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The smart ass in me wants to unhelpfully say that whatever shade of wood the floor is, the wood trim should be painted with eight layers of white, at least according to everyone who lived in houses before us.
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I think overall people make too much out of "matching" woods in a house. Like with cabinets and furniture and floors. That said, I've always preferred painted trim and yes I do think white or off white is pretty good in most cases.
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dead_elvis wrote: 25 Jan 2020, 18:46 The smart ass in me wants to unhelpfully say that whatever shade of wood the floor is, the wood trim should be painted with eight layers of white, at least according to everyone who lived in houses before us.
They must've lived in my house too!
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Internal debate: I never did completely unpack/move in when Jeff and I relocated here in 2016 -- and realistically I never will in this particular apartment for certain unavoidable reasons: One, this being "the hood," complete with high crime rates and ample warnings from neighbors about people "casing" homes for burglary potential, we don't want our place looking rich enough to burgle, especially not anything visible from outside looking through an open door or window. Two, even if we didn't need to "dress down" for crime-avoidance reasons, there are still many decorative things I cannot unpack and put on display here due to things inherent to the layout -- short version, Jeff and I amassed quite a collection of wall-hanging art and decorations, when we lived in Connecticut in a 1910s apartment building with deep narrow windows, and up to half the wall space was never in direct sunlight. But our current modern (late 1990s/early 2000s) apartment, whose outer walls all have giant windows comprising more than half a given room's wall, has hardly any wall space that never gets hit by the sun, so much of our wall decor can't be displayed here lest it fade from sun damage. (Also, on the floor/in the corner of my office room, right now and ever since I moved here, there are three large 18-gallon plastic storage tubs holding a collection of Swarovski figures plus their wood and glass display case. If I actually had the collection set up on display, the case and all of its contents would occupy considerably less than one cubic foot of space -- but all those fragile things in their anti-breakage wrappings fill far more volume. And in this particular apartment's layout, there is absolutely no "clearly visible, but low-traffic" area where I could safely set up such a super-fragile thing without it being jostled.)

Point is, it's unavoidable that some of my current floor space is occupied by packed decorative items which would occupy little-to-no space if they were actually unpacked and on display. However, over the past few days I've been going through and unpacking at least SOME of those boxes -- compared to roughly a week ago, I'd estimate I've "reclaimed" up to 15 cubic feet in all: as in, space once occupied by a full box or tub is now empty, their former contents now hanging on walls somewhere, and the boxes / tubs moved to the storage closet. All of this "reclaimed" space is basically "stuff that was on display in Virginia, but had been packed away since."

But there is one fairly big box in our bedroom comprising a fragile and fairly sizable thing which we haven't "unpacked" since we lived in Connecticut: a freestanding floor model "mist bowl" similar to this one: fill it with tap water, turn it on, and a little hypersonic thing turns the water into white mist, while some color-changing LED lights turn that mist different colors. Jeff and I thought it was a cool decoration when we lived in an apartment with floor space to spare, AND a dry climate where most of the time we had to deliberately add extra humidity to the air anyway. But neither has been the case for us since we left Connecticut, and at this point I have not actually used that mist bowl since ... likely sometime early in 2012, my last winter months in Connecticut. I haven't even had it set up (though empty and turned off) since I packed it up to leave Connecticut in summer of 2012.

Which is why I'm now debating: leave the box alone, or open it and add the mist bowl to the thrift-store donation box? That box also contains some extra decorative couch cushions currently used as padding for the bowl, so if I get rid of the bowl and its stand I can put those cushions back into actual use AND break down and put away another fairly large cardboard moving box. And on the off chance we again live in a place where would want a decorative mist bowl, it would be super-easy to obtain one.
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Jennifer wrote: 12 Feb 2020, 18:27 Which is why I'm now debating: leave the box alone, or open it and add the mist bowl to the thrift-store donation box? That box also contains some extra decorative couch cushions currently used as padding for the bowl, so if I get rid of the bowl and its stand I can put those cushions back into actual use AND break down and put away another fairly large cardboard moving box. And on the off chance we again live in a place where would want a decorative mist bowl, it would be super-easy to obtain one.
Pfft. Turns out not to matter: I broached the idea of discarding the mist bowl, but Jeff wants to keep it.

