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  1. J

    Need advice for installing 5 foot chain link fence

    I've never installed chain link before. I need an approximate 130 foot run or so (I did an approximate measurement because I'm doing it in 50 foot section anyway at varying times). I've got an old rusty fence of an odd design that has various bushes/trees that have grown up into the fence itself...
  2. J

    What are all of the methods for measuring ground water levels?

    Just wondering what all of the options are for the average Joe. In the past, Neal and I have discussed a means of using a PVC pipe with markings that was somehow in the ground or in an open hole in the ground or something like that. I have read where some people say to just dig a hole x feet...
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    How feasible is it for an old sewer drain to leak city storm water?

    I'm curious how common this is and what would actually need to be wrong (if anything) on the city-side of plumbing for storm water to back up into residential sewer pipes at ground level. I suspect a 6-8 foot cast iron pipe section extends from the back of the house at an angle and joins a...
  4. J

    Crawlspace water issues (continued)

    It has been a long time, but I'm back again. Started a new career since my last posts, so some things got put on hold. Small 2 bedroom 1 bath house built in 1950. Raised rubblestone foundation that sits above the ground, so no underground foundation. It has a dirt crawlspace. My parents bought...
  5. J

    Ramp for an older dog for a small porch?

    I could use some help with suggestions for some type of ramp. I have an 11 year (pushing 80 in dog years) old Labrador/Chow mix. She's not very tall. Her legs are about maybe 12-14 inches tall. She has made it up and down the 2 steps on the porch for all of this time, but she seems to possibly...
  6. J

    Critter hole in corner of house?

    Sooo, here comes a headache: http://ibb.co/iAXzwm It looks like the brick just stops there in the corner in an odd way, like they didn't finish it or something. I don't see how the board even covered it completely even when the board was whole. It looks like something has chewed part of the...
  7. J

    How do I find this eve vent from the inside of the attic?

    House built in 1950 in Georgia in the Southeastern US. Front of the house: The circled eve vent is what I'm chasing. The interesting thing is that I can't find it. There's one on each corner of the house where the two sides meet in a point and those two are readily accessible and visible...
  8. J

    What is generally put beside a trench drain on the surface?

    I'm installing a trench drain in the dirt right next to the house and I have it in place and most of the way set in concrete. This is to divert water that only goes under the crawlspace door due to the yard basically sloping towards the house in that area. I didn't want to regrade anything. On...
  9. J

    French drain or concrete ramp?

    I'm back again after taking a little hiatus. I had a lot of questions before regarding a crawlspace, but I'm about to tackle a lot of issues within a short time now. I have plans already to replace that crawlspace door with a custom steel-framed poly door and grout in between the door frame...
  10. J

    What can you tell me about on-demand gas water heaters?

    I've got a 40 gallon natural gas water heater hanging out in a swimming pool hole, basically. The original thought was to elevate it. Then I thought about an external on-demand on the back of the house. That's a complete failure after learning just how hard those are to keep maintained...
  11. J

    What's the rule for PVC pipe size vs flow?

    In the near future, I'm going to be installing a large sump basin (50 to 70 gallons or so) in the crawlspace with two new pumps that are more efficient and will kick out even more water with little noise. Each pump will have its own pipe with a roughly 7' initial head, then both will run...
  12. J

    Are tensioning tools necessary to attach hvac ducts?

    I need to change a couple of flex hose ducts. I'm pretty sure that I need to get a tensioning tool to connect the ducts to the vents, so I'm planning to buy one of those. I know that the insulation is typically pulled back to expose the duct itself and the duct is secured. How is the insulation...
  13. J

    How do I determine the type of air ducts I have?

    The crawlspace is rather irritating to get into and I prefer to "suit up" with tyvek and such to get down there because its so nasty in general. A sewer pipe has leaked on a couple of air ducts for the heating/air system. Those are in the way, so I can't change the sewer pipe without moving...
  14. J

    Odd sewer pipe configuration

    Had to change this question around due to more details. When I first started digging around the sewer line yesterday, I presumed this based on what I saw in the ground: An original cast iron pipe that is visible (the far left pipe next to the a/c) in the crawlspace. Then I found what I...
  15. J

    Water drainage hole?

    While completing a project of removing an old cast iron drain pipe and converting it to pvc, I've noticed something. I've been dealing with the "problem hole" ( dug out area of the crawlspace with a retaining wall around it; heating/air system and water heater sit in it and are at risk for flood...
  16. J

    Extension of drain pipe and sewer pipe connector replacement?

    Throw another shrimp on the bar-b...I just got another project. Nevermind, bbq is too expensive right now. One day in the crawlspace while taking photos of what to do with the infamous heating/air system and water heater issues that I've been trying to solve, I hear the sound of water falling...
  17. J

    Any advice before I change these gutters?

    Current gutters on the house leak/drip at the seams. They weren't installed properly. There's only one downspout that happens to be on the back corner of the house where there are already crawlspace water issues. There's no slant on each side for the gutters, since there is only one downspout...
  18. J

    Big companies vs smaller companies and contractors?

    A while ago, I posted looking for advice regarding a heating/air system in a large dug out hole in the crawlspace that takes on water when it rains. The machine itself doesn't get wet and is elevated off from the floor by about a foot, but I'm sure the moisture isn't good for it. The flooding...
  19. J

    Breaker box and outlet issues

    House was built in 1950, but I'm pretty sure that this breaker might be 70's or 80's. I'm not sure what the stuff is on the breaker box. I assume that someone may have spilled something on the cover or it was maybe something to do with old paint. There is no known moisture issue in the kitchen...
  20. J

    Can I use a cement base for crawlspace door?

    Soon I'll be tackling the issue of an old wooden crawlspace door. Whoever put it in didn't exactly do a stellar job at it. The top and both sides have gaps in between the wood and the bricks above and foundation stones on the side. The bottom has a very large gap between the door and the ground...
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