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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7095 on: March 20, 2013, 08:52:20 AM »
So I'm relatively new to home ownership and I had my first major toilet incident this weekend. I called a recommended plumber who said my particular toilet is a weird brand with irregularly shaped parts and he might not be able to find the right one. If he can, it would cost $175 for the part and the repair. If he can't, I'd have to buy a new toilet ($150ish) and he could install it for another $150. Since he couldn't do anything right away, he didn't charge me for the visit.

While talking with a more experienced friend last night, he said the prices sound right but if it comes to a new toilet, he could install it for me for free. If I suddenly change my mind, do I risk alienating the plumber, who I might want to use in the future? Should I offer to pay him for his time so far?

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« Reply #7096 on: March 20, 2013, 09:03:25 AM »
So I'm relatively new to home ownership and I had my first major toilet incident this weekend. I called a recommended plumber who said my particular toilet is a weird brand with irregularly shaped parts and he might not be able to find the right one. If he can, it would cost $175 for the part and the repair. If he can't, I'd have to buy a new toilet ($150ish) and he could install it for another $150. Since he couldn't do anything right away, he didn't charge me for the visit.

While talking with a more experienced friend last night, he said the prices sound right but if it comes to a new toilet, he could install it for me for free. If I suddenly change my mind, do I risk alienating the plumber, who I might want to use in the future? Should I offer to pay him for his time so far?

I don't think you need to worry about alienating the plumber.  There are a million plumbers out there, so if this one gets his nose bent out of shape because you opted for the most economical plan of action (and who wouldn't?), then just find a different plumber.

Installing a toilet is not difficult.  If you have a friend who is willing to help you, I think it's smart to save the $150.

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« Reply #7097 on: March 20, 2013, 09:04:03 AM »
So I'm relatively new to home ownership and I had my first major toilet incident this weekend. I called a recommended plumber who said my particular toilet is a weird brand with irregularly shaped parts and he might not be able to find the right one. If he can, it would cost $175 for the part and the repair. If he can't, I'd have to buy a new toilet ($150ish) and he could install it for another $150. Since he couldn't do anything right away, he didn't charge me for the visit.

While talking with a more experienced friend last night, he said the prices sound right but if it comes to a new toilet, he could install it for me for free. If I suddenly change my mind, do I risk alienating the plumber, who I might want to use in the future? Should I offer to pay him for his time so far?

How would the plumber know? Even in our small town, we could easily go to Home Depot, buy a toilet, and have someone in an unmarked vehicle intall it.

We had an Eljer toilet when we moved in, couldn't even get parts online. I shudder every time I see one of their ads.

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« Reply #7098 on: March 20, 2013, 09:18:30 AM »
Installing a toilet is heavy, some what unpleasant and intimidating. But its not hard. Since its cheaper to replace the current toilet then to fix it, and because its not new and already broke once, i''d just go ahead and have your friend do it (and watch him/help him so you can learn). For confidence you might want to watch a few videos on how to do it in advance - I know HGTV has some, and probably there are some on YouTube.

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« Reply #7099 on: March 20, 2013, 10:01:27 AM »
Tradespeople come in and do estimates all the time and then don't get the job, which is essentially what the plumber did for you.  Just call him again the next time you need something done, if your friend can't help you out.

I haven't done it but I've seen it done and replacing a toilet isn't overly difficult but it does take some muscle and some care to avoid getting water everywhere.  I do agree that you are better off replacing the toilet than repairing it for the cost of the repairs.  One thing to consider, though, is that the plumber's $150 toilet might be better quality than the $150 toilet you pick up yourself.  He probably gets contract pricing so could give you a cut on the toilet that he would make up on the installation.  $150 for the installation sounds a bit high to me because it only takes about an hour for the job, although that wouldn't include his driving time and the time he took to pick it up.
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« Reply #7100 on: March 20, 2013, 10:26:38 AM »
You can buy a good toilet at Home Depot or Lowes in which you can receive credit from your PUD.  We bought a toilet last summer and got a rebate from the PUD which meant the toilet essentially cost us $2.  Installed it ourselves.  That's a good deal!

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« Reply #7101 on: March 20, 2013, 11:35:01 AM »
For the people having problem with their hair:

try something like this: http://www.silvermoonbeams.com/PAGES/Flowers.html

They are really easy to use, these ones (specifically) bend, both parts.  They haven't broke on me yet, and they're decorative enough to look professional.  I've used them to hold curly hair, pin straight hair, thin hair, buns, french twists and ponytails (half and full).

They are worth their weight in gold.  Me and my friends all love them.