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Ahem.
Jennifer wrote: 09 Oct 2019, 15:37 I know Californians are advised to have "earthquake kits" in case The Big One hits, just as Midwesterners should have tornado supplies and coastal denizens should have hurricane supplies and so on. But tiny houses don't leave a hell of a lot of space for surplus storage, and the idea "It doesn't matter if I can't cook or store much food on-site, because I 'outsource' my food needs via daily grocery runs or eating in a restaurant" doesn't work if those businesses are all shut down for lack of power.
I did not think to list "worldwide pandemic and business shutdown" as another possible reason tiny-house dwellers might have problems with their lack of at-home storage space and cooking ability, but ... yikes. I wonder how well the tiny home market will retain its popularity after the covid-19 economy turns back to the normal one?
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Jennifer wrote: 25 Mar 2020, 21:44 Ahem.
Jennifer wrote: 09 Oct 2019, 15:37 I know Californians are advised to have "earthquake kits" in case The Big One hits, just as Midwesterners should have tornado supplies and coastal denizens should have hurricane supplies and so on. But tiny houses don't leave a hell of a lot of space for surplus storage, and the idea "It doesn't matter if I can't cook or store much food on-site, because I 'outsource' my food needs via daily grocery runs or eating in a restaurant" doesn't work if those businesses are all shut down for lack of power.
I did not think to list "worldwide pandemic and business shutdown" as another possible reason tiny-house dwellers might have problems with their lack of at-home storage space and cooking ability, but ... yikes. I wonder how well the tiny home market will retain its popularity after the covid-19 economy turns back to the normal one?
I'm curious about those van life people, too. Though, I suppose some of them could have gotten trailers and stuffed them full of non-perishables, if they thought of it in time.
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Ceiling fixture in the pantry replaced! The old one was flickering (probably a loose connection, cause it did it with multiple bulbs), so got a surface mount LED fixture. Now my wife wants to replace more.
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Highway wrote: 28 Mar 2020, 12:52 Ceiling fixture in the pantry replaced! The old one was flickering (probably a loose connection, cause it did it with multiple bulbs), so got a surface mount LED fixture. Now my wife wants to replace more.
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I finally calibrated the double KitchenAid oven I knew to be not behaving well. It's dramatically shitty in both ovens. Does not hit peak temperature and does not maintain within 30 degrees of specified temperatures. Set for 400, you get 375 when it says 400, then it drops to like 325 before coming back up. Looking more and more like I'll wind up doing full kitchen remodel at some point not just the cooktop.
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Jeff and I just got back from Home Depot; first store visit wherein we could not walk directly inside. They only allowed a certain number of people in at a time, while everyone else waited in line outside, six feet apart. (Fortunately, at that time of day -- three in the afternoon -- the line was in the shade; it's almost 90 degrees here today, so I don't think I could've lasted long waiting in the sun.)

Random observation: some people are a LOT better than others, in respecting the "don't get closer than six feet to any strangers" rule. At this point I can only hope certain clueless dipshits who passed within a foot of me were not infected, or at least did not infect me.

Jeff and I went there because we have a patio-balcony which we literally never use, for two reasons: one, it's positioned to get direct unshaded sunlight for the majority of the afternoon hours; and two, it's completely unscreened and a veritable bugtopia (especially for certain very large and lazy bees whom I suspect have their hive somewhere on the roof of my very building). But in light of recent events we would like to have a usable balcony after all, so we bought outdoor area rugs (to cover the deck/flooring, or rather the spaces between the boards), some flexible non-metal insect screening (in black, which hopefully will provide sun-reduction effects as well), and an industrial staple gun, cutting tools and related paraphernalia to fit and affix our new patio accessories.

