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Old 12-30-2012, 03:53 PM   #21
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Now... for snowbirds...
Street shutoff for water... and the 110 other items on my checklist before leaving for the south... not including the packing list.

Ya don't wanna know.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:36 PM   #22
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What DFW_M5 said...plus you might want to remember that if you use cheapo spun fiberglass filters, they should be changed monthly. The more expensive pleated filters are best changed quarterly. Be certain the arrow indicating return air flow points toward the duct rather than the grille for more efficiency. That one little thing can add years to a system. If you have central air, it is wise to mow with your grass discharging away from the unit. And it is good to periodically hose out the grille & fins on the unit as they do get clogged with dirt and grasss. It is amazing what can come out in the wash!!!!!!!
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:28 PM   #23
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Now... for snowbirds...
Street shutoff for water... and the 110 other items on my checklist before leaving for the south... not including the packing list.

Ya don't wanna know.
Yep, I have a similar list (it's lengthy also). Was just working on it today, actually - we're departing for Texas in a couple weeks.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:11 PM   #24
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Put new hoses on the washer if they are not.

AND pop the few extra bucks for the braided stainless steel. A BURST HOSE IS NOT GOOD!
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Know where the fire extinguisher and flashlights are in case of emergency. Also the liquor cabinet and supply of Fancy Feast also in case of emergency.
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If you have an automatic sprinkler system understand how to program the controller.
And where the sprinkler heads are and where the valves are buried and where the PVC pipes run under the driveways and sidewalks and other places.
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And where the sprinkler heads are and where the valves are buried and where the PVC pipes run under the driveways and sidewalks and other places.
With all due respect LOL, I have no clue about sprinkler heads and PVC pipes. Hope I never need to acquire this knowledge.
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Or use Outlook Tasks, iPad calendar, etc. ... I have all mine on Outlook, including a haircut every 4 weeks until I die.
This is awesome. I am going to put my house maintenance tasks on my newish Samsung S3. This will require me to learn more about how to use the phone. Then I can spend time putting all the tasks on the phone.

Which should result in no time to actually do the yucky house work.
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Main water shut-off tip: the last plumber we had come over here said that he gives water main valve tools as housewarming gifts to all of his friends. He tells them to hang it accessibly in the garage and several of them have already thanked him. I was headed out to the big box store that day already and bought one which is now hanging by the door into the garage.

We don't have gas so I don't need one this fancy, but here is a multipurpose version of the tool
Emergency Tool-26097 at The Home Depot
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With all due respect LOL, I have no clue about sprinkler heads and PVC pipes. Hope I never need to acquire this knowledge.
If you ever plan to plant a new shrub or tree yourself I highly recommend you know where the sprinkler pipes run. One good whack with a pick ax in the wrong spot and you'll know why this advice is golden! DH has trashed more PVC than he will ever admit to.
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AND pop the few extra bucks for the braided stainless steel. A BURST HOSE IS NOT GOOD!
I've read this recommendation before but am not sure exactly what kind of hose this is. Can someone post a link; I'd like to replace mine so I don't have to worry about it. Thanks.
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If you ever plan to plant a new shrub or tree yourself I highly recommend you know where the sprinkler pipes run. One good whack with a pick ax in the wrong spot and you'll know why this advice is golden! DH has trashed more PVC than he will ever admit to.
Likewise if there are any trees or shrubs you plan to have removed. I mentioned to the person who came to turn on the gas to my water heater and vet the fireplace that I plan to get rid of the tree on the corner of the property (growing into the power lines and already been topped once) and a big rhododendron that is growing right next to the gas meter. He suggested I call utility line marking (he "call before you dig" folks). The house is on a corner and he didn't know which street the gas line comes in from. The water meter is in such a location that the service line could be coming from either street as well. I definitely don't want damage to the water line or worse, the gas line, while having the stump of the tree ground, or the roots of the big rhody grubbed out.
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I've read this recommendation before but am not sure exactly what kind of hose this is. Can someone post a link; I'd like to replace mine so I don't have to worry about it. Thanks.
Looks something like this

Amazon.com: Washing Machine Hose (PBLSPWE601212): Appliances

Places like Lowes and Home Depot ext. should carry it.
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Lots of good advice/hints in this thread. One thing I haven't seen mentioned is the dual control for your cooling/heating system. I'm talking heat pump here as it's the only system I'm familiar with. Good for systems installed in high humidity areas like mine. I have, in addition to the standard thermostat, a humidistat that will operate your A/C unit based on humidity and not the temperature. If you live in Florida or Texas as an example, and you leave your home for an extended period of time, you set the humidstat for 60% and the thermostat for 90 degrees. This dual system allows your cooling system to keep the humidity at 60% and the temperature at a much higher degree than you normally would. Can really save you some utility cost.
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If you ever plan to plant a new shrub or tree yourself I highly recommend you know where the sprinkler pipes run. One good whack with a pick ax in the wrong spot and you'll know why this advice is golden! DH has trashed more PVC than he will ever admit to.
Ahhh, there's the problem. Sprinkler pipes are pretty rare in Virginia. Never had them in any house we lived in. Thinking it's more of a dry climate thing.
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If you have an automatic sprinkler system understand how to program the controller.
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It's good to replace the backup battery (maintains your program if power is out) in your sprinkler system controller. I do it in the spring before going on vacations.

Same for smoke detectors, CO2 detectors, etc.
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