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    What kind of wall do I have?

    Very helpful, thanks!
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    What kind of wall do I have?

    Hi all. I'm looking for some knowledge/wisdom here. I live in an apartment building that was build back in 1967. It's got walls made from some building material that I'm unfamiliar with, see picture attached. To me, it's reminiscent of drywall in that: - there's a thin veneer - in this...
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    Water Well Casing

    Bought a house a couple of years ago (Ontario, Canada) and our well needs to be upgraded. We replaced our pump a year ago - lightning took it out just after we moved in. We're taking a long look at replacing the pressure and treatment system, but we noticed that the existing casing doesn't go...
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    Drywall compound cracking

    Cracks are definitely due to shrinkage. Thanks all for the help :)
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    Drywall compound cracking

    Hi, Recently we did a full gut and remodel of our bathroom. Everything went very well. However, the walls are cracking (the drywall compound) at the corners in the shower/tub area in the corners. We used fiberglass mesh tape for our joints and Green board for the bathroom walls. When we did...
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    Slow Tub Drain on new bath install

    So the results are in, and the winner is: Clogged drain! I snaked out the entire drain line in that washroom and then tested the tub. We had 1 gallon of water in there and it drained in ~14.35 seconds. The gurgling noise coming from the tub drain/overflow from when we emptied the vanity is...
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    Anti-mildew paint or regular paint for kitchen?

    My 2 cents: The key thing in controlling mildew is controlling moisture. So you have to take into account humidity in that room as well as regular use (steam from cooking/cleaning, etc.). If you have good ventilation/air flow in your kitchen, then mildew shouldn't be a problem with regular...
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    Slow Tub Drain on new bath install

    I'm entirely, 100% certain that there is no double trap on that line. We had the entire plumbing system in that room, including where it ties into the stack (stack is in wall right behind the toilet), out in the open where we could see everything. There was no trap on that tub before the...
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    Pipes "thud" when water is turned on or off anywhere in the house

    If possible: - Locate where the noise is coming from - See if you can access the plumbing at that point - Post up a video of the problem. Maybe a fresh set of eyes can help you pinpoint this thing a little better.
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    Proper tool to cut this pipe?

    my :2cents: I would have used a soil pipe cutter. Can get the cutting chain in and around those tight spots. It looks something like this: http://www.homedepot.com/tool-truck-rental/Ratchet-Soil-Pipe-Cutter-6/69982/index.html
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    Pipes "thud" when water is turned on or off anywhere in the house

    Sounds like water hammer to me. Here's a video from This Old House that may explain what you're going through. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cu9LUx79w4 PS> I'm not advocating the use of a water arrestor, just pointing to the video to see if it describes the problem and why it' happening.
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    Slow Tub Drain on new bath install

    Absolutely. We've installed a push-pull type plug, not much adjustment on it as it only has 2 positions - opened or closed. Nothing fancy. The draining issue occurs with the stopper in the UP position (open drain). It's clearly open, you can see inside to the drain, everything at that point...
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    Slow Tub Drain on new bath install

    Hi all, thanks for the welcome :) Apologies for not being more thorough in the OP. I definitely didn't leave a rag in there as I had to glue new abs tub drain kit and new p trap to the existing drain. All drains were cleaned with a rag, visually inspected and vacuumed out thoroughly before...
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    Slow Tub Drain on new bath install

    Hi, Having an issue with a new bathtub installed - the drain is extremely slow. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures to share, but I've attached an accurate illustration found on the web. It's a standard 4pc bathroom. When we renovated, we did complete gut and installed new...
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