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04-30-18, 08:23 AM
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Cutting and replacing a section of cast iron stack

Hello and thanks for any help you can provide.

My 1948 home is leaking from the cast iron stack. One spot about 16" above cellar floor the another a bit above that but before any branching to the...
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That unit got sold before I was able to go see...

That unit got sold before I was able to go see it.

As to the questions... what I had before... still have now... is a (leaking air at the head) Harbor Freight cast iron oil unit feeding into a...
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Compressor size OK for sand blasting?

I have had a small maybe 5 gallon Harbor Freight compressor in my garage for general air tool and sandblasting use. I have it feeding a bigger 20 gallon tank which I then draw down when I work.

I...
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So here is what I plan on doing based on the...

So here is what I plan on doing based on the replies I'm getting back RE: using that excavator with no prior experience and the fact that being a bit from the foundation should not hurt my drainage....
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In CT we have Call Before You Dig and, yes, it is...

In CT we have Call Before You Dig and, yes, it is a free call. I did speak with the sewer department as this is the only utility I am likely to deal with. I will be no where near that line, however. ...
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Digging the french drain: By hand or excavator?

I'm getting closer to starting my french drain project. I have posted about this project, here, before.

My question now is should I rent a small excavator to do the work. Home Depot in my area has...
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"Grading, gutters and downspout extensions all...

"Grading, gutters and downspout extensions all seem to be needed here"

Yes, all on my To-Do list. This will all help but will not be enough IMHO.

I have spoken to the town's maintenance super...
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Posted By outdoormike

67029 This picture shows the slope of the...

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This picture shows the slope of the ground fairly accurately. There is a crown in the center. It dips almost to a gully or swale on the right and towards the house on the left.

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Taken...
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Nothing more you can do with grading? ...

Nothing more you can do with grading?

Grading has to be done either way. I will take some pictures to better aid everyone to see what I'm dealing with.

Please stay tuned and check back...
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French drain: Inside vs outside installation?

I've had three contractors come out to see the situation with my home. Basically, one side of the home sits below grade by about 20" and there is moisture getting into the outside wall and inside on...
05-28-16, 05:43 AM
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Posted By outdoormike

Thanks. I think for this project I can get...

Thanks.

I think for this project I can get away with just digging out a trench about 10' wide by 2' out from the foundation lined with landscape fabric and filled with 8" of stone. Down around 8...
05-27-16, 10:20 AM
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French Drain questions

If it is not possible to install a French Drain and have it send the water to a lower level and release it out on the ground what then?

Would you dig a second, perhaps even larger and deeper...
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Repairing concrete floor. Advice for method/product.

I have a store room on the side of my home (used to be a commercial building) where the concrete floor has some areas where the top most "layer" has come off probably from water getting in over many...
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Posted By outdoormike

You mean the idle jet? I did but perhaps it got...

You mean the idle jet? I did but perhaps it got re-clogged. I will take another look-see.
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Yes. All but the two inner fluted tubes. The...

Yes. All but the two inner fluted tubes. The slots were a bit damaged and did not want to run the risk of stripping completely.

A few videos I've seen suggest actually going wider on the main jet...
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Posted By outdoormike

Adjusting a John Deere GX75

Purchased this GX75 riding mower, used, and need to make an adjustment to settle down the engine.

I'm getting a hunting (revving up and down) at all settings of the throttle. I know there is no...
05-16-16, 02:31 PM
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"Treating with extended control roundup a couple...

"Treating with extended control roundup a couple times a year works well to eliminate them"

I have a dog and I have a well so that is not an option. Weed wacker it shall have to be.

Thanks to...
05-16-16, 04:31 AM
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Procedure for laying stones?

Hello and thanks for any help you can provide me.

I have two areas at the back of my home where I want to replace the grass up against the house with a triangle shaped patch of small stones to...
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An old roof is an old roof, not much you can do...

An old roof is an old roof, not much you can do about it without making it age faster, as removing the granules would do.

How do explain why one side is cleaner than the other if it is merely age...
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The North facing side is a dirty dark brownish...

The North facing side is a dirty dark brownish color where as the opposing side is closer to the original tan. The roof is getting old and will at some point need replacing. There is also some what I...
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Posted By outdoormike

Washing a roof with asphalt shingles

There are companies out there that will come out and wash your roof but I wonder if there is a product/system I can purchase or rent to do this job myself?
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Posted By outdoormike

Thanks for the advice. Will try to get some...

Thanks for the advice. Will try to get some quotes.
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Views: 1,772
Posted By outdoormike

... the raised lip is going to impede drainage...

... the raised lip is going to impede drainage into a gutter, can it be removed?


The lip is part of the edging. I assume it goes under the roof material for a few inches. Some sides have it and...
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It's just a large flat membrane-type roof with no...

It's just a large flat membrane-type roof with no edging around the top save for a small maybe 1/2" lip that is suppose to guide the water to one side. It really does not since the roof is not...
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Views: 1,772
Posted By outdoormike

Gutters vs copper boxes for a flat roof?

So as I sit and type this it's raining outside and rivers of water are splashing over the sides of my flat roof in various areas. There is no gutter system and the pitch varies so the water leaves in...
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