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Mansfield
posted by charlee garden on August 8th, 2014 2:23 PM
Hello, I am in the option period on a Mansfield home. My inspector identified the same issue --significant range of temperature in all 3 upstairs bedrooms. Has anyone successfully resolved this issue? I see "misselaine' has some improvement -- but that still has a 4-5 degree difference, which still seems like too much of a differential for us. I had a follow-up analysis with A Air Conditioning. All dampers and ducts are working properly. Their suggested fix is to redesign the duct set up. Currently it is a vertical connection from the plenum. They believe a horizontal set-up will solve the problem. However that is not a cheap solution -- 3.1K. NOTE: They also recommended taking out the splits to help air flow, but they said would not solve the temperature differential. Would love to hear updates from anyone as to the success they've had with addressing this issue. Thanks,
In Plain Sight
posted by Liz E on January 8th, 2014 8:03 AM
I'm with misselaine. This all sounds like a bunch of crap.
Plea to Mueller neighbors for clear sidewalks
posted by C. Frimire on June 16th, 2013 9:32 PM
Misselaine, it seems to me that you are the one that has hijacked this conversation and reduced it to name calling. Unfortunately, your attitude, while infuriating, prevents any meaningful discussion, and as I am not willing to join you in the casting of aspersions, it would seem there is nothing left to say.
Plea to Mueller neighbors for clear sidewalks
posted by misselaine on June 16th, 2013 8:37 PM
No, just internet trolls.
Plea to Mueller neighbors for clear sidewalks
posted by C. Frimire on June 16th, 2013 7:08 PM
Gosh misselaine, your last post seems a little harsh. Do you treat all people that contradict you in such a draconian manner?Even in the real world?Back to the subject at hand. I can tell many of you are passionate about this oh so thorny, sucky, sucky issue, but I guess I'm just unclear on what action you are suggesting be done. Are you proposing to leave postit notes on the foliage that touches us? Surely no one is suggesting vigilante pruning? Or is a steady beating of the drum on this forum the solution of choice? Each of these possibilities seems ineffective, inappropriate, or inefficient (in that order).How about introducing yourself to your neighbors and telling them how their foliage effects you? It would probably be a more efficient method of solving the problem, create a greater sense community spirit, and reduce the (dare I say it) indignation evident in this thread. As an added bonus, I will leave my plants unpruned next year, in hopes if meeting each of you face to face. Perhaps, misselaine, the experience will incline you to be less reductive and exclusive in future conversations.
Garage Insulation
posted by misselaine on July 31st, 2012 11:25 AM
I finally just hosted it somewhere else, what a pain. Here is the link to what my garage door looks like:http://www.flickr.com/photos/misselaine23/7685043518/in/photostream
Driving - Ridiculous Request
posted by Rahm McDaniel on July 19th, 2012 5:39 PM
Misselaine, you make a great point about how street parking calms traffic, and better reflects the New Urbanist Planning intent. In fact, the reason why we have a speeding problem at the East end of McCloskey from the pool to Berkman is because nobody parks on the street there.
Patio table and chairs
posted by dmick on June 28th, 2012 10:25 AM
Thanks misselaine. That might be the wrong photo. And, I have no idea how to change it. We'll just leave it and see if it gets any more funny comments. [:embarrassed:]
Changes to Alliance/TW cable/internet deal? Clear vs U-verse comparison
posted by Threadgill Gal on April 30th, 2012 11:01 PM
MissElaine:They did seem to know us by the phone number on record - that's how they pull up our account whenever we've called (a LOT lately). I was also told that if I didn't cancel, effective today, my TWC rate would jump to the "regular rate" -- I think it was in the ballpark of $120. So last week I switched to the basic cable plus internet and it went into effect today. Considering how disjointed everything else with TWC has been, I was a little surprised to see that the change actually went into effect today... kinda thought it might be a few days until we actually lost our cable channels...So long HGTV & Food Network - we'll miss you!
