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Post by Highway » 19 Jul 2018, 11:54

JasonL wrote:
19 Jul 2018, 10:21
My internal home water pressure is meh but acceptable. My external spigots basically just drool. I don’t get it.
Is this a recognizable change? Like "the water from the shower used to hit this part of the wall, now it hits this other part"? Or is it just "it's always kinda been like this, but I don't like it very much, and have decided to change it"?

If you're on "city" water you should contact them to find out if there is a situation in your area. It's possible that they have had to reroute some water supply, and it's a temporary condition that you have no control over, and couldn't do anything about if you tried. If there's nothing like that, then tell them that your water pressure appears to have decreased, and you'd like to know if there's a problem with your local supply line.

If you're on a well, then it's likely either you have an old dying pump or you have a clog somewhere. That would be time for a plumber fishing expedition.

If it's a consistent "Every tap in the house has less flow than it had 6 months ago" then it's either the pump or the water utility company. If it's just a few taps, then a plumber could probably find where the issue is.
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Post by Kwix » 19 Jul 2018, 20:38

Warren wrote:
19 Jul 2018, 10:29
JasonL wrote:
19 Jul 2018, 10:21
My internal home water pressure is meh but acceptable. My external spigots basically just drool. I don’t get it.
There has to be something choking the line. Possibly mineral deposits. Have you tried removing the spigots? You might get lucky and find the clog.
The frog speaks the truth. External spigots are generally builder grade at best and because they are gate valve the seat washers have a nasty tendency to degrade and then block the flow when they let loose from the valve.
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Post by dead_elvis » 01 Aug 2018, 18:32

Well this sucks, but we also have a policy that we won't ever openly advertise it anyway and will only rent to people we know or someone we know recommends (our rental is a back house about 10 feet from our bedroom window, so we'll just leave it off the market before renting it to randos):

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/new ... story.html
San Diego is cracking down on income discrimination by landlords with a new policy prohibiting the rejection of potential tenants based on their use of federal housing vouchers.
No more ads that say "no section 8"
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Post by Jennifer » 01 Aug 2018, 19:06

dead_elvis wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 18:32
Well this sucks, but we also have a policy that we won't ever openly advertise it anyway and will only rent to people we know or someone we know recommends (our rental is a back house about 10 feet from our bedroom window, so we'll just leave it off the market before renting it to randos):

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/new ... story.html
San Diego is cracking down on income discrimination by landlords with a new policy prohibiting the rejection of potential tenants based on their use of federal housing vouchers.
No more ads that say "no section 8"
See, this is the thing I've never understood -- at least involving small-time landlords such as yourself, as opposed to companies that own mega-sized rental complexes -- how can they actually require Section 8 acceptance? Because my understanding -- based on a half-remembered website I researched for some long-ago journalism piece or something -- is that a landlord may not simply decide to "accept" a housing voucher, the way you can decide to accept cash, checks or a money order -- you have to, like, register with whoever handles Section 8 in your city or state, and they likely have to inspect the unit to make sure it meets their standards -- in other words, becoming a legal Section 8 landlord requires additional upfront work over and above whatever rules and regs a regular landlord has to deal with. It's like deciding to accept credit cards in addition to cash -- when I used to make extra money selling at flea markets, and later on eBay (before they imposed mandatory PayPal and other "make it suck for the sellers" measures), I did not accept credit cards -- not because I had any prejudice against cards or the people who use them, but because for a small-time penny-ante seller like me, it plain wasn't worth the effort of contacting VISA and MasterCard and making whatever arrangements I'd need to accept credit card payments. (And I recall one very angry douchebag of a man at the Danielson flea market who couldn't seem to grok that my refusal to accept his card as payment for something he wanted was based on the fact that it was literally impossible for me to accept a credit card payment from him that day.)

