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Ice In Radon Mitigation System

I have a fan powered radon mitigation system installed in my house. It was installed in 2016 and I have not had any issues with it until this winter. I live in northern Iowa where we have been ...
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Does insulating an Air Conditioner from inside (for winter) increase chance of damage?

I have two window air conditioners that I'd like to seal during winter (Friedrichs). I'm considering sealing them from inside (with blankets or foam) as they let in a lot of cold air and noise. ...
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How would you winterize this sprinkler system?

I typically have a local landscaping place blow out my sprinkler lines for winter, but they went out of business this year so I'm trying to figure out how to do it myself. I've done a lot of YouTube ...
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Do these pipes need to be winterized? How?

I already winterized the sprinkler system itself and I am wondering if I need to winterize these copper pipes as well. Should I open up the bottom plug to drain the verticle pipes? I live in the ...
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How to deal with bedroom condensation/moisture on winter mornings?

In late September when the weather started cooling down here in Surrey BC Canada, we started to see morning condensation on our windows (newly installed last year): My wife and I and our son sleep in ...
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Should I close the gable vent on my garage in the winter?

My garage has a vent grill similar to this one. The vent is near the roof on the outside wall where I have my garage doors. I do have 1/2 of the walls insulated and I was planning to start finishing ...
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Cleaning window AC in preparation for winter storage

I need to learn about getting 2 window ACs cleaned up in preparation for winter storage. I've watched several online videos about taking off the outer housing and hosing off all the dirt and debris ...
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Siphon system for winterizing Sprinkler System

I have a sprinkler system that I winterize each year by blowing air to remove water. The system looks similar to the picture below. Can I use the siphon to winterize this system if 1. I add a new ...
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Options for Insulating around window with drywall recess

Hello wise and wonderful HI Community! I need some help. I bought a house last year and noticed horrible drafts coming from the tracks between the upper and lower window panes. I dug in today ...
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How to dewinterize a home

What's the best way to dewinterize a home? What could go wrong if water is just turned back on without doing anything else? I am in St Louis, MO. The home has been winterized since December. The ...
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How to start this jet pump after winter?

This is a pump that supplies water to my irrigation system. Do I need to do anything to start this pump besides turning electric on? Does this pump need to be primed? If it needs to be primed how do ...
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winterizing the outdoor faucets

I have rental condos in Dallas areas. Although the weather in north Texas is relatively warm, but at least once yearly that the temperature drops to low 15's, therefore I have to winterize the outdoor ...
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Leaving warm climate home vacant for a few months

I'll be leaving a home vacant in the Houston, TX area when the average high is in the mid 90s and humidity is high. I have a few questions regarding "summerizing" my home to prepare: All heating ...
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What can I do about small cracks in fireplace (unused) caulk during freezing weather?

It's 1 (one) degree F outside and I discovered some very small (less than 2 inch) cracks/holes in the caulk between my fireplace surround (wall) and the hearth that extends out from the wall (see pic ...
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Winterize Sprinkler System

I cannot find a service in northern NJ to winterize my sprinkler system for less than $100, so I want to try doing it myself, I just don't want to break anything. I've watched a few youtube videos, ...
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Insulating my Room for the Winter?

I currently live with my parents, who like the thermostat rather cold during the winter (My room is 16C right now), and its not even December yet in NY. What steps can I take to properly insulate my ...
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Should Ceramic Columns be Covered for Winter in New York?

I live in a house that has decorative outdoor columns on our patio. Every year, for winter, I help my dad tie up the columns in a protective plastic wrapping. It usually takes all day Saturday, and ...
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Winterizing a home

I'd like to know how to winterize a home. Are there any special instructions other than putting in regular antifreeze in all fixtures , open valves to drain the pipes and drain the pressure and hot ...
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Fire table surface disintegration over winter

So last summer we bought a fire table from Ace hardware for our new deck. In late October we covered it up along with the other deck furniture, and left it for the winter. We uncovered It a couple ...
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Do I need to winterize 40' underground hose?

I want to bury a 40 foot garden hose from my outdoor tap to a hose reel. The tap itself will be winterized. And the hose reel will be stored in-house for the winter. But do I need to winterize that ...
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Do outside faucets need to be winterized in a home with a conditioned crawlspace?

Pretty simple question, but conditioned crawlspaces seem new enough that I couldn't find anything about it on Google. Does the warmth from the crawlspace make winterizing the faucets unnecessary? ...
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Shrink window film problems

We installed Climaloc window film according to the directions on package. It shrunk well and we were pleased. The next day there were lots of wrinkles so again used the hair dryer and the windows ...
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Winterizing pipes for weekend house in upstate NY

I recently purchased a weekend house in the Hudson Valley. New to home ownership but need to prepare for the winter. I have a rough plan to ensure the pipes don't burst, especially while we are not ...
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Should I turn the hot water tank off or turn it down on extended vacation?

I am going to FLA for winter this year. I will turn off my water to my home, and set my thermostat at 55 for my 4 month absence. Should I also turn my hot water tank off? Or should I turn to lowest ...
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What is the blower HP needed for a 12ft column of water?

In lieu of buying an actual air pump to use just once a year to close a swimming pool before freezing, I'd like to use the blower feature of a wet/dry vac. I'm trying to choose between a 5HP and a ...
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Resuming outdoor water after winter

I am about to install these valves (is this the right word?) to resume having water in the garden. Once installed, these will be brass on brass. I'm concerned that I will not obtain a watertight seal....
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How should a buried water hose be winterized?

