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Re: Home Projects

Postby count2infinity on Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:16 pm

yeah...our lab's nails don't really scratch the flooring at all. maybe a minor one here or there, but they're really durable.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby Hockeynut! on Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:17 pm

We have dogs and they've never damages any of the 3 laminate floors we have. Check the thickness of the laminate though. The first 2 we bought are excellent. The 3rd has scratched in a few spots from minor things that the other floors handled without any damage.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby meow on Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:40 pm

Does anyone have any horror stories about installing radiant heat in the floor? Thinking about doing this when we redo the master bath next month. I'm afraid it's going to be one of those jobs where it seems easy...too easy...
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Re: Home Projects

Postby cheesesteakwithegg on Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:57 pm

meow wrote:Does anyone have any horror stories about installing radiant heat in the floor? Thinking about doing this when we redo the master bath next month. I'm afraid it's going to be one of those jobs were it seems easy...too easy...


My buddy who is a general contractor put one in a house last year. It was an 1800 sq ft basement (turned into a gameroom) that he installed it in. The people seem happy with it, though I guess it took a little while to get the settings on it adjusted where the basement wasnt roasting and the upstairs was freezing, and vise versa.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby mac5155 on Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:08 pm

I'm going to need to rebuild a door jamb.

Long story short, we have a deadbolt and only have keys to 1 / 3 doors on our house. Someone turned the deadbolt thinking it was a lock apparently (one of our house guests last night). When we went out, came back, the door was deadbolted. Had to use all 350# of mac5155 to get in the house.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby Kraftster on Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:11 pm

mac5155 wrote:I'm going to need to rebuild a door jamb.

Long story short, we have a deadbolt and only have keys to 1 / 3 doors on our house. Someone turned the deadbolt thinking it was a lock apparently (one of our house guests last night). When we went out, came back, the door was deadbolted. Had to use all 350# of mac5155 to get in the house.


lol
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Re: Home Projects

Postby mac5155 on Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:13 pm

Kraftster wrote:
mac5155 wrote:I'm going to need to rebuild a door jamb.

Long story short, we have a deadbolt and only have keys to 1 / 3 doors on our house. Someone turned the deadbolt thinking it was a lock apparently (one of our house guests last night). When we went out, came back, the door was deadbolted. Had to use all 350# of mac5155 to get in the house.


lol


Surprised my neighbor didnt call the cops when she heard me dropping f bombs at 2:30 and pounding on the door / going to all the windows to see if any were open.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:16 pm

meow wrote:Does anyone have any horror stories about installing radiant heat in the floor? Thinking about doing this when we redo the master bath next month. I'm afraid it's going to be one of those jobs were it seems easy...too easy...


It's a specialty of our company. It can be done by Harry Homeowner. As with all home projects just be sure to "measure twice, cut once" so to speak. Don't cut corners or modify from the plan.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby mac5155 on Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:17 pm

What does it use? Some form of liquid? or is it electricity based.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby cheesesteakwithegg on Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:27 pm

Since we bought our house in 07, we have done a ton of projects, including...

- Added Central Air
- New Windows
- New Hot Water Tank
- New furnace
- Replaced the roof on the back porch
- Finished basement into a gameroom w/ kitchnette and added a full bath (used to have a sink and toilet under the steps)
- Completely re-did bathroom on main floor

This spring we are re-doing the kitchen and dining room. Sad part is that while it is a 3 bedroom ranch, it wont be big enough for us in the long run, so we are going to sell probably sometime next year and look for something bigger. Once its all said and done, the only rooms that wont be completely re-modeled are the living room and the 3 bed rooms (which are in fine shape). I will miss the house though, as we put a lot into it. Luckily, like I mentioned earlier, I have a friend who is a general contractor who does everything for me at a great rate. Though, I have been really good friends with him for 20 years, and I got him so many jobs (big jobs), that I deserve his family rate.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:07 pm

mac5155 wrote:What does it use? Some form of liquid? or is it electricity based.


