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    Aging White Subway Tile

    Hi - I purchased a new microwave vent combo that is seven inches thinner than my old model. I have basic white subway tile backsplash throughout the kitchen. Not surprisingly the new tile is much whiter than the old tile that has discolored with age and kitchen activity. Any tips on ways to...
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    Sidewalk Repair

    Thank you for the advice. Will pressure wash as a first step.
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    Sidewalk Repair

    Hi - I recently had a contractor do some drainage work and they had to cut the sidewalk to run the pipe to the curb. The new patch looks terrible. Should I just be patient and it will weather similar to surrounding or did they use the wrong type to match what is existing? Any way to fix it now...
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    Brick Structural Column Efflorescences

    Hi Bill - Please see attached. Thanks
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    Brick Structural Column Efflorescences

    Hi - I have a 1920s home that has brick columns in the crawl space. Previous owner had the crawl encapsulated and the wrap goes up a couple of feet on the columns. I am seeing heavy efflorescence on the exposed brick and mortar joints. The columns are in the middle of the crawl space. The...
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    Leveled toilet now leaking

    Okay. I was afraid it was something like that. Thanks for reply.
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    Leveled toilet now leaking

    Hi - I had a leak with my tank gasket and took steps to replace all tank hardware and the gasket. That leak has stopped. However, when repairing the tank I noticed the toilet was out of level and dipping towards the front. I added shims to the front to level the toilet (there were some visible...
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    2 Stage AC vs Whole House Dehumidifier

    Thanks for the detailed reply! All makes sense. I have not done a blower test. I am scared of the results... My home is older and many of the doors and windows are not sealed well. I assume this doesnt help things?
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    2 Stage AC vs Whole House Dehumidifier

    Hi - I have a single level home in SE USA and looking to replace our 20+ year old 4 ton A/C unit. I have a great price on a 14 SEER Ruud unit that is single stage. One of the issues we experience is the humidity in our house gets up into the high 50- 60% level during the day as we have the...
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    Curtain Foundation crawlspace to vent or not??

    Thanks for the thinking. Interesting the comparison to mobile homes and the way they are built. Certainly, welcome any other thoughts from the forum as it is a challenging situation!
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    Curtain Foundation crawlspace to vent or not??

    Hi - Attached is a picture showing the grade in relation to the vents. I would say the ground level is 12-18 inches above the crawl floor. I think the lumber is pressure treated. It would be a big job as the grade is at this level surrounding 3/4s of the crawl and for half of it a deck would...
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    Curtain Foundation crawlspace to vent or not??

    Just posted a couple of pictures. It is tight. 2-3 ft max. Thanks
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    Curtain Foundation crawlspace to vent or not??

    Yes. Here are a couple showing the area. Mold is being remediated and insulation pulled out. Thanks
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    Curtain Foundation crawlspace to vent or not??

    Hi - I recently purchased a 1930s home that has an addition that was put on the back of the house in the early 2000s. The addition has a curtain foundation with concrete block piers but has lumber spanning between the piers (not brick or concrete block that seems typical). Unfortunately, a good...
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    Concrete Flume Removal

    Great. Thanks for the insight.
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    Concrete Flume Removal

    Thankfully it does from what I have observed.
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    Concrete Flume Removal

    Hi - I have a very old concrete flume that runs along the edge of my 1930s home. It is unsightly and water puddles in it at times and I am hoping to remove it. Photos attached. I have had quotes to add a couple of catch basins and to connect downspouts to a buried pipe that will run to the curb...
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    Large tile gap in shower

    Thanks Eric- That seems like a good choice.
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    Large tile gap in shower

    Thanks for the replies. What would you say is the max allowable gap for caulk without having to add a backer rod?
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    Large tile gap in shower

    Hi - I have a new home and recently noticed that there is a large gap between the floor and wall tiles in our shower. It is a standalone shower and not a tub shower with standard white subway tile on the walls. Currently, the gap is filled with caulk and has a lot of mold visible. I would say...
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