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    Re: Sewer Smell - Need help!!!

    I checked the washer and there is water in a trap. Studor vents: one of two in the house (the one in the bathroom in question) was replaced already when trying to trouble shoot it before. I have...
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    Re: Sewer Smell - Need help!!!

    The house was built in 2005. I don't remember the smell this entire time, but I guess it is possible. Again, the 1/2 bath where I am suspicious is mechanically vented (I hate these things) so there...
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    Re: Sewer Smell - Need help!!!

    Thanks for the replies so far!

    All traps have a Ptrap and the bathroom is frequently used so I am not too concerned about the dry traps.

    On resetting the toilet: I have helped do it before,...
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    Re: Sewer Smell - Need help!!!

    John,

    I did not watch per say but they guys were up on the roof by the vent stack. It was a very reputable large plumbing company in our area.

    Do smoke tests work well in the case of mechanical...
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    Sewer Smell - Need help!!!

    Good morning! We need help! We have a sewer gas smell in our house. We have tried several things and don't have a clue where to go next.

    Two story house + unfinished basement. The smell is worst...
  6. Re: High efficiency furnace with combustion make up air question

    I spoke with the contractor that I've had out before through email and received the following message:

    "....The other two pipes entering into the “CAZ” ( combustion area zone )(furnace room) are...
  7. High efficiency furnace with combustion make up air question

    We have a 2 story approx 2000 sq ft house with an unfinished basement in Michigan that was built in 2005 with a high efficiency furnace. I sealed up most of the duct work that was leaking like a...
  8. Re: Sealing ductwork - Specifically the return system in the joists

    I was under the impression that forced heat had to be in runs, but returns could be between joists. Not positive on this though...
  9. Sealing ductwork - Specifically the return system in the joists

    Our return duct work has some serious air leaks and is not 'pulling' air out of the far reaches of the system. The basement is unfinished and when the system runs, it is pulling air under and around...
  10. new moen sink cartridge sticking - help

    I replaced the cartridge in a Moen sink faucet a few months back. The setscrew came loose on the handle and it seemed like it was taking more effort to turn side to side, so with the help of my 3 y/o...
  11. Stump degrading powders/chemicals - do they work

    I have a couple of old stumps in the back of my property that are not really bothersome enough to bring in a grinder, but I would not mind removing. I have seen various products that you put on the...
  12. Spray foam vs fiberglass for rim joists to seal out air/moisture???

    Okay, I searched and cannot really find my answer. I have an unfinished basement in 2 story with approximately a 1000 sq ft footprint. We had an energy audit a while back and one of the...
  13. Re: Toilet 'runs' for about 3 seconds after water run anywhere in the house

    I couldn't really think of a connection either other than perhaps a pressure issue. I will look into the tank and see if there is an issue there. Thank you for the replies!
  14. Toilet 'runs' for about 3 seconds after water run anywhere in the house

    Within the last few months I have had issues with our master toilet. When I run water elsewhere in the house, (pretty much anywhere: sink, toilet, shower, etc), when I turn the water back off the...
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    Re: Sewer gas around sewer clean out plug

    I'm on city water/sewer. I don't know if my neighbors are having any problems; I haven't asked. A stinky house is a bit of an embarrassing subject!

    The plug is resealed as well as the mechanical...
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    Re: Sewer gas around sewer clean out plug

    Think I figured it out! We resealed all the cleanouts in the basement and when doing a walk around, noticed that a mechanical vent in the 1/2 bath was not taped and even loose on the vent pipe. That...
  17. Re: Finishing thresholds and transitions between tile and maple hardwood

    I couldn't get the photos to post directly, so here are the links. Two show door thresholds opening to a deck and the third shows the transitions between tile and hardwood. The wood has been...
  18. Finishing thresholds and transitions between tile and maple hardwood

    I am struggling on the best way to finish several transitions between maple hardwood and tile at a family cottage. We cut pieces for the transition, but I don't know what to coat them with to protect...
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    Re: Table saw for beginner?

    I figured this would be a pretty polarizing question!

    To clarify, I think it is usually worth buying quality tools versus as dj1 said - throwing money away. My budget (or what I think I could...
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    Table saw for beginner?

    I am looking for a decent table saw, but the budget is somewhat tight and space is somewhat limited. I have looked at some of the portable ones out there like the Dewalt 744, but wondered if anyone...
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    Re: Sewer smell in kitchen sink

    I recently removed our disposal because of a piece of plastic jammed inside and was amazed how nasty it was inside the disposal itself. After removing and thoroughly cleaning the inside of the...
  22. Re: Installing an Heat recovery ventilator (HRV) ("Air Exchanger") - how difficult?

    I totally understand the over the head thing! It didn't look too difficult and my awesome wife was a chemical engineer in a previous life where she dealt with large scale air exchangers Still toying...
  23. Installing an Heat recovery ventilator (HRV) ("Air Exchanger") - how difficult?

    We have one of these at the family cottage and am thinking about one for our house. How difficult are they to install? Local HVAC company wanted and arm and both legs to install one.
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    Re: Sewer gas around sewer clean out plug

    Thanks for the info! I will try to trouble shoot this one. Being 6 degrees up in Michigan right now and 8 inches of snow in the last 36 hours, I am guessing no one will be climbing on my roof any...
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    Sewer gas around sewer clean out plug

    With this being my second post in plumbing in two days, you can guess what is my weakness!

    I've posted before about sewer gas coming in around the main clean out plug in our basement. I had that...
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