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I moved the wiring for my rear speakers from the wall to the ceiling, when I bought new surround speakers. I just cut a 1" channel to span the corner, rather than try to drill through the headers. With all the changes I have made in my 3 houses, I have gotten very good at sheetrock "invisible mending". Getting the wall smooth enough is easy, then I brush on ...


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Get a copy of the installation guide for the prospective direct-vent fireplace, and read it carefully to verify that what you want to do is within specifications. Some may not handle that long a flue, especially if designed as "condensing" units, which strip nearly all the heat out of the exhaust gases. Without that heat, the blower inside the unit has to ...


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Cast Iron is cheap to make in a mold, often bolted together if made in sections and if so, may leak air at the seams, has reasonable fire resistance, can eventually crack from thermal cycling. Often made to look "retro". Steel is easy to make air-tight, requires metal brakes to fold the steel plate into shape, and the seams need to be welded. The firebox ...


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Mineral wool (or rock wool) insulation won't burn at all. You can buy it in bats and cut it to appropriate size.


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The conversion kit usually consists of a different sized orifice to handle the LP fuel. I had to do this on my outdoor grill when I converted from LP to NG.



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