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    Save On Cooling/Heating With Dual Zone HVAC Systems by Chris Jones | Sponsored Insights – Greater Wilmington Business Journal - July 2, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Remember Bugs Bunny and how he would occasionally say, This means war? Turning the thermostat up or down by a degree can certainly feel like an act of aggression. This is because, in many homes, especially split-level homes, someone is too hot, someone is too cold and no one is happy.

    Even in a home with adequate central air conditioning, mom or dad may find the temperature to be fine in the kitchen or living room, but the basement game room might be so frigid the daughter has to find sweaters for her friends to wear. Upstairs, their son is visiting from college and actually wanting to study at his desk, yet the desk is so hot that he has trouble concentrating. This is a house that might benefit from a zoned HVAC system.

    What is a zoned HVAC system?

    A zoned HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system allows the homeowner to set different temperatures in different parts or zones of the house. Instead of only using one thermostat for the entire house, each zone can be regulated with its own thermostat, fully customized to the preference of the user. A zone can be as small as a room, as large as an entire floor, or an addition to the house.

    How does zoning work?

    A common misconception is that, to have multiple zones, multiple systems must be installed. In a home with an existing forced air heating and cooling system (and one thermostat), however, it may be possible to install an automatic damper system into the ductwork, to divide the home into zones.

    The better way to set up a zoned HVAC system is with ductless mini-split units. Though these units come in a variety of styles and models, it is basically just a small heating/cooling unit that is mounted high on the wall (or to the ceiling). This indoor air-handling unit (evaporator) is hooked up to an outdoor compressor/condenser unit. Several indoor units can be hooked up to one outdoor unit, and each indoor unit is controlled with its own thermostat. Another key benefit of these systems is that they bring fresh air directly inside and it isnt recycled through ductwork.

    Reasons for switching to a zoned HVAC system

    Ductless mini-splits are a great solution for a newly constructed house, and a good retrofit for houses with non-ducted heating systems. They also work well for new additions to a house that lack ductwork or separate buildings like a garage or shed converted into offices or hobby rooms.

    Why might you want to look into installing some ductless mini-splits?

    Chris Jones and the team at Green Dot HVAC are committed to provide their clients with a consultative, transparent approach, driven by innovative technology and a diligent work ethic. With a team of highly trained and versatile technicians, a focus on helping clients make informed decisions, and a commitment to deliver substantial value, Green Dot HVAC is a leader in the Southeast North Carolina marketplace. To arrange a free at-home consultation, a repair/installation or simply find guidance about the nuances of modern heating and air conditioning systems, call 910-791-0480 or text 910-612-0052.

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    Tested: 1986 Ford Taurus LX Shapes the Future of the Family Sedan – Car and Driver - July 2, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    From the April 1986 Issue of Car and Driver.

    According to Webster, a milestone is "a significant point in development." The term applies perfectly to Ford's new Taurus and its sibling, the Mercury Sable. With their smooth, flowing lines and European-style road manners, the Taurus and the Sable chart a new direction for mainstream American sedans. But you undoubtedly know that by now. Ford has orchestrated an unusually long and intensive publicity program to prepare the public for these novel cars. We've done our share by devoting many of our pages to praising the design and performance of the prototypes we've tested.

    Unfortunately, milestone prototypes do not always lead to good cars in dealer showrooms. A prototype's virtues can be compromised by the penny-pinching of heartless bean counters, by manufacturing shortcuts required to meet introduction deadlines, and by last-minute second thoughts in the product-planning department. The purpose of this road test is to see whether the production Taurus lives up to its promise.

    Aaron KileyCar and Driver

    The moment of judgment has been a long time coming because Ford postponed its introduction of the Taurus and the Sable from last fall to the day after Christmas. That day hardly figured to be the best time for a new-car launch, but Ford needed the additional months to iron out the final production-line glitches. After gambling $3 billion on a high-risk design, the last thing Ford wanted was a problem-plagued introduction.

    If the Taurus LX we tested is representative of the line, Ford's extra time was well spent. The Tauruses lined up at your local Ford dealer have every sweet, windblown line in place, and they haven't been sullied by last-minute additions of chrome strips, opera windows, or stand-up hood ornaments. The cars look so buttoned-down sleek that every Ford dealer should make sure its banners are displayed prominently, lest any customers walk away under the assumption that they have stumbled into a premium foreign-car emporium.

    Aaron KileyCar and Driver

    Even if the Taurus were styled like a boxcar, we would love it for the way it drives. This car's European connection is more than skin-deep, and you feel it the moment you slip behind the wheel. Unlike the sofa-soft seats of most mainstream American sedans, our test car's split-bench front seat had firm padding and a proper contour. It provided solid support for long stints behind the wheel.

    The Taurus's steering is also a departure from the over-assisted, lifeless American norm. The power-assisted rack-and-pinion mechanism is fast, communicative, and nicely weighted. With only 2.6 turns lock-to-Iock, the Taurus responds crisply to steering-wheel commands and changes direction in clean, precise arcs without any two-stage turn-and-wait action. At the same time, the steering has a pronounced on-center feeling. There is a distinct toggle-switch action when you turn the wheel off the straight-ahead position, and you can feel the pressure build in your hands as the front tires go to work in a corner.

    Aaron KileyCar and Driver

    This outstanding steering can be appreciated in any kind of driving, but it is particularly welcome when the Taurus is pushed, because it collaborates beautifully with the car's excellent handling. Whether charging through an entrance ramp or slaloming down a winding mountain road, the Taurus feels reassuring and composed. There is always a bit of understeer, but only enough to keep the rear wheels in line; deliberate action is required to bring the tail out. The Taurus never pushes so much that it shreds its front tires, not even at its cornering limit. That limit is held to a modest 0.76 g by all-season tires, but the car's friendly handling makes all of this grip available without demanding any daredevil driving.

