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posted by dhs on May 14th, 2014 11:21 AM
Putting an antenna inside one of our attics probably will only work if you have a window facing the direction of the Westlake Hills antenna farm - about 290 degrees. The roof shingles and the insulation used in our houses usually contain metal, which will block the (mostly) UHF TV signals. In your (icemonkeyharvest) house, you might be able to put an antenna in the upper attic pointed through the eaves above your west facing bedroom. I'd try that, because it's much easier than mounting an external antenna. Speaking of external antennas, you do not need to ask the HOA's permission due to the FCC OTARD (Over The Air Reception Device) rules, which allow you to mount an antenna for local reception without permission from HOAs or even local/state gov't. I think you have to notify the HOA, however.I agree about the Roku 3 - great device. Between Netflix, Amazon Prime and the free stuff on the Roku, I don't miss cable, and really don't watch much OTA stuff - news, some PBS and the (diminishing) sports programming on free TV. The only shortcoming of the Roku 3 for me is the lack of a real uPnP/DLNA player/renderer. And if I cared about current network programming, I'd get a Hulu subscription and/or a DVCR.Doug
Changes to Alliance/Time-Warner cable/internet deal?
posted by resaxon on April 29th, 2012 8:04 PM
icemonkeyharvest,Did you have a link for the AT&T internet for $30? I can't seem to find that. Thanks!
Re: Another new look
posted by Murmur on June 6th, 2008 9:38 AM
Stop the contest. We have a winner!**Except you forgot Zach Scott, who was a noir film actor. :cry:
Re: Parking revisited
posted by Chris on June 2nd, 2008 9:12 AM
Hear, hear. My car will be parked in my garage. But the very idea that I would not have the RIGHT to park my car in a free public parking space is absurd.
Re: Help needed
posted by Murmur on May 21st, 2008 9:25 AM
How long have you been waiting to say that? :?
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posted by mrs aaron on February 28th, 2008 7:37 PM
yup, concrete. better for bike riding though. i won't complain when toby spends 2 hours a night riding around that circle with griff chasing him on foot.
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posted by Ms Ice Monkey on February 6th, 2008 1:50 PM
In all seriousness, why do the moderators have the ability to delete spam posts but not the spam posters? Although not as important as keeping the forum itself clean, the newer pages of the member list are illegible for all the spammers who have signed up. (Also, I think Timothy might like it if you could make me a moderator, too, so I don't bug him anytime I see spam pop up.)
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posted by ccosart on December 21st, 2007 9:13 AM
Over the course of the buildout it has to be 25% according to the MDA. Phase one was 19% I think, other phases will have to be over 25% to even out in the end. Though I think (despite my issues with The Gap) Mueller is a good project and deserves the recognition, I have to say Austin gets way more credit for being "Green" than it deserves. Cities that kill light rail and Smart Growth aren't green. Neighborhoods wouldn't be opting out of VMU wholesale. (The VMU ordinance is already a compromise with very "ungreen" forces.) In a truly Green city, Mueller would just be one of several similar projects connected by a light rail system that would have been started 10-20 years ago, and there would be tons of small scale infill new urbanism that neighborhoods would be supporting instead fighting tooth and nail. Granted, by these standards not many American cities are green, but we aren't a very environmentally conscious culture.
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posted by Ms Ice Monkey on November 18th, 2007 5:18 PM
If IceMonkeyHarvest's posts ever seemed the result of multiple personalities, well, that's because they were! For the sake of each of us being able to see all new posts marked as new, I set up a new log in. From now on, IceMonkeyHarvest is Timothy, Ms Ice Monkey is Elizabeth. If that wasn't already obvious...
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posted by utlonghorn on October 30th, 2007 8:16 PM
Sure - in terms of interior square footage, it's not a bad deal. Depends on what you're looking for. Like you, I wish the houses were a bit farther apart (six feet wall-to-wall is cozy). Waiting to see how Phase II turns out, as I'm still on the list. Hopefully a bit more organized, with more information from Catellus and the builders (felt like the Meritage and DW folks I talked to didn't know what was going on half the time for Phase I).
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posted by austinel on October 30th, 2007 8:04 AM
I'm with you, icemonkeyharvest. utlonghorn, there is no competition, because all the homes that are in the relative price range of Mueller homes are about half the size of Mueller homes; those that are similar in size cost nearly twice as much. It continues to baffle me that people are trying to compare 1000 square foot homes -- built 30-40 years ago -- to Mueller homes. And also baffles me that there are people still discussing the lot size of Mueller homes -- they just don't get it. Those of us buying "yard homes" are essentially buying free-standing condos, and you have to know that/like that idea to move to Mueller. I love the idea -- I've HAD a suburban house in Austin and recall how much time I wanted to spend gardening in the sweltering heat: none. I have a young son. How much did we go into our huge back yard? Never. We did have a big park a block away, and we went there every day. At Mueller we'll have a lovely back covered porch with a great little courtyard that I can xeriscape -- no more having to deal with a giant lot to landscape, maintain, and water. And then, about three doors down from us, we'll have an enormous park with a playscape, and a pool, and a few blocks away we'll have another park. And another few blocks away ... that's right, another park. I'd rather have public green space over private green space any day. Even if I did get myself together on the gardening, you can bet most of the neighbors wouldn't.
