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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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  • walrus
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    Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    We need our driveway redone and we want a new privacy fence between us and our next door neighbor as well. Tricky thing is, there's a giant old oak right on our property line (mostly on the neighbor's side) which the fence will have to snake around somehow. In addition, the tree is so old and big that the roots are contributing to the breakup of our existing concrete and pouring new concrete in that area may be pointless (continued root growth will eventually break it up again over several years) and if whatever contractor we hire damages the roots while doing the work, it might also kill the oak. It really should be removed, but there's no reasoning with this lady. She got into a very nasty dispute with the previous owner of our house over tree trimming that he did which included branches on her side of the property line he shouldn't have touched, and I'm in no mood to torch off our own turf war with her.
    Get a concrete contractor in there to give an opinion. You want someone that does flatwork. I'll bet I could place a concrete driveway that tree won't **** up : ) Excavate the roots all you want they are on your property.

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  • SJHovey
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    In Minnesota it works this way. If the trunk is entirely on your property, you may do what you like with it. If it’s entirely on your neighbors property, you may trim that part hanging over your land, but only if it causes no harm to the tree(terrible appearance is not harm.) If the trunk is on the property line, you may again trim it if no harm will occur. Can’t go on neighbors property to do it. Both must consent to remove it. But if the tree is causing a nuisance ( sounds like it is) you can bring a nuisance claim and ask that it be removed.)

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  • FadeToBlack&Gold
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    We need our driveway redone and we want a new privacy fence between us and our next door neighbor as well. Tricky thing is, there's a giant old oak right on our property line (mostly on the neighbor's side) which the fence will have to snake around somehow. In addition, the tree is so old and big that the roots are contributing to the breakup of our existing concrete and pouring new concrete in that area may be pointless (continued root growth will eventually break it up again over several years) and if whatever contractor we hire damages the roots while doing the work, it might also kill the oak. It really should be removed, but there's no reasoning with this lady. She got into a very nasty dispute with the previous owner of our house over tree trimming that he did which included branches on her side of the property line he shouldn't have touched, and I'm in no mood to torch off our own turf war with her.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by Swansong View Post
    So I'm finally having someone come take a look at my sagging deck next week.

    Yes, you read that correctly.

    I have lovely trex boards that are in great shape but about 1/3 of it is sinking, so need to have that looked at.
    Decks suck as much as they rule. Ours is in dangerous condition because it's 20+ yrs old and is pine. The previous owner decided to design it himself but, since he was a ****ing idiot, he didn't properly channel the water away from the joists, instead just making a place for water to sit. So you can imagine how structurally sound it is. It's actually kind of incredible it lasted this long. I stopped giving a **** about the decking and let it go a few years back. The boards are still in relatively good shape except for the cut ends.

    We're trying to get ours replaced this year. Probably going with Azek. I liked the idea of full-PVC internals so no chance of water damage. I didn't really want to go with composite, but given interest rates and no sign of housing prices retreating, not sure if our plans to move in the next 5-7 years is going to be as easy as it would have been. Too damn expensive! Given that the mortgage is 2.75% and housing prices are outpacing that (and have been for a while), it would be insane to give up that mortgage.
    Last edited by dxmnkd316; 05-18-2022, 11:19 AM.

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  • Swansong
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    So I'm finally having someone come take a look at my sagging deck next week.



    Yes, you read that correctly.


    I have lovely trex boards that are in great shape but about 1/3 of it is sinking, so need to have that looked at.

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  • burd
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    Originally posted by St. Clown View Post
    Over the weekend I had to replace the concrete stairs/stoop that was torn out as part of the foundation fix in late April. The concrete guy who originally put in our old steps said that we would need to wait 3 years before we could install another concrete replacement. So on to a wooden solution.

    There’s a lot more involved in that process than I had ever expected, and I learned how to create a stairs stringer that’s out of standard from the pre-made options you can purchase at your big box home center.
    Although a good framing square contains all the information necessary to frame stairs and roofs, except perhaps the golden number of 17 1/2 which, as I recall, is the preferred rise and run total. Carpenters used to carry a small roof and stair framing book. Nowadays, I suppose a simple square and youtube is all one needs.

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  • St. Clown
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

    Is that a soil compaction/settling thing?
    Yes.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by St. Clown View Post
    The concrete guy who originally put in our old steps said that we would need to wait 3 years before we could install another concrete replacement
    Is that a soil compaction/settling thing?

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  • St. Clown
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    Over the weekend I had to replace the concrete stairs/stoop that was torn out as part of the foundation fix in late April. The concrete guy who originally put in our old steps said that we would need to wait 3 years before we could install another concrete replacement. So on to a wooden solution.

    There’s a lot more involved in that process than I had ever expected, and I learned how to create a stairs stringer that’s out of standard from the pre-made options you can purchase at your big box home center.

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  • joecct
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    Originally posted by Swansong View Post
    In other news, we're about to have two garage doors replaced (doors, hardware, everything). No automatic openers or anything. Wow are they expensive...
    Prices went up something like 60% in the past year. We were going to upgrade the Gdoor, but $4K for everything was just a wee bit too much.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by walrus View Post

    Can't screw up something that is already broken. Epoxy may work, just make sure the area is squeaky clean. Use alcohol for final cleaning, wait till it evaporates and smear the epoxy on. You could use masking tape to make clean edges and make it look professional : )
    Only caution is you gotta do this right. If it leaks.... that's really really bad. The owner or super may not even allow you to try it. Especially now that maintenance has seen it and rendered an... opinion.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    So I found out that you can turn just about any "wireless" device into a smart accessory with a $25 receiver.

    I've been looking at a very expensive cloud enabled smoker temp sensor setup but decided to get a USB SDR receiver on a whim. Holy ****. Within minutes I was receiving sensor readings from all over. My freezer alarms, my existing ThermPro temp sensors, and a few unknown things from around the neighborhood.
    I just need to fire up this tiny open source software and I can log the sensor readings from all sorts of **** automatically. this just saved me $180+.

    Today I was farting around with it and found that it can pick up the water meter that my city installed years ago. It broadcasts at 900 MHz using a known format. A guy released an open source application that can also log this to file. So now instead of getting quarterly bills for my usage from the city, I can monitor in real time.

    anyways, I regret returning the unopened raspberry pi kit I bought because i didn't think ut was what I wanted. ****.

    anyways, as soon as I can get my hands on one, I'll be setting up a home assistant server and consolidating all the smart **** in the house

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  • walrus
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    Originally posted by MissThundercat View Post
    Maybe you can help:

    I live in an apartment and one of my roommates accidentally kicked through the bathtub trying to get out. We haven't been able to take a shower for over a week. There's a nice little crack on the front wall of the bathtub. Apartment maintenance was hesitant to even try and put a patch on it, and muttered something about "might have to replace the tub" in the 3 minutes he was here. My roommates and I think maintenance had no actual interest in helping.

    I am tempted to do an epoxy fix on it in the meantime, but I don't want to make it worse.
    Can't screw up something that is already broken. Epoxy may work, just make sure the area is squeaky clean. Use alcohol for final cleaning, wait till it evaporates and smear the epoxy on. You could use masking tape to make clean edges and make it look professional : )
    Last edited by walrus; 05-07-2022, 05:21 PM.

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