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furnace condensate - system to collect and then drain periodically

We have a condo in Northern WI that gets used sporadically over the winter, we keep the furnace running at a low temp while we are not there. Last winter the furnace condensate draining into the ...
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Increasing air intake in the attic to prevent ice buildup on the roof during winter

We bought a townhouse in 2018 in a Canadian city where we have frequent snowfall during winter. Here are pictures of the back and front of the house. In the last two years, we have had ice dams on ...
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To rake or not to rake snow off of roof

First time owning a house with a roof that can be raked, It is a shingled roof. The question is - Should I be doing it? We live in Northeast (it's snowing as we speak) and icicles do form on the roof ...
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Will salty water from ice melt harm a wooden porch?

I rebuilt our covered porch out of pressure treated lumber a couple of summers ago. This past summer, we retreated it with Thompson's Water Seal. It's now winter, and we've actually had a cold spell ...
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Why is there water build up in my soffits?

We just had our windows, gutters, soffits and siding done a year and a half ago. We never had issues with our old soffits with leakage. Last winter we had a little bit of an issue with water and rust ...
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How do I fix my fridge that is not refrigerating?

My refrigerator (Frigidaire model #frt18b4aw8) is not refrigerating the refrigeration compartment, however the freezer compartment is freezing properly. I opened the back panel in the freezer and saw ...
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Fridge Icing Up

Why am I getting this ice in the bottom of the inside back of the refrigerator (not freezer) section of my Whirlpool WRS970CIDH side-by-side? It's only a little over a year old. When I read online, ...
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Humidifier and preventing ice formation

Is there anything that can be done to mitigate the effects of a floor humidifer on ice formation gumming up various systems in the house? I have learned that even RO water is not pure enough to ...
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Which fitting do I need to run a modern fridge's 1/4" ice maker supply line to an older supply valve with a larger flare outlet?

We bought a new fridge for our new home and the supply valve seems to have a 3/8" or 1/2" flare outlet (I'm unsure), while modern fridges appear to use a 1/4". I'm trying to figure out if I can cut ...
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How can I fix this leaky roof over a covered open air porch?

There is a small deck above this covered porch. The first picture shows right below that deck where there is small shingled roof. Below this roof is a covered but open to the air porch. When the snow ...
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Unboxing Berkley Jensen Winter Ice Melt

I bought Berkley Jensen Winter Ice Melt from BJs. But I do not know how to open its cap. I searched youtube and google and still did not get it. Here is the weblink of the product: LINK Anybody can ...
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Samsung icemaker not producing ice

Just purchased a Samsung refrigerator and the icemaker is not producing ice after 24 hours. The water line works perfect but the refrigerator does not produce ice.
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Are gutters the only way to fix this ice accumulation issue?

Whenever it rains or snow melts in the winter these rain guards drop water right in front of the walkway which freezes and causes an ice mess. I am reluctant to add a gutter section because no other ...
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We noticed a small puddle in the basement due to melting ice but it has not happened since - should I still replace patch on foundation wall?

We noticed a small puddle during a warmer period last week and traced it back to the foundation wall. I removed the drywall and insulation (it was only on top half of wall) and found that the previous ...
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Our top floor is finished/heated. How to prevent ice dams?

I'm in snowy Minneapolis, living in a 3-story house built in 1886. The top floor is fully-finished and heated, and there's no attic. We've been getting crazy ice dams this year, but not previous ...
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Water supply tube elimination in the refrigerator icemaker [closed]

Is it possible to eliminate water line, supplying the ice maker in the refrigerator, with a refill system similar to the coffee makers? It would be a lot safer not to use leaking faucets and free ...
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Water backing up into Refrigerator Freezer

I have a General Electric HTS20GBCCC fridge that, after working faithfully for over a decade, suddenly started forming a layer of ice in the bottom of the freezer compartment. I looked it up online, ...
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No water in line to ice maker

I just installed a new valve for my ice maker/water dispenser for my Roper refrigerator that I bought used. The water comes out of the water dispenser, but there is no water in the line to the ice ...
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How can I prevent this ice build up on my driveway/walkway?

My house faces North. I have down spouts on all four corners of the house. My challenge is that in the late winter/ early spring, the sun melts the snow off the roof and comes down the downspouts. ...
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Clarifying the in-between rafters insulation

My house is in an area which often gets -30c winter days and 30c summer days. It's shaped like this (note that ventilation holes are also the same on the other side of the house): Note that the roof ...
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Do long roof overhangs influence ice dam formation?

This is my first winter in my current house in northeast USA with lots of snow. There is a ~2ft overhang on the roof all around the house (for better or worse, as noted in another question with pics ...
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Is it normal for frost to accumulate on nails in my attic?

I had a new roof installed this summer and I had trouble with my roofer (had several leaks). Now it's winter and it's been abnormally cold the last few days. When I put the Christmas decorations ...
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How can a steep driveway be kept safe in snowy climates?

I looked at a house today and one of its drawbacks was that it had a very long, steep driveway. In New England we get thick snow, sleet and ice and with a steep driveway I am concerned the car might ...
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How do I prevent ice dams from forming on the eaves of an addition?

I added an addition several years age and now have eaves that form ice dams I understand that ventilating the attic may help but that is not an option. I have tried heated wires on the lower edge of ...
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GE Profile refrigerator model PSSS3RGXA SS not dispensing water or ice. Makes ice into bin

Side by side refrigerator is cold, freezes water, makes ice cubes and dumps them into the bin. The green LEDs for door alarm, water and quick ice are on. The LED for lock is not on. Pressing the ...
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Assessing the cause of freezer coils icing up

We have a 6 year old Frigidaire upright freezer (around 17 cu ft). It suddenly stopped cooling, even though the compressor was running, and it was producing puddles of water on the floor. I thought ...
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Rear of house has no eves; how do I ventilate and prevent ice dams?

