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  • dxmnkd316
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    JESUS CHRlST

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  • SJHovey
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    We've got a critter in the walls.

    I'm hoping it's not the flying squirrel fren...
    A flying squirrel wouldn't be your worst outcome.

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  • state of hockey
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    Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    Depending on what it is, you may wanna cross a river to release it.
    Please don't. With my luck it'll end up in our walls instead. :^)

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Yeah, the nature preserve puts a small lake between us :-)

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    Depending on what it is, you may wanna cross a river to release it.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post

    My parents neighbor just had a raccoon in their attic.
    Oof. Last thing I want in my house. We've been trying to get rid of the raccoon that keeps draining our hummingbird feeders. ****er dropped a deuce on our deck the first time almost to let us know he's here. We've caught him up there a few times, he just looks up with DGAF face when the light hits him. Open the deck door (5' away!) and he just looks up like we're inconveniencing him.

    anyways, we enjoy watching the flying squirrels chase each other. But this might be it :-(

    we'll release what we catch at the nature preserve just north of us.

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    We've got a critter in the walls.

    I'm hoping it's not the flying squirrel fren...
    My parents neighbor just had a raccoon in their attic.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    We've got a critter in the walls.

    I'm hoping it's not the flying squirrel fren...

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  • FadeToBlack&Gold
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    Probably the cheapest vinyl windows they could source in bulk at a contractor rate. We have Brand X junk too, except our own previous AH owner installed them himself, along with a lot of other things around here. Let's just say an auto mechanic doesn't necessarily make a good handyman.
    Last edited by FadeToBlack&Gold; 05-24-2022, 09:33 PM.

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  • burd
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    Originally posted by joecct View Post

    Door is 22 years old and is a wide door that needed reinforcement at one time to keep it from buckling. New one has some R value to it which should keep the sewing room above the garage warmer in winter.

    Oh - and an AC smoke detector went on the fritz 3 years early. Replaced the backup battery and it still went beep all through last night. Going to replace all the detectors just in case, but the previous AH owner didn't label which breaker runs the smoke detectors. Will have to play hunt and check this weekend. %&&**!!!

    And now my wife finally agrees that we need to replace the 22 year old builder grade windows (30 of them!). More money. Think we'll wait a bit more for the supply chain & economy issues to resolve.
    What do you mean by "builder grade" windows? Anderson? Hurd? Pella? Marvin?

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  • joecct
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    Originally posted by Swansong View Post

    Total replacement? Or just a touch up? My quote - for two doors and all hardware/sliders/whatever (no automatic stuff, all manual) was $3400. We aren't getting windows or anything fancy on them, and aren't having them painted. And my favorite part is that the salesman was honest about timing - "yeah, a few months? Honestly I have no idea and I'm really sorry, but I don't want to overpromise".
    Door is 22 years old and is a wide door that needed reinforcement at one time to keep it from buckling. New one has some R value to it which should keep the sewing room above the garage warmer in winter.

    Oh - and an AC smoke detector went on the fritz 3 years early. Replaced the backup battery and it still went beep all through last night. Going to replace all the detectors just in case, but the previous AH owner didn't label which breaker runs the smoke detectors. Will have to play hunt and check this weekend. %&&**!!!

    And now my wife finally agrees that we need to replace the 22 year old builder grade windows (30 of them!). More money. Think we'll wait a bit more for the supply chain & economy issues to resolve.

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Little over golfball-sized hail in GDO this afternoon. Upwards of 2".

    Hoping for a new roof
    My parents house got hammered. Outside lights shattered, roof is a wreck and getting total replacement

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  • Swansong
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    Originally posted by joecct View Post
    About that garage door....

    The HOA did its "annual" inspection (1st time I've seen them do one) of all the houses for compliance.

    We got dinged for a dented and cracked garage door. Got an estimate from COSTCO. With 10% Costco card and a 5% senior discount, got the cost down to $3775. (cough, gasp).
    Total replacement? Or just a touch up? My quote - for two doors and all hardware/sliders/whatever (no automatic stuff, all manual) was $3400. We aren't getting windows or anything fancy on them, and aren't having them painted. And my favorite part is that the salesman was honest about timing - "yeah, a few months? Honestly I have no idea and I'm really sorry, but I don't want to overpromise".

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  • joecct
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    About that garage door....

    The HOA did its "annual" inspection (1st time I've seen them do one) of all the houses for compliance.

    We got dinged for a dented and cracked garage door. Got an estimate from COSTCO. With 10% Costco card and a 5% senior discount, got the cost down to $3775. (cough, gasp).

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Little over golfball-sized hail in GDO this afternoon. Upwards of 2".

    Hoping for a new roof

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