Find the a low spot in your yard and spread the dirt around in a thin layer. A good landscape rake is a must and it will allow you to spread it out thin like butter on toast.
Pumice stone will remove all the scale and crud and will not harm the finish.
Find one like this: Pumie Toilet Bowl Ring Remover #TBR-6 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BPRDCW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_cOvVDbZ7SXJF5
I am a big fan of the simple rare earth magnet ones.
Simply finds the nails in the drywall quickly and usually there are enough to understand the pattern too.
Never fails me.
CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IKK0OI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_pV19DbKN9HF77
The dowels don't help as much as you'd think. On most sliding doors, it's possible to stick a narrow, stiff wire in between the panes of glass and pop the dowel out.
The best way to secure sliding glass doors is with a Charley bar. This is the one we put in our house. The best charley bars somehow secure the bar when it's lowered, with a pin or a key.
Cave crickets feast on... Each other. Yikes. So rather than pay the $ for a fly sticky, I line up a few strips of duct tape, sticky side up, and stick one of their deceased brothers smack in the middle. As the cannibal bastards approach their meal, they get stuck. Caught about 30 of them like that over the summer.
I also hunt them with a bug-a-salt rifle. It's fun as hell to hunt a rogue actor in your basement. It takes two or three shots to finish the job but it works.
A water shut off key.
It's one of those thing you never want to need, but holy shit if you ever do it's a life saver.
I’ve been using a Schlage ZWave deadbolt lock for the last 3 years and it’s been pretty good overall. I had it paired with Wink but it initially had problems with battery life that they had eventually fixed.
The lock uses a touchscreen keypad and also has a key for backup that you can change the core. Installation was easy for me since he previous deadbolt was also Schlage.
You can program custom codes and set up automations in Wink. The only caveat is you need to make sure you’re in close range of the wink hub when adding the lock.
So far I have to change batteries once or twice a year or so depending but I have notifications set up for it. I live in a temperate climate so no jamming or issues like that.
I’m not sure if I recommend Wink anymore since their support is having issues lately. However you can use the lock with any zwave compatible hub like SmartThings etc.
It’s not has fancy as some Bluetooth or NFC type lock but has been reliable and easy to use.
Edit: For those asking, the specific one I bought is below but there’s likely a newer model available since I bought mine 3 years ago.
Schlage Connect Century Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm and Handleset Grip with Latitude Lever, Bright Chrome, FE469NX LAT 625 CEN, Works with Alexa
This has solved my insect problems each time. The most recent was ants crawling in through the outlets.
Furthermore, if you have a lawn close to the door, or around your house in general, and you have been neglecting mowing responsibilities, this can significantly increase the bugs in your home. Mowing twice a week can cut down on the BS. You can also throw down ferts that address bug issues, or hire someone to come spray the property.
Fuse boxes are not inherently unsafe. They get unsafe when you can't find a fuse and you just replace it with a penny or a piece of copper pipe. But if you have a properly working fusebox, there is nothing unsafe about it.
If breakers are more your thing, you can buy replacement breakers that fit in fuse holders:
You probably can't add a huge high-drain device like an electric heater to your antique fusebox, but the fuses themselves are not a danger to you.
$2500 is not out of line to replace the entire box, but you may find an electrician who moonlights to do it in the $1500 range.
Can you post a pic of it?
It's a lint trap.
They make different kinds but you should remove it and either clean out (with a hose outside) or replace it.
You could also use something that sits in the drain of the utility tub(sanitary sink).
Something like this might work as it should not have the risk of overflow.
We finally got sick of the pest control/solar guys/politicians knocking on our door at dinner time so we hung this funny little sign on our window next to the doorbell. Haven’t had a knock since, but I’ve been waiting for one to ring the bell anyway so I can answer the door, shaking my head in disapproval and open with “why’d you have to go make it weird?”
TOGGLER SNAPTOGGLE Drywall Anchor with Included Bolts for 1/4-20 Fastener Size; Holds 80 pounds Each in 1/2-in Drywall by TOGGLER (12 Pack) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IU6HG48/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_c-mMFb7XFA5F1
Don't necessarily count on price matching. The Lowe's closest to me will not price match any item that is on sale at another retailer.
