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all elements on electric range misbehaving

This morning my oatmeal would not cook when I turned the burner to medium, as I do every morning. The heating element gets red for a very short time, then turns off for a while. Additionally, there...
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slab foundation corner pop

What's the right way to fix this corner pop on my foundation?

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Great questions. The pro just applied mortar...

Great questions. The pro just applied mortar over the spalling bricks, and he told me it might not last. He didn't give me an option to replace individual bricks. Only this side of the chimney is...
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The pro told me that once the brick starts...

The pro told me that once the brick starts spalling like this, it's only a matter of time before it will need to be replaced. Is that true, or will a sealant stop future damage? I did have the pro...
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Protecting chimney from weather

The north side of my chimney is coming part. A chimney expert tried to make repairs to the masonry but said it wouldn't last, and it didn't. This side of the chimney is not visible from the ground....
05-15-16, 09:58 PM
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Off the top of my head I don't remember the size...

Off the top of my head I don't remember the size of the wire itself. It's large: a 70A breaker feeds an exterior subpanel for my two units, which are on the wall directly opposite the panel. Should...
05-15-16, 09:12 PM
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Posted By john0105

I think you are correct that the transformer...

I think you are correct that the transformer feeding my house and my two neighbor's houses is overloaded. The reason I think that's true is because my lights also flicker when their A/C's come on...
05-15-16, 08:39 PM
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To me, it looks like the cap on the bottom left...

To me, it looks like the cap on the bottom left and the 3-terminal device just to the right of it is a hard start kit. Is that what you're saying?
05-15-16, 11:54 AM
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Posted By john0105

Do I already have a hard start kit?

The lights in my house flicker when my AC turns on. I opened my Trane XE 1100 to see if there was room for a hard start kit, and it looks like I already have one. Am I right?

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Good call. I used the 50-foot snake, and things...

Good call. I used the 50-foot snake, and things are better but not 100% fixed. I still have gurgling in the toilet, but the tub and toilet drain much faster than before.

I wasn't able to feed...
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No luck. Here's what I've tried: 1. Snaked...

No luck. Here's what I've tried:
1. Snaked toilet with 3-ft toilet auger.
2. Snaked tub with 25-ft auger.
3. Snaked vent from roof with 25-ft auger.
4. I dropped a garden hose down the vent...
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Municipal sewer. After showering a couple...

Municipal sewer.
After showering a couple minutes, the toilet gurgles and the tub starts draining very slowly.
With no water in the tub, if I flush the toilet a couple times, I hear the tub p-trap...
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Posted By john0105

Your 1 1/2" vent should be fine. Here...

Your 1 1/2" vent should be fine. Here (http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/icod/irc/2012/icod_irc_2012_31_par054.htm)'s what IRC has to say about it.
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Posted By john0105

clogged bathtub drain?

Today as I was showering, I heard the toilet gurgling. Sure enough, air bubbles were coming up through the toilet water. A short time later, the bathtub stopped draining. (It's now gone down, but...
11-21-15, 08:48 AM
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Posted By john0105

I've got the A/C hard start kit on my list of...

I've got the A/C hard start kit on my list of things to do before next summer.

Yesterday the lineman did find a very loose connection on one of the legs on the power company side of the meter...
11-20-15, 08:43 AM
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Posted By john0105

I had the power company out to the house today. ...

I had the power company out to the house today. For reference for other users, here's what the power company electrician had to say about my voltage question.

1. The voltage must be regulated to...
10-26-15, 05:45 AM
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Posted By john0105

Nylon vs triexta carpet

What do flooring pros have to say about Triexta fiber carpet? Sales people at HD are pushing it hard. It's priced about the same as nylon, but they say it's better.
10-24-15, 12:21 PM
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Posted By john0105

Perfect! I think they have that exact model at...

Perfect! I think they have that exact model at HD. Thanks!
10-24-15, 09:21 AM
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Overwhelmed by choice for a simple flange. Which...

Overwhelmed by choice for a simple flange. Which should I use? Plastic, metal, or plastic/gasket?

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10-23-15, 11:49 AM
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Posted By john0105

That sounds like a good reason to keep the flange...

That sounds like a good reason to keep the flange on top. Finding leaks early is good.
10-23-15, 05:32 AM
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Posted By john0105

I love the video for that tile guide. The...

I love the video for that tile guide.

The guide installs around the flange, which makes the flange flush with the finished floor. Is your recommendation to install the flange first and then tile...
10-22-15, 08:09 PM
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Posted By john0105

Ok. So, just drill holes through the installed...

Ok. So, just drill holes through the installed tile?
10-22-15, 08:03 PM
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Posted By john0105

toilet flange flush with finished floor or on top?

The finished floor is tile. Which is the right way to do it? Put the flange down on the hardi and tile up to it? Or lay the tile first and put the flange on top?
10-18-15, 07:30 AM
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Posted By john0105

Yesterday evening I was running my shop vac and...

Yesterday evening I was running my shop vac and noticed that the lights in the living room got brighter when the vac was on. So I did a test where I added a lot of load to one hot (two vacuums,...
10-17-15, 07:49 AM
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Posted By john0105

That seems like a good analysis to me. One...

That seems like a good analysis to me.

One other data point I just remembered... While I was doing the load center replacement work, I was borrowing power from my neighbor via an extension cord. ...
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