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Connecting lighting underground

Our home has several lights along the driveway, one of which was damaged by a truck. I want to remove the light and connect the wires so I'll just be using the remaining lights. There seems to be...
05-29-19, 05:25 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Speedy-Green settings vs Sta-Green

I'm putting down Sevin Insect Killer on my lawn with a Speedy-Green spreader and the setting doesn't seem right to me. The bag shows Sta-Green settings (not Speedy-Green) so I'm converting. To apply...
04-17-19, 09:10 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Bad tasting castor oil

We have a substantial number of eastern moles invading our lawn and am looking to make a castor oil solution to repel them. However, the castor oil I'm finding is tasteless. Can someone help me...
04-13-19, 07:53 PM
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Posted By Tony P.

Water softener vs salt-free conditioner

My water softener broke after nearly 20 years and I'm in the market for a new one. Unfortunately, my state requires a drywell be installed to handle the regeneration. Although my water is approx....
04-11-19, 02:42 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Dane, thanks for the info. I'm going to follow...

Dane, thanks for the info. I'm going to follow it. But, my salt usage is much more often than twice a year. Are you referring to resin rather than salt?
04-10-19, 04:00 PM
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Posted By Tony P.

Help confirming water softener issues

My water softener has not been regenerating properly and my water pressure has not been satisfactory which I thought were unrelated problems. Our local specialist came in and told me the softener...
03-27-19, 12:15 PM
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Posted By Tony P.

Softener testing - strips or TDS tester

I want to test my well water from time to time so I can regulate the softener regeneration frequency / rate. Should I use test strips or a TDS meter? If a TDS meter is preferred, are any under $25...
01-25-19, 04:47 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

I was told the old material must be replaced...

I was told the old material must be replaced periodically because of ion issues but don't recall specifics. Nothing is taken apart, though. the material is replaced through the cap on the tank.
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01-24-19, 12:01 PM
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Posted By Tony P.

Water softener dial and maintenance

I've had a few questions on my water softener and appreciate your help so far. I have two basic questions I'd appreciate some help on:
1. My water softener doesn't seem to be regenerating in that...
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Posted By Tony P.

Wood/pelet stove blower issues

My daughter has a wood stove insert in her den. This season the blowers (120 cfm on each side) don't seem to be working properly. We can see the blowers turning with the covers off but no air is...
01-10-19, 04:42 PM
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Posted By Tony P.

[QUOTE][Type of valve for starts? either the make...

[QUOTE][Type of valve for starts? either the make of valve or a photo.
When was the last time the brine tank was cleaned?
It could be the injector is plugged, the brine piston is not closing or...
01-10-19, 09:43 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Increase in brine tank water level

My softener brine tank water level is usually fairly low and I add a 40lb bag every 2-3 weeks to keep the salt level above the water. When I went to check it today I had to add 4 bags (160lbs) to...
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Posted By Tony P.

Probably so. The pull-up stops the flow to the...

Probably so. The pull-up stops the flow to the faucet, forcing the water up the shower. With substantial water coming out the faucet the shower won't get water.

You may be able to repair the...
01-08-19, 10:10 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Is a tub faucet aerator needed

The tub faucet water flow decreased so I removed the aerator. The aerator didn't seem to be clogged but I cleaned it anyway. While it was off I ran the water and it seemed to flow very well. With...
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Posted By Tony P.

Thanks to all for the information. My town went...

Thanks to all for the information. My town went through a revaluation. I compared my home to the other 20 on my road (from online tax assessor data) and by coincidence my home living area is only 2...
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Posted By Tony P.

Home appraisal - Living space compared to unheated areas

My town recently went through a real estate revaluation and it appears to me my home is out of line with comparable homes in the area. I'm attempting to go through an analysis but seem to be having...
01-04-19, 07:17 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Adding insulation over plywood

My daughter wants to add insulation to a bedroom wall which abuts an unheated area we can access. The wall has some fiberglass insulation which is covered by plywood sheathing. Two questions:


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Posted By Tony P.

I'm not an expert in this area but can pass along...

I'm not an expert in this area but can pass along some points I found when looking to secure my basement door. I found my biggest limiting issue was in my choice of brackets as bar material and size...
12-17-18, 04:12 PM
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Posted By Tony P.

Typically I use tape in conjunction with...

Typically I use tape in conjunction with cap-style wire connectors because I'm a belts and suspenders guy.

Yesterday I was setting up some Christmas lighting and used tape where I plugged items...
12-17-18, 10:18 AM
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Views: 782
Posted By Tony P.

Vinyl vs rubber electrical tape

I know this is a simple question but I can't find any good information. Can someone explain to me when to use vinyl or rubber electrical tape in residential situations? I have both and typically...
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Posted By Tony P.

Thanks to all for your quick turnaround with...

Thanks to all for your quick turnaround with comments and good information. I've seen enough to recognize this is above my comfort zone so it's clear my daughter and son-in-law will find someone.
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Posted By Tony P.

PJ, thanks to you and others for the input. The...

PJ, thanks to you and others for the input. The boiler is at daughter's home, not very close by. However, I'm wondering about repair options. Could it be worthwhile at this time to get an...
11-27-18, 10:23 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Without a photo, I'm only guessing but you may...

Without a photo, I'm only guessing but you may get more erosion from the ruts than you would by filling them, particularly if the ruts run up and down hill. I think I'd fill them in now. Instead of...
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Posted By Tony P.

Boiler leak at front plate

Please excuse my lack of terminology but I've included a photo that should help.

I found a leak at my daughter's boiler this morning. There's a black plate (approx. 10" square) at the front of the...
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Posted By Tony P.

Secondary air pump hose left unattached

I changed the air filters on my MB C300 and didn't realize immediately that I forgot to reattach the hose connecting the secondary air pump to the air box. After the car was driven once around town...
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