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When installed properly, the life should be indefinite. The hot/cold should have little effect, unless those temperatures are extreme.


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B2 is a bypass valve. B1 and B3 are so you can remove the water softener to replace it and still have water pressure in the house. B2 (only) or B1, B3 (only) should be open at any one time. "All the way to the right" (wound in clockwise) is closed on a standard valve. "All the way to the left" (wound out anti-clockwise) is open on a standard valve. You may ...


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This usually comes after years of use where there is grit in the water. The plastic sliding surfaces get abraded and start to stick. Usually the result is that you have to replace the sprinkler as the tube and piston are both pretty well shot. You might try unscrewing that black cap, the insides come out and with removing the spray head at the top, you can ...


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As someone with a relatively newer house (1930s), and have experience in dealing with issues of an 1800s home (my grandmother's), there are a few things to consider which can dramatically affect your annual expenses: When (if ever) were the following replaced or upgraded: Attic insulation Wall insulation Heating system Air conditioning (if present) Roof ...


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Check your hose bibs outside the house, those typically are first in line. If those are low pressure then its before your house. If those are good, then it's in your house. As for water company checking pressure, what they said is correct. They just don't install the monitoring equipment to do that. They will install pressure gauges at key points in the ...


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There are several independent variables to manage in a swimming pool or hot tub: pH balance halogen balance calcium hardness total dissolved solids Nearly everyone is aware of pH balance, but what most people don't seem to understand is that pH can swing wildly unless total alkalinity is increased sufficiently to provide an "inertial buffer" with total ...


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Get ready to buy some chemicals and clean your filter. You need a chelating agent (for pools often sold as "Metal Free") to bind the metals. Adding a clarifier will help coagulate that plus the other hazy junk so they form particles large enough to get stuck in your filter.


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Pine is a poor choose for siding in the northeast, and it is far more expensive than spec grade vinyl siding. Even though pine is used often for trim, when it is used to side an entire building expect the following problems. Wider boards, 1/2 X 6 and larger have a habit of checking and cupping when exposed to prolonged heat and moisture. Exterior pine needs ...


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Pine has been the traditional siding in the Northeastern US for several hundred years (along with cedar shingles). Painting is the standard protection. While numerous products are lower maintenance, if you have the skill (not too much required) and time to keep it up (a good bit required), it should be fine.


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I can't really see why saw dust is any different than the dust you find around your house (mostly made up of dead skin cells). The only real difference is that you tend to clean-up a lot of saw dust at any one time, whereas it takes a long time to fill a vacuum bag with typical around-the-house cleaning. The dust should never come in contact with the ...


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The manual will say something like Flushing the heat exchanger with a descaling solution if mineral build up is evident. Scale build up will shorten the life of the water heater, descale heat exchanger thoroughly and repeat annually depending on mineral content of ground water. (From Bosch 2400E NG user manual) or maybe something like Periodic ...


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A water expansion tank gives water a place to expand in a closed system (frequently found with boilers, or home water supplies with a check valve). Otherwise, heated water cannot expand and instead increases pressure until some component of the system leaks or explodes. If the tank is on the hot water heating system, then it's there to relieve expansion ...


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Dishwashers are intended for permanent installation and there are no parts behind it that you will need to service. The only things you might want to clean/treat are inside the unit. Best to leave it alone otherwise. If you can't remove it easily, it wasn't meant to be removed by household users.


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As a tenant I believe you've already done too much as this should be the land lords problem to rectify and not yours. Notify the landlord verbally and in writing about the on going issue of the infestation in your apartment. Contact your local city / town / government about your landlords responsibilities and your rights as a tenant in this type of a ...


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Work with the water company on this. Unless you live in a rural area, they should be able to turn the water off to the property at the street. They'll then be able to pull the meter (something you can't do), and check the pressure there. If the pressure at the meter is good, it's a problem in the building. If the pressure at the meter is bad, it's a ...


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Figure out where the water tap is in your yard. You should see a cover/lid on something that is not your sewage. You should see a small pipe traveling through it plus a shut-off that you can turn. Where that is walk straight to your house. The line coming in should be very very close to the perpendicular point of your house. It is probably coming in ...


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You need to figure out if any water is available before your main shut-off valve. If so check the water pressure there. If there is no water pressure it is a deal with your main feed or the line in between your house and main. This area is often very grey in most towns but I would put this on the town before touching it. If you are getting water ...


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I use my normal vacuum to clean up all kinds of construction debris. I just clean it after every use. Works just fine.


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Given the house in good condition and has had electric and plumbing done in the past 20 years then I would say that your average maintenance costs would be about 1.5 times a newer home - I would increase this a bit if plumbing/electric were unknown and if walls are plaster. You will pay your professionals a little more and it will take them more time to do ...


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Any oil-based finish is not very durable and must be renewed periodically. Flooring is usually finished with a polyurethane varnish for this reason (in the old days it would have been an alkyd varnish). It does; however, preserve the look and feel of real wood without having an obvious film finish on top of it. The installation process can scuff up the ...


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The self-clean temperature won't get high enough to melt the metal -- and the burner pieces are subject to pretty high heat anyway. I have cleaned aluminum and enameled parts in a self-clean cycle and the only time I have had problems is with large surface-area part (think a frying pan or something) -- in this case you might warp the metal by subjecting it ...


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Bring your pressure washer inside where it won't freeze or put anti-freeze in it. It is impossible to get all of the water out of the pump and freezing will crack it. If you live in an area with a lot of snow, mark the edges of your sidewalk and driveway with tall thin reflective markers.



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