    Aaron KileyCar and Driver

    Such behavior is not the result of any dazzling new suspension breakthroughs, for the Taurus rides on fairly conventional struts at all four comers. The secret is a commitment to excellent handling from the design's inception, which has resulted in a number of subtle developments. The targets for this car's suspension behavior came from Europe rather than from the Lincoln line. Such details as the negative camber and four degrees of caster in the front suspension, and the calibration of the springs, shocks, anti-roll bars, and bushings, are what produce the Taurus's European-style road manners. Best of all, these details are not exclusive to a special handling package. Each and every Taurus LX handles the same. (The base Taurus, however, has different tires and lacks the LX's rear anti-roll bar.)

    Another result of the suspension tuning is a ride with more control than any big Ford sedan has ever had. And its control is not achieved in the usual American way, with stiff springs and thick anti-roll bars. The Taurus's springs are soft enough to follow most road imperfections, and its shock absorbers have enough damping to keep a tight rein on body motions. One typically European feature that the Taurus lacks is very hard suspension bushings. As a result, the Taurus rides just like an Audi or a BMW over large undulations, but absorbs small ridges and sharp edged bumps a bit better.

    Aaron KileyCar and Driver

    No doubt some of the credit for this performance belongs to the Taurus's rigid chassis. Our test car had that carved-from-a-solid-billet-of-steel feeling that is common among premium European sedans. This solid structure is apparently a result of plenty of material rather than of a perfectly optimized design, because our Taurus weighed a hefty 3251 pounds. A comparably sized Audi 5000S weighs in at under 2900, and a Pontiac 6000STE weighs only 3100 pounds.

    Fortunately, the all-new Taurus powertrain deals easily with the excess poundage. The transversely mounted 3.0-liter V-6 is typically domestic in its use of a pushrod valvetrain and iron construction for its block and heads, but it does employ port fuel injection, Ford's sophisticated EEC IV engine-control system, and aluminum castings for a number of components. It operates in conjunction with a four-speed automatic transmission that uses an electronically controlled lockup torque converter and an overdrive fourth gear to deliver good highway fuel economy.

    Aaron KileyCar and Driver

    With 140 horsepower on tap, the Taurus accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds and through the standing quarter-mile in 17.4 seconds at 79 mph. For comparison, that's about as quick as an automatic BMW 528e, and quicker than both the Pontiac 6000STE and the normally aspirated Audi 5000. Furthermore, the Taurus's 20 mpg on the EPA city cycle betters the mileage of all of these competitors.

    Despite the V-6 engine's American design, it has the refined, purposeful note at high rpm that we usually associate with premium European machinery. Indeed, it produces a bit more powertrain noise than is usual in large American sedans, reaching 76 dBA during hard acceleration. The engine is quite subdued during cruising, however; a slight wind whistle accounted for most of our test car's 71-dBA interior sound level at 70 mph.

    Aaron KileyCar and Driver

    Much of the credit for the powertrain's performance belongs to the transmission, which provides smooth shifts and unobtrusive converter lockup at moderate speeds and snappy downshifts to more aggressive ratios when acceleration is called for. We do wish that the transmission would stay in fourth gear under full throttle at high speeds. Its refusal to do so limits top speed to 114 mph, which corresponds to the redline in third gear. With 140 hp and a 0.32 drag coefficient, we're sure that the Taurus could do better with a little help from its fourth gear.

    We also found that the Taurus's brakes could stand improvement. Its 194-foot stopping distance from 70 mph is not bad, especially with its low-grip tires, but the pedal feel was spongy, making it difficult to modulate the braking. Evidently, Ford engineers agree, because we have been advised that a redesigned brake booster is already in production; all but the very first Tauruses should have better brake feel. Our track testing also revealed that a little more fade resistance would be useful, though we never noticed any loss of braking capacity on the street.

    Aaron KileyCar and Driver

    We suspect that few Taurus buyers will subject their cars to repeated panic stops. They'll be more likely to test its volume and load capacity. The EPA rates the Taurus at 100 cubic feet of interior volume, which puts it on the line that divides midsize and large cars. We found plenty of room inside for four adults. The rear passengers are treated to a comfortable, chair-high bench and commodious footwells under the front seats. In a pinch, the cabin is even wide enough to seat six; in front, however, the contours of the split bench will leave the center passenger sitting uncomfortably on a pair of raised bolsters. The trunk volume is also generous and usefully shaped.

    Functionally, the Taurus's interior is the equal of any European car's, but some aspects of its styling reveal its Detroit origins. The tan A-pillar moldings in our test car were attached with exposed black screws. There was also an exposed bolt in the center of the dash near the base of the windshield, and a few interior panels fit less than perfectly. We think that the fake wood-grain on the dash and door panels is out of sync with the interior's cleanly sculptured shapes, and the location of various minor controls lacks the military precision of most German cars. Some of the exterior details are also ragged, like the uneven line formed by the bottoms of the headlights, turn signals, and grille panel.

    These are very minor nits to pick, however. All in all, the Taurus is an outstanding car. It has all of the comfort and utility that one expects in a large cruiser. And for the person who enjoys driving, American sedans don't come any better.

    Aaron KileyCar and Driver

    The Taurus is competitive with European sedans as well. In performance, handling, ride, fuel economy, and utility, it is as good as or better than the Audi 5000S and the BMW 528e. And while the Audi costs $18,065 and the BMW $26,280, the Taurus LX can be had for $13,351. That price includes air conditioning; power windows, locks, mirrors, and lumbar support; the V-6 with the four-speed automatic; a four-speaker AM/FM-stereo radio; and premium interior trim. Even at the $15,079 price of our fully loaded test car, the Taurus is priced very competitively.

    The Taurus doesn't quite have the assembly quality or the careful detail design of the best European cars, but are the small differences worth several thousand dollars? Most of us think not. Furthermore, we suspect that Ford will do its best to smooth out the Taurus's few rough edges in the coming months. Then the only remaining problem will be to convince the skeptics that one of the world's finest sedans is a Ford.

    Now there can be no more excuses. The Taurus is finally in production, and it either lives up to its promise or it doesn't. Ford revealed this car to the press so early in the development process that it seemed like an old friend long before the production lines were cranked up to full speed.

    That's the soft spot in the early review process. Mass production, like marriage, always changes something. Some pieces of the giant mechanical jigsaw puzzle suddenly won't fit anymore, because a stamping machine in some far-off factory has gone out of toleranceor who knows what might happen? Anything can go wonky. For this reason, we tried in our previews of this car to keep a tight rein on hyperbole. That was tough, because cars as promising as the Taurus come along only once in a long while.

