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  • in reply to: Who to remove tile floor? #792356

    Lolo
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    So you need to remove the tiles that might run under your kitchen cabinets, get rid of the mortar, lay down a tile underlayment, put new tiles down, grout them, then install a transition between your new tile floor and the old floor. All while not making a mess of your house with all the dust that’s going to be created. I’m not sure how much Ventana quoted but it’s probably worth it.

    in reply to: Home Improvement Question #789889

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    i believe there is an impermeable lot coverage restriction, 75% of total sq footage or something. so before you decide to lay a bunch of concrete down, check with the city.

    in reply to: Anyone remove their asbestos siding? #789498

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    There are companies that make non asbestos replacement siding designed to match some of the asbestos materials used in the past. So you could take a small amount of your siding off to allow for the insulation and then replace it with a non asbestos material.

    The problem with the companies that blow insulation into the walls is that they need to cut holes through your siding. Bad dust…bad.

    The precautions you need to take are very similar to dealing with lead based paints on houses….lots of plastic, work on small areas at a time, keep the material wet, respirators and suits and wrap up and dispose of everything properly when you are done. Do it on a calm day.

    I wish I had the name of the siding supplier for you but I don’t. I know it’s out there though.

    in reply to: Anyone remove their asbestos siding? #789493

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    As a home owner, it’s legal for you to do it yourself. Hiring someone will cost you a bunch as it’s hazardous waste. It’s important to know how to contain the asbestos dust during the process. Mostly you need to keep everything wet. The shingles themselves are not dangerous but they break easily and that’s really the problem.

    Do some research because you are opening yourself up to liability if you do it incorrectly.

    in reply to: Knife sharpening needed #785877

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    Go to Harbor Freight on Michigan St. Buy their diamond sharpening block, 4 different grits on 4 sides $12. Read a little bit. Sharpen your own knives. Its really easy.

    in reply to: Kitchen remodel: what did it cost? #783948

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    I do kitchen remodels all the time. Probably the largest single expense is the cabinets, followed by the countertops, then flooring.

    Do your homework and shop around. The more planning you do the less stressful the experience will be. Plan on a month or so if you are moving walls.

    in reply to: Hooray! We have a new bench! #767444

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    I’m kind of dating myself here but…does anyone remember the movie “The Gods Must Be Crazy?” Remember the rhino that would come and stomp out fires? That’s what this whole situation brings to mind… stomp stomp stomp stomp stomp

    :)

    in reply to: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!….the bench is gone…again #737090

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    Someone was asking how much the rock would cost…I had no idea so I looked.

    Search Craigslist for basalt, its most of the way down the list.

    Too funny that there is a posting for this.

    Peace

    in reply to: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!….the bench is gone…again #737079

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    Yeah me

    My wife called the non emergency number and had a discussion with an officer there who determined that a report should be filed. The officer said that if we observed any behavior like that we should call 911 immediately.

    They are pretty good about not offering opinions on stuff like this so that is pretty much all there is.

    Anonyme

    You make it sound like there is a group with torches standing outside the neighbor’s house. It is far from that. We are all just trying to live together. These folks don’t like the bench there because people tend to linger, maybe even gather at times, at the overlook. These are their words, “We don’t want to create a park here.”

    It appears to me that they just don’t have much faith in people’s good nature. Clearly my opinion.

    I’m sure they just want to be left alone. But we live in a city and unless you surround yourself with a big fence it’s difficult to isolate yourself because every time you look out the window there they are, THE PEOPLE!

    We have persued all the options mentioned earlier stopping short of the legal because, really, it’s not that important. At some point we have to just try to get along. That is why I never replaced the bench I put out there in the first place…because I talked with them.

    I posted about this because, while I think they have the right to their opinion, I also think it’s pretty outrageous how they have gone about expressing it. I’m just witnessing and it appears that people tend to agree with me. That’s probably where the bench and chairs have come from, people who like the overlook, not space aliens.

    I admit to feeling pretty thrilled when that bench showed up. Mostly because I didn’t put it there. I’d love to have this whole thing resolved but at this point I’m just concerned about what will happen next.

    My wife, the adult in the family, says that with all the difficulties we are having between a few neighbors revolving around this silly overlook on our little dead end, it’s no surprize there are so many countries that can’t get along.

    in reply to: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!….the bench is gone…again #737078

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    in reply to: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!….the bench is gone…again #737067

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    DBP

    Thanks for your suggestions.

    Look closely. Not once have I accused the neighbors of destroying the chairs or stealing the previous bench incarnation. I also never asked for a replacement. Some kind hearted individual donated them. I thought it was one of the neighbors, but after asking around no one has admitted to it. The previous bench just appeared too, without any prompting by me.

    The level of violence displayed in this latest action is what caused us to talk to the police, who agreed that talking to them was the right thing to do.

    And, if you’ll scroll up you’ll note that I asked people to refrain from fanning the flames here.

    This feud is pretty one sided in that my offense seems to be maintaining the dead end and not putting up with bullies. Again…my opinion, not to deceive anyone intentionally.

    BTW…the term bully came unsolicited from somone else who has had dealings with these folks.

    in reply to: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!….the bench is gone…again #737057

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    Truly, no disrespect to members intended. My apologies for the lack of clarity.

    Lolo is a nickname with no Hawaiian roots in my experience…but then I don’t know everything.

    in reply to: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!….the bench is gone…again #737048

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    Lastly, as a means to document this craziness, as my wife was leaving our house last night with my daughter, Mr Fun and his daughter, Lil Fun, confronted her. They accused her of moving the scraps in front of their garage and then went on to demean her for “wasting her time” posting on the WSB saying that she “should have better things to do with her time.” They made other rude personal comments as well. So much for the documentation.

