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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#201  Postby Weaver » Aug 06, 2016 4:04 pm

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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#202  Postby The_Piper » Aug 06, 2016 4:19 pm

Onyx8 wrote:
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Onyx8 wrote:Around here building costs, even just open rooms with no plumbing, are over $100/sq. ft.

The standard number quoted for houses is $200/sq ft. And that is just pretty basic stuff, no granite counters or fancy stuff.

Does that include the sheetrock/paneling, slab, elec., and roof? If so, that's much lower than what he quoted me. His price sounds more like $300 per sq foot for an open room with no plumbing.



Check your math, you dropped a decimal. Yes, my number includes everything.
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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#203  Postby The_Piper » Aug 06, 2016 4:32 pm

It's so good having this equity. Even though it's a relatively small amount ( around $24000) it opens up so many options, so many directions that I could go.
I could buy a 1400 sq foot house on a dirt road in The Berkshires with 11 acres and woods, abutting 2 state forests. Still moose, bear, red squirrels, woodchucks, all that, just not the largest swath of forest east of the Rockies like I have now. They get 80 inches of snow a year for snowshoeing and it isn't that cold like here. 3 hrs to NYC, 2 to Boston, 1 to Springfield, 1.5 to Albany or Hartford. But there's always the chance of having shitty neighbors, kids running through my yard, etc.
That's where my place has intangible value. 85% of the property has no one living on the abutting property. My only property line shared with another residence (which is not in view of my house or back yard) is vacant. The guy uses the garage, as do I, he's my friend. I'm very much in love with the privacy and the particulars of my current spot. Plus the medical marijuana laws here are better than Mass. Here in Katahdin Valley there is a very pronounced live and let live mentality, and people are mostly laid back and friendly. I fucking love it up here, despite being 5 hours from a major city and tucked away far from the rest of the country. And the bugs and cold.
I'd make more money in Massachusetts. Such tough choices for me. But without this equity I wouldn't have any of these choices. I could live in Mass, in subsidized housing in some apartment building. That shit would suck. Where else can I take off from my driveway and go for hundreds of miles on logging roads without seeing a house or paved road? I could do a commercial for my region. :mrgreen:
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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#204  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Aug 06, 2016 4:40 pm

The_Piper wrote:I could do a commercial for my region. :mrgreen:

:lol: I think you just did!
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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#205  Postby The_Piper » Aug 06, 2016 4:43 pm

ScholasticSpastic wrote:
The_Piper wrote:I could do a commercial for my region. :mrgreen:

:lol: I think you just did!

:lol: True, and also a commercial for equity.
But hey equity is a good thing. I'm sure you'll be giddy about it soon yourself. :mrgreen:
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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#206  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Aug 06, 2016 5:05 pm

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But hey equity is a good thing. I'm sure you'll be giddy about it soon yourself. :mrgreen:

I'm already giddy about it and I don't really have any yet. Except for the magic equity that just sort of happens because my house's value goes up. I already have some of that.
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#207  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Aug 09, 2016 3:04 am

I have just been informed that within the next 2-5 days I will be able to begin drawing power from the sun. All that remains to be done is the installation of a net-meter so I can use the local power monopoly for my storage system. :D
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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#208  Postby Onyx8 » Aug 09, 2016 3:12 am

Bwahahahah, the world is almost within your grasp.
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#209  Postby OlivierK » Aug 09, 2016 9:27 am

ScholasticSpastic wrote:I have just been informed that within the next 2-5 days I will be able to begin drawing power from the sun. All that remains to be done is the installation of a net-meter so I can use the local power monopoly for my storage system. :D

It's winter here. If it gets even colder because you've drawn all the power from the sun, I'll know who to blame :mob:
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#210  Postby The_Piper » Aug 09, 2016 11:25 am

ScholasticSpastic wrote:I have just been informed that within the next 2-5 days I will be able to begin drawing power from the sun. All that remains to be done is the installation of a net-meter so I can use the local power monopoly for my storage system. :D

Hmm, I didn't know you could do that. Do you have a battery backup as well?
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#211  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Aug 09, 2016 12:07 pm

The_Piper wrote:Do you have a battery backup as well?

Batteries are still bulky, expensive, and relatively short-lived. I'm going to wait until they've gotten better to invest in one. But that would be fantastic- I could completely cut myself off from the local power monopoly. Until then, I will rely on drawing extra sunlight and warmth from OlivierK's neighborhood when I'm in need.
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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#212  Postby laklak » Aug 09, 2016 2:24 pm

I've been watching the development of the Tesla powerwall with interest. The biggest problem with going completely off-grid here is air conditioning, it would take a massive battery farm to keep the A/Cs going overnight, or through a couple of days of rain. I remember theropod posted a very detailed thread about off-grid living some time ago, he's been self-sufficient for a decade. IIRC there was a lot of maintenance to do on a regular basis.
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#213  Postby The_Metatron » Aug 09, 2016 4:06 pm

Onyx8 wrote:Around here building costs, even just open rooms with no plumbing, are over $100/sq. ft.

The standard number quoted for houses is $200/sq ft. And that is just pretty basic stuff, no granite counters or fancy stuff.

Yeah, but you have those tiny little dollars up there in the Great White North.


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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#214  Postby laklak » Aug 12, 2016 2:06 pm

I got a new toy. Just a little bench model but sufficient for requirements. $74 delivered from Home Despot, can't beat the price. Been making lots of Tool Time noises - Ah hunh hunh hunh hunh.
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#215  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Aug 12, 2016 3:00 pm

laklak wrote:$74 delivered from Home Despot

Well, shit. Suddenly, I need a drill press. I don't know what I need it for yet, but I'm pretty sure it's a genuine need. :shifty:
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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#216  Postby laklak » Aug 12, 2016 3:07 pm

Everybody needs a drill press. Now I need a table saw.
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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#217  Postby Weaver » Aug 12, 2016 3:15 pm

A drill press was the first piece of fixed shop equipment I purchased.

A bandsaw was the second.
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#218  Postby Scot Dutchy » Aug 12, 2016 5:51 pm

laklak wrote:Everybody needs a drill press. Now I need a table saw.


I dont. :snooty:
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#219  Postby proudfootz » Aug 12, 2016 6:20 pm

laklak wrote:I got a new toy. Just a little bench model but sufficient for requirements. $74 delivered from Home Despot, can't beat the price. Been making lots of Tool Time noises - Ah hunh hunh hunh hunh.


That sounds like a very attractive price.
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Re: Home Improvement Discussion

#220  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Aug 24, 2016 7:14 pm

Every time I tell someone we're excited to buy a large, stainless steel sink for my wife to dye in I get funny looks....
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