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Personally, I'd like to have a light directly...

Personally, I'd like to have a light directly over the sink. I like to see what I'm washing. The way you've got it you're going to be working in your own shadow. If you want to keep your layout,...
08-19-17, 07:36 PM
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

You're probably right. But you know I'm...

You're probably right.

But you know I'm going to take a look anyway. :-)
08-19-17, 05:32 PM
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

I'm pretty sure I've been there before. Sometimes...

I'm pretty sure I've been there before. Sometimes I wonder if some of those other designs might just work anyway, but it's probably just wishful thinking. It's more likely that some fine day I'll...
08-19-17, 05:19 PM
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

Honestly, I think I'd rather buy a new door at...

Honestly, I think I'd rather buy a new door at that point, but the guy makes a good point about manufacturers changine the design every year and not making the parts available. This is why most...
08-19-17, 05:14 PM
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

You might be on to something. Their doors look...

You might be on to something. Their doors look very similar, except for the way the glass is held in. Didn't see anything promising in their parts catalog, but noticed that they call their glazing...
08-18-17, 08:35 AM
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

Plastic glazing bead for aluminum storm door

I have a full-view storm door, manufacturer unknown, with a three-piece glazing bead that holds the window or screen in place. Every fall and spring it has to be removed to swap the window for the...
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

That passive approach sounds great. It didn't...

That passive approach sounds great. It didn't even occur to me that, if everything else is tight, the vent damper should also prevent fresh air from coming in, so the second damper isn't necessary....
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

I've also been thinking about this subject...

I've also been thinking about this subject lately. Someone mentioned to me that he noticed his house has been draftier since he fixed up all the drafts that were making his basement cold, which he...
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

I'm currently installing a Field Controls 7" GVD...

I'm currently installing a Field Controls 7" GVD vent damper on my ~30 year old atmospheric gas-fired boiler. It cost closer to $110, but if you need the universal wiring harness, that's another $40,...
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

That's just the manual setting for timed cooking,...

That's just the manual setting for timed cooking, like if you want to heat something for 3 minutes at half power. What I'm having trouble with are the presets that use the sensor. These are described...
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

Thanks for responding, goldstar. I don't see...

Thanks for responding, goldstar. I don't see anything about setting the power level in the manual. There aren't any settings or adjustments at all. Also, it doesn't seem to be getting things any...
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

GE Profile Spacemaker XL 1800 Microwave -- sensor isn't working correctly

I've had this microwave oven for five or six years now, and lately the sensor functions are overcooking the daylights out of everything. It seems like the sensor isn't as sensitive as it used to be....
07-07-12, 06:12 AM
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

Why not unscrew that union and see if you can get...

Why not unscrew that union and see if you can get the nipple to come out of the "Y"? I'd be inclined to replace that rubber coupling with something more permanent. If you're not using the "Y"...
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

My wife is the one using the bleach tablets. (I...

My wife is the one using the bleach tablets. (I only use them in the pool! lol) She's the one who cleans the toilets, and she thinks they make that job easier. I try not to get involved. :-)

We're...
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

Thumbs up That's it! You're absolutely right. This is the...

That's it! You're absolutely right. This is the guest bathroom toilet.

My wife didn't welcome this news, but when I suggested she could replace the flappers from now on she relented. Frankly, I'm...
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

Strange flapper valve problem.

The flapper valves in one of our toilets start leaking after a couple of months. When I take out the leaky valve, it looks like this:
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I replace the valve and everything's fine--for a couple of...
05-21-12, 02:35 AM
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

Thanks, sidny. That does seem to help. It might...

Thanks, sidny. That does seem to help. It might even help break up the sealant, and if it does, that would allow some penetrating oil to get in there.
05-20-12, 02:53 PM
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

Guys, nothing is going to penetrate those...

Guys, nothing is going to penetrate those threads. Whoever put them together was very generous with the thread sealant. I've been wire brushing it off of the threads of the pipes I've gotten apart.
05-20-12, 10:45 AM
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

A 36" and a 48" pipe wrench.

A 36" and a 48" pipe wrench.
05-20-12, 08:35 AM
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

Question Any tricks for getting old pipes apart?

Does anybody know of any good tricks to make it easier to get pipe joints apart when they've been sealed with thread sealant and left to harden for 20-30 years? These are mostly 2"black pipe with...
05-20-12, 08:14 AM
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

If you don't plan on taking it apart, use thread...

If you don't plan on taking it apart, use thread sealant. If you want to be able to take it apart at some point, use PTFE tape. If you use both, you're essentially using tape because PTFE can be...
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

I've always suspected those gutter guards...

I've always suspected those gutter guards probably kept the rain out at least as effectively as they kept the leaves and debris out. My wife keeps insisting we get them, but I don't know a single...
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

If the adhesive is dried out and hardened, don't...

If the adhesive is dried out and hardened, don't even try to dissolve it with a solvent. At best you'll just make it sticky again. Take a plastic putty knife and carefully scrape off as much as you...
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Posted By I Bruno Beer

Save your money and do it right.

I have a similar situation. I thought a good paint job, with a good mildew-resistant primer would help, but when we started scraping the old paint a lot of the plywood wanted to come with it because...
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