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    Shower wand mystery?

    This is actually our second wand. We got both at this specialty plumbing store in Vancouver that, for the last 60 years, has been owned and operated by a family of working plumbers. The owner personally helped us, and my wife and I chose the first wand—one of those "on-brand" ones you...
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    Shower wand mystery?

    Hey guys, I'm installing a shower wand in our new shower. The rod is in, so that's no problem: However, there are no instructions, and there are a couple of mysterious things about it: There's this brown plug at the end of the hose: With the metal sheathing temporarily pulled away: I...
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    Fill/seal hole in shower tile & backing board?

    Well, apparently this is more complex than I thought. So my wife and I have decided to go ahead and put the shower wand on the "wrong" side... It's not that big a deal. (It's just a shower, right?) I'm grateful for the chance to post here, though, as always. Cheers! P.S.: What's a "reaction...
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    Fill/seal hole in shower tile & backing board?

    Yeah, that'd definitely be the dryest (though most difficult) solution, I agree.
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    Fill/seal hole in shower tile & backing board?

    Sure... I just didn't know if this sort of thing actually came up for plumbers. I'm guessing maybe it doesn't, as no one has replied...? I'm really in a spot. If you delete this thread too, is there another section of the forum where I can ask that may have more of a chance? I can try to find...
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    Fill/seal hole in shower tile & backing board?

    Hey guys, We've updated our old tub/shower enclosure to a walk-in shower. Unfortunately, the guy who did our tiling drilled the hole for the shower wand on the wrong side (by the door), so we have to fill the 1.25" hole and drill on one the other side. Rather than digging out the whole 8x12"...
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    Which of these is main water shutoff...?

    LOL... On the plus side, you probably don't need to play golf nearly as often either. Just to follow through, I finally found our shut-off: Our water heater's downstairs, so this hole in our downstairs hall (which we usually cover with a picture) was the first place I checked. But my...
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    Which of these is main water shutoff...?

    Nope, I still haven't figured it out! I've called our plumbing service a few times, but always get the receptionist... The actual surgeon—sorry, I mean plumber (it's so easy to confuse them, as their income's the same) is always off somewhere. We don't have a water meter. Our municipality bills...
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    Need idea for a bench...

    LOL—what an odd combination of topics. It reminds me that the legendary incident of Jesus walking on water was actually due to a mistranslation from the original Aramaic; it actually said that He walked "along" the water. (Earliest biblical references to Jesus, e.g. the Pauline letters, don't...
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    Need idea for a bench...

    First of all, those are some handsome benches! I'm afraid I don't quite understand what you mean about drainage. Naturally, the original slotted design had less surface (sitting) area, so there were fewer places for water to accumulate. But water still accumulates wherever it can. If you find...
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    Which of these is main water shutoff...?

    Thanks for your time—that's very kind of you. Yes, all our PEX is red, and we're on public water... That's interesting stuff to know, though! Well, I just tried it, but that valve I circled wasn't the main shut-off. It's on the biggest hose, and comes down from ground level above, away from the...
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    Which of these is main water shutoff...?

    Wait a sec! Maybe I'm being dense. We've had numerous power outages, and our hot water has always come back when the power went back on... So obviously, the heater's power can go off and on without bad effects. I'll give it a try... Thanks!
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    Post your amazingly tidied-up garage your wife/husband/partner still can't believe!

    Yeah, I'm usually like that too—I need to leave stuff out to remember I'm doing something with it. If I don't see it, I can forget I even have it... Drives my highly organized wife nuts. Pegboards are great for us, though. You can keep everything out in plain sight at all times. I wouldn't be...
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    Need idea for a bench...

    Normally I avoid one-step stain/finish products, as you never get quite as nice-looking results. But as these are just outdoor benches, they probably don't have to win any fashion awards, do they? Hope you'll post a photo of one of your finished ones!
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    Which of these is main water shutoff...?

    I've now read that it is indeed essential to turn off an on-demand (tankless) water heater before turning off the main water. But it's a natural-gas heater—so I should turn off the gas too, right? (I couldn't identify the breaker for it, but it's plugged in right there in the closet, so I could...
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