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  1. General Chat
    I suspect I have a leaking pipe flange boot or lifted flashing or something on one of my roof vent pipes. The first time it made itself known was last winter. I woke up to the sound of leaking water hitting the carpet in the corner of my master bedroom right by the bathroom wall. I looked in...
  2. Blog
    Repost: Cool weather reminds me of the things I need to do to get my home and family ready for the colder months ahead. Some simple preparation and prevention efforts now will save me money, hassle, and discomfort in the long run. Many of these items will cost some money up front, but they are...
  3. General Chat
    ok not men really, my dh! I love this man to pieces. He is my soul mate. He's a wonderful husband and father, works hard for the family, etc. So why can't he take a little time and pride in home repairs? Why does he feel that he has to do it as fast and easy as possible and to hell with it...
  4. Automotive
    Yep, that's right! My car is very expensive to maintain and I usually take it to the dealer for maintenance. Well, I found this really great discussion board that has a huge repair and informational wiki on how to do basic maintenance and repairs that are common for my car, like, the window...
  5. Blog
    We just had our first cool snap of the year. While it will be hot again by the end of the week, the cool weather reminded me of the things I need to do to get my home and family ready for the colder months ahead. Some simple preparation and prevention efforts now will save me money, hassle, and...
  6. Blog
    It comes as a shock to most people I meet, but I don’t own a car. Three years ago I was thousands of dollars in debt and something had to give. I decided that it would be my car. When I made the decision my friends and family thought that I was crazy. Truth be told, I even thought I was crazy...
  7. Question and Answer
    Which is the best, place for car repairs? That is: where do you get the best quality work for you buck? Dealerships or some smaller place? I know some independent mechanics who say dealerships just rip you off, they can do the job in less time, same quality of work, and not charge as much as...
  8. DIY
    We bought this book for SIL and my husband's aunt for Christmas. As such, we also got one for ourselves. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to do their own projects without the need for a contractor for everything! The book retails for about $29 CDN and I'm sure they have it on their...
  9. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    Today Dh and I spent 1100 on our cars. Mine needed new front brakes and his needed something done to the front axel. :weeping: So much for thinking we were just getting the oil changed and the tires rotated! Thank goodness we had an emergency fund! So I am officially kicking murphy OUT...
  10. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    We paid CASH for the repairs we had done, WITHOUT using our EF !! I'm so happy about that ... I was so stressed about the thought of using up that money. My dh had worked so much overtime last week that we were able to use that money and pay for the repairs, top up the EF to $1000 again AND get...
  11. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    our house is 35 years old and I the people that lived here the whole time didn't do much to it. No updating at all (not necessary for us to live here) and bare minimum on upkeeping the essentials. So the roof has a leak over the garage and really needs to be replaced all over. It is the...
  12. Automotive
    I was wondering what everyone does when they need car maintenece or repairs. I called and got quotes on tires, brakes, routine stuff for mine and I ended up dropping it off at the dealership this morning because they are quite a bit cheaper here. There was a $40 difference in price of tires...
  13. Leisure & Media Arts
    She just had enough... A feisty great-grandmother held four builders hostage after they told her improvement work on her home would not be finished by Christmas, several newspapers reported. Josie Medlock snapped when she was told the modernisation of her municipal council-owned home would not...
  14. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    We need new windows desperately, but we are snowballing our debt too. Do you stop the snowball and get the new windows, or the new carpet, or whatever you need (with cash of course) or do you wait until all you have left to pay is the mortgage??
  15. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    I had an unexpected auto repair this week. Unexpected in that my two-year old battery died and had to be replaced. As far as auto repairs go, the cost was minor. (It could have been the alternator and much more $!) I drive an 8 year old vehicle that I have serviced regularly, but this little...
  16. Automotive
    Wasn't really sure where to post this but since it is saving me money I thought I would post this here. In the last three weeks I have taken my car in twice to be repaired and it has cost me almost $1,000. When coming home the other night from the fireworks my check engine light went on again...
  17. Automotive
    negotiating with the repair shop. DH recently changed the rear brakes on my taurus wagon. He got a really good deal on the parts by shopping around. Unfortunately, he ran into a snag and ended up with another repair job to do.:eek: DH headed off to the local parts supply store and got a...
  18. Family
    What would you do with a husband who wants to get involved -- and who does have good suggestions, but who is a perfectionist and feels no reason to get done in a reasonable amount of time? For example ... we once had no curtains in our front window for 14 MONTHS because he didn't have time and...
  19. DIY
    This week has been fun fun fun dealing with claims people and estimators. Earlier in the week, an estimator finally came to look at the brick damage from last spring. Then yesterday someone came to remove the ice off our roof and today someone came by to dry our ceiling, take pictures, and...
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