And if I had a property to rent right now, it is similarly impossible for me to accept a Section 8 voucher as payment. Section 8 vouchers are not cash equivalents which can be spent by anybody who has one; only officially approved Section 8 landlords can accept those vouchers and somehow-or-other have them turned into actual money the landlord can spend. So does this law mean -- what? If you're advertising a place for rent and someone comes to you with a Section 8 voucher, you are now required to contact HUD or whoever and apply to become a Section 8 landlord?
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Post by dead_elvis » 02 Aug 2018, 10:32

Jennifer wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 19:06
So does this law mean -- what? If you're advertising a place for rent and someone comes to you with a Section 8 voucher, you are now required to contact HUD or whoever and apply to become a Section 8 landlord?
Basically. And that's the gist of the complaints- that it's not really about where the money comes from, it's that there's an extra layer of bureaucracy and inspections that can delay occupancy and cost more money. I mean, I get that the gov't wants subsidized housing money to pay for a certain standard of decency. But unlike renting to a non-section 8 renter, there's no option for in exchange for not waiting a month for inspections, having to fix something and then wait for another inspection, how about I just keep the place up to your standards and you trust us on that.

And this doesn't even get to the issue of anecdotes about section 8 tenants, over-pricing kickback schemes, and how this simply provides incentive to figure out proxy ways to discriminate, since you are still allowed to screen tenants in all the other ways allowed before. I actually doubt this will change much.
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Post by JasonL » 02 Aug 2018, 11:26

Definitely will result in more housing options.

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Post by Jennifer » 02 Aug 2018, 14:13

I am very surprised they're not making an exception for smalltime landlords of the "I want to rent out the other half of my duplex" or "I have an in-law apartment available" variety, the way small landlords are exempted from other anti-discrimination laws (such as, it's my understanding that if I had a duplex, or lived in one unit of a small multi-unit building I owned, I would be allowed to discriminate a la "Women only; no men," whereas of course a large apartment complex would not be allowed to make such rules).
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Re: Home $weet Home

Post by JasonL » 05 Aug 2018, 08:24

I've had a summer of annoying insect bites, in some cases pretty bad. Was a bit of a mystery as it seemed to be in the house- bedroom particular. Bites not consistent with spider or bedbug profiles - more like mosquitoes but I haven't seen any. Against the white backdrop of my comforter this morning I saw 3-5 tiny flying critters I now suspect are no-see-ums / sandflies / biting midges. There seems to be no consensus reliable way to get rid of them including fumigation. Great.

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Post by Warren » 05 Aug 2018, 10:10

JasonL wrote:
05 Aug 2018, 08:24
I've had a summer of annoying insect bites, in some cases pretty bad. Was a bit of a mystery as it seemed to be in the house- bedroom particular. Bites not consistent with spider or bedbug profiles - more like mosquitoes but I haven't seen any. Against the white backdrop of my comforter this morning I saw 3-5 tiny flying critters I now suspect are no-see-ums / sandflies / biting midges. There seems to be no consensus reliable way to get rid of them including fumigation. Great.
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Post by Jennifer » 05 Aug 2018, 15:04

Ugh. Maybe try some of those hanging sticky-paper fly traps in areas where they are particularly fond of flying? Also, I doubt my quickie Google search found any more useful information than you undoubtedly deeper search, but I've read that they are very weak flyers, weak enough that a fan is often enough to keep them away. If they are living in your bedroom, and you do not already have a ceiling fan there, maybe set up some box fans so that the air over your bed is constantly in movement while you're in it.
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Re: Home $weet Home

Post by JasonL » 06 Aug 2018, 09:23

Had a couple of pieces of siding replaced and was pleasantly surprised at the color match which I'd been warned about. You can't tell at all really.

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Post by Highway » 06 Aug 2018, 09:44

Yeah, I had good luck with that when I had to get mine replaced also. If you can go to a siding supply company, you're a lot better off than if you just grab whatever's closest at Home Depot. I'm convinced what we got is actually the exact same as what we originally had.
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Post by Warren » 06 Aug 2018, 11:01

We had a couple of pieces of siding replaced when the new deck was installed. You can totally tell... if you're looking for it. House is white vinyl well yellowed with age. New siding is bright white next to it. But you still wouldn't notice if you weren't looking for it. Probably because it's down at foot level and the grey deck makes even the old yellow siding look white.
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Post by Highway » 06 Aug 2018, 11:26

We were actually really surprised at how little the color had changed on our siding. Even for a portion that is in the sun for a good amount of the day, it really hadn't changed color (maybe because our siding is pretty much the yellowish color that every other siding color approaches). The only difference you could tell looking at the old next to the new is that the new is shinier.
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