As for Prime deals, I picked up some Moen Smart Water Detectors. Had been looking for some water detectors and decided to try these out.
Using a motion activated sprinkler, I was able to successfully train the neighbor's cat not to poop in our sandbox. Effective, humane, entertaining.
Soldering is fine. If he's getting into home repair you're going to be a happy partner, it's lovely to have someone who helps out. You might want to get him a very good mask. This one is kind of overkill for PVC and soldering, but he might branch out into bigger applications and it's nice to have it if you need it. Besides, you only get one pair of lungs.
Given those motors are less than 200 retail cost and as a handy man I could replace it in less than 30 minutes, Id tell that tech to stop smoking meth and go find someone who's not trying to fund their entire retirement off your one little repair. Thats just nuts.
Ps. there are youtubes on how to replace these motors. Its NOT hard.
~$10, best multitasking tool in the kitchen.
Need to put all those chopped onions into the pan? Done
Need to square-off that layer of bread/cake/crust you’re about to bake? I gotcha
Need to cut something but are too lazy to get a knife? Might work.
Pictures work too. Say picture of the closet, or a shelf with a bunch of stuff on it. Likewise, record model and serial numbers of the stuff you purchase. I keep it all in OneNote.
If you say you lost a toaster, insurance will give you the cheapest toaster money can buy. But in actuality you had this toaster instead. So you want to have things like model and serial numbers documented or photographed or whatever to prove you indeed had that toaster.
I do not think you are being unreasonable at all.
I feel sorry for their children if they are that loud and have guests over that late when they should be asleep.
Can't help with neighbor problems but this thing saves my life when traveling in hotels.
I can hear every footstep, door, a/c unit, TV, etc...unless I have this with me.
We use one in our babies room also.
You're looking for this kit: O'BERRY ENTERPRISES 3233"SQUEEEEEK NO MORE" FLOOR REPAIR KIT https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006IK8YE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_CHd8Bb17FJMWG
I've used it on stairs and it's worked great but haven't had the courage to use it on the floors yet as I'm afraid to miss a joist and have an unnecessary hole in the floor.
They have videos of people using it and it works well.
The powder method doesn't work and pediatricians nowadays don't want powder getting anywhere near an infant.
Here is a link for a 6 pack of "sonic security personal alarms."
The way these work is that a small pin, once removed from the device, sounds a 140 db sonic alarm. The device and the pin both have pull tabs on them. Take a ground stake and fasten the pin to the ground, and use the keychain loop to secure the device to your lawn decoration. Once the thief snatches your decoration the pin will fall out and the alarm will sound. The thief is instantly exposed and can either drop the decoration or risk attracting further attention if they try to escape with it.
Either way, if you suspect it is one specific neighbor, this will hopefully be enough to deter them.
Check out the Ecovacs Deebot models when you're on sale, here's the Pro version with Alexa of the one I got, I've seen it on sale for under $200 at Amazon, and the non-Alexa version I have has been as low as $150. I would only consider models with a roller brush and a mop pad, as models without the roller brushes are much less effective at sucking in debris, and I've found the mop pad very worth paying for. I do like that the Deebot vacuums are popular enough that you can buy knock-off accessories (like replacement brushes and extra mop pads) on Amazon and Ebay.
I definitely don't want to oversell them, it's best if you go in with low expectations considering the price and then let it impress you. These cheaper robots aren't very smart at navigation and don't really attempt to map your house, though they are persistent enough that they get impressive coverage and I don't notice any missed spots. You also don't get the "self-rescue" features of more expensive robots, it will try to back itself off obstacles but if it manages to wedge itself somewhere it will beep for a minute or until rescued. They do have anti-drop sensors and are smart enough not to fall off stairs or edges. If anything they're a bit too sensitive, as we have a thick rubber mat in front of our sink to stand on, and the robot will drive up onto it to vacuum and then be afraid to drive off because of the lip.
Several years ago I hired a pest control company and I asked for an MSDS for the chemicals they were using so I could verify it would be safe for pets and stuff. The employee said the stuff was impossible to get without a special license and certification or something.
