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  1. Okay! Chipped out the plaster last night, and...

    Okay! Chipped out the plaster last night, and with ample use of a rubber mallet, was finally able to get the escutcheon off. Then I realized why it had been so difficult. The escutcheon seems to have...
  2. Appreciate the responses. Sounds like you two...

    Appreciate the responses. Sounds like you two think this set is functionally fine to keep, even if old.

    Do the escutcheons unscrew just lefty-loosey as usual? I can't seem to get them to budge.
  3. I developed a 22-home subdivision with each home...

    I developed a 22-home subdivision with each home on its own geothermal heat pump. Finished in early 2000, with the build out of homes taking about a year and a half. These homes cost at or less than...
  4. "Standard" shower/tub valve repair or replace?

    I would really appreciate the opinion of the plumbers here on whether to repair or replace my "Standard" (American Standard?) shower/tub valve.

    It is dripping from the tub spout when turned off....
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    That sounds practical and do-able. I think I have...

    That sounds practical and do-able. I think I have my new plan. We might actually pare down all the stuff up there, too, due to moving it out to put in the new layer of 2 x 10s.
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    Talked to Delta service rep, who said the valve...

    Talked to Delta service rep, who said the valve cartridges were no longer made for this faucet, that it was not ceramic, and that the stainless plate and rubber seat could be expected to last for...
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    Great! I have sent a pm with my contact info.

    Great! I have sent a pm with my contact info.
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    I like all your recommendations. I agree with...

    I like all your recommendations. I agree with them. I am daunted by them.

    Daunting to think of removing everything in the attic into the house, ripping out all the flooring in the attic (3" strip...
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    Delta 2348 anywhere?

    So in trying to figure out the best solution to replace an 8" spread, two handle tub shower faucet, I found some old ads on the web for the Delta 2348, which is a thermostatic valve with the two...
  10. Danz has a D500155 2 handle with vales that is...

    Danz has a D500155 2 handle with vales that is pressure balanced. It is unusual in the the 2 valves, one for temperature and the other for flow volume, are set up horizontally with an 8" spread. For...
  11. HERE IT IS: But discontinued...And I don't think...

    HERE IT IS: But discontinued...And I don't think it will do for us.

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  12. Looks great! But what is it?

    Jim,
    Grohe stuff always looks great to me. But....um...I'm not sure I know what that is and how it works.
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    Chris, I appreciate what you are saying, but some...

    Chris, I appreciate what you are saying, but some of us really do need the storage space that the attic provides. If you were going to keep using it, what would you do?
  14. Ideas for 2-handle tub diverter preserving tile?

    Plumber has said my 1948 home's tub/shower faucet and tub diverter spout are shot. We have great vintage tile that we don't want to replace, and the cover-up with ears to cover holes from our 8"...
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    LOL! Same as mine.

    Thanks for posting that picture: the unit is the same as mine! And I have been wondering the same thing, and even considering taking out the unit because of the insulation problems, even though it...
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    Toto Aquia II review, learnings

    There's a general Aquia comment thread that got very long. So here's an Aquia II conversation opener.

    After lurking here and posting a few questions, we chose an Aquia II for our downstairs...
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    Or can use quarters

    While you wait for Toto to send you replacement plastic tubes to cut to fit, you can stick two quarters on top of the flush tower. This worked for us.

    It is like loaning your toilet 50 cents.
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    Helped me, too

    I experienced the same "problem" you describe. A relatively usual push on the .9 button (usual being about the rhythm a level would be pushed) would result in a little abortive flush. But a longer...
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    The warnings are about not putting a moisture...

    The warnings are about not putting a moisture barrier in the wrong place, being any place where migrating moisture vapor would condense where it would do harm.

    Often helpful to think about our...
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    Brian, I completely agree with all the advice...

    Brian,
    I completely agree with all the advice that the focus should be on getting rid of air infiltration. It isn't sexy or heroic, but as you note, there is always a lot of gap-sealing to do in old...
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    Assume moisture will get into walls, whatever you...

    Assume moisture will get into walls, whatever you do. It is a when, not an if.

    That was the learning from the EIS "stucco" system and all the lawsuits that resulted when relatively new homes...
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    Thanks, fellows, for the helpful clarifications....

    Thanks, fellows, for the helpful clarifications.

    I'm going to order an Aquia II for the downstairs bath, and then consider which of the 3 for the upstairs master bath.

    Wish I could afford...
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    Low Map Scores? And help choosing

    I read Terry's comments that any MaP score above 500 equals about the same performance. But it bugs me that the relatively reasonably-priced Totos mainly did about 500 in the last (Nov. 28: 13th ed)...
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