It's easy enough to winterize the green hose in the picture below. The watertap connects to a T-joint. The green hose stays in the backyard, and the white one scurries somewhere in hiding to reach the ...
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How to stop cold air entering through the breaker box

The breaker box is located in the laundry room of the house, which itself is an air conditioned space. I bought the house in the summer and this winter the room has been extremely cold even when the ...
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How much condensation is okay on storm windows?

I have an old house that has both wooden and aluminum storm windows. Many of the windows develop condensation and frost on the storm windows when it's cold outside. I made sure weep holes were clear,...
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Winterize my lawn mower

I have a Toro self propelled lawn mower that I am getting ready to put away for the season. The manual says to run it until empty then put some oil in the spark plug chamber. I read an article that ...
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Utility of new smartphone-based thermal cameras in identifying cold spots in the home

Winter is coming up, and for those of us in the Midwest, that means that winterizing needs to be done. I'm moving into a house built in 1956 that may have some cold spots around doors, windows, and ...
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How can I take down an awning?

I need to take down this awning for the winter. It's 20ft x 10ft. The 20ft side (the side on the right in the picture, adjacent to the house) is wrapped around a 20ft-long steel beam. The three other ...
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Hose left on outside faucet over winter with no nozzle, should I replace the faucet before turning it on?

We recently bought a house in which I think the hose was hooked up over the winter. It didn't have a nozzle on the end of it, so there wasn't any pressure in the hose. The faucet is a Woodford model ...
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Winterizing: What to do with humidifiers if turning off the main water valve

My house will be vacant for about a month and I'm strongly considering turning off the main water valve. However, I have a couple humidifiers which I generally need to run because I have a lot of ...
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Do I need to shut off gas water heater if I turn off water?

I'm renting a house in Washington DC but the house is going to be empty all of December since I am going home for Christmas. I'm very concerned about the pipes bursting. I would just leave the house ...
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How can I seal air leaks and otherwise winterize, as a renter?

As winter arrives I am finding cold air leaks all over my apartment. Various parts of my sliding windows, light switches, power outlets, etc. Unfortunately, I rent, so caulk and expanding foam aren't ...
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How do I winterize this sprinkler system

I am trying winterize my landscaping sprinklers. I just moved into my new house and find out this plumbing layout is quite different, I hooked up my 100psi air compressor and tried to blow them out ...
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How can I prepare my home to be vacant for a month?

I'm planning a trip for the month of December. I live in Ottawa, Canada where daily low temperatures range from -12°C to -6°C, falling below -21°C or exceeding 1°C only one day in ten. What are the ...
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Should I remove my air conditioner for the winter?

I have an air conditioner that sits in the window. Due to restrictions placed by my apartment managers, I was unable to install any external support. Instead there are 2 L-brackets that keep the air ...
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Can I winterize sprinklers by running them with the water off?

I am a new home owner and need to winterize (get the water out of the pipes of) my sprinkler system. I was planning on contacting a professional to help/show me how to do it. However, I was told by ...
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What insulation should I use in my attached garage?

I'm currently tearing out the sheetrock and everything in my attached garage to do general repairs to other things. I quickly found that there wasn't a single bit of insulation (which explains a lot ...
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How can I insulate a room without tearing down walls?

The kitchen in my Philadelphia row home seems to have been a last minute idea. After last winter, I'm almost certain there is no insulation installed in the room. Is there a way for me to do something ...
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Why is the pressure vacuum breaker leaking while trying to blow out my sprinkler system?

I'm trying to hook my air compressor to my sprinkler system's Pressure Vacuum Breaker valve. It's a Febco 765-1. I'm hooking it to Testcock #1 in the diagram on page 2 of above. The air goes ...
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How much water should be on my pool cover?

I just covered my above ground pool, following the instructions supplied with the cover. Inflate pillow to about 50%. Install pillow in middle of pool using supplied leads. Drape cover over ...
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Leaving a pool covered for a season and through another winter

So over the course of the year we've been remodeling the house and left the pool covered for the season. With winter approaching I'm curious to know if I should pump out all of the now green water ...
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How can I fully winterize my plumbing?

I'd like to leave a vacant house in Northern Minnesota for the winter with no utilities at all (so it will get to -20F at times). I shut off the curb stop valve and confirmed that water is completely ...
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Can I repair this crack in my sprinkler backflow preventer?

I have a crack in one part of my sprinkler backflow preventer/vacuum breaker. It looks a lot like this: Can I re-seal this crack? Or do I have to buy a whole new assembly?
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What material is window insulation film?

That clear, heat shrink plastic film they use to insulate windows... Does anyone know exactly what type of plastic it is? Can't find anything searching. I have a project I think it might be good for ...
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How can I winterize windows with original trim from 1885 without ruining them?

I have very nice wood trim and would rather not use the double sided tape on them. I have tried in the past on one window and it took some of the trim off with it. I really don't want to ruin the ...
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How can I attach plywood window covers without damaging the trim or shingles?

I have an oceanfront cottage and have "boarded up" the ocean-facing windows each winter before closing up for the season. In the past I just used wood big enough to totally cover the window and ...