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    Satellite Technician
  1. The well is functional, actually. Pretty neat. There is running water in the house. In the barn is a well head with a pump driven by a stationary engine. It pumps water into a tank, then static pressure moves it throughout the house. I was told there is no plumbing on the second floor. Probably all that will need updating. Thanks for the link to LifeFlight, that looks like a service worth buying!
  2. That's all well and good until you or someone you love needs emergency medical services in the middle of the night. Something my fiance and I were talking about. If I have an accident while working on the house it could well be an hour before an ambulance shows up, several hours before I'm in a hospital. We think it's something worth contemplating before we decide to live in the boonies. Oh yeah, you can see a little bit of the barn in this shot. Click to Enlarge 81.02 KB
  3. The house is east of Kendrick ID. That's as much of an address as I'd like to give, don't want to get out bid by another old house aficionado. The main reason to get an inspection is to make sure the structure is solid. Since the inspector isn't charging me anything I figure why not? There are a few drawbacks to the house mainly in terms of location. It is remote. Figure a 30 minute drive to the nearest store. There are utilities near by. This house is part of a dying community. So there are several other houses in this condition nearby, old barns, old general stores. Property value li
  4. Marc, that's exactly what I thought when I looked at the house. It is remarkably straight.
  5. Yes, that's correct. $3,500 for a house! With an acre of land. It's being described as a turn of the century farm house fixer upper. Haven't had a chance to see the inside yet. It is definitely in rough condition, however we could get into a place with no debt if we decide to buy this place. We're thinking that we would need to move a travel trailer or 5th wheel type camper on site to live in until we get this place habitable. There's a lot going on with this property. Anything jump out at you professionals that I might miss? Anything I should look for when I gain access to the in
  6. There are small towns in Montana and Wyoming where you can still buy a house in town for $10,000. Small fixer uppers in the 1,000 square foot range on a 1/4 acre lot. I have an aunt and uncle that retired to a tiny town in Wyoming. They bought a house in town for $12,000. They had to do a lot of remodeling and upgrades but now it's really nice. Has central heat and everything. It took some adjustments, they still don't have cell phone service. They get their TV through satellite and have medium speed satellite internet service. Spend a lot of time in the outdoors. No chain restaurants
  7. I just looked at a house on an acre for $18,000. It's what the realtor called a "handyman special". I was surprised it wasn't condemned. Huge though. 2 stories, partially finished attic, and a basement. Roughly 4,000 square feet. Built in 1898.
  8. What do you think is scarier electrical work or carpentry? I'd say carpentry. It has the potential to dismember and be really bloody. Something about exposed bone and gushing blood is scarier to me than electric shock.
  9. Talking about accidents, my 4th day as a satellite technician. Didn't know squat really. I was out on a job with my trainer. We were installing Dish in a homeowner remodeled house. Throw a rock anywhere and chances are it would hit a code violation. Anyway the homeowner installed cable and the electrical. Cable was mostly RG59 and no good so it had to come out. It was a mixed bag of Chinese junk cable. Grabbed a hold of what in my newbie mind had to be some sort of white coaxial cable and cut it. Turned out to be the 240V feed for the stove. Destroyed a nice pair of Klein dikes and ga
  10. What 3 tools give you the willies? We were talking about this at church since we're building on to the sanctuary. Extension ladder. I use one of these 5 times a day, have for years. They still make my blood run cold. Especially using one to get on and off a roof. Never had an accident or even a close call. Something about falling though is my biggest fear. I sure do pray a lot more on days when I use on a lot. Table saw. When I was 10 years old I helped my dad build an addition to the house. He had his table saw set up in the garage. We were ripping some lumber one morning when the saw
  11. Bank won't loan me more than $70K. That's as much risk as they're willing to take. Low income and very little credit history. I only have one credit card with a $250 limit. Never took out a car loan or anything like that.
  12. One thing you have to remember about north Idaho vs. Puget Sound is there aren't very many jobs here. What jobs there are aren't very high paying. It's tough out here. Right now as a sat tech I make right at $28K a year with overtime. That's considered a good paying job out here. In the future as an HVAC tech I can likely make about $33K a year. Still not a lot of money. It's all a matter of perspective. Yeah we could move somewhere else and make more money, but the cost of living goes up. This is a fine place to raise a family. We plan on having at least 7 kids and I can't think o
  13. This is great information. In addition to a home inspector there's an electrician, plumber, roofer, and HVAC contractor who are members of our church who would appreciate the opportunity to look at any home before we purchase. Anything we get would be heavily inspected by folks that want the best for us. I'd call that a blessing! I'll give you guys an honest review of my abilities. Carpentry, well I'd say I'm a fair carpenter. What I struggle with is the trim carpentry and the fine detailed stuff. Too often I get the math mixed up and cut a baseboard a few degrees off and leave a gap.
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