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Forum: Home Technology and Electronics 2015-03-13, 12:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,950
Posted By Hobbes
Works for me, but I use Chrome.

Works for me, but I use Chrome.
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2014-09-06, 12:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,727
Posted By Hobbes
If I recall in our house they disconnected the...

If I recall in our house they disconnected the pin in the deadbolt. You can unscrew the deadbolt and manually unlock it from within the mechanism.
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2014-04-23, 03:39 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 85,484
Posted By Hobbes
What we did was have the builder install one...

What we did was have the builder install one potlight per room. This way we got a light switch wired up to the single potlight and it was easier to add potlights after with minimal fuss. Much...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2014-03-26, 04:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,727
Posted By Hobbes
Nothing really fancy, just imagine replacing your...

Nothing really fancy, just imagine replacing your sliding glass doors with a pair of french doors, but leaving the screen in place. So you can't really open the screen doors "double-wide" even...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2014-03-26, 01:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,727
Posted By Hobbes
Our french doors have a sliding screen door.

Our french doors have a sliding screen door.
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2014-02-07, 06:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,948
Posted By Hobbes
I agree door stop looks better, blend in to the...

I agree door stop looks better, blend in to the base boards. I would think if it's in the high end model home then that should be the standard for your builder. We got it with or builder.
Forum: Home Technology and Electronics 2014-02-07, 06:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,290
Posted By Hobbes
Maybe I'm old fashioned but I still prefer to...

Maybe I'm old fashioned but I still prefer to hardwire whatever I can. Desktops, servers, game consoles, smart TVs, media streamers, etc.

It's still the most reliable.
Forum: Building and Construction 2013-10-30, 03:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,922
Posted By Hobbes
You can try following the ducts from the basement...

You can try following the ducts from the basement if it is not finished. Most ducts for upper floor would be hidden in bulkheads on the main floor so they can give you an idea of where they are...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2013-10-11, 11:27 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,313
Posted By Hobbes
This is important because even if the kitchen is...

This is important because even if the kitchen is just above the furnace, the gas line to the furnace needs to be sized large enough to support both the furnace and gas stove. If not then you would...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2013-10-08, 12:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,648
Posted By Hobbes
By code, this door will have an auto-closer --...

By code, this door will have an auto-closer -- ours is pretty darn strong. As soon as we push our way in that door closes and is out of the way. So you don't really have to drop anything.
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2013-10-04, 04:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,112
Posted By Hobbes
Are you bricked? That may come into...

Are you bricked? That may come into consideration as to how helpful the builder will be.
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2013-09-26, 11:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,140
Posted By Hobbes
Is it worth swapping out a (working) AC fan for a...

Is it worth swapping out a (working) AC fan for a DC fan? I currently run my AC fan 24/7.
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2013-09-23, 01:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,736
Posted By Hobbes
This is not necessarily true. You can bring...

This is not necessarily true. You can bring power into the fixture and then switch the hot wire.
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2013-08-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 700
Views: 147,098
Posted By Hobbes
There have been a few threads about wrought iron...

There have been a few threads about wrought iron inserts on this forum.

I went with Lusso Glass (http://lussoglass.ca/index.html) based on other peoples feedback and was very pleased.
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2013-06-17, 04:37 PM
Replies: 700
Views: 147,098
Posted By Hobbes
Has there been a lot of break-ins lately? On...

Has there been a lot of break-ins lately?

On the weekend I noticed a dark older minivan driving slowly up and down our court. Guys seemed to be out of place and scoping everything out. They...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2013-06-14, 11:40 AM
Replies: 700
Views: 147,098
Posted By Hobbes
When I bought, I was told there were only going...

When I bought, I was told there were only going to be detached houses in the Via Romano "corridor".
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2013-05-24, 02:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,091
Posted By Hobbes
I was trying to describe this. Can't really...

I was trying to describe this.

Can't really comment on hardwood with/without the builder. The general consensus is that it'll be cheaper after. The only things to consider is the hassle of...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2013-05-24, 12:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,091
Posted By Hobbes
Tile vs. hardwood. ;) That would "define" the...

Tile vs. hardwood. ;) That would "define" the foyer.



This.

45 degrees from the end of the short wall between the foyer and dining room until it reaches the horizontal line from the closet...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2013-05-23, 12:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,091
Posted By Hobbes
You probably would want tile in the foyer as...

You probably would want tile in the foyer as well. But for the hallway I would want hardwood.



This is from a previous thread. Don't know if your builder does this, but I would want the...
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2013-05-16, 01:53 PM
Replies: 700
Views: 147,098
Posted By Hobbes
Hey where do you get this information. Is there...

Hey where do you get this information. Is there a website I can use to find recent sale prices?
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2013-04-18, 11:04 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,173
Posted By Hobbes
We have this unit. It runs to cool down and vent...

We have this unit. It runs to cool down and vent the microwave. Doesn't bother us too much. It's just a microwave - they're all the same as far as I'm concerned. It is a necessary appliance imo,...
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2013-03-25, 03:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 978
Posted By Hobbes
Think of the inconvenience of not having use of...

Think of the inconvenience of not having use of your stairs for any amount of time while they install new oak staircase, or the new stain is drying.
Forum: Home Owner Tips, Upgrades and Maintenance 2013-03-12, 01:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,544
Posted By Hobbes
You would really consider finishing only half a...

You would really consider finishing only half a staircase?
Forum: Markham / Thornhill / Vaughan 2013-03-12, 01:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,462
Posted By Hobbes
I assume there would have to be some negligence...

I assume there would have to be some negligence involved? I mean if a buyer just slips on the stairs and seriously injures themselves thru their own clutziness would the homeowner be liable?
Forum: Basement Finishing and Renovations 2013-03-06, 01:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,788
Posted By Hobbes
Looking at your main to second story stairs may...

Looking at your main to second story stairs may give you an idea. But basically I would imagine adding a newel post at the bottom and pickets/ballusters would do the job. Maybe another newel...
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