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DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 08-28-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 680
Posted By Msupsic
@bud: Custom-wrought tree sculptures! That's...

@bud: Custom-wrought tree sculptures! That's quite the idea you have there... not bad, either, but something tells me, I may need to take out a line of credit from the bank for those babies :D What...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 08-27-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 680
Posted By Msupsic
Nothing wrong with brainstorming... it leads to...

Nothing wrong with brainstorming... it leads to better ideas!

We're both tree huggers at heart, so I'm not sure how I feel about mounting anything to a tree or causing any potential damage to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 08-27-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 680
Posted By Msupsic
This was the original idea, BTW. While it...

This was the original idea, BTW. While it definitely eases the tension between poles, it apparently increases the tension between spouses :) She likes her view of the backyard and doesn't quite see...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 08-27-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 680
Posted By Msupsic
Thanks, I'm a graphic designer by trade, so it...

Thanks, I'm a graphic designer by trade, so it helps to be able to mock things up. Helps the wife visualize things and gives her less to disagree with ;)
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 08-27-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 680
Posted By Msupsic
@bud, Funny you mention that... we're in PA and...

@bud, Funny you mention that... we're in PA and the original owner of our home toured Falling Water and was inspired by it when he built this back in '46. I'm assuming the patio was built around...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 08-26-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 680
Posted By Msupsic
Fun, Easy Patio Project: Would Like Input

Hi All,

I've got a fun little patio project that shouldn't be too hard to execute. Please see attached images.

As you can see, our patio is raised up about 3' and built of stone and slate.

I...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 07-11-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By Msupsic
Good idea. I'm sure there's some binding along...

Good idea. I'm sure there's some binding along the bottom edge, simply due to the window sagging on the hinge after all this time?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 07-11-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By Msupsic
Thanks, CMV! I figured that was the answer, guess...

Thanks, CMV! I figured that was the answer, guess I just thought it would only pull out again in time. Do you think it would be wise/helpful to add some construction adhesive behind the mount?

The...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 07-11-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By Msupsic
Anderson-Style windows won't close

Hi Everyone,

I have Anderson-style crank windows in my house, I would guess they were installed about 20 years ago, since I've been in the house for 11.

As you can see in the pictures, the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 10-27-2011, 08:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,047
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: 1,047
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: 1,047
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: 2,703
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: 2,703
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: 2,244
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: 1,908
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: 1,908
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: 2,052
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: 12,144
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: 12,144
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: 12,144
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: 12,144
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: 2,052
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: 12,144
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: 12,144
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...
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