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On Sept 6 2005 I went to the county to get a building permit. 10yrs 8months and 27days later, its Finaled!


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Congrats. I am inching toward the light at the end of the tunnel on the castle. Beams being restained and some recently de-vined plants.
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On Sept 6 2005 I went to the county to get a building permit. 10yrs 8months and 27days later, its Finaled!


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Congrats! Does this mean the town celebrates by sending you an updated tax bill?
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Not really home improvement, but the start of a new home. Land is First.
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Congrats. I am inching toward the light at the end of the tunnel on the castle. Beams being restained and some recently de-vined plants.
Your castle is looking great! By the looks of that main chimney you could roast a pig in the fireplace.

I feel your pain with de-vining. Just removed all this ivy which stretched all the way down (obviously) & into the window. Save most of the cedar shingles but the short side has a lot of water damage & will need to replace the complete section probably.

Then there's the wisteria which is literally tearing apart the both the front & side poches. At least it's easier to manage.
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Not really home improvement, but the start of a new home. Land is First.
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Put the kitchen window facing that way & no one will complain about doing dishes.
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Your castle is looking great! By the looks of that main chimney you could roast a pig in the fireplace.
Thanks. That is the small fireplace for the dining room. The big one in the living room is so wide it actually has a window in the middle of the chimney (which is the bane of my existence since the ceiling above the window leaks).
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Thanks. That is the small fireplace for the dining room. The big one in the living room is so wide it actually has a window in the middle of the chimney (which is the bane of my existence since the ceiling above the window leaks).
Aaah the joys of owning old houses. Mines only 100 years old and much much smaller then Castle d'Evilfij. How old is yours?

Some day I'll have an old stone house. I was just in west Germany / eastern France and I heard you can buy a real castle for next to nothing. Updating it should be cheap too.
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I always tend to do a little (or big) something in any house that I live in.

The current house and hopefully last has the old style light switches and outlets. I have always used the Leviton Decora style's but really wanted to change it up a little and when with the Pass & Seymour adorne switches and outlets. Not half way done yet and probably need to buy more devices. This was the first shipment.

I have also put a Pass & Seymour OnQ panel for organizing Internet, Phone, Cable, Speaker, etc. and making it clean to avoid this mess. I have bought the panel and modules but haven't installed yet. Old house is pictured but never really finished it fully.


My garage is in my basement. At first I was apprehensive on that location but much easier to store and organize tools with access to the garage. Plus the garage is a nice temperature year round. (Live in Eastern PA)
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Anyone have recommendations for tall skinny shallow refrigerators? We're in the slow process of redoing the kitchen and only place to place the frig is where the main vent is. The space is fits a 30" but the riser pipe pushes it out 5". Visually it does not look good pushing into the room which is already small. Summit has some roughly 24"x24" that would fit perfectly. Anyone own a Summit frig? Most are only 12ish cu.ft but we will have an overflow frig in the basement and it's only the two of us.
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Don't buy Samsung they are crap Chinese made refrigerators. Mine lost its temperature control within three years!
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Anyone have recommendations for tall skinny shallow refrigerators? We're in the slow process of redoing the kitchen and only place to place the frig is where the main vent is. The space is fits a 30" but the riser pipe pushes it out 5". Visually it does not look good pushing into the room which is already small. Summit has some roughly 24"x24" that would fit perfectly. Anyone own a Summit frig? Most are only 12ish cu.ft but we will have an overflow frig in the basement and it's only the two of us.
I have a summit but it is only a bar type unit. From what I remember they have had great reviews and are designed to be built in, in the size that I needed. For the money I had to go with them as the other products on the market were over $1000.00.

It has been used continuously for over 4-5 years. And moved to another house.
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What is the pipe made out of? If it is cast iron, you can move to ABS (or PVC) and reduce the outer diameter, possible enough to get it to go in the wall. do you have a pic of the area?

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It is cast iron and I've thought about moving it but do not know if it is possible. In theory it looks like it could be cut in the basement, add an S pipe to bump it over to hide it in the wall, and then another S pipe above the refrigerator (behind a cabinet). Might need to farm this one out. Thanks!!

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I have a summit but it is only a bar type unit. From what I remember they have had great reviews and are designed to be built in, in the size that I needed. For the money I had to go with them as the other products on the market were over $1000.00.

It has been used continuously for over 4-5 years. And moved to another house.
It's funny... when you want to go small it costs more. I would love to have a double wide in the kitchen but that will never happen in this one.
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Aaah the joys of owning old houses. Mines only 100 years old and much much smaller then Castle d'Evilfij. How old is yours? Some day I'll have an old stone house. I was just in west Germany / eastern France and I heard you can buy a real castle for next to nothing. Updating it should be cheap too.
Built 1929-30 (I have a picture of it under construction in 1930 with scaffolding around it).

Oh, and the stone is only a venire so it is not really a stone house. The stone venire is about 8in thick, but the structure is brick with one hollow course and terra cotta brick on the innermost course for fire protection. Other than the roof trusses, trim, and the 3/4in oak hardwood and 7/8th pine subfloor (which is on top of 2in of reinforced concrete) there is no wood in the house. It is steel joists on all three floors. Even non-load bearing interior walls are brick and the plaster (1 1/4in thick) is on metal lathe. Long story short, I don't have any structural or rot issues which seem to plague old houses. The chimney window leak is my last mechanical issue. I just need to find someone who has a 50ft ladder to get up there and fix it (I think it is just windblown rain going down the flue).
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Ron, every time you describe your overbuilt house I get all fluttery. I think you should only use electro-polished stainless plumbing from here on out.
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Ron, every time you describe your overbuilt house I get all fluttery. I think you should only use electro-polished stainless plumbing from here on out.
All the plumbing is oversized brass (asbestos wrapped hot)

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except the soil drains which are cast iron. :-)
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Drains Needless to say, I have not had many plumbing issues with anything original. Oh, and most of the toilets are commercial style Kohler rockbournes with Sloan 4.5 gpf valves. One the handle was broken and two needed new valve inserts. No big deal to get fixed. My plumber even rebuilt the Kohler shower diverter valve.
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Those are really nice cabinets!
here is how it went down. Me: honey I want to build our cabinets to get maximum space and save a little money Wife: good idea can you build ones like these: she shows me some damn expensive inset cabinets Me: sure honey whatever you want wife: why is it taking so long Me: it's what you wanted Wife: I didn't know it was this much work.... ......
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