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    #16
    Originally posted by mebejoseph View Post

    ...replace a washer in a faucet (or you'll end up paying $200 to a plumber to do a 15 minute job), and touch up the paint on your walls when needed. If you're not afraid of working with electricity, you should be able to replace a wall outlet--especially if your house is old. The outlets get worn out and won't hold a plug. If you can do that, you'll probably want to replace light switches yourself--We Mo and others make smart ones now and they're fun to have...
    Good points, thanks. I can probably ask the handy man at work to teach me how to do those safely. And ooh I probably want a smart switch for the ceiling fan

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      #17
      Originally posted by Dun View Post
      Good points, thanks. I can probably ask the handy man at work to teach me how to do those safely. And ooh I probably want a smart switch for the ceiling fan
      Youtube has hundreds of home repair videos.
      WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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        #18
        Originally posted by mebejoseph View Post
        We have a townhouse with a small yard (about 25 x 15) and a garage. I find I need almost all the same tools I did when we had a house, except for tools for sprinkler repairs.

        But for sure you should have enough tools to hang pictures and mirrors (get a stud finder as well), replace a washer in a faucet (or you'll end up paying $200 to a plumber to do a 15 minute job), and touch up the paint on your walls when needed. If you're not afraid of working with electricity, you should be able to replace a wall outlet--especially if your house is old. The outlets get worn out and won't hold a plug. If you can do that, you'll probably want to replace light switches yourself--We Mo and others make smart ones now and they're fun to have.

        You'll probably also want to do minor drywall repairs from time to time. Sometimes you have accidents and dent your walls with a door knob or a piece of furniture--or when I was younger--it was anger issues, I'm sad to say.
        Kind of a silly question, but are you at all concerned about smart devices collecting data on your household?

        https://gizmodo.com/the-house-that-s...-me-1822429852

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          #19
          Originally posted by rd27 View Post
          Kind of a silly question, but are you at all concerned about smart devices collecting data on your household?

          https://gizmodo.com/the-house-that-s...-me-1822429852
          I do have some concerns about privacy and that's why I've limited my smart devices. I don't have any type of voice activated smart devices. We don't have Alexa or anything like that. We don't have any cameras. We have a few lights on WeMo. We have a smart climate control system I operate from my phone. We have the whole-house music system. Of course we have the typical streaming entertainment. I also have a couple of fitness apps on my phone.

          I think the biggest privacy "leak" we have comes from all the computers we have, not the smart devices. We are always on the internet looking up something for work or shopping or home improvement or just for fun.

          Plus--I keep my calendar on a computer and on a central calendaring system we have for our law firm management. The "internet" knows when and where all my appointments are.

          Am I really going to worry about the world knowing what time I turn on the A/C, if I'm searching on google for "psilocybin mushrooms chocolate recipes" or "best remote control vibrator"?
          WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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            #20
            Originally posted by rd27 View Post
            Kind of a silly question, but are you at all concerned about smart devices collecting data on your household?

            https://gizmodo.com/the-house-that-s...-me-1822429852
            Definitely not a silly question. The convergence of big data, not to mention the power concentrating in to five main companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google) is definitely not good for consumers. Throw in the abuse of user privileges and the sharing of data between businesses for their profit and you have a recipe for disaster.

            Take a look at Google and their acquisition of Nest. When they first bought Nest they claimed Nest would stay a separate company from Google and that Google would not co-mingle and aggregate data. Now? Google has rolled Nest in with Google Home appliances and there is no data distinction between the two. All of your data is going in to one big melting pot.

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              #21
              I feel like it's crazy but sometimes I just hear a subject mentioned (something I would never have any reason to look up or otherwise reference on a device... like, border terriers or Kind bars) and suddenly I start seeing it show up in ads or in my Instagram feed.
              Ben

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                #22
                Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
                I feel like it's crazy but sometimes I just hear a subject mentioned (something I would never have any reason to look up or otherwise reference on a device... like, border terriers or Kind bars) and suddenly I start seeing it show up in ads or in my Instagram feed.
                I’m thinking this might be all router based. Like if you looked it up on one item, all items know. A friend sent me link to a ridiculous shirt and I didn’t say anything. Just got up and showed my wife my phone screen. Laughed, maybe said a deadpan “wow” and closed the link. Next day her Facebook had the adds for it.

                Something we did was create a new, not linked to any personal info or money email, and set up the smart home stuff with that. Not sure if that is enough


                I’m looking around at couch materials but not sure what to choose for desert sweat. I’m almost thinking an outdoor sofa...

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
                  I feel like it's crazy but sometimes I just hear a subject mentioned (something I would never have any reason to look up or otherwise reference on a device... like, border terriers or Kind bars) and suddenly I start seeing it show up in ads or in my Instagram feed.
                  Yes--I do not have any computer mics on at all (but cell phone of course has a mic). Sometimes I'm talking to my wife and we decide to look up the subject of our discussion on google. Dozens of times I've typed in a few letters and it auto fills the exact subject we were thinking about.

                  The only explanation I have for this is that often our discussion in based on a television show we were watching. As in, "oh--that guy who played CHARACTER--I wonder where he was born." Maybe so many other people wanted to know the same information that google can make a good guess.

                  OR--they listen on our cellphones.
                  WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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                    #24
                    Well, recently i got really addicted to different interior design websites and magazines, as i am looking to move into a new house. I really like a kind of a minimalist design. I also like a combination of the black and white colours, especially in the saloon. I would really like to have a big kitchen, a lot of high quality wood and everyhing to be of a high quality. A couple of days ago i been browsing through the internet, and i found Kairos Collective. They actually had such a great variaty of products and they can even help you choose the right design for you and your house. Untill now, they have been the best ones from what i have found, tbh.
                    Last edited by BrandonMet; September 21, 2020, 05:05 PM.

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                      #25
                      I have a solid oak roll top desk that my grandparents inherited when they bought their house in Jamestown, NY back in the (I'm guessing here) mid-to-late 1930s. It was in the basement when they moved in. When they moved out (or my Grandmother moved out I should say - my Grandfather had passed) me and my dad dragged it up out of the basement and took it home to Michigan, where it went into my room, and has followed me to the DC area now that I'm an adult or at least fooling people into believing I'm an adult, and own a house. It was obviously built as a standard work desk for an office. It has no ornamentation and is a little utilitarian/industrial looking but the wood grain is beautiful and it's in great condition. It's fantastic but the only way to get one is at an antique store or estate sale or something. It's really heavy...I think I'd need to hire some guys with more muscle than I have to get it upstairs from the main level where it is at present, if we actually wanted to move it up there.

                      The other thing is a leather couch from Joybird. The model we got was the Briar. It looks like they've changed the colorways since we bought but ours is closest (or maybe identical) to what they're currently calling Santiago Caramel. I'm pretty sure that was not the name of this colorway when we purchased but it looks the exact same shade of medium caramel brown. Looks great and is developing a nice patina from wear over the two years we've owned it. It's really comfortable...I have a bad habit of falling asleep on it most evenings. At full retail it's reasonably priced for leather furniture IMO but we hit a sale. I'd buy it again for sure.
                      “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

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