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  •  asdf (4.00)
    Cheers to the house I found yesterday. I think I'm gonna make an offer on it.
    Jeers to the cigarettes it smells like. I'm making the owner pay to clean it.

    Cheers to the funny letter I got yelling at my yesterday.
    Jeers to the dumb bitch who wrote it.

    (Here's the story:
    I made my new site, Simple Vegetarian Recipes, using an online service I paid for. It includes forums where you can give and receive advice. Some woman asked people to review her site and she said be honest.

    I'm not linking to it here so she won't get the extra hits. But it was one big sales pitch. As an average internet web surfer - and someone who is actually her target demographic - I went there hoping to find a site I'd like to bookmark and use and instead found a bunch of stuff to buy - without enough free site content to make me want to buy it. So I told her. And I MAY have used, um, several expletives. But that's just how I talk.

    So she got her panties in a HUGE TWIST, and demanded a public apology from me for my potty mouth and went on to say why I know nothing about websites and her site is fine as is. I got such a laugh!

    As for my credentials, and she doesn't know this, my last job was in e-commerce and my current one is in software - with a huge chunk of it being software optimization and usability and intuitiveness. Oh, and the degree in marketing. So, no lady, I know nothing about your site. It's fine as is. Why'd she ask for help?)

    •  oh, yuck cigarettes. (4.00)
      Be warned, the smell can be masked but permeates anything porous and lingers forever.  We bought our house and I was less than thrilled to smell stale smoke in a few rooms.  We spent about an hour there for the inspection and I didn't remember the scent so I figured that they either cleaned well or used something that killed the olfactory senses.  (Violets are like that.  Sniff a violet and you can only smell the scent briefly because it actually knocks out your ability to smell for a time.)

      Main offenders for carrying noxious odors are curtains and carpets.  Also make sure they didn't have a house fire as the smell permeates everything from the frame to the insulation.  This I know from experience - two house fires, same house, still standing.  Long live volunteer fire departments!

      We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.

      by Fabian on Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 06:00:55 AM PST

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      •  As a fire victim and hotel dweller (4.00)
        I've found the Oust brand of air fresheners really do a wonderful job of binding to the aromatic hydrocarbons which leach out of fabric.  Even the pros can't get all the smell out at once.

        Oust won't work all at once, will take a week or so of steady treatment, treat just before you vacuum.  Spray directly at the fabric.  Spray a bunch into the intake of your vacuum cleaner, too, and change your bags frequently.

        Caveat:  this is not a plug for any particular product or company.  This stuff really works.  I spend a lot of time in hotel rooms, on the road, and I find it repulsive to walk into a non-smoking room where the previous denizens have been smoking weed, which has a stench as bad or worse than tobacco.

        People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others.

        by BlaiseP on Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 06:44:23 AM PST

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        •  maybe I'll try it (4.00)
          I've got doggie smell in the carpet and unless the vaccuum bag is new, the smell just goes right into the air.  It's bad when your house has the faint aroma of damp dog after you've finished hoovering.

          We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.

          by Fabian on Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 06:52:33 AM PST

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    •  Congratulations! (4.00)
      Good luck with your new home!
    •  IF cigarette smell in carpet... (4.00)
      Just yank 'em out!  

      We've got allergies, this little house had a smoker for last resident and we could tell when buying it.  We had the carpets out within a month or two and 90% of the stink went with them.  We may have washed the walls with TSP too, and the curtains were machine washable, so we got rid of the stink pretty easily.

      There was oak underneath the carpet, too!  Battered, and we're  only starting to get re-finished almost 10 years later, but still better than filthy, moldy, stinky carpet!  

      Wall-to-wall is, to us, really lower-class:  a pitiful short-cut attempt to recreate the Oriental carpet classic look of the "rich-and-famous".   We use area rugs (in Oriental patterns, giggle) and wear shoes or house-slippers to get around "cold-floor" in cold weather, and cool bare floors are GREAT in hot weather!

      Bare wood may show the dirt more, but it's a HECK of a lot easier to get really clean than carpet!

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