Water
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Re: Home Projects

Postby mac5155 on Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:11 pm

We have radiant heat in our house now.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:33 pm

Radiant floor heat or just radiant heat?
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Re: Home Projects

Postby mac5155 on Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:36 pm

just radiant heat. No ductwork in our house which is going to be a pain when it comes time to sell and doesn't have central air. It is very efficient though IMO
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Re: Home Projects

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:46 pm

Radiant heat is awesome and (can be) cheap. No duct work is a bummer though. When we were looking for a house central air was a must.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby mac5155 on Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:48 pm

Yep. Our gas bills hover around $100 a month with gas hot water (and heat), dryer, and stove
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Re: Home Projects

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:57 pm

We have a 2500 sq ft town home and had a $250 bill for about 45 days worth of use. Electric bill is only $25 a month though.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby Kraftster on Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:03 pm

PensFanInDC wrote:We have a 2500 sq ft town home and had a $250 bill for about 45 days worth of use. Electric bill is only $25 a month though.


:shock: lap of luxury. That's a huge town home.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby PensFanInDC on Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:06 pm

3000 sq ft with the deck...

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Re: Home Projects

Postby Hockeynut! on Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:22 pm

PensFanInDC wrote:3000 sq ft with the deck...




1%

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Re: Home Projects

Postby Malkamaniac on Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:18 am

Wife just suggested we pull the carpet and go with the hardwood floors underneath. She underestimates the time it's going to take to do the entire house.

I lol'ed because she thought it could be done in one or two weekends.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby mac5155 on Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:22 am

Malkamaniac wrote:Wife just suggested we pull the carpet and go with the hardwood floors underneath. She underestimates the time it's going to take to do the entire house.

I lol'ed because she thought it could be done in one or two weekends.


By a professional or yourself? Do they need refinished? Its going to be a MESS if you do it yourself, I would imagine.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby Malkamaniac on Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:30 am

mac5155 wrote:
Malkamaniac wrote:Wife just suggested we pull the carpet and go with the hardwood floors underneath. She underestimates the time it's going to take to do the entire house.

I lol'ed because she thought it could be done in one or two weekends.


By a professional or yourself? Do they need refinished? Its going to be a MESS if you do it yourself, I would imagine.


The floors have been under carpet since the house was built. They're likely going to need everything done to them. It's going to be a nightmare for the most part.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby mac5155 on Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:32 am

Malkamaniac wrote:
mac5155 wrote:
Malkamaniac wrote:Wife just suggested we pull the carpet and go with the hardwood floors underneath. She underestimates the time it's going to take to do the entire house.

I lol'ed because she thought it could be done in one or two weekends.


By a professional or yourself? Do they need refinished? Its going to be a MESS if you do it yourself, I would imagine.


The floors have been under carpet since the house was built. They're likely going to need everything done to them. It's going to be a nightmare for the most part.


I can recommend a good guy to do it. He did my fiancee's mother's whole house. I think 2 bedrooms (12x12ish) and living room (20x15) and was very reasonably priced. Not much dust at all. Of course everything needed wiped down but it wasn't like an inch of dust was accumulated. He also did her cabinets.
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Re: Home Projects

Postby Malkamaniac on Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:37 am

mac5155 wrote:
Malkamaniac wrote:
mac5155 wrote:
Malkamaniac wrote:Wife just suggested we pull the carpet and go with the hardwood floors underneath. She underestimates the time it's going to take to do the entire house.

I lol'ed because she thought it could be done in one or two weekends.


By a professional or yourself? Do they need refinished? Its going to be a MESS if you do it yourself, I would imagine.


The floors have been under carpet since the house was built. They're likely going to need everything done to them. It's going to be a nightmare for the most part.


I can recommend a good guy to do it. He did my fiancee's mother's whole house. I think 2 bedrooms (12x12ish) and living room (20x15) and was very reasonably priced. Not much dust at all. Of course everything needed wiped down but it wasn't like an inch of dust was accumulated. He also did her cabinets.


Do you have an guesstimated price?
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