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    Thanks for the replies. I really appreciate the...

    Thanks for the replies. I really appreciate the help!

    Sharon
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    Just bought and installed the ceiling fan, and it...

    Just bought and installed the ceiling fan, and it has what I've been told is the "new standard" for fan light fixtures, which is two candelabra base A15 bulbs, which come in not more than 60 watts....
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    My issue is one of economics and safety. Halogens...

    My issue is one of economics and safety. Halogens are supposed to save 20% energy over incandescents, but they run so hot that the heat offset during the summer cooling means that they actually use...
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    Lighting The Brick Freestanding Fireplace

    The house that we're getting ready to move into has a working, brick veneered, freestanding fireplace in a room with a cathedral ceiling. There is a ceiling fan in the center of the room, and midway...
  5. Thread: grouting tile

    by smhowell
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    If I understand you correctly, you would not...

    If I understand you correctly, you would not grout this area, but use caulk.
  6. Ok, I finally figured out that they put in the...

    Ok, I finally figured out that they put in the offset because they set the pipe two inches too far from the wall.

    I decided to let a plumber remove the offset flange, and while we were at it, I...
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    We had the shower plumbed for an inline chlorine...

    We had the shower plumbed for an inline chlorine remover; I'd be very interested in recommendations on brands/types.
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    How do I replace a closet flange?

    What is the procedure for replacing a closet flange? The waste pipe is 3" pvc cast into a slab. I need to replace an offset with a straight.
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    I've never posted a picture anywhere before...

    The bad news is, it is 3" pipe. How does this affect things?
  10. Uhmmm, no, and with any luck, he'll never find...

    Uhmmm, no, and with any luck, he'll never find out. I was harsher on him than necessary...he has done sinks and new faucet installation and ro systems and lots of wonderful amateur work. But I'm...
  11. Can anyone figure this one out? PVC offset toilet flange in a slab.

    Had a plumber come in and install the shower plumbing that dear hubby got wrong - twice. (I made him take out the compression fittings and Sharkbites did NOT hold pressure after my DH installed them....
  12. Thread: Please Help!

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    Talked to Plastic Oddities last Friday and got a...

    Talked to Plastic Oddities last Friday and got a new box of stuff Monday. The parts I really needed actually were much improved...I don't think I would have been too critical had I received them...
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    Sharkbite fittings?

    Sorry for the hurry, and thanks all who helped with the compression fitting question.

    Has anyone had experience, good or bad, with Sharkbite fittings? They look almost foolproof. The salesman says...
  14. Sharktooth fittings?

    Thanks for the help. I talked him out of the compression fittings.

    He found these fittings at Home Depot called Sharkbite fittings. They look like they're almost foolproof, and the salesman says...
  15. Are compression fittings as good as soldering?

    My husband prefers to use compression fittings because they are easier, but are they as durable as soldered connections? These connections are going behind a tiled wall.

    Thanks in advance,
    Sharon
  16. Advice on handheld shower w/dechlorinator

    We are rebuilding a bathroom from the studs. I prefer a handheld shower and would like to use a dechlorinator for health reasons.

    What kind of dechlorinator should I purchase?

    The salesman...
  17. Thread: Please Help!

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    Please Help!

    The shower in the house we just bought had a catastrophic failure of the custom shower. The drain it it seems to match Plastic Oddities p/n PBR400, the drawing of which can be viewed at:...
  18. Plastic Oddities Bolt-on Tiled Shower Drain

    Just bought a house that the custom shower failed. The drain collar was warped, but we didn't want to chip out and replace the drain base. After looking all over town, where everyone carries Oatey;...
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    A friend at work is an investor/remodeler and he...

    A friend at work is an investor/remodeler and he often uses epoxy paint to refinish tubs. Unlike the sales pitch that I got from a guy who wanted me to spend the same money as new getting a...
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    Front door with sidelights

    I'm drawing plans for a remodel. How big should I make the rough-in for a 36" front door with either one or two 12" sidelight(s)? I have 8' ceilings.

    Thanks in advance,
    Sharon
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    Thanks very much. Making a convenient attic...

    Thanks very much.

    Making a convenient attic access (I plan to anyway) and waterproofing is doable. but freezing in winter is a reason I can accept as an idea killer.

    Regards,
    Sharon
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    Would someone explain to me...

    My husband and I have a really small house, so every square foot matters. Would someone explain to me why we can't put the water heater about the ceiling like we installed the central heat unit?...
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    How much labor to pour concrete?

    Thanks for all the advice.

    First off, I should have said 3 1/2 YARDS, not tons. It actually was about 7 tons.

    What we wound up doing, was hiring a couple of experienced guys, and my husband,...
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    Dishwasher or No Dishwasher

    My husband and I have been shopping for a house for some time. We don't even look at houses that don't have a dishwasher.
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    How much labor to pour concrete?

    My husband has a 8' by 30' pad which will need about 3.5 tons of concrete to pour. How much manpower should it take to get the concrete off the truck and smooth finished? We are wondering if we...
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