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Posted 6/13/17 , edited 6/13/17

dulun18 wrote:the cable/internet guy/girl would be an example of a stranger.. ....sometimes you do have to let strangers in the house


Even when these guys are in my house I eye them like a hawk. It's a very unprofessional thing to ask so when I say "no" they shouldn't get upset. But I've never been asked. I'm sure their supervisors urge them not ask too.

I do offer a glass of water, but every time I ask they decline. I think it's another thing they're taught to refuse. Maybe unless you're a mover.
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Yes, of course, that would not be a problem. What kind of spoiled brat do you need to be, to not have the have the minimum decency to let your guest use the toilet.

As for random strangers, that really depend. I would not mind, as long as they keep it clean and wash their hands. thought it would mean they live in the same tower or know someone to get past security measures.

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Even when these guys are in my house I eye them like a hawk. It's a very unprofessional thing to ask so when I say "no" they shouldn't get upset. But I've never been asked. I'm sure their supervisors urge them not ask too.

I do offer a glass of water, but every time I ask they decline. I think it's another thing they're taught to refuse. Maybe unless you're a mover.


it would feel awkward if you keep following them around. I know some people install cameras in various areas in their house (not the bathroom though) but i will not blame you

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I ended up having a small issue with the "drive modes" (it can go from eco to sports to... etc). For some reason, the engine wasn't recognizing the difference and would always run in sports mode (even when trying to run in Eco). They kept it for a few days, fixed it - I walked out paying absolutely nothing. Then again, Genesis/Hyundai has always had spectacular warranties in my experience.

As for the trash pick-up, it's because some of the neighbourhood/town ends up going on vacation. We normally have the cleaning/maintenance crew put out any trash they have if we're not in town for a few weeks. If there's any left when we get home (if it's between the two pick-up days) .. we leave it out. Most of our neighbours are the same.


quite a few car have those "drive modes" now a day. I have basic knowledge about cars (replacing brakes, struts, starter, etc..) so i'm not a fan of cars going all digital. I think it's a way for the dealer to force you to bring the cars to them instead of fixing it yourself. ..The good things is people will adapt and the tools to fix these things will be avaialble soon or later.

Is the HOA in your area pretty strict ?
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quite a few car have those "drive modes" now a day. I have basic knowledge about cars (replacing brakes, struts, starter, etc..) so i'm not a fan of cars going all digital. I think it's a way for the dealer to force you to bring the cars to them instead of fixing it yourself. ..The good things is people will adapt and the tools to fix these things will be avaialble soon or later.

Is the HOA in your area pretty strict ?


I'm a certified engine specialist (up to hybride/electric vehicles) from a "fleeting thought period" while thinking about changing careers. I can do most non-cosmetic repairs (collision and refinishing I absolutely suck at and have no interest in going in). I will say that getting access to the computerized aspects of a vehicle can be troublesome, you can easily trip the wrong sensor. Newer "all digital" cars have reset methods that rechecks all of the sensors - in the past, you'd just blow the sensor and have to replace it (which would be +labor costs, +part costs .. lol). These days, I use T-Mobile's "Sync Up" with the Genesis to report any potential errors coming from the computer.

As for the HOA, it's fairly strict. Monthly or seasonal assessment of property occurs (depending on if someone reports you for breaching the HOA rules), you can only perform a certain amount of landscaping (cannot be excessive, cannot remove a percentage of your grass, can only have a certain amount of asphalt in the driveway...), architectural reviews for pretty much any new equipment (trampolines, garages, pools, spas, hot tubs, ... anything of the sort like that), house and garages can only be painted a certain range of colors, and you can only park on one side of the street if you're in a townhouse/complex area of the neighbourhood.

Then again, I'm fortunate that I don't have to pay membership to certain aspects since I'm a "proper" resident of the community and its HOA - neighboring communities are part of our HOA but have to pay $1000 a season to use the community pool (3-4 months during late Spring/throughout Summer) or rent the clubhouse for $1500-2000 (it's only $100 for us "proper" members).. things like that. I've held a few LAN/gaming parties at the clubhouse for tournaments, it was worth it. But overall, the HOA is pretty strict if you're focused on doing a lot of DIY improvements.
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i thought you are some sort of programmer at first. Can you build an engine if provided the parts ?

You must be living in those high end neighborhoods. The HOA fee around here is around $44/month-- we have to do our own landscaping work in front of out house and the HOA will take care of the common areas. They will do drive by or walk by to see who violated what. It's not as strict or as expensive in some areas around here. The community across the street has HOA of $90/month but they have a public pool available for the the whole community.
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i thought you are some sort of programmer at first. Can you build an engine if provided the parts ?


