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05-03-16, 04:49 AM
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Posted By terpnorth

Low pressure from hot water only

Hey all,

The tenants for one of my rental units (townhouse) recently started complaining of low water pressure, only when using hot water. They notice the issue in the shower, and in the kitchen...
01-03-16, 12:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,571
Posted By terpnorth

Well as most home projects do, this led to more...

Well as most home projects do, this led to more issues.

Two small tiles in the lower corner of the shower were loose enough to move when I was removing the grout, and when the grout was removed...
01-03-16, 08:12 AM
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Views: 3,571
Posted By terpnorth

Ah yes, unsanded. Typo on my end. You...

Ah yes, unsanded. Typo on my end.

You specified unsanded caulk for grout lines. Am I misreading, or should I not use regular grout and instead use caulk? I'm a bit confused by that.
01-03-16, 07:12 AM
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Views: 3,571
Posted By terpnorth

Thanks for the feedback. I wasn't sure if new...

Thanks for the feedback. I wasn't sure if new sanded grout could go right on top of the existing sanded grout or not.

No tiles were cracked, just some hairline cracks forming in the grout around...
01-02-16, 02:54 PM
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Views: 3,571
Posted By terpnorth

Questions when repairing grout in shower tile

I recently noticed a few tiles with cracked grout in my shower (approx. 4x4-ft shower with tile on 3 walls). I don't know the history of the tile, it was in place when we purchased the house 1.5...
01-01-16, 11:13 AM
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Views: 1,835
Posted By terpnorth

Thanks very much for the input. Makes sense. I...

Thanks very much for the input. Makes sense. I was told by several friends in the area that iron is an issue, so I suspect that is the reason for the large tank.

I just went down and made sure...
12-31-15, 01:36 PM
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Views: 1,835
Posted By terpnorth

Help with Autotrol 255/440 Water Softener - Draining and setup questions

Long story short - moved into this house 1 year ago. Previous owners had a water softener. Until recently, I was ignorant to how it worked and only knew to throw salt in the brine bin whenever it...
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Views: 2,282
Posted By terpnorth

Can I replace propane fireplace insert with wood burning variant?

I just moved into a house that has a previously-installed Heatilator Direct Vent GCDC60 propane fireplace. It is roughly 46" wide x 36" tall and has a stone surround. It has a rear vent.

I've...
07-02-13, 11:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,111
Posted By terpnorth

One other question in addition to those in my...

One other question in addition to those in my last post -

While researching I have seen quite a few mentions of sewage pumps for basement bathrooms where the sewage line comes in above the floor...
07-02-13, 08:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,111
Posted By terpnorth

Thanks again for the input. I'll check on...

Thanks again for the input.

I'll check on the trap for the shower drain...there is loose gravel around the drain instead of poured concrete which will make it easier to check, and add one if...
07-02-13, 05:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,111
Posted By terpnorth

Bumping in case anyone can lend some input. ...

Bumping in case anyone can lend some input.

Thanks.
06-25-13, 02:25 PM
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Views: 5,111
Posted By terpnorth

Thanks for the reply. So the vent??? that...

Thanks for the reply.

So the vent??? that I had labeled in the 3rd pic, corresponds to the same pipe labled as vent??? in the 1st pic, just for clarification. I have turned on every faucet, and...
06-25-13, 12:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,111
Posted By terpnorth

Identifying Plumbing in Basement w/ Rough-In

Hey everyone, looking for some help identifying the existing plumbing in my basement which has a rough-in. I bought this house a few years ago as a foreclosure, so I don't have any of the original...
10-15-10, 07:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 30,536
Posted By terpnorth

Just wanted to give an update...I replaced the...

Just wanted to give an update...I replaced the pressure regulating valve, and all issues are fixed! Thanks to everyone who provided some input, it was a learning experience for me.
10-08-10, 01:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 30,536
Posted By terpnorth

Thanks for all the input. Unfortunately I...

Thanks for all the input.

Unfortunately I can't check that...my hose (both of them) are plumbed in AFTER the Pressure Regulating Valve.

This makes the most sense, especially now that the...
10-08-10, 12:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 30,536
Posted By terpnorth

I am in Harford County, MD. So the...

I am in Harford County, MD.

So the regulating valve you are talking about...is this my pressure relief valve (the blow-off valve), or is this the valve that I can adjust the bolt on to alter the...
10-08-10, 11:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 30,536
Posted By terpnorth

Thanks for your response. This happens 24/7....

Thanks for your response.

This happens 24/7. At first when I moved in (april 2010) the Pressure relief valve would blow off, like it was supposed to. The valve started dripping and I replaced...
10-08-10, 09:32 AM
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Views: 30,536
Posted By terpnorth

I currently have a gauge hooked up to the cold...

I currently have a gauge hooked up to the cold line. When a faucet or some water using device is run, the pressure lowers to a constant 40psi, but as soon as it is turned off the pressure steadily...
10-08-10, 08:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 30,536
Posted By terpnorth

Hey everyone...it's been a while since I started...

Hey everyone...it's been a while since I started this thread...I've been out of town for work a lot and just got around to installing an expansion tank.

I selected a Watts tank based on water...
06-14-10, 05:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 30,536
Posted By terpnorth

Thank you! Just wanted to make sure I fully...

Thank you! Just wanted to make sure I fully understood all of the components involved.
06-13-10, 08:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 30,536
Posted By terpnorth

So one final question.... If an expansion...

So one final question....

If an expansion tank is required due to some codes, are there any reasons why one wouldn't have been installed when my water heater was put in 5 years ago?

I assume an...
06-13-10, 04:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 30,536
Posted By terpnorth

Thanks...it is a Pressure Relief Valve...so it...

Thanks...it is a Pressure Relief Valve...so it looks like an expansion tank needs to be installed next.
06-12-10, 11:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 30,536
Posted By terpnorth

So I looked around my water heater...no signs of...

So I looked around my water heater...no signs of said expansion tank. I also put a pressure gauge on the valve where my cold water line connects to my washing machine. When water is running, the...
06-08-10, 06:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 30,536
Posted By terpnorth

Thanks a lot for the info. I would have assumed...

Thanks a lot for the info. I would have assumed that an expansion tank would have been installed already...the house was built in 2003 so its not old at all.

I'll look into the expansion tanks.
06-07-10, 08:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 30,536
Posted By terpnorth

Leaking Pressure Relief, or 'blow-off', valve

Hello everyone, I stumbled upon this website and hopefully I can get some advice. I live in a townhouse with a partially finished basement. In the unfinished side of my basement I have one area...
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