We’re having a 4th of July BBQ this year and I wanted to come up with something different and fun to have for games outside. I saw a fun post on Facebook on how to make traditional inside games into yard games. Here’s a link to the original post from our friends at “This Old House”:
I decided to go for what I thought would be the 2 easiest. My husband and I made yard sized Jenga and Yahtzee.
We also needed some score sheets for Yahtzee which I downloaded here.
OPEN HOUSE, – Saturday June 25, 2016 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
5 BEDS, 2 BATH
OVER 2500 FINISHED SQ FT
Move-in ready ranch home in a prime Littleton location just blocks from Ketring park and a mile to light rail and downtown Littleton. There is plenty of room in this home with 3 large bedrooms on the main floor and a full bath. The basement has a huge family room with 2 additional non-conforming bedrooms a large 3/4 bath and a walk-in closet. The open floor plan, updated kitchen, family room with a fireplace and covered back patio make for great entertaining space and a covered front porch for you to enjoy, too. There are beautiful floors throughout the main floor. A workshop off of the carport and an 8 x 8 shed in the back are great for additional storage. The expensive stuff has been done, a newer furnace with central air-conditioning, newer water heater and roof. I think you’ll like what you see. Quick possession.
OPEN HOUSE -Saturday June 25, 2016 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
2 BEDS, 1 BATH, 1 CAR ATTACHED GARAGE.
LARGE CORNER LOT WITH FENCED YARD
A move-in ready ranch home that is close to everything. Hardwood floors throughout. Oversized 1 car garage with room to add another off of the alley. Just one block to public transportation and walking distance to shopping, restaurants and parks. Huge fenced back yard for pets with alley access and plenty of room. Located just south of Stapleton this home is perfect for someone who wants to be centrally located and is looking for a well-priced home. 5 year roof certification, furnace cleaned & serviced, sewer line cleaned, newer water heater. Everything is ready for you to make this your home today.
Shut down and drain your system around October 15th.
Note: If a hard frost is forecast in your area before you have shut down your sprinkler system, your back flow system must be protected. You can protect your back flow device by covering it with some type of insulation.
Shutting Down Your Sprinkler System (PDF with instructions and graphic)
Now that you’ve gone through all the hard work of finding your perfect home, it’s time to make an offer. The ‘offer’ is a contract between you, the buyer(s) and the seller(s) and in Colorado is is call the “Contract to Buy and Sell Real Estate”.
When completing the contract with your Real Estate Broker, one of the first decisions you need to make is how you will be holding the title to your new home.
Thanks to Heritage Title for providing this information. Please note: this information is for reference purposes only. How title is vested has serious legal consequences. You should consult an attorney to determine what will work best in your personal situation.
If you are a single person buying a home and you will be holding title by yourself it is called holding title “in severalty”. “In Severalty”, is used when real estate is owned by a single person or legal entity. A sole owner is free to do anything with the property that is within the law—sell it, lease it, gift it, or pass it to heirs without anyone else’s permission.
If two or more people will be holding title to the home, things get a bit more complicated.
Here is an overview of the different ways two or more people can hold title and how ownership is affected. You can also download a pdf of ways to hold title here.
Tenants in Common
When I have a client who is buying a home. I strongly recommend that they replace the entry door knobs and deadbolts on their home as soon as reasonably possible. There is no way to know who the previous owners have given a key to. For personal safety alone, this is a task that should not be delayed.
Types of Cylindrical Door Knobs
Privacy lock (aka bedroom) – has a button or thumb turn on the inside knob, which locks the door so it cannot be opened from the outside.
Passage (aka closet and hall) – cannot be locked and is typically used on closets and hallway doors.
Keyed Lockset (aka entry) – can be locked or unlocked from both sides of the door by usin g a key, a button or a throw latch depending on the type.
Dead bolt – This is an auxiliary lock that is used to improve security. A double cylinder dead bolt requires a key on both sides of the door to lock or unlock the door.
Keyed Alike – this is when all locksets and deadbolts use the same key to lock/unlock. When replacing locksets/deadbolts on more than one exterior door you can purchase multiple sets that are keyed alike. Look for matching numbers on the back of the packaging.
Steps to Changing a Doorknob
1. Detach the trim or rose (the ring of metal between both doorknobs and the door) by removing the two screws that hold it on. In newer doorknobs, this does not exist.
2. Remove two more screws under the trim. These are long screws that attach the two doorknobs on either side of the door.
3. Pull the doorknobs apart and remove them from the door.
4. Remove the two screws that hold the bolt (the locking mechanism), which remains attached to the door, and extract the bolt or throw.
