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I may have Ph problems...how do I find out for sure?Comments (11)Then it is probably not Ph. Otherwise the plants look fine, it's jut that a few of them have the tendency to spoon in the middle and I didn't know what this was. Who knows... As for Home Depot gizmo...I just got the confirmation that it wasn't really working, certainly not to accurately measure light. I just received another light meter (Analog) which someone recommended on this forum and that seems to be quite reliable. I was surprised to learn that this one uses a tri-stage foot-candle range for precise readings on three scales; so fluorescent light is measured on a different scale than sun light. When I set the meter on fluorescent, it registered exactly 500 ft candles right at the plant level, so the set up I have really is the way it should be. Now I just need to receive my timer so I won't leave the poor plants under the grow light for all eternity, as I have sometimes done...and then get them pale in the middle. And some leaf rings for support...:-) Looks like this hobby is not as inexpensive as I thought it would be but it certainly is fun. On top of that, a few days ago I also got my very first mouse ear EVER! It's embarrassing how exciting this thing can get. :-))))...See More
What addition have you made to your home that's unique?Comments (53)When we moved into our Indiana lake house in 1976, there was a huge iron bell on a post in the front yard. It was original to the house, which was built in 1930. We used it to call kids home from neighbors, in from the boat, and to signal approval to the decorated boats in the July 4th Flotilla. The first picture I took in that house was my DH lifting our 4-year old son up to ring the bell. When we decided to move to Tennessee to be near (next door, in fact) to our two daughters, I insisted we take down the bell and bring it along. It took 5 men several hours to get it down, but it's here, in storage, and will be outside the kids' entrance to our new home. Can't take pics now, but maybe someday! Incidentally, when we tore down the 1930 house in 2001 and rebuilt, we used the rough-sawn cedar from the outside of the old house to line the screened porch. It took about 15 coats of paint to get it sealed and smooth enough to be interior siding. I loved reusing it!...See More
Adding addition to smaller home in neighborhood of larger homesComments (31)I don't know if this helps BUT we bought a MCM-ish house on an acre 2.5 years ago. The house was designed and built by a non-renowned architect in the early 60s. It is 4600 square feet. Out of the 10 or so houses on our street, a couple are smaller, most are the same and a couple are more like 6000-7000. Most people thought of the house we bought as a tear--down. We are just finishing up a to-the-studs remodel. We haven't changed the exterior much at all. We love lower ceilings. I would never buy a house with high ceilings. I especially would dislike an addition with too-high ceilings. 9' is good. We have a butterfly roof so part of our ceiling is 11'6" and I was really stressed about it. I'm only okay with it because it's mostly in public/non-bedroom area and at least some of the ceiling in our house is low. We would have loved a house in the 3500sq ft range. I think it's very very desirable. Add-on if it would increase your happiness while you live there, though. I will say that if you are interested in resale, many purists would have a problem with the addition no matter what you choose unless you are super super consistent with the rest of the house and what the original architect would do. We met with four architects. I would encourage you to meet with more architects! You never know, the right idea could really clarify things for you!...See More
Just Making Sure I Have This Right (fixed price contract question)Comments (49)This is what the budget looks like that we were given. As I mentioned before, we are also working with a fund control and they verify all purchases and receipts and will not fund a draw until the work has been verified as complete by the bank inspector and only fund draws according to the budget. Re the high permit fees: we are in southern California. The builders are working on another project right now where the fees were just as high. It's what they cost here in our particular area, so they knew what to expect, they just didn't plan for it. ETA: done if the permit fees were school fees ($8k) TIFF, building permits ($4k), septic permit, grading permit, park fees, etc. Each one is thousands of dollars and that's how they add up so quickly. I have all the receipts, those are just the ones I remember off the top of my head. If a professional's help is necessary, we will seek it. For now we have a meeting with them on Friday to discuss this stuff more in depth and we'll see how that goes. We have a good relationship with them so far, and would like to resolve this between us if possible. Also, I don't know why my picture is upside down. Sorry. Also, also: in case it isn't clear, someone else (houses14) posted some issues they are having regarding windows that have nothing to do with my contract/permit fee question. Just to keep people from getting confused....See More
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