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  1. jadnashua

    Why does a toilet "burp"?

    Was it windy out?
  2. jadnashua

    Fill valve running on TOTO

    That is NOT a Korky product, and has no user replaceable parts that I'm aware of...if it's leaking, replace it with a new one. If you go with a TOTO one, it should come preadjusted. If you go with a Korky or Fluidmaster one, you need one that can be adjusted for the bowl/tank fill ratio...
  3. jadnashua

    Required to replace water heater, Florida Homeowners Insurance Companies are getting out of hand.

    There's a reason most WH have something like a 6-year warranty. Some are a bit longer, but not usually by much. While a WH can last lots longer (and often an electric one will beat a gas fired one), after the warranty, you're on borrowed time, so insurance companies are trying to minimize...
  4. jadnashua

    Use permeable PEX for potable water (DWH)

    PEX with an oxygen barrier costs more, but can be used for potable water.
  5. jadnashua

    3-Way Switches and Dimmers

    I'm not sure when the Maestro switches became available, but I put some in in 2000. Some switches just won't last long switching 1500W (three 500W bulbs). You'd want to get a heavy duty one. Keep in mind that if those lights are on for a long period of time (say overnight), that might...
  6. jadnashua

    Thinset on the face of porcelain tile and in grout lines

    It can be a real bear to clean thinset off after it has cured for a while. The longer you wait, the harder it is. The next morning, it won't be all that hard yet (relatively, anyways). It's hard to tell, but it looks like there may be a lot of lippage as well (tiled edges at different...
  7. jadnashua

    Fill valve running on TOTO

    At that time, many (not all) of the Drakes had a fill valve made by Korky for them. Go to the www.korky.com website and see if yours looks like the Korky Quietfill valve. The thing that wears out is the cap, and you can replace that in a few minutes without tools. Or, you can change the whole...
  8. jadnashua

    No condensate from Lennox AC

    My blower has been on since about 1987 and still going. It's a variable speed fan (16-speeds), so when it's not calling for heat or cool, it's barely on, but enough to keep the air from stratifying. Under maximum design day, ideally, the a/c would run continuously. As has been mentioned, the...
  9. jadnashua

    Strange Slime Building up in Toilet Tank and Bowl

    It may or may not clear up entirely. Depends on your water supply. I'd turn the water off, flush the toilet, clean out any remaining water, and clean the tank as best you can with something like Moldex, but just some dishwashing liquid and bleach may do it. It may be tough to clean the...
  10. jadnashua

    Hot Water recirculation - dedicated return line

    If you have a tempering valve, some of them have a port for recirculation. If you decide to use the drain port, consider changing the valve to a full-port ball valve...it will make draining and clearing out any sediment easier.
  11. jadnashua

    New water heater came with some water in it

    It's possible the tank was a return, and the original owner didn't drain it fully prior to returning it after deciding it didn't work, or had some other issues.
  12. jadnashua

    Water heater pressure relief leaks ONLY when bathtub in use

    The tank is likely full of water, that may or may not drain fully, so be prepared for it to drain when you try to take it off. Obviously, you want to remove the water pressure so it isn't flowing, but the tank may retain some water. Think holding your finger over the end of a straw...water...
  13. jadnashua

    Kerdi fix vs GE advanced silicon 2 (100% silicone)

    Schluter allows the use of the silicone to seal the Kerdi membrane to the tub. Thinset will stick to the KerdiFix probably better, but that may not be an issue. KerdiFix is a silane-based product that has zero VOCs, and is easier to clean up. Done well, either will work to provide the seal...
  14. jadnashua

    Toilet fill valve making continuous hissing sound

    That model has an easily replaceable seal assembly, costs about $3, but here's some help on verifying what's wrong. https://www.fluidmaster.com/toilet-problems/toilet-running-constantly/ 98% of the time, that fixes the problem. Yes, you can replace the whole valve, but it rarely is needed...
  15. jadnashua

    What is the maximum height a toilet flange can be from the floor and still seal?

    As long as you have some wax between the toilet and the flange, you should be fine.
  16. jadnashua

    What is the maximum height a toilet flange can be from the floor and still seal?

    The ultimate question is where will the top of the flange be once the floor is finished. There are millions of places where the flange is depressed or even with the finished floor. That's not ideal, but few things in life are and work. Some toilets won't fit if the flange is too...
  17. jadnashua

    Low flow rate from shower head

    California has instituted code calling for less than the national limit on a showerhead which is 2.5gpm. Given the west's water situation, that's probably a good idea. Volume depends on both the available pressure, the height it has to rise, and how much friction there is in the piping based...
  18. jadnashua

    Shower drain

    12x24" tile on the shower floor would not work well using a center circular drain. One of the things that helps with a slippery wet tiled floor in a shower is the grout lines with a smaller tile. The other is conforming to the typically bowl shape of the shower pan. In a conventional shaped...
  19. jadnashua

    Replace Toilet with 15" Rough In

    THere is no standard for how much of a gap there should be behind a toilet. Generally, you don't want it sitting flush with the wall to allow some air circulation in case there's any condensation. Most of the Toto toilets that are designed for the UniFit adapter have about a 3/4" gap behind...
  20. jadnashua

    What is the maximum height a toilet flange can be from the floor and still seal?

    A toilet flange is designed to be installed on top of the finished floor, and tightly mounted to it. Any stock flange installed that way should allow any toilet to be mounted successfully. Some toilets don't have a very deep well for the wax seal, and may not allow the toilet to sit flush on...
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