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    why is one double-hung parting stop shorter than the other?

    century old doublehungs. I know there's a reason. And I found out when I did my first resto and both stops were the same length. Maybe my brain is too addled. But I don't remember why I ended up taking a saw to that bottom inch. Esp. since I later removed it completely anyway. So why...
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    Is there fill to allow screw for sash lock?

    A recenrt post of mine asked about some woodwork on a window. Same window different concern now. this particular sash had a second, different lock installed on it. I intend to replace it with one that matches two other sibling windows. The problem is the 4 holes are very close and kind of...
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    Suggestions for make this "fine" woodwork a little cleaner?

    I'm installing shutters. When I got into it I realized the windows needed overall attention attention (painted shut upper sash, no weather stripping, 6 coats of paint on everything. So, made it a whole rehab, strip the paint from every surface, replace the cords with brass chain, weather strip...
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    Strippers! ...Really

    That got your attention. I'm stripping vintage, in-place, interior, window trim. I'm doing an ok job, but wonder if my more mediocre moments are damaging to the wood, because I'm using the wrong stripper (aka scraper). So, any ideas on what shape of scraper should be used for a...
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    Modern Adhesives

    Gorilla Glue, Monster Tape, PL Premium. They've been around awhile. Personally, never used GG. I generally like MT and PLP. I have a task now (glueing deckpost caps (back on) to posts. The original adhesive was PLP 12 years ago. It was good/great in the beginning, but I thought the bond...
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    how to cut. size of screws and how to hide?

    Hi folks, I'm renovating three antique double hung 2 1/2x 6' windows. Part of the reno is installing new shutters. The lower edge of the tape is the angle of at which I'll radially cut the shutter frame and trim board. Attempting to match the arc of the shutttertop. I'm removing the...
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    Chainsaw gas leak.

    Hi all, Not sure if this is the correct location for this, but it seems the best choice. Got a 22yo Craftsman chainsaw. The gas leaks from it -- but only when the tank level is above a certain level (call it 1/3 full). I just disassembled the cover plates to see if the tank is a true separate...
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    Singing Boiler

    Hi folks, its been a while since I've been on here. its good to be back in one way and well, maybe not if my boiler is dying. Weil-Mclain vintage (20+ yrs) gas boiler for winter heating. Was away, came home, temp inside was 55, bumped the therm to 62, heard the unit in the basement kick in as...
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    Tankless, gas water heaters. Sanity check and kind of a survey

    I've had a Bosch LP tankless water heater for a decade now. What's always bothered me is that the ventstack is open to the sky (If I look up under the burners I can see a bit of skylight through the works (its a straight shot from burner to outside) Yesterday it got windy so i took a stick of...
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    opening(s) in plaster ceiling

    I'm replacing 2 aged smokes in a hallway. A year or two ago I replaced a fixture and added a second in the same hallway ceiling . I got 'em eventually but still didn't like how I got there. The old smokes are lo-v -- they're stick-ups with just a lo-v wire penetrating the plaster...
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    vintage amateur balustrade

    12 years ago the balustrade imaged was installed. I did it. And I was way inexperienced. So, quite a few of the balustrades were shorted by millimeters on length. To get them in place I shimmed one end. I took one down last week to replace some of the balusters that were rotting (yeah, pretty...
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    1st floor receptacles on what circuit?

    I'm pretty sure these receptacles both worked in the past -- one more than the other. The other, behind a couch, when I took the cover, the receptacle pretty much disintegrated --like the plastic had become too brittle over time. I presumed that explained why the outlet had no juice. But when...
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    Fit, not so much. Trim yes

    I presume I've been on here talking about (8) windows that were installed just about two years ago. I muddled through putting in the extension jambs last fall. I've cut the stools and tacked them in (prob going to rent a 15ga finish nailer to finalize them). Its an old house. Plaster removed...
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    Weird GFCI wiring

    I didn't install this outlet -- But I did replace the supply line from old BX (may or not have been properly grounded) with NM 12/2. Its a 20amp circ, upstream from the outlet are a couple of (new) wall-switched (via 12/3) ceiling fixtures, downstream are a couple of switches (one to light...
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    floating neutral in 15amp circ?

    Hi all, I called Leviton on this (twice) the last conversation was "You've got a floating neutral". I'm working on installing a ceiling fan. When I roughed in a wall switch and ceiling box I confirmed there was juice to the ceiling box. That was good: 120 switch on. But 58v or so even...
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    floating neutral in 15amp circ?

    Hi all, I've been on the phone with Leviton. It started with a illuminated switch to control a ceiling fan. With the switch off I get about 58v with a tester on the two connectors on the switch. Turn the switch on I get zero.
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    Top Tread (replacment)

    Some of you might remember this post from last May: http://www.houserepairtalk.com/showthread.php?t=20446 Well that stair case previously had w2w carpeting and the carpet actually wrapped up and over onto the hall floor at the top of the stairs. I'm finally ready to paint the risers and...
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    bizarre clog (and draining)

    This is a bizarre one (for these untrained eyes). Here's the set-up: Two side-by-side vessel sinks have horizontal drains which share a vertical 2" drain between them, that 2" drains into the main line (vertical at that point) Sinks are in an addition to the house constructed in 2008. left sink...
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    old cloth bx to romex confirmation

    I thought I had a thread already re some of the attic work I've been attempting. no bx coming out of the sub-panel on the 2nd floor. lots of bx in the attic. I'm attempting to work backwards from some vintage boxes&bx to romex. That's going ok. I got thrown by a switched fixture where the...
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    Hanging slabs

    HI folks, Can someone please confirm a few things re: solid dougfir 24"w and 20"w 6'8"H slab hanging. I'm replacing 50yo by-pass and folding closet doors. demo'd down to the studs the big orange and blue boxes have 3 1/2" hinges that come with screws -- but they're piddlya$$ 1"s. Yes? For...
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