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DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-20-2010, 06:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,230
Posted By gmicken
You may want to look at the tags on the water...

You may want to look at the tags on the water heaters. The energy saving water heaters are very well insulated. I have a 65 gallon in my home, we have 4 adults with 2 wash machines, one dishwasher...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 11-20-2010, 06:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,109
Posted By gmicken
I have customers that have foam in their homes...

I have customers that have foam in their homes and the cost to heat and cool the house is lower than the homes around them. The next home I build for my self, I will be using foam. The cost of the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-20-2010, 06:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,613
Posted By gmicken
Pipe strap wooks well. Use metal strap and the...

Pipe strap wooks well. Use metal strap and the screws with a larger head. Loop it from the celing to the pole and back up the other side and back to the ceiling. Good Luck. G
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 11-20-2010, 06:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,271
Posted By gmicken
Are the new shutters the same type and size as...

Are the new shutters the same type and size as the old ones? I just removed a set, last week and found three sets of holes all over the siding under the new shutters. The manufacture may be different...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-20-2010, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 836
Posted By gmicken
If its town sewer, you may not have enough fall...

If its town sewer, you may not have enough fall out side the house to lower the main. Most plumbers run a pipe from the exit from the house and the county will put the stub at your property line. Its...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-20-2010, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,608
Posted By gmicken
Fill in the hole with bricks if you can match...

Fill in the hole with bricks if you can match them. The hole is small enough and the out side will look better when you are done. Its easy to fill the hole in. Remember, when you are doing any...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 11-20-2010, 05:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,765
Posted By gmicken
Canceo, You want to see the floor you are...

Canceo, You want to see the floor you are putting down. Lowes has unfinished floor and are as cheap as anyone. Don't forget, when you do get your floor, let it set a day or so in the room it will...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 11-17-2010, 09:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 578
Posted By gmicken
Oldog, you can't beat a deep fried turkey. I need...

Oldog, you can't beat a deep fried turkey. I need to try the poppers. Have a great one. Good luck on the hunt. We open sat after bird day. G
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 11-17-2010, 09:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 843
Posted By gmicken
Have you looked at new doors? Check out...

Have you looked at new doors? Check out Rockler.com. If you just need something to do. Leveling and sanding and leveling and sanding is a project if you do it correctly. Try to spray the finnish. If...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-17-2010, 08:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,981
Posted By gmicken
Check the wire going to the outlet, is it...

Check the wire going to the outlet, is it aluminum? Has the house beed rewired? I have not seen a GFCI on an 85 year old house.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decorating and Design 11-17-2010, 08:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,278
Posted By gmicken
I could not locate the floor plan.

I could not locate the floor plan.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 11-17-2010, 08:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,273
Posted By gmicken
grufh11, If you break the seal on the window, it...

grufh11, If you break the seal on the window, it will loose it's "R" value. If you call your local glass company, they may be able to replace the pane at a cheaper cost. If the joints are glued, it...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-17-2010, 08:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,441
Posted By gmicken
Call your local health department and ask them....

Call your local health department and ask them. Then hang on. G
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 11-17-2010, 08:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 721
Posted By gmicken
I have done this many times. There are a few...

I have done this many times. There are a few things you should know. Hardwood floors are 3/4" thick. Engineered floor varies in thickness. I have installed hardwood in a kitchen,dining room, living...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-17-2010, 08:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,040
Posted By gmicken
ToolGuy, Good show. I like your sense of humor. I...

ToolGuy, Good show. I like your sense of humor. I have been a builder for 38 years and had a dealership for a company in PA. I am in MD and the local modular company in the lower DE area shipped all...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-17-2010, 07:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 836
Posted By gmicken
Is this a town sewer system? The first thing you...

Is this a town sewer system? The first thing you need to do is use a transit and check the slope of the existing sewer and the exit from the house. When I build a house, i make sure we keep the slope...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 11-17-2010, 07:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,296
Posted By gmicken
Not seeing the piping, its hard to say. But if I...

Not seeing the piping, its hard to say. But if I was a betting man, I would say the digbat that install a shower without a Trap, possibly has no idea about the slope needed for the water to flow. If...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-17-2010, 07:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,404
Posted By gmicken
I would check with the local building inspector,...

I would check with the local building inspector, I live in Maryland and the frost line is at 32" below grade. I would be worried about the cold below grade. A house underground has heat and normally...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 11-17-2010, 07:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,024
Posted By gmicken
Jimbo56, You have the best idea. I worked on a...

Jimbo56, You have the best idea. I worked on a house a year ago, this guy had a dog barking recording go off when I got within 20' of the house. Made me stop in my tracks. G
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 11-17-2010, 07:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 695
Posted By gmicken
Good luck with the repair. If you damage the...

Good luck with the repair. If you damage the mantel, they are not that hard to build and you can make it anyway you want. When I install a fireplace or stove with a manyel, I always install a 110...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-17-2010, 07:09 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 22,491
Posted By gmicken
Check the 110v wiring at the recepticels. I have...

Check the 110v wiring at the recepticels. I have found, when remodeling homes,aluminum wires going to the outlets. The wires get hot and have caused fires in the boxes. MD requires a copper pigtail...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 11-17-2010, 07:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,109
Posted By gmicken
Call a spray foam insulation company. You will be...

Call a spray foam insulation company. You will be happy with the results. They can spray in tight spots and once the job is done, you will notice the difference. I am working on an insulation R&R job...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 11-17-2010, 06:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,325
Posted By gmicken
Check wood magazine, they have plans.

Check wood magazine, they have plans.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 11-15-2010, 08:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,189
Posted By gmicken
Is this something that just happened? The fascia...

Is this something that just happened? The fascia is raised, but the window is not. The first place I would look is the roof. Remove the soffet and look to see if the rafters are still attached to the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-15-2010, 07:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,022
Posted By gmicken
Sounds like someone goofed. The person that took...

Sounds like someone goofed. The person that took the template should be called back in with the manager. They need to reorder the countertop and fix the problem. If they will not fix the problem,...
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