    Now that I've finally driven a production Taurus, I'm more than ready to tackle the question we've been posing for the past several months. Is this Ford really a breakthrough, a car with European breeding, German-luxury-car moves, a strong dose of value, and all the goodness that can be packed into a cut-rate Audi 5000? The answer is yes. Rich Ceppos

    There was a time many months ago when I was convinced that the Taurus and the Sable were too advanced for mainstream American tastes. The new sedans so neatly fit my philosophies about what a modern American sedan should be that I couldn't imagine the greater car-buying public nodding in agreement. Now that the assembly lines are rolling and the dealers are dealing, it's clear that I wasn't the only bloke waiting for Detroit to produce a worthwhile sedan. Plenty of folks with cash in hand have stepped up to the counter, and a good share of the first year's production is already sold.

    Yes, Martha, there really is a demand for functional, affordable, and distinctively good-looking automobiles. GM has also gotten the message, and it has literally rushed back to the drawing boards in response to the initial success of the Taurus and the Sable. Our testing of one production Taurus has uncovered no flies in the ointment, and I couldn't be happier. Although there won't be a Taurus or a Sable in my garage in the foreseeable future, I'm certainly looking forward to having a few hundred thousand of my kind of car on the road. Don Sherman

    I'll wait six months, thanks. Ford has left itself a little detail work now that it's flat nailed the basics of designing and producing a league-leading sedan. The Taurus's big stuff is in the bag: great looks, great aero, great space, great comfortin short, all the benefits you gain by carefully studying the big problems and responding to them with great understanding.

    Now it's time for Ford to address the little stuff. The screw heads staring from their open sockets in the interior trim. The atrocious orange-ish "woodgrain" that stretches across the dash but fails to match the darker inserts that adorn the doors. The big gaps in the LX's exterior door spats. The wind noise around the A-pillars. The brake pedal's closeness to the driver's seat, which only emphasizes the brakes' touchiness. The gas pedal's oversensitivity at low speeds. The automatic's often jerky shifting.

    With the little stuff still on the loose, the Taurus isn't ready for games of coordination with an Audi 5000S. But because the basics are so bullish, I am willing to wait. Larry Griffin

    SPECIFICATIONS

    1986 Ford Taurus LX

    VEHICLE TYPE

    front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door sedan

    PRICE AS TESTED

    $15,079 (base price: $13,777)

    ENGINE TYPE

    pushrod 12-valve V-6, iron block and heads, port fuel injection

    Displacement: 182 in3, 2986 cm3

    Power: 140 hp @ 4800 rpm

    Torque: 160 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

    TRANSMISSION

    4-speed automatic

    CHASSIS

    Suspension (F/R): strut/multilink

    Brakes (F/R): 10.2-in vented disc/8.9-in drum

    Tires: Firestone Supreme, P205/70R-14 M+S

    DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase: 106.0 in

    Length: 188.4 in

    Width: 70.4 in

    Height: 54.4 in

    Passenger volume: 100 ft3

    Trunk volume: 17 ft3

    Curb weight: 3251 lb

    C/D TEST RESULTS

    60 mph: 9.8 sec

    100 mph: 31.2 sec

    Top gear, 3050 mph: 5.4 sec

    Top gear, 5070 mph: 6.7 sec

    1/4 mile: 17.4 sec @ 79 mph

    Top speed: 114 mph

    Braking, 700 mph: 194 ft

    Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.76 g

    C/D FUEL ECONOMY

    Observed: 20 mpg

    EPA FUEL ECONOMY

    Combined/city/highway: 23/20/28 mpg

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    Here Are The Greatest Special Edition Cars From Ferrari And Lamborghini – HotCars - June 30, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Sometimes, these 2 supercar brands dial things up a notch by creating special edition cars made available to only the privileged clientele.

    Ferrari and Lamborghini are two Italian rivals that are locked in an eternal battle for dominance in the world of supercars and hypercars. In fact, the Lamborghini company was formed as a result of a feud between Ferruccio Lamborghini and Enzo Ferrari.

    Over the years, both companies have delighted the car world with a series of incredible machines that seamlessly combine engine performance and handling. On occasion, they dial things up a notch with the creation of special edition cars that are made available to only a few privileged clientele. We focus on that here and showcase some of the best wonders-on-wheels to have emerged from these Italian powerhouses.

    The J50 was a surprise announcement by Ferrari in December 2016. The car was designed to celebrate the 50th year of Ferrari business in the Japanese market. It is based on the 488 Spider but the 3.9-liter V8 has been jacked up by 20 hp to a total of 681 hp. Its exterior styling is much more aggressive too with pronounced lines and an extended rear bumper that helps with high-speed handling and stability. Only 10 units were made and Ferrari allowed each lucky customer to customize each one according to personal taste.

    Lamborghini is not into the business of building one-offs however, they may relax the rules for the right customerand the right price of course. This mental SC18 Alston is proof of that; a car rumored to have cost the owner over $7 million. It is the first one-off from the companys motorsport division and is based on the Aventador SVJ platform The SC18 Alston but has more power though, with the V12 engine tuned to produce 800 hp. It also has an extreme aero package designed to help glue the car to the roads at high speeds.

    The SA Aperta was unveiled to the public at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and only 80 examples were built to preserve its exclusivity. All 80 units were sold before production had even commenced. It is essentially a convertible 599 GTB but with certain additions that make it more potent; like the 661-hp V12 engine and the super-responsive gearbox from the bonkers 599 GTO. The SA Aperta needs just over 3 seconds to get to 60 mph and the needle will keep climbing until it maxes out at 202 mph really impressive for a convertible.

    The Gallardo is one of Lamborghinis most successful models and over 14,000 units were built in a 10-year production run. There were a few special editions runs included in that number; with the Valentino Balboni Edition arguably the among the best Gallardo variants. This 550 hp baby Lambo was specially created in honor of the famous Lamborghini Test driver, Valentino Balboni, who spent almost 4 decades with the company. The Gallardo Balboni Edition was limited to a run of 250 units and cost over $10,000 more than the regular model.