Oh, I am. There was a period where I wanted to do something different (same reason why I have a masters in mathematics). Ended up taking a technician course to get certified. Nevertheless, I only do it as a hobby these days. I can build an engine and troubleshoot and repair most things with a vehicle.



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You must be living in those high end neighborhoods. The HOA fee around here is around $44/month-- we have to do our own landscaping work in front of out house and the HOA will take care of the common areas. They will do drive by or walk by to see who violated what. It's not as strict or as expensive in some areas around here. The community across the street has HOA of $90/month but they have a public pool available for the the whole community.


HOA here is about $400 a month. They do take care of the common areas but they have guidelines for your own landscaping that you must adhere to as well. If you live in the townhouses, it's about $40 a month but you don't get any access to the amenities and have to pay full price for membership to the pool.
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Oh, I am. There was a period where I wanted to do something different (same reason why I have a masters in mathematics). Ended up taking a technician course to get certified. Nevertheless, I only do it as a hobby these days. I can build an engine and troubleshoot and repair most things with a vehicle.

HOA here is about $400 a month. They do take care of the common areas but they have guidelines for your own landscaping that you must adhere to as well. If you live in the townhouses, it's about $40 a month but you don't get any access to the amenities and have to pay full price for membership to the pool.


You have a lot of skills for one person. I don't remember seeing your post in the car discussion thread..

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-981481/car-discussion-thread


$400/month ? wow.. that's a car payment!!!

I think people would prefer to have their own pool instead of using a public pool tbh. If you want to use a public pool each city will have one available for use during the summer months. I think it's only $2 to get in. You will have the whole deep water side of the pool to yourself since all the kids and their parents are on the shallow side. There are also gyms with large swimming pool for $50/month.

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You have a lot of skills for one person. I don't remember seeing your post in the car discussion thread..


It was probably during the time that I was a bit too invested into the neverending circle jerk of the political threads. Not too much to discuss there since it was mostly about brands in the end.


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$400/month ? wow.. that's a car payment!!!

I think people would prefer to have their own pool instead of using a public pool tbh. If you want to use a public pool each city will have one available for use during the summer months. I think it's only $2 to get in. You will have the whole deep water side of the pool to yourself since all the kids and their parents are on the shallow side. There are also gyms with large swimming pool for $50/month.



Some of the communities around here don't have the luxury of having enough space for a pool for themselves around here. It's also a strong selling point when you talk about how it comes with access to the community pool (it helps that it's an olympic-sized diving pool). The reason why some would rather have a community pool versus a private one is due to the upkeep of a pool year round.

And yeah, the HOA is pretty pricey but there's a lot going on. Frequent food truck rodeos (every Saturday, all food is free), we have our own swim team (of course), the neighbourhood has its own security and is gated (on four entrances), we have a clubhouse that can be rented (or hold events - most commonly are poker/blackjack tournaments), and we get membership to a country club (full membership with golf, tennis, dining, and social events included - which is normally around $3,000 a month if you live off-site). I don't really do the country club stuff - but it's nice to pop over there and get a drink or two for free.
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It was probably during the time that I was a bit too invested into the neverending circle jerk of the political threads. Not too much to discuss there since it was mostly about brands in the end.

Some of the communities around here don't have the luxury of having enough space for a pool for themselves around here. It's also a strong selling point when you talk about how it comes with access to the community pool (it helps that it's an olympic-sized diving pool). The reason why some would rather have a community pool versus a private one is due to the upkeep of a pool year round.

And yeah, the HOA is pretty pricey but there's a lot going on. Frequent food truck rodeos (every Saturday, all food is free), we have our own swim team (of course), the neighbourhood has its own security and is gated (on four entrances), we have a clubhouse that can be rented (or hold events - most commonly are poker/blackjack tournaments), and we get membership to a country club (full membership with golf, tennis, dining, and social events included - which is normally around $3,000 a month if you live off-site). I don't really do the country club stuff - but it's nice to pop over there and get a drink or two for free.


what about the 1st post of the Car Discussion thread ? I have yet to work on fixing those problems.. I changed the oil + filter for that car yesterday. I saw some fluid around the oil pan but it's not that bad. The CV boots will need to be replaced though. I looked up quick boots but i guess they are not available for this particular car.

You live in a town house area? My area is not that active. They will have meetings and events once in a while but few people will come. I got a card from the HOA yesterday, stating that they moved the meeting to June 23th because not even 10% of the residents showed up Their meetings are always during work hours so i don't know many people who will attend.

I'll get a letter from them once in a while asking me to remove weeds in front of my lawn. They can't tell a difference between weeds and the new sprouts from the gigantic tree in front of my house.
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Tinamarie101 wrote:

why would i let a stranger into my home in the first place?


the cable/internet guy/girl would be an example of a stranger.. ....sometimes you do have to let strangers in the house


Ahh, yeah.. good point.
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what about the 1st post of the Car Discussion thread ? I have yet to work on fixing those problems.. I changed the oil + filter for that car yesterday. I saw some fluid around the oil pan but it's not that bad. The CV boots will need to be replaced though. I looked up quick boots but i guess they are not available for this particular car.