Note: If you are replacing your doorknob with the same brand, you may not need to change this portion out.
5. Look at the metal strike plate attached to the frame around the door (this is what catches the bolt). If the strike plate is not loose and is the right color, leave it there. Otherwise, detach it by removing its screws.
6. Insert the new bolt into the door and screw it into place. Remember to face the slanted side toward the direction the door closes.
7. Insert the doorknob on both sides of the door, making sure the two are aligned so that the long screws can hold them together.
8. Tighten the screws gradually, alternating each one so that the doorknobs come together evenly.
About 9 months ago I had to euthanize my last cat. It was very difficult and I needed to take some time before I brought another kitty into my house. Once I decided it was time I had to get ready for our new roommate.
Here are some basic instructions for the cat tower I decided to make so my cat would have a place to retreat to when the world got a little crazy or the grandkids came over.
I had never done anything like this before, I got some ideas from the internet and then decided to just wing it from there. It definitely isn’t fine woodworking but my new cat is just fine with it.
Here’s the finished tower.
Cat Tower Materials:
3/4″ OSB, 2″ PVC piping, 2″ wood dowel, sisal rope and 2 part epoxy.
I used the OSB for the 3 shelves (bottom, middle and top)
The bottom and middle are 24″ x 24″ and the top is 24″ x 18″.
I then created the box that has 2 sections with 3 entry points. My intention is to get a 2nd cat eventually.
The box is 24″ high and 18″ x 18″ square.
I first cut the 4 sides, then marked the placement of the 2 holes in 3 of the 4 sides.
I then cut 2 holes, using a jigsaw, into 3 of the 4 sides
I then assembled the box using triangle pieces cut from scrap 1 x 4 placed in the middle of the sides to provide the base of the upper box.
I cut the shelves to size and cut off the corners.
I used 24″ long 2″ diameter PVC pipes for the support posts. I glued 6″ lengths of wood dowels into the ends to have something to screw into when attaching to the shelves. I then wound sisal rope around the PVC for the cats to use as scratching posts.
I then covered everything with carpet that I found at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for under $15.
Then I assembled all together.
I just received this information in an email for the Colorado Real Estate Commission:
Crime Alert – Denver police report burglaries of listed homes after holding an open house
The Division of Real Estate has been made aware of criminal activities taking place at open houses listed for sale. The Denver Police Department has received reports of homes listed for sale being burglarized over the last couple of weeks. All the homes involved had held an open house and were later burglarized. Thieves are attending the open house during the day and scouting out ways to gain access; later returning and burglarizing the home. This is an important reminder to take extra precautions with homes you are listing and opening up to the public. Law enforcement recommends developing a good process for checking and ensuring all access points to the home are secured. Denver Police are urging everyone to be on the lookout for anything that seems suspicious at homes listed for sale. If you see suspicious activity or a home that looks like it may have been burglarized, please contact the Denver Police Department through its non-emergency number at (720) 913-2000.
NOTE: You will need to attach the dimmer leads using wire “nuts” or connectors. The wires from a dimmer switch will appear different than the wires attached to your existing switch. They are what are known as “stranded” wire. Stranded wire is composed of a bundle of small – gauge wires wrapped in a single piece of insulation to make a larger conductor. Stranded wire is more flexible than standard wire.
Step by Step Instructions:
Colorado often has weather conditions causing a freeze/thaw cycle which can cause damage to our homes and it’s components. The freeze/thaw cycle occurs when the temperature falls below freezing and returns to above freezing at frequent intervals over a period of time. One of the most damaging effects on our homes caused by the freeze/thaw cycle is called “ice damming”.
What is Ice Damming?
Ice damming is caused when the heat from a house begins to melt the snow on our roof from underneath. This melted snow or water runs towards the edge of the roof. When the roof has an overhang where the heat does not melt the snow it creates a snow or ice dam at the edge of the roof. This dam traps the water and prevents it from flowing freely into the gutters and forces it to back up under the shingles or other roof layers. The freeze/thaw cycle will cause this to continue until a leak or damage to underlying roofing materials occurs.
What can cause the conditions that result in ice damming?
Ice damming can occur for a number of reasons. The most common causes are 1) north facing sides of roof with large overhangs, 2) Improperly ventilated attic spaces, 3) Un-ventilated soffits
How can I tell if I have an ice dam?
One of the main indicators that an ice dam may be forming is the presence of icicles. Although you might find icicles hanging from a roof to be pretty they are most often an indication of a problem.
How do I prevent ice damming?