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  1. passing gas

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    Fence guy was sorted out. He claims to have been cut-off on the Hwy and meant the remark for a driver.

    I will say this, any of you think owning a pool is "fun" please come see me so that I may slap the living crap out of you until you reverse your thoughts on the matter. I might feel differently in a few days when everything is up and going but right now it is seeming like a lot of work on my "Holiday" weekend.

  2. Jen24

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    Pools are a pain in the ass, which is why I will probably never own one, even though I love laying in them. My in-laws have one and only live 5 minutes from me, so I just go lay in theirs whenever I want to, lol. They talk every year about getting rid of theirs because they hate dealing with it, but they use it so much, they always end up opening it anyways.

  3. tekniq33

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    I think people complaining about "throwing money away" on pools and boats get caught up in the negatives and overlook the positives. They provide enjoyment and a lot of things that do cost money. I absolutely hope to one day own a boat and use it as often as possible and the price for that enjoyment will be the headaches that come along with it.

  4. goggles

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    my policy is to be friends with people who have pools and boats. 

  5. YouKnowLarry

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    It's a good policy. Trying to get the chemicals balanced after someone brings their little piss factories for a swim is too much fun.

  6. passing gas

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    goggles said: my policy is to be friends with people who have pools and boats. 

     

    Werd. Way easier to bring said friend a sixer of brews and complement him/her on their nice boat/pool.

  7. thelumpya2

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     Finished up the walkway yesterday morning.

  8. shenanigans

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     nice work lumpy, looks great

    backsplash going in in the kitchen on wednesday, then the kitchen reno will be done. and then I'll finally post some pics of this place.

  9. thelumpya2

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    shenanigans said:  nice work lumpy, looks great
    backsplash going in in the kitchen on wednesday, then the kitchen reno will be done. and then I'll finally post some pics of this place.

     

    dammit, I wanna see before and afters!

  10. asianstick

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    Anyone had experience with warping floorboards? I have oak hardwood (notoriously finicky) floors and two boards (2" x 18-24") starting warping. No clue how.

    Just wondering if I can have someone come in a re-do just those boards instead of ripping up the whole floor.

  11. RedandBlack

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    you can cut out the questionable boards and replace them, but matching the replacement boards and getting the stains to match the rest of the floor is going to be tough.

  12. Ampersand

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    Hey-o, closing on my shack in a week.

    Meanwhile, the condo I have been living in blew out it's A/C a week and half ago. It was 92 in the dump last night at 11pm. 87 when I woke up this morning. All I've been doing is sweating and drinking. Ridiculous. Should be back up and running tomorrow. Just in time for the weather to finally break.

    Back to the new place. WTF is with contractors being shitty business men? We can returns on roughly 1/3 of the calls we make.

    The previous owners also installed a decorative fountain, and it looks fine an all, but I'm considering having it filled in. Anyone have any experience with these things? Are they hard to maintain? Am I better of filling it now and replacing it with a shishi odoshi?

  13. Spenser

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    just about the only plan for the future that i currently have is to build my own tiny house. originally i was going to buy a 30ft yurt from an awesome company out of homer AK, but i think i've decided on building my own structure. i've been inspired by stories of people living below their means for years, and somewhat more recently the tiny house movement. it fits my lifestyle and needs.

    i have about 20k in a separate savings. with the structure i plan to build, that will probably cover most of it, based on the cases i've seen and researched. as far as property, as of right now, it actually looks like i may be part of what you might call a small "settlement" or "village" on a single piece of property, and as far as i know, i won't have to take part in the price of the land, which would be.... amazing.

    there's a building at the bottom of the run where eaglecrest does ski racing that is fairly ideal as far as what i'm thinking.. maybe even a little larger than i'd want. it's two stories tall with a one-side slanted roof, so the upper story is a loft. i'm trying to see if i can get details from eaglecrest as far as materials/costs and hopefully even the plans.

    either way, i personally don't believe in large houses or having too many "things," and this is something i for sure want to do eventually, whether that's in a couple years or 10. we'll see where it goes, but i'm starting to form a real plan in my head, soon to go down on paper once i get more info and start figuring out costs and whatnot.

    if i own my own home by the time i'm 30, i'll be ecstatic. the best part is that i haven't just jumped into the idea on a whim, and it's actually realistic, and i have a good foundation of moneyz to start the journey with.  