    As the name implies, the Centenario was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ferruccio Lamborghini, the company founder. 40 units of the car were built 20 coupes and 20 roadsters with each one costing almost $2 million. The cars V12 engine produces 759 hp and 509 pound-feet of torque. The car does feature a few prominent styling elements like the massive air intakes along the sides of the car and the gigantic rear diffuser with vertical fins that seem to extend downwards, right from the engine bay.

    This otherworldly Lamborghini creation is not for everybody. First, only 20 units were built at a cost well north of $2million. As if that was not exclusive enough, this insane car is not road-legal and can only be used on the tracks. There is no denying its capabilities though; needing only 2.5 seconds to get to 60 mph before a blistering run to its top speed of about 186 mph. The car is little more than a carbon-fiber tub and engine to save weight which works to its advantage when its out on the tracks defying nature.

    In 2014, the F60 America was launched as part of Ferraris 60th-anniversarycelebrations. They only produced 10 units; with a price tag of $2.5million slapped on each one. That mattered little though as all 10 examples were snapped up by eager customers shortly after the car was announced. The F60 is based on the F12 Berlinetta however in the F60, you get to enjoy the roar of the naturally aspirated V12 without restrictions as it is a proper convertible. It is the ultimate in an open-top driving experience that only a precious few get to experience.

    Related:15 Facts About Pierre Bardinon And His Crazy Ferrari Collection

    The Aventador SVJ is the last hoorah for Lamborghinis iconic naturally aspirated non-hybrid V12 engined cars. The company has made sure it will be a memorable exit indeed with the introduction of the exclusive SVJ63. The 63 is a reference to the year the company was formed and can be applied to the car in a variety of custom decals. This beast will hit 60 mph in less than 3 seconds before maxing out at a 217 mph top speed. There will be 63 units of the coupe and roadster versions and yes, they have all been sold out.

    Related:15 Rarest And Most Exclusive Lambos Ever Made

    This special one-off Ferrari is based on one of the best naturally aspirated V8 supercars the 458 Speciale. It was designed on request by Ferrari Special Projects division for a wealthy British businessman who also happens to be a Prancing Horse fan. The engine remains unchanged from the 458 Speciale but a lot of design work went into the 458 MM to make it even more aerodynamically stable. You can immediately spot new additions like the air scoop on the flanks and the addition of a spoiler at the rear.

    This is one car that may be out of reach even if you can afford the insane $2.6 million price tag. The FXX K Evo is an invite-only, track-only car thats only offered to members of the Ferrari Corse Clienti Programme. You also have to commit to a number of requirements before you are allowed ownership privileges. First, the FXX K Evo can be no garage queen and has to actually be actively driven. The car will also remain with Ferrari for the first few years of ownership while they study its technology that may be a part of mainstream production cars in the future.

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    The Italianate brilliance of Sister Tatlow’s house – Architecture and Design - June 30, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    From the architect:

    This project involved the restoration and modification of an historically significant single storey Victorian era Italianate villa in inner Melbourne.

    The brief was to combine the historic original building with a new addition to create a home for contemporary living.

    The original house remains largely intact to retain historical value whilst the new additions provide an opportunity to add contemporary amenity commonly lacking in Victorian era houses; including providing new spaces which are well oriented, naturally lit & ventilated and meaningfully connected to outdoor space.

    This project offered a range of opportunities to engage with tradition in different ways including the faithful restoration of traditional features, the reinterpretation of existing architectural ideas such as the iron columns of the traditional veranda and the introduction of new discordant ones like the use of Perspex to amplify the characteristics of the original house and provide a new way of seeing the old.

    The building functions as dwelling and display for the owners contemporary art collection. Consideration of the house as both gallery and home were considered during the design stages and influenced decisions such as window placement, and the play of natural and artificial light. Spaces are designed to accommodate a wide variety of sculpture, hanging wall art, video and light installations inserted into the everyday domestic setting of kitchen, pantry and powder room.

    The clients were also keen to adapt and reuse steel framed windows reclaimed from a previous project.

    The extension is legible as distinct works while being sympathetic in scale to the original house. The new built form is understated when viewed from the street. The new north facing two-level extension has been located to the rear behind a brick garage and pool area partly over clad in black Perspex which mirrors the lush garden and the detailed Victorian faade in the distinctive large setback on approach to the front door.

    New works are contemporary in appearance and reference a more industrial take on traditional Victorian era materials such as recycled brick and steel

    The existing house was carefully restored and upgraded to include new artificial lighting, heating, mechanical ventilation and increased thermal performance.

    More robust interventions to the original house included demolition of some internal walls in order to better connect spaces. Detail design components include the adaptive reuse of steel window frames and recycled bricks used in the new addition. The transition between old and new is expressed with a glazed atrium framed in steelwork and glass.

    Steelwork extends outside to form a colonnade facing the pool area and references Victorian iron detailing including clustered iron columns to the original front veranda.

    This has been a collaborative process with valuable input from all disciplines. Landscape design plays a central role in the design with most rooms enjoying direct access to the outdoors. The landscape varies as the house progresses in formality from public to private.

    The landscape reinterprets traditional details including the tessellated motifs of the front veranda tiling.

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    eBay and the Deliveries You Never Wanted – WIRED - June 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Michael Calore: Is that the new flavor of smoothie that shows up in your Hello Fresh box?

    LG: Does Hello Fresh deliver smoothies?

    MC: [Laughs] I don't know. You tell me.

    LG: I don't know, but I'm intrigued. No, I'm going to explain what that means. Just keep that phrase in mind. Absolutely bananas insane.

    [Intro theme music]

    LG: Hi everyone, I'm Lauren Goode. I'm a senior writer at WIRED, and you're listening to Gadget Lab. I am joined remotely by my cohost, WIRED senior editor Michael Calore, who is back from a break. We missed you.

    MC: Thank you. Thank you. It's great to be back, and it's great to see your face on the little postage stamp on my screen.

    LG: I'm sure you missed Zooming in your time off.

    MC: I did, yes.

