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Aug
26
comment How can I insulate my basement on a budget?
Yes, ben makes a good point. If this is intended as a bedroom you need to make sure egress is to code.
Aug
25
comment Can you disconnect and reconnect a gas flex pipe?
The last paragraph makes a lot of sense...old ones shoudld always be replaced. I just feel bad having to replace one that is only 3 days old. So, in general, it is fair to say that whenever an appliance person disconnects a gas appliance to service it, they always put on a new flex hose? I better plan ahead so I'm only disconnecting this once. This could get expensive. :)
Aug
25
comment Can you disconnect and reconnect a gas flex pipe?
@diceless ah, yes! That's maybe a clearer way to ask it: Are flexpipe flared fittings only effective once and once tightened, if they are to be disconnected you need to replace the entire pipe?
Aug
25
comment Can you disconnect and reconnect a gas flex pipe?
@diceless yes, that's the somewhat vague wording I'm hung up on. Is there a difference between 'reusing old flex pipe to connect a new appliance' vs. 'disconnect and reconnect a new flex pipe to make adjustments to appliance location'?
Aug
25
comment How realistic is lowering a concrete floor?
I would not buy ownership in a building where the majority owner tells people 'sure do whatever you want' to things like foundations. :)
Aug
25
comment How can I insulate my basement on a budget?
"Best" and "Cheapest" are rarely descriptors for the same product.
Aug
25
comment HE Front End Washer vibrations on wood floors: any tried-and-true solutions?
Yea, I'm not engineering a new product here. :) Looks like I'm heading to the return lane at Home Depot.
Aug
25
comment HE Front End Washer vibrations on wood floors: any tried-and-true solutions?
@benrudgers I'm not so concerned about noise, but the movement. It's a pretty violent shaking. Can't be good for the house nor the washer. Will try it without the drain pan tonight.
Aug
25
comment HE Front End Washer vibrations on wood floors: any tried-and-true solutions?
@Tester101 I miss basements. Alas, no basement here. Best we could do is remodel the garage, but that's a task I'm not sure I'm ready to tackle. Looks like we may have to give up and return it.
Aug
23
comment What are my options for fixing a laundry faucet?
Thanks everyone. I ended up dismantling the faucet and getting some new packing rope. Repacked it, put it all back together, and it's working! (Fingers crossed). In the end, easier that I thought it'd be. Home Depot said they don't sell washers for these anymore because most people don't bother fixing and just replace them. A shame as it really wasn't that difficult in the end.
Aug
23
comment Cold water entering hot water circuit?
interesting! I'll head under the crawlspace tomorrow.
Aug
22
comment Washing machine hot water leaking. Is it ok to use with the hot water shut off?
the washer leaks, or the hose leaks? Hoses are easily replaced if that's the issue. But, in general, you don't actually need to use hot water very often with laundry.
Aug
22
comment new railings - should I use cedar or treated pine?
A railing (no ground contact) in southern California (It never rains in Southern California...) probably isn't going to have a huge moisture problem to deal with anyways. So I'd go with the option that's easier to finish and more dimensionally stable (which is likely the cedar).
Aug
21
comment What are my options for fixing a laundry faucet?
aha! Thanks! I was able to nudge it ever-so-slightly tighter. On closer look, it appears I wasn't the first to do this. The HW faucet's packing nut is at least one half turn tighter than the cold. And I think a bit of the packing material is squeezing through. Can I 'repack' it if it's just too far gone?
Aug
18
comment Putting PT Piers in Ground
How far below ground are the top of the piers? If it's not too deep, you could set post blocks (those pyramid looking concrete blocks with post anchors on the top) to raise it a bit (assuming the top of the poured piers are nice and flat.)
Aug
4
comment How to identify the type of plastic
PVC fumes are not nice.
Jul
28
comment Does PEX leach BPA when used for hot water plumbing?
@Bryce yes, a tankless system is much less worrisome.
Jul
23
comment How do I permantely plumb 5 tiki torches around my pool by placing a T on my buried propane tank which feed the pool/hot tub heater?
You'd need a "T" fitting.
Jul
22
comment What should I do with my leaking chimney?
I wouldn't keep just part of a chimney. That would look weird--plus it's no longer useful in the future (not a lot of people like ventless fireplaces).
Jul
22
comment Should I keep a bathroom door open or closed to keep it from expanding?
Whether it is open or closed has no bearing on it expanding due to excessive moisture. Though if the room isn't properly vented with an exhaust fan, leaving it open may reduce the overall moisture in that one area.