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DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 02:39 PM
Hey Guys,

Unfortunately, our A/C unit went out this weekend. It was 15 years old and probably due. Anyway, since our home is 45 foot tall, a crane was needed to removed the old unit and replace it with a new unit.

Since I thought it was pretty cool to see, I've attached a few pics for those interested.

Enjoy!

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 02:40 PM
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DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 02:41 PM
Crane Arm over my 4th story balcony

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 02:42 PM
Old unit coming down

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 02:45 PM
Come on down!

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 02:46 PM
Hookin' it up

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 02:46 PM
Halfway up with the new unit

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 02:47 PM
Over the top

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 02:48 PM
Done!

Hog Farmer
08-18-2008, 02:50 PM
Wow! Who cares!

chasedude
08-18-2008, 02:51 PM
and through the roof Doh! :doh!:

J/k lmao

BigMeatballDave
08-18-2008, 02:52 PM
What a dump. :D

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 02:54 PM
and through the roof Doh! :doh!:

J/k lmao

Dude, seriously. I had my wife, MIL and newborn on the first floor when the crane started up.

Redrum_69
08-18-2008, 02:57 PM
how much did you have to pay to live there in the projects?

Bowser
08-18-2008, 02:57 PM
I bet that new one blasts out some serious wind chill.

Is that your house, or do you live in a condo?

rtmike
08-18-2008, 02:58 PM
Mine's bigger.

http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL827/1194040/2375012/114064921.jpg

http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL827/1194040/2375012/95643421.jpg

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 03:02 PM
I bet that new one blasts out some serious wind chill.

Is that your house, or do you live in a condo?

That's our home. It just kinda looks like an apartment complex from the outside. Unfortunately, there's not much we can do about that. The entire front was concrete (no yard) when we bought it in 2003 so the grass and Queen Palms have warmed it up a bit, but it's still kinda ugly.

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 03:03 PM
Mine's bigger.

I'd say so!

Bowser
08-18-2008, 03:04 PM
That's our home. It just kinda looks like an apartment complex from the outside. Unfortunately, there's not much we can do about that. The entire front was concrete (no yard) when we bought it in 2003 so the grass and Queen Palms have warmed it up a bit, but it's still kinda ugly.

Nice pad, dude. Looks like a mini-hotel.

Is that Blue Heaven on the hill behind you? :D

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 03:08 PM
Nice pad, dude. Looks like a mini-hotel.

Is that Blue Heaven on the hill behind you? :D

Thanks for the kind words.

It's a great neighborhood!

Deberg_1990
08-18-2008, 03:12 PM
Nice place Dane. Out of curiosty, How many square feet is that?

Would that be considered a townhome?

gblowfish
08-18-2008, 03:13 PM
Cool!

Bowser
08-18-2008, 03:16 PM
Nice pad, dude. Looks like a mini-hotel.

Is that Blue Heaven on the hill behind you? :D

http://www.movoto.com/real-estate/homes-for-sale/CA/Malibu/21804-Pacific-Coast-Hwy-204_08-294463.htm

Maybe I'll just write a check, if they'll hold it until next Friday. If that is you at the bottom of the hill, I guarantee you we'll have some good barbaeques. Hell, I might just invite Tiny over, as well.

WilliamTheIrish
08-18-2008, 03:18 PM
I want to come visit.

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 03:20 PM
Nice place Dane. Out of curiosty, How many square feet is that?

Would that be considered a townhome?

Thanks!

No, it's a single family home. It's four stories so it looks like a condo or townhome. Since there's no basement, the home is approximately 3,500 square feet. It feels bigger though because the foyer reaches to the top floor.

Each one of the front balconies has an associated room (Family room, Entertainment Room on the 2nd floor and two bedrooms on the top floor).

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 03:21 PM
http://www.movoto.com/real-estate/homes-for-sale/CA/Malibu/21804-Pacific-Coast-Hwy-204_08-294463.htm

Maybe I'll just write a check, if they'll hold it until next Friday. If that is you at the bottom of the hill, I guarantee you we'll have some good barbaeques. Hell, I might just invite Tiny over, as well.