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« Reply #7102 on: March 20, 2013, 11:39:04 AM »
Do smoke/fire detectors have to be installed on the ceiling and horizontally?  I would like to put some on the wall, vertically (close to the ceiling but not on it).
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« Reply #7103 on: March 20, 2013, 11:45:08 AM »
Do smoke/fire detectors have to be installed on the ceiling and horizontally?  I would like to put some on the wall, vertically (close to the ceiling but not on it).

Yes, they can and here is some basic guidelines for installing.
http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=1648&itemID=39907&URL=Safety%20Information/For%20consumers/Fire%20&%20safety%20equipment/Smoke%20alarms/Installation%20and%20maintenance%20tips&cookie%5Ftest=1

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« Reply #7104 on: March 20, 2013, 11:46:32 AM »
Do smoke/fire detectors have to be installed on the ceiling and horizontally?  I would like to put some on the wall, vertically (close to the ceiling but not on it).

All my life, in all my homes, I have always had fire/smoke detectors on the walls, very close to the ceiling but not on the actual ceiling. They have always operated well. You do want them high though, since smoke and heat rise.

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« Reply #7105 on: March 20, 2013, 11:58:49 AM »
For the people having problem with their hair:

try something like this: http://www.silvermoonbeams.com/PAGES/Flowers.html

They are really easy to use, these ones (specifically) bend, both parts.  They haven't broke on me yet, and they're decorative enough to look professional.  I've used them to hold curly hair, pin straight hair, thin hair, buns, french twists and ponytails (half and full).

They are worth their weight in gold.  Me and my friends all love them.

Are these like the flexi-8 (www.flexi8.com)? I've been meaning to get one of those but they're quite expensive for me. Also I'm a bit apprehensive about sizing as the website doesn't seem to take into account different lengths of hair (and mine is just past my waist).

I have also learned other hair styles from Youtube and would recommend searching on there for the Nautilus bun which after some practice goes up in minutes with just one stick.

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« Reply #7106 on: March 20, 2013, 12:01:31 PM »
Do smoke/fire detectors have to be installed on the ceiling and horizontally?  I would like to put some on the wall, vertically (close to the ceiling but not on it).

This is actually recommended.  Smoke and fire tend to crawl up the walls first then spread over the ceiling so it is better to have them on the wall.  My local fire departement recommends having them just outside all sleeping areas, as well as at least one on each floor somewhere.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7107 on: March 20, 2013, 12:45:38 PM »
For the people having problem with their hair:

try something like this: http://www.silvermoonbeams.com/PAGES/Flowers.html

They are really easy to use, these ones (specifically) bend, both parts.  They haven't broke on me yet, and they're decorative enough to look professional.  I've used them to hold curly hair, pin straight hair, thin hair, buns, french twists and ponytails (half and full).

They are worth their weight in gold.  Me and my friends all love them.

Are these like the flexi-8 (www.flexi8.com)? I've been meaning to get one of those but they're quite expensive for me. Also I'm a bit apprehensive about sizing as the website doesn't seem to take into account different lengths of hair (and mine is just past my waist).

I have also learned other hair styles from Youtube and would recommend searching on there for the Nautilus bun which after some practice goes up in minutes with just one stick.

Kind of, but better, IMO.  These come in one size, but can be bent to accommodate different amounts of hair and different styles.  I have thick hair that's at my waist and I have no trouble using them.  They hold my hair really well.

ETA: Apparently they come in different sizes.  :)  I use the medium size, but if you had more hair, then the large would work.  Like I said, though, they can be bent which makes it really easy to use them.  Both the stick and the hairpiece bends.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7108 on: March 20, 2013, 12:48:31 PM »
Thanks everyone for answering the smoke detector question.  I hate balancing on a ladder to change the batteries--having them high up but not ON the ceiling will help.

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« Reply #7109 on: March 20, 2013, 01:28:12 PM »
I have a pearl necklace my grandmother gave me that I recently discovered can be worn with business casual clothes without looking silly (I'd always been a little afraid of it before).

It's a string of pearls in graduated sizes, on some sort of string. It's knotted between the pearls, so if it breaks, I wouldn't lose all of them (thank heavens!).

My main question is how should I take care of them, now that I'm going to be wearing them more? I know I should check the string to make sure it isn't fraying anywhere and make sure I don't get perfume or makeup on them. Does anybody have any tips on cleaning them (how often, using what products, how do I dry them, etc)? Is there anything else I should know?

I'm going to Google also, but I'd rather ask the opinions of people I know, instead of stumbling blindly around the wilds of the internet.

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