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Jul
14
comment Metals in pool turn water green after adding shock, what's the solution?
Thanks @James (+1) - I guess, if heavy metals such as iron are minerals (not sure if they are). Like what Tester101 posted.
Jun
12
comment How to bypass a clogged water softener?
Thanks @alt (+1) - if these suggestions don't work, I'll definitely call in a plumber. But in the interest of saving money, I figured I'd try to d.i.m (do it myself), which is why I'm here!
Jun
12
comment How to bypass a clogged water softener?
And if so, I imagine that I first want to close B1, and then open B2? Or does the order-of-operations not matter? (Also, do I need to do anything with B3)?
Jun
12
comment How to bypass a clogged water softener?
Thank you @Ecnerwal (+1)! So, just to confirm, it sounds like my B1 valve is open and my B2 valve is closed, meaning that I am in fact routing water to my softener? Thanks again!
Jun
12
comment How to tell if there is poor water pressure before my main shut-off valve?
Thanks @Tester101 (+1) - I got home tonight and checked the houses; they're running perfectly strong. So this is definitely a plumbing issue in my house that lies somewhere after the hoses branch off from the trunk. Thanks again!
Jun
11
comment How to tell if there is poor water pressure before my main shut-off valve?
Thanks again, but we must have a different setup in our neighborhood. I'll check the service meter against the side of the house when I get home tonight, but there's no way I would have been doing all the lawncare for 5 years and never noticed a cover/lid/tap by the street. Thanks again, I'll report back with what I find...
Jun
11
comment How to tell if there is poor water pressure before my main shut-off valve?
Thanks @DMoore (+1) - however I've been living in my home for 5 years and have never noticed a "tap" outside in my yard somewhere. Could it be near my electric meter (perhaps the water meter and the electric meter on the outside of the house are stored on the same unit)? Thanks again!
Jun
11
comment How can I figure out why my water pressure is basically zero?
Thanks @Tester101 (+3) for all your helpful comments!
Jun
11
comment How can I figure out why my water pressure is basically zero?
Thanks @DMoore (+1) - good advice. Quick terminology question(s). The way I see it is there are 3 major pipes in this equation: (1) the pipe running through my neighborhood, from which water mains branch off into every house, (2) the water main between this line and my house, and (3) the water main once its inside my house, and before other water supply lines (hoses, faucets, showers, etc.) branch off from it. What is the name of #1 and #3 above? Thanks again!
Jun
11
comment How can I figure out why my water pressure is basically zero?
Thanks @diceless (+1) - however one quick followup here: you say that the hose "bibs" are "typically first in line". Can you explain what you mean by that? Do you mean that the outside hoses are usually the first water supplies to break away from the water main coming into my house? Also, what are hose bibs?!? Not familiar with that term. Thanks again!
Nov
30
comment How to plug hole in foundation?
Anyways, thoughts? Caveats with this solution? Thanks again!
Nov
30
comment How to plug hole in foundation?
After reading your answer I ended up stumbling into something I've never heard of: French drains. So if I can't repour the patio, and if I don't want to mess with a mechanical solution, then how about this: Jack-hammer out a trench really close to the house (a few inches off from where the patio meets the foundation) and install a french drain that leads off 10 - 15 feet into the lawn. That way, all the runoff is collected and pushed away from the house. My wife's nifty, we could disguise it as a walkway out to her garden or something...
Nov
30
comment How to plug hole in foundation?
Awesome, awesome answer @bcworkz (+1 and I wish I could upvote you more). Everything you said makes a lot of sense. I will patch the hole with mortar like you sggest, and it sounds like we need to attack the long-term solution first thing come Spring. One problem here: I forgot to mention in the original question that the concrete patio actually surrounds an in-ground pool... so it's not as easy as jack-hammering up and repouring...
Dec
8
comment How to repair this metal corner siding?
Thanks @bcworkz (+1) - a few followup questions: (1) What kind of caulk should I use, general exterior? Or is there something specialized for tin-wood adhesions? (2) Can you explain what you mean by the words "top" and "upper course" when you say: ...slide the top under the upper course and press into the caulk.? Thanks again!
Oct
28
comment How do I fix a Bostitch nail gun that is jammed?
Thanks @Gunner (+1) - so after I apply the drops, I reconnect the hose, and I should be good to go (if it's an oil issue)?
Oct
17
comment What is the proper way to clean a paintbrush and metal pan with KleanStrip paint thinner?
@TheEvilGreebo - I finally had a chance to look at all the links you posted and have read them. I actually now agree with you, and am editing my answer accordingly.
Oct
7
comment What is the proper way to clean a paintbrush and metal pan with KleanStrip paint thinner?
Sure dude: Everybody: the laws of physics are incorrect because The Evil Greebo says so. Everything I have worked for to prove in this answer is incorrect, because The Evil Greebo says so. Me: Diet pepsi is diet because it doesn't have any calories. You: There are no such thing as calories. Sure...
Oct
7
comment What is the proper way to clean a paintbrush and metal pan with KleanStrip paint thinner?
@TheEvilGreebo: I am simply having a disagreement with you on these items. For you to suggest that I should go see a HS geology teacher, or that I'm ignorant and foolish hurts my feelings. As for bedrock, of course nothing can penetrate it, otherwise we wouldn't have oceans! I'm not saying that we should all go chugging arsenic and pour it over our bodies, I'm saying that for something as harmless as mineral spirits, let's not freak out and be enviro-maniacs. To reiterate, it is perfectly fine to dump them out, as the bedrock prevents them from making it into any aquifers.
Oct
6
comment What is the proper way to clean a paintbrush and metal pan with KleanStrip paint thinner?
@TheEvilGreebo - I agree that Arsenic is poisonous, but you cannot tell me that there is any harm dumping something as harmless as mineral spirits on your lawn, where gravity will pull it straight down into the ground, and where the ground soil will block it seeping any further. And let's not forget bedrock which I dont think mineral spirits will penetrate.
Oct
2
comment What is the proper way to clean a paintbrush and metal pan with KleanStrip paint thinner?
This is true, but only goes in your groundwater if you pour into a lake or nearby stream. Soil retention blocks all anyways so nothing gets through. Not arguing here just making a case for real common sense!