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New homeowner and aspiring handyperson.


Jan
17
comment Why won't my shower fully heat up?
Your shower valve could just be broken. Mineral buildup can sometimes interfere with the valve's operation. I had a shower valve that wouldn't allow any hot water to flow due to mineral buildup, and a soak overnight in vinegar fixed it.
Jan
17
answered Does my electric panel need replacing?
Jan
17
comment Can I float a tongue-and-grooved 1x12 pine floor over a concrete slab on grade?
@ArgentoSapiens: it's a moisture barrier because it doesn't let moisture underneath the DriCore tile permeate up into the plywood layer and the flooring above. It isn't a waterproofer (like Drylok paint).
Jan
17
answered How do I fix my double tapped outside electric panel?
Jan
10
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Jan
1
comment How do I remove this shower stem valve?
Can you pull the rubber washer away somehow? I had a price pfister shower fixture that looked similar to this, and the valves were held in by collars which you can loosen with a shower socket wrench. If you can identify the maker you can usually find an expanded assembly diagram online.
Dec
31
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Dec
29
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Dec
21
comment How do I install a washing machine when the drain is 7.5 feet high?
Typically, the end of the washer drain hose simply sits in a vertical section of drain pipe. The hose isn't sealed to the drain pipe in this approach, so you need (1) enough of a vertical run to ensure the drained water goes down into the pipe and (2) a trap, to prevent sewer gases from entering the home. Your best bet may be to move or extend some drain and ventilation pipe. Post a photo of the setup if you want more detailed advice.
Dec
21
comment How can I stop my fireplace from disabling my thermostat?
Example: amazon.com/Day-Progrmable-Thermostat-Multi-stage-1F95-377/dp/… and amazon.com/White-Rodgers-Indoor-Remote-Compatible-Thermostats/…
Dec
21
comment How can I stop my fireplace from disabling my thermostat?
Right - you don't so much need a wifi thermostat as you need a thermostat with a remote temperature sensor. You set the temperature and wire to your furnace at the existing thermostat location, but the thermostat reads whatever temperature is at the sensor's location, not the thermostat's location. You can have a thermostat with a wireless sensor that isn't wifi-enabled.
Dec
21
answered Why would cold water be introduced into underfloor heating system?
Dec
21
comment Is it expensive to switch from an 80% to a 90% efficient furnace, to comply with the new mandate?
In some cases, direct venting can be a little cheaper than chimney venting. This was the case for us when replacing our 40-year-old oil-fired boiler, because our chimney was unlined and code now requires a chimney liner. So it was $1000 to install a chimney liner or a couple hundred bucks of labor to have the plumbers run PVC vents. Granted, this was in an unfinished basement, and we didn't have any difficulties with vent location, and we were paying more up-front for a more efficient boiler.
Dec
17
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Dec
14
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Dec
13
comment How can I attach a shelf to a tile wall in a repairable manner?
You might be able to use a shelf like this on top of your counter. I used an ikea shelf similar to this on a countertop once. I was able to construct it without a bottom shelf so I could use the countertop surface, and I used the shelves above for a microwave and other storage. Totally removable since it's just sitting on the countertop.
Dec
10
comment What's the best way to get rid of ants?
Good advice. Poison first, then vacuum out your floor cracks and fill with either cement (larger cracks) or self-leveling polyurethane sealant.
Dec
10
comment Should I remove vinyl flooring before laying down hardwood?
Thanks for pointing this out, Andrew. But you should make this a comment instead of an answer. Answers should only be things that address the original question.
Dec
8
comment What could I have done wrong while changing to LED bulbs in my recessed lighting?
VOM = Voltage Meter, right?
Nov
30
comment How many bags of concrete do I need?
Thanks for following up after the project!