I'm just going to give an initial thought or two here about this (since it's more deserving of that thread and I'll think about it more later). I had worked on a Camry of my aunt's back in 2011 (hers was around 93-94) and they had given her the same spiel at the dealership. Check to make sure the t-chain cover isn't the source of the leak, first and foremost. Secondly, as for the fluid - it could have just been your oil change (not having a dock/lift can cause for minor hiccups like this). Quick boots won't be available for older models (90-early 2000s) from Toyota. Split boots are cheaper; although, I consider them a temporary solution. If this has been an ongoing issue, I would suggest getting a certified mechanic to replace the CV boots. The dealership is hitting hard on the labor costs for both issues, IMO.


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You live in a town house area? My area is not that active. They will have meetings and events once in a while but few people will come. I got a card from the HOA yesterday, stating that they moved the meeting to June 23th because not even 10% of the residents showed up Their meetings are always during work hours so i don't know many people who will attend.

I'll get a letter from them once in a while asking me to remove weeds in front of my lawn. They can't tell a difference between weeds and the new sprouts from the gigantic tree in front of my house.


We have townhouses, mansion-style homes, homes around my size, and the few small homes (2-3 bedrooms). The HOA meetings are monthly, HOA board meetings are every quarter, and there are plenty of meetings (landscaping design, architectural review, etc) outside of those two types. Last time I checked, the HOA has a surplus of over $10mil and they're trying to figure out how to improve the area even more... so who knows?

HOA here will leave a card, then have someone follow up the next day .. you're expected to have contact or confirm contact within a week at most before they get a little needy about any issue they want you to fix.
Posted 6/15/17
I'm OK with guests using my bathrooms when they're at my house but strangers coming to my door to use the bathroom are a different story. I would only let a stranger in if they were elderly or very young and I would escort them, to make sure they don't take stuff lol
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Yes if they are someone who is over doing a job or a call out doctor or something then of course. But a total random knocking on my door for the sole purpose of using my toilet then no.
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the cable/internet guy/girl would be an example of a stranger.. ....sometimes you do have to let strangers in the house


Ahh, yeah.. good point.

house inspectors, energy edit people, AC guy ? etc.. the chance these guys walking inside your house with their shoes on is pretty high as well



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I'm just going to give an initial thought or two here about this (since it's more deserving of that thread and I'll think about it more later). I had worked on a Camry of my aunt's back in 2011 (hers was around 93-94) and they had given her the same spiel at the dealership. Check to make sure the t-chain cover isn't the source of the leak, first and foremost. Secondly, as for the fluid - it could have just been your oil change (not having a dock/lift can cause for minor hiccups like this). Quick boots won't be available for older models (90-early 2000s) from Toyota. Split boots are cheaper; although, I consider them a temporary solution. If this has been an ongoing issue, I would suggest getting a certified mechanic to replace the CV boots. The dealership is hitting hard on the labor costs for both issues, IMO.

We have townhouses, mansion-style homes, homes around my size, and the few small homes (2-3 bedrooms). The HOA meetings are monthly, HOA board meetings are every quarter, and there are plenty of meetings (landscaping design, architectural review, etc) outside of those two types. Last time I checked, the HOA has a surplus of over $10mil and they're trying to figure out how to improve the area even more... so who knows?

HOA here will leave a card, then have someone follow up the next day .. you're expected to have contact or confirm contact within a week at most before they get a little needy about any issue they want you to fix.


It's 2009 Camry XLE V6 model. There's a thin layer of oil around the drain plug but it's not dripping. They wanted to RESEAL the oil gasket instead of replacing it ? I don't think that's the proper solution to go at it (if there was a leak)


I looked it up but i could not find a Quick boots/split boots for this particular car. The Toyota dealer in Australia is selling quick boots on their website but none of the Toyota dealers in the US or auto part stores will list quick boots for this car here. :/

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I read through the manual and instruction videos. I think i do replace the CV boots myself, the only problem is i don't tools to remove the lug nut on the rotors..

The community next to us is a mansion-style community. I don't think their HOA fee is as high though. I'm sure it's higher than $44 or $90 a month but not $400/month. I think the average price of a house in that community is around 500K- 1 Mil. You have to have a larger family to need a 7-8 bedroom and 5-6 baths house.

1 Million is nothing when comparing to houses in California though.. The house i lived in San Jose is now selling for 540K !! for a built in 1960-ish 1200 sq ft !! It's not worth it for me.
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