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    The joys of home ownership

    I bought my first home, actually a town house, in 1978. Since then, I've owned and lived in a number of houses, ranging from 100+ years old to brand, spanking new. I thought I had pretty much seen it all.

    Enter the house we just bought and moved into. We bought the house this June, and are the first owners. It's still under the builder's warranty. He gets mad when you ask him to do something, but eventually comes around and does the right thing. But, I digress.

    I now know about door bell ringer diodes and studor vents. Prior to moving into this house, I had no idea they existed.

    We installed a new door bell chime but it would only ring for as long as you held down the door bell button. According to the instructions that came with the chime, this was because the door bell button didn't have a diode wired in. So, off to Home Depot and Lowe's we went, looking for a diode. They sell all sorts of door bell chimes and buttons, but nary a diode. Heck, all it is is a little piece of wire with some sort of transformer in the middle. We found them online for about a buck a piece. They come in packets of 5, and shipping costs more than the diodes.

    When they arrived, it took about 10 minutes to put one on the button, and now the chimes work like they're supposed to. One push of the button and the whole melody plays. I like that. And, even more importantly, my wife likes it.

    Next, I've learned about studor vents. Our kitchen has began emitting a rather foul odor. It's not coming from the sink or garbage disposal, but from underneath the sink. After going round and round with the builder, he finally checked with the guy who put in the septic tank, who was emphatic that it wasn't a problem with it. Then, he checked with the plumber, who knew immediately what it was. The studor vent was stuck and needs to be replaced.

    If you don't know what a studor vent is, google it. That's what I did just to figure out what it looked like.

    The studor vent allows fresh air to enter the drain pipes, but prevents odors from the pipes from being released into the house. Ours wasn't working, and needs to be replaced. It was allowing fresh air in, but not preventing foul air (and odors) from the drain pipes from being released into the house. I think of it as a back flow preventer for air.

    A plumber is here now, but somehow managed to forget to bring a new vent. He has capped off the pipe where the vent goes, but it's only a temporary fix. He has assured me that he will have someone out here tomorrow with a new vent and that they will install it then. I guess if push comes to shove, I can put a new one on, but I'd rather a plumber do it. The vent pipe is difficult to get to, and will have to be cut to install a new vent.

    That's it for now.

    I think.
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    Re: The joys of home ownership

    I know what you mean.

    12 weeks ago the painters turned up to paint the outside of the homestead.. Its a brick house with wooden joinery. Quote included painting the iron roof. Dad organised the contract and neglected to tell the painters that the old paint 2 layers down was lead based. While I was away dad opened the windows to allow them to start preparation work. Come home to find they were using power sanders to get through the multi layers of paint and had started on the windward side............Whole house was covered inside with a fine layer of dust. Bought some lead testing kits and it tested positive for extremely high levels of lead.

    Got my spray gear out and decontaminated and sealed enough rooms to use .............and told the contractor about the lead problem. He never ensured the workers wore masks or sealed off any areas..................and with the weather here at the moment it was one of those 'work 2 days, too wet to paint for 3 days ' jobs.

    Finally got rid of them early last week and spent 5 days decontaminating the place.

    Got a Drs appointment early next week to monitor my lead levels. Owning an old house comes with a multitude of problems.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....

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    Re: The joys of home ownership

    I've decided that the best way to do home ownership is to build a brand new house. When things start need repairing, sell that house, then build a new one. Yeah, you move a lot, but you wouldn't have to put up with repairs.

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    Re: The joys of home ownership

    I didn't know what they were called, but studor vents seem to be all the rage nowadays. I'd rather have the darn thing vented to the roof, but I guess they're OK.
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    Re: The joys of home ownership

    When we were in the market for a house 2 years ago, I told my wife I wasn't interested in anything built before 1955 or later than 1975, and mid60's would be my preference. A 1963 built "model home" for the then new subdivision fit the bill perfectly.

    It helps that we bought it from the original owners son. It's been well maintained and, knock on wood , no surprises yet.

    For a lot of reasons, I feel that 2 decade timeframe was the golden age for craftsmanship and quality of building materials.

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    Re: The joys of home ownership

    The vent has to be right, but a big metal knocker don't need no diodes.

    Just sayin'.
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    Re: The joys of home ownership

    We will be moving into our new home in a few more weeks. We could have already been in, but the roof leaks in the master bedroom and there is other minor issues with siding and windows. So far our contractor has made good on fixing the issues, but for a new house...... it shouldn't be raining inside. I am wishing now that we bought a pre existing home.
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    Re: The joys of home ownership

    Quote Originally Posted by Linefinder View Post
    When we were in the market for a house 2 years ago, I told my wife I wasn't interested in anything built before 1955 or later than 1975, and mid60's would be my preference. A 1963 built "model home" for the then new subdivision fit the bill perfectly.

    It helps that we bought it from the original owners son. It's been well maintained and, knock on wood , no surprises yet.

    For a lot of reasons, I feel that 2 decade timeframe was the golden age for craftsmanship and quality of building materials.

    Mike
    Those are the ones I look for-- late plaster/early drywall. Stuff is standardized enough where you don't spend forever retrofitting and fire-blocking non-standard framing, but before the whole modular crap came in with essentially cardboard doors, cardboard trim, MDF, OSB, and crappy nailing with pneumatic guns. Of course I knocked over the house I currently live in, and rebuilt off the foundation. The one I bought for a winter project is getting completely gutted and half way re-framed.

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    Re: The joys of home ownership

    We bought a 3 year old house from a single woman who was only a part time resident of our development and the House was built by a very reputable builder. All kinks have been worked out and everything is still new. Win-win
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