Changes to Alliance/Time-Warner cable/internet deal?
posted by benjamin on April 25th, 2012 11:08 AM
I just called TWC and asked about options. Since they don't bundle the basic cable like we currently get, it's actually less expensive to just upgrade to digital cable and keep the internet than it would be to keep our current package. They offered a special deal while I was on the phone for $99.99/month tax for digital cable and our 10Mpbs download speed internet. They even offered the installation of the box for not extra fee, meaning I wouldn't have to go pick up a cable box somewhere. They might be offering this deal to others since they are starting to get calls from us.If you want just the internet as we currently have it, the price is $54.99/month tax. I am going to shop AT&T to see if we can get anything better, but it doesn't sound like it based on misselaine's post. Although I'm going to research AT&T UVerse, I'm weary about changing the internet. The TWC internet connection has been solid, and if you test the download stream, we effectively get more like 20Mpbs.Anyway, I thought this might be helpful for people.Cheers,Ben
Blowers - What can we do?
posted by gford on April 23rd, 2012 1:19 PM
I apologize for hijacking the thread for a bit... no need to explain why again. I admit I should have been more reserved in my first 2 posts yesterday morning.Misselaine and a few others are obviously concerned about blowers so let's focus on getting that back on track. I assume it's broken down into different categories:a. environmental concern - can we help educate people who purchase new blowers to purchase electric or not purchase them at all? Also, can we ask our lawn maintenance people not to use them (this goes for personal and commercial landscaping companies).b. noise concern - is there enough support to request that people not use blowers (gas/electric) during certain times of the day?c. education - Misselaine already posted links to help educate people. Education would need to be split into 1) are blowers bad for the environment, and 2) if someone is going to use a blower how can they be more efficient?I personally don't have a problem with any of the above, as long as everyone still has the opportunity to make their own educated decision.Y'all can take it from here.But Mike... this doesn't save you from The FSSITW...
Lost Cat - REWARD - Found :)
posted by Heidi M on February 13th, 2012 10:20 PM
Thanks to everyone who said they would keep an eye out for him. He was found by the best neighbor in world- MissElaine and her wonderful dogs (I'm sure were blood hounds in another life).
Solar - Upgrades, Additions, etc..
posted by misselaine on July 30th, 2011 9:12 PM
[quoteMisselaine, I wanted to add a positive note about Texas Solar. Even though our array is rated at 5.9kw, Texas Solar wisely saved us money by installing a 4.2kw power inverter, which was considerably smaller and cheaper than the next larger size. True to their predictions, our system typically peaks out at about 3.5kw of generation, even on the sunniest days. I think we saved about a thousand dollars with that decision.We're definitely happy with Texas Solar.[/quote]Thanks! Good to know. I have had a good time with them so far.
Solar - Upgrades, Additions, etc..
posted by misselaine on July 30th, 2011 9:12 PM
[quoteMisselaine, I wanted to add a positive note about Texas Solar. Even though our array is rated at 5.9kw, Texas Solar wisely saved us money by installing a 4.2kw power inverter, which was considerably smaller and cheaper than the next larger size. True to their predictions, our system typically peaks out at about 3.5kw of generation, even on the sunniest days. I think we saved about a thousand dollars with that decision.We're definitely happy with Texas Solar.[/quote]Thanks! Good to know. I have had a good time with them so far.
Solar - Upgrades, Additions, etc..
posted by misselaine on July 30th, 2011 9:12 PM
[quoteMisselaine, I wanted to add a positive note about Texas Solar. Even though our array is rated at 5.9kw, Texas Solar wisely saved us money by installing a 4.2kw power inverter, which was considerably smaller and cheaper than the next larger size. True to their predictions, our system typically peaks out at about 3.5kw of generation, even on the sunniest days. I think we saved about a thousand dollars with that decision.We're definitely happy with Texas Solar.[/quote]Thanks! Good to know. I have had a good time with them so far.
Solar - Upgrades, Additions, etc..
posted by Jonas Miller on July 28th, 2011 2:28 PM
Thanks for the compliments.Misselaine, I wanted to add a positive note about Texas Solar. Even though our array is rated at 5.9kw, Texas Solar wisely saved us money by installing a 4.2kw power inverter, which was considerably smaller and cheaper than the next larger size. True to their predictions, our system typically peaks out at about 3.5kw of generation, even on the sunniest days. I think we saved about a thousand dollars with that decision.We're definitely happy with Texas Solar.
