Questions tagged [maintenance]

Preventing things from becoming damaged, broken or unusable.

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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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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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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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Fastening stone stair treads to a CMU base in a removable manner

I'm designing a very, very low set of landscape stairs (really more like a wide stoop) to transition two areas of my yard. My plan is to pour a concrete base slab, build a core with CMUs on top of ...
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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 ...