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    Re: Garage radiators

    I'm not familiar with the cast iron rads in this project, but generally speaking there are advantages & disadvantages to using cast iron rads in place of baseboard; cast iron rads these days are...
  2. Re: Oil Furnace Filter, upgrade from old F84 to new F25 or spin on filter?

    My catalogs list this item as FB4, not F84------the original mfgr is Westwood Oil, popularly known as "ful-flo" filters; they have been used for at least the past 60 yrs and are usually available...
  3. Re: Single Pipe Steam System in 5 Story Building

    tcapron,

    1) It may sound simplistic, but do the lower rads have shutoff valves & have you tried to turn off or throttle them, so that more of the steam will go to the upper floors in an attempt to...
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    Re: tired of standing pilot

    Also try:

    http://forum.doityourself.com/Boilers-Steam-hot-water-systems-128
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    Re: Hot water heat

    By their nature, all radiators will accumulate a certain amount of air when put into service; it's completely normal, nothing to worry about & the air can be easily removed (called bleeding); open...
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    Re: Heating oil smell throughout house

    Have the service guy pressure test the fuel line going from the tank to the oil burner; they corrode over time, since they are usually buried under the concrete cellar floor.

    Have him also check...
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    Re: Excess water in backyard

    starinaustin,

    I wonder when you checked with your neighbors if you asked them if they also are experiencing the same water problems as yourself---the other posters make insightful comments, but...
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    Re: Balloon Framing House Attic

    Good job, vicktown---I think you are on the right track in eliminating icicle formation and loss of living space heat thru the attic; yes, I think both are related.

    I assume by "soffit guards" you...
  9. Re: Freeze Prevention of Pressure Tank and Water Lines in Un-insulated Crawl Space

    The steps you would have to take to assure that you are protected from freezing of the water pipes and pressure tank would be difficult to pinpoint without perhaps having local heating & plumbing...
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    Re: Hydroponic Floor Heat

    I think you're referring to hydronic/radiant heat???


    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20365330,00.html
    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/asktoh/question/0,,357313,00.html...
  11. Re: 1894 Home Needs Insulation - walls are cold to the touch

    If you have wood clapboard siding, a good alternative is to check the Yellow Pages under "insulation" and to get competetive quotes, call several insulation contractors that have a system that blows...
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    Re: DIY rejuventation of a flat roof?

    This response may not be what you're looking for, but I had a similar situation a number of years ago with a large flat roof that was a constant headache in maintenance, repair, leaks, etc.; I...
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    Re: Installing fence next to retaining wall

    Also, remember it's only common courtesy to ADVISE YOUR NEIGHBOR about your plans beforehand in order to keep the peace between next door neighbors---most neighbors are glad to let you build your...
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    Re: Militant wasps

    keith,

    After reading your descriptions & your posts, I'm not sure you are getting the spray on the NEST; the nest of these social wasps (can number up to 2,000 per nest) is large, approx, 1 ft....
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    Re: Sloping back yard into house

    What dj said.

    Could you give us more info & some photos as to if the hill slopes down toward the house; or away from the house.

    One or 2 photos would be very helpful so we can visualize what...
  16. Re: Copper Baseboard Pipes - No Fins, No Fascia

    It might be best to call in a heating contractor (Yellow Pages under "Heating") to put in a new 4' baseboard section with a steel enclosure cover (don't forget the end caps)---a simple job that...
  17. Re: Natural Floor Drains and a wet basement with no rain

    I agree with J L McDaniel; thank you for uploading the photos; the photos seem to portray what I would call very minor water intrusion & would be of only minor concern unless you are getting...
  18. Re: Natural Floor Drains and a wet basement with no rain

    The water leakage could be caused by any one of a number of sources.

    If you're getting rain in the cellar after each rain storm, and now when it's not raining it's probably time to install a sump...
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    Re: LOUD Central Air Conditioning Unit

    mtngigi,

    Glad to hear about your serendipity so far on this presenting problem, but at such a close proximity to your house, it sounds like the placement of such an AC unit will almost certainly...
  20. Re: Most cost efficient heat system for an older apartment

    Padmini,

    If I were you I would first look at the sales agreement you recently signed (I assume this is similar to a condominium sales agreement) and examine exactly who is responsible for the cost...
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    Re: Best choice for new HW heater?

    I forgot to mention oil-fired boiler combustion chamber design in my last post------if you opt to stay with oil heat for your new boiler, make sure you tell the installer that you want a new boiler...
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    Re: Best choice for new HW heater?

    Hi seboeis,

    It's unfortunate that you don't have natural gas as a fuel option, but there is still propane and fuel oil as available options; #2 oil is good & it has a lot of heating punch; the...
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    Re: Air Conditioner Is Not Cooling.

    dj is correct; not to mention a pin-hole leak of refrigerant (common) that can only be detected if you have a leak detector tool---which all technicians have.
  24. Re: Bathroom ceiling keeps peeling despite sanding, sealing, skim coating.

    Casey is correct; it DOES sound a lot like a calcimine ceiling---you can usually tell by swiping your finger on it; it will feel "slippery" to the touch---as soon as you said the house was built in...
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    Poll: Re: Toe Kick Heaters

    That's a great-looking, beautiful kitchen, Casey---thanks for the photo!
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