Stay the Course

Stay the Course

Adam and Ray share advice on remodeling from scratch, fixing a basement leak, and patching a wall with unusual texture. They also talk about stained concrete and why nobody wants to go to Nova Scotia.

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Show Summary

Adam opens the show talking with Ray about the project he is currently working on. The guys reminisce about their high school football days, and Adam complains about his dad wanting him to buy him a car. The guys then respond to a video question about a squeaky door, and email questions about a scuffed up bar and aging concrete. This week they also talk with callers about remodeling a room from scratch, patching a chewed up wall, and draining a leaky basement. As the show wraps up, the guys talk with a caller from Nova Scotia about his oil furnace.

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20 Responses to “Stay the Course”

  1. Fieldengineer
    2013/02/16 at 9:09 am #

    Guys great show.

    Please change the question “Do you own your own home?” to “What Bank own’s your home?” or “how much do you owe on your home?”.

    My Mother owns her home outright – she is 75 and works for her church part time for $10.25 an hour – she loves her job and life.

    Not many Americans “own” their home outright – which was the problem of the world wide mortgage debacle.

    I do not own my home, Wells Fargo owns it; I pay Well’s Fargo on the mortgage. Their are many reasons why I do this; but I do not evaluate my worth on the bank notes that happen to be in my name.

    Keep up renting,Ray and quite apologizing – you may have the right idea.

    Everyone else please keep rowing so the Pirate Ship stays afloat!

    Thank you for the website.
    Take Careful

    • Nick
      2013/02/16 at 1:23 pm #

      @Fieldengineer Your telling Ray to keep up renting? How does someone as dumb as yourself make enough money to buy a house? The point of “owning” your own home is that you can make improvements that increase the value and equity which monetarily benefit you. Not to mention that “owning” any real estate in general is an investment that usually increases in value quite nicely. You can make zero money renting. Get your head out of your ass.

      • CitizenoftheRepublic
        2013/02/16 at 2:36 pm #

        he’s an idiot? you put your own money at risk when buying in a potentially overpriced real estate market. if you rent someone else is on the hook for the bubble bursting/city falling apart. you can just move. of course, a renter risks real estate inflation – higher rents.

        how many Californians, Nevadans, etc. have been underwater 10′s and 100′s of thousands of $….wiping out any equity/downpayments. Owning is not ALWAYS better – especially in the face of continued government meddling in the economy and private contracts.

      • Belot
        2013/04/23 at 10:39 pm #

        A home rarely increases in value. The market increases, or you spend all your spare time on the investment. Good investments do their own work. You can maintain & dress up a house all you want, and it’s just getting older like anything else. The debacle, I think Fieldengineer is referring to, is the idea that getting a loan from a bank is too commonly viewed as good business move. Anybody can do it. The mortgage rate is considered “good” because everybody is getting screwed equally, and misery loves company. Enjoy the pleasures of renting, put your money to good work in the meantime — there’s lower risk & hirer gain investments elsewhere, but involve actual thinking. Then, put a hefty down payment (75%) on a place.
        Then, people will tell you that you shouldn’t have put that much down because the rate is soo low right now… That’s always funny.

        *Good Show — just catching up

    • dholl
      2013/03/06 at 10:46 am #

      @fieldengineer the main reason you would rather own than rent is that all mortgage payments are in lieu of rent you would pay on the property. and the reason this is good? because you increase your personal wealth with each mortgage payment, as opposed to increasing someone else’s (and with nothing to show for it) with each rent payment. owning a home, in the long run, is ALWAYS better.

  2. Fieldengineer
    2013/02/16 at 9:10 am #

    Guys great show.

    Please change the question “Do you own your own home?” to “What Bank own’s your home?” or “how much do you owe on your home?”.

    My Mother owns her home outright – she is 75 and works for her church part time for $10.25 an hour – she loves her job and life.

    Not many Americans “own” their home outright – which was the problem of the world wide mortgage debacle.

    I do not own my home, Wells Fargo owns it; I pay Well’s Fargo on the mortgage. Their are many reasons why I do this; but I do not evaluate my worth on the bank notes that happen to be in my name.

    Keep up renting,Ray and quit apologizing – you may have the right idea.

    Everyone else please keep rowing so the Pirate Ship stays afloat!

    Thank you for the website.
    Take Careful

    • Fieldengineer
      2013/02/16 at 9:14 am #

      Typos: “Quite apologizing..” to “quit apologizing and “Their are..” to “There are..”
      sorry – human spellchecker.

  3. honkylips
    2013/02/16 at 12:27 pm #

    the point is to have the basic life skills to get into your own “bank owned” property…try not to be so literal & try to keep up the actual gag feildengineer.

    • Fieldengineer
      2013/03/07 at 8:02 am #

      Dear Honkylips,
      I agree with you about basic life skills. I was being literal to make a sarcastic point. Paying your rent on time is as basic a life skill as paying your bank owned mortgage. Your manliness or worth as a person should not be judged by owning or renting.

      Ray has admitted that he has commitment issues with women, having children, and owning property. It is a common theme in the man’s life. Therefore renting makes the most sense for his lifestyle.

      As a fieldengineer – pragmatism always wins the day; but I will try to keep up the gag for your benefit.

      Take careful.

  4. Jack
    2013/02/16 at 12:38 pm #

    why does Ray look so unhappy in his pics not?

    • Ti
      2013/02/22 at 2:02 pm #

      Ray looks like Mr. Roger’s disheveled homeless brother. Get it on Ray.

  5. Sluggh
    2013/02/17 at 12:33 am #

    Did Matt get fired, or was I dreaming during another podcast? Something about him questioning Adam’s tone. A different Matt, I hope.

    • Matt
      2013/02/18 at 11:11 am #

      Hey Sluggh- I’m still here… at least I’m pretty sure I didn’t get fired.

      Adam’s had a couple other assistants named Matt… pretty sure he was saying another one gave him a bad attitude and was then let go. That was all pre-podcast days though.

      Get it on!
      –PP

  6. Russ
    2013/02/17 at 9:56 pm #

    The caller from Nova Scotia must be a special ed. dropout. What little he knew about the province (similar to a U.S. state) was wrong (especially the part about the U.S. trying to buy it). Great seafood (more than just lobster), scenery, beaches, tourist spots/eco-tourism, wineries, and a great little city called Halifax (full of history with a fantastic waterfront and some great pubs) as it’s provincial capital. BTW, the majority of Louisiana’s “Cajun” descendants are originally from Nova Scotia (re: the expulsion at the hands of British Loyalists in the 1700′s) where they are known as Acadians. Nova Scotia also has close ties with New England. BTW, almost all oil furnaces in Nova Scotia are not forced air, they deal with hot water. Yes, I’ve lived there for a time but I’m originally from Boston. That caller was an embarrassment.

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