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    Water leak detector? Water behind wall!

    Hi all. Been worrying about this issue for over a year now and still haven't got down to the bottom of it. My visual reference is extremely limited because I have a fully finished basement with drywall everywhere. Except for a small area I left exposed because I ran a new sump pump discharge. In...
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    Treadmill blowing garage GFCI, why? What to do?

    Hi all I tried hooking up the wife's treadmill inthe garage but the treadmill keeps popping the gfci! I've done some googlin and some folks say that would happen and a treadmill shouldn't be plugged into a gfci. Why? Second question is, what can I do? There's no other place for the machine and...
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    Water issues. Regrading around foundation?

    Hi all, quick question/concern. There's a 2 good size low spots in my yard around the back corner of the house. It holds a lot of water close to the foundation during heavy rains and I've noticed some basement water seepage with flooding window wells. Two things I want to do are: 1) Raise...
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    There's lawn in my thistle!! Help

    Hey all, Yep, title sums up my yard.Have you ever seen a lawn littered with that ugly, overtaking thistle weed? There's simply too much to sit there and pick it all and it always sprouts back up all over couple days later. Is there something I can spray that won't kill the grass just the...
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    Why did my ice maker do this? See pics!

    Hi guys. Today I found a small puddle on the floor under the freezer side door. Saw water trickling down the front of freezer door. Ice was all caked up inside the ice maker bucket and down the dispenser shute making it almost impossible to open the door it was solid shut. Got door open and...
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    Sump pump weep hole/air lock

    Hi. I already asked this question in another thread with too much detail and explained the entire scenario of what I had but no one responded lol. Here's a simplified version: Reinstalled my bottom suction style pump into a bone dry pit after cleaning pit debris and pump. Filled pit with water...
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    Sump pump air lock question

    Hi guys, So this one is kinda weird to me which is why I'm hoping someone can help me understand or have a theory on how this occurred.... Just yesterday I replaced my primary sump pump and redid all the pvc work so each pump had its own separate discharge all the way out the house and installed...
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    Question about sump pump maintenance and Fernco clamp

    Hi guys. I'm going to replace my primary sump pump in a few days and just decided to pretty much rework the way the last plumber ran the backup discharge into the same discharge as the main pump which is typical. I decided two main objectives: 1) rework the setup into two separate discharges. 2)...
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    Darn whole house humidifier! Cmon! POS!

    Hi all, I have a whole house humidifier flow through bypass style mounted on the return and a takeoff duct going from supply into return. It's model "1042-L" on my furnace from 2001 and it's been a week and no increase in my home's humidity! Damper fully open, pad is new and installed correctly...
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    Weird condensation issue...

    Hi all, Near Chicago area here, today I woke up with condensation only along the bottom edge of nearly every window in my house. I've done a ton of research on this in the past and I know that most say I need to lower the humidity in my house because that only obvious answer anymore, my house is...
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    Crickets? Wth? How the heck?...

    Hi all. I need some help trying to figure this one out. Last week I found a cricket in my basement. A week later I found another one!! NEVER in th 2 yrs we've lived here have we seen crickets in the basement. How are they getting in seems impossible for how good I have this place sealed up! Some...
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    What's this pipe in front lawn for??? B box or sabotage!?!

    I need some pro advice guys. Something very weird happened to me today. Cutting the grass for the 80th time since I've lived in this house my tractor hit something was loud bang scared the hell outta me. Upon investigation, I found this pipe sticking up about 2" above the ground. How could I...
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    Is this a tick?

    Found this dude on my bathroom shower ceiling! Looks like a tick but the two long crab like things are throwing me off I thought they just had 4 legs on each side? This looks like 5 on each!!
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    Duct condensation again?

    Hi all. Not sure how or where to ask this question because it may apply across different topics or crafts. Last summer I had a ton of condensing on my unit and the trunk in the fully finished basement and after installing 2 70pt dehu's I got the RH to about 30-35% and condensation was greatly...
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    How to seal this sewer main seal leak?!?

    Hi all. So I'm not 110% sure it's the sewer main exit seal that is allowing a little seepage into my finished basement. But after yesterday's heavy rain, I had some water start behind the drywalled wall and walks around the corner to the exposed area (see pics). Last time this happened I...
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    What is this yellowish oil on line?!?

    Hi guys. Let me start by saying I was NOT running heat or AC just the fan. Had it running all day and when I came home I noticed a yellowish (see pics) oil that was only seeping from the condensate drain line where the fittings connect. Peeked inside the condensate pump and looks like there's a...
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    Is this a good price?

    I had a guy come out and give me a bid for a new deck here's the scope of work on his end: -Rip down old 228sqft deck and posts and haul out -Regrade ground underneath old deck and slope away from house (entire 228sqft area needs to come up about 12" -Set new posts -Remove first two rows of...
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    What are these discoloration spots on ceiling around screw heads?!?

    Hi guys, Back again with another question. Ever since we lived here for last 2 yrs I noticed these strange stains or discoloration marks on the basement ceiling drywall. I've monitored for over a year and nothing's changed or gotten worse. Good thing is is that it's not even noticeable, but it...
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    I designed and installed a washer spill pan w/drain. BillsCustomsLLC

    Hi all. I designed and installed a washer drip pan in our mudroom because I've seen washers fail and destroy entire levels of homes, walls, and even put water down to the basement! I knew it's totally pointless to put a pan under a washer that doesn't have a drain and I had to figure out how to...
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    What's up with this fridge here?!?

    Hi all. So lately I've noticed a calcium build up spot on the tray catch lid on our Samsung fridge. Today I noticed it's much bigger now so I shine the flashlight on the tray on through the holes i can see the little catch under the lid was completely full and about ready to run over down and...
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