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Offline FastWalk

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Fixer Up
« on: September 14, 2017, 04:50:38 AM »
We just bought an older fixer up (but livable as is) house in an older section but near the middle of the closest large city.  Walking distance to a new Robinson Mall and hospital.  Wanted to be closer to services for the family than our beach house that is about 30-45 minutes away and then sometimes spend the weekends at the beach.

It was an ok price (that is the reason to get a fixer up,  (less expensive than land and build).  Now for the fixing... :)  It is about 400m on a 1000m lot with a nice fence already.  Did I say,  a lot of fixing...

I have done a fixer up,  before and it worked out well for us.

Anyone else doing a fixer up ?
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Re: Fixer Up
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2017, 10:39:19 AM »
Kudos to you man.  In the Phils I don't think I'd want to get into that.  I grew up with parents that worked together very well on doing that. 

My dad had his own construction company, and on top of all the houses/barns/commercial buildings that he built during the day, he'd come home and be working on out house.  Parents always had at least 2 houses and each had their personal address at different houses.  Tax reasons behind that.  But, I moved at least once a year growing up.  Often I wouldn't leave the school district/town we were in, but always moving and moving into half remoded homes that I was the free labor at around age 10 to help remod houses we lived in...sometimes the one owned but not lived in. 

I can remod just about any house in the US now. Hated doing it as a kid, but now I never need to hire anyone to do anything on any of my houses, including additions.  So NOW i'm happy I was raised the way I was....but what I live in here and see here are nothing like what I worked on growing up. From the electrical, to plumbing to building material and setup.  Hell, my first official job was building log homes...I worked a summer before that under the table on the "styrofoam" with column based homes(pretty interesting really, but rarely done, at least in Michigan).  So I have a wide experience...but stuff here is crazy off. 

So best of luck to you.  Be it in form of getting the supplies you need or the people to help you do it.  I just shake my head at the crazy electrical systems I see here. I think it would take a month alone just to take an existing house and rewire it to the code that would make me comfortable when it comes to the circuits and being grounded and proper breakers and all. 

Took me a week to do our home after I showed up and I was lucky I caught the electrician still working on it an stopped him.  Breakers off of breakers off of breakers?  What kind of madness is this?  Then after you rip it all out and redo it you still need to get out the concrete mix and recover the wires.....

I just don't think I have the patience to go through a full remod of a house here in the Phils that was a complete build by local construction norms.  At least not a remod to the level I am comfortable living in.
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Re: Fixer Up
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2017, 09:47:48 PM »
Kudos to you man.  In the Phils I don't think I'd want to get into that.  I grew up with parents that worked together very well on doing that. 

My dad had his own construction company, and on top of all the houses/barns/commercial buildings that he built during the day, he'd come home and be working on out house.  Parents always had at least 2 houses and each had their personal address at different houses.  Tax reasons behind that.  But, I moved at least once a year growing up.  Often I wouldn't leave the school district/town we were in, but always moving and moving into half remoded homes that I was the free labor at around age 10 to help remod houses we lived in...sometimes the one owned but not lived in. 

I can remod just about any house in the US now. Hated doing it as a kid, but now I never need to hire anyone to do anything on any of my houses, including additions.  So NOW i'm happy I was raised the way I was....but what I live in here and see here are nothing like what I worked on growing up. From the electrical, to plumbing to building material and setup.  Hell, my first official job was building log homes...I worked a summer before that under the table on the "styrofoam" with column based homes(pretty interesting really, but rarely done, at least in Michigan).  So I have a wide experience...but stuff here is crazy off. 

So best of luck to you.  Be it in form of getting the supplies you need or the people to help you do it.  I just shake my head at the crazy electrical systems I see here. I think it would take a month alone just to take an existing house and rewire it to the code that would make me comfortable when it comes to the circuits and being grounded and proper breakers and all. 

Took me a week to do our home after I showed up and I was lucky I caught the electrician still working on it an stopped him.  Breakers off of breakers off of breakers?  What kind of madness is this?  Then after you rip it all out and redo it you still need to get out the concrete mix and recover the wires.....

I just don't think I have the patience to go through a full remod of a house here in the Phils that was a complete build by local construction norms.  At least not a remod to the level I am comfortable living in.

thanks.   we are excited about it.

In the past I finished the construction on the  beach house that my MIL lived in until she passed,   so I have some (but not a lot) of experience with construction in the area.  Then after Yolanda we put a flat roof on instead of the broken attic (my avatar picture is from it). 

This new one was a western build about 12 years ago by Japanese ppl.  The lower levels are all good,  but in need of lots of sanding, scraping and refinish.  Will need a complete rewire in the attic.   It is likely we will post some silly construction type questions in the forum as we move along,  some you likely will all get some chuckles out of :)    And of course there is the expected stuff like that the previous owners care taker somehow lost all of the interior door handles.
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Re: Fixer Up
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2017, 04:40:49 AM »
the previous owners care taker somehow lost all of the interior door handles.

Check his house and I bet you'll find them all   :D
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Re: Fixer Up
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2017, 12:17:39 AM »
What do you guys think about wiring for only local 220 vs also 110.   

I am thinking just go with local standard 220 and use the appropriate electronics.  The little bit of savings I might get by using 110 also for equipment cost can evaporate by just one wrong plugin to the wrong power.

I don't think there is any machine/electronics that can not get a 220 version of ?



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Re: Fixer Up
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2017, 12:34:35 AM »
Personally, I would not waste my time, energy, or pesos to have 110.  Anything I shipped was multi-voltage except for two small items that were only 110.  I got one of those little converters for those and I still fried one of the items.  The other still works but when it gives out, I will be glad to see it go.  I am tempted to throw it in the garbage anyway just so I can feel good about not seeing it.
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Re: Fixer Up
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2017, 04:12:26 AM »

Local power coop providing a neutral with your 2 220 lines?

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Re: Fixer Up
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2017, 07:05:04 AM »
My sister in law had her house wired for both.
the 110 now is not used all.
everything they own now is 220.

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Re: Fixer Up
« Reply #8 on: Today at 01:51:09 AM »
Thanks for the feedback.   We are proceeding with only 220.
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