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Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by 17, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. 17

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    Reached out to a customer of mine who an electrician to see what he would charge to wire two outlets in my shed and connect the power to the house


    $3k :hsugh:


    I think I’ll get a second opinion
     
  2. Arod

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  3. HairyAss

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    Plumber coming out tomorrow - guessing we're going to have to re-do our sewer line from the back of the house to the street. Based on what we've learned about these types of jobs from neighbors, looking at $8k-$10k. Ugh! We actually had part of the line replaced when we moved in and they offered to re-do this section at the time for a lot less but we were cash strapped and opted to not do it.
     
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    I guess he's not that great of a customer....:roflugh:
     
  6. HairyAss

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    Crawling into a corner now. Sewer line is fucked in multiple places. $25k for the first job getting the line from the back of the house out to the street replaced and then probably another $15-$20k to fix where it’s detached to the city sewer line which means digging up the street in front of our house - city permits out the asshole. Jesus.
     
  7. Grifter

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    Yeah, that sucks. Better get the kids paper routes and lemonade stands!
     
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    Shitty
     
  9. HairyAss

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    Calling 2 other places to get competitive quotes. Jesus.
     
  10. HairyAss

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    In our neighborhood, houses with the sewer line already replaced can go for $100k more on the market, though. It’s a given that it needs to be done - standard at the time most of them were built was concrete and they all fall apart eventually.
     
  11. HairyAss

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    Latest quote in - they invalidated the first quote, showing us even more work that needs to be done. Fuck. $52k
     
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    Sweet baby Jebus can you put the kids to work digging to cut down the cost?
    I feel your pain I had to replace the foundation on my house and we had to jack up the and dig the old cinder block one out and pour a new one.
    It was a very trying time:9mm:
    But I have just over 8 foot ceilings in my basement now.
     
  13. HairyAss

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    I’ll end up with a sewer that doesn’t back up into my basement.
     
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  14. HairyAss

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    Finished a first pass pressure washing the deck today - first time in 5 years and, holy crap, what a difference. Going to soap it and do a second pass tomorrow if I can… mostly “if I can” means if I’m moving - running a 1/2 marathon in the morning.
     
  15. HairyAss

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    I may also fire my therapist and just make sure I’m pressure washing something a few times a week.
     
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    Set up a roadside stand.
    Hairy Ass's Pressure Washing
     
  17. Cheddar

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    Get some deck brightener and spray that on first, let it soak the pressure wash off. It will ensure any of the algae is killed and conditions the wood. Very cheap too.
     
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    Tjats the plan but nothing keeps algae away in Seattle!
     
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    I bought a pressure washer and did the front of my house last weekend. The siding is 4.5 months old :lol:

    as much fun as stripping stain off the deck was, I decided to skip all deck related maintenance this time around did them in composite
     
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    I took the RV down a dirt road in the rain. The underside was caked. Pressure washed it off, then washed the sides. Opened the awning and rubbed the underside down with javex & water to take care of the mould, then I mopped down the roof with the same and cleaned the mould and dirt off there as well. Then I lubed up the slide.

    It was good to get the maintenance done.
     
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    Road to the track was wet this weekend. My truck and trailer are coated. I hate washing the truck and trailer. It's huge and takes too long lol. I wish there was a closer RV style wash bay I could drive it through. I'm 12'6" tall with the camper on.
     
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    Pay one of those mobile pressure washer guys to come to you
     
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    what the fuck?
    I'd just buy a 50 foot extension cord or longer if needed and just run it from my house to the shed if they keep quoting prices like that
     
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    yeah the guy thinks I’m retarded. Which I am. But not to that extent

    have a dude coming to do it for $350 who did some work on my last house. Should have called him first but I forgot about him
     
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    I’m beginning to put ideas together to modernize my basement rec room. One of the things on the list is to upgrade the stairs and small landing. Currently, they are carpet and im not wanting to redo them in carpet. The basement flooring will be taken up and replaced with vinyl/composite flooring.

    Before I look at bringing in a professional I’d like to look at some DIY options. I know some of you here have done stair upgrades, I’d appreciate if you shared your ideas and products!

    The carpet was a DIY job from the previous owner who just carpeted over 2x10s. So it’s pretty much going to be a strip it to the frame and start over
     
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    Mine are back on page 3

    it wasn’t a hard job but it was a good amount of work. I pulled all the staples and nails out, use wood fill for the holes, sanded so much my lungs are still 30% sawdust, varnished the treads and painted the risers white. It took about 2.5 days to do (long weekend) by the time everything could dry so I could resand and seal again, but I staggered it so I could work on one set of stairs while the other dried and vice versa. They held up great for the next 4 years until I sold the house, I never touched them again.
     
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    We are having our kitchen redone getting an old friend (Cabinet Maker) to come in and redo the floor counter tops and cabinets Dishwasher (just bought) . Coming next in a week or so to do the final measurements and hammer out the final details with us before doing the build :ohnoes:
     
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    Giving my lawn some attention this week, lots of fresh weeds in some of the sod they used which is just lovely
     
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    Roundup works well
     
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    Grass and having a traditional lawn is such a waste. Replace it with something more sustainable.
     
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    With 2 acres of lawn...I just try to have it come in green...grass, weeds, anything. Trying to worry about weeds would be a full-time job.
     
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    fuck that

    the sod was laid in May and I want to keep it LUSCIOUS
     
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    I just can't use chemicals without feeling gross about it. Especially with a kid and dogs. No point in having a nice lawn if it's toxic to walk on barefoot imo.
     

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