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Thumbs up Got it working!

Poured some gas down the plug hole and pulled the cord to cycle it through several times. Hoping it would dissolve the gelled penetrating oil and then evaporate. Changed the oil in the engine....
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Got piston un-seized, now what?

Craftsman 9hp snowblower engine seized because I think oil lost its lubricating properties. Poured penetrating oil down spark plug hole and tapped fly wheel. Got it freed up. Temp outside is 4...
07-14-14, 05:56 PM
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Ideas to replace skirt around house

I call it a skirt because I don't know what else to call it. The bottom 3 feet going around my house is some very old fake-brick looking stuff. It's some kind of poly material that's difficult to...
12-08-13, 03:15 PM
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I'm in Wisconsin and the basement is below grade....

I'm in Wisconsin and the basement is below grade. I'm going to do some extra work this week to look for air leaks from outside. I'm not sure what "ambient earth temp" is, but the ground is frozen so...
12-08-13, 04:31 AM
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Benefit of insulating basement walls?

100+ year old house has problems with freezing pipes. Basement walls are bare concrete. Have done much to insulate pipes, but still having problems. I'm thinking of insulating the basement concrete...
03-28-12, 11:04 AM
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Vinyl underlayment

I'm told NOT to use 1/4 inch Pine plywood for underlayment because yellow spots bleed thru from the glue. I'm told I should use 1/4 Birch plywood instead. But what about the special 1/4 inch...
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I'm also trying to figure out what to do with my...

I'm also trying to figure out what to do with my stairs. I'm putting down laminate in the house, but laminate for stairs does not seem to be very popular. It's hard to find matching stair nosing. I'm...
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Any suggestions about what I should put on my...

Any suggestions about what I should put on my stairs? They are internal stairs that lead down to the front door, so they get a lot of traffic. I guess the options really are carpet, wood, vinyl, or...
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Installing Laminate flooring, but what about my stairs?

I have carpeting on my floors and stairs and I'm replacing it with Laminate wood flooring. However, I've found limited solutions for laminate stair nosing and generally been advised that it is not a...
03-05-12, 07:19 AM
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"crusher run", is that like rough gravel? ...

"crusher run", is that like rough gravel?
Also, have you heard of anyone snowblowing over that? I'm wondering if I use 3/4 inch rough gravel if the snowblower will throw a bunch of rocks next year...
03-04-12, 08:44 PM
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Standing water in grass parking stall

I have a spot in my back yard for extra parking. However, every Spring after the snow melts it turns into a large 3 inch deep puddle. The spot is probably 10'x10'. What are some ideas to help prevent...
Forum: Water Heaters
01-12-11, 12:49 PM
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I consulted the PDF file provided by GunGuy. I...

I consulted the PDF file provided by GunGuy. I confirmed there is always 120 volts going to both elements. I also confirmed that when the water heater was full of hot water and I started using hot...
Forum: Water Heaters
01-12-11, 11:38 AM
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Views: 2,875
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I will look for the S/N of my water heater, but...

I will look for the S/N of my water heater, but it will require me removing some tape and insulation. I started all this shortly after I took a bath. So I expect water in both upper and lower takes...
Forum: Water Heaters
01-12-11, 11:05 AM
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I removed the screws and checked the wires for...

I removed the screws and checked the wires for ohms. Again both top and bottom elements showed 13. I reconnected the wires and screws and turned on the power. I checked the screw heads on the bottom...
Forum: Water Heaters
01-12-11, 10:37 AM
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Seems less hot water than before

I used to fill my bathtub with completely hot water and it was almost too hot to tolerate. And I still had more hot water left. Now I fill my bathtub with completly hot water and it is not as hot as...
01-04-11, 07:32 AM
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Didn't get any feedback and I was pretty...

Didn't get any feedback and I was pretty confident I was correct, so I removed the tab on that last outlet and that fixed it. It seems the problem was that the wall switch controlled the bottom...
01-04-11, 05:51 AM
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I turned off the power and unhooked all 4...

I turned off the power and unhooked all 4 outlets. On 3 of the outlets there are two black wires coming from the wall and they join together so that one black lead goes to the outlet. On those same 3...
01-03-11, 05:11 PM
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After replacing, light switch does not operate wall outlets.

My living room has 1 light switch and 4 wall outlets. One outlet socket (I think the top) was operated by the light switch. The other socket was always On. I replaced all outlets and the light...
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I bought some stain sealing spray primer and it...

I bought some stain sealing spray primer and it worked great. It sprays straight up. I have gone into the attic twice over the past few winters and all seemed well. I'll go up there again sometime...
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Spots on ceiling after painting

There are some spots on my ceiling. I figured they were water spots, but did not know for sure because my attic seems dry. I painted over them and they re-appear. Again checked my attic and seems...
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I took some sand paper and cleaned the heating...

I took some sand paper and cleaned the heating element contacts and then tested again. Now I get a steady reading. Ohm setting of 200 gives a result of 24.5 and ohm setting of 2000 gives a result of...
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Got multimeter but not sure

I bought a multimeter and ohm tested the heater element. I set my meter to ohms of 200 and the result seemed to stay at 1. Then I set my meter to 2000 and the result jumped from 1 to 1160 to 650 and...
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Think I got the pics

Tolyn,
I posted the pictures on photobucket, I'll try to link them here.

Pictures by rooster24 - Photobucket (http://s960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/rooster24/)

I think maybe my defrost...
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Defrost Freezer Every Week

Hello, I have a Frigidaire FRS20WNF side-by-side refrigerator freezer. Recently, I've had to defrost the freezer every week because it gets frosted over. I have checked the seal around the door and...
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Cleaned it some

I don't have any Mineral Spirits, but I do some some Lacquor Thinner. So I gave the Lac Thinner a try in a small spot. It worked very well. Then I used it on a larger spot. I like the result, nice...
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