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answered Why is dishwasher water backing up in my sink?
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answered What is this pipe coming up out of our driveway?
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answered Why would a dryer take 4 hours to dry after we cleaned out the vent?
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comment How can I safely get rid of fire ant mounds in my backyard?
If you have more than a couple of mounds in your yard I would definitely recommend calling in a pro. They can use stronger (but short-lived) stuff than the average homeowner has access to. Last time I needed mounds exterminated, the guy used a pressure sprayer with a spike, which goes down into the depths of the nest and floods the entire mound with a concentrated insecticide. Quick, extremely effective, and the agent (a pyrethroid blend) was safe to be around in a day or two and effectively gone in a week.
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comment toilet not flushing properly flapper closing too soon
This is one possibility. Toto is one common brand designed with a second hole in the float, to let the air out once the flap reaches vertical so it will close before the entire tank empties
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answered How can I rewire a light to use three-way switches?
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comment How do you know when you need a new water heater?
The replacement was a little more than I alluded to above, as the copper flex lines from the previous installations were soldered onto the supply pipes. I had to sweat those off, as well as a screw-type supply shutoff which I replaced with a ball valve, and then I soldered threaded garden-hose-style connectors onto the pipes with corresponding flexlines, so the next replacement won't require a blowtorch. The only thing I couldn't reconnect the way it had been was the T&P valve (which came out the top of the original tank), so I just attached a copper line that will drain to the floor.
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comment How do you know when you need a new water heater?
As an epitaph, the inner tank of the Kenmore finally corroded through and water started leaking out the top of the tank; luckily it happened in early daylight hours so we caught it quickly (and the tank's in the garage so nothing was permanently damaged). I replaced it with a comparable-capacity Whirlpool unit.
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