Nemesis

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  • About Me:
    a kinder, gentler fisherman
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    Photography, Fishing, Cooking
  • What I do for a living:
    Tilting Windmills
  1. Thanks Cabo
  2. Love it when a plan comes together
  3. Thanks @mybeach I have one more room- I am going to go perpendicular to the hallway (you can see the edge in the shot up top). I just got the separate glue strips delivered today and it will allow me to start from the hallway back into the room. I will post a couple pics to explain when I do it at the endo fo the week. Man this stuff is awesome to work with though....
  4. Wow- this stuff will fool you into thinking you have skills! no more laminate for me.
  5. @MickAff Well you cut out the soak time- either overnight or rapid 1 hour soak. I would say at the very least a half hour and that is without watching the beans/stirring on the stove. But I have never timed my cooks- and I have always soak the beans.
  6. Thanks mybeach- In the 2 I did downstairs (which I used laminate) I was able to transition in from the hallway- going long ways down the hallway. I have some flexibility for the closet and back bedroom due to there being no trim so I am planning on measuring what I can and back it in to those spots. My poor Ford Ranger picked up 3 pallets of stuff at Home Depot - 2 trips but the one trip with 2 pallets was a bit scary! Wife, kids and I will be there tomorrow to clean up the floors and dust the walls. Painter will be in on Monday to roll out the ceiling and primer and then I will take off a couple days this week to lay down the floor. My back and knees are dreading this site (Apt's 1&2): Sorry- grip strips is the glue edge sticking out and one underneath- rather than the click in.
  7. Good stuff and nice work Looks great. I am going to work everything from the hall to the rooms, so I am hopeful it will work. Also with the grip strips I don't have a big window of time (<15min.) to remove and reset.
  8. I'm playin' round with loads of stuff right now. Good pork chop recipe came with the cooker. Here is tonight's- a little Lenten light faire from Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark (loving the book) Farro Pilaf with Spiced Cauliflower, Pine nuts and Raisins Farro: 3 Tbs EVO 1 tsp garam masala 1 1/4 tsp Kosher salt 1/2 head of cauliflower cut to 6-7 pieces 1/3 cup white vinegar 1 Tbs Honey 1/3 cup golden raisins 1 1/2 cup semi- pearled farro - Combine 2 Tbs of EVO, garam masala and 1/4 tsp salt in a bowl. Toss with the cauliflower until coated. Wrap in foil. - in a ramekin combine raisins, vinegar, honey and a pinch of salt. Cover with foil. - On Saute function heat the remaining Tbs EVO, stir in faro and 1 tsp salt cooking until the farro smells nutty... 3 minutes -Stir in 3 cups of water, place the steamer rack in and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Dressing 2 tsp fresh lime juice 1 minced garlic clove 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/4 cup EVO - Combine and whisk - Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then let'er rip. remove the items and strain the farro. - combine 2 tsp of raisin liquid with the dressing. Remove the raisins with a slotted spoon saving the liquid for use later if you wish. - Toss warm farro, raisins and the dressing. - Cut the cauliflower into somewhat smaller pieces and add to the farro. To serve - Toast a 1/4 cup of pine nuts and toss them, 1/2 cup fresh parsley and 1/2 cup mint. adjust (EVO, raisin liquid, salt/pepper) as you like. I gotta tell you- pretty darn good. The cauliflower is not mush- great texture- crunch but cooked (I'll cut them a bit smaller pieces next time). If I had had some fresh mint and parsley (was frozen) on hand it would have looked quite presentable. But taste wise it is a keeper.
  9. @mybeach they are 36" and they aren't factory joined, I will take a shot when I use them. Seems they have reducers. I am hoping things will move along- I am used to laminate so I am sure this will be much easier. @Captain Lew That is good to hear on both accounts the father and son that run this company are solid guys. We are lucky all around on the items we farm out.
  10. Ouch- while I agree with @buckmaster on the SFH/vacation home and staying away from Condo's I couldn't disagree more on paying cash. This is an investment for me with a steady monthly return on an appreciating asset, If I was to tie up $575k my investment looks far less attractive and the ROI is below what anyone could get at market on your investment. Let's look- So bm and I buy identical multi-families. Our rent role each month is $7000 bm is laughing his arse off because he doesn't have to service any debt and I am out $2500 a month on a mortgage- remember "I" have never paid that mortgage. Right off the top of the rent rolls, it has never come out of my pocket. (This requires a change in mindset from all of us good home mortgage payers). The fixed expenses per month come out to be $2500 (insurance, property, taxes, utilities, water sewer etc.) So now bm is really laughing because at the end of a year he has pocketed $54,000 and I have only pocketed $24,000. Lucky stiff. But hold on a second- if we are talking about this being an investment.... how did it perform? Or what was the yearly return on each dollar invested? bm- $54,000 on a $575,000 investment = 9.4% return me- $24,000 on a $145,000 investment (25% down) = 16.5% return! Not only that, but guess what- I can buy 3 more identical properties while bm's money is all tied up in that one.... so $24k + $24k +$24k +$24k =$96,000. For the same amount of investment I am clearing $41,000 more a year! You must do your research to mitigate risk as much as possible. Know your market and stick to multi-families! Bm's method is a great one- when he walks into the room he commands the attention of a seller as I could never do. He has the ability to snatch up rentals as I could never- think what is happening in Brooklyn right now. I also completely agree with bm on keeping things close by- you manage and upkeep- reduce your expenses and headaches. I think where we disagree is on how hard we want our money to work for us- I want that $ of mine to work as hard as possible and that is where leverage comes in. But believe me- this is not for the faint of heart. You mitigate risk as best you can and insure for the rest. You bust your ass where you can and minimize farming out work. Best of luck. (You will also note I have not even mentioned appreciation- but think about that when the 2 of us decide to sell and our investments are worth $75k more. That is a gain of 13% when you have sunk $575k in a property... but when you pay $145k it is over a 50% gain!)
  11. It was tough in the available light, the pine didn't look all that bad but the khaki oak is the winner. Some shots- and a couple wider shots of the front space.
  12. It appears their transitions are to run under the planks- lets see.
  13. Just did 10 min chicken breast and now have some black beans in. Dried beans in 40 min... awesome.
  14. It is always good to "see" you Steve. All is well- Life is a dream Been slacking in the kitchen, but hope to get back on board. We find ourselves in Poland a couple of times a year and I always think of you when we pass (usually stopping) an outside grill bursting with grilling 'basa of various types
  15. Great minds think alike Agreed on the dated look. I have been using the inexpensive lakeshore pecan laminate on the other units (similar layouts) and I have been good with the transitions, it is tough some places, but good none the less. I am thinking that the vinyl has gotta be a heckuvalot easier to use. Not sure about the transitions but I imagine so, the HD has a whole section for TM transitions. I'm checking today... this is closer to the water- good to hear