes. If there are that many water issues, maybe see if you can borrow or get someone out with an infared camera. We use a cheapie one a lot for work for tracking leaks (and checking overloaded electrical panels but that’s another story).
     
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  17. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    Oohhh, that sucks CW. I'm sorry!
     
  18. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    Oh CW. Oh no.
     
  19. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    He put 20’ each on the sump and the drain spout that’s back there too. Of course it’s really not enough but it’s helping get it away from the house some. No clue what the problem with the other drain is but we’ll deal with it in the spring.
    The shower... I don’t even want to think about yet. We’ll just shower upstairs for now.
     
  20. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Ugh, sorry CW. That’s awful.
     
  21. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    That fucking sucks CW.
     
  22. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    Does anyone have a stick vacuum they love that could handle pet hair? Cordless isn't a requirement though if it had a very good battery life we'd consider it.

    We have a central vac but I hate hauling it out and want something to be able to keep on top of the mess more frequently. Looked into a robot vacuum, but I don't think it will work for us. :sad:
     
  23. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    We have a Tineco and I like it. For carpet it’s not the same as a regular vac with hair, but it’s awesome for hard floors and does totally fine for rugs and quick cleanups on carpet.
     
  24. RoryGilmore

    RoryGilmore Chicken

    @Zoomzoom We have this one, and I’m a huge fan. It’s cordless for up to 40 minutes before you need to recharge.

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  25. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    I bought this one on Black Friday for the same reason (tired of hauling my central vac around) and it works well! It’s got a cord, but it’s pretty long, so you can vacuum a lot of area without switching outlets. I haven’t used it much on carpet yet, but it’s great on hardwood, tile and the foam mat lol.

    https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01BD1BP7G/?tag=snarkchick-20