:D

The people in the pics are the A/C guys. I'm taking pictures from across the street.

Pestilence
08-18-2008, 03:24 PM
That's a sweet looking house man. How can you afford that with your sweet bike payment?

Deberg_1990
08-18-2008, 03:25 PM
Thanks!

No, it's a single family home. It's four stories so it looks like a condo or townhome. Since there's no basement, the home is approximately 3,500 square feet. It feels bigger though because the foyer reaches to the top floor.

Each one of the front balconies has an associated room (Family room, Entertainment Room on the 2nd floor and two bedrooms on the top floor).

Very cool. So those pics are from the front then? I was thinking that was the back of the house at first. Interesting.

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 03:32 PM
Very cool. So those pics are from the front then? I was thinking that was the back of the house at first. Interesting.

Yeah, that's the street view. This pic might put it in better perspective.

ChiefsCountry
08-18-2008, 03:41 PM
Where does Eva live at? :)

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 03:46 PM
Where does Eva live at? :)

6 doors down to the left

bogey
08-18-2008, 04:22 PM
Once a Dane, always a Dane. Nice digs.

cardken
08-18-2008, 04:34 PM
When I was working in Property Management in Las Vegas, I noticed alot of Residential A/C and Apts units on the roofs an don't understand why? Any explainations?

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 04:50 PM
When I was working in Property Management in Las Vegas, I noticed alot of Residential A/C and Apts units on the roofs an don't understand why? Any explainations?

I have none, though personally, I think it sucks.

Our ducts are exposed as well and finally (after five years of living here), I hired a competent company who painted the ducts with reflective paint and re-sealed them (they have to be re-sealed every two years due to constant exposure. Terrible design). I didn't even know they made reflective paint. The result? Lower A/C costs (because the ducts are on fire all day).

StcChief
08-18-2008, 04:57 PM
I have none, though personally, I think it sucks.

Our ducts are exposed as well and finally (after five years of living here), I hired a competent company who painted the ducts with reflective paint and re-sealed them (they have to be re-sealed every two years due to constant exposure. Terrible design). I didn't even know they made reflective paint. The result? Lower A/C costs (because the ducts are on fire all day).

vent Ducts in ceiling. Cold air falls..... It's still a stupid design. Ground units, but the ground isn't stable there so....what are you gonna do....

blueballs
08-18-2008, 05:15 PM
no photshops yet
great place to pick up a sweet laptop

Phobia
08-18-2008, 05:23 PM
Oooooh - I live in Hollywood. I'm a big superstar. Rub it in - just like usual, jerk. Heh heh.

StcChief
08-18-2008, 05:25 PM
Oooooh - I live in Hollywood. I'm a big superstar. Rub it in - just like usual, jerk. Heh heh.

that house on the hillside....looks like an accident slide waiting to happen

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 06:40 PM
that house on the hillside....looks like an accident slide waiting to happen

There's one million pounds of concrete per home behind me. The steel and concrete cassons went 40 foot deep into the granite hillside. I've got pics of the construction along the way and it's pretty amazing.

Safe to say, those homes aren't going anywhere.

Fortunately for us :D

plbrdude
08-18-2008, 06:46 PM
There's one million pounds of concrete per home behind me. The steel and concrete cassons went 40 foot deep into the granite hillside. I've got pics of the construction along the way and it's pretty amazing.

Safe to say, those homes aren't going anywhere.

Fortunately for us :D

only one 8.4 from being proved wrong on that. though i hope it never happens.
btw--nice house.

bogey
08-18-2008, 06:46 PM
It really is a nice place. Congratulations on your success. I know you worked hard for it and you have every right to be proud.

Deberg_1990
08-18-2008, 06:48 PM
I thought SoCal residents didnt need AC Dane??

bogey
08-18-2008, 06:50 PM
I thought SoCal residents didnt need AC Dane??

Speaking for us white trash San Fernando Valley residents. We definitely need AC.

