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Greenman

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so that justifies shitposting in my home build how, exactly?
The entire point of H&G is to share information and ideas that are home related. To get questions answered. I pointed out inferior workmanship because it's a learning opportunity for others. The visible work in that picture was very poorly done, and needs to be called out as inferior. I'm sorry if that offends your sensibility's, but it's accurate and undeniable. I would question the installation of that lift after seeing the workmanship presented.
 

Greenman

Lifer
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You chose to miss the point of the post and get on your soap box.
I didn't choose to miss it, I ignored it and pointed out all of the inferior work around it. As I already said, seeing that caliber of work would absolutely make me question the entire project. It sticks out like a sore thumb. Incorrect tile layout, sloppy trim installation, slop it on paint work. It's very hard to tell from the pics, but it doesn't look like the base of the lift is bolted down either. I'd also question the single shackle on the cable and the kink developing at the anchor point.
So yes, I have climbed up on my soap box. Crap like that offends me. Somebody paid good money for Scooter and Bubba to butcher their home. It ain't right, and it needs to be called out.
 

skyking

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We can have some productive back and forth here, or you could continue with this needless OT ranting.
For example, you could start a thread with do's and don'ts about some specific practices. That might be helpful for some people using the search feature.
 

iRONic

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It has an open elevator shaft from the basement to the 2nd floor, with an 8" deep elevator pit in the basement floor.
I'll put in the required structure for a typical residential elevator on one side wall, but we will install a platform lift in the shaft. It is a fraction of a traditional elevator and lets the shaft function as a light feature through the house.
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👍 I had something very similar in my last house. It was a closed cab when I got it but we opened it up to let heat and light come up through the shaft. The only downside was the cat jumping in and out of the shaft! 🤣🤣🤣
 

skyking

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No cats, no worries. I like them but my wife is allergic, and oddly enough I have developed an allergy late in life to a few things.
 
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skyking

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Retirement update, and how it fits with the house.
It's an odd situation for me. Work is really slow and I go in and make some hours, but that is personally not fulfilling in the least.
Pension on May 1= roughly 1.9 weeks gross pay. I can work 1.25 weeks and stay in the pension indefinitely.
My medical benefits take about 128 hours of work for a month, so my hour bank will dwindle down to nothing sometime early in '25 if I go that route. Then we have to pay for retiree medical.
I had a plan of working as much as I could while building the house, and retiring when we could move. Maybe that 50 hours is it and I go into the plan now.
If I wait, there would be a small increase based on the month of retirement, plus any contributions. If I worked enough to make up the difference between being on the pension plus the 50 hours, I would have a heck of a time building the house.
 

skyking

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That sure is a confusing set of retirement benefits and work hours
Not really. The pension is what it is. The medical benefit cost comes out of a bank.
It takes about 128 hours of work to get a month of coverage, and any excess accumulates up to 8 months to cover the seasonal aspect of heavy equipment work.
Right now I have ~6 months banked up.
When I start putting in only 50 hours that bank will deplete by about December and I will have to pay for retiree coverage.
I can probably fill my company's needs by working the 50 hours, things are that slow.
 
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Absolutely! When folks are faced with changing health and abilities, it very rarely comes with extra money to deal with it.
Not everyone can just open up the checkbook to bathfiltters et al.

For me, it does not cost much to make these roll in showers. It takes some extra sq ft and tile.
I think it's a real shame that we don't have more and newer mixed use developments in this country in the places people tend to live. There is only so much retrofitting you can do to post-WW2 suburban tract housing; newer single-floor condos (with appropriate sized hallways and bathrooms) could be a boon for people as they get older and more mobility challenged. I certainly saw this myself when my parents moved from a SFH on Long Island to a condo outside of Boston.

I'm glad you're able to get these features built in since you're starting from scratch.
 
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skyking

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It is not much of a cost consideration and I don't see a resale downside to it, unless somebody wants things particularly "cozy".
They can chop up any space with partition walls.
Try removing bearing walls? They have lots of dramatic remodel programs about that :)
 

skyking

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I replied to the plan review letter and addressed most of the city's points, and got a proposal from a civil engineer and he will get working on the storm water and drainage plans. Slowly moving forward.
 
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