Home Improvements

friendfromlowry Senior Member
7,778 posts 86 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Apr 17, 2024 7:16 PM

Bump.

I’ve neglected my backyard for several years. I spent a bulk of this past weekend painting my deck. It still has a little to go. I’ve been trimming trees and cutting back overgrown brush. I have two flower beds out back that I’ve never done anything with and those will be attacked soon. 


Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 165 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Apr 17, 2024 8:24 PM

Yes…backyard in the last 15 months we’ve added a 10x20 concrete pad (connected to our 15x10 patio) put in a nice hot tub, Amish covering over new concrete pad. Outdoor tv under overhang. Nice new patio table and chairs and new outdoor ceiling fan


Love it all

iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
9,465 posts 98 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Apr 18, 2024 7:30 AM

Dishwasher sprung a leak a year ago.  Finally getting the floors replaced (insurance claim, not sure good idea). Our whole first floor was covered, so it’s a decent sized project. Then also getting the stairs, bannister, upstairs landing and master bedroom done. Should start in a week or 2. Going from 3 inch engineered hardwood dark to lighter 9 inch LVP. 

j_crazy 7 gram rocks. how i roll.
8,623 posts 30 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Apr 18, 2024 9:51 AM

it's been a non-stop project on this house we bought last june. Hopefully we are wrapping it up with this last bit of landscaping work we are doing next week (adding a sidewalk from the driveway to the back patio through the fence). I think we'll have to replace the washing machine that was here when we moved in, and the dishwasher because everything else the hard water touched in this house has been ruined, but aside from those things (we're waiting for them to fail to discuss replacing) i think we're done working on stuff.


Since moving in on 6/23/23 we have done the following:

new roof, gutters, downspouts, french drains.

Replace 1 furnace

Replace 1 blower motor on the other AC/Furnace

Removed return air filters and install media filters on both AC/Furnaces

Re-place all faucets in the house (hard water had ruined them) and 2 shower/tub faucets

Install water softener

Replace 3/5 toilets (again, ruined by hard water)

Replace fridge (hard water messed up the water lines and it leaked, causing an issue with the compressor)

Replace all landscape lights and cameras for security

Re-sod entire backyard with Fescue remove 5 cedar stumps in front yard, remove 5 oak trees and stumps in the back yard

Re-plant  4 of the 5 flower beds. 

Replace mulch on all flower beds.

Upgraded sprinkler controller and added 1 zone for flowerbeds in the back

Replaced/repaired 2/3 of the sprinkler heads 

Aerate and level entire yard (front is bermuda, back is fescue)

Plan 2 oak trees in backyard


MontyBrunswick Senior Member
1,065 posts 17 reps Joined Mar 2015
Thu, Apr 18, 2024 11:54 PM
posted by j_crazy

it's been a non-stop project on this house we bought last june. Hopefully we are wrapping it up with this last bit of landscaping work we are doing next week (adding a sidewalk from the driveway to the back patio through the fence). I think we'll have to replace the washing machine that was here when we moved in, and the dishwasher because everything else the hard water touched in this house has been ruined, but aside from those things (we're waiting for them to fail to discuss replacing) i think we're done working on stuff.


Since moving in on 6/23/23 we have done the following:

new roof, gutters, downspouts, french drains.

Replace 1 furnace

Replace 1 blower motor on the other AC/Furnace

Removed return air filters and install media filters on both AC/Furnaces

Re-place all faucets in the house (hard water had ruined them) and 2 shower/tub faucets

Install water softener

Replace 3/5 toilets (again, ruined by hard water)

Replace fridge (hard water messed up the water lines and it leaked, causing an issue with the compressor)

Replace all landscape lights and cameras for security

Re-sod entire backyard with Fescue remove 5 cedar stumps in front yard, remove 5 oak trees and stumps in the back yard

Re-plant  4 of the 5 flower beds. 

Replace mulch on all flower beds.

Upgraded sprinkler controller and added 1 zone for flowerbeds in the back

Replaced/repaired 2/3 of the sprinkler heads 

Aerate and level entire yard (front is bermuda, back is fescue)

Plan 2 oak trees in backyard


Hot water heater might be worth replacing too given the hard water problems.

j_crazy 7 gram rocks. how i roll.
8,623 posts 30 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Apr 22, 2024 12:41 PM
posted by MontyBrunswick

Hot water heater might be worth replacing too given the hard water problems.

i've got money budgeted for a tankless but haven't pulled the trigger. the old owners replaced this one in 2015 with a 98 gallon heater and i've flushed it since we moved in and didn't see anything super concerning. i was also thinking of just going back with a tank heater since that heat source in my water closet probably keeps things from freezing up in these deep freeze events we get from time to time here in OKC. at least this last one we got in january i swear it helped.

MontyBrunswick Senior Member
1,065 posts 17 reps Joined Mar 2015
Sat, Apr 27, 2024 6:31 PM

I moved in around October 1st. It's been a money pit since I moved in. I've:

* Painted a room

* Removed carpet/pad from said room

* Had new hot water heater installed

* Had sump pump system replaced

* Stained the deck

* Had Chimney work done

* Had inducer replaced on furnace

* Various break/fix tasks around the house

I've finally reached the point where I can let off the gas and live in the place for a bit. I have new carpet going in a few weeks and then I'll relax.

