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    shower leak on floor

    Any ideas what i can do to fix this without tearing out the shower? shower drain never backs up, but pipe below it does leak below shower floor and only when taking shower. See pics. The drain must be leaking. It gets wet inside that wall and with long showers, it leaks out onto the finished...
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    how fix broken faucet?

    screw broke off. dont want to remove wall.
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    adding outdoor washer and dryer

    I've read over the codes But still have some questions. I plan on adding one 20A 115vac breaker and one 30A 230vac breaker. Then running the wires in two conduits thru the block wall from inside garage to the...
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    why open circuit?

    House built 1954 w/gr ma apartment w/its own breaker box. All original wiring. Fuse boxes replaced with breaker boxes by licensed electrician in 2012. Three days ago while she used hair dryer in apt bathroom, it stopped. No power at GFCI socket. Breaker did not pop. Also not everything on that...
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    best way to support roof planking overhanging at gable

    My 1952 block house roof does not have outriggers, as shown in 1st pic. So nothing will hold my planking down during a hurricane. This is a weak point. Im adding H10S hurricane straps at the eaves, a mechanically seamed HVHZ metal panel roof. Ive added rafter and collar ties and gable supports...
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    How do I remove countertop caulking?

    1st two pics caulking still entirely in place, Second 2 pics most has been scrapped away, but it still needs more cleaning. Gasoline dont work. I dont know what type of caulking was used. Im afraid that all my scraping has marred up the counter and Id rather not scrap anymore. Any ideas...
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    Im looking for the strongest concrete screws

    for outdoor humid, hot central florida. Strong structural concrete screws. Im attaching simposon H10S and LGT2 straps to my rafters and cinder block walls. Im using simpson screws to attach to the rafters, however simpson makes no outdoor concrete screws and has no suggestions. So, Im looking...
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    rafter ties

    Im planning on installing rafter ties in my 1952 cinder block home. It has no rafter ties at all. Every time Im in the attic and look around, I wonder what holds up my roof. The ceiling joists run parallel to the roof ridge. Im also going to install collar ties. Currently there are only two. The...
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    rafter cable ties

    I cant understand this math. ive been over and over it. Each time I get a little further, then I loose it again. ref: How to calculate rafter thrust? -Help! at Can someone help me figure cable load? 4/12 24" rafter spacing. No rafter ties...
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    metal rafters

    I have four sagging rafters in garage in my 1952 home. They are 2x6 and all side by side. All four have knots in about the same location, resulting in sagging. I got 4 2x6s to sister these, but that's a lot of weight to add side by side. So, Im thinking of using angle iron, as least for two of...
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    looking for rafter straps

    I need to secure these rafters to the cinderblock top plate. They are just toe nailed in now. I want something stronger that i can screw in w/o removing the planking. Any ideas? I might install rafter ties, but Im looking for alternatives. pics...
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    central home oil heater, pump cavitating, what to do?

    I had to move the tank 3 feet further down towards ground. So, now the heater pump needs to pull fuel up 3 more feet. There was already a long distance from tank to pump. About 40 feet. The tank was at the same height as the pump. fuel got pulled up about 5 feet, over about 30, then down about 5...