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Exclamation Proper water for concrete mix

Iím installing a 170 foot long French drain in my basement. We have to cover the trench with concrete to restore the basement slab. The basement is getting finished so itís important that the...
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Yeah, working better now. It was a combination of...

Yeah, working better now. It was a combination of working from an edge and a sharp bit which doesn't bounce around like when it was dull.
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Exclamation Bosch Brute jackhammer

I just purchased a really clean used Bosch Brute jackhammer. I gave it a try breaking up my basement floor (what I bought it for) and the results are disappointing. It's slow to break through.

My...
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@XSleeper - Aside from the fact that everyone...

@XSleeper - Aside from the fact that everyone that quoted the job said the roof is good, only do the repair, I NEVER intended to be the overseeing workers, but unlike what I was told, the foreman...
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Exclamation Roof repair concerns

Hi,

I was going to repair my roof where there's a leak in a valley myself but decided I'll get a roofer since I can't do everything myself. Despite all the research I did, it turns out that I...
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No - not referring to tin plated copper. I'm...

No - not referring to tin plated copper. I'm referring to copper clad aluminum. Have a look at cheap Cat6 cables and you'll see it exists.

Why shielded for a self-powered subwoofer?
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Thanks Pilot Dane. Most likely a self-powered sub...

Thanks Pilot Dane. Most likely a self-powered sub woofer.
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Exclamation Stereo/TV sound wiring to speakers

Hi,

Wiring my den for surround sound before we hang the sheetrock. The TV will be on one long wall with a stereo below, two speakers either side of the stereo, a bass in the opposite corner, and...
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The lever was loose but not having any effect. I...

The lever was loose but not having any effect. I believe the valve motor is jammed open. I pulled the head off and then pulled a wire and the heat immediately shut off.

I'm now able to control...
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Exclamation Gas boiler won't turn off

We have 2 zones with two thermostats. Although it's winter, the A/C came on today so I figured the one thermostat went bad. I switched it from automatic (A/C or heat) to heat only and the heat kicked...
10-12-18, 07:01 AM
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@ Allanj - some excellent points. I've been...

@ Allanj - some excellent points. I've been concerned about having room for the pipe and gravel while maintaining a full floor thickness. I've seen "pros" that put an inch or so of concrete over the...
10-12-18, 06:58 AM
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@ Pilot Dane - external is just not possible. One...

@ Pilot Dane - external is just not possible. One basement wall adjoins the garage so there is no way to get to the outside of it, then aside from wiping out thousands of dollars of mature plantings,...
10-11-18, 12:03 PM
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From a perspective of installation effort,...

From a perspective of installation effort, probably 3-4x times the work for an external french drain.

Typically here in NJ, it seems that retrofit french drains are interior drains.

Somewhere...
10-09-18, 07:17 AM
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It's a block wall. Every block void needs to be...

It's a block wall. Every block void needs to be drilled. That's the point of the membrane I asked about - it provides a path from wall to drain field.



The waste pipe will cross the drain at...
10-08-18, 05:26 PM
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Thanks Pilot Dane. "...bottom of the pipe...

Thanks Pilot Dane.

"...bottom of the pipe lower than the top of your slab in the basement." I have to have the top of the pipe lower than the slab to pour a slab back over it.

"I would not...
10-08-18, 10:58 AM
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Exclamation French Drain Guidance Needed (under basement floor)

Hi,

We have minimal basement moisture issues, but before finishing off about 600 sq. feet, want to put in an under slab french drain ourselves.

I've been doing some research and have settled on...
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@poorplmbr @PJmax @doughess - thank you for the...

@poorplmbr @PJmax @doughess - thank you for the great advice!

Fixed and working. I replaced the entire electrical head assembly and we're back in business.
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Thanks poorplmbr. I pulled the motor off and...

Thanks poorplmbr.

I pulled the motor off and powered it with 24V and it does rotate.

Curious why not the motor alone? Is it because of a possible faulty end switch or gear issue?
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@poorplmbr If you're correct about failing in the...

@poorplmbr If you're correct about failing in the open position, you don't mean the water portion of the valve, correct?

I know the motor is replaceable alone, so would that do it w/o draining...
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http://ehydrant.com/v2.jpg ...

http://ehydrant.com/v2.jpg
http://ehydrant.com/v1.jpg

I see no control board. What exactly should I be testing for?
FYI - I pulled the R V&W wires on the motor to troubleshoot.
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Exclamation Need help determining bad zone valve or thermostat

Of course, as soon as I went away on a trip, there was a heating issue at home. It would not turn off.

We have gas fired hot water with 3 zones: kitchen, bedrooms, basement. Since we're...
03-29-18, 05:14 PM
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Posted By syakoban

Any help on this anyone? Also - faced or...

Any help on this anyone?

Also - faced or unfaced fiberglass in the ceiling of the basement bathroom under the first floor plywood?
03-20-18, 06:26 PM
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Posted By syakoban

@Marq1 - I have no idea what this means: ...

@Marq1 - I have no idea what this means:



Can you explain further?

FYI - about half of the basement will be unfinished.

Thanks!
03-18-18, 05:58 PM
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Posted By syakoban

What about the joist bay cavities above the...

What about the joist bay cavities above the masonry wall?
03-18-18, 10:52 AM
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Exclamation How to insulate basement bathroom ceiling - or not?

We're finishing off half the basement and adding a bathroom. All rough work is done. The walls are getting built with a styrofoam/drywall system (no studs - 5/4 furring strips) using these panels:...
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