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How do I design a foundation that will be frozen and thawed yearly?

I currently have a 12x12 insulated shed on slab on grade. I use it to store seedlings during the planting season. I pre-chill the room by opening it in winter and using a box fan to circulate air ...
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Mansfield 4000 series outdoor frost-free faucet leaking from inside the stem tube

I have a 12-in Mansfield 4000 series outdoor frost-free faucet (according to this). It's leaking from inside the stem tube (labeled "1") only when water is turned on. Removing the stem from ...
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Help identify outdoor frost free faucet make & model

My other outdoor frost-free faucet is a Mansfield 4000 series, but I have a difficult time trying to identify this other one.
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Identify faucet manufacturer

I have a faucet leaking from the anti syphon on the top. I need to replace the parts but don’t know the manufacturer. The original cap is long gone. It only has asse 1018 on the side. There are no ...
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Broken ice maker creating lots of frost in freezer

My sister was cleaning out the ice cube container in the freezer and broke something. Now the ice maker does not work and is creating lots of frost. I noticed some sort of shut-off valve next to the ...
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Installing Spigot Upside Down and Close to Ground

I live in a trailer and am debating attempting to put a hose outside/on the side. A few considerations: I have no plumbing experience It gets -40 where I live in the Winter I have read great things ...
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What is the proper way to bring a water line in through skirting on concrete runners?

Hello, I have a new manufactured home in the greater Seattle area. Our frost line is at 12” and the home sits on concrete runners. My contractor ran a common trench for our utilities, power and ...
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Greenhouse wood foundation and frost heave

I'm a novice constructing a 8x12' saltbox style green house made from recycled single pane windows in climate 5 & 4 Marine. It does get freezing here in winter with maybe an inch to three of snow ...
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Estimating frost heave displacement?

I'm planning a storage shed underneath a deck. I'll assume that the deck is anchored below the frost line and won't move when the ground freezes. I'd like to build the shed on just a floating gravel ...
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Can structure with plumbing sit on floating slab?

I understand that a structure with any sort of installations coming from the ground should be anchored with a concrete footer below the frost line in order to avoid floating on frost heave, which ...
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Tamped Gravel on fence posts and Frost Line?

I am looking to install a fence as a DIY project. I live in the midwest where the frost line is recorded at 40 inches. I was going to dig my fence post holes 42 inches, and back-fill with tamped crush ...
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Possible to repair this retaining wall?

My wife and I are replacing the deck at the back of our house, and after we demolished the existing structure found the retaining walls near our basement door have moved significantly. These are ...
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Freezer evaporator keep frosting

My Whirlpool (bottom) freezer's evaporator keeps frosting, thus rendering the (top) refrigerator warm. Actions already taken: Replaced Defrost heater (U-shaped, stove coil-like heating element) ...
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How do I dehumidify a season cabin in the winter

My Aunt has a seasonal cabin in NH. At the end of the fall we shut the water off and close down the cabin. Last year we had to gut and re-do the entire cabin due to a mold problem. Part of the problem ...
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Moist sandy gravel between frost-proof monolithic slab and insulation. Is it going to freeze and expand?

I’m planning on pouring a monolithic slab with insulation beneath to prevent frost heave of the ground below. It’s a somewhat common technique, there’s just not many folks I can find in Massachusetts ...