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posted by utlonghorn on October 29th, 2007 8:49 PM
Nope - just hoping that the Mueller people realize there are nearby neighborhoods they're competing with on price. You wonder why those two DW homes made it out onto the open market, past the huge list of Mueller Pioneers? The price is simply too high for square footage / neighborhood / lot size.
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posted by CamachoCorral on October 23rd, 2007 12:57 PM
My dad would have said something like: "Its great because it really won't show off the dirt" - then again my dad is completely color blind. :) We really need to start whipping the HOA into shape so that we can paint the outsides of our houses whatever color we want. -S
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posted by aaron on October 2nd, 2007 9:33 AM
From my understanding, The HOA is okay with us having solar panels as long as we get approval from some committee that I forgot the name to. The reason why we can't get them installed with the house was because the builders had to be certified in something and they didn't see the value in getting this. Bummer, but it sounds like we can retrofit the solar panels. Seeing how the houses are seven feet apart I don't see why solar panels on a roof would matter so much. Icemonkeyharvest - can you pm me the broucher? I can't read the pics, but would like to take a look.
Solar Power
posted by icemonkeyharvest on October 2nd, 2007 12:53 AM
Hi all, Iíve been reading about all the interest in solar power panels so I did some inquiry into the solar shingles as an option. Here is a response from one of the companies I wrote to: Hello [icemonkeyharvest], We may want to consider another solution for the HOA to look at. Weíve been advised by our distributor that this product [solar shingles] has, at least temporarily, lost its UL Listing. In any event these are much more labor intensive and the cost/watt is higher as well vs. the standard framed modules. What I would propose is Sharpís SRS system. It mounts to an asphalt shingle roof with a low profile and invisible mounting clips. You could, with planning, have a tile roof with shingles being installed under the array location (we donít have a tile roof so itís a moot point). The whole assembly then begins to take on the appearance of a tinted skylight. Iíve attached a brochure for this system that you may want to approach your HOA with. Let me know if this helps. Here is the brochure: No matter how flat they are theyíll still look like solar panels. Maybe thatís the price we pay for this option. And truthfully, if you look at the shingles that have already been placed on the Meritage houses, the solar shingles wouldnít blend in at all. You might as well save your money and get higher efficiency panels. Think of them not as eye sores like the Toyota Prius, but as green badges of alternative energy like the Toyota Prius! I was thinking that if enough people were interested maybe I could work out a discount for us. Plus, Austin offers a substantial rebate and a special loan to help with the purchase and installation. There is also a federal tax incentive. Enjoy.
More DW Homes
posted by icemonkeyharvest on September 18th, 2007 4:50 PM
Slow day at work... I sure hope we really like our neighbors. Enjoy.
David Weekly Model with fence.
posted by icemonkeyharvest on September 12th, 2007 12:25 AM
I drew up a fence right quick and copied the Soco to demonstrate spacing and fencing possibilities. I'm going to bed, enjoy.
Photos! (of Mertiage Homes)
posted by icemonkeyharvest on September 6th, 2007 10:32 PM
Hey folks, There are no forms on the David Weekley lots yet, but Meritage Homes is up and running. I snapped some pictures at the site. I may have over estimated the lot size on my I figured 10 ft. between houses using the lot size and plans off the DW website, but... well see for yourself... Yep, that is 7'-1.25" The greenest thing I've seen so far... I measured 16 ft between the "yard" and the next home. Granted these are the MH's not the DW's, but at least you get the picture. Enjoy.
House and Lot Graphics
posted by icemonkeyharvest on August 31st, 2007 11:58 AM
With no model homes built at this point, and given how small a 37'x90' lot is, I was curious how the houses will fit on the lots. So, I drew up a computer model of the SoCo (hey, pre-season football is boring!) As you would expect, the yard will be very small. And there is not much space between you and your neighbors, meaning that all those windows on the side of the house will bring in very little daylight. These graphics should come with a disclaimer. No dimensions are provided on the David Weekley plans, so I scaled the home based on the assumption that the front door will be 3'-0" in width. The square footage comes out about right, so I think this is a fairly good representation.
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