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  1. Re: "Straw" is overtaking the front of my property.

    I looked into DR brush cutters, but I'm afraid I couldn't use one. It's way too big for the areas I need to do, as well as cost prohibitive. I'm not dealing with a field, just borders and several...
  2. Re: "Straw" is overtaking the front of my property.

    Thank you for your comments. Fencepost, you may very well be right about it being reed canary grass. The pictures in your link look just like it, although I wasn't aware of the flowering. Rhizomes...
  3. "Straw" is overtaking the front of my property.

    I've lived in my wooded property for over 40 years. Over the past 5 years or so, a tall grass of some sort (12-15" high) has been increasing along the front of the woods and has overtaken the wild...
  4. Sticky: Poll: Re: Log in or register to vote for the August 2012 cover of This Old House magazine

    They're all awful.
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    Re: Installing bathroom fan without attic access

    I know about the blown insulation since I'm the original owner of the house and was involved in the building process. There also is blown insulation in the attic area over the kitchen/living room...
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    Installing bathroom fan without attic access

    Is there a way to install a bathroom exhaust fan without attic access? The electrician who installed mine 20 years ago only screwed the housing to the edge of the ceiling drywall. No, I'm not...
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    Re: Leaking where basement wall & floor meet

    Had a major downpour April 26-27, which brought considerable flooding, although not as bad as in March. Before it occurred, I had made a floor plan of the treated areas and was able to mark where...
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    Re: Kitchen to Garage door replacement

    Thank you for your input, ed21. It's helpful to get ideas for how to handle this. The 45-min. fire rating was provided to me by local code enforcement. I was encouraged to change the door to meet...
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    Re: Kitchen to Garage door replacement

    Well, it appears that a 45 min. fire-rated door is the order of the day. Interestingly, some even have full glass. However, I'd have to forego the insulation benefit provided by an exterior door. ...
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    Re: Kitchen to Garage door replacement

    The weight of the door is a good point. The hollow core door I have now has 3 hinges, but I figured I'd change them to larger, heavy duty exterior door hinges for a full view door. I can manage...
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    Re: Kitchen to Garage door replacement

    I did look into the fire rated door code with my local planning board. Haven't heard back yet. It would be a bit ironic if the current door is acceptable, since it's hollow and not likely to be...
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    Re: Leaking where basement wall & floor meet

    Here's an update. There were substantial downpours intermittently yesterday and the day before, but the basement has remained dry. While the rain didn't compare to the enormous volume of water from...
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    Re: Leaking where basement wall & floor meet

    I'm not absolutely certain of which way the drain tile was installed, although I recall something about straw being placed on top of it, so you may be right. Flooding wasn't a problem at first, but...
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    Kitchen to Garage door replacement

    I'm considering replacing a flat wood veneer door with a wood or fiberglass full-view door from the kitchen to the garage. I'd like to get a slab, rather than a pre-hung unit, since the frame is...
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    Re: Old water shut-off valve to toilet

    Do you have an opinion about piggyback supply valves?
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    Re: Old water shut-off valve to toilet

    I checked out the automotive anti-seize stuff, but found out it has to be used before the parts are assembled, not after the fact. I tried Liquid Wrench, but no luck. I might have to shut off the...
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    Re: Old water shut-off valve to toilet

    I tried that, but no luck. I've considered Lime-a-way, which I used successfully on another valve that had a lot of accumulated minerals, and it worked fine when I soaked paper towels in the stuff...
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    Old water shut-off valve to toilet

    I'm trying to trouble-shoot the leak in a (Crane 1971) toilet tank, but the water shut-off valve is unwilling to budge. (If it was ever shut off before, it might have been done only once or twice.) ...
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    Re: How can I locate an electric heat relay?

    I did switch off the breakers before disconnecting that separate relay before seeing your answers, just to be safe. I was trying to avoid switching the breakers more than absolutely necessary. That...
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    Re: How can I locate an electric heat relay?

    No, the stand alone relay is not part of the group of 8, which are on the box near the breaker panel. I already checked the heaters and there's no relay inside. If I do disconnect the stand alone...
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    Re: How can I locate an electric heat relay?

    I plan to operate on the basement ceiling insulation big time before resorting to new wiring. As I mentioned, I don't know where the other wiring to the problem room is, either. Thank you for your...
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    Re: How can I locate an electric heat relay?

    Unless I'm even more confused than I think I am, it doesn't sound as though a wire tracer will be much help.

    The thermostat with the heaters in question isn't part of the 8 thermostats.

    If...
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    Re: How can I locate an electric heat relay?

    The house is at different levels. The basement is between the heater's floor and the garage, with the basement floor about 5' lower than the other two. The breaker panel is at the far end of the...
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    Re: How can I locate an electric heat relay?

    I have a couple of feelers out in the hope that I can borrow a wire tracer, although following the cable from the garage would be difficult, if not impossible, since the likely path in the wall is...
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    Re: Leaking where basement wall & floor meet

    The Xypex application was completed today. My assignment for the next 3 days is to moisten the treated areas with a light spritz of water twice a day to slow the drying and encourage the...
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