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    Thanks, I appreciate your quick response and...

    Thanks, I appreciate your quick response and insight!
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    baseboard water-filled radiator

    Hi Guys,

    If you're installing baseboard radiators in a boiler system, do you have to solder the pipes, or may you use compression fittings?

    Thanks,
    Blumengarten
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    It finally got cold again, so I turned the...

    It finally got cold again, so I turned the furnace back on yesterday, and it turned itself off, so it was the thermostat after all! Hooray, I'm glad I saved a call to the furnace man. Thanks...
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    That's a great point, I hadn't thought about...

    That's a great point, I hadn't thought about that. Thanks for mentioning it!
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    My inclination like yours was that it's not the...

    My inclination like yours was that it's not the thermostat, but it's the easiest and cheapest thing to fix. I haven't needed to turn the furnace on during the day, so we'll see how it goes tonight....
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    Thanks very much, I appreciate your help!!

    Thanks very much, I appreciate your help!!
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    How to wire a new thermostat

    When I turned my furnace (we have radiators) on for the winter, the furnace wouldn't turn off .. it was over 90 in here! I asked a handy friend what he thought it would be, he said first to replace...
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    I spoke with a friend who's a plumber, she didn't...

    I spoke with a friend who's a plumber, she didn't see it but she asked me some questions:

    Does the wall feel soft? No, it seems very sturdy.

    How do you know it's leaking? I told her about the...
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    how to repair grout in shower

    Hi All,

    I just bought a house that was built in the 1950's. A friend who is an architect (and therefore thinks he knows everything) says I need to completely gut the bathroom. He said the tile in...
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    Me too!!!!

    Me too!!!!
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    Thanks, Guys. I thought it would need to be...

    Thanks, Guys. I thought it would need to be re-done but I wanted someone else's opinion.
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    Roof leaks at chimney flashing

    Hi Folks,

    I had a new asphalt roof put on my house two years ago. Almost immediately, I noticed that it was leaking around the chimney (it had leaked there before the new roof was put on) so I...
  13. No, I just picked that screen name because...

    No, I just picked that screen name because there's a florist in my hometown named "Jim Ludwig's Blumengarten" and I thought that was a real cool name!
  14. A decade ago, my mother had her place...

    A decade ago, my mother had her place "professionally" landscaped, they put black plastic all over the place to keep down weeds, then put mulch on top. It looked good, for a couple months, but every...
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    Thanks, Killavolt, that's exactly what I wanted...

    Thanks, Killavolt, that's exactly what I wanted to know!

    Joy
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    Hi Ian, I've sanded, stained, and refinished...

    Hi Ian,

    I've sanded, stained, and refinished the floors in both my house and my mom's, so I'm not afraid of the work. If I felt like doing the work, I'd just sand the entire floor and stain it...
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    How to Bleach Wood

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    When my cat got old, it got diabetes and peed all over the wooden floors, sometimes in places where I couldn't find until it had already soaked through the finish (like behind the piano,...
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    Great advice! I wouldn't have known that. That...

    Great advice! I wouldn't have known that. That will be no problem.
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    Fireman movers, that's a good suggestion! My...

    Fireman movers, that's a good suggestion! My next-door-neighbor is a fireman and he probably knows several strong men who'd be willing to help. Thanks for the great suggestion!
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    Yeah, that's kinda what I thought! I thought...

    Yeah, that's kinda what I thought! I thought this was a really cool kitchen until I started looking at refrigerators! Lowe's already said they wouldn't deliver it. You're probably right, a lot of...
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    How to repair this wall

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    We had to have our drain lines from the tub and sink replaced because they leaked where they joined into the toilet, and the tub drum trap was also leaking.

    To replace the sink drain,...
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    How to get a refrigerator in the kitchen

    Hi folks,

    My 25-year-old refrigerator died. The previous owners of this house remodeled the kitchen about 10 years ago, replacing a wall with an open counter, leaving only 28" entry between the...
  23. How to / should I insulate an old house?

    Hi folks,

    My brick house was built in 1928. I had to remove a wall due to a plumbing leak, and I was surprised how much open space there is in the house! (No wonder there is a problem with...
  24. Thanks, Chris and GSS! I will ask at the...

    Thanks, Chris and GSS! I will ask at the hardware store and see what's least expensive. I only have about 12 feet that need to be covered, but it will be worth the expense, especially since the...
  25. Do you know what that board is called?

    Do you know what that board is called?
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