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Old 05-02-2017, 01:07 AM   #1
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A new masochist


Nothing I do is simple, so I hope anyone who reads any of my future posts understands that I am an eccentric, mad-scientist, perfectionist and not a troll!

I just bought a 60-year-old house as my first foray into home ownership, and it needs a lot of work. Oh, it's in great shape, maintained by the previous owner who lived in it since new...except for one small problem: it is in exactly as-built condition. 100A, 2-wire electrical system; no insulation; leaky aluminum single-pane windows; original kitchen (including appliances); original bathrooms complete with galvanized plumbing with paper-thin walls). Other than hardwood floors and a well-masoned brick veneer, there is nothing retro-chic about it. It's a gut renovation that I can live in while I do it.

I will be posting lots of unusual questions from the position that industrial/commercial construction methods are far superior to the cheapo, slapdash way residential stuff is built. I manage a high-tech biomedical research lab as my day job. So please don't tell me I'm going overboard; that's just how I do everything. I am using this house as a training ground for my future project of building a custom-designed, net-zero, off-grid space-station house about 10 years from now. The extra expense and effort I am putting into every little thing has nothing to do with resale value; I consider it tuition in my autodidactic pursuit of learning all things that can be applied to my future construction project.
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Old 05-02-2017, 01:37 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. You will fit right in.
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