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#1051 tylerh1701

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 09:36 PM

Just saw a mouse run through my living room, and scampered into the kitchen and I lost him.   YUCK!

 

Anyways, I went and bought some traps for my house (9, 3 on each level of my house) and then vacuumed my whole living room and kitchen and scrubbed counters and cleaned as much as I could (I'm really not that dirty.  I leave crumbs on my counter and stuff but dirty dishes in the sink, but I don't ever just leave food out)

 

Anything else I can do?  Also, how common are house mice in the US?  I couldn't find any reliable data online, but is it fairly rare for mice to be inside a house, or is it fairly common?  I've never had mice before (that I know of).


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Posted 21 September 2013 - 11:58 PM

Just saw a mouse run through my living room, and scampered into the kitchen and I lost him.   YUCK!

 

Anyways, I went and bought some traps for my house (9, 3 on each level of my house) and then vacuumed my whole living room and kitchen and scrubbed counters and cleaned as much as I could (I'm really not that dirty.  I leave crumbs on my counter and stuff but dirty dishes in the sink, but I don't ever just leave food out)

 

Anything else I can do?  Also, how common are house mice in the US?  I couldn't find any reliable data online, but is it fairly rare for mice to be inside a house, or is it fairly common?  I've never had mice before (that I know of).

 

 

My parents had 2 mice over like 15 years. As long as you don't hear them in the walls after you catch this one, you should be ok. Sometimes they enter in attics of basements. We knew we had one because there was a bag of soft tortillas that was crewed open with crumbs by it. We used a 'humane' trap, and let him out in farmland...

 

Then there was the time that I came home and saw a bird fly through the kitchen from the front door. When I got into the kitchen and it flew by my head I said "HOLY SHIT IT IS A BAT!!" He was a little more difficult to get out, plus animal control wouldn't come out for a bat. I (lightly) swatted him out of the air with a spatula and he landed on my foot. As he went to fly again, I was able to catch him in a bath towel and fling him out the front door. Of course 6 months later they issued a warning to call animal control because bats were found in the area with rabies. I guess it is a good thing I didn't get bit. ;)



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Posted 22 September 2013 - 06:28 AM

My parents had 2 mice over like 15 years. As long as you don't hear them in the walls after you catch this one, you should be ok. Sometimes they enter in attics of basements. We knew we had one because there was a bag of soft tortillas that was crewed open with crumbs by it. We used a 'humane' trap, and let him out in farmland...

 

Then there was the time that I came home and saw a bird fly through the kitchen from the front door. When I got into the kitchen and it flew by my head I said "HOLY SHIT IT IS A BAT!!" He was a little more difficult to get out, plus animal control wouldn't come out for a bat. I (lightly) swatted him out of the air with a spatula and he landed on my foot. As he went to fly again, I was able to catch him in a bath towel and fling him out the front door. Of course 6 months later they issued a warning to call animal control because bats were found in the area with rabies. I guess it is a good thing I didn't get bit. ;)

 

Hmm...if I only have 2 mice over 15 years I'll be very happy.  We just had an early cold spell here which probably made him come in. I've lived here just over a year, and never had any mouse issues before now (no piles of feces, no boxes or bags of food eaten through). I'd prefer never to have any more issues in the future either, I find them rather gross.  

 

I've also heard horror stories about hantavirus and the such, but apparently only about 30 people per year in the US actually contract that. Probably not something to worry too much about.  Obviously I'll be careful if I run into any mess piles, but I was surprised to see how rare that virus is considering how much I've actually heard about it.  (I have a little bit of anxiety at times, so rationalizing things like that using statistics helps me out haha)

 

I don't know what the hell I'd do if I had a bird or bat in my house.  OMG I don't even want to think about it.  Chasing a snake out of my garage, getting a duck out of my window well, and now this mouse are about as much as I can handle.  


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Posted 22 September 2013 - 10:21 AM

Sometimes creatres depends on where you live.

 

My best friend has the cleanest house imaginable, he gets small field mice from time to time. He got a cat she takes care of that problem well.

