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  1. Thanks Jim. Closed up all the gaps with foil...

    Thanks Jim. Closed up all the gaps with foil tape. Don't know if that's the proper way to do it, but it definitely pulls a proper draft now.
  2. Thanks Dana. I didn't check before I started...

    Thanks Dana.
    I didn't check before I started taking everything apart, but when I put it all back together again, I sealed up all the cracks and crevices with foil tape. I used a blown out match to...
  3. Thanks Jim. Will do. Appreciate the quick reply...

    Thanks Jim. Will do.
    Appreciate the quick reply too - a few hours still left in the day to get one.
  4. water & growth on top of my water heater - replace or repair?

    All,
    This morning my wife reminded me to flush the sediment out of our water heater. Municipal (N. County San Diego) water is very hard and we get tons of white sediment in our faucets. To my...
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    shower drain - is this gap normal?

    Below are two pictures of my 2nd floor shower drain. Is this gap supposed to be there, or should there be some sort of o-ring / gasket / caulking in there?
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    Thanks HJ. Appreciate the feedback - especially...

    Thanks HJ. Appreciate the feedback - especially so quick and before I got started down that path.

    Unfortunately I have a gas line running vertically in the wall along the way to the sink, so I...
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    Can is use a tee and a ready-vent? Any value...

    Can is use a tee and a ready-vent?

    Any value in upsizing the new drain line, or should I just do the whole thing in 1-1/2" to keep things simple?
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    Base Cabinet drain re-route

    Scenario
    In a kitchen remodel, and discovered a complication. The builder ran a 1-1/2" drain pipe behind the base base cabinets along the wall. Unfortunately, where the horizontal drain line is,...
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    PC to ABS: Fernco or solvent weld?

    Below is a pic of the drain pipe under my master bath vanity. My drain pipes are made of ABS.

    About a 1/4" from the face of the escutcheon, someone has previously welded a straight coupling, and...
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    cheaper deterrents

    I grew up with German Shepard dogs in the house. As a deterrent, I'll take a medium / large dog ahead of a so-called security system any day.

    That said, I believe thieves are - by the nature of...
  11. Thread: Gutter guards

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    Gutterglove review -- Good & Bad

    Had Gutterglove installed about 15(+/-) months ago. These are pretty high-end guards, which feature a very heavy aluminum "chassis" and a very fine stainless steel mesh screen that pine needles,...
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    Zinc or Copper flashing to prevent roof algae

    Hey folks,
    I have a colonial in the Baltimore suburbs with a four-sided hip roof with one central ridge along the center 1/3rd, and no valleys. It's covered in "architectural" asphalt shingles. ...
  13. Whole house (attic) fan. Need one w/ heavy insulation doors?

    I live in the Baltimore suburbs. In the summertime, my 2nd floor can easily get 15 to 20 degrees hotter than my 1st floor -- especially with my 2nd floor thermostat programmed not to run during the...
  14. Thanks Gary. I was prepared to take out the...

    Thanks Gary. I was prepared to take out the pre-filter altogether - never though of just removing the cartridge. Sometimes the common-sense solutions are the most elusive.

    Just curious though,...
  15. Gentlemen, Thank you all very much. I believe a...

    Gentlemen,
    Thank you all very much.
    I believe a steak dinner will be coming my way very soon.

    David
  16. Need help to settle a wager: Culligan vs Fleck, Clack, etc.

    Had dinner with my cousin the other night and the subject of water softening came up. I have a "typical" Fleck 5600 controlled water softening system, with a freestanding 8" resin tank, and a...
  17. Will an acid neutralizer filter out small amounts of dirt / sediment?

    My neighbor who isn't so handy is complaining of her sediment filter clogging up every few days to once a week, which then reduces her water pressure. She then purges it to without restriction, the...
  18. Thread: Drywall Sanding

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    I tend wear safety glasses -- but not necessarily...

    I tend wear safety glasses -- but not necessarily when sanding mud. Never had to sand a ceiling though.

    Glasses tend to fog up a lot less than goggles in my experience, but dust tends to stick...
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    Steve, Thanks for the site recommendation. ...

    Steve,
    Thanks for the site recommendation. Exactly what I was looking for. He has some really good video - this one sold me. Now I just need to figure out which is which - or at least get mine...
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    Advice: Gutter Protection / Gutter Guards

    Hello all,
    I'm in the process of getting quotes to have all new gutters installed around my house. The existing ones do not appear to be sloped properly and all the spikes are pulling out of the...
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    I've seen PVC used many times. I'm not endorsing...

    I've seen PVC used many times. I'm not endorsing it by any stretch, just that I've seen it used successfully in industrial applications. At cool temperatures and in smaller diameters, it has a...
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    I had a rental with a similar problem. Three...

    I had a rental with a similar problem. Three young women who destroyed the floors with their high heels -- didn't know they could have saved themselves $1800 (their deposit) by spending a $100 or so...
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    Gary, All I'm suggesting is, before people put...

    Gary,
    All I'm suggesting is, before people put their Fleck valve in the garbage, it may be worth watching a few videos and spending $50 to try to bring it back to life. My Fleck valves are at least...
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    Okay, So if you want the register in the piller,...

    Okay, So if you want the register in the piller, than the pillar needs to fully cover the width of the existing ductwork. You can simply make another few inches of ductwork out of wood, and then put...
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    I'm late to this thread, but I'm a DIY'er and the...

    I'm late to this thread, but I'm a DIY'er and the seals & spacers tonight after watching this youtube video and ordering the parts from him.

    Took me all of five minutes with little more than a...
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