  14. Lionel Hutz

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     You are off to a good start no matter what you do, Spencer. Keep socking that savings away.

  15. shralp

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    Awesome Spenser, go for it man.

    I'm talking to Quicken loans about a refinance, current offer is a 10 yr @ 2.99%, which would knock off 4 months off my current loan and result in $6.5+k in interest savings. Not sure why I should not take this. I could have this little place paid for in 6 years or less.

  16. Dr. Dre

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    spenser said: just about the only plan for the future that i currently have is to build my own tiny house. originally i was going to buy a 30ft yurt from an awesome company out of homer (northeast from here), but i think i've decided on building my own structure. i've been inspired by stories of people living below their means for years, and somewhat more recently the tiny house movement. it fits my lifestyle and needs.
    i have about 20k in a separate savings. with the structure i plan to build, that will probably cover most of it, based on the cases i've seen and researched. as far as property, as of right now, it actually looks like i may be part of what you might call a small "settlement" or "village" on a single piece of property, and as far as i know, i won't have to take part in the price of the land, which would be.... amazing.
    there's a building at the bottom of the run where eaglecrest does ski racing that is fairly ideal as far as what i'm thinking.. maybe even a little larger than i'd want. it's two stories tall with a one-side slanted roof, so the upper story is a loft. i'm trying to see if i can get details from eaglecrest as far as materials/costs and hopefully even the plans.
    either way, i personally don't believe in large houses or having too many "things," and this is something i for sure want to do eventually, whether that's in a couple years or 10. we'll see where it goes, but i'm starting to form a real plan in my head, soon to go down on paper once i get more info and start figuring out costs and whatnot.
    if i own my own home by the time i'm 30, i'll be ecstatic. the best part is that i haven't just jumped into the idea on a whim, and it's actually realistic, and i have a good foundation of moneyz to start the journey with.

     throw that 20k down on some land and start building. there's plans everywhere.

    We sell this book at work and i spend almost half my time on the clock daydreaming about building my own spot in Utah or Colorado.

    we sell this one two and it has plans in it  

  17. Spenser

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    yeah, if i don't get to be a part of the property jeremy's mom is buying, i'll use that as a down payment on my own property and then factor in the build cost to the rest of the loan for the land... but it really sounds like i get to be a part of that property. his mom is truly awesome, and i think having a nice chunk of woodsy land with three small homes on it would be killer. little village...

    i'm really, really, really excited about this. i can't wait for the point at which i actually get to take action on the idea.

  18. tekniq33

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    Spenser here are some links that may interest you if you have not come across them before.

    weehouse

    some stuff here

    Tiny Houses

  19. Ampersand

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    Spenser, tiny homes are so killer. I want a tiny cabin.

    I use this spot for inspiration: http://freecabinporn.com/

  20. Spenser

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    thanks for the links, i'll check them out

    we hiked up eaglecrest today... this is the building i want to base it on. i would definitely have windows in the front downstairs, as well as on the side.... probably wrap the deck around the back too, and i'd also want a little deck up top out of the loft bedroom.

         

  21. blutters

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     @spenser- I envision the use of glass blocks in one of those.
    ?-if you don't own the land, aren't you kind of at the mercy of whoever does?