    LG: All right. "Absolutely bananas insane" is what WIRED's digital director, Brian Barrett, tweeted the other day when he shared his story about the harassment campaign that six former eBay employees allegedly launched against a Massachusetts couple who happened to run an ecommerce news site. And that is what we're going to talk about first on today's podcast. Brian, thanks for coming on Gadget Lab.

    Brian Barrett: Thank you guys for having me back.

    LG: Then later in the show, WIRED's Lily Hay Newman is going to join us to take us through the details of a troubling Russian disinformation campaign. But first, I'm just going to call this story bananas eBay. Is that OK? Can we just call it bananas eBay? I think that's what it says in the court documents, right?

    BB: Yep. I think so. Allegedly bananas eBay.

    LG: A criminal complaint released this week by the Massachusetts District Attorney's Office lays out this series of bizarre allegations that former eBay executives coordinated a long outrageous harassment campaign. Brian, take us through the details of the case. How did this all start? What do we need to know?

    BB: Well, I will just give you the speed-run version, because there are too many details. It's a 56- or something page criminal complaint, and every page is more bizarre and alarming than the last. So it all started last August. Two eBay executives who we now know to be the former CEO and the former head of PR we're texting each other, complaining about a site called EcommerceBytes, which they felt was covering eBay too negatively. The former CEO says to the former head of PR something to the effect of, "Take her down." That was in one of the texts. And that launched an alleged caper that lasted for two or three weeks. One thing I want to make clear is that everything here, nothing's proven. There's still a legal process to play out, and the two executives in question are not charged with anything. It's sort of a Thomas Beckett, "Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?" situation. It feels like where they handed the ball to their head of global security and he ran with it and threw it at a middle-aged couple from Massachusetts.

    LG: So what exactly did they do?

    BB: We have six eBay employees and contractors, all of whom have left the company since or were fired, who plotted a bizarre campaign to harass this couple. The strategy was two-pronged. One, they were going to mail increasingly disturbing packages to their home that included live cockroaches, a Halloween mask that looked like a bloody pig's face, live fly larvae, live spiders, a funeral wreath, and a book about how to cope with a dead spouse. This is a married couple. Phase two was to create a phony social media profile that would continually batter these people with DMs, taking credit for all of the deliveries that were going on. Eventually, in a huge galaxy brain strategy moment, the eBay employees said, "You know what? We're going to make this couple feel like they're under attack, and then step in as eBay and solve their problem for them so that they will be nice to us."

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    Grand Theft Auto Online: 5 Of The Best Updates (& 5 Of The Worst) – GameRant - June 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    For better and worse, Grand Theft Auto Online has been updating since it was released in 2013. Some updates brought back beloved characters from the single player campaign, while other updates added wacky situations to the game. While some of these updates pleased fans, others made them wonder what Rockstar was thinking.

    RELATED: 5 Things That Saints Row Does Better Than Grand Theft Auto (& 5 Things It Does Worse)

    Updates forGrand Theft Auto Online can range from adding new missions to the game to allowing players the tools to make their own maps. For any fan of the online portion of the game, there is most likely an update that has either left them pleased or left them disappointed and wanting more. Here are the five best and five worst updates onGrand Theft Auto Online.

    While it is pretty nice that snow was added to Los Santos, it did not last and neither did the items the player could get. Clothes were added in the update, allowing the player to look like snowmen, elves, or reindeer. The sad part is that the clotheswould vanish forever if the player took them off after the update passed.

    This is not the first updateGTA Online received, so it makes no sense why they would take away the items. The player had to pay for these items with their money, making it odd these clothes would disappear forever.

    This update allows the player to buy and operate a nightclub in Los Santos. Aside from this, the player can go to their friend's nightclubs and dance the night away. Tony Prince makes a comeback fromGrand Theft Auto IV,too, which is a treat for older fans.

    Also included in the update are new clothes and vehicles, such as the blimp and theflying motorcycle. There is a lot for players ofGTA Online, giving them either new vehicles or new missions to promote their club.

    This update does not even have a name, if that says anything. This update added the Drop Zone mission for adversary mode, while also adding two new vehicles that can be upgraded at Benny's garage.

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    No new clothing was added, despite new clothing being used for the adversary mode. Only about a week later, Rockstar released the Valentine's update for 2016. It seems like this update could have waited the week to release.

    The Cunning Stunts update focused entirely on racing, adding new tracks and racing cars to the game. What was also added was giant tubes and rings of fire to be added to custom race tracks. Fans of the racing inGrand Theft Auto Online will definitely love this update.

    The races offered in this update has the player drive through tubes that are suspended up above downtown Los Santos. New outfits are added, too. These outfits take inspiration from real racing suits and motocross suits.

    The Beach Bum Update was the first update introduced toGrand Theft Auto Online. Beach clothing and beach vehicles were added, but these outfits do not really change from what the player was able to buy already.

    It might have been the first update and Rockstar might have learned what players want, but it was still a bit of a disappointment. The only upside was the addition of a van you can paint a shark onto.

    The Bikers update allows the player to start their own motorcycle club with their friends. Also included are new motorcycles and outlaw clothing to make the perfect gang. Also added is the ability to use melee weapons while riding a motorcycle.

    Fans of theLost and DamnedDLC fromGrand Theft Auto IV will definitely enjoy this update. With Rockstar giving players double rewardsat random times for doing biker missions, it is worth forming a club.

    The High Life update added new clothes, vehicles, and the ability to buy a second property. More jobs were also added for the player to complete. The bad part, though, is a new mental state system was added to the game.

    The mental state of a player will rise as they kill NPCs, players, and blow up cars. This will rise, even if the player is killing in self defense. It might not seem like a big deal, but it will lead to players being more likely to kill you.

    This update added a casino, allowing players to gamble and own their own penthouse. New missions were added to the game relating to the casino, such as attacking the current owner soTao Cheng becomes owner. Also included were new survival missions, new races, and new vehicles for the player to buy.

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    Content forRed Dead Redemption II was also added, in a way. By collecting 54 cards, the player will be rewarded with an outfit onRed Dead Online. With this update, players are finally able to see inside the casino and gamble with their friends.

    This update was added to celebrate the 4th of July. Added was a musket, fireworks, and vehicles with American flag decals. As cool and fittingly patriotic as these additions sounded, the one majorissue is a lot of this stuff is only available once a year.

