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coldcomfort 02-14-2009 11:02 PM

I'm not into home improvement. I'm into shack improvement.
Howdy folks. My name is Scott, I'm 30 and until very recently I made my living as an over the road truck driver.

I spent a bit of time over the last week lurking about and getting the lay of the land here. There are a lot of knowledgeable people here doing beautiful work on their beautiful homes. I like to look at project threads and see all of the creative ways people make their homes nicer, more comfortable and more valuable. That said, that isn't where I am at all.

In 2005 I bought a house for $1000. That isn't a typo. $1k. What kind of house do you get for $1k? Exactly what you'd expect: rotten, dilapidated, funky, damaged, ugly and devoid of even a single square foot of level space. It does have a few saving graces, though. It's in a very quiet location with what is probably the best view in town and most importantly it's SUPER CHEAP to live there.

So that's where I stand. I certainly love to check out the projects you may be working on in your lovely level home that comes with all the classic trappings of domestic bliss. Just remember that I am the guy living in the slanty shanty on the side of the hill. I'd really love to talk to you about how to replace a sole plate when it's already under two feet of dirt or how to put up an effective vapor barrier when your basement is nothing more than a large mud pit with a house on top. If that's your cup of tea, hit me up.

Termite 02-14-2009 11:21 PM

Welcome to DIY Chatroom! Any way you cut it, $1000 is a good deal on a house. Sounds like a fixer-upper. :wink:

Post your specific questions in the appropriate subforums and we'll do our best to help you out!

Bob Mariani 02-15-2009 06:18 AM

Start with a bulldozer, this will make the rest go much easier.

DangerMouse 02-15-2009 06:32 AM

hard to sleep in a bulldozer bob....

it sounds like you have the same place i used to live in! NOTHING level or flush! you get used to using tricks to make things LOOK level and flush...... and to retrofit things that were not done or done right.


Bob Mariani 02-15-2009 06:38 AM

I have a CAT 977 Lots of sleeping room. And the buckets large enough for the in laws.

Michael Thomas 02-15-2009 09:00 AM

"Cat food" is what we call yur' purchase around here... :jester:

Seriously though...., 30 years ago a bought a lot with 3 "shacks" on it... it's been.. well... a "30 year all your spare time project", but the result has been worth it.

majakdragon 02-15-2009 09:47 AM

Thats why there are so many DIY Forums around. The people here are great for getting correct answers to problems. My house was a Repo. The guy that built it was a brick mason. Did great brick work. Problem was, he "thought" he was a Plumber, Electrician and Carpenter. Livable, and a great "project" house though. Good luck with your projects.

Scuba_Dave 02-16-2009 01:01 PM

I bought a shack - paid more then you did
In retrospect the best thing I could have done would be to have a proper foundation poured under the house. This would raise the house up at least a foot - in my case
Then rip an area apart at a time & rebuild

coldcomfort 02-20-2009 09:40 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome, folks.

flyboy2610 02-21-2009 09:45 AM

Soundsd like the rental I used to live in. The owner is a good friend of mine and he gave me a real break on the rent, in exchange for me doing a lot of work on the place.
Very little of the house was plumb and level. It had 2x4 rafters. I ran into more of those "What were they THINKING?" moments than I can count. So I know where you're coming from!

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