 

My old house used to be bombarded with ladybugs a certain time of the year, nothing I could do about it. Bats also frequented the porch, luckily none ever flew in.

 

If you want to check for mice check behind everything. You'd be surprised what mice can chew through. they love tight dark spots for breeding too, like inside rolls of paper towels.



#1055 Dead of Knight

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 02:14 PM

If you have mice problems... get a cat.  They will find them and kill them and leave the remains for you as a "present."


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Posted 22 September 2013 - 03:57 PM

My parents had 2 mice over like 15 years. As long as you don't hear them in the walls after you catch this one, you should be ok. Sometimes they enter in attics of basements. We knew we had one because there was a bag of soft tortillas that was crewed open with crumbs by it. We used a 'humane' trap, and let him out in farmland...

Then there was the time that I came home and saw a bird fly through the kitchen from the front door. When I got into the kitchen and it flew by my head I said "HOLY SHIT IT IS A BAT!!" He was a little more difficult to get out, plus animal control wouldn't come out for a bat. I (lightly) swatted him out of the air with a spatula and he landed on my foot. As he went to fly again, I was able to catch him in a bath towel and fling him out the front door. Of course 6 months later they issued a warning to call animal control because bats were found in the area with rabies. I guess it is a good thing I didn't get bit. ;)


We had a bat in my house for a couple days.

The motherfucker thought it would be cool to sleep in my room in my window curtain.

Then it randomly flew out while I was gaming and I nearly fell off my chair and faceplanted the floor. I got it out eventually with the help of my little brother.

First, how can you claim prior non-existance to devalue a movement? I am sure the civil rights movement would love that. "Well, there was no movement to free the slaves before, so why is it relavent now?"

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 04:01 PM

We had a bat in my house for a couple days.

The motherfucker thought it would be cool to sleep in my room in my window curtain.

Then it randomly flew out while I was gaming and I nearly fell off my chair and faceplanted the floor. I got it out eventually with the help of my little brother.

 

This one hid in the curtains too. After I saw something fly from the kitchen to the dining room, I went looking for 'the bird'. 

 

I saw it crawl and peek over the top of the curtain rods and it was making cute 'meeps', then it flew right at my head! I rarely get freaked out, but that was one of those times where I reacted.



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Posted 22 September 2013 - 05:23 PM

It got you on the sonar then kamikazed you.

First, how can you claim prior non-existance to devalue a movement? I am sure the civil rights movement would love that. "Well, there was no movement to free the slaves before, so why is it relavent now?"

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 10:30 PM

Saw some rot on front door frame, so figured we should get a storm door...fast forward 3 weeks and now we are looking at completely replacing door/frame and a $2700 bill. Yowsers.




#1060 tylerh1701

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:39 AM

Sometimes creatres depends on where you live.

 

My best friend has the cleanest house imaginable, he gets small field mice from time to time. He got a cat she takes care of that problem well.

 

My old house used to be bombarded with ladybugs a certain time of the year, nothing I could do about it. Bats also frequented the porch, luckily none ever flew in.

 

If you want to check for mice check behind everything. You'd be surprised what mice can chew through. they love tight dark spots for breeding too, like inside rolls of paper towels.

 

OMG stop.  If I found some mice inside my paper towel roll I would Fuck ing flip.  

 

Anyways, I caught 1 in my trap today.  It was gross disposing of him, but I got it done.  I am knocking on wood that this is a 1 and done thing!  I also stuffed a couple potential holes in my walls with some steel wool.

 

If you have mice problems... get a cat.  They will find them and kill them and leave the remains for you as a "present."

 

Unfortunately I'm quite allergic to cats.  My mom has a dachshund I thought about borrowing for a few days (I may still do so if more mice pop up).  Obviously not the same as a cat, but she is a little hunter and killer and I think she could take out a few mice for me.


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#1061 Dead of Knight

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 08:14 PM

Saw some rot on front door frame, so figured we should get a storm door...fast forward 3 weeks and now we are looking at completely replacing door/frame and a $2700 bill. Yowsers.