Turned out that was a load of B.S. It's called Suspend Polyzone and you can get it tons of places. Bought the concentrate two years ago and I expect it to last another 2-3 years.
I dilute it in water 0.75oz per gallon indoors, and 1.5oz / gallon outdoors, and use a 1 gallon pump sprayer.
In my experience it is 100% effective for 1 year.
> I had my place (built in 1940) tested for about $600 or so USD.
Sounds like you got fucked over pretty hard on that price. A test kit is $35 and your sample is actually tested at a nationally certified laboratory. This is the same kit the pros use.
The soap will act as a surfactant and help the roundup stick to the leaves. Without a surfactant the Roundup will drip off the wax coating of the leaves. Roundup works by being adsorbed through the foliage so the more you can get to stick without dripping off the better.
I actually use the below product as a surfactant for my treatments.
My K&T story: bought a house with it and insurance didn’t ask, but then two weeks after closing said they over looked the inspection and cancelled my home owners insurance. I freaked tf out and negotiated a two week gap insurance. That gave me enough time to have an electrician hook up a new meter and electric panel, and one outlet in the house. That was the minimum required and I got the home insured. I then rewired the entire house.
The electrician said that K&T is safe for the electrical loads that were expected in a house over 50 years ago.
This book is an incredible resource:
Your 4th picture looks like the inputs for two of the channels. Are those located near a place where it would make sense to have a sound system or TV? Keep looking for more inputs like that, there's probably a pair of posts for each speaker.
Get a receiver or audio amplifier and connect between those 4 inputs and the outputs of the device with some speaker wire and banana plugs, like these if you aren't familiar.
Maybe Wet and Forget I’ve used it on the side of the house and other places but not the roof. It takes a while but really works.
This was the highest R value garage door insulation I found. It was super easy to put on. This is the 2nd winter now. It does make quite a difference in the winter and also in the summer. Our garage faces west and the heat in the late afternoon was unbearable.
Its a kit like this: https://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Window-Insulator-5-Window/dp/B00002NCJI
You attach it with the tape then use a hair dryer to shrink it.
It's a large, single air filter that is installed at the air handler. It usually replaces all of the 1 inch filters that would normally be found either at each of the returns (or a single one at the blower).
They look like this:
They flow a lot more air than 1 inch filters which is better for your system because it reduces the pressure drop across the filter.
A few other things that will help:
Ozone generator. This will nuke any existing smells. However I would only bother with this if the smell remains once the humidity level has been brought down and kept there for a few weeks.
If your basement has a bare concrete floor, paint it. I bought concrete floor/porch paint and it has held up pretty well for 6-7 years. It will keep the dust down too.
I had to call an exterminator when I had a yellow jacket infestation. It's not that expensive in the long run, considering how awful these jerks are.
As for mosquitos, my neighbors have a stupid runoff area that collects water, and they leave it untreated and stagnant all year so I've got loads of bug issues. I bought this bug zapper and it has been really effective.
Agree with all of this. And go extra aggressive if it’s rats, you do NOT want them in your home - I speak from experience. And then keep putting a small amount of traps out in strategic places when it starts getting cold every year.
Also, I was so skeptical, but I’ve found the ultrasonic things do actually work pretty well, at least as a deterrent once the initial problem/infestation has been handled. I live in an old country farmhouse with neighbors that keep trash piles in their yard, so we’ve definitely had some issues with mice in the past, but I now have two of these on two different levels of the house and I haven’t seen any sign of a mouse near those rooms at all since I put them in about a year ago. Just a thought.
Usually you can just unscrew the outside metal pieces that protect the fins. Then get in there with a shop vac and hose until its clean. Then get the hvac cleaner stuff, something like This. You don't have to use this brand, I don't really know what brands are good I just grabbed this from home depot.
Hit it with the foam, spray off with the hose, repeat until you're out of foam.
Put it all back together and then you should be good. You can probably find someone that charges one or two hundred dollars to do this for you as well.
