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Remediating humid deck stairs

Hey all,

My deck stairs are resting on thin (~3") concrete tiles that are now flush with the grass. As a result, the stair stringers show evidence of early onset rot. How would one go about...
12-20-15, 12:37 PM
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How to troubleshoot ground faults?

Hi all,

I could use advice on how to troubleshoot an electrical ground fault in a pellet stove. The stove is a quadra fire, age unknown, but probably 5+ years.

When I plug the stove in I make...
11-23-15, 08:51 PM
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Mystery solved. I opened up the giant j-box that...

Mystery solved. I opened up the giant j-box that contains the 2 RIBU2C and spent quality time studying the mess of wires: 2 relays at 8 wires each plus 8 NM-2. Phew.

Turns out one relay had only 3...
11-22-15, 05:50 PM
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Pete got me thinking (it hurt a little but I got...

Pete got me thinking (it hurt a little but I got over it ) about overloading the relays and I rechecked the current need. I was off a little bit.

Per the manufacturer, each baseboard only consumes...
11-22-15, 05:03 PM
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New electric baseboard stopped working - troubleshooting

Hi all,

One of my electric baseboards stopped working and I'm not sure what troubleshooting step to try next. I'm a bit stumped.

The whole house is heated via electric baseboards. Last...
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It just dawned on me that I never circled back to...

It just dawned on me that I never circled back to explained what happened.

So I did indeed go with the fairly expensive LED strip I referenced, along with the Zurik power supply (installed in a...
01-17-15, 03:16 PM
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Expected readiness, paint readiness

Hi all,

Looking for a bit of advice to help frame expectations in the following context: several hundred square feet of finished but old gypsum ceilings and walls were re-covered (gone over) with...
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Yeah, $425 cannot qualify as inexpensive. The...

Yeah, $425 cannot qualify as inexpensive. The kits on SuperBrightLEDs are certainly attractive, but I cannot seem to find the Color Rendering Index (CRI) rating anywhere. A few friends have warned me...
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Thanks folks, that was very useful information....

Thanks folks, that was very useful information. I've researched LED strips further, and clearly I was wrong in assuming that their lumen output was necessarily too low. For example, here's a kit with...
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Under cabinet light system selection

Hi all,

I could use assistance designing an under cabinet lighting installation. I see a set of constraints I don't know how to handle. The context:

- L-shaped cabinet run broken in three by...
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Stuff was bought at HomeD

Stuff was bought at HomeD
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Thanks for the info, @Furd. Unfortunately, I've...

Thanks for the info, @Furd. Unfortunately, I've already gone ahead and applied white duct tape along the seams. So I think I'll wait for a bit to see how this performs before moving on to the staple...
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I should have specified that I used the same type...

I should have specified that I used the same type NJ Trooper linked a picture to: yellow fiberglass with white jacket. Don't know if that qualifies as the cheap stuff or not. Sadly, as I said, the...
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Which tape to secure split foam insulation?

Hi all,

I insulated my steam pipes last spring with the split foam insulation one finds at the big box stores. Trouble is that the built-in sticky tape does not perform well and is coming loose...
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Hey Pulpo, Thanks for the insights....

Hey Pulpo,

Thanks for the insights. Rubberized flooring is what they use around skating rinks, right? I wonder if that would work given that those cracks, gaps, soft spots I have are up to 2" deep...
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Pouring over old concrete floor

Hi all,

As you can see from the picture, the concrete floor of my detached garage is in pretty bad shape. In fact, what you see is after I swept away the bulk of the loose material. I say 'most'...
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RBeck, Good observation on the water level...

RBeck,

Good observation on the water level versus the T. Just to be sure, are you talking about the black iron pipes near the boiler or the galvanized pipes on the far left? I don't think the...
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From an attitude standpoint, the gentlemen and...

From an attitude standpoint, the gentlemen and his crew were 10/10. A pleasure to do business with.

The angle in the picture doesn't help, but the flue on the left goes to another boiler. If you...
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Steam boiler install critique

Hi all,

I just got a new steam boiler installed, and was wondering if you could provide a critique of the installation. Does anything look out of place? Does anything look particularly good?...
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No 'H' mark anywhere on the boiler. And I agree...

No 'H' mark anywhere on the boiler. And I agree with the assumption that if the back panel, vertical and all, is that badly rusted, the bottom of the boiler is likely to be just as bad.

I started...
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@Furd - Can you elaborate on what you mean by an...

@Furd - Can you elaborate on what you mean by an 'H' stamp? Is that a kind of certification? And would you happen to know any such shops in the greater Boston area? I'll start my own research.
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Boiler repairable?

Hi all,

This past week, my boiler has been periodically disgorging large quantities of water on the floor, such that it had to be refilled daily instead of the typical monthly top-off. This is a...
03-14-10, 08:06 PM
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Paint stripper outfit for old doors - Boston

Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone would know of a reputable company that could strip the paint of old doors in the Boston-Worcester-Nashua triangle? I don't mind doing the finish sanding, priming...
03-14-10, 07:56 PM
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Hi, If it were me, I'd try to glue it back...

Hi,

If it were me, I'd try to glue it back with contact cement. The substrate seems to be some sort of particle board and the laminate, well, it's seems close enough to counter top material. Just...
02-23-10, 10:03 PM
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Seeking antique set screw

Hi all,

I'm on a quest to fix all my lose door knobs. Problem is, I don't know where to find replacements for all the stripped set screws. The screw looks like these:...
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