The Fuck, seriously?  We need to eventually replace our door/frame.  Storm door came completely off like a year ago.  I ain't paying $2700!

 


 

Unfortunately I'm quite allergic to cats.  My mom has a dachshund I thought about borrowing for a few days (I may still do so if more mice pop up).  Obviously not the same as a cat, but she is a little hunter and killer and I think she could take out a few mice for me.

I am also allergic but I got 3 of them.  :lol: Can't stop a cat lover.


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#1062 Javery

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 08:51 PM

It is sickening sometimes what things for the house cost.  I'm in the process of repainting every. single. room. and it is costing me a fortune in paint, tape and supplies (and taking forever).  I'm hoping I can finish by Christmas if I continue to work on it every single weekend.  We also just had locks replaced on the 3 exterior doors and that was almost $1K - those things are so expensive!



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#1063 Pookymeister

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:58 AM

The Fuck, seriously?  We need to eventually replace our door/frame.  Storm door came completely off like a year ago.  I ain't paying $2700!

 

I am also allergic but I got 3 of them.  :lol: Can't stop a cat lover.

 

I mean, we aren't skimping on it - getting composite frame & transom (so shouldn't rot again) and a nice mahogany finished fiberglass door. So hopefully, won't have to worry about door again. 10% back tax credit(for energy saver door), and maybe a little off HVAC bills maybe will help in long run.

 

Just timing isn't the best, since basement should finally be done sometime soon and all the furniture I want to buy there will add up.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 01:54 AM

It is sickening sometimes what things for the house cost.  I'm in the process of repainting every. single. room. and it is costing me a fortune in paint, tape and supplies (and taking forever).  I'm hoping I can finish by Christmas if I continue to work on it every single weekend.  We also just had locks replaced on the 3 exterior doors and that was almost $1K - those things are so expensive!

 

any thoughts or likes/dislikes on the brands of paint? I'll be helping mom repaint half the rooms in her house within the next 6 months or so, she doesn't really do research like me just finds the color she likes. not looking to skimp on the paint.



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 04:01 AM

My Uncle was a Licensed professional painter here in California & he only used Dunn Edwards paint.  He could choose any brand since he worked for himself yet chose Dunn Edwards.  Take that as you will.



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 04:40 PM

any thoughts or likes/dislikes on the brands of paint? I'll be helping mom repaint half the rooms in her house within the next 6 months or so, she doesn't really do research like me just finds the color she likes. not looking to skimp on the paint.

I've been using the Behr Premium from Home Depot and so far so good.  I don't like Gliddon.  I've used Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore in the past and they are much more expensive and don't provide that much better of a finish - at least on drywall.  When I build arcade cabinets I do notice a difference on MDF or plywood. 



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#1067 Pookymeister

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 04:49 PM

I've used Behr in my house as well, no problems. Got Behr's "Grey Area" ready for basement. Guess they ran out of creative names.




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Posted 30 September 2013 - 10:08 PM

I just had something interesting happen. My toilet overflowed from the tank after I flushed it. I looked it up and I am going to replace the guts, but I have never seen something like that happen before. I wanted to replace the whole toilet when I moved in but everyone thought I was crazy. I know it is just the guts that are bad, but part of me thinks it is a better idea to start fresh to make sure the seals are good.

 

 

Oh and I asked my Dad about paint, since he worked in the industry on the production side for 40 years.  ACE hardware makes the best house brand paint in his opinion (but they are not everywhere). Behr was his next recommendation for interior if you don't have ACE paint in your area. He said the most important thing to look at is the 'wash rating' or something like that, but I am not sure if those are on labels or if that is an industry thing.



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Posted 30 September 2013 - 11:02 PM

thanks I'll ask about it. I have time to do some research and in general annoy the salesmen at the paint shops. lol



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:33 AM

I just had something interesting happen. My toilet overflowed from the tank after I flushed it. I looked it up and I am going to replace the guts, but I have never seen something like that happen before. I wanted to replace the whole toilet when I moved in but everyone thought I was crazy. I know it is just the guts that are bad, but part of me thinks it is a better idea to start fresh to make sure the seals are good.