    Much like the Holiday Special, players are only able to buy this gear when the event happens. This means if they miss the 4th of July, they have to wait an entire year if they want a musket or fireworks. Additionally, this means players would have to ration their fireworks for an entire year before they could get more.

    The Heists Update was finally added to the game on March 10, 2015. This added heists the player could do with their friends, while offering a quick way to earn money. The heists are different from ones found in single player, making them truly unique.

    Heists can range from robbing drugs from gang members to robbing a bank and escaping on motorcycle. Also included are new vehicles, such as an armored car and attack helicopters. The heists are a fun way to work together with friends, trying to do better each time a heist is started.

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    Additions, upgrades and changes as Carson City casinos reopen Thursday – Carson Now - June 7, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    After the statewide shutdown in March due to COVID-19, Carson City area casinos are preparing to return to business this week, joining dozens of casinos in northern Nevada as they are set to resume operations on Thursday, June 4, the first day gaming establishments are allowed to reopen.

    New promotions, improvements, cleanings and safety guidelines have been established by the Center for Disease Control and Nevada Gaming Control Board to keep customers and employees protected.

    Arriving guests may see new additions to several casinos around town. The Carson Nugget has remodeled its entire facility with new slots, games, televisions and more for customers to enjoy.

    CEO Dean DiLullo has been quite pleased with the recent improvements.

    Were very excited to get back into business, weve spent a lot of time and money improving our staff and our casino," he said. "We want to make this an enjoyable and safe experience for everyone here.

    As casinos gear up for a return to business, here is a rundown on the openings and safety guidelines from each establishment.

    Carson NuggetThe Carson Nugget, located on 507 N. Carson St., will reopen June 4 at 8 a.m to celebrate its 66th year.

    Several additions and games have remodeled the entire casino for guests to enjoy. The Nugget has put in new slot machines, video blackjack, sports books, Winners Club entry, flat-screen televisions, table game areas and restaurant concepts.

    Parking areas have been cleaned and re-striped for a new-look entrance. All bars, restaurants, emporiums, hotels and classic Bingo halls will be open. To celebrate The Nuggets 66th anniversary, it will host a $66,000 Gold and Silver Giveaway.

    DiLullo said that all Carson Nugget staff are following the CDC guidelines and Nevada Gaming Control Board to practice social distancing.

    Employees will wear gloves, masks and sanitize to keep a safe distance from others. Masks and gloves are optional for customers and will be available on site.

    Casino FandangoThe Casino Fandango, located on 3800 S. Carson St., is set to reopen June 4 at 8 a.m. New precautionary efforts followed by the CDC will be put in place to help keep customers and employees safe.

    These safety measures include non-invasive temperature checks using infrared thermometers at entrances, hand sanitizing stations and reinforced cleaning guidelines. Team members are required to wear masks and gloves while they are both optional and available for guests.

    A physical distance of at least six feet is also required at games, restaurants and all other venues. Floor distancing markers will be used in areas with lines. Plexiglass shields will be set up to protect customers and employees. Slot capacity will hover around 50 percent.

    Casino Fandango manager Court Cardinal emphasized the importance of safety inside the casino.

    Its crucial to know everyone is safe as we get things in order, he said. Those guidelines help all of us do just that.

    All six restaurants will be open within The Fandango, excluding the buffet. Its headline establishment, Dukes Steakhouse, has remained open since May 22.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, The Fandango has put in new improvements including kitchen floors, bar countertops and a deep cleaning of the entire kitchen and facility.

    Each piece of equipment is almost brand new, Cardinal said. It was a long process to clean, but one that had to be done and we couldn't be more excited to show it.

    Max CasinoMax Casino, located on 900 S. Carson St., is reopening June 4 at 6 a.m. It will kick things off with a Tears of Joy hotseats and seven-time point multiplier events.

    Senior Day will be held every Wednesday of the month along with Midnight Madness, where gamers receive $5 of free play for every 500 base points. The Wyndham Garden Hotel is set to open June 5.

    The Black Bear Diner is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Weekly early bird specials will be available Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Beverage service will be held inside the Cabaret Lounge.

    Hand sanitizing stations have been set up throughout the casino for employees and customers to use. Health signage will be posted to keep guests informed on important safety measures.

    Bodines CasinoBodines Casino and Restaurant, located on 5650 S. Carson St., is set to reopen June 4 at 7 a.m.

    According to a statement on their official website, the Bodines staff has been sanitizing, preparing and training by the guidelines set by the CDC and Nevada Gaming Control. It plans to put procedures in place for the safety and protection of employees and customers.

    Along with a selection of slots and games, The Bodines Restaurant will reopen with everyday food specials.

    SlotWorld CasinoSlotWorld Casino, located on 3879 US Hwy 50 East, is reopening June 4 at 6 a.m. The staff has been following the guidelines enforced by the CDC to ensure the safety of employees and guests.

    Betsys Big Kitchen will open June 4 with daily specials and menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Gold Dust West and Comstock CasinoGold Dust West-Carson City, 2171 E. William St., and Comstock Casino, 3680 Goni Rd., are scheduled to reopen June 4 at 8 a.m. There is no official word on if the bowling alley will be open inside Gold Dust West.

    Dottys CasinoAll five Dottys Casino locations in Carson City are planning on reopening June 4. An official opening time has not been announced.

    Jackpot Crossing was reopening Thursday, according to its Facebook page. Cactus Jacks was to open Thursday morning, according to its Facebook page.

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    Rohit Roy takes out his Indian FTR 1200 for a ride, tweets ‘It’s therapeutic’ – Hindustan Times - June 7, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Actor Rohit Bose Roy had a "therapeutic" Sunday.

    Posing with his bike in his latest photo, Rohit tweeted: "Sunday ride done right!! So after almost 4 months, I went on a ride and I wish I had words to express that feeling one feels when the wind hits your face..it isn't just exhilaration, it's a mix of LIFE and FREEDOM! It's therapeutic.. wish you all love and good health! #RideMore."

    He has often taken to social media to share how much he loves riding bikes and that it's one of the things that he misses during the ongoing lockdown.