However, Jeff isn't going to install it until later this evening, after the sun gets low enough to leave our balcony alone for the day.
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JasonL wrote: 28 Mar 2020, 16:06 I finally calibrated the double KitchenAid oven I knew to be not behaving well. It's dramatically shitty in both ovens. Does not hit peak temperature and does not maintain within 30 degrees of specified temperatures. Set for 400, you get 375 when it says 400, then it drops to like 325 before coming back up. Looking more and more like I'll wind up doing full kitchen remodel at some point not just the cooktop.
Is it a model where you can actually re-calibrate the thermostat to match the controls (or vice versa)?
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JasonL wrote: 28 Mar 2020, 16:06 I finally calibrated the double KitchenAid oven I knew to be not behaving well. It's dramatically shitty in both ovens. Does not hit peak temperature and does not maintain within 30 degrees of specified temperatures. Set for 400, you get 375 when it says 400, then it drops to like 325 before coming back up. Looking more and more like I'll wind up doing full kitchen remodel at some point not just the cooktop.
You need to post pics of your kitchen
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JasonL wrote: 28 Mar 2020, 16:06 I finally calibrated the double KitchenAid oven I knew to be not behaving well. It's dramatically shitty in both ovens. Does not hit peak temperature and does not maintain within 30 degrees of specified temperatures. Set for 400, you get 375 when it says 400, then it drops to like 325 before coming back up. Looking more and more like I'll wind up doing full kitchen remodel at some point not just the cooktop.
That's horrible. I would imagine that it's just unusable.
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Highway wrote: 28 Mar 2020, 17:29
JasonL wrote: 28 Mar 2020, 16:06 I finally calibrated the double KitchenAid oven I knew to be not behaving well. It's dramatically shitty in both ovens. Does not hit peak temperature and does not maintain within 30 degrees of specified temperatures. Set for 400, you get 375 when it says 400, then it drops to like 325 before coming back up. Looking more and more like I'll wind up doing full kitchen remodel at some point not just the cooktop.
That's horrible. I would imagine that it's just unusable.
presumably you can use it for applications up to maybe roasting vegetables by cranking it to 500, but only if you've been able to carefully map all the apparent temps.
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I'm just demoralized now. Wanted to help our chances of getting through this keeping our house (still getting a paycheck for now, but realistically that's not going to continue for long) by refinancing out of PMI. They *Insist* that the appraiser be able to come in the house (and our renters' house as well). Fucking fuckity fucking fuck that bullshit. Seriously, what are they going to find that they couldn't see through all the open doors and windows. We're not going for a sky high valuation. Srsly it could be in tear-down condition and it would still be worth enough.

What part of fucking quarantine do they not get. Goddammit I'm furious that mortgage people, legendary for not being flexible, are of course choosing rule following over common sense flexibility. Whether we're comfortable with a stranger (who is going in a lot of other strangers' homes) coming in my house or not, I don't feel comfortable asking the renters to allow it.

Of course the great irony is that all of this is about risk (and *of course* having the rental makes the loan more costly), despite the fact that we would essentially be *paying them* to *decrease* our risk of default. Every time I inquire or deal with the mortgage business it strikes me more and more like a casino where the house always wins.
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dead_elvis wrote: 04 Apr 2020, 17:09 Seriously, what are they going to find that they couldn't see through all the open doors and windows.
Uh termite damage, water damage, whether the electrical is to code, pretty much everything that they need to know?

Actually I'd be surprise that anybody is writing mortgages at this time because who knows if houses will be worth more than a fraction of what they sold for last year next year.
dead_elvis wrote: 04 Apr 2020, 17:09 Every time I inquire or deal with the mortgage business it strikes me more and more like a casino where the house always wins.
Also true for insurance, investing, pretty much the whole of financial services.
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Warren wrote: 04 Apr 2020, 17:24Actually I'd be surprise that anybody is writing mortgages at this time because who knows if houses will be worth more than a fraction of what they sold for last year next year.
Ugggghhhh, don't say that. I was so close to putting our house on the market. SO CLOSE!
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Ellie wrote: 04 Apr 2020, 17:45
Warren wrote: 04 Apr 2020, 17:24Actually I'd be surprise that anybody is writing mortgages at this time because who knows if houses will be worth more than a fraction of what they sold for last year next year.
Ugggghhhh, don't say that. I was so close to putting our house on the market. SO CLOSE!
I mean, I have no idea. But 30% unemployment has been floated about, and if we hit that... Well, I think a completely collapsed housing market will be the least of our problems.
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Warren wrote: 04 Apr 2020, 17:24
dead_elvis wrote: 04 Apr 2020, 17:09 Seriously, what are they going to find that they couldn't see through all the open doors and windows.
Uh termite damage, water damage, whether the electrical is to code, pretty much everything that they need to know?

