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    Re: Insulation, AC unit questions

    Was the fan installed at one of the gable ends or pierced through the roof ?

    My "cape cod" attic (2nd floor is shared finished space & attic) is much warmer than outside air -- especially during...
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    Re: Baseboard Heater Cannot Turn Off.

    A non-programable Tstat is cheap enough, assuming it's the problem. I would try some troubleshooting . . .
    (1) turn the dial down so the target temperature is below the current closet temperature...
  3. How to insulate "old work" Outlet Boxes & Keystone Low Voltage Bracket/Plate

    How can I insulate reftro fitted "old work" outlet boxes and Keystone Plate/Bracket.

    My 2nd floor is "cape cod" styled, meaning it is part of the attic with dormers. I just installed several...
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    Re: toilet marked by snake how to remove

    Having scratched a few toilets, I duct taped the auger shaft 4-5 inches above the plastic sleeve (overlap) at the J-end (do it in a way the taped area doesn't attract waste material).
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    Re: Storm window suggestions?

    Casey: please indulge me on several follow-on questions on storm windows . . .
    I'm in N. Arlington, and my all-brick house is 1964, and I believe retrofitted with storm windows "SW" (maybe original,...
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    Re: 33 year-old house

    Really ? A 1980 house should be pretty modern in code . . . I had a 1973 Calif House with something like 100a service for electric oven & cooktop, electric cothes dryer and Romex-type wiring. It...
  7. Re: Insurance company says replace our cedar shake roof (installed 2006)

    G Orr; these are thoughts not recommendations.

    (1) Whatever you do, replace the insurance company BEFORE they cancel. Every insurance application asks if you've been canceled. Don't know if...
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    Re: Algae Sealant for Shingle Roof ??

    I can't tell the wife that . . .
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    Algae Sealant for Shingle Roof ??

    Is there such as an acceptable product called sealant for shingle roofs to keep off algae, black stains, etc.

    Here's my story:

    My current house (moved in 2.5 years ago) has "black stains" (3 ft...
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    Re: disintergrating brick?

    Clarence, thank you . . . I'll give it a try.
    I'll pass on another story . . .
    I have a concrete slab balcony, no pole support, about 30 x 4.5, original to the house in 1964. Problem is that it...
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    Re: disintergrating brick?

    TC: I am going through a similiar problem with my "all brick" house, so have a lot of sympathy for you. And I think you have a legitimate concern about the cost, but my current situaton is that it...
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    Re: New house and cracks already!

    Yes, determine if there is a voluntary or compulsory new home warranty . . . . I would expect that the builder (or seller) would have included the documentation or pointed it out as a selling point...
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    Re: Too much Landlord paid heat

    Wouldn't a purpose-built 3-story 17 unit apartment building have individual flow-valves for each radiating unit ?

    My previous 551-unit 20 story Manhattan, NYC building hand-turning valves.

    I've...
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    Re: Cost of Raising Ceiling in 2 upstairs rooms?

    E: it looks like you want the ceilings raised to follow the contour of the attic; it would be a wo_w factor if you can do it, but you have to temper it with the financial payback.

    You can surf...
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    Re: Moisture Meter

    Amazon continues to amaze me with what is available . . . the reviews & ratings are a mixed bag; you have to use your judgment. Feedback is useful to steer away from crap; I found very useful...
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    Re: Wedge Expansion Anchor (Bolt)

    How about Tapcon concrete/masonry screws ? I have never used them, and don't know if they come in the size needed, especially the diameter.

    Anyone unscrewed them ?

    Thanks.
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    Wedge Expansion Anchor (Bolt)

    Question: can wedge expansion expansion anchor bolts be uninstalled (removed).

    I am securing a fire safe (60" H, 435 lbs) to my garage floor -- manufacturer recommends 4 "wedge anchors" of...
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    Re: Unidentified pipe/conduit in wall

    I wasn't throwing rocks at fencepost . . . one can take his "directions" to very interesting places.
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    Re: Unidentified pipe/conduit in wall

    You forgot two things . . .
    (1) Shut off water so if it's water, you won't have 50 gallons in the house before you find the main shutoff (assuming it isn't frozen).
    (2) Then, call an appropriate...
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    Re: Question on plumber per hr rate.

    That's a great rate for a 2-person crew . . .
    hope not to insult the trades, but I think plumbers & electricians are on the same skill level . . . a free lance & wholesale electrician I've used in...
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    Re: Insurance for homes with bx wiring

    Collectively, it seems all the suggestions have been offered. I would just suggest that the home buyer ask his RE agent, credit union, and even the mortgage originator and personal bank for their...
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    Re: Finding Studs in Old Plaster Walls

    My house is 1964 Plaster Board (1" thick) with 16" OC studs.

    (1) The magnet method was mostly useless, and for me, only for finding nails in baseboard (which may or may not actually hit studs). ...
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    Water Instrusion Due to Rain

    I'm not going to solve my problem here, but ask what professional (work background) would be best at identifying the problem.

    I've lived in my 1964 house (all brick & below grade cinder block) for...
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    Re: Best places to buy a washing machine?

    Sears, Lowe's, Home Depot, and regional chains like Fry's, Best Buy's and HHGregg are good alternatives plus your local multi-store retailers.

    Your problem is not Lowe's - - they didn't make the...
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    Re: any disadvantages to Pex plumbing?

    Plastics do not degrade to a non-toxic or non-contaminating form . . . And environmentalists can claim some credit for removing lead, reducing benzene, etc. in gas formulation, among other...
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