My home is in St. Louis and it just doesn't stay very warm. I am finding that the heat kicks on a lot just so it can keep up. The house is a ranch on a slab, built in 1960, 1073 square feet. In 2015 ...
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Frozen coil in the fridge

I bought a second-hand fridge two months ago. The fridge was not cold enough, getting more and more ice in the freezer, and started making noise last night. I unscrewed the freezer section and found ...
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I left a pound of ice to melt in my shower. Two hours later my downstairs neighbor reported a leak from their shower light fixture

Our 4-unit building has identically laid out apartments with a guest shower. I was clearing some ice from a broken freezer, and left about a pound or less of ice near the drain of the shower to melt ...
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Why am I still getting icicles after blowing insulation?

I just had insulation blown in last year hoping I would get rid of the icicles forming and dripping all over my front stairs, I also have gutter caps on. Of note, the roofer two years ago put a metal ...
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How to lay heat cable (de-icing cable)?

The issue I'm having is that ice builds up on the lower roof, creating a dam. The upper attic is double insulated, but is exposed to sun throughout the day. The lower roof (next to the sidewall) only ...
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Solving freezing vent in refrigerator

I have a KitchenAid refrigerator model KSRS22MWMWS, a side by side model purchased in 2011. In the wall between the freezer and refrigerator is a vent in which ice builds up until it becomes ...
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Ice maker making pounding noise

I purchased an ice maker from amazon for my Frigidaire side by side. It woke me up in the middle of the night just pounding. It seems that the heating element is not getting hot enough fast enough ...
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Protecting a stone retaining wall from water running down it

I have stone-and-cement retaining walls on two sides of my sloped driveway; they're new, and have cement caps. There's a long wall on the side of the driveway that's sloped about 1:20, and at the ...
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Is it safe to repair inside wall and ceiling after ice dam?

An ice dam at the intersection of a sloped roof and wall caused damage to the interior ceiling and wall. I cut through the surface of the ceiling and wall when it happened, to allow the collected ...
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Will dark gutters stay ice free better than light colored gutters?

There is a good answer at the related question What are the pros and cons of installing a roof heating cable? about ice dams and such. I have a dark colored roof and I have dark colored leaf covers (...
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Where to locate heat tape within gutter

Our recently purchased home has de-icing cable and we rely on it to prevent ice dams and water intrusion (had a couple of wet spots last winter). It was not a professional installation. I called to ...
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AC unit (turned on year round) leaves so much ice in the blower causing no cooling (pic included)

My mother has asthma and tells me she needs the AC on almost year round. The AC unit is outside the condo we own, and it connects to the coils in the heater/ventilation system. We are experiencing ...
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Is a little ice on the cooling coils ok?

This is our first summer in a new house which has central air. It was a bit hotter today than normal so the AC was running for a long time. After awhile we noticed the airflow stopped because the ...
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Is it allowable to have an electrical cable going into the attic through a soffit from outside?

I'm adding ice cables to part of our roof. I drilled a 1 inch hole in the soffit and then got stuck getting power into the attic for an outlet. I called an electrician who couldn't say enough how ...
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How can I thaw a frozen exterior drain quickly?

I have a driveway that is angled down slightly towards my house. About two feet before the garage there are two long drains that cover most of the drive way. Right now one is 100% frozen and the other ...
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How can I safely remove snow from my roof?

How do I remove snow from my roof? How about 4" of snow covered with 1/2" of ice? How do I know when I should risk getting out there to try to remove it? We just received a notice from The New York ...
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Is frost at the far edges of my attic a concern?

(I am a first time homeowner doing my first attic inspection.) The prolonged cold weather in my area gave me a good opportunity to look for problems in my attic yesterday. The only thing I found ...
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How to plug hole in foundation?

Here is the front of my house. As you can see it is a 2-story dwelling on the left with a garage on the right that is connected to the main house by a "sunroom" (porch/breezeway/whatever). The main ...
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How can I create a radiant heat system for melting ice on wood steps?

Our house has wood stairs to descend from the front porch. On maybe 15 - 30 days out of the year a layer of ice forms on the stairs, posing a safety hazard. Even with our familiarity with the issue ...
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Exhaust fixture for venting bathroom fan through roof

I'm planning to install a roof vent for a bathroom exhaust fan I'm putting in. I'm thinking about using one of these: but I was wondering if I need to worry about it getting blocked by ice or snow? (...
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How do I prevent ice stalagmites from building up on the furnace exhaust?

I have a high efficiency furnace that exhausts via a pvc pipe out the side of the house, the trouble is the moisture from the exhaust forms an ice stalagmite in my driveway in the cold weather. Are ...
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How do I repair/reattach downspout and gutter after snow/ice damage?

We've had a heavy dose of snow here in the Boston area it has taken a toll on our gutters and downspouts. The downspout at the rear of my house filled with ice and pulled away from the elbow that ...
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What de-icing products can be used on a patterned concrete walkway / driveway? (Salt causes problems.)

I came across the following question here: Is there a safe way to de-ice an unsealed driveway? The accepted answer mentions rock salt being fine for such a driveway (asphalt), and the other answer ...
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Outside water pipe covered in ice

A month ago my house's sprinkler pipe formed a hole and exploded due to pressure. This was caused by the fact that I had forgotten to shut the water off to my sprinkler system before it got too cold. ...
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