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DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 10-27-2011, 08:50 AM
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Posted By Msupsic
Usually what I do is get them to look it over and...

Usually what I do is get them to look it over and give me diagnosis. If it's something I can handle myself, I'll order the parts and fix it. If their price is reasonable, I just pay them to do it....
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 10-27-2011, 08:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 856
Posted By Msupsic
Thanks, good to know when you're in over your...

Thanks, good to know when you're in over your head. I'll call the pros.
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 10-26-2011, 12:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 856
Posted By Msupsic
Oil heater tripping/banging

I have a relatively new oil furnace, probably about 10 years old. The burner unit is a Beckett. Four years ago, I had the tank and lines replaced.

As of late, I've noticed a banging noise,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 10-21-2011, 12:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,292
Posted By Msupsic
Thanks!

I have all the connectors already, just wasn't sure if it was safe to use the old copper line over again. It's currently coiled up, but I had reservations about unraveling it and bending it over...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 10-21-2011, 10:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,292
Posted By Msupsic
Connecting 100lb. tank to indoor heater

I've got a little garage winery, where I need to keep the area at about 65F all winter long.

My stepfather was nice enough to give me his old 100lb. propane tank, a regulator, about 50 ft of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 08-19-2011, 07:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,053
Posted By Msupsic
The Jury is Out

Since the last post, we had quite a few issues with leaks in the house. No sooner than the first rain, we had a waterfall in our kitchen. I took extensive movies and pictures.

I let the contractor...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 11-30-2010, 11:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,701
Posted By Msupsic
Sounds even better...

That sounds like a better alternative, using the shims first. Non-destructive. I would probably go with the shims first and if they don't work, then try the dowel method.

Considering the door...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 11-30-2010, 07:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,701
Posted By Msupsic
Sounds like a plan...

Yeah I was thinking something like this could work. Just gotta catch some meat somewhere in the frame for that screw to pull everything into place. The dowel is a good thought.

Thanks. I'll let...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 11-17-2010, 07:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,860
Posted By Msupsic
Nice

Good for you... glad it turned out well!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-08-2010, 07:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,780
Posted By Msupsic
Cool Diagram

Very cool and helpful for reference. Thanks!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-05-2010, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,780
Posted By Msupsic
Pardon my terminology, I'm sure it's not an...

Pardon my terminology, I'm sure it's not an S-trap if they are illegal. The kit includes your standard, very legal trap, whichever letter of the alphabet that may be.

I'll be sure to place the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-05-2010, 10:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,780
Posted By Msupsic
Thanks for the heads-up. I bought a Studor kit at...

Thanks for the heads-up. I bought a Studor kit at Lowes last night, and the installation instructions have it coming right off of the s-trap. In fact, the kit comes with its own s-trap and shows a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-05-2010, 08:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,780
Posted By Msupsic
Think I've got it...

You're right about the venting, and I think I've got the solution to this layout. It's called a Studor Valve and does exactly what you described. It opens when there is a vacuum in the pipe, and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 11-04-2010, 03:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,860
Posted By Msupsic
Just a thought, but in my experience, the...

Just a thought, but in my experience, the previous owners usually cover things up because there is something wrong with them. Not trying to discourage you from trying, but be aware that you may go...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-04-2010, 03:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,780
Posted By Msupsic
Don't they make some sort of valve that you can...

Don't they make some sort of valve that you can install so that this doesn't happen?

Would it be easier just to dump the drain pipe into the open wash basin as a temporary solution? I mean, I'll...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-04-2010, 10:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,780
Posted By Msupsic
Is this allowed?

The closest drain pipe is for the sink in the basement. There is a dual wash basin that drains into the sewer main.

I've attached two diagrams. Would it be acceptable to tie into the drain pipe of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-02-2010, 02:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,780
Posted By Msupsic
I've blown in insulation and have a standalone...

I've blown in insulation and have a standalone heater in the space. Even without the heater, It doesn't get below 60F in there... why do you ask?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 11-02-2010, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,701
Posted By Msupsic
Newly Hung door sagging

I just installed an exterior pre-hung door a few months ago. The frame was installed level, flush and plumb and ostensibly should close perfectly.

Our house's outer walls were built onto with 1"...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-02-2010, 11:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,780
Posted By Msupsic
Installing a sink in garage - best drain solution?

I'm making a small winery in my garage, and will need to wash dirty dishes/fill and clean the wine tanks regularly. There is currently a cold water spigot in the garage. I was hoping to rig a wash...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 08-20-2010, 10:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,024
Posted By Msupsic
Tooling the other joints

No problem, glad to help.

I was referring to tooling the other joints, the ones between the flagstones after you stick them to the outside of the cinder blocks. You plan on leaving a small gap...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 08-18-2010, 07:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,024
Posted By Msupsic
I took some classes on ponds and gardens a few...

I took some classes on ponds and gardens a few years ago. The guy who taught the course used to do in-ground ponds with cinder block all the time. He would dig the trench, and then line it with the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 08-09-2010, 04:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,053
Posted By Msupsic
Hmm...

Okay, the copper was actually my request, I wanted it to look nice. He was going to do a standard aluminum flashing. Didn't think there was an issue.

I understand that aluminum and copper don't...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 08-09-2010, 01:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,053
Posted By Msupsic
Issues addressed

@oldog, thanks for the suggestions. I actually called Certainteed and talked to them about the proper installation of their material. It is very clear in their installation manual for Flintlastic,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 08-06-2010, 08:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,053
Posted By Msupsic
Is this a quality job?

I have a flat roof house in the Philadelphia suburbs. I recently hired a contractor to replace the built-up roof. Apparently it already had two layers on it and the youngest one was about 20 years...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Painting Forum 08-05-2010, 02:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,779
Posted By Msupsic
Allison, I just did the door last week, and...

Allison,

I just did the door last week, and the procedure pretty much went down as you described. It worked out well and there was minimal mess. Used as respirator and 4 mil plastic sheeting, etc....
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