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    unnecessary shut-off valves

    My experience with plumbers is a good many of them don't seem to know what they're doing, so it doesn't surprise me they (or some inept DIYer)put your no-freeze faucets in wrong. I've had mine for over 15 years now and have had no trouble at all with them, and we get some brutally cold weather...
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    Mini-spit location

    The bedrooms are both on the south side of my house and with my old 18,000 btu window unit it was always hard to keep them cool in the summer, both with it in the window on the north wall of the living room and then when I moved it to the east wall of the dining room window. I was hoping maybe...
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    Mini-spit location

    I got a mini-split heat pump/air conditioner to replace a large whole house window AC unit that was driving me nuts, and I'm trying to figure out the best place to put it in my small (less than 900 sq ft) two bedroom house. Basically I'm down to two possible locations where I have the wall space...
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    Defective water heater?

    Screw that! Didn't you read my previous post that I'm done with plumbers? I've had a lifetime of bad experiences with them.
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    Defective water heater?

    I live in a small one story, one bath house with the water heater in the basement. The water comes in from the meter (which is by the street) on the west side 3'-4' below grade. The pipe for the front outside faucet branches off after the main shut-off where it comes thru the basement wall, then...
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    Defective water heater?

    I'm still having trouble seeing how trying to bleed my whole house again is going to accomplish anything but waste more water since the only water that has air in it is that which comes out of the water heater. All my cold water spigots are running just fine. Regarding the "call a plumber"...
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    Defective water heater?

    So you mean when I start refilling everything start by shutting the drain to the water heater and keep shutting off faucets until I get to the highest one in the house the farthest away from the water heater, including the cold water spigots and outside faucets?
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    Defective water heater?

    I'll check all that. Thanks.
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    Defective water heater?

    That can't be it because all the water valves in my house are already ball valves - even the ones for my faucets - and they are all currently open. I re-plumbed my house a number of years ago with copper pipes and ball valves.
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    Defective water heater?

    No. It's a coarse, weak spray-like stream. I noticed tonight when I was doing wash that the water heater is now making a knocking noise.
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    Defective water heater?

    I have it set on the "hot" setting which is just high enough to get me decently hot water. No, I'm not on a well; I use city water. Angle stops look like they are fine. I don't know water you mean by a faucet crossover tube - all of my faucets are the two-handled type so I believe there is a...
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    Defective water heater?

    I installed a new Bradford White natural gas water heater I got at a plumbing supply store at the end of last summer, and ever since then I have had problems with air in my hot water lines that keeps getting worse no matter what I do to try to bleed it out. I have tried letting the faucets run...
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    unnecessary shut-off valves

    I eliminated the need to have shut-off valves for outside faucets by using the "no-freeze" type of faucets that have a short length of pipe soldered to the faucet valve with the shut-off valve built into the end of that. They work really well.
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    What's the "house wrap" obsession all about?

    Yea, those plastic siding folks will put their cheap crap over anything. I have actually seen the plastic siding extend further out than the roof (on houses with no roof overhang) that had it installed on it was over so many layers of existing siding. In regard to asbestos siding (actually it...
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    What's the "house wrap" obsession all about?

    As far as tar paper degrading over time goes the 80 year old tar paper under my shingles looks as good as new tar paper except for the dirt and nail holes, and it also looks like it did a good job keeping the moisture off of my sheathing. I don't buy the argument that house wrap seals around...
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    What's the "house wrap" obsession all about?

    I'm starting to get my ducks in a row for re-shingling the outside walls of my house with cedar shingles like what was on it originally and I'm having a hard time understanding what this business of "house wrap" that seems to be all the rage nowadays is about, when for probably over a century...
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    Fiberglass vs Cellulose Loose Attic Insulation

    I installed batts in my garage attic and had cellulose blown into my house attic, and the fiberglass batts are so much nicer than the cellulose. Cellulose insulation is a huge mess to deal with if you ever have to go up in your attic and do something: it will be all over you and you leave a...
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    Damaged rim joist - what is the best way to repair?

    I'm starting to think this "high efficiency" gas furnace idea might not be all it's cracked up to be. I have read they (at least the single stage ones) are actually less efficient than an 80% two gas stage furnace since they usually run on the low stage most of the time whereas the high...
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    Damaged rim joist - what is the best way to repair?

    I originally had a large gravity furnace with 8" ducts running out from the top of it. Then I switched to an "80+" forced air furnace with a plenum I had custom made for it and reduced the duct size to 6" and used reducers to adapt them to the existing registers (which I think are classy looking).
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    Damaged rim joist - what is the best way to repair?

    Yes, this furnace blows air like there is no tomorrow. I can feel it across the room, and it actually makes it feel less comfortable in the rooms of my than with my old furnace because of all the air extra circulation.
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