Poop in the pool again
posted by patg on May 27th, 2011 11:02 AM
misselaine is exactly right - it wasn't an issue with a diaper-less kid; I was the person who called in the incident, as I happened to be at the pool and witnessed the entire episode. The child in question was diapered, but had what they call an 'overflow' of epic proportions and the problem is that those disposable swim diapers do a very poor job of handling poop - at least that's what I've been told by many a mother. When I called it in, I honestly didn't think the pool would be closed for as long as it has and for that I apologize to the neighborhood, but trust me - after seeing what I saw, I can promise that no one would've wanted to swim in the pool until it was thoroughly cleaned. I'm fairly confident that our neighborhood association/ Ms. Harvey know what a big weekend it is and they're going to do everything within their power to have it opened for our enjoyment. Again, I apologize for the negative effect it's having for all of us, but it was something that had to be done.
Fisher-Price High Chair with Toy Tray - Rainforest for sale- $65
posted by sloneycho on May 15th, 2011 8:41 PM
You, misselaine, are the atheist equivalent of an angel. :-). ("Really nice lady" just didn't seem strong enough.) Ruby Moon can't wait to meet Josie!-steve
Fisher-Price High Chair with Toy Tray - Rainforest for sale- $65
posted by sloneycho on May 15th, 2011 12:24 PM
Do you still have this, misselaine? If so, I'll take it off your hands.-steve
Transportation Committee
posted by sloneycho on May 11th, 2011 9:46 AM
I'm with misselaine on this one. In addition, two-way will enable/encourage cut-through on the ends of the 'T' and 'I' alleys, making those alley intersections more dangerous.If I have to pull into the intersection to see around a fence, the intersection is not suitable for two-way traffic where the cross traffic doesn't have to yield.-steve
Honeywell AC touchscreen issue
posted by SleeperService on April 8th, 2011 12:46 PM
I had the same experience as misselaine -- the guys reaction was the same -- I think the units must be a little on the weak side....:-(
Honeywell AC touchscreen issue
posted by Jerod Morales on April 8th, 2011 11:23 AM
I've been in my house for a little over 2 yrs now, but I would expect it to last much longer. misselaine, did you find out anything specific about the issue or did they just replace it?
No leash no Park! You must be joking!!!!
posted by misselaine on March 5th, 2011 10:15 AM
As I mentioned before, some people do let their dogs off leash to play a short game of fetch or a quick romp. I imagine that the complaints that are coming in are people that see a dog off a leash, get offended even though the dog is not affecting them in anyway, and complain. Dogs off leads usually annoy other dogs. I walk my dogs all the time and RARELY (2 -3 times in 2 years) have had an issue with a dog off lead coming up to me and my dogs. If they are not affecting anyone, who cares? (perhaps there are some more serious issues that I do not know about, but we walk our dogs at least 2x a day and rarely, rarely, rarely see a problem. So, do the problems all occur at other times? Possibly, but doubtful).You are so diplomatic sometimes, Steve ;)I still think better efforts would be to get people to trim trees and lantana....possibly clean up their weed heaps/gardens...
No leash no Park! You must be joking!!!!
posted by sloneycho on March 5th, 2011 9:54 AM
Nice false choice, misselaine. Increased patrol deters all crime, not just the ones you and I feel merit concern. If it's a city ordinance, APD can and will enforce. If it is in the covenants, we self-police by talking to each other, or reporting to Alliance as a last resort..Most dogs don't have to be off-leash to be happy. Those that do probably need to live on more than 2500 sq ft lots.Maybe next spring we can get Christo and Jeanne-Claude to install awareness raising art instead of these ugly signs. Any job worth doing is worth doing well.-steve
No leash no Park! You must be joking!!!!
posted by todd calvert on March 5th, 2011 7:40 AM
Very welll said misselaine I agree that this is first time I've questioned living in mueller. It's embarrassing. It's also indicative of a much deeper problem. I think that problem is there seems to be a very small number of people here who really seem to want to dictate how people live. That's not why I moved here. It might be why I leave.
