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  1. zepper

    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...
  2. zepper

    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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    Which of these is main water shutoff...?

    Hey guys, On our plumber's advice, I've obtained a replacement for our leaking shower diverter cartridge that I'll replace myself. Thing is, I'm not sure where our house's main water shutoff is. We haven't had the place that long—and unfortunately I wasn't watching when the plumber turned the...
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    Need idea for a bench...

    Maybe you know this—but if you apply wood conditioner to your unfinished bench before you stain (easily obtainable where paint is sold), the stain's absorbed more evenly by the 2x4's, further enhancing the illusion that you didn't use inexpensive construction materials to make furniture. :D 💰...
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    3-way switch puzzle

    You guys are so kind and helpful—I appreciate it! Unfortunately, no amount of helpfulness compensates for fundamental thickness on my part. I now realize what the "problem" is. The other switch is in an out-of-the-way place, over by our laundry room door. We don't enter or leave the house that...
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    Post your amazingly tidied-up garage your wife/husband/partner still can't believe!

    So you've had to live with a tidy shop this whole time? How could you not find anything?
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    Post your amazingly tidied-up garage your wife/husband/partner still can't believe!

    Normally, I'd be well among that group. With all this extra at-home time, though, I thought there might be some surprising results, as people turn to long-neglected projects!
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    3-way switch puzzle

    Three ways to do a three-way? That's funny (and could seem nasty, if we were people who thought that way). Do you think rewiring it in one of the other ways could solve a problem like this? Why would it matter? Nope, I made no changes to switches. All I did was add a few feet to the existing...
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