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 06:52 PM
I thought SoCal residents didnt need AC Dane??

It depends where you live.

If you live near the coasts, you generally don't need A/C. But I'm 7 miles inland in a little canyon, so we don't get much ocean breeze. We usually only run the A/C a few months out of the year and with a four story home, it's pretty essential during heat waves.

88TG88
08-18-2008, 06:53 PM
When you gonna invite us over to experience the new AC ?

Deberg_1990
08-18-2008, 06:54 PM
It depends where you live.

If you live near the coasts, you generally don't need A/C. But I'm 7 miles inland in a little canyon, so we don't get much ocean breeze. We usually only run the A/C a few months out of the year and with a four story home, it's pretty essential during heat waves.

Nice. I run my AC constant 6-7 months a year. But it balances out. I rarely have to run the heater.

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 06:56 PM
It really is a nice place. Congratulations on your success. I know you worked hard for it and you have every right to be proud.

Thanks, Dude!

I hope you guys enjoy the pics. Being from Kansas, I could have never imagined that you'd need a crane to replace an A/C unit, so I thought I'd share.

Fairplay
08-18-2008, 08:18 PM
Thanks for the pics Dane. Thanks for a sharing a bit of your life with us.

So our building codes pretty stringent with making buildings on side of hills have a lot of concrete foundation type supports before they can build there these days?

Fairplay
08-18-2008, 08:19 PM
What part of Kansas did you live in Dane?

Direckshun
08-18-2008, 08:32 PM
Great thread.

Skip Towne
08-18-2008, 09:21 PM
It would seem more practical to put the AC unit on the ground with a building that tall. That crane had to have cost a ton of money. But now that the lines all run to the roof I guess you had no choice. With the larger dishes I do now, many of them are on the roof. I move them to the ground when I can.

Phobia
08-18-2008, 09:36 PM
Here's my new A/C unit. We're very proud.

http://www.drbukk.com/gmhom/images/yellow.jpg

This is our old A/C:
http://bp1.blogger.com/_Azh8rPxL1k8/RexiYlTNO5I/AAAAAAAACOg/knJeSVeYDJY/s400/DSC07646.jpg

Skip Towne
08-18-2008, 09:45 PM
Last time I saw that your commode was on the front porch. Did you finally get indoor plumbing?

cdcox
08-18-2008, 09:50 PM
Fill in the blanks:

Q: What do Dane's A/C and _____'s _____ have in common?

A: You need a _______ to get either one of them ____!

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 09:58 PM
Thanks for the pics Dane. Thanks for a sharing a bit of your life with us.

So our building codes pretty stringent with making buildings on side of hills have a lot of concrete foundation type supports before they can build there these days?

Our little neighborhood has been in existence since 1920 and it took almost 85 years for engineers to figure out how to build on the hillside behind me. Unfortunately, it was figured out just one year after we moved in.

The houses behind us are all concrete and steel. They don't use wood beams or glue lam beams, they actually use steel girders to frame the house, just like those used for high rise buildings.

Here's a few before and after shots, just to give an idea of how the foundations were laid.

Rain Man
08-18-2008, 10:06 PM
For the cost of the crane, couldn't you have just hired a bunch of illegals to wave palm fronds?

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 10:20 PM
For the cost of the crane, couldn't you have just hired a bunch of illegals to wave palm fronds?

Honestly, we were in such a hurry that I didn't really have time to weigh that option but I'll definitely consider it in the future.

Thanks!

DeezNutz
08-18-2008, 10:41 PM
Great looking place, man. No question.

I'll be honest, though. My first thought was, "Whoa, that looks like a lot of stairs." Clearly I'm getting old. :shake:

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 10:49 PM
Great looking place, man. No question.

I'll be honest, though. My first thought was, "Whoa, that looks like a lot of stairs." Clearly I'm getting old. :shake:

Thanks Dude, but you're right on.

After 5 years of four flights of stairs, we're pretty much over it.

The problem is that there aren't really any ranch style homes in Los Angeles that would be suitable for us. So even when the day comes that we sell and move (and that will probably happen in the next 2 years for various reasons), we'll more than likely end up in at least a 2 story home.

