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First, I'd like to state for the record that I'm a cruel 1lb over my goal weight. Argh. So close, but so far.

1 ladder
Some possible way to change a light that is like 20 feet in the air when a light bulb burns out. How is this done?
How the heck are you supposed to clean hardwood floors? Like with a mop?
Garden tools, like a shovel, rake, wheelbarrow, clippers, and gloves.

Some sort of cheap very dark wood finish, so long as they all match and are dark, it will look ok with the bed:
2 nightstands with drawers
1 dresser
1 chest of drawers/highboy

Any finish-Any condition so long as it's structurally sturdy-I plan to cover it anyhow: 1 folding table and some sort of chair I can sew in. I need to make some alterations on my clothes.

We love the house, but it is expensive. Trying to see if anyone has used stuff for sale or good leads. We are trying to figure out how to take care of this house and so far it's a bit tough.

[User Picture]From: mattstratton
2007-09-02 07:34 pm (UTC)
Some possible way to change a light that is like 20 feet in the air when a light bulb burns out. How is this done?

With something like this:
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-09-02 07:38 pm (UTC)
I should mention that it's above our stairs and it is a bowl shaped item, so we can't approach the light from below, plus it's an expensive stained glass half-dome, so we don't want to break it. I've used a light bulb system before for recessed lighting, so that part would work, but I'm not sure how to use it when you can't see the lightbulb.
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[User Picture]From: meeshaphrenic
2007-09-02 07:54 pm (UTC)
sounds like you need a combination ladder, so that you can use it on the stairs.

if the hardwood is sealed with polyurethane, a mop is fine. our old house had hardwood in the den and dining room and my favorite cleaning system was the orange glo kit. it's technically a "refinishing" kit but the cleaner and mop that come with it are excellent even if you don't use the refinishing solution. the mop is a velcro getup with microfiber pads that are washable, it also came with a dusting pad. i think method makes something similar now too.

we have 100% laminate wood floors in our new house now and with all those bare floors it was so much of a pain using the old swiffer vac and mop that i went out and bought a hoover floormate. i love it. i hate the cleaner that came with it though, it left streaks. i use pledge multi-surface instead.
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2007-09-03 12:47 am (UTC)
OK, Hardwood:

First, try to only use things that will either dry VERY quickly, or do it in small sections where you can dry it with a rag.

Second: once a week I mop it with Murphy's Oil Soap. Follow the mixing advice on the package. I ALWAYS rinse my mop in something other than the regular mop bucket. (I usually use two buckets, one to rinse, one to dunk and clean with).

Third: A swiffer does wonders for 'in between' cleaning (like at the door, walkways, kitchen if it has wood there, etc.)

Fourth: When you can invest in some rugs. That will cut down on the dirt tracked in.

Fifth: Once a month get down on the old hands and knees and prepare for a couple hours of hellish torture. (Advise this method only when floors are really bad, and/or you are overcome by a little OCD... :)

It is HARD to keep up with a house. If you can afford it: have a whole platoon of older children to clean; or get a maid. (I highly recommend the second option... children have to be told over and over how to do it the right way!)
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[User Picture]From: the_tatyana
2007-09-03 02:50 am (UTC)
We have hardwood floors - prefinished oak - and my cleaning lady uses water with a bit of ammonia for regular mopping and bruce hardwood floor cleaner about once every one or two months. You don't want to use it all the time because, a) it's relatively expensive, and b) it could build up.

As far as technique... use any soft mop (without any sharp edges), then go over the area with soft absorbent rags (or a dry mop). The trick is to not let the water seep into the wood (if it isn't sealed) because over time, that will cause warping.
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[User Picture]From: the_tatyana
2007-09-03 02:52 am (UTC)
Oh, I forgot to say that a cleaning person and someone to mow the lawn are two expenses that IMHO are totally worth it. Even now, while I am not working, I still retain both mainly because it cuts down on bickering with hubby :>)
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[User Picture]From: the_tatyana
2007-09-03 02:54 am (UTC)
Darnit, just remembered one more thing:

For affordable furniture - check out craigslist and overstock.com

Best wishes on the new house!!!
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[User Picture]From: teddyeddy
2007-09-03 05:09 pm (UTC)
years and years ago before the kids were born..back in the dark ages hehe

I cleaned houses for a service, all we used on the wood floors was a DAMP mop, a soft one and either just hot water or a hot water with a bit of vinegar in it.
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