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

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

  1. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    Previously, on "what the hell did the previous owners do to this house?"
    • The bathroom vanity was installed before the concrete subfloor was poured
    • 1/4 of the bathroom tiles had adhesive applied, the remainder just being held in place by grout
    • The bathroom corner is not square, so a hole was cut into the wall to fit the vanity counter top
    This week, on an exciting kitchen edition:
    • The new kitchen floor was just laid on top of the old one
    • The appliance delivery team refused to install the new dishwasher because there were 3 layers of flooring in front of it
    Everything is installed now and went in fine, it looks great. But it remains to be seen if J regrets upgrading the appliances or not :lol: Also, the fridge is a little big for our galley kitchen but it doesn't bother me because we definitely needed the extra space.
     
  2. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Is the old floor some type of vinyl? If so, it’s a good chance that the adhesive contains asbestos. Industry allows for 1 layer of flooring above existing and this is done a lot when there’s asbestos containing materials, but it’s just a delaying tactic for abatement.

    Abatement of asbestos mastic is nbd. Like yes, it’s money, but it’s the easiest type of abatement.
     
  3. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    This happened to my parents, but it was like 15 layers of flooring. It used to be a step up into the kitchen. Like 20 years ago they started taking them up. There were newspapers from like the 30s between some of the layers.
     
  4. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    Not sure, I wasn’t home and didn’t see it. I can ask J tonight, I never would have thought of that. There is also quarter round along the kitchen baseboards to cover the gap. I know this townhouse was built in the early 70’s, and the wallpaper that is still up behind the microwave was definitely original!
     
  5. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    When TG went to take down the (probably 10 individual) wall mounted shelves in the half bath he discovered that they were just random pieces of dry wall painted white and forced into place with approximately 25 nails each that were then also painted over.
     
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  6. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    I’m kind of impressed by that, actually.
     
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  7. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    There were a lot of things painted over in the house actually, mostly all the outlet covers and even the light switches.

    TG was pretty happy with himself when he got all those selves off. It took a lot of physical strength. Now that bathroom doubles as our Bob Ross gallery because it has so much wall space (and TG has many MANY Bob Ross renditions)
     
  8. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    All the happy little trees while you pee.
     
  9. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    :kiss:
     
  10. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    Just hopefully not too many happy little accidents.
     
  11. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    @MagnificentCat, J said he couldn't tell what the old floor was. This place was built in 1974. How hard should we try to figure out what's going on down there?
     
  12. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    If you’re going to remove the flooring, then yeah, I’d be pretty aggressive about getting a test done. 1974 is right before they started phasing out asbestos use in construction materials. If you have no plans to do anything, just file it away.
     
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  13. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    Short of some major unexpected income we aren't going to do anything with the kitchen floor, but in the event of a lottery win I will keep that in mind :lol:
     
  14. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I don't know if this is a thing that can even be done, but we have a small room with a door to the balcony and a small window above it. There is a ledge as well. Would it be possible to have someone install an ac in that space? The glass from window would need to be removed, and not sure if they even make an ac unit that would fit. There's not really enough wall space to make a hole to the outside, I think, so I feel like it might be the only way we can get an AC in that room. Who would we call to figure something like that out? A general contractor?

    (More info- we live in a 2nd floor apartment in a 2 family home that does not have central air so we use window units. Im guessing the owners of the house are not even interested in central air, as it would be a big job since we have radiators for heat so the whole system would need to be created. The way the layout of the apartment is, even leaving the door to the room open, the window unit of the other room doesn't really cool the room much).
     
  15. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Show us the wall you’re looking at and I’m pretty sure @Zombie Llama and I can give you options.

    Short answer is probably.
     
  16. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Shorter side of the wall next to the door is 18 inches and adjacent to the home next door (no space between the buildings) the wider side is about 25in and directly adjacent to our living room. Outside wall is brick. Couldnt get the whole wall in a single picture because a bunk bed is in the way, so there's two.
     

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  17. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    So if that door is frequently used or is your emergency egress then I think it probably won’t work. There may be a narrow window unit type that would work in the window, but I don’t know what the code requirements would be for walking directly under a unit (if any). Ductless may be an option, but I’d have to look into it.
     
  18. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Yeah, the door is fairly frequently used in the summer. Does it help that there is a ledge over the door thats about 12in deep? Or it doesnt matter?
     
  19. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    Would you be able to use a portable or a wall mounted?
     
  20. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Wall mounted I'm not sure. How much space do they need for a hole to be cut? Portable wont work because it needs to drain out somewhere, unless we make a hole for it as well. Not sure.
     
  21. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Another option might be turning that door into a window and one of the living room windows into a door? I have no idea how much that would cost. But its the kids' room that needs the ac, and the hot summer irritates their eczema a lot so we have to figure out something for long term, other than J just sleeping in there and the kids in our bed where we have a window unit.
     
  22. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    I think your best bet would be a ductless mini-split and here’s why:
    1. The additional cost of the mini-split over a window unit is negated once you factor in converting the door into a window (and you may not be able to do that if it’s the second door out of your unit).
    2. The fan unit is potentially narrow enough to fit on the narrow balcony.
    3. Drilling through the wall is probably cheaper than dealing with the lead paint on door frame and the pipe that feeds the interior unit from the fan looks pretty small.

    This is all based on a lot 10 minutes of looking at mini splits so I’m far from an expert at this.
     
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  23. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Excellent, thank you! I didnt even know that kind of thing existed. Definitely sounds easier. If we had unlimited monies, we'd turn that door into a window and install a sliding door in the living room to access the balcony. Plus we don't own the house.
     
  24. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    Our new microwave is already defective, so that's fun. It randomly turns on by itself (just the light/turntable, no heat) and no matter what button you touch on the front the turntable just starts going and there's no heat. Home Depot said it's only their problem for 48 hours after delivery and now we have to deal with Samsung. They can't send out a tech to look at it until Friday, and if it's defective/not fixable they will order us a new one. Wonderful.
     
  25. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Just what I fucking need when we have to make dinner ourselves forever for the rest of our lives. Our oven keeps tripping its switch and won't stay on. The switch says "sockets". It won't stay up when we switch it back.

    Only other thing running in there is the fridge.

    Do we need an electrician or is there something we're missing?

    Wiring is only a few years old and all the lights and plug sockets and immersion heater etc are working perfectly except the oven.