This is us but in a DC rowhouse!! Neighbors smoke heavily and i can’t really smell it but my husband can. We have a 1yo too. As far as my (non expert) googling found, it’s more a nuisance than second-hand smoke but IANAD. Here’s what we’ve done:
We have a HEPA air purifier in our bedroom and our sons room and one in the family room (a Coway and a Germ Guardian)
We plugged up all of the outlet plates with socket sealers and plugged unused outlets with standard outlet child proofing thingies
Installed new blinds and curtains
Replaced all the HVAC filters with high MERV rated ones and change them monthly
When the smoke is bad open doors and windows and put a fan pointing out a window in order to create a wind tunnel effect that clears the room
We found the smell was worse when the temperatures were changing — when the pressure between the houses equalized a bit more we noticed the smells less
Got the “smelly jelly” for rooms where the odor is worst: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015MN7HA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_40D06WX332Q77CPCRD5B
All these things have helped but we still smell it occasionally—again mostly when the weather is changing. We are anxious people so haven’t talked to the neighbors about it and it’s not so horrible that it’s ruining our lives, but we probably won’t renew our lease
Better yet, try with one of the disposable like 2-3 foot long snakes first. These things are a godsend and should work for 90% of standard clogs.
>You have to drill a pilot hole
Oh man, someone should have told that to the photographer. Look at the 2nd pic (the one with the hand); they split the board at all 3 visible screws.
We have a house that has a 27 year old well. We had the same rotten smell. We installed a two stage filter (sediment and carbon) and it fixed our problem completely. We replace the carbon filter every 12 months for $99, and replace the sediment filter for $30 every 6 months.
It’s a kit on amazon sold by Home Master. I believe we paid about $300 for the filter kit. You can also get a 3 stage kit from them if you want that. After these filters we have a $500 Kenmore water softener and we have great water now.
Home Master Whole House Two Stage Water Filtration System with Multi Gradient Sediment and Catalytic Carbon, White, , https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N2941OW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_bVuBDbAQ86ED6
In the meantime just put one of these. Then you can use it in the backyard if you build something more beautiful. https://www.amazon.com/Keter-Plastic-Storage-Container-Furniture/dp/B07JNVRRPJ/ref=zg_bs_671804011_3?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=T9YVX8D59AZADCKPK65V
They actually make a soft putty that has the consistency of modeling clay just for filling larger gaps like yours. It's even UL certified for use in building gaps.
FYI Expanding foam solutions suck really bad. The make a huge mess of everything. You will never see the pros use expanding foam for your use case scenario.
A pair of these — integrated timer switches for my front and back patio lights. We like the lights on every night for security, and these switches not only take care of it, but also adjust automatically as the days get shorter and longer. I never need to touch them; I just set them up once and leave them alone.
I went with these. I don't know enough to compare different types, but I can say for sure that metal contacts are extremely sensitive to water and since I bought them two years ago they've given me an early heads up about leaks on 4 occasions, easily the best cost:payoff investment I've made as a homeowner.
I need to buy more, but it is going well. I am starting to see areas with nice amounts of clover.
Talking to them will do no good, since the neighbors already have. Find out your local laws and then file a complaint with the responsible authorities....animal control around here. Start documenting the occurrences of when this is happening and given the neighbors seem tired of it too, band with them to document and file complaints as well.
It's been my experience once someone gets a talking to from Animal Control/local authorities people start to take their barking dogs seriously.
A white noise machine also does wonders to keep random dog barking from waking you.
You don't want to tap into your homes HVAC system to cool your equipment closet.
I would recommend simply adding a blower motor to your server room and exchange air with outside of the room. Cut a intake and exhaust opening and then use a small duct blower motor.
You can get those fans with a thermostat built in so it turns on/off at your desired temp settings.
I would recommend a mid-range Chamberlain. E.g. something like this B970 for $250 which has a lot of nice features (quiet belt drive, battery backup for use during power outages, and wifi control if you want it). Installation is pretty straightforward (couple hours DIY, depending on how handy you are and whether you have a 2nd person to help).
You can get basic garage door openers for more like $150 but I think the extra $100 gets you some nice features.
No reason to spend any more IMO, and no reason to pay for someone to install it if you are just slightly handy.
