^ Locks are #1 on teh list…gotta get up there and make sure we buy the right brands.
The house really has never been lived in…just pals of the seller once in awhile…
I have so much to do!!!!!!!! but the relief of 4 months of sheer limbo and JUST being official at about 3 pm today….whew to say the least!
Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — April 20, 2012 @ 6:42 pm
That is wonderful!
Comment by Melissa In Texas — April 20, 2012 @ 7:05 pm
About locks: although I can’t presently recommend a suitable brand/make/model, as I’m sure you know, all are not created equal.
One time I got a new place and replaced the lock with one that was advertised as “more difficult to pick.”
Then, once, and only once, I managed to lock myself out. It wasn’t even the deadbolt part. All I did was push the knob button.
The locksmith arrived to open it up on a flat, not time-based, rate. I had warned him it was advertised as more difficult than the norm, and he said: “Oh, they can say that, but they’re really all pretty much the same. No real difference.”
So I sat down nearby and played my harmonica while this nasty little neighbor dog howled and yammered every time I hit a high note. They were all high notes.
Well over an hour later this professional finally got it open.
I though: “Yep, definitely all the same.”
Comment by Ironic in Denver — April 20, 2012 @ 7:08 pm
By the way, I *strongly* recommend reinforcing the area the deadbolt engages. It doesn’t matter about difficulty in picking if a couple of good kicks or a sledgehammer will just pop the bolt right through the frame.
Comment by Ironic in Denver — April 20, 2012 @ 7:10 pm
SO very true IiD.
It never hurts to reinforce the frame!
Comment by Melissa In Texas — April 20, 2012 @ 7:11 pm
One of the doors was installed backwards…stg…
The inspector noted rusty hinges but it was JR…looking at the report photos that realized it was inside out.
I TOLD you the house was crazy!! It’s PERFECT…like me! :)
Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — April 20, 2012 @ 7:32 pm
FWIW…nothing of notable value will be in there until next week end…when we come with the “outside” stuff like old pickets and bbq….etc…and new locks…
Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — April 20, 2012 @ 7:34 pm
JR…looking at the report photos that realized it was inside out.
I TOLD you the house was crazy!! It’s PERFECT…like me!
I don’t know why, but that remark has me wondering, completely off topic, what it would be like for Sondra to star in a remake of Sister Act (with some script changes, of course).
Comment by Ironic in Denver — April 20, 2012 @ 7:36 pm
Big Congrats to you & JR! What an endeavor youz guyz have been throo!
Is there a ‘porch’ on your new howss??
^ a “wrap-around” one. There’s room for EVERYBODY!!!!!!
Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — April 20, 2012 @ 8:38 pm
…the house is almost 3000 square feet. Minus the open space to the upstairs. There’s SO MUCH ROOM! I’m even going to have a room with just a mirror, some mats and a kickboxing bag.
OMG!!!!!! It’s finally MINEMINEMINEMINEMINE……….
Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — April 20, 2012 @ 8:39 pm
I’m even going to have a room with just a mirror, some mats and a kickboxing bag.
Comment by Ironic in Denver — April 20, 2012 @ 8:53 pm
I’d suggest a .50 BMG in your arsenal.
Comment by JoeBandMember® — April 20, 2012 @ 8:57 pm
There’s nothing like the excitment of finally having your own home fer sure Sondra. My heart is pounding with you and JR. Wait till it really shapes up from here and Im looking forward to the new gardening!
After the locks, and before the furniture,
do a detailed search for hidey holes, false bottoms/backs, dummy conduits, loose insulation bats, movable panels, etc.
You do not want to get nailed for somebody else’s stash.
Comment by DougM (jackassophobe) — April 20, 2012 @ 9:20 pm
Congrats, Sondra. Nothing like your own house.
Comment by Alan outback bacon czar — April 20, 2012 @ 9:22 pm
For your yard, perhaps a couple of coon traps. (I mean raccoon, of course. God forbid I should be thought a racist.)
Doug (24): I sat there openmouthed, looking at you post for a moment. I am so naive. It never occurred to me (before). [making notes to myself about far more than just this]
Comment by Ironic in Denver — April 20, 2012 @ 10:42 pm
Doug, a friend of mine rented a house a few years back….
up in the crawl space, he found a long , narrow lump of dust.
Under the dust was a rifle case.
Inside the case was a Ruger M77 rifle, in cal. .25-06, with a 3-9 x Redfield scope. it was lightly freckled with rust, but otherwise in perfect shape! Judging by the dust accumulation, it had been up there for YEARS. The previous tenet has only lived there for 3 years , and probably never knew a thing about it!
Comment by Lucius Severus Pertinax — April 21, 2012 @ 12:35 am
Comment by Claire: pink pig barbarian, etc — April 21, 2012 @ 6:21 am
MY preference is NO locks. Just a sturdy chair inside the door w a sawed off double-barreled 12 gauge shotgun w reloaded shotgun shells filled with rock salt attached————–and the triggers wired to the door knob! But….that`s just me…………. [However, for reputation`s sake, make sure there ain`t no *community welcome wagon lady*----]
Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — April 21, 2012 @ 7:25 am
By the way, Missy,
when I first saw this post, the window had the pic cut off as below, so I initially thought it was gonna be about sunbathin’.
Comment by DougM (jackassophobe) — April 21, 2012 @ 8:42 am
So did I…
it looked like a thong at first!
Comment by Melissa In Texas — April 21, 2012 @ 8:51 am
^ Oh, my!
“Melissa” and “thong” in the same paragraph.
[pours ice-cold lemonade over head]
(What? Yeah, good thing I’m in the iHammock.)
Comment by DougM (jackassophobe) — April 21, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
If I weren’t about 2000 miles away I’d help you move
Col.J, whadda ’bout all the udder doors & windows??
An’ ‘spoz you frogotz to disconnect the trigger string
before you return home after an evening of ‘celebratin’??
What I heard decades ago is that was done in an unoccupied farm
building, like a chicken coop. It blasted the bad guy, then his
family sued the owner. Apparently in that state, yah godda be
holdin’ da gun to kill sumbuddy legally!
Claire, Pink Pig Barbarian (29), I reelee like your
celebratory cheer for Head Missy’s closing on her new ‘Castle’!
Now for the loud sounds of the next phase of the project.
Will it be “Grunt, Grunt, Gasp” of the moving of her ‘museum’??
I also want to know if her new ‘castle’ has a reel basement or a
crawl space? At least all those animals & rodents had a place to hide!
Another thing to think of when you change your locks is for the new locks to be “bump key” resistant.
Most house locks can be opened within a few seconds by using a bump key without leaving any trace of being picked.
Comment by geezerettesbrother — April 22, 2012 @ 4:08 am