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How to choose an air compressor for blowing out a plumbing system? [closed]

I am designing an outdoor shower, and now I'm thinking about how to winterize the plumbing system. The current design has the system exiting the house, going underground, crossing the back yard, and ...
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Seeking Direction to Address Draftiness in a 1964 2-Pane Sliding Patio Door: Repair, Replace, or Insulate? [closed]

I am looking for a direction on the best course of action to pursue for my 2-pane sliding patio door that feels drafty during winter weather. The door is likely original to the house built in 1964 in ...
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Should I close crawl space foundation vents in winter with a furnace present?

I am living in a house for the first time that needs proper winterization in the winter. However, the house that I am renting was built in 1941 and is rather convoluted in a lot of ways. I was looking ...
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Drainback system for a cabin on piers

I have a cabin on stilts in Maine where the frost line is 4ft deep. I’m looking to make a system to supply water to the house that I could use in the winter. Seeing as the cabin will not stay above ...
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Do I have freeze-proof hose bibs?

I’m winterizing my home and tried shutting the inside valves to the outside hose bibs. The inside valves wouldn’t shut completely so I was like, crap, I’ll need a plumber to replace these, but someone ...
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How cold can it get outdoors before air source heat pump sees damage from running? [closed]

I'll start with some background to set the scene for my question. About 15 years ago I got a heat pump and natural gas furnace to replace the air conditioner and natural gas furnace that had broken ...
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Question about insulating / winterizing outside faucet

It's that time of year to insulate the faucets. I had a question about the R value of using a faucet cover like the Frost King ones versus wrapping the faucet with a towel. What is more effective? I ...
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New build house certain rooms not holding temperature

I've lived in my brand new house for just over a year now. It is semi detached with 3 bedrooms (master with en-suite, 2nd similar size to master, 3rd small box room) and I am finding that my small ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

Outdoors, I have some wooden stairs leading up to my front door. The wooden stairs are covered in high-gloss wood preservative. In winter, snow and ice are deposited onto the stair-steps. The bottoms ...
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How can I best winterize this external hose bib?

I am trying to winterize an outdoor hose bib that is fed from a valve in the warm area of the building. The valve is a stop-waste valve that looks like it was installed backwards, so it is just a ...
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What irrigation sytem air coupling is this?

There is a pipe connected to irrigation system right after backflow preventer and some sort of pressure control. It has a coupling that was most likely used to winterize the system. What kind of ...
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How to find where to connect compressor to an irrigation system

I have an irrigation system which I need to connect air compressor to. I was told by previous owners that there is an entry somewhere around the area pictured below. I assume it is either in one of ...
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Insulating The House Windows for the NY (Long Island) Winter?

I've experimented around with room insulation before using bubble wrap over the windows, which was marginally effective, approximately doubling the small R value of the windows, this year, I decided ...
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What is the name of this valve?

We are winterizing our sprinkler system.Does anyone know the name of this valve? Were looking for a replacement. Thanks
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Can I blow air in my irrigation system through a hose bib to winterize it?

I am looking to winterize my irrigation system: I called a professional company last year, and they charged me 100$ for essentially 15 min of work. One of the guys said that this was super easy to do ...
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How does a drain back valve / Bleeder Orifice for winterization work on a foot valve water pump system which might have air leaks?

I have cistern which is filled either by truck or pumped from the lake. To connect to the cabin, there is a pipe with a foot valve at the bottom, and a pump with a pressure tank at the bottom of the ...
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Can this seasonal cottage be insulated for winter use?

I really love this summer cottage. However, I want to use it year round to get the most value. It is in Maine (where it gets cold). It sits on top on blocks and the well water is let in and the waste ...
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Copper pipe drain hole attachment to blow out water line?

Trying to winterize better. Copper pipe feeds normal garden water hose. How would one attach an air compressor Attachment to thread on here to blow out water line? to this to blow out? If you ...
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Identify coupling for irrigation winterization

I want to winterize my irrigation system myself, but I don't recognize the coupling I need to buy to attach to an air-compressor. This valve is between the cutoff valve and the back flow valve, and ...
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Will a PVC weld cure to fill 1 mm?

When we PVC-weld an ending with a flexible pipe, the pipe is usually very snug in the ending. The weld makes the bond permanent and ensures that no fluid can pass through. I'm trying to double-purpose ...
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When do I pour anti-freeze on a main drain line to winterize?

To keep water out of a swimming pool's main drain line over winter, you blow the water until you get a nice big fountain (which requires that you use an air pump powerful enough to overcome the water ...
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How do you keep the water out of a main drain line? (with figure)

The steps to winterize the pool are simple: Drop the water level until it's below the skimmer, and also below the return lines. Blow air out of the skimmer and the return lines. To keep the figure ...
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Should I re-winterize my pool if I got all the chemicals in, but didn't get the cover on before 2 days worth of heavy downpours?

