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    Toilet issue

    I solved my issue. My septic tank was put in during the 60s. It’s about 25 feet from the house. I dug it up, and the line was clogged with roots where it empties into the tank. I cleaned it out best I could, and it’s working fine now. I now plan to use root treatment regularly.
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    Toilet issue

    For the past 3 days, my toilet almost overflows in the evening but no other time. I’m away at work for about 9 hours, but it flushes normally in the mornings and fine for the first few times when I get back home. At some point, I will flush, and it almost overflows but slowly returns to a...
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    Air deflectors

    I have noticed the burst of cool air, but it only lasts a couple of seconds, so I’m ok with that. I still believe it heats the living space more evenly in my house.
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    Air deflectors

    True. I lived in a house once where the registers were under the cabinets in the bathrooms, and a hole was cut on the bottom of the cabinet and a grill put over it. The air just trickled out until I managed to get a deflector on underneath the cabinet, which wasn’t easy. As you said, the air was...
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    Smoke Detector Sensitivity.

    Ionization may be more common some places, but all I see here is a large number of photoelectric types. You mention the smoldering fire that is most typical in home fires. Could you describe a smoldering fire? How is that different from fires the ionization types detect?
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    Air deflectors

    I agree, at least, it’s not blowing it far enough that it defeats the purpose of the register locations, but the small change does seem to make it more comfortable for me. I have one room that is 15’ wide, and when I’m sitting on the other side, I feel the warm air when it kicks on, and it seems...
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    Smoke Detector Sensitivity.

    I have a couple of battery-powered smoke detectors that have been up since the 1980s. One is about 12 feet from the oven, and it will occasionally set it off. I can also blow out a match underneath, and that sets them off. Some might call that sensitive, but it’s what I am accustomed to. A few...
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    Air deflectors

    I appreciate the lengthy explanation. It sounds like there is a perfect situation on paper, but that perfect situation rarely exists in reality. It can be altered by furniture placement, number of people, insulation, electronics, etc. I’m sure HVAC units are installed according to that perfect...
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    Air deflectors

    I have digital thermometers in every room. Today, I have my heat on 68, and with deflectors, every room reads 68. Without the deflectors, I assure you my front room would be 70, and my back room would be 66 or 67. With that, I assumed deflectors were better, so I decided to research and read...
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    Air deflectors

    Again, there are different opinions. The bottom line question is, “does it really make any noticeable difference?” I’ve tried both, and the only difference I see is that with deflectors in winter, I actually feel the air circulating, which I like, but I haven’t seen any difference in the bill...
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    Air deflectors

    Sounds good to me. I’ve just read so many different views. As with anything, there are a million opinions on everything. I think I’ll go with deflectors for now.
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    Air deflectors

    I would like opinions on the use of air deflectors on floor registers. Is it best to let air blow up on the wall or use a deflector and blow it across the floor? I’ve read both ways. Some articles say it should blow straight up and warm the walls and windows, while some say blowing it on a cold...
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    Water Heater Blanket

    Do water heater blankets make a difference? I never gave it much thought and never used one.
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    Bug Foggers

    I’d like opinions about the effectiveness of bug foggers. I’m talking about the typical ones in a can made by Raid and Hot Shot. I don’t use them in living areas, I typically use them a couple of times a year in crawl spaces. I don’t have any particular bug issues, but I might not have had any...
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    New Toilet

    I think sometimes there can just be too many choices. I walked into Lowe's yesterday with full intentions of buying a toilet, but the 2 or 4 bolt thing made me hold off, and I'm actually glad I did. I didn't know there were so many toilets; I'll bet Lowe's had 40 on display. I'm so old...
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    New Toilet

    I decided to purchase a new toilet, so I went by Lowe's today. I notice that all toilets had one anchor bolt on each side. Mine has two on each side. I asked if everything would line up ok, and both the guys there said they had never heard of or seen a toilet with two on each side; they...
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    Carbon Monoxide

    I have an HVAC package unit on the outside of my house that heats with propane. I have a 500 gallon propane tank that is also outside my house. There are no gas lines anywhere inside my house. Is there any way carbon monoxide or propane fumes could get inside my house under that situation? I...
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    Dryer Ducts

    I’m using the flexible duct. I do t ever remember having any issues with it slipping right on in the past.
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    Dryer Ducts

    Are clothes -dryer ducts not made to go on easily? Apparently I had not had to fool with one for many years, but I got one to put on a new dryer, and I assumed it would just slip right on, but it didn't. It's as though it's the exact size of the place that it needs to slip on. The ducts come...
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    New faucet has no screws on handles

    Thanks. After closer inspection, I found the allen set. It was hidden on the back. I guess I haven't bought a faucet in a long time.
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