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DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 05-22-2008, 10:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,220
Posted By apsinkus
Where do I find garade door opener replacement safety sensors?

My buddy has Legacy brand overhead garage door opener. He is not too handy, so I figured I would help him out, since he is my business partner too.
Looks like his safety sensors (kid-catchers, as I...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 03-15-2008, 06:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,287
Posted By apsinkus
Sounds too high, unless they are gutting all your...

Sounds too high, unless they are gutting all your gas infrastructure. Also, Canada is notorious for awesome incentives (e.g. geothermal, PV, and other systems get much larger rebates than in US),...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 02-17-2008, 03:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 27,290
Posted By apsinkus
Never had to replace HAVC before, how much a...

Never had to replace HAVC before, how much a brand new unit with install costs for a 2000 sq.ft. house? The existing system is extremely old and only does heating.
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 02-15-2008, 08:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 27,290
Posted By apsinkus
So what is the average cost of geothermal HVAC in retrofit situation?

So I am looking into replacing existing forced air heating system in an old 2500 sq. ft. house. I want to put in cooling (either by replacing entire HVAC or by adding on cooling to existing system...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 02-14-2008, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,984
Posted By apsinkus
OP, didn't you tell us in a previous post(and...

OP, didn't you tell us in a previous post(and poll) that you had tons of debt?
I think this forum is bad for your wallet :eek:
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 02-14-2008, 05:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,831
Posted By apsinkus
Anyone used Hightech Dormer people?

So my realtor mentioned to me these guys http://hightechdormer.com when I talked to her about possibly redoing the dormer in the house we are buying, so we can fit the whole bath. Apparently she had...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 02-14-2008, 08:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,426
Posted By apsinkus
I will definitely check out those organizations....

I will definitely check out those organizations. I definitely don't want to end up with a GC who leaves pissed off inspectors and sub-cons with liens on the properties.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 02-13-2008, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,426
Posted By apsinkus
InspectorD, I am definitely hearin' you. There...

InspectorD, I am definitely hearin' you. There are lots of things that would need to be done to that house. It has good bones and I can take it to the next level.
BTW, we don't own the house yet, it...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 02-13-2008, 10:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,426
Posted By apsinkus
inspectorD, thank you for such great info. I did...

inspectorD, thank you for such great info. I did want to see the breakout of the costs, so I get better sense.

Here is a question I have. What is the best way to talk GC into not insisting on...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 02-12-2008, 07:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,426
Posted By apsinkus
Are you sure about 40K? I would expect not only...

Are you sure about 40K? I would expect not only addition but also full bathroom installed for that.
I mean, are there any advantage to trying to do this in the summer, rather than say fall or...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 02-12-2008, 11:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,418
Posted By apsinkus
Where did you buy that harness? I was thinking...

Where did you buy that harness? I was thinking about visiting mountain-climbing equipment store, but I heard those places are way too expensive.
I know my wife would not mind to get my life...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 02-12-2008, 11:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,426
Posted By apsinkus
Nah... I just don't like to be wasteful and I...

Nah... I just don't like to be wasteful and I have a great wife who is a great partner. She knows my BS and I know her. So decisions we make usually are good for the good of the family. Fortunately...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 02-12-2008, 08:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,426
Posted By apsinkus
There is actually a 6-car driveway right below...

There is actually a 6-car driveway right below the dormer and dumpster plus possibly a box truck would fit there.
At 15K it is worth it, at 20K to $40K (on a 450K house) is questionable, since I...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 02-11-2008, 09:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,658
Posted By apsinkus
I think I may just hire someone to do it together...

I think I may just hire someone to do it together with the dormer roofline re-do we are thinking about.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 02-11-2008, 09:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,426
Posted By apsinkus
I need advice re. redoing dormer

I am looking into adding a bathroom in the attic master bedroom. It does look like they had a toilet at one time in the area where existing dormer is. It is like a 7X7 room there. To put in a bath...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-31-2008, 09:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,313
Posted By apsinkus
I have pissed off my share of inspectors in the...

I have pissed off my share of inspectors in the early stage of my career when I had to deal with office buildouts for companies I worked for.
This time I am the one paying out of my pocket, so I...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-31-2008, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,313
Posted By apsinkus
Yeah... I called them pretty much everything...

Yeah... I called them pretty much everything requires a permit. So much for DYI. We can only do our work on a weekend, because both me and wifey are working full time. So much for the pipe dream of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 01-31-2008, 02:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,658
Posted By apsinkus
House was built in 1910 (like most in the area)....

House was built in 1910 (like most in the area). Siding is cedar shingles. yes, the windows would be at the gable end of the house. Windows something like 28"X50" (guesstimate). Roofing is asphalt...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 01-31-2008, 02:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,658
Posted By apsinkus
How much should I budget for window install? (in MA)

So looks like my city requires permits to install windows and skylights.
My job has zero flexibility during the week (when permit department and inspectors work). So basically I will need to get...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-30-2008, 08:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,313
Posted By apsinkus
Any inspectors from MA here? Do I need a permit to do these repairs?

I am in Somerville, MA and I am looking to put an offer on a nice house with very good bones. It was built in 1910 and has been owned by same lady for 40 years.

1. Is there a list somewhere of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 01-27-2008, 10:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,287
Posted By apsinkus
Take a look at say one of the Rinnai...

Take a look at say one of the Rinnai exterior-mounted tankless. For $1400 MSRP you are getting up to 9.4GPM.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 01-27-2008, 10:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,287
Posted By apsinkus
Onyx, sounds like you got wrong size tankless...

Onyx, sounds like you got wrong size tankless heater.

Benefits from tankless come with proper sizing. Any system, no matter how efficient, will be useless if not properly sized.

Half of Europe...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 01-27-2008, 10:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,798
Posted By apsinkus
Wow, never read so much incorrect information in...

Wow, never read so much incorrect information in one thread! C'mon, statements like "if it needs bigger supply line it uses more gas" sounds like someone did not pay attention in Physics class. How...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 01-23-2008, 06:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,972
Posted By apsinkus
Actually it is my understanding that electricals...

Actually it is my understanding that electricals in MA are required to buy back electricity at the same or higher rate by law. There is also some kind of program where for the first three years you...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 01-22-2008, 08:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,972
Posted By apsinkus
Anyone here installed FreeWatt micro-CHP system instead or in addition to their heat?

Anyone here had any experience with the FreeWatt system? For those who don't know what it is, check out http://www.climate-energy.com/micro-chp.asp
It basicly is a piggy-back to your heating system,...
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