Actually I'd be surprise that anybody is writing mortgages at this time because who knows if houses will be worth more than a fraction of what they sold for last year next year.
I'm also surprised about willingness to lend. But I've always been annoyed about how refinances have to be from scratch and don't take into account any other info. If it was good enough to write against 8 years ago, it should be good enough now, given that it's visibly obvious that we have only improved it and not trashed it. I suppose termites *could* invisibly eat a house in 8 years, but we can show the receipts from the exterminators that we are on top of it and don't let them (not to mention I've seen houses with tons of damage that no one blinked twice at). We've done nothing but improvements and have the licensed contractor receipts to show that we've only made the house less of a risk. Or do they think upgrading the electric panel (outdoors) and having a licensed electrician remove all the knob and tube makes it riskier. Up to code, hahahaha. This neighborhood all the houses are from the 30s. It either never was up to current code in the first place, which never stopped anyone, or it's been improved. Plumbing is under the house and could be looked at from there and I'd be happy to run the heat and open faucets that can be viewed from outside. I could also take pictures and video myself; what, do they think I'm going to photoshop out an electrical problem?

Like I said even if it were in terrible condition we would hit our numbers; it's SoCal with a rental, the condition hardly matters. There's no way it needs this level of intrusiveness. And so much fudging goes on in inspections and appraisals anyway, it's frustrating that *this* is where suddenly where everyone becomes Honest Abe. What's the difference between an inspector not being in a position to notice termite damage, and the inspector who overlooks it either due to incompetence or because they know they can't kill a deal and keep getting referrals? (yes, this happened to us in our last house)

Everyone is having to adjust how they do things for the pandemic, but of course those fucks think they shouldn't have to. I would have swallowed "sorry, can't write a loan because it's obvious the market is going to collapse" far, far easier.
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I've been politely ignoring the growing iceberg in our supposedly modern frost-free fridge/freezer.

Well, last night, it finally sank our ship.

Ok - enough of that tortured metaphor. The fucking freezer stopped working, so we had to move everything from the fridge/freezer to the downstairs freezer or ice-filled coolers. Unplugged the thing last night so it would all melt. My wife will finish soaking up all the water this morning, plug it back in, and we'll start transferring things back in tonight.

"Frost Free". Fuck you, GE.
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Jasper wrote: 24 Apr 2020, 11:34 I've been politely ignoring the growing iceberg in our supposedly modern frost-free fridge/freezer.

Well, last night, it finally sank our ship.

Ok - enough of that tortured metaphor. The fucking freezer stopped working, so we had to move everything from the fridge/freezer to the downstairs freezer or ice-filled coolers. Unplugged the thing last night so it would all melt. My wife will finish soaking up all the water this morning, plug it back in, and we'll start transferring things back in tonight.

"Frost Free". Fuck you, GE.
Damn Jasper, that blows.
I mean Frost Free has been a thing all my life.
Though we did have a full size freezer in the garage I remember defrosting with hair dryers. But in the kitchen was always Frost Free. I would definitely take to opportunity to troubleshoot the problem. My first guess is either the fan is broken, or you blocked off the airway with too much shit in your freezer.
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Yeah, I'm thing it was stuff crammed too close the ducts/vents that inhibited good airflow. Like I said, I've kinda been ignoring it. I actually chipped off a big chunk of ice two weeks ago, but it didn't help.

In looking at YT vids, it looks like there's a defrost drain that basically goes to a little pan at the bottom of the fridge, and any water collected just evaporates there since it's next to the compressor. But if the drain tube freezes, you eventually get Greenland next to your ancient jars of black bean sauce and pickled jalapenos.

You can apparently fix it by removing panels and pouring hot water down the thing... but we opted for the lazy way.
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Leak Error Code on my dishwasher after running it last night. Gonna have to see if I can pull it out and find out if it's leaking somewhere. Time for YouTube University.
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Highway wrote: 07 May 2020, 08:08 Leak Error Code on my dishwasher after running it last night. Gonna have to see if I can pull it out and find out if it's leaking somewhere. Time for YouTube University.
Man YTU really is a pretty good school, but some of their adjuncts are pretty crazy sometimes, especially in their outrage studies departments and virology and immunology departments.
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