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    What did you do today?

    Edit: Just noticed that this had been answered already. Generally, you can always do a Google image search to find what something might be. You give it the image and will find related things, together with the necessary description of what it is. Or, these days, you could also ask ChatGPT if you...
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    What did you do today?

    I had set the self-leveling cement and this weekend I finished laying up the underlayment in my long-standing bathroom renovation. At least not I have a clean, level floor on which to set the flooring (almost surely vinyl plank)after I refinish the vanity.
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    Bubbling and peeling new bathroom paint

    So... it has been awhile but I have redone the paint in the bathroom and I'm sharing the results as promised. First, getting the bubbling paint was a PITA!! Yes, it came off really easy in some places, as demonstrated in the photos in my first message, but in some other places it didn't. This...
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    Plumbing help needed.

    Just out of curiosity, do you have an expansion tank on your water heater? If so, you should also make sure that it is working properly. Other than the pressure regulator at the intake, that's the other main pressure regulating device in the house, compensating for the expansion of the hot water...
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    What did you do today?

    I haven't found any damage so far 🤞 even though are fairly close to the epicenter. It was pretty scary and took me a good 10 secs just to figure out what was happening and run out of the house.
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    What did you do today?

    Sorry to hear of all the issues that you're dealing with. Having to fight IRS and Medicaid sure must feel aggravating. We had a 4.8 earthquake this morning in NJ, and an aftershock in the afternoon. I jerry-rigged an earthquake alarm to alert us should there be any additional aftershocks.
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    Bubbling and peeling new bathroom paint

    PVA drywall primer was what I used the first time, and I did brush the whole wall and vacuumed everything around. Since that failed, I had to peel most of the paint out (using *lots* of "elbow grease") and fix all the problems, again! I will be wiping the whole wall with a damp towel this time...
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    Washing machine outlet box install

    I'm sure that you have checked the general instructions on how to install push-to-connect fittings (e.g., ). There are two things about the part that you showed that I would watch out for: (1) making sure that the copper pipes are cut exactly level or, if you are unable to adjust each faucet...
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    Best friend's house burned on Easter five years ago

    I'd recommend keeping that refrigerator connected via an outlet surge protector (for example, https://www.lowes.com/pd/Southwire-Woods-3839131-125V-Surge-Protector-with-Alarm-Gray/5001748851). The electronics in newer refrigerators are quite sensitive and it is advisable for refrigerators of any...
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    What did you do today?

    Vacuum the inside the best you can and, once you've done that use a compressor to blow through the vents of the power supply, fans, and heatsinks. If it still doesn't work, try to reseat the power cable connectors at the power supply and motherboard (i.e., pull them out, check/clean the contacts...
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    Bubbling and peeling new bathroom paint

    I agree that I need to do that moving forward. I was planning to use Killz original (oil-based) and then Sherwin-Williams Showcase latex paint (water-based) over it. Have you experienced a problem when using water-based paint over oil-based primer?
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    Bubbling and peeling new bathroom paint

    Yes. Both are water-based. As I mentioned, I was thinking that perhaps I need to use oil-based primer for improved humidity resistance, but I would still be using water-based paint afterward. Would that be a problem? Or even better (as I'm dreading having to use oil-based primer), can you...
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    What did you do today?

    I'm no expert, but it looks like all push connect (aka, "Sharkbite connections") from the corner to the transition to PEX. You probably know this but there's no need to cut to separate things; there a "sharkbite removal tool" that pushes the inner sleeve in while you pull the pipe out which...
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    Bubbling and peeling new bathroom paint

    I've been renovating a bathroom and got to the point of painting the walls. The problem is that on the recent coat the paint was bubbling at several locations (see photos below) and pulling on the bubbles would simply peel off the paint. I took the paint back but the store person was insistent...
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    Funny Pictures and stories....

    But don't tell that to people as many don't seem to get it.
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    Funny Pictures and stories....

    Got to be ready with "cake" if one gets stuck in the snow... In all seriousness now, we always have a bit of food (e.g., a pack of cookies), water, and a blanket in each car because it has happened to my wife to get stuck in traffic for half a day and still having to drive afterward with the...
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    Discovered 440 square foot crawl under basement! Help!!

    A dehumidifier will need a place to dump the water is pulls from the air. That said, there are dehumidifiers with built-in pumps which can push that water up to a discharge point higher-up. In any event, kind in mind that most likely the dehumidifier will need to be accessible because you need...
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    What did you do today?

    @zannej - Good to hear of your mother's improvement. I'm not an healthcare professional but I know that apples, most fruit actually and fruit derived food (e.g., apple juice), are very high in sugars (fructose). They are good because of the vitamins but if you're having trouble keeping blood...
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    What did you do today?

    I completely agree. I avoid getting a permit as much as possible. This project involved a natural gas appliance though, so I wanted to go by the book so that I would be covered by my insurance in the event that anything went wrong. Those antigen tests have high false negative rate but very low...
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    What did you do today?

    Yes. But what's worse is that one must get a chimney inspection and the corresponding chimney verification form which was a royal PITA. The chimney companies charge for the inspection and they can pretty much make up whatever "required repairs", which they perform, because they know that must...
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