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    What tool should I buy?

    I need to make a "toe kick cut", actually a few of them. I'm not going to buy a dedicated toe kick saw though. (I'm cutting half-inch particle board underlayment away from cabinets that also sit on the underlayment.) I understand the sensible purchase is an oscillating multitool with a flush...
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    Mansfield toilet mechanism leaks, but new seal doesn't fix

    Well, I figured it out. At some earlier point, I had used baking soda to clean mold (this is a very infrequently used toilet) in the tank. Baking soda doesn't entirely dissolve. It leaves behind something like fine grains of sand ... which are enough to hold open the valve by a tiny amount. I...
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    Mansfield toilet mechanism leaks, but new seal doesn't fix

    I meant that those two nut two washer systems often seem to only use two bolts rather than the three bolts I have. The flex tubing was definitely not the issue, it was in less than an inch - just far enough to be secure. Any suggestions about the rest of it? What do you think the story with...
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    Mansfield toilet mechanism leaks, but new seal doesn't fix

    Ok new photos. I have the tank entirely off the toilet and have found other problems of age that need fixing, but cannot be the cause of the original leak issue. Here's the photo of the tank info you requested: and a couple of shots of the interior of the tank. The pink thing is not original...
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    Mansfield toilet mechanism leaks, but new seal doesn't fix

    >I meant the rubber seal between the flush valve and the china. Ah. However, an important clue is that the water drains to the level of the top of the lower rim of plastic - in other words, to the upper rim of the groove the seal sits in. The water then stops draining. So it seems highly...
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    Mansfield toilet mechanism leaks, but new seal doesn't fix

    Ok, the tower is white, but the tank says Mansfield 102 1.6 gpf. I didn't quite get that in-frame of my picture though. I have made sure the bottom of the moving part of the tower is clean (it already was - we have very soft water in suburban Seattle). There doesn't appear to be any reason for...
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    Mansfield toilet mechanism leaks, but new seal doesn't fix

    My house has toilets with a common Mansfield mechanism. There's a white plastic tower that is lifted by a lever from the handle, that dumps water into the bowl, then the moving part of the tower falls back down to the circular seal and the flow stops. I've had (many, over the years) seals...
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    Replace smoke detectors - same model or something new?

    Well, Kidde still makes something called the 1275 ... but it looks a little different. https://www.amazon.com/Kidde-1275-Hardwire-Feature-Battery/dp/B0027SH9YI. I might have to go look at one in a store to see if it's compatible with the old mounting plate. Yeah, I can just replace the plates...
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    Replace smoke detectors - same model or something new?

    We have six smoke detectors in our house - all Kidde Lifesaver 1275 (ionization). Those have a connector to a hardwire power source, and a 9V battery backup. Over the years, the batteries went on all of them and I just never put new batteries in, or put them back on the ceiling. (Usually...
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    Sump (Waste) Pit cover replacement

    I finished the job with stainless steel bolts yesterday. Had do go up a size on the bolts to use the old holes. I also had to do a slight bit of shaving material to fit because the new lid was about a millimetre too wide. Total cost: Around $35, plus a silly amount of effort. I only had to cut...
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    Sump (Waste) Pit cover replacement

    I'm beginning to think they just used the same gasket tape on the flanges that they did on lid rim itself. It looks a lot like this butyl putty tape https://www.amazon.com/XFasten-8-Inch-30-Foot-Sealing-Patching/dp/B07D9CNB3H/ref=sr_1_9 But yeah, anything like that or in a foam like...
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    Sump (Waste) Pit cover replacement

    I just realized I can reuse the old flanges - they are ABS. I had to scrape off the grey seal that had become thoroughly embedded by rust. So all I need is that seal. Is it a piece of rubber-like material that I can buy, or is it just some specific sort of caulk? It peeled away like it had...
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    Sump (Waste) Pit cover replacement

    Good advice - and I won't do any cutting until I have all the pieces in hand. Presumably any imprecision in my jig-sawing can be remedied with silicone caulk.
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    HVAC installer never connected the condensate pump's safety/overflow switch to the AC unit.

    Good points, however there are things I didn't mention. 1. I live in the PNW and have no humidifier (no need!) 2. The gas heat only runs in the coldest part of winter because the "AC" is really a heat pump. So with the climate here there's a significant shoulder season where we don't run it in...
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