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  1. Cost to build new house

    Hey guys, I am just curious if anyone here has built a new house in the country. I am looking for basic cost estimates, obviously a really rough ballpark type figure. My wife and I are trying to decide if we can afford to build on a lot in Rice County, or if it just isn't even in our budget at all. I have worked in the construction field for a long time, so I would like to roof, side, tile, and finish the basement myself. Has anyone here acted as the general contractor on their own house build? Do these ballpark numbers sound reasonable for a starting point? We would be building a really simple rambler with about 1200 sq ft on the main level and an attached two car garage. Septic: 15,000 (mound system for sure, seems like that's all that the county allows now) Well: 10,000 (average wells around here seem to be 100-300' deep) Foundation: 8,000 (about 1,200 sq ft, block, lot has a slight slope to it) With the price of the property and the three main things mentioned above, I am wondering what the actual framing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and permit fees would look like. We would be doing this on a budget, so nothing fancy, a basic forced air furnace and central air. Anything you have knowledge of I would appreciate, like the cost of a furnace install or the cost to wire an average sized house (not these new starter mansions). Obviously I understand these numbers are ballpark figures and I have to take them with a grain of salt, but I just want to know if it's worth trying to build our dream house now or if it's not even possible with our current financial situation. We have a good amount of equity in our current home that would be used to get this ball rolling (sell our house, live with a relative while this happens).
  2. Infrared char broil grill

    The grates have rusted a little bit, but nothing major... they basically are a rust color and when I clean them I get a little rust dust coming off of them, but no damage yet. My guess is I will get at least 5 years out of them, maybe more. The little holes do get plugged, but I don't think it effects performance at all. About every other time I grill I scrape it with the included scraper thing and then brush it with a wire brush and they are way cleaner than they need to be, this takes about 3 minutes. One disadvantage is the "crud" doesn't fall through the grates, as the holes are too small, so I bring a paper plate out with me and scrape it onto that (some falls on my deck, which my dog takes care off). They are probably just slightly more maintenance than your traditional grill setup, but it wouldn't stop me from buying it again. I haven't taken my grates out and deeped cleaned/scraped them yet, but I should... I could see having to do that about once or twice a summer. I also got rid of my smoker, because I just put wood chips directly on the grates and it smokes like crazy. I haven't tried doing ribs or smoked fish, but I am sure they would turn out nearly as well as they did in my old smoker (especially if I only have one burner on).
  3. Infrared char broil grill

    I bought one of the infrared Charbroils last spring after a ton of research, and I am glad I did. I will never go back to a regular grill again. Anything you cook on it comes out way juicier... yeah the cooking times are shorter, and that was a huge concern of mine, but after using it for a year it makes better food than a slow cooking traditional grill. If I really want to, I can leave the middle burner off and still slow roll something, but I have completely gotten away from doing that because with this grill it's just not necessary. The other nice thing is I have yet to have it flame up on me, EVER.... and I cook chicken hind quarters like it's my job (major grease!) It is a Charbroil, so there are some cons... my ignitor went out already (haven't called them yet) and my thermometers are either going out or out. The grates have held up really well, I don't give them the cleaning attention they deserve but I will one of these days. The rest of the grill is really well built and when I shine her up it still looks like the day I bought it.
  4. Dumping Cable for Streaming

    I almost got a sling box but the most current reviews talk of it being bombarded with ads and being extremely laggy to the point of people throwing it away. Not saying they are all bad, I am not an expert. but at least do a little research before you purchase so you don't get into a bad situation
  5. Dumping Cable for Streaming

    I think fishnowworknever is probably safe, almost all of my friends torrent things daily and no one has even gotten a letter or sued yet. Torrents have millions upon millions of users, that would be a lot of lawsuits. For example, look up how many times Game of Thrones has been downloaded...
  6. New appliance bundles

    I have been in your exact shoes and we ended up purchasing at Lowes and getting Samsung appliances (not sure I would recommend them, though). Anyway, I can't really speak to Kenmore or other brands, but being I have experience pricing appliances from many different stores I think you NEED to look at the black friday ads for appliances, there seemed to be some really really good prices on things for this year. If you haven't got the black Friday ads yet, they are readily available on the internet by just googling "black friday adscans." It may be sooner than you want to buy, but you could save yourself a ton of money! One more thing, we got an electric convection oven, and I will never go back to a gas oven again. It is just awesome. The glass top isn't as hard to keep clean as some people may say. Good luck!
  7. Garage Heater

    Maybe someone with some expertise can chime in, but if it was me I would get somewhere between a 45k and 60k furnace. Is the garage attached? If it's attached, it should stay somewhere around 30-35 degrees or so throughout the winter? The Hot Dawg 60,000 btu would be perfect! I would definitely not go any bigger than that, judging by how well my dad's 45k furnace works. If it's not attached and you don't heat it regularly, I would then want something bigger, just because it would take forever to heat up the slab.
  8. Garage Heater

    Those seem rather large for a garage, but I am big on efficiency. My dad has a 45,000 btu in a properly insulated 2.5 car garage and it heats it up to a comfortable temp in a matter of a few minutes. Remember, if a furnace is too big you will lose efficiency fast and short cycling a furnace (clicking on and off a lot) will shorten the life of the unit.
  9. Yeah that is a fuse, easy to find under the hood. Had the same issue with my Chevy and my Dad's, turned out we had a trailer that had a short that would blow that fuse.
  10. Sirius XM subscription

    They will almost immediately come down to $5 a month if you say you don't want it, but cancelling it is a pain and after you do they will CONSTANTLY call you!!
  11. I don't really see a reason to jump into predator hunting just because a fox ate some duck eggs. If we are that concerned about duck/bird populations, we should stop shooting them... the natural predators have more rights to the birds than us and something tells me they need them in order to stay alive more than we do
  12. Mille Lacs Pike...Not Surprising

    In the future they should do the same study on spearing and see how many of the pike speared have previously been speared and released....
  13. Mille Lacs Pike...Not Surprising

    Just the fact that the two methods are even close in terms of numbers they kill shows the problem. The spearing season is substantially shorter than the angling season and there is a fraction of spear-fishermen as compared to anglers, but yet that small number with spears still harvests a large portion of the pike that are killed in our lakes. I don't have a problem with spearing, I think it has it's place... but I do have a problem with people declaring that spearing is not as harmful to pike populations as angling is, IMO that is a selfish view on the spear-fisherman's part.
  14. Ecoboost re gear.

    These mpg numbers sure are different than the numbers everyone was drooling about when the trucks first came out
  15. The mushroom is basically the sex organ of the fungus, so don't transplant that, the spores are what you want to concentrate on spreading.