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Thanks for the fast reply. Do you have any...

Thanks for the fast reply. Do you have any opinion on what is better, machine or hand trowel? The contractor who proposed a hand trowel finish claims the same hard smooth results but says hand...
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Concrete slab finishing by hand or machine?

I have it down to two contractors for my new garage floor. Both propose a 5" slab using 4,000PSI fiber mesh concrete. One proposes a machine trowel while the other proposes hand finishing and does...
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Need help choosing the best concrete slab for garage

Iím currently building a new 28í x 32í garage. I have been looking for someone to pour a concrete slab for the garage floor. So far two contractors stand out, however they have very different...
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Idea for simple forced hot water heat buffer tank. New boiler install

For the not so long story, please skip to the next paragraph. So, Iím an avid do it yourselfer who is also cursed with the inability to make impulse decisions. I must have the best and most...
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I considered mini splits, however the house...

I considered mini splits, however the house layout does not make it particle. I can install baseboard for a few hundred more then the hydro setup, but Iím not sure it is worth all the extra effort. ...
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Thanks for the response Drooplug. My thought...

Thanks for the response Drooplug. My thought process for switching to a boiler was efficiency gains for HW as well as heating (boiler is 3% to 6% more efficient then oil furnace). The finished...
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About to pull the trigger on hydro air with indirect HW, right decision?

I currently have an oil fired hot air furnace and separate oil fired hot water heater. I would like to replace both systems and add central AC. After considering all options (forced hot water...
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Painting over shellac? Surface prep and primer?

Hello Everyone. I have a 3 family house that was built in 1915. The back hallway has wood wainscoting and molding with what I believe is shellac. The shellac is flaking and has tons of scuff...
11-05-09, 05:32 AM
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I chose to use cellulose because it has a higher...

I chose to use cellulose because it has a higher r-value per inch and prevents infiltration better (so I read).
The house is about 100 years old and has many, many nails protruding about 3/4" - 1"...
10-23-09, 05:24 AM
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As an update for anyone else who needs to...

As an update for anyone else who needs to insulate slanted ceilings through the atticÖ I ended up buying the thinnest, cheapest 4x8 panel that I could find, which was tempered masonite (hate that...
10-05-09, 05:10 AM
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Thanks for the reply bud. The roof has soffit...

Thanks for the reply bud. The roof has soffit vents and a ridge vent, so maintaining the airflow is necessary. Iím starting to lean toward going the blown in rout. I can make my own rafter vent...
10-02-09, 10:59 AM
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Insulating attic with slanted ceilings, advice needed...

I own a three family triple decker (as we call them here in New England). The house was built around 1910 and has no insulation. I would like to start adding some by insulating the attic before...
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Thanks for the reply. I have not had any...

Thanks for the reply. I have not had any problems yet, but I like being pro active. I was not sure if the volume of water usage could push solids into the leach field before they had a chance to...
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Need advice on pumping septic for party???

Hello Everyone. I'm planning a retirement party for my father at my home. The thought occurred to me that it might be a good idea to have the septic tank pumped for the party. I'm expecting about...
07-27-09, 05:39 AM
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Do a search for Advance carpenter ant bait and...

Do a search for Advance carpenter ant bait and Maxforce gel. Off the shelf products do not work good for carpenter ants. Most sprays only prevent ants, they do not get rid of a nest that is already...
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On my recent boiler install, I found that the...

On my recent boiler install, I found that the right pipe dope makes a huge difference. I originally used the white "pro dope" stuff with Teflon. I had several leaks that would not go away even when...
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What brand of baseboard heating???

Iím getting ready to install baseboard heating in one of my apartments. I have installed the Slant/Fin brand in three other units. It seems like they have started making the copper fin tube...
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Help double checking my heat loss figures, boiler choice

I will be installing a new forced hot water heating system on the third floor of my house. Using the Slant Fin hydronic explorer software that I receiver a few years ago, I calculated that I will...
04-18-08, 09:38 AM
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Thank you for the replies. I actually noticed...

Thank you for the replies. I actually noticed that the water did not smell with the drain closed and realized that it was air being pushed out of the drain when the water fas first turned on in the...
01-13-08, 08:38 AM
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Smell from one faucet

I have just one faucet which has a musty smell from the cold water side. Iím on a well with a calcite ph buffer/filter and water softener. My well water is hard with low ph and a ton of iron. ...
Forum: Water Heaters
01-13-08, 08:00 AM
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Power venting multiple water heaters?

I have 3 nat gas hot water heaters that I would like to remove from the chimney and power vent through the foundation. I have already upgraded the boilers to direct vent units and would like to...
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Question Furnace or hydro air?

Iím looking for some information and advice on what type of system to replace my furnace with. I have two options, hydro air or conventional furnace. I will be doing all of the plumbing and...
08-03-06, 04:42 AM
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Is the breaker that keeps tripping a GFI breaker...

Is the breaker that keeps tripping a GFI breaker or a normal thermal breaker? If it is a GFI breaker you could have some leakage current to ground (heater housing). You can try covering the heater...
07-28-06, 06:09 AM
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Chlorinating to get rid of odor??

My water has recently started to cause a musty odor in the laundry. Washing in hot or cold water causes this problem. I believe that recent plumbing work might have introduced bacteria into my...
06-02-06, 10:43 AM
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I will not be processing very often at all, maybe...

I will not be processing very often at all, maybe once a week. I need something with a very low processing rate, because Iím selling high priced items with little markup. Iím also looking for a...
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