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Preventing things from becoming damaged, broken or unusable.

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Best way to de-scale my home (gas) water heater?

I recently did the recommended yearly draining of our home (gas) water heater. I opened the pressure relief valve to bleed air into the tank so that it could drain. After putting everything back, I ...
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stats on *total* cost of high-efficiency boiler?

Not trying to start a subjective debate here, just looking for some objective statistics. I get that high-efficiency boilers are much more efficient, and will save big bucks over their lifetime in ...
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What's this exterior wall treatment and how should I paint it?

I need to paint the exterior walls of this house, but I am not sure what is the material of the walls. I know this type of houses came from Finland to to south of Argentina because they are excellent ...
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Is it safe to steam clean HVAC cooling fins?

I am doing maintenance on my HVAC system, and I would like to know if the “fins” that are behind the AC filter can be cleaned via a household steamer. I know more traditional HVAC systems can be ...
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Blower motor fails directly after maintenance check and AC float switch install

I had a maintenance check on my Carrier HVAC and also had a float switch installed. All checked out fine and I turned off the AC til the next day because it was cold in the house. The next day it ...
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FLushing tankless water heater without hot water shutoff

I have a Bradford White RTG-K-199N1 tankless gas water heater. It has hot and cold water connections on top, and 2 flush valves at the bottom. I wanted to do a descaling flush, and the manual ...
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How to clean and maintain composite sinks?

Our kitchen was fitted less than one month ago. Everything runs very smoothly and is still very shiny, but our composite sink is staining very quickly. I have read that they should be very simple to ...
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Preparing for steam boiler maintenance

I've just moved into a new house with radiator heat/steam boiler, and there seem to be a few issues (loud banging noises on startup, one radiator leaking). I have a maintenance person coming out next ...
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Shocked O3 pool system with calcium hypochlorte, but free chlorine at 0. Is this expected? Cause for concern?

My understanding is that swimming pool water should be kept at around 1-3ppm free chlorine level. However 1.5 days after shocking small 2000 gallon pool with 2 pounds of 56% calcium hypochlorite (good ...
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What is the best way to ensure new air conditioning units stay level?

We live in Northern Illinois (-20F in Winter + 1-2 ft snow to 100F summer) and have two a/c units which are now 30 years old and it is time to replace them. They are located on the north side of our ...
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Servicing 2 stroke line trimmer

I have a 4 year old 2 stroke line trimmer (Husqvarna 524L) which is working beautifully but has never been taken back to the store for a service. I have washed the filters a couple of times, but done ...
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Smell coming from clean bathrooms in apartment, possibly drains?

I am renting an apartment in the Midwest United States and I have noticed that during a change in the seasons that a rotten smell seems to be coming from the two bathrooms in my 2nd story apartment. ...
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Pressure flushing a hot water heater when it's below the main drain of the house

Our water heater (30 gal State gas tank, '04 edition) is quite overdue for a flush at bare minimum. I was planning on doing a pressure flush with the hot side closed off, the gas valve set to "pilot",...
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Steps for annual maintenance on a fuel oil furnace?

We have fuel oil and this year I'd like to try and maintenance the furnace myself: By "maintenance" I mean "clean it up so that it runs well throughout the winter." Just a basic tuneup and cleaning. ...
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What maintenance does an 1890s brick-over-fieldstone foundation need?

I know that if when it comes time to repoint, I should get the current mortar analyzed to make sure its curing strength is compatible with the old bricks. I know that brick foundations in the time ...
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Caulking wood panels at bottom of bay window configuration

A contractor doing some other work around the house noticed a small section of wood on the panel of the bay window in this picture was starting to soften. He recommended caulking the bottom to keep ...
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