    Now for the opinion:

    1) I’m surprised that this forum was discovered by people that so clearly only look out for themselves.

    2) I’m not surprised that they didn’t read carefully enough to realize that it’s her husband doing the posting.

    3) And, it’s no surprise that instead of engaging in a dialog, here or anywhere else, they have continued to bull their way through. Seems to work for them.

    Nowhere in my postings have I identified these people by name or described which house is theirs on our little dead end. I have tried to be respectful and report what has happened in a level headed way.

    It looks like they don’t like the light shining on them.

    in reply to: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!….the bench is gone…again #737045

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    Thanks for the info on the city bench program.

    We had kids that used to hang out on the steps at the dead end. Since the bench has been there, 2 years now, there hasn’t been that problem, might be coincidence, might not.

    Mostly what happens now is that folks will come and sit and talk and look over the Sound. It’s nice.

    I’m trying really hard to not let this become a neighborhood war. So while I appreciate all of your support, please do not take it upon yourselves to do anything that might be considered inflammatory. These folks are already slightly irrational, I’d hate to have it boil over further.

    in reply to: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!….the bench is gone…again #737040

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    The use of the dead end has been a source of disagreement between the neighborhood and one particular neighbor.

    This latest action has really taken a nasty turn. There were no witnesses to the “crime.” My daughter did see the neighbor’s vehicle there at around the time it occured…all circumstancial, I know. While I was fuming about how to deal with this, my wife, clearly the adult in the family, called the police. She filed a report and that’s about all we can do.

    That’s a much better response than some of the ideas I had running around in my head, although much less satisfying.

    in reply to: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!….the bench is gone…again #737033

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    Sigh….those Adirondacks have become a pile of kindling in the last couple of hours.

    Not even sure what to say. Don’t people have better things to do with their time?

    :(

    in reply to: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!….the bench is gone…again #737025

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    Ok fine…my comment was refering to the divine appearance of the soon to be disappeared bench, not any commentary on the existance (or not) of a deity.

    Fortunately, some lovely, neighborly person has stationed a couple of Adirondack chairs on the overlook. Thank you random, chair leaving deity!

    Polytheism lives

    in reply to: Where did the bench go? #723169

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    Well…we are back to my neighbor not wanting to create a “park.”

    I think that if you live in a beautiful spot you should be willing to share it but they are of the opinion that we have a nice private dead end and they want to keep it that way.

    If you come this way, be nice and wave. You might change someone’s opinion.

    in reply to: Where did the bench go? #723166

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    Yes…I was asking about a private person installing a bench. The process involved is the same one that businesses have to go through to put seating in front of their establishment on a sidewalk.

    in reply to: Where did the bench go? #723165

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    Liability and city process. I talked to a couple of people from the city regarding this matter. Both of them told me the same thing, this is public property and you are allowed and encouraged to take care of it. “Take care of it” is limited to mowing and beauty bark. Any additional changes or additions require permits and insurance if there is any chance of liability involved. God forbid you’d pick up a sliver and want to sue the someone.

    Anyway, they have legitimate concerns that people will start things that they don’t intend to maintain or install substandard and hazardous fixtures on public property where people will get hurt. All in the name of public good. I get it and it makes sense.

    The funny thing is that the city workers were having a hard time justifying this to me. I commented to both of them that they didn’t sound happy with what they were telling me and they both agreed.

    Bring a blanket next time you come.

    in reply to: Where did the bench go? #723159

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    Wow. I love a good discussion.

    So we never asked the neighbor because this person is conspicuously absent from anything that happens with our neighbors, block parties or even just being social. If they had expressed thier opinion when we put the bench out there, it wouldn’t have happened. But since they weren’t around when we were doing the hillside cleanup they did get left out of the decision.

    Although, the entire group in attendance, some five or six households, unanimously thought it was a great idea.

    I didn’t find out who had removed the bench until I was talking to this person. And, to be fair, the reason for it’s removal seemed sound. It’s just the method that was a little shaky.

    Anonyme, your reasoning is sound and I respect your opinions. I do love a exchange of opions though…in a civil way.

    I do kind of like the idea of a rock appearing…

    in reply to: Where did the bench go? #723153

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    We had the bench and it seemed like a nice use for it. We were working on a neighborhood cleanup of the dead end and the hillside on Genessee and thought it would be a nice addition.

    While it could have become a “hangout”, it has become a place where couples sit and look over the Sound and Lincoln Park and folks come to eat lunch or play guitar. The “bad elements” tend to sit on the stairs where they cannot be observed to do whatever “bad” things they are doing.

    I admit we made a unilateral decision but it only improved our neighborhood. Little steps are what make the world a better place. After talking with the neighbor who took the bench to the dump, it became clear that they didn’t want it there for all the reasons stated above. And, we haven’t replaced it.

    Fear wins again.

    Kinda sad.

    p.s. it’s less bullying and more passive aggressive

    in reply to: Where did the bench go? #723143

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    We put the bench out there two years ago and it has been an enormous pleasure to watch people enjoying it. Unfortunately, one of our neighbors decided that it was too unstable and junked it without talking to anyone. The neighbor that took the bench to the dump doesn’t want it replaced because they don’t want to create a “park” here, and insisted that if it were to be replaced we do it legally. After calling the city and hearing about the expense of legitimately putting a bench out there, permits and liability insurance, we regretfully decided to let the spot be as is…and we are trying to maintain peace with our neighbor. :(

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