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comment What is a safe maximum temperature for an unused part of the house?
110F is going to be outside the operating range of virtually all digital electronics, and these days all electronics are digital. If you have computers, cable/DSL modems, wireless routers, flat screen TVs, or the like, they could potentially be damaged by those temps. They will certainly suffer a shorter lifespan if exposed to it regularly.
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comment What could cause my range burner to be bright red and really hot when the dial is set to low?
I have a brand new stove with electronic controls and the burners cycle on and off, appearing bright red and very hot at times even on medium/low settings. This may be perfectly normal.
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comment How do I fix gutter nails that are coming out?
Golf tees work beautifully for this. I don't play golf, but I keep a box of them around just for this purpose.
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comment Is this buzzing noise coming from various outlets around the house normal?
Aluminum wiring by any chance?
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comment How to get fresh air to flat without letting noise in
Only cheap exhaust fans are noisy. You can buy high quality fans that are virtually silent.
May
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comment Our walls have a rancid smell after painting twice. Going on 2 months now! Help!
Seal it with shellac and then apply a fresh coat of high quality paint. Shellac is very good at sealing in smells, even tobacco.
May
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comment Is adding a paver patio or flower garden near a home foundation a bad idea?
That's a whole question of its own. There are many ways, the simplest and most obvious being sloping a patio slightly so waters runs away from the house.
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comment Is adding a paver patio or flower garden near a home foundation a bad idea?
I don't think there's any blanket yes or no to patios near foundations, but you should keep drainage in mind when you design it. Make sure you're directing water away from the foundation rather than toward it, and you're not blocking any existing drainage paths. I think photos or drawings of what you have in mind would get you better answers.
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answered Refrigerator Ice Maker
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comment Do I need to redo this deck or it would be OK to clean it and repaint it?
what do you mean by "redo?" Do you mean completely demolish the deck and replace it or something less than that?
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comment How do we thaw pipes that froze after our boiler stopped working?
Patience is wise because if you thought a frozen pipe was bad, you're really not going to like a burst one.
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answered order of prep for exterior painting
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comment Crawl space drainage
I don't think there's any way to make water flow upward without a pump. If the soil drains poorly on the other side of the sewer line then some of the water might rise enough to make it into the trench, but not all of it. And if it drains well then probably none of it will make it.
Apr
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comment Ice Maker Not Filling Fully or Dumping Ice - Supply Issue?
Well, I still don't think pressure is the issue. I think you have a defective ice maker. Since the refrigerator is new I would consult the people you bought it from and raise a warranty issue.
Apr
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comment Ice Maker Not Filling Fully or Dumping Ice - Supply Issue?
If it's filling a glass as fast as your faucet does, I'd say that proves the supply line is fine. An ice maker doesn't require a huge amount of water pressure. Mine works just fine off a well that provides 30-50 psi, which is lower than most municipal water systems.
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comment Ice Maker Not Filling Fully or Dumping Ice - Supply Issue?
Sounds to me like the ice maker is defective and probably was from day 1.