Things that still need addressed:

* The garage doesn't have gutters/downspouts. Might be a lost cause at this point as the concrete slab is fucked from what appears to be a tree that grew too close.

* The garage door opener sounds rough, but functional.

* Fencing and deck in the backyard is not in great shape but still useful.

* The screen door is missing from the front of the house. The door and hardware are in the garage I just need to drag it out and figure out how to put it on.

* Driveway needs resurfaced/repaved.


And then today my neighbor pointed out a dead tree out by the street that probably needs to go.


I'm tempted to just burn the place down and move.

j_crazy 7 gram rocks. how i roll.
8,623 posts 30 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Apr 29, 2024 10:05 AM
posted by MontyBrunswick

I moved in around October 1st. It's been a money pit since I moved in. I've:

* Painted a room

* Removed carpet/pad from said room

* Had new hot water heater installed

* Had sump pump system replaced

* Stained the deck

* Had Chimney work done

* Had inducer replaced on furnace

* Various break/fix tasks around the house

I've finally reached the point where I can let off the gas and live in the place for a bit. I have new carpet going in a few weeks and then I'll relax.

Things that still need addressed:

* The garage doesn't have gutters/downspouts. Might be a lost cause at this point as the concrete slab is fucked from what appears to be a tree that grew too close.

* The garage door opener sounds rough, but functional.

* Fencing and deck in the backyard is not in great shape but still useful.

* The screen door is missing from the front of the house. The door and hardware are in the garage I just need to drag it out and figure out how to put it on.

* Driveway needs resurfaced/repaved.


And then today my neighbor pointed out a dead tree out by the street that probably needs to go.


I'm tempted to just burn the place down and move.

what specifically was your issue in the chimney? that seems like something that even a simple fix is expensive and tough.

MontyBrunswick Senior Member
1,065 posts 17 reps Joined Mar 2015
Mon, Apr 29, 2024 10:23 AM

Original issue was that it needed capped and maybe some light mortar work. Once he got up there he realized someone had applied tar (?) to the top of the chimney for some reason.


It wound up being a relatively inexpensive repair for the amount of work/hours he put into it ($750)


kizer permanente Senior Member
1,309 posts 18 reps Joined Aug 2017
Wed, May 1, 2024 10:31 AM
posted by MontyBrunswick

I moved in around October 1st. It's been a money pit since I moved in. I've:

* Painted a room

* Removed carpet/pad from said room

* Had new hot water heater installed

* Had sump pump system replaced

* Stained the deck

* Had Chimney work done

* Had inducer replaced on furnace

* Various break/fix tasks around the house

I've finally reached the point where I can let off the gas and live in the place for a bit. I have new carpet going in a few weeks and then I'll relax.

Things that still need addressed:

* The garage doesn't have gutters/downspouts. Might be a lost cause at this point as the concrete slab is fucked from what appears to be a tree that grew too close.

* The garage door opener sounds rough, but functional.

* Fencing and deck in the backyard is not in great shape but still useful.

* The screen door is missing from the front of the house. The door and hardware are in the garage I just need to drag it out and figure out how to put it on.

* Driveway needs resurfaced/repaved.


And then today my neighbor pointed out a dead tree out by the street that probably needs to go.


I'm tempted to just burn the place down and move.

Our last house was like this. After a few months of being there, the sewer back up in the basement floor drains. Had it snaked and camera'd and it came back the sewer line had collapsed in the yard... $8k later it was fixed. Then well pump died... decided to hook into city water instead of replacing that.  $4600. Then had some issues with leaks.. need a new roof. $14k. Then furnace dies in winter.. we get it bandaided a few times to get us thru... first day of running the AC in the summer..dead... replace AC and furnace.. $7500. $34k sunk into just the house. Not updates we wanted to do.. just shit with the house. Only bright side is we made a ton of money off it when we sold a few years ago. 

j_crazy 7 gram rocks. how i roll.
8,623 posts 30 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, May 1, 2024 3:14 PM

it's amazing how widely varied roofing costs are. i put a new roof on my house in pittsburgh - $14k. Put a new roof on my mom's house in Marietta - $7600, my roof here in OKC was $59,000. Granted I have impact shingles on this house rated for 4" hail and 130mph winds so that was part of it but damn was it pricey.

birddog23 Senior Member
1,173 posts 8 reps Joined Aug 2010
Wed, May 1, 2024 8:01 PM
posted by j_crazy

it's amazing how widely varied roofing costs are. i put a new roof on my house in pittsburgh - $14k. Put a new roof on my mom's house in Marietta - $7600, my roof here in OKC was $59,000. Granted I have impact shingles on this house rated for 4" hail and 130mph winds so that was part of it but damn was it pricey.

$59k for a roof?!

j_crazy 7 gram rocks. how i roll.
8,623 posts 30 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, May 2, 2024 9:43 AM
posted by birddog23

$59k for a roof?!

my thoughts exactly. 1 quote was for 76k, another was for 34 but i feel like that low bid was a little suspicious based on the fellow that was sent out for the bid.

iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
9,465 posts 98 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, May 2, 2024 10:19 AM

Starting our flooring project today. Boy was getting everything off the floor and closet floors a pain in the fucking ass.

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