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  1. Plumber recommendations in philadelphia, pa

    I need a water heater replaced except i'm usually DIY so I dont really know where to get a realiable plumber from. Any local plumber recommendations or tips on discovering someone to call?
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    Paint Thinner To Clean Paint Brush

    Hello ladies and gentlemen! I think I messed up my favorite paint brush after trying to clean it by soaking it in paint thinner. To begin with, it is a synthetic bristle brush that i've had for a few...
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    Joist Pulling Away From Joist Hanger

    I've found a joist that is not flush against the ledger and im not sure how to correct this. There is naybe an inch or so of space between the end of the joist and the ledger ao the nails that should...
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    Re: Romex, GFCI & 3 prong outlets - good sign?

    The fact that romexis newer and it still uses fuses concerns me because i get the impression that someone wanted a cheap upgrade. I've heard of scenarios where people will replace just a few feet of...
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    Re: Joist Hangers For Rough Lumber

    Ah good stuff! Happy to see others have came across this. Thanks for the feedback.
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    Joist Hangers For Rough Lumber

    Some background and I will get to the actual question.....I'm changing framing a bit around a set of stairs to make the opening in the floor longer due to previous advice in a difference thread here....
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    Re: ERV without central air system

    Thanks I didn't realize it had an internal blower. Where might someone install one of these if they dont havw a central hvac duct system to disperse the air?
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    ERV without central air system

    I currently do not have a central air/forced air system to condition my home but i was still wondering if it was possible to have an ERV to bring in fresh conditioned air.
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    Low-Cost Ceiling Options

    I'm trying to find low cost ceiling options for a semi-finished basement. I think the cheapest I can find is 54 cents/sq ft with drop ceiling tiles from home depot and since I already have the metal...
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    Re: Gap Under Interior French Doors

    If the french doors are painted wood, you could simply add some wood to the bottom of each door. This could easily be blended in for a smooth finish and repainted. In any other case you may have to...
  11. Re: Basement Weep Holes- what to do, fill or not fill: that is the question

    You could put the french drain on the inside so it can drain to an interior sump pump basin.
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    Re: where to find Tom Silvas' speed square holder

    Old thread but a new episode this season addressed this exact question. Check it out!
  13. calculating structural members old lumber to new lumber

    I'm reframing an existing stairway opening to allow for additional head height at the bottom of the stairs. I would have to cut through a joist to extend the opening an extra 16" and create a new...
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    Re: making garden around home

    Also keep in mind drainage and sun exposure. If you are removing concrete to plant a garden, the building foundation may be exposed to more moisture and if you have a basement this can cause leaking....
  15. Re: This house is so small how to set it up where we can entertain and watch tv

    I assume entertaining wasn't the reason you're paying for the space but for those moments it will be pretty tight. I'm no designer but I Know it is a challenge. First I would recommend doing some...
  16. Re: C wire on Bryant furnace for Honeywell Wifi thermostat

    I did the same exact thing on my Weil Mclain furnace when I converted to a digital thermostat except I didnt have the extra wires so I had to run new thermostat wire.
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    Re: Help with wood in old house

    Wood will continue to shrink in the winter with the low humidity and expand in the summer when it starts to swell again. This is a continuing cycle and you really have a gem with such old details...
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    Re: smoke smell from neighbors

    Thanks Bill, I was actually updating to confirm the issue was resolved with a chimney liner and proper sealing around the exterior of the home.
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    Re: Button panels on wall

    You may be looking at an older style light switch. If you google push button light switch you should see some examples. As for what it does, you may be lost unless you or an electrician can trace it...
  20. Re: How to finish a joint between wall and ceiling where there is some movement

    Just because the joint is not above a bath tub doesn't mean there isn't a moisture issue. I wouldn't think there should be that much flex unless there is a structural issue present. You have the...
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    Re: Adding insulation to walls behind cupboards

    Being in a condo you may first want to check to make sure you are allowed to make such alterations but it should be fine. If you have someone give you a quote they can usually advise what options are...
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    Re: Putting 4x8 sheets of tileboard up

    As for the consideration of using it, I am personally against it since it usually makes the room scream "budget renovation" and can also absorb water easily and deteriorate if not installed properly....
  23. Re: replacement windows on house with vinyl siding

    It's possible he was off a little bit when measuring and it's common to have small gaps or cracks as the window is being installed particularly when adjust for plumb/square/level. On the exterior...
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    Re: Fresh Air Intake Valve

    Definitely not a new house but i've been doing some heavy renovation so i'm trying not to make it too tight. From the amount of cold air that i've felt inside the house this winter I know it's still...
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    Re: smoke smell from neighbors

    Just an update:

    I had a chimney liner installed last year that corrected the smell in one particular room. There was some mortar missing in the brick chimney and that cause the smell in one room....
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