First time owning a pool!! Yesterday we put all the chemicals in to winterize our above ground pool. The directions said it would need to circulate for about 3 hours, then we could add the cover, ...
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Rain Barrel Freezing

We recently bought an old house in Toronto and while cleaning up the house, we discovered that one of the big rain barrels on the property cracked from freezing. I haven't had rain barrels on a ...
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Winterizing exterior water lines from well

I would like to extend the use of my water system into the winter months. Currently I shut off the water in late October and don’t reopen till early May. My well is 100 yds from my cabin. Water is ...
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Turning on Dishwasher With 4-Hour Delay During Extreme Cold Weather

I have several rental properties in suburb of Dallas. As you know that these week we will be experiencing extreme cold weather down to single digit, which is very uncommon for Texas. Aside from the ...
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stop cold air around window cracks

Around my living room window i see little crack (pic attached) from where cold air seems to enter. There are no cracks on the exterior of the house. Can anyone suggest what is the best product i can ...
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Draining the irrigation valves shown - confused about which side is inlet and identifying components?

I'm trying to understand what I'm looking at with my sprinkler underground irrigation valve box, for the purpose of draining for a freeze. All of my relatives in Houston know how to do theirs, but ...
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Suggestions on how to fill gaps at all of my windows

My boyfriend and I live in a ground floor apartment with windows that leak cold air horribly! So far we’ve tried to add several different kinds of weather stripping to help but I don’t think it’s ...
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Where to Caulk Around Windows on Exterior of Home? Is this a Drip Edge?

It's winter time again and our windows are really drafty so I am going to start replacing some of the old cracking caulk around the windows on the exterior of the home. In the process of examining my ...
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Window will not close

I have a single hung vinyl window that I can't get to close all the way. The the building was built in 2007 and I assume the window is that old. Nothing appears to be blocking the track. Can this be ...
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Will window shrink-wrap make a noticeable difference in heating bill in house with single-paned windows?

I'm curious how well the window shrink wrap really works. I moved into an older house (1927) in Lincoln, Nebraska, this summer. It's all single pane windows with a window screen and a storm window, as ...
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Thawing partially accessible frozen pipes with a hairdryer

I am a renter with water pipes that are inaccessible at some points, and which may freeze in the winter. I am doing my best to prevent this, including heating my apartment, trickling my faucets, and ...
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Do I drain my washing machine pump for long term winter storage?

I'm putting my washing machine into storage for 10+ months in a garage that is not insulated and will experience sub-freezing temperatures for multiple months. The question is: should I drain the pump ...
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Outdoor extension of hose spout

My condo building used to have an extension of our hose spout (that's the best I can describe it, see pictures) that has been broken for some time. We're looking to re-build the whole thing, and since ...
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Access for Shut-Off Valve

I am installing a mainline for a residential lawn irrigation system. I laboriously dug down to the pipe leading to a yard hydrant, three feet deep. I installed a tee, and on the branch from the tee ...
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refrigertators that go into storage

just bought a new refrigerator. it will be used in our SUMMER cottage. We always winterized our old refrig, by emptying it, cleaning it, unplugging it and propping the door open. We were told we ...
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Winter Oil for 4-stroke Engine [closed]

I live in Chicago where the night-temperature averages in low 20-degrees-fahrenheit and last year’s (2019) record low went to 23-degrees below zero. To prepare for another (possible) year of low ...
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How to overwinter a roof during construction?

I am building a new detached garage, and the forecast this weekend is just warm enough that I plan to get my trusses and roof sheathing up. My sheathing is 5/8" plywood (not OSB). It's a single car ...
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Drafty windows on sides - how to seal?

I have windows that were poorly installed -- the outer frame isn't square and therefore there are some uneven gaps where a cold draft comes in. I live in New England, so this is a problem for us. I've ...
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Condensation on Skylight

So this is my first winter in my new house and I noticed the skylight on the second floor has a lot of condensation on the inside now that the weather is getting colder. It's an old single pane and ...
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Is insulating the back of a PTAC unit for winter a good idea?

The winter heat in my apartment is supplied by old PTAC (Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner) units, using resistance heat (it's too cold for the heat pump to work). A lot of cold outside air leaks ...
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How can I improve my crawlspace's heating efficiency in the winter?

Home is located in NE Pennsylvania. Some details: Crawlspace Runs entirety of the home's footprint (~1000sqft) Approximately 5' high 1/2 (2.5') Below grade Vapor barrier on the floor, sump pump ...
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Is my irrigation system winterized properly?

I had a sprinkler specialist come over today to winterize my sprinkler system. I live in northwestern oregon (portland) and I'm trying to figure out if he properly winterized the system or if I need ...
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What requirements should I look for in an air compressor to clear irrigation lines?

I'm considering purchasing an air compressor to blow out my own sprinklers each winter. (vs paying to have someone else do it) I watched the tech do it last year, and it seemed pretty straightforward. ...
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Automatically trip breaker in power outage

Is there a way to trip a breaker, or otherwise kill the connection to an appliance during a power outage that doesn't automatically turn back on when power is restored? Background: home in the north ...
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Water Main coming into house - is just super cold and keeps the basement cold

Just getting out of the winter, although it keeps snowing here in Chicago. Recently moved into a new home, and have a concern regarding the main water line coming into the building. The water line ...
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Inserting a Tee In 1" Pipe for an Air Compressor?

I have a copper pipe outside my house that is 1" in diameter (Measured 1.1 inches using a digital caliper) that feeds our house's sprinkler system. My dad uses his commercial air compressor to clear ...
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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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