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  1. Re: Single and dual zone ductless mini-split systems

    I would get the cheapest of the 3 Japanese brands (Mitsubishi, Fujitsu and Sanyo) or if you run across Pansonic or Friedrich. I have no hesitation in buying anything Japanese -- Samsung is coming...
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    Re: Living Room Ceiling - Drywall Question

    Your brother-in-law should be a mortgage banker with his ethics . . . or like the previous owner of my house (latex paint over unprepared oil paint, hidden latent termite damage, etc.).

    At least,...
  3. Re: Single and dual zone ductless mini-split systems

    If you've done a web search already, then "objective" evaluations don't exist.
    That leaves opinions, and maybe industry experience.

    My opionion:
    If you need an installer, the installer wants to...
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    Re: Plumbing ethics

    SLM: you seem ready to move on, but I think you shouldn't do business with him any more.
    First, he sold you a stale boiler. You can't tell me he didn't didn't know it was an "older" model -- ...
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    Re: Separation between driveway and garage

    I hear you . . . 9 months, low ball offer and PITA buyer (they're all related). What to do ?

    I don't walk in your shoes, so will leave things alone.
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    Re: Separation between driveway and garage

    This is a good ethics case study . . . the issue came up during a home inspection so the OPer is either selling or buying a house.

    My experience is limited to CA and Virginia, and the 2 states are...
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    Re: replacing recessed lighting.

    I'm a novice, but it seems you will also need to install a ceiling fixture box for the pendant light. If the current recessed light hat box is between 2 joists, you will have to position the new...
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    Re: Steam Radiator Supply Pipe Leaking

    [QUOTE=erikhaan;257442]My plumber finished the work, for $490. It feels like I might have paid too much, but I'm not sure and I would love your opinions:

    In No. VA/Wash DC, I paid a reputable...
  9. Re: Gas vs. Electric; Separate Oven/Range vs. Combined?

    Since you do a lot of cooking, I'm sure you have preferences. I think your question can be broken down in 2 parts: layout and fuel source.
    (1) Layout -- you cannot beat in-wall ovens, separated...
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    Re: Everday cleaners for old pipes

    I defer to others about old pipes, but even water is corrosive as it is slowly combining with metal to form rust (metal oxide).

    I would try the "natural" cleaners like "7th Generation" for...
  11. Re: squggily bulbs verses flood light squgglies

    Plain CFL's are $3-$4 each (less with subsidy). The R40 CFL's are $8-$9, but the bulb cover is so much better asthetically looking that I have them. Women don't want to see naked bulbs.

    CFL's...
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    Re: moss on roof

    I have a 2-story house (3 stories with a walk-out basement) and the sole earner, so it's not safe for me to be on the roof. Does the bleach stay on the roof or flow to the gutters. My issue is that...
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    Re: Leaking foundation wall

    What would you do ?
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    Re: Leaking foundation wall - Cracked

    My contractor charged $500 to repair each 4-feet long crack on my concrete balcony (6 cracks = $3000). My experience in No. VA is that only commercial contractors serving building owners know about...
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    Re: How to find doorbell transformer

    My 78-year old mother-in-law has a wireless (2 receivers) ringer, but when I do my annual visit (I'm in DC and they're in SoCal), the transmitter battery is always depleted, and it uses a...
  16. Re: Replace Thermostat Wire from 2 to 3 conductors

    Jack: this is interesting . . .
    I have a 4-zone hydronic baseboard heat system (which probably everybody knows by now) controlled by old-style 2-wire Honywell-type round thermostats w/ mercury...
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    Re: Radiator removal

    I made a statement I wasn't qualified to make . . . intutitively, a hot water (hydronic) system seem to require supply & feed. I have a closed loop 1964 water system with feed & supply which may be...
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    Re: How to find doorbell transformer

    My previous Calif 1-story slab foundation house had the transformer in the utility area in the garage -- the transformer hum noise was the reason why I even knew of its presence.
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    Re: Moen shower control

    My caveat is that I'm a novice.
    If you know or can guess at the model, check the website for owners manual. If you're lucky, perhaps you see it & they have it, and there are instructions for...
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    Re: Radiator removal

    I'm no expert, but they all have a "return" pipe back to the boiler. I was asking if radiators are "daisy chained" or "parallel" to the pipe. If each radiator has an adjustable input valve (as...
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    Re: Radiator removal

    Is the piping in series so he can't use the system until he re-installs the radiator ?
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    Re: Hot Water Heating Noises

    Pelton: want to thank you for taking the time to post . . . I'm not sure how much I can do as only the end panels are removable, and as you noted, all access screws are painted over (leaded paint...
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    Re: Daewon tankless boiler

    (1) How did a licensed plumber installed this based on a lack of english instructions ?

    (2) Does it carry any type of UL or European safety label ? An appliance association label I think will...
  24. Re: Replacing boiler with central heat and air

    I'm a DIY novice but learned that (paid) pro's only get it right half the time, so weekend guys probably get it right even less. Another life experience is when you shop, a business is very likely...
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    Re: Repainting Metal Kitchen Cabinets

    Did you go with a nice shine ??

    In our former Calif modern house, we partially added St. Charles Stainless Steel cabinets, a tall one on the counter as an appliance garage (coffee, toaster, etc.)...
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