    (Also Read: Indian Motorcycle to not launch BS 6 bikes until end-2020)

    The Indian FTR 1200 that Roy was spotted posing with is one of the latest additions in his garage. The bike was launched in the Indian market in 2019 and is currently being sold at huge discounts.

    At the heart of the FTR 1200 sits a 1,203 cc V-Twin engine which is also shared with the FTR 1200 S/RR and the recently revealed FTR 1200 Carbon. It is a liquid-cooled unit which is known to deliver 126 PS of power and 120 Nm of peak torque. As per the company, this engine has been tuned to deliver an exhilarating low-end/mid-range torque delivery.

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    Its electronics package include lean-angle sensitive stability control, ABS, traction control and wheelie mitigation control. It also gets three riding modes which comprise Standard, Sport and Rain. There is also a 4.3-inch fully-digital and coloured instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity and USB fast-charger port.

    Roy also has a couple of more bikes in his garage including an Indian Scout Bobber.

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    Filmfare recommends: Top Akshay Kumar comedies from the last 20 years – Filmfare - June 7, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Akshay Kumar has recently been crowned by Forbes as the top Indian celebrity to earnthe highest amount of moneythis year. Hes the only Indian in the worlds highest-paid celebrity list. Akshay owes much of his success to his comedy films. From being a top action star, he moved towards doing comedy from the year 2000 and reaped rich dividends. Presenting a list of some of Akshay Kumars best comedies from the last two decades for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

    Hera Pheri (2000)

    The story of this laugh riot is adapted from the 1989 Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking which was based on the 1971 television film See The Man Run. A sequel Phir Hera Pheri was released in 2006. The comedy revolved around a wrong number being answered which leads to all kinds of misadventures. Babu Bhaiya (Paresh Rawal), a kind-hearted garage owner has two tenants, Raju (Akshay Kumar), who is indulging in get rich quick schemes all the time and Shyam (Suni Shetty), who has come to the city to get a job in place of his deceased father. One day Kabeera (Gulshan Grover) gives a ransom call to the owner of Star Fisheries, Mr Devi Prasad (Kulbhushan Kharbanda). The call, however, gets connected to Babu Bhaiya. Kabeera, informs that his granddaughter Rinku is kidnapped and asks for a ransom. When Raju gets to know this, he calls Devi Prasad pretending to be Kabira and asks for an even bigger amount. This leads them to all kinds of mayhem but in the end, they thankfully end up rescuing Rinku and also get rich in the process.

    Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004)

    Sameer Malhotra (Salman Khan) has anger management issues. He keeps getting in trouble because of that. He even sours his relations with Colonel Jugraj Singh (Om Puri), the father of Rani Singh (Priyanka Chopra), the woman he loves. Sunny (Akshay Kumar) enters at this stage. He too likes Rani and taking advantage of Sameers condition, deliberately sets traps that portray him in a bad light. Sunny wins everyones heart with his good behaviour while Sameer falls down further in everyones esteem. Later, its revealed that Sunny is actually Sameers childhood friend Arun who did all this to cure his friend of his anger issues. He helps Sameer get reunited with Rani and all ends well.

    Garam Masala (2005)

    It is a remake of Priyadarshans Malayalam film Boeing Boeing (1985). Akshay and John play rival photographers who are always looking to put the other down. Akshay becomes engaged to three girls simultaneously in Johns absence. When John returns, hes at first consumed by jealousy but later tries to help his friend keep the three women apart and becomes romantically entangled with them. All hell breaks loose when Macs actual fiance comes visiting. How the two friends defuse the situation forms the crux of the story. This raunchy comedy had John facing off Akshay Kumar in the hot bod department. Their rivalry was the main attraction of the film. Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav too shone in their respective roles.

    Phir Hera Pheri (2006)

    Neeraj Vora took over the directors reins from Priyadarshan and Bipasha Basu and Rimi Sen were the new additions to the film. The central plot takes inspiration from the Hollywood film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Raju is conned by Anuradha (Bipasha Basu), to invest his money in a 21-day double your money scheme. He also convinces Babu Bhaiyya (Paresh Rawal) and Shyam (Sunil Shetty) to invest in it. They even sell their lavish bungalow for that. He even asks a small-time goon, Pappu (Rajpal Yadav) to contribute 20 lakhs towards the scheme. They are asked by Pappus boss Tiwari (Sharat Saxena), to cough up the money soon otherwise theyll be killed. They come across a drug consignment and go to a middleman Kachara Seth (Manoj Joshi), who arranges to unknowingly sell it to same mafia guys whom the drugs were meant for. The whole shebang ends in a circus where Raju, Shyam and Babu Bhaiyya escape with three ancient guns worth crores. The film ends just when Raju is poised to throw the guns in a river.

    Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)

    This thriller-comedy is a remake of the 1993 Malayalam film, Manichitrathazhu. Siddharth (Shiney Ahuja) and Avni (Vidya Balan), the son and daughter-in-law of Badri's (Manoj Joshi) elder brother, return to their native village from the US and decide to stay in their ancestral palace. Badri is against this as the palace is said to be haunted. What Badri fears, happens. Avni gets possessed by the spirit of Manjulika, a Bengali classical dancer. Siddharth calls his friend, psychiatrist Dr Aditya Shrivastav (Akshay Kumar) from New York, to sort things out. Dr Aditya initially feels Siddharth's childhood love interest Radha (Ameesha Patel), who is Badri's adopted daughter, is behind all this but later finds his beliefs shaken when he himself experiences a supernatural encounter. Later, he solves the problem with the help of an elaborate charade.

    Welcome (2007)

    Dr Ghunghroo (Paresh Rawal) wants his nephew Rajeev(Akshay Kumar) married to a good girl belonging to a decent family. Mafia dons Uday (Nana Patekar) and Majnu (Anil Kapoor) con him into thinking that theyre law-abiding citizens as they too want their sister Sanjana (Katrina Kaif) married to a person who belongs to a good family. Rajeev and Sanjana meet and fall in love. All seems to be going well when Ghungroo comes to know of the subterfuge. He sends his niece Ishika (Mallika Sherawat) as Rajeevs sweetheart in a bid to break off the marriage but both Uday and Majnu get smitten by Ishika. Rajeev meanwhile inspires Majnu and Uday to give up their life of crime. However, another mafia Don, RDX (Feroz Khan) and his son Lucky (Shereveer), too get embroiled in this madness. The film ends with a hilarious climax, inspired by the Charlie Chaplin film The Gold Rush (1925), where all parties are trapped in a cliff-facing house which starts collapsing.

