DIY Toilet Install

Toilet Project

Last week we returned from a Thanksgiving visit and had been away for about 5 days. I took a quick walk around the house to make sure everything was OK and no issues had come up. To my surprise the guest bathroom had water on the floor.  I quickly found that the toilet tank was leaking from the hose. I cleaned up the water which wasn’t a lot, so I am guessing it started within the last day. The leak was a small drip every 5 minutes or so. I grabbed a wrench and tightened the hose and the leaked stopped or so I thought. Two days later we came home and again the floor was wet. Same leak as before.

Net Worth Update #8 – Nov ’17

November:

I can’t believe this is the second to last Net Worth update of the year. November absolutely flew by, it seems just like yesterday was Halloween. This is the first month since late spring that we have had 1 mortgage and set of utility bills. Based on the overall numbers you will see the positive impact of this. We had anticipated seeing a decrease of $500 a month moving and hopefully within the next month, we can verify this. As of right now, we think it might be a bit more than this. Mainly due to the taxes, water, electricity, and heating all costing less on a monthly basis.

November proved positive on many fronts, including my job. I had mentioned in the post about putting it all together that I had never tracked

Net Worth Update #7 – Oct ’17

October:

Once again, I am late with this month’s Net Worth Update. It has been another busy month, but a lot of good news came in October. As I mentioned last month we had accepted an offer on the house. I have to say without to much hassle the house has closed and we are back to 1 mortgage. This is reflected in this month’s numbers. I will be writing a post about the entire process, costs, and fees this month.

October was definitely a positive month on all fronts. I had mentioned in the post about putting it all together that I had never tracked or officially calculated our net worth. I started back in April 2017 with the first Net Worth Update #1  and will continue to track and post monthly. October provided a huge jump in our net worth, which was driven

Net Worth Update #6 – Sep ’17

Talk about a lag of posts in September, apologizes, but it has been a hectic month. In fact, so hectic that this Net Worth update is over a week late. The biggest news from September is we accepted an offer on our house (yahoo). The sale is planned to complete towards the end of October. What’s that mean and what have I been doing? Glad you asked. The majority of my time has been spent fixing a handful of small issues that came from the inspection. The rest has been scheduling and dealing with other required inspections (fire, termite, etc). Hopefully nothing happens over the next few weeks and we can be back down to one mortgage, Yes (fist pump)!!

September proved to be another great month. I had mention in the post about putting it all together that I had never tracked or officially calculated our net worth.

Net Worth Update #5 – Aug ’17

Where did the summer go? August proved to be another great month. I had mention in the post about putting it all together that I had never tracked or officially calculated our net worth. I started back in April 2017 with the first Net Worth Update #1  and will continue to track and post monthly. August saw another good increase in our net worth, which was driven by a good month for investments. I will go into the numbers in more detail below.  I am still hoping we can sell our house over the next 4 weeks and be back to 1 mortgage and set of monthly housing bills. Now, let’s get to this month’s numbers.

Incomes: 2 incomes to 1 income

New state, new school, new house, brings another new. There have always been 2 incomes in our household, but with this move we will be going down to 1 income for the time being. The decision was made that my wife will wait to get a job. This will ensure our daughter is fully adjusted to the move, especially school. Since my wife is a teacher, we figured that most school positions were filled already since school started almost a month ago in Georgia. In fact, she applied and already received an interview, but again the best decision at this time is to wait.

A major benefit is that my wife set her current pay to continue to get checks over the summer. By doing this we received 2 incomes throughout the summer.

DIY Fence Build

As I mentioned in the about me page, I am a big DIY and yet I haven’t written a single post on any projects. Well that is about to change, but this won’t be a step by step guide, more of an overview.

Our new house needed an area fenced in so our dog could take care of his business. He really doesn’t need a fence, it was more to keep other animals out during his early morning and late night adventures. Otherwise he is free to roam when we are outside.

That said, I wanted to keep his fenced in area to a minimum and have it blend in with the deck and rest of the yard. As normal with anything I do, I spent hours costing out different options ranging from black chain link, to rod iron, to picket fences. The most logical conclusion I came to was a pressure treated dog eared fence.  This style was the most economical and matched the surroundings the best. Having a style picked, I need an overall design for the fence, approximately 52” high, approximately 20ft x20ft, and I wanted a

Net Worth Update #4 – July ’17

Here we are again, another month, another Net worth update. July was a really good month for us. We saw some nice increases pretty much across the board, but did have some additional expense with the new house. Our old house is on the market and hopefully it won’t take long for a buyer.

I had mention in the post about putting it all together that I had never tracked or officially calculated our net worth. I started back in April 2017 with the first Net Worth Update #1  and will continue to track and post monthly. As I mentioned, July saw a good jump net worth based on a strong month with investments, a bonus at work, and selling a couple of big ticket items for the move. I will go into the numbers in more detail below. Now, let’s get to this month’s numbers.

Net Worth Update #3 – June ’17

 

Wow, time is flying. Sorry for the late net worth monthly post. We have been so focused on moving and getting the new house up and going I have had no time to post. The next week will be hectic, but hopefully after that things will be back to normal and I can get back to a regular posting schedule.

I had mention in the post about putting it all together that I had never tracked or officially calculated our net worth. I started back in April 2017 with the first Net Worth Update #1  and will continue to track and post monthly. June saw a major drop in net worth due to purchasing the new house, but not nearly as much as I thought. I will go into the numbers in more detail below.  The drop isn’t a concern as it will jump back up as soon as our old house sells. Now, let’s get to this month’s numbers.

Dollars and cents behind the move

I have previously mentioned that we are moving. The driving force behind this was to be closer to my in-laws and along the way reduce our monthly expense. It would also be nice if we could walk away with some extra money to invest. Below is a quick break down of where I see us being in a couple of months.

Old House Numbers:

Market Value $305,000 – $310,000.

1,400 sqft, 3bed/3bath, .8 acres

Current Mortgage: $193,548