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DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 03-11-2013, 01:26 PM
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Views: 1,350
Posted By AU_Prospector
Soften the whole house plumbing except outdoor...

Soften the whole house plumbing except outdoor spigots.
Modern to date equipment uses very little salt compared to equipment from even 15 years ago. Iron filter is needed and also they make...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 03-11-2013, 12:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,009
Posted By AU_Prospector
Not quite, time to pick out new tile and fixtures.

Not quite, time to pick out new tile and fixtures.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 03-11-2013, 12:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,686
Posted By AU_Prospector
UPDATE~ Fixed it myself! Purchased a 3/4...

UPDATE~ Fixed it myself!

Purchased a 3/4 water pressure reducing valve at Home Boy $32. WATTS brand
Managed to wrangle the old one off, was a bit worried as one brass nut was tight and I thought...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 03-01-2013, 01:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,686
Posted By AU_Prospector
Unlocked that nut in the picture and turned the...

Unlocked that nut in the picture and turned the screw a bit counterclockwise. Didnt notice any difference. Ended up backing it out a full 2 turns and if it reduced the pressure by 3 pounds if at...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 03-01-2013, 01:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,316
Posted By AU_Prospector
Just a note of caution. Did this once to a...

Just a note of caution.

Did this once to a 125 foot well with a submersible pump that had gone out. When we replaced the pump, we chased it with a couple gallons of bleach. Ran the water until...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 02-26-2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,686
Posted By AU_Prospector
Is that an adjustment screw with a locking nut? ...

Is that an adjustment screw with a locking nut? Maybe unlock the nut and turn clockwise? What do I have to lose?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 02-26-2013, 01:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,686
Posted By AU_Prospector
Okay good idea. Looking at my picture, how might...

Okay good idea. Looking at my picture, how might I adjust the valve? There are no markings on mine.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 02-26-2013, 10:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,686
Posted By AU_Prospector
Okay back to the OP. My pressure reads about...

Okay back to the OP.

My pressure reads about 65 psi, maybe a couple psi more.
I went upstairs to check the water hammer and it is still there, but not quite as loud right now.

I assume...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 02-25-2013, 12:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,686
Posted By AU_Prospector
I dont have a pressure reader like you have, but...

I dont have a pressure reader like you have, but can go to a hardware store tomorrow and get one put together. What should my pressure read normally given city water.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 02-25-2013, 11:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,686
Posted By AU_Prospector
Pressure reducing valve problem?

I believe I may have a pressure reducing valve problem. I have attached a picture.

Symptoms: About 4-5 months ago I noticed increased pressure and force out of the shower heads. Also about 4...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 02-07-2012, 01:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,021
Posted By AU_Prospector
Oooph, maybe I have this 'load bearing' thing all...

Oooph, maybe I have this 'load bearing' thing all wrong.

I will go under the house again tomorrow and get some pics underneath. The joists are made of 2x10 lumber and normal spacing is 16 inch...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 02-07-2012, 10:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,021
Posted By AU_Prospector
Okay here we go, first let me say something about...

Okay here we go, first let me say something about the lay of the land water wise.

All downspouts around my home are connected in a system with a main discharge to the street.
My back yard is...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 02-06-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,021
Posted By AU_Prospector
Sagging floor under my heavy china hutch

Hello I have a home built in the year 2003. I purchased the home inn 2007. The foundation is concrete block with several individual piers throughout the crawlspace. The crawlspace varies between...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 02-02-2012, 10:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 618
Posted By AU_Prospector
If the has a good poly urathane finish to it, you...

If the has a good poly urathane finish to it, you can try this. . . .
Get some 0000 extra fine steel wool. Dampen a small corner of the steel wool pad with a high grade furniture cleaner like...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 02-02-2012, 08:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,053
Posted By AU_Prospector
What is under my bathroom tile floor?

Home constructed in 2003. Started an update to guest bathroom which is about 5 feet by 6 feet of blah cream colored 8"x8" tile. Im not working right now and figured I would jazz it up a bit. I...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 12-07-2011, 05:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,064
Posted By AU_Prospector
I see. If it were me, I would remove the...

I see. If it were me, I would remove the ceiling/attic vapor barrier when you remove the chipboard. Perhaps the vapor barrier was put there at a time before the space was intended to be inclosed as...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 12-07-2011, 03:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,064
Posted By AU_Prospector
Hmmm, I think unfaced insulation is for the...

Hmmm, I think unfaced insulation is for the attic. Both homes I have owned and also my mother's home is without vapor barrier in ceiling, but with vapor barrier in exterior walls. My current home...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Garden and Lawncare 12-07-2011, 09:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,117
Posted By AU_Prospector
Sounds like you intend to plant it anyway...

Sounds like you intend to plant it anyway regardless of what advice against it was given.
Nothing wrong with that of course, but let us know how it goes.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 12-07-2011, 08:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,134
Posted By AU_Prospector
attic insulation above master bathroom

About half of my attic has plywood sheeting installed on the attic floor. In the cavities there are R-19 batts. This allows for good storage areas, but not so good insulation.

I have been...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 12-07-2011, 08:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,064
Posted By AU_Prospector
Polystyrene yields R-5 per inch of thickness. ...

Polystyrene yields R-5 per inch of thickness. This is also a vapor block and will not allow air movement if installed correctly. (covered completely with no gaps or gaps properly taped or sealed...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 12-07-2011, 08:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,822
Posted By AU_Prospector
You are better off using these panels to cover...

You are better off using these panels to cover your kneewalls after you insulate them with batts. This will give you an additional 2-5 R-Value per inch thickness.above the value of the batts on your...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 12-07-2011, 07:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,378
Posted By AU_Prospector
I have seen this before in a house which was had...

I have seen this before in a house which was had 'patchy' insulation.
Although likely not a whole lot of moisture condensed in this area, but like Neal says just a little coldness would cause...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-13-2011, 06:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,517
Posted By AU_Prospector
Hey really? 18" deep? The frost line around...

Hey really? 18" deep? The frost line around here is only about 5" maybe less.
18" means I have to go rent a trencher I guess. What is the purpose of 18"? I cant get that deep with a spade. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-13-2011, 03:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,517
Posted By AU_Prospector
With the power disconnected I did the following...

With the power disconnected I did the following test. Wire nut black to white in the crawlspace. Touch black and white at the same time at the mailbox and got continuity.

The box in my crawl...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-13-2011, 02:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,517
Posted By AU_Prospector
I think I have some digging to do. I simply...

I think I have some digging to do. I simply disconnected everything at the mail box and put wire nuts on all the wires. breaker still trips even though there is nothing attached.
I assume this...
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