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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 2:20 PM

Re: Homeowner's claim.

Sorry, more than the scope of this post, but I was just talking to my brother about this crazy predicament we are in.

Sorry to see you dealing with the issues of aging parents. There are boards on TMF you can go to for [more]

Sun Jun 28

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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 1:55 PM

Re: "Wood" Tile

And I advocate for urethane or epoxy based grouts for long-term maintenance,...

What sort of maintenance are we talking about? Never lived in a house with tile long enough to experience it.

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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 5:18 AM

Re: "Wood" Tile

Thanks Lakedog, good thoughts.

This retrofit of the garage is as close to new construction as you get with all new interior walls and trim not yet in place, so we shouldn't have anything to work around with the tile. It's been really [more]

Sat Jun 27

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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 8:46 PM

Re: Ode to Electricity

Heh. This "neck of the woods" is the suburbs of a major city, and yes, happens pretty often.

We actually have a whole house generator that the previous owners put in for Y2K but we have never used or had maintained. I am not really [more]

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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 8:39 PM

Re: Engineered Exterior Trim Opinions

Thanks Goofy.

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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 11:31 AM

Re: "Wood" Tile

No basement. We converted the garage/workshop into living space. We basically bought a 1br/bath garage apartment, which was why we could not get a mortgage on the place. You need a certain ratio of living space to non to get a gov't backed mortgage, [more]

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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 10:01 AM

Re: Engineered Exterior Trim Opinions

...unless you go around and meticulously find each hole, spray (industrial strength stuff*) then plug the hole so the next bees don't find a convenient home already made for them.

We do this, at least where we can get to it. IIRC, you [more]

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inparadise posted to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 9:31 AM

Ode to Electricity

We had a major windstorm come through, causing wide spread electrical outages early Tuesday afternoon and just coming back on 10:45 pm Friday. Happily no damage to our still unpaid for brand new roof courtesy of May 2014's hail storm, but there [more]

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inparadise posted to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 8:46 AM

"Wood" Tile

LakeDog's post about grout got me thinking I should ask about this type product before we have it installed. We are putting flooring in on the first floor of our RiverHouse, which while out of the flood plain could still be subject to flooding in the [more]

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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 8:20 AM

Re: Aging in Place

Too often, condo boards don't accumulate reserves to do big ticket repairs. When they finally need to be done, condo owners get a big special assessment, which can be $10,000 or more.

You can get insurance for "special [more]

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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 8:12 AM

Re: Aging in Place

Retirement home food isn't likely all that healthy either.

It's total cr@p. High sugar, which I once read referred to as "the opiate of the elderly." No kidding. What a stampede it was to the dessert bar we witnessed when [more]

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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 7:58 AM

Re: Engineered Exterior Trim Opinions

For 2 of the 4 summers I've been here, my house has gotten hit on the fascia boards by carpenter bees. I've had exterminator treatments, but they keep coming back (and don't seem interested in my neighbors).

Carpenter bees tend to [more]

Tue Jun 23

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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 4:37 PM

Re: Aging in Place

I'll look into it for myself eventually, but I'm not sure I'll be able to make the leap from queen of my castle to what's basically a rental situation. It seems to me that a facility, however nice, is still an institution where you're not the [more]

Mon Jun 22

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inparadise replied to the Taking Care of Parents board. 5:21 PM

Re: Exhausting

Yes, we're THAT kind of a family.

Wonderful. I was kind of hoping we were unusual. It's been very helpful in raising my own family, however, to use my parents as an example of what not to do. We all bring baggage to this game and I do [more]

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inparadise replied to the Taking Care of Parents board. 3:53 PM

Re: Exhausting

I can totally understand that. It bothers me most that she makes these blanket statements that she's going to "give everything away" and then in the next breath that she wants to have an estate sale. Then she tells me that she has [more]

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inparadise replied to the Taking Care of Parents board. 8:39 AM

Re: Exhausting

Personally, I would feel much more comfortable discussing her things with her when cousin and her son's former fiancée are there. They have been her family and taken care of her for so long, I don't want there to be any hard feelings about [more]

Mon Jun 15

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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 8:32 PM

Re: Azek/VAST resurfacing paver success

Very cool link. Thanks again. Am looking forward to doing some sort of paver system for our driveway, which right now is grass, and a rear patio. Will keep this in mind, but would love to hear how it holds up for you. Probably a couple years from [more]

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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 8:11 PM

Re: Azek/VAST resurfacing paver success

Thanks.

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inparadise replied to the Tax Strategies board. 4:43 AM

Re: Capital gains if low income

The 15% long term capital gains tax rate starts at the 25% tax bracket and is 0 if you make less than that. This calculator should help you figure out the taxes you would owe. Makes buying and holding stock a great way to fund retirement, [more]

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inparadise replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 4:33 AM

Re: Azek/VAST resurfacing paver success

It's always fun when projects work out that way. Congrats.

Do you have a link for the material? Is this something that could be used on a deck, or would the sun make the flooring too hot?

TIA,

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