  22. Spenser

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    it's jeremy's mom that's buying an uncut lot, and i got invited into it. the plan would be to cut areas for each of the three tiny homes in such a way that makes it feel like three separate lots. i don't think i would have many restrictions as far as what i could or couldn't do, not that my plan is very intrusive anyway

  23. contra

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    definitely don't start building without doing something to protect yourself if the circumstances change. that's a significant investment and as blutters said you don't want to be subject to the whims of the owner. i know you're saying no way there would ever be a problem. but things could change, however unlikely it seems. or perhaps more likely, she might eventually decide to sell the land to someone who would not be as friendly to your presence. because obviously that would suck.

    the best solution would be some sort of extended [written] agreement with her where you will purchase a portion of the land.

    anyway, the eaglecrest cabin looks like an awesome basis for your plan.

  24. blutters

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     Yeah, I wasn't speaking to intrusion or development. I'm talking protecting your money 10/20/30 years from now. As as contra said, of course you don't envision a problem with the owner, but good intention and beliefs don't settle issues, written agreements do. So get it in writing. Make sure you have your own lawyer look at any agreement you's guys sign. Have a plan for if/when you move. Is it a rental then? Do you have to remove? If it is a rental, who gets the money?
    So we're not bagging or ya, just saying protect ya neck.
    Or don't, but you have been warned. Best of luck.

  25. YouKnowLarry

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    passing-gas said:
    I will say this, any of you think owning a pool is "fun" please come see me so that I may slap the living crap out of you until you reverse your thoughts on the matter. I might feel differently in a few days when everything is up and going but right now it is seeming like a lot of work on my "Holiday" weekend.

     ALGAE BLOOM.

  26. Spenser

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    of course. there's still a lot to be figured out, and nothing is on paper yet.

    she wants to live here permanently (just retired), a lot of the reason being to be in the same place as jeremy. he and his girlfriend moved here two years ago from anchorage and also want to stay permanently, and i do as well, but i would like to "see the world" as well. i'm not worried about any big changes that would interrupt our little village, but like you said, you really never know. the good thing is that should i need to relocated, it's a lot easier to move a small house/cabin than a typical home. i may try to incorporate something into the design that makes it less difficult should i need to move. going with a yurt would take care of that, but i decided i'd rather build.

  27. Ampersand

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    Hi guys! Been in the shack for 10 days now. and things are moving along. I never really thought I would spend a weekend weeding my driveway, But I did that yesterday.

    I've put a bunch of pics up on the blog. Since no one reads those things anyway, I'll post them here as well.

    This is the garage. I gave it a cleaning before depositing my crap in it, but it's still rough. There are holes in the wall and I get the feeling the ceiling is about to fall in. The good news is that it works for now and that workbench is slick. Serious bike and board tuning zone. Next spring, I'll probably strip the whole place to the studs, get rid of some of the ridiculous cabinets and make it more functional for me.

    The garage door may also be the first powered garage door ever. Again, it works for now and links to the homelink crap in the rig. So I'll get by.

    The yard is good. It's been neglected as no one has lived there for 1,5 years, but I think you can see the potential.



    In the third pic you can see the decorative pond. I also cleaned that out yesterday. 18months worth of wet decaying leaves and grass clippings. Disgusting. I also found four empty liquor bottles. The liner in that thing is fucked and needs to be replaced. Again, not sweating that until next spring. The pluses are electricity is wired out to the pond and the pump is still there.

    Considering getting some goldfish to toss in there. Koi are wicked expensive and with goldfish I won't feel bad when the raccoons take 30 of them each night.

  28. red baron

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     Spenser I am loving your ideas and cannot wait to see these plans come to fruition!!!

    Nat and I put bids out on 6 houses yesterday!! This has been the most stressful 2 months in awhile!

  29. blutters

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     Maybe I don't understand "bids," but how do you bid on 6 houses. (no sarcasm)

  30. red baron

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     pretty much means nothing. The initial bid is really to get your foot in the door on a place you are interested in. The market in OC is really competitive in the price range we are in so unfortunately we are scrambling trying to be one of the first 5-10 people putting a bid in on a house.

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