The thing I hate the most about 30 yr. old houses or how I spent Vacation Day One
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    The thing I hate the most about 30 yr. old houses or how I spent Vacation Day One

    ...........is digging down through 18 inches of crusher finds and caliche clay that had been driven on for 30 years to uncover a gas pipe that over the course of its lonely lifetime in the ground had become encased in a living tree root that had pushed it far enough to the side to cause a persistent gas leak that started hissing really loudly when I managed to uncover one end of it where it used to connect to an abandoned gas lamp.

    Three visits from my pal John the Plumber, 9AM, 11AM and 3PM, and $211 later, the leak is plugged.

    The turkey will be baked and the likelihood that the house will explode is now minimized.

    Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

    On to Vacation Day Two.
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    Wow, 30 years. That's old. Have you applied for historical landmark status yet?

    (My house is 76 years old.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mohair_chair
    Wow, 30 years. That's old. Have you applied for historical landmark status yet?

    (My house is 76 years old.)
    I grew up in one that was 200+.

    Nothing magic about 30+ years except for the crap that starts to accumulate - like at-will Elm trees that the Conquistadores infested the Rio Grande Valley with. They have a bad habit of taking root next to things then adopting the attitude that they were there first and therefore own the damn yard. Elm tree vs. Gas line - Elm tree wins.

    I'm sure in a 75+ year old house, you can find it in your heart to identify with my plight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mohair_chair
    Wow, 30 years. That's old. Have you applied for historical landmark status yet?

    (My house is 76 years old.)
    i think the point he was making was not that his house is old. But that over the last 50 years we've seen residential construction go from pretty solid to pretty darn crappy.

    god forbid some fool buy a new house these days. Total crap. But most the short cuts aren't something to be discovered until the contractor is out of liability! 7 years? Something like that...

    the only decent shot you have with new construction is to go custom. And i don't mean what builders like to call custom. I'm talking about dropping 20k, hiring an architect and actualy having a custom job. Even that isn't 100% but the GC is far less likely to cut corners when he's actualy got someone concerned with the finish product reviewing the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfleck
    i think the point he was making was not that his house is old. But that over the last 50 years we've seen residential construction go from pretty solid to pretty darn crappy.

    god forbid some fool buy a new house these days. Total crap. But most the short cuts aren't something to be discovered until the contractor is out of liability! 7 years? Something like that...

    the only decent shot you have with new construction is to go custom. And i don't mean what builders like to call custom. I'm talking about dropping 20k, hiring an architect and actualy having a custom job. Even that isn't 100% but the GC is far less likely to cut corners when he's actualy got someone concerned with the finish product reviewing the job.

    To be absolutely fair, one must acknowledge the constant pressure from the consumer to cut costs.

    On a lighter note, I have a crappy old house, too. Vintage 1886. Stupid old house.

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    I can identify as well......my house is coming up on 23 years and I built it (pretty much every stick, stone and nail.....)

    Dot it yourself, that way you know who screwed it up.....

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    are you ever not on vacation?

    //just pwned myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doowde
    are you ever not on vacation?

    //just pwned myself.

    OK.....so you sure weren't pointing that at me....lol....cause ...what's a vacation?????/

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    Quote Originally Posted by doowde
    are you ever not on vacation?

    //just pwned myself.
    I get 4 weeks per year and this is the 6th day I've used, so I guess the answer is "yes, I am ever not on vacation."
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    you seem to have business trips to many cool locations
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    Quote Originally Posted by doowde
    you seem to have business trips to many cool locations

    That, is very true. About 100,000 miles worth this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terry b
    I grew up in one that was 200+.
    Did you grow up in Europe?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirchyGirchy
    Did you grow up in Europe?!
    Connecticut and New York.

    The house in Simsbury, CT was built in 1752.
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    my bank assures me that most new homes will only last under 50 years.....takes damn near than long to pay for one..

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