At least I'm keeping the economy stimulated. I'm getting rady to start
a bathroom model and just bought all thr materials. Meantime, the
second fridge was freezing stuff and would not shut off. New thermostat
took care of that.
Washing machine started sounding like a jet turbine. Parts about $225
and major labor so I replaced it.
Dishwasher getting old (15 years) and not draining properly. Checked
drain hose but the pump seems to be wearing out. Given the age, it
could be money spent for a short return. New one will be here Thursday.
Bought from a local dealer for $150 less than Lowes. Delivered,
door. He said to me one day, "this is probably
going to be the last truck I own" as he was
working under the hood. He was right, died a
couple weeks later.
We haven't met in person, but I've enjoyed your
wisdom on Usenet. I'll miss you, when you go.
Pools are very much like boats. Two jokes come to mind:
What are the two happiest days in a boat owner's life?
The day he buys it and the day he sells it.
What does the word boat mean?
Bust Out Another Thousand.
I estimate that it's about $3000 per year for chemicals, electricity,
water, amortization of equipment, and amortization for resurfacing every
20 years. And that doesn't include water heating. And that's for a pool
that's only usable six months each year. That's about the same as a
family membership at the local YMCA or JCC/CCC.
At least for the money you don't have to splash around in someone else's
waste. I wish I could recall where I read the article that reviewed tests
community pool water for contaminants.
Wait, here it is!
and here, too:
After these studies came out the wife and I had a serious discussion about
getting one of those small endless pools installed.
The CNN report:
<<Chlorine is supposed to take care of most of the microbes floating around
in pools, but human waste, it seems, is stubbornly resistant to being
sanitized. That's the conclusion of a group of researchers from the Centers
for Disease Control (CDC), who collected water samples from 161 filters in
public and private swimming pools, as well as water parks in Atlanta last
What they found trapped in those filters was enough to make swimmers think
twice before logging their laps. More than half of the samples were
contaminated with E. coli, which the investigators say comes from one
primary source -- swimmers pooping in the pool . . .
When a pool is properly chlorinated, however, bacteria like E. coli should
be killed off, since proper pH levels typically take care of the issue.
According to the CDC, it takes less than a minute for E. coli to be
inactivated if chlorine levels are adequate, about 16 minutes to control
Hepatitis A virus, about 45 minutes to kill off the Giardia parasite and
over 10 days for a Crypto parasite.
But just one diarrhea accident can cause an infection for anyone who gets a
mouth full of pool water. Fortunately, the testing did not reveal strains of
E. coli 0157, a particularly virulent form of the bacteria that was
responsible for several outbreaks, and deaths, from serious foodborne
Gack! I sort of knew that people always peed in pools, but pooping too?
Good description of a pool!
I went through that a while back. Also redid the pool plumbing, put in a
new filter (the old filter was way too small) and redid the decking. The
only consolation was that we bought the house knowing full well that the
pool needed renovation plus the amount of repairs needed in general
caused there to be only one other bidder on the house at a time when
most houses were in bidding wars. Also, in California it's better to buy
a fixer-upper and do repairs than to buy a house that's been properly
maintained and updated, at least in terms of property taxes.
The previous owner was a software engineer and I'm still finding weird
things that he did.
In my area there's not a lot of pools so there's not a lot of
competition in terms of pool renovations. My brother in Florida pays a
lot less for pool replastering. I think he paid $2K for replastering the
last time he did it, whereas regular replastering where I am is $8K. We
opted for Pebbletec which was even more, but supposedly it lasts much
On Wed 06 Nov 2013 03:52:59a, Ed Pawlowski told us...
When we moved into our present home we bought a Kenmore Elite (made
by LG) top-loading HE washer and matching dryer. We liked the
dryer, but the washer was a nightmare. Nothing ever broke, but you
couldn't actually select your preferred water temperature as it was
controlled by the cycle you chose, and you could _never_ get really
hot water on any cycle except "sanitize". The drum went off balance
constantly even with a very well balanced load. Lastly, it really
didn't wash all that well.
About three months ago we decided to bite the bullet and replace the
pair, giving the old units to my partner's son. We were leary of
buying another top-loading HE washer because of our experience, so
bought a Maytag set of front loaders set on pedastals. The Maytags
are amazing! We also love all of the bells and whistles! :-)
~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~
My mother had a Maytag washer and we've had them too. Every one lasted
longer than what is average so I'm sticking with them. I think you and
I are the same age, so this may be our last purchase if they continue
their good reputation.
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