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    Can I rewire armored cable wiring?

    In my house, built in 1900, most of the wiring has been updated. But the dining room power is supplied via armored cable with cloth wrapped wiring internally. I want to upgrade the wiring to current...
  2. Tiling Small Sink Back Splash in Powder Room

    I am going to create a small back splash above the sink in my powder room. The existing wall is wall board, probably not water resistant. It is painted. Should I remove the part that will be behind...
  3. Re: Drum Traps - Are they Better than P-traps or S-traps in some circumstances

    Thanks for all the feedback. I had not thought about snaking them, but that is a good enough reason to replace them. They are still sold by local hardware stores here in Maine so I have to assume...
  4. Drum Traps - Are they Better than P-traps or S-traps in some circumstances

    I recently bought a house in Maine and all the sinks are fitted with drum traps. I have never come across these before and I don't see what advantages they have over what I am more used to, namely...
  5. Re: What is this tool attached to my old work bench?

    Well I have answered my own question. This vise is a leg vise, usually seen on Roubo style work benches for wood workers, and also seen on blacksmith benches. It has a top chop that can be shaped for...
  6. Re: What is this tool attached to my old work bench?

    Thanks for your responses. JLMCDANIEL showed us 3 images of wood worker vises - the tool I have does not look like any of those. What I have runs vertically from the bench top to the floor. It is...
  7. What is this tool attached to my old work bench?

    I am restoring an old work bench I acquired when I bought my house last summer. The house was built in 1900 and it looks like the work bench is not much younger. The tool looks like a wood worker's...
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    Tiling bathroom floor with DITRA Underlayment

    I am planning to tile my guest bathroom floor with Schluter Systems DITRA Underlayment. This is a plastic mat-like material that is used in place of fiber-cement board underlayment, such as Hardie...
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    Re: Vinyl paint for exterior of house

    Well thanks to those that have responded with sound advice. It will be interesting to see the quotes from this painter. He has done a lot of work around this town over a period of about 20 years, and...
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    Re: Vinyl paint for exterior of house

    You make a compelling argument when you say wait to see if it really does last as long as they say. Apparently in England it has, but that was on a different substrate.
    I agree about the prep work,...
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    Re: Vinyl paint for exterior of house

    Good points - thanks.
    I would do it myself, but that would take too long. I am busy painting/restoring the interior. The painter I spoke to has been around here for more than 20 years, and has done...
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    Re: Vinyl paint for exterior of house

    Good points. I plan to be in the house until I can't maintain it anymore. Probably 20-25 years. I live in Maine so wearability is important, but getting the house painted every 5-10 years may be a...
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    Vinyl paint for exterior of house

    I am planning to have my house painted in the spring. One of the local painting contractors offers a vinyl paint finish as an alternative to traditional exterior paint. It is CHIC and is referred to...
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    Re: water hammer when faucet is turned on

    After checking the static water pressure as described above, I contacted Kohler to see if they had any restrictions on the maximum water pressure for this kitchen faucet. They did not have any...
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    Re: water hammer when faucet is turned on

    I checked the static water pressure at an outdoor faucet nearest the incoming water main. I used a Champion G200-C pressure gauge. The pressure was just slightly below 80 PSI. I took several...
  16. Re: Adding insulation to existing loose insulation under attic floorboards in old hou

    I had the same question in mind as dgayne, regarding what to do with the floor boards in my attic after insulating. I am replacing the original floor boards where possible, and substituting new floor...
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    Re: water hammer when faucet is turned on

    The make of the kitchen sink valve is Kohler. It is a model # K-10430 with a separate handheld spray.
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    water hammer when faucet is turned on

    I have a water hammer problem that occurs when I turn ON my kitchen faucet, not when I turn it off. The pipes are 1/2-inch copper running in the basement up to my kitchen sink. The water hammer...
  19. Adding insulation to existing loose insulation under attic floorboards in old house

    I own a 1900 Victorian farmhouse located in Maine on the central coast. I have just put on a new roof and now want to improve the insulation. The existing insulation under the attic floorboards is a...
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