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    Re: Deck footings in wet land / on lake

    I am not a structural engineer, nor do I live anywhere where soil can often be saturated, but since it has been 4 days & no replies, I would suggest that you study pier networks for your inspiration....
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    Re: Grab bar installation questions

    Toggle bolts would also be my first idea. But it is important to consider the intended user. A 98lb grandma probably wouldn't stress out the bulkiest of toggles too much, but someone of a sizeable...
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    Re: Tile over T&G oak floor

    IDK, considering that oak floors, even in the kitchen, are very desireable come resale time, I don't see why you would want to cover them up. Most people see house after house of wall to wall...
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    Re: How to salvage & recycle this old house

    And you did not work the house into the clinic design (greeting/entry and/or clerical offices) for what reason? Obviously the building would be unsuitable for kennels and exam/operation rooms, but...
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    Re: Ethical values in real estate business

    I've got one question: How does he think he's gonna sell it? Right now, with everone passing over normal homes for forclosures, there isn't a market for full price homes. I feel really bad for...
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    Re: Restoring 1 inch hex tile

    Something that may rain on your parade: depending on how old the vinyl is (2-3 layers mean at least one is most likely old enough), one or more layers may be imbedded with asbestos. If its not...
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    Re: 20+ years of slow running hot water

    I would also vote for scaling of the pipes and/or WH changeout releasing sediment that hit the valves or any other pipeline reductions. If you live, as I do, in a high-calcium area (like the desert...
  8. Re: Wireless Monitoring of Tankless Water Heater Request

    Also confused...what is needing to be monitored? If the heater is sufficiently protected from freezing temps by being indoors and having a flue baffle installed, I can't think of anything else to...
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    Re: Rain Barrel- Solid Concrete Blocks?

    This is actually as simple as it sounds. What is needed is a platform to get the barrel off the ground & high enough that #1 you can tap it at its lowest point & #2 that the water in the tank is...
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    Re: keeping geese & ducks off waterfront yard

    I'm thinking constant-stream oscillating sprinkler, deep-cycle marine battery & jumper cables :eek: Just like cattle, it will only take a few jolts for them to figure out that your lawn "feels...
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    Re: damper adjustment

    Agreed. Seriously, if your home is heating up that bad in the afternoon, you are leaking conditioned air out of the house like a sieve. I read the home is under renovation. I myself, in AZ, have a...
  12. Re: Gas Prices Going Up, Real Estate Prices Going Down!

    Depending on where you want to live, now OR later is the best time to buy. With gas prices increasing, adding to inflation all around, we are going to see the suburbs & exurbs become increasingly...
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    Re: Laminate flooring vs. wood flooring

    Let's reduce this to a cost/improvement analysis to excercise the left brain - the one that matters when it comes to resale.

    Is your house generally in the upper half or the lower half of the...
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    Re: stormwater collection from gutters

    Presonally, I'd stay away from pumps unless ABSOLUTELY neccessary. I've had to use a pump for my greywater system & even with filters, debris still manages to get into the line & foul things up.
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    Re: There's an apple in my toilet

    If you can't find the restriction from there, its time to hit the roof - find the vent that comes through the roof directly above that bathroom & drive the auger down from there until you run out of...
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    Re: There's an apple in my toilet

    Since you said the house was new in 2004, I expect there is a cleanout very close to the closet flange and or vent. Looks like its time for a trip to the basement/crawlspace. I'd rent a true...
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    Re: Upgrading to PEX

    About the 1 1/2" supply, the way the guy at the permit counter explained it, larger diamerter pipe is going to reduce wear on the inside of the pipe. Compare 1 gpm moving through 1/2" pipe. 1...
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    Re: Upgrading to PEX

    Define tiny, as in the size of the house. I did a PEX home run style system in my 1380 sq ft house. Built my own manifolds out of brass 3/4x3/4x1/2" tees and ran a 1/2" hot & 1/2" cold line to each...
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    Re: Why are they not raising this house?

    With so little of our nation's housing stock built to any decent degree of integrity, I find it very admirable that the owner decided to keep the original structure instead of doing a demo/rebuild. ...
  20. Thread: Reusing tile

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    Re: Reusing tile

    Its not that I don't want to spend on new tile - its oly 50-60 tiles overall in an entry & a laundry room. But the tile was used in 2 rooms originally. So I still have that same tile in the house &...
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    Reusing tile

    I pulled up several dozen 13"X13" tiles from my kitchen floor. The substrate was sheet vinyl, so they came up pretty easily & for the most part, whole. Is it possible to reuse this tile elsewhere...
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    Re: kohler clogs alot

    How new is this toilet? 1.6 Gal units designed within the last couple years are 1000 times better than a 10 year old 1.6 Gal. If its brand new, then I would say its either defective somehow,...
  23. Thread: My 1st home

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    Re: My 1st home

    Here, Here!

    I changed my plans for a home addition 3X btw. purchase date & the 6 years it took me to go down and take out the permits. Glad I didn't jump the gun as now my addition looks like...
  24. Thread: plywood or mdf

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    Re: plywood or mdf

    Someone has never seen particleboard after a slow, neglected water leak then...

    Also, remember in college, you went down to a big-box discount store to buy an O'Sullivan entertainment center, and...
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    Re: plywood or mdf

    Everyone pushes MDF & pressed-wood nowadays. They can't see selling a more expensive product with a 25+ year lifetime when they can sell crap & sell it all over again in 10 years.

    Basically, if...
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