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DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 04-04-2013, 06:37 AM
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Posted By D725A
While it's still not clear why the house trap...

While it's still not clear why the house trap plug loosened before sewage backed up into the slop sink, we'll assume it wasn't on tight to begin with. Ultimately, it's the same story: roots clogging...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 02-26-2013, 07:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 643
Posted By D725A
gurgling house trap

for the last few weeks have heard sounds of water rushing through trap in basement. today, it was gurgling as well. removed trap plate, found the house side plug open--therefore the noise-- and a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 12-20-2012, 06:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,599
Posted By D725A
Yes I'll take out that mulch in the...

Yes I'll take out that mulch in the spring--retains too much humidity, replace it with gravel. And at some point have to repitch the land so it goes down from not up to the foundation. No water...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 12-20-2012, 02:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,599
Posted By D725A
Finished job a few weeks ago. Went with Andersen...

Finished job a few weeks ago. Went with Andersen 400-AW251-V Vinyl clad terratone exterior/prefinished white interior, no grilles, Low e with Argon, traditional folding handle, color white....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 12-17-2012, 11:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,736
Posted By D725A
Update. we're all done except for some sanding,...

Update. we're all done except for some sanding, caulking and priming/painting. We're happy with the results. It's always good to have a few sets of eyes on projects as its ongoing so that you don't...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 10-31-2012, 12:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,736
Posted By D725A
Thanks, yes sometimes when a question arises once...

Thanks, yes sometimes when a question arises once the job has started I have to make a decision really quickly since the contractor's clock is ticking. I generally throw a few questions out to a few...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 10-27-2012, 09:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,736
Posted By D725A
We went with the Flex Bond Thinset. Contractor...

We went with the Flex Bond Thinset. Contractor put an initial coat on around the firebox and leveled off the hearth with sand mix; and I guess we'll have to wait until after the hurricane to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 10-26-2012, 07:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,736
Posted By D725A
Didn't see all these answers until now, thanks....

Didn't see all these answers until now, thanks. We went with Ramset low velocity powder fasteners and Loctite PL400 adhesive, worked very well. We are now ready for tiling and have bought Acryl Pro...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 10-22-2012, 12:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,736
Posted By D725A
Yes, beautiful, but it's out of our budget, we've...

Yes, beautiful, but it's out of our budget, we've designed our own and have to go that way.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 10-22-2012, 09:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,736
Posted By D725A
Attaching plywood to fireplace

Covering over an old brick fireplace with tile around the firebox and half inch plywood around that and the sides. Rosettes and pylasters will be nailed onto the plywood, then all the wood will be...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 09-21-2012, 05:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,599
Posted By D725A
message removed due to being misplaced in wrong...

message removed due to being misplaced in wrong thread.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 09-20-2012, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,599
Posted By D725A
Best choice to replace basement awning windows

Our wood-framed double-pane basement awning windows are probably 30 years old; due to the low sill water has been getting at them for years; repairs seem problematic. Based on one contractor's visit,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 09-18-2012, 03:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,839
Posted By D725A
Just to resolve this thread, I thank all for the...

Just to resolve this thread, I thank all for the great advice which will serve me and others faced with troubleshooting window problems. We extensively hosed the window on the outside with no...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 09-08-2012, 12:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,404
Posted By D725A
Just to resolve this thread, the roof has now...

Just to resolve this thread, the roof has now been completed. While there were some other issues I won't go into here, the nailing seemed to work out well. They used 1.25" nails with nail gun; some...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 09-04-2012, 07:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 861
Posted By D725A
So the job is almost done; I'd say it came out...

So the job is almost done; I'd say it came out OK. The underlayment could have been done more carefully, and they should have replaced more planks and with the kind of wood specified. The porch eave...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 08-27-2012, 07:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 861
Posted By D725A
Questions on Roof Job in Progress

Having an architectural shingle roof installed in NYS. Grace Shingle-mate is the underlayment. For some reason they started with that at midroof and worked their way up, then installed the Grace...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 07-26-2012, 05:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,205
Posted By D725A
Agreed Neal. I did check out installing a...

Agreed Neal. I did check out installing a nailbase, made by another company that adds polyiso insulation and a small air space. Cost was just prohibitive. I've chosen a light-colored reflective roof....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 07-25-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,205
Posted By D725A
Thanks alot, makes sense to me. Hard sometimes to...

Thanks alot, makes sense to me. Hard sometimes to navigate between the various opinions. One roofer told me two inches in gives protection against water adhering back under the shingle 'surface...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 07-25-2012, 04:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,205
Posted By D725A
Thanks but that's a debate for another thread....

Thanks but that's a debate for another thread. Sealed attics have been done successfully for years. The wear and tear on the shingles has been determined to be minimal from the research I've done....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 07-25-2012, 01:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,205
Posted By D725A
Thanks; going to be a sealed attic, so no soffit...

Thanks; going to be a sealed attic, so no soffit or other vents.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 07-25-2012, 07:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,205
Posted By D725A
Gutters placed too high?

5 years ago we had vinyl siding and gutters installed, now we're doing the roof. Looking at the attached pictures, it seems to me the gutters were placed too high. Even if the new roof eave edge was...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 07-08-2012, 08:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 811
Posted By D725A
Thanks for the replies. I guess from reading the...

Thanks for the replies. I guess from reading the other threads on this subject, it would seem that the replaced false three-prongs should at least be labeled 'no equipment ground present'.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 07-08-2012, 08:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 811
Posted By D725A
Old ungrounded two-prong outlets

Parents have a 1950s house in NY; most of the electrical outlets are the old two-prong, ungrounded type. The cable is old romex type with no third wire, so the ground screw of each receptacle is...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 07-05-2012, 08:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,839
Posted By D725A
Thanks Neal. Will have to wait until shingles are...

Thanks Neal. Will have to wait until shingles are installed to use the hose again. Last week we hosed for twenty minutes and no leakage. now we have a bird's eye view so it will be a better test. I'm...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Windows and Doors 07-05-2012, 07:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,839
Posted By D725A
Update

We had to remove the old heating unit--so it was a good time to inspect the wood underneath. As you can see from the photo no noticeable wood rot. However the sheetrock is a bit more crumbly on the...
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