But four? Never again.

Groves
08-18-2008, 10:53 PM
Call me unhealthy, but I think seeing this would have been just as good.

http://homepage.mac.com/mcgroves/.Pictures/yummy.jpg

DeezNutz
08-18-2008, 10:57 PM
Thanks Dude, but you're right on.

After 5 years of four flights of stairs, we're pretty much over it.

The problem is that there aren't really any ranch style homes in Los Angeles that would be suitable for us. So even when the day comes that we sell and move (and that will probably happen in the next 2 years for various reasons), we'll more than likely end up in at least a 2 story home.

But four? Never again.

I'm guessing that you've become pretty good planners when moving about. No need (or desire) to do four flights because you left your beverage in another room.

You're right, however. The topography of the land doesn't lend itself to a lot of options in single-level living. Would it be correct to assume that a ranch-style house would be even more costly than what are already very expensive multi-level homes?

Phobia
08-18-2008, 10:59 PM
Knowing Dane like I do I say he adds 4 more floors and an elevator to his home in December.

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 11:04 PM
I'm guessing that you've become pretty good planners when moving about. No need (or desire) to do four flights because you left your beverage in another room.

You're right, however. The topography of the land doesn't lend itself to a lot of options in single-level living. Would it be correct to assume that a ranch-style house would be even more costly than what are already very expensive homes?

Ranch-style homes are scarce beyond four bedroom, four bathroom homes. Due to our somewhat unique situation, we need at least a five bedroom, five bathroom home (preferably with a guesthouse) and because of space limitations and lot sizes, that's difficult find in most "desirable" areas for under $4 million.

Multi-level homes with those specs can be found for considerably less, depending how near the ocean the home is located (Santa Monica, Malibu and the Pacific Palisades are among the most expensive in all of Los Angeles and tend to be double the amount per square foot than place like Hollywood).

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 11:05 PM
Knowing Dane like I do I say he adds 4 more floors and an elevator to his home in December.

ROFL

No man, we are done. Done, done, done.

We are so done that we are beginning to look for another home. We really need a yard for the poochies and especially for our newborn. The flagstone patio, while beautiful, is no longer cutting it.

DeezNutz
08-18-2008, 11:07 PM
Ranch-style homes are scarce beyond four bedroom, four bathroom homes. Due to our somewhat unique situation, we need at least a five bedroom, five bathroom home (preferably with a guesthouse) and because of space limitations and lot sizes, that's difficult find in most "desirable" areas for under $4 million.

Multi-level homes with those specs can be found for considerably less, depending how near the ocean the home is located (Santa Monica, Malibu and the Pacific Palisades are among the most expensive in all of Los Angeles and tend to be double the amount per square foot than place like Hollywood).

That's interesting and quite educational, actually. Thanks for sharing. Learning stuff on the Planet. Who'd have thunk it?

DaneMcCloud
08-18-2008, 11:09 PM
That's interesting and quite educational, actually. Thanks for sharing. Learning stuff on the Planet. Who'd have thunk it?

I'm more than happy to share with my fellow Planeteers!

Mr. Flopnuts
08-18-2008, 11:13 PM
I'm more than happy to share with my fellow Planeteers!

You egotistical assclown. Nice pics. Hopefully an Indian summer (was that racist?) will put it to good use.

Mojo Rising
08-18-2008, 11:46 PM
Cool pictures. This is defineately post worthy. And to think, I used to drive by construction sites where there were cranes without stopping to appreciate their coolness.

I guess the only thing cooler would be to post pix of the blimp during the Oscars.

You know we are huge Oscars fans around here.

TinyEvel
08-19-2008, 12:22 AM
Speaking for us white trash San Fernando Valley residents. We definitely need AC.

WHere do you live? (I grew up in Canoga Park)

TinyEvel
08-19-2008, 12:24 AM
Actually, I needed a crane to help me handle my morning wood the other day. But damn, if I didn't take pics.
Woulda been some good learning for teh Planetoids.

