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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?

    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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    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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    Damaged rim joist - what is the best way to repair?

    I recently had a new "high efficiency" furnace installed and the subcontractor that did it bored two VERY LARGE holes for the PVC vent and supply pipes adjacent to the top edge of my house's rim joist, one of which is right under the king and jack studs for a window. It bothered me a lot after I...
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