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Dec
3
comment Why is there a 2" step down into my bathroom?
Wild guess - It is so that if there is a leak or spill in the bathroom it stays in the bathroom. You effectively have a semi-wet room where the room itself is a 2" overflow pan. Is there a floor drain? What is the floor material in the bathroom and the adjoining hallway? Any pics?
Nov
18
comment Toilet paper to the left or right?
@Tester101 got a link to that study?
Nov
12
comment Sink overflow drain not cast all the way through
The blockage is non-trivial. I probed with a wire coathanger thinking it was a clog. I then grabbed a ceramic drill bit and using my hand got a little more aggressive. Definitely thicker than flashing!
Nov
12
comment Sink overflow drain not cast all the way through
This sink has been in place since I bought the home 5 years ago and installed for some time before that. A warranty is out of the question. It would be worth my time to identify the maker and see if perhaps this is a known issue.
Nov
3
comment How can I estimate costs for a renovation project?
The job in question is removing a 16' load bearing wall between a family room and living room to make a great room. My goal here was to not learn how to estimate out that specific job. There will be other jobs and having some way to determine a very rough cost would be helpful to know for the future.
Nov
3
comment How can I estimate costs for a renovation project?
@JPhi1618 good advice. I do want this job done, but its a renovation rather than a repair. Compensation for the estimate would ease my mind a bit, I'd basically be paying for a professional opinion to set my budget goals then at some point in the future actually doing the job.
Aug
4
comment How to tighten a pipe while keeping it at specific angle?
What make and model of water heater? Perhaps there is a means to attach its fitting independently of the housing then reattach.
Jul
22
comment Problem with tile cutting
Can you post a picture of the tool you are using to cut the tile?
Jun
12
comment What is the cause of a shower diverter valve becoming stuck?
When you replaced it did you see how or why it was broken? Bent shaft? Bad gasket?
May
29
comment Flow rate of water in a gutter system
Are you trying to create a decorative waterfall or a waterfall to move water away from the edge of the awning?
May
29
comment Flow rate of water in a gutter system
I have an alternative idea that may give you the desired effect. Could you simply flood the gutter so it runs over the top? Fill it to the brim and then adjust your incoming flow rate to get the water fall volume or appearance that you want.
May
18
comment Brass tub overflow pipe stuck in brass tee. How can I remove it?
Heat gun and a little foul language did it.
May
14
comment What to use to seal grout in shower
To echo @iLikeDirt, what is the construction of the tile surround? Tile + grout on cementboard? Is there a waterproof membrane like kerdi or redgard?
May
14
comment Brass tub overflow pipe stuck in brass tee. How can I remove it?
Will heating the tee cause the soldered side to melt out? Oh and I should obviously disconnect the PVC fittings from the tee and not melt the bathtub too!
May
5
comment Can I use a CFL or LED bulb with a higher lumen output as long as I stay under the maximum wattage listed on the fixture?
diy.stackexchange.com/questions/64107/… - Related question
Apr
23
comment Is there such a thing as an actual 60W draw LED or CFL bulb?
@Tester101 comment helped me discover the right search pattern. It seems to be expressed as "X-watt (Y-watt replacement)" at a major online retailer. The bulbs to avoid for my use case are ones which are "40-watt equivalent"
Apr
16
comment How can I speed up the removal of stubborn tile?
Is this tile laid on concrete or on wood? Have you considered removing the subfloor with the tile on and replacing it?
Mar
10
comment Wood trim and new gutters: Gutters first or paint first?
Following up on this popular question. I went with @Pauls suggestion that wrapping is the better choice. Wrapping provided a nice look with low long term maintenance. Sorry for the late accept!
Mar
6
comment What should I do about a switch that feels warm and arcs when toggled?
Do you have copper or aluminum wiring? A risk/symptom of aluminum wiring is arcing. This can be caused by the use of the use of copper fixtures on aluminum wire.
Feb
20
comment Toilet gurgling when another one is flushing: 6-way joint
What is the white PVC pipe?