TinyEvel
08-19-2008, 12:25 AM
It depends where you live.

If you live near the coasts, you generally don't need A/C. But I'm 7 miles inland in a little canyon, so we don't get much ocean breeze. We usually only run the A/C a few months out of the year and with a four story home, it's pretty essential during heat waves.

I live 2.5 miles from the ocean and need A/C. So there!

DaneMcCloud
08-19-2008, 12:26 AM
I live 2.5 miles from the ocean and need A/C. So there!

Yeah but that's because you're fat









:evil:

TinyEvel
08-19-2008, 12:30 AM
Yeah but that's because you're fat


:evil:

Amen. I don't even need a raft to float in my pool.

DaneMcCloud
08-19-2008, 12:32 AM
Amen. I don't even need a raft to float in my pool.

ROFL

JFC

That should be the theme for your next PSP commercial.

A huge fat guy lying in a swimming pool with no flotation device playing PSP.

With Night Ranger in the background.

Classic!

TinyEvel
08-19-2008, 12:38 AM
ROFL

JFC

That should be the theme for your next PSP commercial.

A huge fat guy lying in a swimming pool with no flotation device playing PSP.

With Night Ranger in the background.

Classic!

Hey wait, weren't you the lead singer of Night Ranger? ATTENTION WHORE!!!!!

TinyEvel
08-19-2008, 12:40 AM
Hey wait, weren't you the lead singer of Night Ranger? ATTENTION WHORE!!!!!

Okay, this is really freaky...looks like a cross between you and Luv.

TinyEvel
08-19-2008, 12:41 AM
Okay, this is really freaky...looks like a cross between you and Luv.

OMG that is so dead on, I am fuggin pissing myself right now!

ROFL

DaneMcCloud
08-19-2008, 12:43 AM
OMG that is so dead on, I am fuggin pissing myself right now!

ROFL

ROFLROFL

I do not have puffy, curly hair.

Unless you've seen me just after sex.

TinyEvel
08-19-2008, 12:51 AM
ROFLROFL

I do not have puffy, curly hair.



Settle down, frosty tips...

I takes two to tango with this doppleganger.

Iowanian
08-19-2008, 07:43 AM
Thats the biggest Adobe hut I've ever seen.

You must have captured some good Aztecs.

Iowanian
08-19-2008, 07:59 AM
The Sign gotta say "HOT!"

Call me unhealthy, but I think seeing this would have been just as good.

http://homepage.mac.com/mcgroves/.Pictures/yummy.jpg

Iowanian
08-19-2008, 08:22 AM
Ironically,

This morning, I had a crane working on my house and unfortunately, we experienced technical difficulty.

I guess I should have read the directions and limitations manual the equipment rental company provided.....

http://www.funnybeez.com/funnypictures/falling-crane.jpg

Iowanian
08-19-2008, 08:26 AM
My place is really coming together though....I might not have the same square footage as Dane, and I might not have that fancy pants Adobe exterior, but dammit, George Jefferson will have to keep moving on up to catch me.

When we need an extra bathroom, I take a sawzall to the floor and a bottomless bucket with a hole in the lid.

http://www.joelane.com/images/unique-property.jpg

Lzen
08-19-2008, 09:24 AM
Ironically,

This morning, I had a crane working on my house and unfortunately, we experienced technical difficulty.

I guess I should have read the directions and limitations manual the equipment rental company provided.....

http://www.funnybeez.com/funnypictures/falling-crane.jpg

Holy crap!! Is that real?

Groves
08-21-2008, 03:08 PM
Plenty more here:

http://www.craneaccidents.com/start.htm

MOhillbilly
08-21-2008, 03:14 PM
damn. some of you boys got some money.:(

bogey
08-21-2008, 03:16 PM
WHere do you live? (I grew up in Canoga Park)

Studio City. It has a great public school system (Carpenter) which is why we're here.

The Bad Guy
08-21-2008, 03:35 PM
Wow! Who cares!

You obviously do retard or you wouldn't have clicked the thread.