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07-11-19, 03:00 PM
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Posted By flukeslapper

Trying to upload photo of the flange from when I...

Trying to upload photo of the flange from when I replaced toilet. Hope it works. https://www.dropbox.com/s/hcjw5ft021495pm/toilet%20drain%20snaked.jpg?dl=0
07-11-19, 06:30 AM
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Posted By flukeslapper

The flange was in pretty bad shape when I...

The flange was in pretty bad shape when I replaced the toilet years ago. I remember figuring that if I ever had to pull the toilet again, I'd probably wind up needing to replace the flange.

I...
07-10-19, 04:48 PM
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Posted By flukeslapper

Thank you, Pilot Dane. I poured a gallon of water...

Thank you, Pilot Dane. I poured a gallon of water in and it drained right down, no problem, which is weird, because when I flush, it doesn't drain completely. Tried again with 5 gallons, and it...
07-10-19, 04:35 PM
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Views: 476
Posted By flukeslapper

Thanks, xsleeper. It's not the...

Thanks, xsleeper. It's not the removal/replacement that concerns me. It's repairing or replacing the flange on the cast iron pipe that might be necessary. I've poured a gallon or two of water into...
07-10-19, 04:03 PM
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Views: 476
Posted By flukeslapper

As I said, I'm holding off removing the toilet,...

As I said, I'm holding off removing the toilet, until I can determine where the issue might be. The toilet is less than 10 years old, and the toilet auger passed through with no problem.
07-10-19, 07:08 AM
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Posted By flukeslapper

A major issue with the smaller snakes in a large...

A major issue with the smaller snakes in a large pipe is that they can easily curl up on themselves. Not only does that make them ineffective, but they can get jammed up in the pipe. Stick with the...
07-10-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 476
Posted By flukeslapper

Need some diagnostic help, please - Toilet drain issue

Toilet is slow and gurgling. I've done the following:
1. Toilet auger. No clog found
2. Hose-powered bladder inserted into DWV. Water ran with no backup. No change.
3. Copper Sulfate treatment...
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Views: 323
Posted By flukeslapper

Thanks for your great advice, everyone. I opted...

Thanks for your great advice, everyone. I opted for the "toggled" brand, single-ended bulbs. 4000K/2300 lumens. They were an easy install, with supplied non-shunted tombstones to replace my shunted...
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Views: 323
Posted By flukeslapper

Thanks for the advice, Pilot Dane. Do you - or...

Thanks for the advice, Pilot Dane. Do you - or any other members - happen to have any favorite brands/models, from your experience?
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Views: 323
Posted By flukeslapper

Thanks, Ray. Sounds like you're in agreement that...

Thanks, Ray. Sounds like you're in agreement that bypassing the ballast is the way to go. I'll start the search for the recommended LED tubes, and look into how I'll need to run the bypass wiring.
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Posted By flukeslapper

Upgrading CFL kitchen fixture to LED - need advice

I tried using LED tubes with the existing T8 ballast and they worked for a while, but then started flickering, and eventually, the ballast died. I've heard that flickering is a common problem with...
Forum: Water Heaters
08-24-18, 12:35 PM
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Views: 936
Posted By flukeslapper

Thanks for the great response, Bud! I've been...

Thanks for the great response, Bud! I've been keeping a close eye on the bugger, and it normally seems to vent okay so far. I guess certain combinations of outside and inside pressure conditions make...
Forum: Water Heaters
08-24-18, 06:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 936
Posted By flukeslapper

Thanks for the response, steve_gro. Yep, masonry...

Thanks for the response, steve_gro. Yep, masonry chimney, so it's a case of orphaned water heater exhaust. Of course, when they replaced the furnace, they never mentioned that potential issue....
Forum: Water Heaters
08-21-18, 10:33 AM
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Views: 936
Posted By flukeslapper

Interesting idea, CasualJoe. I looked it up, and...

Interesting idea, CasualJoe. I looked it up, and the cons seem to outweigh the pros. My first concern was that it could possibly extinguish the pilot (apparently, it can). Also, it can cause a...
Forum: Water Heaters
08-15-18, 07:59 PM
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Views: 936
Posted By flukeslapper

UPDATE: I just did some research, and it looks...

UPDATE: I just did some research, and it looks like the water heater being "orphaned" by the high efficiency furnace could be at least part of the problem. Chimney might be too large for the small...
Forum: Water Heaters
08-15-18, 07:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 936
Posted By flukeslapper

I'm guessing it has a standing pilot light, but I...

I'm guessing it has a standing pilot light, but I assumed they all did. It uses a piezo-electric switch to light the heater. I smelled the gas most of the day today, and could actually feel the...
Forum: Water Heaters
08-15-18, 04:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 936
Posted By flukeslapper

Do I need to re-do this water heater vent pipe?

I think I accidentally chose the wrong forum, but don't know how to move the post! Installed new water heater, but I'm getting pretty bad back-draft. Vent pipe feeds into chimney (nothing else using...
08-08-18, 05:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 521
Posted By flukeslapper

Quick follow-up. Completed the swap, and hooked...

Quick follow-up. Completed the swap, and hooked up the hard-start correctly. Not only did it fix the problem, but I'm pretty sure the old condenser is actually running quieter now, too. It stopped...
08-06-18, 08:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 521
Posted By flukeslapper

Thanks again for pointing out that hard start...

Thanks again for pointing out that hard start wiring issue - I sure wouldn't have caught it myself! New cap's ordered, and we'll see how it goes. Hopefully, I can squeeze a little more life outta the...
08-06-18, 11:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 521
Posted By flukeslapper

I think you're right! Here's the wiring diagram....

I think you're right! Here's the wiring diagram. It does look like the hard start is wired wrong, based on some other info I've tracked down. If that's the case, what are the odds it's still...
08-06-18, 09:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 521
Posted By flukeslapper

Thought of another question, after failing to...

Thought of another question, after failing to find an answer online. Is there an easy way to test the old hard start cap to see if that should be replaced, too? Thanks!
08-05-18, 10:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 521
Posted By flukeslapper

Hi, Pete - finally got the thing open again and...

Hi, Pete - finally got the thing open again and inspected the capacitor. It had leaked a bit against the back wall, so I'm sure it needs replacing. Of course, when I could finally see the label, it...
07-21-18, 10:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 521
Posted By flukeslapper

I tried, but couldn't see any of the markings for...

I tried, but couldn't see any of the markings for the terminals on the cap. I'm wondering also if the rustiness on the terminals could be a factor. As for the hard-start capacitor wiring, the unit...
07-21-18, 10:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 521
Posted By flukeslapper

I was able to get in there before the week of...

I was able to get in there before the week of rain hits us, and was surprised by what I found. There's a hard-start resistor in there, and the capacitor doesn't look deformed at all. (of course, I...
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