I killed all my grass/weed without pesticides by covering everything with cardboard weighed down by bricks for 3 weeks. I then watered and used a manual aerator. It all cost about $30.
Yard Butler Lawn Coring Aerator Manual Grass Dethatching Turf Plug Core Aeration Tool ID-6C https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EOMCJD6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_CcuWCbTQNKB10
Burning works and it's way faster. I didn't do that because my area burns easily.
I would buy a new Zoller pump if I were you. A 1/3 HP pump (you would need to confirm the existing pump size) is $160 on amazon . Zoller is a better brand than the product you posted.
Installation involves loosening some fittings, and threading in a new discharge pipe. Pretty simple job.
Bissell Big Green Professional Carpet Cleaner. I have two dogs and a toddler. Man that thing does a good job cleaning the carpets. Do a quick clean every few months, especially for the rugs that get a lot of dirt/mud from outside. The only thing I don't like about it is that once you are done, you really do need to clean the unit which takes an extra 15 minutes.
it's something i've dealt with in business and residential settings, coming from the perspective of audio/video/IT equipment and the impact of dirty power on said equipment. I have also seen voltage sag destroy video and IT equipment (mostly power supplies, but in some cases, switches/servers/video processing gear.) I can't imagine compressors and electric heating elements like poor quality power any more than most circuitry.
edit: you can get something like a kill-a-watt to monitor your input and output power metrics for a single outlet.
The Rev-a-Shelf tiered silverware drawer
You get twice as much storage out of the drawer! But for a really good time, go to the Rev-A-Shelf website and check out all the crazy storage solutions they have for your kitchen and pantry. And I second the recommendations for the drawers to replace most of the lower cabinets, and pull out shelves for the lower cabinets you do get, and outlets with built-in USB.
We went with a Purple mattress a few months ago. Tried to order one of their foundations to go with it but a month after ordering and receiving the mattress and at least another month wait for their foundation, we gave up and ordered this one from Amazon.
It pretty much just folds out of the box and you screw some nuts on to lock the two pieces together, couldn't be easier and has worked great, no squeaking or anything.
I use the below book. I am not an actual home inspector, but I find the information VERY useful. Knowing what to look for is half the battle!
The Complete Guide to Home Inspection:
> Hot and Neutral aren’t backwards at the outlet,
yeah one of these receptacle testers are nice to have when moving into a new place...the home inspector should have caught something like that
Do it yourself. It is MUCH cheaper.
I recommend this one if you want to replace the entire knob. (kwikset) It has the benefit of being able to re-key your locks in about 10 seconds, without disassembling the knob, if you decide to change your locks again in the future. Super easy. $20 per knob.
Alternatively, you could get something like this (re-keying kit). It's only $10, and you can re-key several locks. It's definitely a bit delicate though. Make sure to follow the instructions very precisely, or you'll end up with pins shooting everywhere from the springs.
Whichever method you choose, you should be done in about an hour. Do you like the idea of having a job that makes/saves $130 per hour?
Just FYI, energy wise this will be equivalent of turning the thermostat down a few degrees to meet the required temperature upstairs. You can accomplish the same thing by getting a cheap thermometer and finding out what set temperature you need downstairs to reach the desired temperature upstairs.
>What can you use it for?
Anything that needs soap or water to come off. For example, let's say you made oatmeal and are discarding the rest that you don't want. The bulk of the oatmeal that can be scooped out with a spoon would go into the trash. The rest that needs water (+ any combo of detergent and scrubbing) would go down the disposal. Don't just scoop the entire thing into the disposal. Does that make sense?
>what food waste can’t go in the garbage
I think the only thing that isn't supposed to go into the trash are oil and grease. Instructions on how to handle that here.
Personally I often use spare plastic shopping bags to contain meats and associated wrappings so as to cut them off from oxidation that leads to decay and smell (over the short term, you definitely want to toss it out of the house within the week.)
Y'all want these, I already went through all this research last year.
