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[#] Sat Nov 21 2009 11:08:29 EST from rudolf @ Uncensored

Subject: roll roof

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Is that the bitumen type where all you need for the application is a blowtorch?

[#] Sat Nov 21 2009 22:08:57 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: roll roof

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Even better, the new materials are self-adhering. Although they did come in ahead of time and put some sort of primer on first.

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 15:50:13 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Hmm ... perhaps it was a mistake letting my four year old daughter select the paint colors for our house:

(If you can't see the picture, go to )

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 16:04:47 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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LMAO IG: your link was blocked by my work's filter saying it was "sexually explicit" HA!!

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 16:21:16 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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heh heh heh

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 19:47:14 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Dirty little Hello Kitty.

[#] Wed Nov 25 2009 12:34:35 EST from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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Blocked here, too.

[#] Wed Nov 25 2009 16:58:59 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Umm ... yeah. It's definitely safe for work, but it may hurt your eyes.

[#] Mon Feb 01 2010 14:36:31 EST from shazam @ Uncensored

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My family is finally thinking about buying a house.

Of course, I've never done anything like this before and have no experience about it, so I am asking the UCG community.

What should I ask about? What should I look for?

I remember once a neighbor of my parents telling me to check the basement for radon, but that's only one thing when there must be tons of things to think about.

What are some of the important ones?

[#] Mon Feb 01 2010 14:47:10 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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<rant rant rant>

[#] Mon Feb 01 2010 14:48:23 EST from shazam @ Uncensored

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hm? I should ask that in the Rant room?  I was wondering where to post it, but.. rant?

[#] Mon Feb 01 2010 14:53:46 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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no. I'm just ranting about the fact that people leave and say they'll be back and then one day it's a whole bunch of years later and they're still not back and they're buying a house and I miss the hell out of you.

[#] Mon Feb 01 2010 15:23:17 EST from shazam @ Uncensored

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Yeah, I did say that.  You're right.  But look at the bright side, if I buy a house, we'll for SURE buy a house that has at least TWO bathrooms and then when you come to visit you can use our bathroom comfortably without feeling crowded and uncomfortable about the other people who are in the bathroom with you at the same time.

Anyway, we could theoretically one day sell the house and use the money to buy in Israel. Theoretically. If I ever want to move to Israel again.

[#] Mon Feb 01 2010 15:29:32 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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I have one thing to tell you. I was looking at high schools here. One of the super fancy ones (haredi, of course) that has an excellent reputation... $6000, including dorms.

that's *before* you start talking scholarships.

[#] Mon Feb 01 2010 15:30:30 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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non-residential are around $3K

[#] Mon Feb 01 2010 15:36:20 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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[#] Mon Feb 01 2010 15:55:04 EST from shazam @ Uncensored

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In the mean time we want to move into a bigger place now, and we're not ready to move to Israel now, and we're thinking to buy here. Doesn't mean we'll be here forever, I'm not really in love with Monsey either, and the older I get the more I want to move somewhere with a warmer climate. So, maybe Israel.

[#] Mon Feb 01 2010 16:05:29 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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btw, I've been reading a lot on the diff between renting and buying...

here's an article:

There's a link to a New York Times site that helps calculate the cost of buying vs renting over time.

worth looking at before you sink money into a house... I know you're an accountant and all but still.

[#] Mon Feb 01 2010 18:17:03 EST from shazam @ Uncensored

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We saw a house. It's got many small things that need fixing and it was foreclosed and we might be able to get it from the bank for less than it's worth, so it might be affordable to us. It has 3 bedrooms upstairs and 2 downstairs, and it has 3 toilets. 3.
A friend of ours will look at it tomorrow and tell us what he thinks.

[#] Tue Feb 02 2010 10:24:42 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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shazam: generally speaking, if you've put in a bid on a house, and the seller has verbally accepted it, you should have a professional home inspector come in before you sign the binder and put your money down. Any reasonable seller will be ok with this.

The inspector will go over lots of different things ... the foundation will be inspected for stability, wood will be inspected for evidence of termite damange, they'll check the wiring and the plumbing and the general safety of the house, they'll tell you how long it will be before you can expect to have to spend money replacing things like the roof, the furnace, etc.

It's money well spent. And that's coming from someone who is both handy and frugal.

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