Grade School Boy on
posted by JennaMartin on February 13th, 2011 2:12 PM
MissElaine, I assume you too are a mama, with the sweet picture of your bundle of joy, but I too a bit disturbed by the comment as I like to think we are all in this parenting thing together. I understand being frustrated about people not following the rules of the road, but I think your statement might have come off a little harsh. I thought everyone handled themselves so diplomatically on this thread, Murmur gave a really nice warning, the parents responded appropriately and responsibly, Betsy speaking to some boys in a kind, adult fashion, Doug with the friendly reminder that we, as adults, have a responsibility to share the road and to keep in mind this neighborhood is chalk full of small and teenage kids (whose, uh frontal lobe isn't so well developed :)). The other day, I was taking two of my four kids out of the car on Antone and my three year, unbeknownest to me, opened the door street side and began to climb out-right right when a car, most likely going to speed limit, but certainly pretty fast, went whizzing by-scared the crap out of me. Does my three year old know the rule about how to get out of the car? Yes. Does she always follow it? Apparently not. No one did anything thing wrong really, but I thought, wow, I wish cars on Antone would slow down a bit. I personally can count over 30 kids under 12 living on Antone alone. It seems to me, we all have a responsibility to do our best to keep each other's kids safe, because, well after all, they are just kids. Please know I only mean this as a friendly reminder as I trust we are all doing our best to be the best parents and neighbors we can. best-Jenna
Whole Foods is going in the wrong direction...
posted by vsdainton on August 4th, 2010 4:48 PM
So true MissElaine. It's interesting though how East of I-35 does get overlooked. Someone posted on the article that 'stores follow their clientele'. Muy triste for all those stores listed in the article. Whole Foods isn't putting down their 'roots' in AUSTIN if they go to G'town or Kyle...as some people are hoping. Any word on what WILL be coming to the Town Center???It would be nice to get out of the 'chain' grocery stores and get somthing NEW to Austin. :) But, I'll settle for whatever as long as I don't always have to get in my car to pick-up necessities.
Transportation Issues
posted by gophils026 on August 4th, 2010 4:31 PM
I also agree with misselaine about bikes on the sidewalk. The funny thing about all this to me, is that there are already rules and guidelines set up for all this stuff. If people would just follow them, we would have much fewer problems. Yet far too many people think they are entitled to do whatever is most convenient for them, rather than thinking about the overall situation and what is best for everyone and what makes the most sense. People should follow the speed limit, and as I have said, in most instances in Texas, I find that people are very good about this. I wouldn't recommend some of you people complaining about speeding here ever try to live in the Northeast, lol. At the same time, you have to understand that you cannot control what everyone else does. Occasionally someone is going to speed, and there is nothing you can do to prevent that. Implementing something that inconveniences a large amount of people who are doing nothing wrong is not the solution. People should walk on the side walks. Yes occasionally they are going to be crowded, and someone may spill in the street. Pedestrians should minimize this and cars should slow down when it occurs. Bikers should avoid sidewalks and be very accommodating to pedestrians if they are ever on a sidewalk. If we would all take the attitude to be less entitled and actually think about how our actions inconvenience others, our neighborhood would run much more smoothly.
Transportation Issues
posted by doug on August 4th, 2010 3:41 PM
Goodness, misselaine, first you chastise Sean M. for his intolerance, then you turn around and show the same lack of tolerance for an occasional bicyclist on the sidewalk. People! [:grrr:]
Cal Rodgers: Street on the Grow!
posted by sloneycho on March 20th, 2010 8:21 AM
Josephine Sydney is our latest and youngest resident. She was born yesterday, but I'm sure misselaine is already teaching her the value of a skeptical view point, so don't try and pull one over on her. [:shadehmm:]Congratulations, C.J. and Elaine!