You can obtain most of the things you want, except for water leak detection and pet friendly. water leak, you'll need to buy extra protection if it doesnt come with it and pets will always get picked up by cameras (any camera not just these)
I have 5 cats (yes 5, but they spend a lot of time outside) that live in a 1000 sq' floor of a house and our air purifier has made a world of difference. We keep it near the boxes and Betty hasn't cleared the room since we got it! This is the model we got from Amazon.
10/10 would recommend.
Cerama Bryte is what you want, as safely cleaning glass cooktops is exactly what it is made for. Here's a kit that has all you need, including the scraper: https://www.amazon.com/Cerama-Bryte-Cooktop-Cleaning-Cleaner/dp/B000MIWRTM/
A silent basement sump check valve that no longer wakes me up and scares the shit out of my dog when activated. My entire house used to get rattled by the old Zoeller check valve on my basement laundry room/HVAC drain sump. I had no idea these existed until a few weeks ago, and it has been lifechanging in a very small way, but a way.
I don’t find spray guns to be useful. Switched to rolling halfway through my whole house and never looked back.
I’d recommend something like
They suck a bunch of paint up into the handle, so you don’t have to refill the roller so much
While not as big as an HVAC rebuild, I avoided a nearly annual washing machine servicing with a $75 minimum visitation charge (usually ended up costing $150) by learning to replace the agitator dogs myself for a total of $5 and 10m of labor.
Oh boy that’s so rough I’m so sorry. I do have one easy solution to one problem you mentioned. Paper window shades. You can get them at Amazon, a lot of home improvement stores, or IKEA. Figure out expensive window treatments later but this is a super cheap way of feeling a bit safer and more private in your home. I love these and got them when I bought my place so I could take my time figuring out permanent window treatments.
As far as not having a parent to ask for help. That’s really hard, especially when you’re already overwhelmed. In my experience, people who know their stuff, love to share it. If you have the spoons, don’t feel shy about chatting with people like neighbors and coworkers about your home. I get the sense that you’re a woman and you mentioned asking a dad for help. I’m also a woman, and I help my lady friends who feel clueless about their houses, all the time. I lend tools. I teach them how to do things. I hope that someone senses your open heart and reaches out to offer wisdom when they can. But seriously, if they seem knowledgeable, unless they give you an indication otherwise, then don’t feel bad picking their brain. People love to share their knowledge and often they don’t mind lending their tools.
Other random resources I can throw at you in case you’re interested:
Mercury Stardust: the Trans Handy Ma’am is a really nice and accessible creator who shares her knowledge of home repair without trying to overwhelm folks or intimidate them. She’s so sweet.
Also - tool libraries are a thing. Seriously. Check your city and see if you have one. In addition to not having to buy a tool you might not need more than once, you might also meet folks who have that wisdom you wish you could tap into.
If you ever want to rant or need a sounding board, my DMs are open.
These solar motionlights are great, I've got them scattered all over the place. Stick one by the firewood pile. By the back gate. Over by where I store the trash cans. So many uses.
They won't last forever, I typically get a couple years out of them, but who cares at less than $10 each
pull out for cookie sheets and cutting boards- so much easier than rooting through a pile
Good under cabinet lighting and led light strips
any other cabinet pull outs you want for pots and pans etc.
Lots of outlets and ones that work.
Wide aisles. So you can turn around without bumping into something
A deep sink
Yes, those are line voltage t-stats (usually for in-wall or baseboard heaters). Something like this would work to switch them over. You basically connect the 2 line terminals to it and it provides 24vac that the nest needs. It then accepts a wire from the thermostat to control the heat. However, there is a bit of wiring, and if youre not familiar, probably best to hire it out. Also, there will probably be some drywall work required, as you may need to enlarge the box to a 2 gang.
Source: I literally converted one of these types of thermostats to an ecobee last weekend
Lead generally isn’t a problem unless inhaled or ingested. Be on the lookout for any chipped or peeling paint or other finishes (including bathtub glazing).
Lead dust doesn’t magically appear just because there’s lead paint.
As for the “I painted it with latex” comment - Encapsulation is a valid remediation. If lead products are completely covered and inaccessible, they pose little risk.
It’s a relatively low risk for a new born. Bigger deal for toddlers that may put their mouth on walls and trim.
