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11-12-20, 05:45 PM
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Turns out the beam isn't just one 2x8 or 2x10,...

Turns out the beam isn't just one 2x8 or 2x10, but three of them sandwiched together. The one whose side is facing the plywood hole is roughly a 2x10 (1 5/8" x 9 1/4"). The middle one is even wider,...
11-12-20, 04:17 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

Thank you for the oscillating tool idea! I...

Thank you for the oscillating tool idea! I already own one and it's proven very useful for a number of small projects over the past several years, but for some reason it never occurred to me to use...
11-11-20, 07:51 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

I took the old post down tonight. If my...

I took the old post down tonight. If my understanding of toe nailing is correct, then you're correct about it being toe nailed to the beam. Nails were angled up from the top sides of the post and...
11-10-20, 07:47 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

The first pic in my Nov 7 post shows the top of...

The first pic in my Nov 7 post shows the top of the post from one side. The other sides look the same.
11-10-20, 03:58 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

Thank you, Tumble and marksr! Quick update: We...

Thank you, Tumble and marksr! Quick update: We ditched the wrap-with-1x4s plan and replaced it with a replace-existing-post-with-new-4x4-post-then-do-the-PVC-wrap-on-the-new-post plan. I cut a small...
11-07-20, 05:05 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

My wife just thought of something that hadn't...

My wife just thought of something that hadn't occurred to me...so the new post "look" will be wrapped PVC - my original plan was to replace the current post with a 4x4 cedar post, then wrap all 4...
11-07-20, 01:35 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

I started tackling this today. I have the end...

I started tackling this today. I have the end soffit partially lowered down, enough to see what appears to be the top of the post. Not sure if it shows up clearly in the picture, but the...
06-04-20, 07:45 AM
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Posted By jessman1128

Are these two plants related? (Or the same!?)

Feel free to jump straight to the pictures below, but here's the backstory for any who want to read it...

Several years ago I planted some perennial daisy seeds in one of our flower pots. We had...
06-04-20, 07:21 AM
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Posted By jessman1128

I've never worked with bulbs before, but these...

I've never worked with bulbs before, but these look like small bulbs to me. How do they replicate under-ground? Is there a common root that connects them all and feeds the start of new bulbs? It'll...
05-24-20, 03:55 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

Good idea, @Tumble! Unfortunately (for the work...

Good idea, @Tumble! Unfortunately (for the work involved), we have no interest whatsoever in retaining the same style of post. My wife has been scouting around on Pinterest and has some neat ideas...
05-24-20, 03:51 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

What are these two plants and how can I rid my raised bed of them?

There was a relatively small patch of one or both of these (purple bell-shaped flowers, and white star-shaped flowers) along the fence in years past and we decided we didn't want them there anymore...
05-24-20, 10:02 AM
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Posted By jessman1128

Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the advice! A...

Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the advice! A follow-up question or two...

I've never worked with soffit before. Will I need a special tool to separate the pieces? (I'm assuming they're linked...
05-23-20, 09:44 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

Replacing an exterior post on our front porch

Our house was built in the late 60's, and as far as we know the post in the pictures below is from the original construction. Regardless, it is rotting away at the bottom. In general, I'm wondering...
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Posted By jessman1128

Thank you for the suggestions, doughess. Both of...

Thank you for the suggestions, doughess. Both of those items look like worthwhile investments, but we're on a tight budget right now. It'll be some time before we could afford either of those. Given...
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Posted By jessman1128

Time for an update! The first stage (and...

Time for an update!

The first stage (and possibly only stage for the time being) of the work is done. New fill valve, drain valve, expansion tank, auto vent, with shutoff valves in locations: A)...
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Agreed about what is best, but replacing the...

Agreed about what is best, but replacing the boiler is not remotely in our budget right now or in the near future. So just trying to fix the necessary issues to get us by until we can afford to...
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Posted By jessman1128

I don't have all the parts yet, but here's my...

I don't have all the parts yet, but here's my current tentative plan once all the parts are here.

1) Tighten down the water supply valve (blue handle).
2) Connect a garden hose to the drain valve...
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Posted By jessman1128

Hmm, good point. It's been that way for several...

Hmm, good point. It's been that way for several years, but it'd be safer for me to trim the sheetrock back from the pipe.
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Posted By jessman1128

I took some pics that night as planned, but then...

I took some pics that night as planned, but then never got around to posting them here. Adding them now! With Fall fast approaching I'd like to proceed with replacing that defective expansion tank....
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Posted By jessman1128

Thank you, spott! I'll take some pics of the...

Thank you, spott! I'll take some pics of the overall system tonight and get them posted. I do have vents on most of the baseboards but they're the manual type if I'm not mistaken. I'll grab a pic of...
01-21-19, 11:52 AM
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Posted By jessman1128

I ended up using a 2" to 1.5" galvanized adapter...

I ended up using a 2" to 1.5" galvanized adapter into the cast iron, then a 1.5" PVC into the galvanized adapter. For the AAV, I put it about 12-18" up from the top of the pump - it's a little higher...
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Posted By jessman1128

Residential boiler questions

Hello...I just started looking into some issues with our boiler and I have some general clarification questions first to make sure I'm making correct sense out of our existing system. I thought I...
01-18-19, 01:03 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

Thanks guys! Turns out it was a lot of blockages...

Thanks guys! Turns out it was a lot of blockages in our main cast iron drain pipe. The guys said it's pretty typical for cast iron drain pipes over the years; they tend to get clogged up a lot more...
01-16-19, 07:34 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

True. And that's what we generally try to do but...

True. And that's what we generally try to do but every now and then we forget.


What's typically involved with opening a septic tank lid? When they put the new septic tank in they installed...
01-15-19, 08:53 AM
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Views: 611
Posted By jessman1128

3.5 years ago. Generally speaking, yes....

3.5 years ago.


Generally speaking, yes. If you want the details, go read this thread from me (https://www.doityourself.com/forum/plumbing-piping/602042-basement-laundy-sink-drain-questions.html)...
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