    Singh Is Kinng (2008)

    Happy Singh (Akshay Kumar) is sent along with his friend Rangeela (Om Puri) to bring Lucky (Sonu Sood) back to Punjab. However, his tickets get mixed with those of Puneet (Ranveer Shorey) and he ends up going to Egypt, where he meets Sonia (Katrina Kaif) and falls in love with her. He eventually reaches Australia and finds out that Lucky is the uncrowned king of the Australian underworld. Owing to circumstances perpetuated by Happy, Lucky gets paralysed and somehow Happy gets his throne. Happy sets about reforming Luckys gang by making them help a distraught woman (Kirron Kher), who happens to be Sonias mother. Slowly, the gang gets reformed and want to give up their life of crime. Luckys brother Mika (Jaaved Jaffrey) doesnt like this development and wants to kill Happy and becomes the boss himself. However, at the last moment, hes stopped by Lucky, who is cured of his paralysis. Lucky agrees that he has been living the wrong kind of life and promises to reform himself and the film ends on a happy note for all.

    Desi Boyz (2011)

    It marked the directorial debut of Rohit Dhawan. Jignesh 'Jerry' Patel (Akshay Kumar) and Nikhil 'Nick' Mathur (John Abraham), live together in London. Jerry does odd jobs for a living while Nick has a proper corporate job. Both find themselves jobless due to recession. Jerry wants to look after his nephew who has lost his parents and Nick wants to marry his girlfriend and give her a good life. To work towards that aim, both join a male escort service and become extremely popular. However, Nicks girlfriend leaves him when she finds out hes an escort. And even Jerry is on the verge of losing the custody of his nephew. The duo, who have fallen off initially, unite to sort out their lives together and succeed in it. Again, the big draw of the film was Akshay and Johns male escort act, which literally set the screen on fire.

    Jolly LLB 2 (2017)

    Akshay Kumar plays a small-town lawyer who, ridden by guilt, takes up a case involving false encounters by the police. He has never undertaken a case before, his knowledge of the courtroom proceedings is scratchy and hes up against one of the best defence lawyers in the city. But his persistence does pay off and he not only ends up uncovering the unlawful activities of the police, but he also ends up nabbing the real culprit. Fake encounters by the police are indeed a sad reality of our country. Hats off to director Subhash Kapoor for making a bold, sensitive film on such a hard-hitting subject. While the film is given a comedic treatment, its intentions are anything but. What the film is trying to say is that its become the practice of sorts to give the police a clean chit in sensitive cases. The judiciary tends to take a lenient view of things where extra-judicial killings of terrorists are involved. But care should be taken that no innocent gets harmed while taking action against insurgents. That the police shouldnt overstep their authority nor should it falsify facts. Akshay Kumar does full justice to his role as an inexperienced lawyer who nevertheless isnt short on courage. Annu Kapoors one-liners keep you in splits and Saurabh Shukla too is in fine form as the judge.

    Good Newwz (2019)

    Good Newwz is a comedy revolving around pregnancy. Varun Batra (Akshay Kumar) and Deepti Batra (Kareena Kapoor Khan) are an urban upper-middle-class couple from Mumbai trying hard to become pregnant. Honey Batra (Diljit Dosanjh) and Monika Batra (Kiara Advani) are another rich couple from Chandigarh who are also trying to have a baby. They both end up at a high-end IVF clinic run by Dr Joshi (Adil Hussain) and his wife (Tisca Chopra). Due to a similarity in their names, there is a mix up in the clinic and Deepti gets incubated with Honey's sperm and vice versa. The Mumbai Batras can't come to terms with the loud ways of the Chandigarh Batras. Thinking that the yuppie Batras might abort their baby, the rustic couple flies down to Mumbai and buys a house in the same building as Varun and Deepti. Whether the couples end up as friends and would get to reconcile their differences forms the crux of this comedy.

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    Home of the week | At Home – Times-Mail - May 30, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Address: 2603 E. Windermere Woods Drive

    Agent: Trish Sterling, Sterling Real Estate 812-327-5431

    Price: $455,000

    MLS: #202012968

    Directions: Covenanter to Woodbine, first right on Windermere, immediate left. Home is located on the left.

    Courtesy photos

    This move-in ready 4-bedroom, 3-bath fully renovated condo in the Windermere Woods community, is located blocks from IU, downtown Bloomington and all the conveniences of east side shopping. Guests enter through a large foyer that opens on one side to a formal living room with picture windows and a gas fireplace, and to the dining and kitchen area on the other. The sellers enhanced the heart of the home by opening the space and raising the kitchen ceiling. They installed new cabinets, with separate work zones, and top-of-the-line appliances, including a Subzero refrigerator and induction oven, quartz counters a large island with a second sink and ample storage. The dining room welcomes large groups and accommodates full size dining furniture. Also on the main level is a generous master suite that has been designed with a walk-in shower, double sinks and a separate laundry area with custom storage and separate access to the garage. A smaller bedroom has been converted to a very large walk-in master closet. The second bedroom (currently being used as a den) is also on the main level. It includes great closet storage, private access to the full second bath, and opens to the sunporch. The walkout basement features two guest bedrooms, an updated full bath, wet bar with refrigerator and microwave, and a very large family gathering space with a wood burning fireplace. There also is a large storage room with shelving on the lower level. An updated private patio area has an outdoor kitchen, including built-in barbecue with great work space. Numerous updates and tasteful additions make this home a rare and special find. The sellers added new wood flooring on the main level and carpet in the finished basement; new HVAC, hot water heater and water softener; updated electric, including canned ceiling lights, Hunter Douglas up/down blinds and new bathrooms. The two-car garage includes a pull down attic with additional storage. Enjoy easy maintenance, quality living right in the center of town.

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