Grab a couple of self tests off Amazon if you’re concerned. I’m sure you can have them shipped to Toronto. (Or head over the Michigan and get some at Home Depot). If you use these, be sure to scrape a small spot and test ALL LAYERS or paint, not just the surface.
Are you sure there’s no blood testing available? In the US it’s a standard test at age 2. Maybe ask your pediatrician if it’s something they can do upon request?
Never....never....never...pay a contractor before work is complete.
If he needs money for materials then just have him provide a list and you will supply the materials. 80% of all contractors are pure scam artist.
On a long job that will take weeks to complete I might be willing to pay labor on a weekly basis depending on if the job is on schedule. I have been dealing with contractors for a long time. You need a stern mentality to deal with them and you need to treat them like children.
>he had an A+ BBB rating
The BBB is a pure bullshit service.
And finally the most important thing we need to talk about is a structural engineer! One does not simply remove a column without consulting with a structural engineer. You did not mention one so I have to ask where is the engineer in this picture?
FYI I have personally seen houses begin to fall apart after a column was removed.
>and we have also contacted our homeowners insurance and put in a claim to fix any resulting damage. (Home warranty won't cover cutting holes or opening up anything that is not easily accessible.)
I would have waited until after finding out what the problem was and how much the repair would be before contacting the insurance company. If the cost is near the cost of the deductible + potential insurance increase then it's not worth letting them know anything. From what I understand even calling to discuss potentially filing a claim can increase your rates and making a claim can get you a nice 10%-30+% premium increase.
I have a friend who found this site - https://nextdoor.com/ I've thought about getting neighbors to join it, but I'm too much of a hermit to ask them :P I don't know if it would be any easier than FB though.
If indoors, the most convenient would be their Liquid Ant Baits (https://smile.amazon.com/TERRO-T300B-2-Pack-Liquid-Baits/dp/B00E4GACB8/)
Place a couple along their path, and also where you can see them entering your woodshed, then wait a few days. They are also coming in because they found a food source - follow their trail and see where they're going, then remove the food source.
I’m in the panhandle of Florida and dealing with the same thing, I’ve been overseeing with centipede grass and Bermuda grass, so far the centipede grass is winning, but I can’t speak to its long term durability
Scotts EZ Seed Patch and Repair Centipede Grass, 10 lb. - Combination Mulch, Seed, and Fertilizer - Tackifier Reduces Seed Wash-Away - Covers up to 225 sq. ft. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NBN8LIY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_562V6JJMYVYXW4ETABTG
Technically you cant do ANYTHING to the city fence.
I would let some time pass and then install privacy screens.
I immediately throw those out if they come will a bath fixture or smoke detector in the box, and use these
no drilling, just tap in and screw them in
Water alarms under every appliance that uses water. Maybe $10 each, and will save you thousands of dollars when you have a leak.
Edit - Amazon has a variety of different models. I get this one for most places, and it has a slide-out sensor base which is really cool. It makes it easy to get the sensor where you want it, like under a dishwasher without removing it. I also have one next to my kids bathtub so if they get to splashy ... alarm! It's been great for that reason alone lol.
If you want wifi-enabled, LaCrosse makes a whole system which IMO is pretty reasonably priced. I have one for my sump pump (water), hot tub and chest freezer (temperature based alarms, to prevent freezing or not freezing). There is an annual fee which I think is around $30 - $40, but I am okay with it since I would prefer to know right away if there's a problem.
Search for a bath overflow drain cover. You can get one on Amazon for $7, or pick one up at Bed, Bath and Beyond and the like. It covers the drain so you can have a deep bath.
Edit: there’s a hole in the top so you won’t run the risk of completely overflowing the tub.
Don’t do it. Location is the most important thing. You can see asthma rates ski rocket for the blocks near freeways. This effects kids more.
Floor to ceiling shower pole like this
This is the one I bought and put on a stake directly next the fence pointing at the neighbors. Similar situation to yours.
I was just looking into this (though haven't made a purchase yet) and based on various websites the GE JVM3160RFSS for $210 or so seems like the best value in terms of performance. Amazon is sold out at the moment so shop around.