Oh and I asked my Dad about paint, since he worked in the industry on the production side for 40 years. ACE hardware makes the best house brand paint in his opinion (but they are not everywhere). Behr was his next recommendation for interior if you don't have ACE paint in your area. He said the most important thing to look at is the 'wash rating' or something like that, but I am not sure if those are on labels or if that is an industry thing.


The choice between spending $20 or over $100 should make the decision easier for you. The toilet itself short of being cracked and old doesn't need replacing. The majority of people replace toilets for aesthetic reasons not because they are broken.

In your case the valve failed to turn off the water upon the tank filling up. Go to HD buy new "guts" for less than $20 and you're set.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 02:53 PM

Yeah I did that last night. It is fine now. I just didn't want to put my hands in there because the inside of the tank is literally brown from age. I had my dad install it. haha Ive replaced the guts before at my parent's house, but their toilets look so much cleaner inside.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 12:03 AM

The tank's nothing. The BOWL on the other hand.........

 

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 02:16 AM

Not a maintenance question, but a lump sum payment question here.

 

Hypothetically I have about $20,000 dollars (after a comfy emergency fund).  Already hit my Roth IRA max contribution for the year.  You guys think a lump sum payment towards my mortgage is a good idea?  Or are there better investments that will easily get me better returns?

 

By my (admittedly simplistic) calculations, I'd need to make about 9% on my $20,000 over the next 9 years in order to match the $25,000 or so I'll save in interest over that same timeframe.

 

I guess this is more of a "financial planner" question than a "homeowner" question, but I'd still appreciate any input anyone has.


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#1074 slowdive21

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 03:53 AM

If you can pay down your principal without penalty, that would be the best route IMO, but I was only a business major, not finance and this is just an opinion.



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 06:50 AM

If you can pay down your principal without penalty, that would be the best route IMO, but I was only a business major, not finance and this is just an opinion.

Yeah, I can pay down the principal without penalty.  I was also a business major and only took a couple finance classes and don't know much about investing.  I do know the .20% I'm getting in my money market if a Fuck ing joke though.


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Posted 22 March 2014 - 02:43 PM

There are many different views about this and I don't have the "right" answer (and would love to hear other thoughts).  I personally would like to pay down my mortgage as much as possible because I don't like something hanging over me.  It is why I rarely finance any purchase unless I get a 0-1% rate (like my 24 month 0% interest giant TV!).  That said, if your mortgage rate is in the 2-3% range then you may be able to get a better return in the market if you invest wisely.  Also, you can deduct the interest on your house on your taxes and the lower the principal the lower the deduction so if you pay it down you lose a little here (but it is still a net positive to have a lower principal).  Another thing to keep in mind is that assuming your house is in good shape and worth what you paid, you can always get a HELOC if you need some money, which is based on the equity you have in the house so the more you pay it down the more money you should have available in the HELOC.

 

Also, how secure are you at your job?  If you don't really have to worry about losing your job I'd be more inclined to put the money in the market and try and get a larger return.  If you feel like you could lose everything in a second (like I do) then you may want to just pay down your existing debts as quick as possible so if the doomsday scenario comes you won't be totally screwed.



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 03:04 PM

Personally we are paying down the mortgage as fast as possible (while contributing to our retirement accounts of course).  It's a guaranteed 4.25% return and we're just very debt-averse people.  It's not for everyone but if you already have an emergency fund with 6 months to a year of expenses, I don't see any reason why not.


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Posted 22 March 2014 - 05:46 PM

Yeah, I'm hoping to do the same when we buy a house in the next year or two. Trying to get my fiancé on board with the idea has been a bit of a challenge though, she'd rather stay in our apartment complex for $1200/month. It's a great complex but I want to make my money work for me instead of not getting any value out of it by renting.

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 10:14 PM

So, whenever I take a shower, there's a musky sort of smell, even after I've scrubbed the bathroom clean. Who could I call for the possibility of a leaky pipe in the wall?
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Posted 23 March 2014 - 06:01 AM

Check the drain, check under shower doors if applicable - make sure those are clear of crap.