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Sep
13
comment How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?
@maple_shaft A possibility, and if I need to I will open the necessary wall on the 1st floor but I think I can get by without having to do much damage there.
Sep
13
comment How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?
@Tester101 from basement to 2nd floor is galvanized, 1/2" I think - I'm never sure with that stuff. It's outer diameter is such that I can easily snake fit 3/4" pex in the existing holes. Once you get up to the bathroom they convert over to 1/2" cpvc (installed badly, I might add...)
Sep
13
revised How do I trade the lights that these two light switches control with each other?
Grammar, formatting, title in the form of a question
Sep
13
comment How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?
Wow, very detailed and informative. I will study this. However, same concern i voiced to Kendrick - we currently have 1 line to the upstairs bath with T branches off of it, and it causes wild variations if two do run at once (and yes sometimes we do end up sharing - plus right now our toilet takes forever to fill resulting in a long wait before using the shower, or a radical drop in temp about 2 mins after you hop in the shower after flushing the toilet)... thus the thinking about a mini manifold.
Sep
13
comment How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?
The point of the manifold with larger volume going to it is to maintain pressure distribution so that flushing the toilet while taking a shower doesn't cause the shower to become scalding, which is the problem we have now with our pipes configured as you suggest.
Sep
13
comment Is this plastic pipe connecting city water to the main line dangerous?
Furthermore - looking at the picture more closely, the water meter is connected using a compression fitting, so all your plumber needs to do to install the whole house filter safely is shut off the main, disconnect the compression fitting by unscrewing it, then he can remove the copper from the wall by removing the mounting braces with almost no vibrations at all - and after the pipe is free of the wall he can use a tubing cutter to cut the pipe wherever he needs without shaking it as well...
Sep
13
answered Is this plastic pipe connecting city water to the main line dangerous?
Sep
13
asked How should I configure my plumbing with PEX?
Sep
12
comment Can an external light fixture and an external receptacle share a circuit?
I didn't say it was a code requirement. One can and, IMO, should strive to do better than code. Though I do like the 1 room per circuit model too - though it assumes that lights in other rooms are being left on - not very green... ;)
Sep
12
comment Alternative equipment(s) to drill a few holes on a 0.5 cm plastic beside using a small drill
Not certain but I think this would result in a cleaner hole than using a drill which will tear the plastic...
Sep
12
answered Can I use a spray sealer and primer over a patched drywall followed by painting over it?
Sep
12
comment Using a solar system with a condensing boiler for the central heating instead of tap-water?
This is very product specific - you really need to press the manufacturer for a satisfactory answer.
Sep
11
answered Can an external light fixture and an external receptacle share a circuit?
Sep
11
comment Troubleshooting a leaking exterior door
Have you tried spraying a hose against the door to confirm that the door itself is leaking? Water could be entering higher up, finding the door and coming in there.
Sep
11
comment How should I insulate the walls and ceilings of this 1920's semi-detached brick house?
I don't agree. Proper insulation of brick can be done but the work has to be done PROPERLY with sound vapor barriers to prevent condensation concerns.
Sep
11
answered How should I insulate the walls and ceilings of this 1920's semi-detached brick house?
Sep
10
comment How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?
Probably not going to be very productive if it's not a community drain situation.
Sep
10
comment How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?
It appears from your photo that this point is a low point for a large stretch of road. Does your town / community have any kinds of storm drainage?
Sep
10
comment Is it possible to detect from the power outlet if there would be current that needs grounding?
"get an electric shock from the laptop when I am touching ground" - please expand on what you mean by "touching ground"? Are you touching the ground beneath your feet? Or are you touching the ground plug on the laptop power cord?
Sep
10
comment Do I have to remove the old thinset before installing new tile?
I have GOT to get me one of THESE!