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dishe 04-30-2013 10:48 AM

Intimidated new home owner from Rockland NY!
 
Hey forum!

My wife and I just bought our first home (after renting for the better half of a decade), and my head is swimming with things we need to do around here! The house was built in 1969, and could use some TLC.

I'm a pretty technical and hands-on sort of guy, have engineering in my blood so tinkering comes naturally to me. I also don't have a lot of money to hire professionals, so I'm hoping to do as much DIY around here as I can. BUT... I lack life experience. I've learned the hard way that sometimes I just don't know enough about what I'm doing to tackle DIY projects without first consulting someone who's done this before.

That being said, I'm hoping this forum will help! Looking forward!

r0ckstarr 04-30-2013 12:47 PM

Life experience comes now. You found the right place to start. Before you do anything you are unsure of, (and some things that you are sure of), do a little research first. Ask questions here, google, and Youtube.

As for sorting through all of the things that need to be done, just break them down into three catagories. Safety, Reliability, Cosmetic. Deciding what "needs" to be done and what you "want" to be done will also help. Need comes before Want. Try not to take on too many projects at once, or you'll soon become overwhelmed with it all.

Welcome to the site. I'm fairly new here myself, and spent over a decade in the apartment life, so I can somewhat relate to what you're saying.

PaliBob 04-30-2013 01:37 PM

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dishe 04-30-2013 02:10 PM

Thanks for the welcome, guys!
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Originally Posted by r0ckstarr (Post 1170139)
As for sorting through all of the things that need to be done, just break them down into three catagories. Safety, Reliability, Cosmetic. Deciding what "needs" to be done and what you "want" to be done will also help. Need comes before Want. Try not to take on too many projects at once, or you'll soon become overwhelmed with it all.

I know. There are so many things I want to do, and pushing them off (fixing tiles in the bathroom, for example) in order to prioritize things that will cause more problems if not addressed now (rot in soffits behind gutter), and things that are sort of in-between. For example, the lower floor of this split ranch has what is most likely asbestos tile. That's where I planned to make my office and/or kids play room, so I'm going to need to cover that up ASAP. For now, no one is allowed in there, and all the kids toys and much of my office stuff is sitting in the garage.

This isn't an emergency per sae, however the longer I don't do anything about it, the longer my kids don't have access to most of their toys, and then there's the fear of the humid weather setting in soon which is a concern for things left in the garage for too long... So is this a "priority"? Ah, so much to figure out!

Excited, anxious and terrified all at once!

oldhouseguy 04-30-2013 05:15 PM

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Originally Posted by dishe (Post 1170171)
Thanks for the welcome, guys!


I know. There are so many things I want to do, and pushing them off (fixing tiles in the bathroom, for example) in order to prioritize things that will cause more problems if not addressed now (rot in soffits behind gutter), and things that are sort of in-between. For example, the lower floor of this split ranch has what is most likely asbestos tile. That's where I planned to make my office and/or kids play room, so I'm going to need to cover that up ASAP. For now, no one is allowed in there, and all the kids toys and much of my office stuff is sitting in the garage.

This isn't an emergency per sae, however the longer I don't do anything about it, the longer my kids don't have access to most of their toys, and then there's the fear of the humid weather setting in soon which is a concern for things left in the garage for too long... So is this a "priority"? Ah, so much to figure out!

Excited, anxious and terrified all at once!

I am not an abatement specialist, but asbestos is only dangerous if it is decaying and therefore airborne.

IF you have tiles that are for sure asbestos, which you won't know until you actually sent it to a lab, the safest thing to do is cover it like you said.

Assuming its not loose or damaged, it is not an emergency. Your kids will be fine, and you'll be fine.

When people say "Asbestos", everyone freaks out and gets all excited. It's something that needs to be dealt with, but it is not going to jump out of the tile and kidnap your kids.

I guess what I am saying is, you don't really need to get all worried about it.

Good luck with the house, you are about to have a lot of fun!!!!

dishe 04-30-2013 06:23 PM

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Originally Posted by oldhouseguy (Post 1170254)
I am not an abatement specialist, but asbestos is only dangerous if it is decaying and therefore airborne.

IF you have tiles that are for sure asbestos, which you won't know until you actually sent it to a lab, the safest thing to do is cover it like you said.

Assuming its not loose or damaged, it is not an emergency. Your kids will be fine, and you'll be fine.

When people say "Asbestos", everyone freaks out and gets all excited. It's something that needs to be dealt with, but it is not going to jump out of the tile and kidnap your kids.

I guess what I am saying is, you don't really need to get all worried about it.

Good luck with the house, you are about to have a lot of fun!!!!

LOL- I know... my father in law is an real old-school sort of guy, keeps saying back in the day, folks used to shoot powdered asbestos down tubes. Now people think if you look at it the wrong way it might get you.

The truth is, there used to be carpet or something down there, and there are a few places that the tile appears to be cracked around the perimeter (likely where a tack board or something used to be).

Its not crumbling necessarily, however it is cracked and there are some loose pieces here and there. I'm no expert either, but I'm not comfortable with my kids playing on that. And I'm not moving furniture onto it in case more tiles crack from it. So basically, the room is off limits until we cover it. I'm thinking laminate planks and a vapor barrier underlayer should do the trick?

Nailbags 04-30-2013 10:22 PM

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Originally Posted by dishe (Post 1170298)
LOL- I know... my father in law is an real old-school sort of guy, keeps saying back in the day, folks used to shoot powdered asbestos down tubes. Now people think if you look at it the wrong way it might get you.

The truth is, there used to be carpet or something down there, and there are a few places that the tile appears to be cracked around the perimeter (likely where a tack board or something used to be).

Its not crumbling necessarily, however it is cracked and there are some loose pieces here and there. I'm no expert either, but I'm not comfortable with my kids playing on that. And I'm not moving furniture onto it in case more tiles crack from it. So basically, the room is off limits until we cover it. I'm thinking laminate planks and a vapor barrier underlayer should do the trick?

Unless your grinding it in to powder! And spraying it in to the air and telling your kids to breath deep! Your safe! This stuff is not radioactive! Don't worry about it.

r0ckstarr 04-30-2013 11:14 PM

Do you know for sure that it is asbestos, or just assume due to the age?

dishe 05-01-2013 12:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nailbags (Post 1170438)
Unless your grinding it in to powder! And spraying it in to the air and telling your kids to breath deep! Your safe! This stuff is not radioactive! Don't worry about it.

LOL- you don't know my kids. ;)

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Originally Posted by r0ckstarr (Post 1170468)
Do you know for sure that it is asbestos, or just assume due to the age?

I don't know for sure, I am assuming based on the age and based on what other neighbors have concluded as well (this block was built by the same people back in the late 60s, all almost identical houses with almost identical materials it seems). The truth is, it might just be old broken tiles that don't contain any of the stuff. Doesn't make me want to cover it up any less before moving the furniture in from the garage. And it seems likely from what I've read about the materials they used back then, that it would either be in the tile or the glue underneath it. The stuff was pretty standard back then if I understand correctly.


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