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Home Remodeling and Repair

fezofezo Posts: 9,195
You asked for it - here it is!

I have nothing to report myself other than the painful water tank story. We have a well and it feed into two tanks to keep the water clean tasting (the purity of it is fine right out of the ground - taste is the only issue. The other tank has a diaphram in it to keep the pressure constant. Both failed last month to the tune of a grand. To make matters worse they will connect us to city water - in two years or so! I couldn't do a makeshift repair as a result. Oh, well.....
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  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    "To make matters worse they will connect us to city water - in two years or so!"

    Any idea what the water/sewer hookup fee is going to be?
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    Not a clue..... I know I won't like it.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    We're hoping to get city water in my subdivision in a year or two. The estimates are running ~$6k to get the water lines into the street and another ~$6k to get the water to the house. I spend so much on filters and salt (ugh) I'm looking forward to a monthly bill from a real utility.

    It seems like a couple of wells fail every year here too, and the going rate for replacing the two that failed over this last winter is running around $30,000.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    $30K? What are they digging through? Kryptonite?

    Yikes!!

    Hoping I avoid paying to get the house hooked up to city water before we move in a few years. We will see. Gonna be a tight race.
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,026
    The contractor is coming over this weekend to show us the plans for the addition we're planning. I'm hoping the sticker shock doesn't convince me to just forget it. Even though the contractor is constructing the shell only, I'm sure the cost will be far more than anticipated. Lucky for us that we are handy and my father-in-law is a retired finishing carpenter! :D

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    Unfortunately for us no one is really handy around here and the few handy types in the family are too far away. As a result when we did the addition it cost a small fortune.

    The good news is I couldn't be happier with the contractor. He did a great job - much more so than the guy who built the house 14 years ago.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,807
    "Measure twice, cut once"

    "It's good to have a plan"

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    :P

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,026
    This is the first time we've ever hired a contractor. We are supreme do-it-yourselfers. Plumbing, electrical, roofing, siding, we've done it all. However this time, we decided to hire someone to do the major construction. Guess we're getting old. :surprise:

    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,807
    I need to get that garage built while I'm still capable of saving that money :shades:

    I'm planning on contracting out the foundation to ge me to ground level since that would save me a LOT of time.

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    "Measure twice, cut once"

    As opposed to measure once, cut twice.

    My dad and I have as one of our standard running jokes: 'dang it, I cut it twice and it's STILL too short......'
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,807
    Reminds me of another of my favorites...

    There's really no neat way to put wood back ON

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    "As opposed to measure once, cut twice."

    Yeah - that's what I do!

    Then I go to the barber and say I like it pretty much but could you make it longer?
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    We started digging in March of 2005. We finally moved in December 2006 - without carpet, floors, unfinished kitchen, etc. Some days I think we are getting closer and other days - nope!
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    I've been battling this crappy Janitrol furnace for the last 8 years. Pilot light going out in the middle of the night during freezing weather, having to come home from work because the pilot light won't stay lit.

    The heat exchanger cracked for the second time in 5 years about a month ago. The first time it was replaced under warranty, but only for the parts. Labor cost was $660 with a new gas valve. The furnace company that originally came out to look at the furnace gave me a price of $3,400 for a Lennox 2 stage furnace.

    I called the company that originally put in the furnace and new heat exchanger, they stated it wasn't under warranty but they could send someone out to give me an estimate. I already knew the warranty probably was out, so I set up an apt. for another estimate. Well, the more I thought about it($$$) the more I became concerned about the heat exchanger not lasting like it should. So, I called the furnace company back and spoke to the owner. I told him I've gone through 2 heat exchangers in the past 5 years and asked if maybe they hadn't been installed properly. He said the Janitrol(made by Goodman) had a lot of problems with their heat exchangers. So much so that instead of putting in new heat exchangers(poorly engineered) Goodman was replacing the entire furnace... for free. The only thing I had to pay for was labor, which was $880... a savings of over $2,000 for the jipster. ;)

    It's a new Goodman 2 stage furnace,though this company doesn't have the best record in reliability, the owner stated they had bought out Amana and were making better quality products to improve their image. We plan on living at present location another 3-5 years, so hopefully it won't give us any problems. So far it's been great. It's much quieter, and the airflow is at least 40% more coming out of the air vents. And being a 2 stage furnace it maintains a more even tempeture throughout the house. And the best thing about this furnace... no pilot light. It lights with a heating element. :)
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    well i was in the construction business for 15 years and try to do as much as i can we have decided to hire this siding job done. most of my expertise is in drywall. will lay some vinyl flooring or carpet but this siding job is steel and is suppose to look like logs we will see!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    You probably have a building salvage material place in your area if it's of any size. Lots of them are non-profits run by Habitat for Humanity (mine's a local drug rehab non-profit). You can find some great deals there.

    I picked up a 6' patio door with one swing open door to replace my old slider for $175. Got it installed over a weekend (one of these years maybe I'll trim it out too!). It was an easy fit and the outside paint job matches my existing house color, I didn't have to do anything to it. Home Depot quoted me $3,500 for a similar door installed. :surprise:

    The AC compressor on my heat pump is about to go Jipster. Hopefully I can get another year out of the system - ballpark estimates are running $4 to $5k.

    I had a cracked heat exchanger in another house - that's a dangerous situation and 2 heat exchangers in 5 years is ridiculous. You may want to think about a complaint to your local consumer protection agency since that kind of stuff kills people.

    Forced air systems drive me nuts anyway, and I keep winding up in houses with them. Noisy and dusty - bah!
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    The national hardware stores really seem to charge out the wazoo for their labor fees. Then they contract the work out to independents and still receive a lions share of the profit.

    I had Lowes put in a new water heater for me a few years back. The contractor was fussing about how they don't get paid jack for their time. He tried to put in a damaged water heater, which I refused, which made him even more upset to have to go back to another Lowes to exchange it. Oh well.

    We were going to price an electrical heating system instead of a forced air furnace. Though the costs in upgrading our circuit breaker box and other expenses did not justify the cost... as we are planning to move in about 3-5 years. :)
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    A friend of mine used to maintain apartments and is handy with a torch. Unfortunately he only visits about once a year. He put a new water heater in for me last December.

    I scored a newish Jenn-Air today for $80 - all I really wanted was a spare burner cassette for mine and they usually run $40 or $50 plus freight. This stove was so clean (and the clock worked, unlike mine), that I just swapped it out entirely.

    Now to replace the rattling Dutch door in the kitchen - nice concept but each door half sags differently. :P
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    well the siding guys started today and it looks like logs we will see how it looks when they finish the trim
  • okko1okko1 Posts: 327
    guys i started this deal to quiet ha ha mama about the siding but the more the vatos due the better i like it defenitely something worth consideration especially if it makes mama happy
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