Neighborhood Acupuncture Project
posted by roberts_bj on March 1st, 2010 9:25 PM
Misselaine: You're going to make us check our emailed digest tomorrow morning, huh? [:tonguewink:]--Belinda
Barking Dogs
posted by ianvarley on November 27th, 2009 9:36 PM
@misselaine - So this is twice your neighbors have called the cops about dog noise, without ever having talked to you face to face? That's a problem no matter what neighborhood you live in - calling in ADP should be the last resort, not the first. Have you tried reaching out to your neighbors about it? A nice note to them with your contact info might solve the problem - I know that note might be hard to write at this point, after two ADP visits, but it's always best to take the high road. If they know they can call you first, maybe they'll do that instead of dialing 911 immediately. Who knows - maybe they have extenuating circumstances of their own, like a new night shift or an illness in the family. Many times, just knowing the people involved helps avoid escalating situations that don't need to be escalated.
Patio Furniture Stolen
posted by SleeperService on August 27th, 2009 12:44 PM
Despite my disagreement with misselaine on a different thread. I think she is totally correct here... although these things should certainly be reported and treated with reasonable seriousness... I'm certainly hopefully that there is no "perfect storm"... I think as a neighborhood we are pretty friendly and practical and I think we will get a handle on this....just my 2 euros.Ezra.
Patio Furniture Stolen
posted by JFunk Ster on August 27th, 2009 11:59 AM
I think misselaine is right...safety and reasonable precautions should be taken, but we need to not get overly paranoid as a community. To me, these crimes seem opportunistic in nature. I don't believe there is a conspiracy to uncover here and I certainly don't think we need black tights wearing, flashlight wielding vigilantes lurking in their dark garages throughout the wee hours of the night. One can only wonder what Charles' secret new and improved plan may entail.We can talk about these incidents ad infinitum, but the conversation will always lead back to the same conclusion:Lock your doors when you go to bed and check your garage door!Lock your car.Don't leave valuables outside, or if you do, take steps to secure them. These are reasonable precautions that anyone living anywhere in the city should take. They are not difficult to implement.
Skeptics in the Park?
posted by sloneycho on July 23rd, 2009 12:33 AM
Let's have some skeptical fun with misselaine's so called "walk around in the rain".
my laptop stopped working temporarily so I didn't get to see your response.
Is that some kind of code for "I turned my computer off?" Seriously. When laptops stop working, it's rarely temporarily.
So, I walked around in the rain looking for your porch, just in case.
I know for a fact that misselaine has been looking forward to this event for quite some time. I'd be surprised if she didn't have a Google map with door-to-door directions posted on her refrigerator.
I didn't realize McCloskey was such a long street!
Sure. McCloskey. Mueller's Yonge Street. (OK. That was more sarcastic than skeptical.)
All was not lost, however, as I ended up running into two great people who are of a skeptical nature! They will join us, hopefully, the next time we try this.
OK. I'm going to go with the assumption that you already knew these two great people. I'm having a hard time envisioning you giving the "Skeptical Test" to two perfect strangers on McCloskey Street in the rain.
By the way, I am pretty much in and out of town till the 9th of Aug.
I'll take your word for it.
Car break-in
posted by Lorrie on July 8th, 2009 10:06 AM
Like misselaine, I have padlocks on my gates. I also always make sure that all my doors are locked - including the house door into the garage in case someone manages to get into the garage.I even lock my car when it's inside my garage. Some people may think all of that is overly cautious but I'd rather be safe than sorry. And it's very easy if you just make it a habit to always lock doors.If more people would make sure their cars are locked, this may deter future crime because the word would get out that our neighborhood is not such an easy target.
LED Streetlamps
posted by lesley on May 26th, 2009 10:17 PM
Is there a light directly in front of your house? If not, I don't think you understand what misselaine is saying...We have a light right in front of our house and don't see how the trees will ever cover the light to make it comfortable for my guest or children someday (gratefully the master is located in the back of the house)! The Mueller Design book talks about light pollution... does this qualify as light pollution?Ezra you mentioned a survey - If there was one I would like to see the questions and the results. When and where was this survey given?I do agree with you that the hike and bike trails could be lit better. I usually run at night and I do so through the neighborhood instead of the trails because of this issue, but I believe that I would still be able to "navigate" and "be safe" running at night with dimmer lights than what they are now. I don't think that anything will ever be done about this issue, so if anyone finds a good solution other than black out shades I would like to hear from you.
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