You might want to consider a subscription to the Consumer Reports Website, they do test over-the-range microwave ovens as well as lots of other products. I like CR because they are an independent non-profit, so you don't have to worry about any bias or ulterior motives.
This! Just read that post a few days ago.
OP, tang works but the crystallized citric acid is what you're looking for. Put that in your detergent compartment on an empty cycle and let it go to work.
A ladder is good to have, but you don't have to have one to get junk out of your gutters.
I have this tool and a pole to stick it on and can clean out the gutters of our 1.5 storey house (front side is 1 storey, back side is 2) without stepping on a ladder.
I don't think those screws will work at all. They look like a specialized screw for furniture construction. You are going to want some sort of concrete anchor, and a way to drill a hole in the mortar and brick. Something like this: https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Fischer-Power-universal-anchor-535459/dp/B01FOKLPOK
Drilling the hole might be the most difficult task here. Usually you need a hammer drill and a masonry bit.
Buy your neighbors one of these - Smoke Buddy 0159-BLU Personal Air Filter, Blue https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00478UIB2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_SB4FQ3JHBAJH19H0WTAH
Works quite well in my experience, hopefully they wouldn’t be offended and use it. Otherwise, buy lots of candles 😂
that sucks. those little plastic stakes they give you with inflatables come up so easy.
maybe secure the next one with auger stakes. that plus a motion detect camera might give you enough time to find out who it is.
Shut off the main water supply in the house. Reduce the risk that a hose or pipe breaking (or vandals opening a line) just flows water until it comes out the windows.
Reduce the vacant house look:
-Pick up some timers and get some lights going on and off so it doesn't look dark every evening
-Get someone to mow the lawn at some point
-Contact the circulation desk for any free newspapers and ask them not to deliver there until after your move in date.
-If you get a chance to meet a neighbour, exchange contact info and ask them to park a car in your driveway every once in a while.
-if by chance you get an internet connection established right away, pick up a cheap IP camera or two and point them at the doors. Won't really stop anything bad from happening, but gives you some peace of mind when you can look in on the place every once in a while. This one's about $30 and works great
NC200 on Amazon
I bought this from amazon and followed a YouTube video to rekey it myself.
I bought a new house and didn’t want to spend $200 bucks to get my locks rekeyed. Payed $20 bucks and spent 1.5 hours on 3 locks, resulted in 3 same keys and opened all 3 locks.
Ozone generator is the only answer and I use one on all my rental units between tenants. If you think garlic is bad then you should smell a curry house!
That is the exact unit that I own and recommend. It's a one time treatment and problem solved forever.
I give you my personal word that it will take the cat piss smell out of a cat lady's house and nobody will be the wiser. I give you a karma back guarantee on that device!
It's a personal preference thing and I really don't mind popcorn ceilings.
Make sure you send a small sample off to an asbestos testing lab before you do anything. What year was the home built?
Lights, Amazon, $11, 16 feet
2 amp power supply, Amazon, 2 pack, $11
Been a year with under cabinet and pantry lights with no problems. Soldering required.
Check out the Linteater (Gardus RLE202 LintEater 10-Piece Rotary Dryer Vent Cleaning System https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0014CN8Y8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_A9OJBbB2KXJDC)
Yes, it is made for cleaning dryer vents but it comes with a cutter attachment (shown in one the pictures) and can be used to clean out things like gutters. Might work for your case depending on how far you need it to extend.
You could try Freecycle . The idea is that you list free stuff to give away and people come take it. I gave away a bunch of baby stuff this way. It felt really good to help people directly and not just put it in goodwill or other charity bins.
My wife and I had our builder install one of those Elkay water bottle fillers in our kitchen. We can't wait to see how well (or poorly...) it works.
I just bought a bunch of these, they look fancy and are bright for solar powered lights. I have them pointed up at my house and garden at various angles, and have them pointing up along my backyard fence every 12ft. I’m so proud of how my house looks at night sometimes I’ll get in my car just to drive by it myself lol
Get a No Soliciting Sign, they are prohibited by law to solicit if you have one posted.\
I know your pain... I bought my first house last year and they came about 6 times.