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06-25-16, 09:18 AM
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I just put on a P trap wrapped at the threads...

I just put on a P trap wrapped at the threads with tape and got a minor leak. Took it off, re wrapped it a couple times, then re installed with no leak.

Wrap in the direction of the thread. Keep...
Replies: 7
Views: 4,520
Posted By eharri3

Have a closer look At the mortar joints if you...

Have a closer look At the mortar joints if you haven't already. On my 100 year old stone home a number of joints will actually disintegrate from the inside out. Youll see a thin ribbon of mortar...
09-13-15, 06:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,180
Posted By eharri3

We had problems with ants in our powder room in...

We had problems with ants in our powder room in the bathroom addition. I put a bunch of baits around the bathroom high and low, which lead to a non-stop swarm that continued for several weeks. I...
09-13-15, 05:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 895
Posted By eharri3

Check the perimeter of the house for ant trails....

Check the perimeter of the house for ant trails. Most Ants are nocturnal so your best chances of spotting it will be evening or early morning. Then you need to seal off that entry point and treat...
Replies: 3
Views: 618
Posted By eharri3

I have about a 20 year old deck that has had some...

I have about a 20 year old deck that has had some boards replaced and some original. I sanded and refinished a few months ago. I used a palm sander. Sounds grueling but it wasn't that bad. Because...
Replies: 2
Views: 659
Posted By eharri3

The more directly and more frequently sealant is...

The more directly and more frequently sealant is attacked by substantial amounts of water, the earlier it fails. That doesn't meant it won't work, but you will need to monitor and patch and replace...
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Views: 930
Posted By eharri3

Those shingles look beat to hell but nobody can...

Those shingles look beat to hell but nobody can give you a solid price in those photos. Can't tell how many protrusions, what the current flashing details are like (proper metal or goop that needs to...
07-27-15, 12:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 785
Posted By eharri3

Common causes are air lock or an obstruction...

Common causes are air lock or an obstruction somewhere in the plumbing. Was it just drained and refilled, or was the filter pulled out for anything?


HELP, my spa jets stopped working...
Replies: 8
Views: 2,674
Posted By eharri3

I use N on tuckpointing jobs. If you must err...

I use N on tuckpointing jobs. If you must err with older constriction, err on the side of softer mortar. Better to have to tuckpoint a little sooner than to see bricks or stones degrading.
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Views: 2,674
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In my opinion minor tuck pointing can be done...

In my opinion minor tuck pointing can be done with the softest premix you find in a big box store (I think Type N). Extensive tuck pointing or a complete repoint requires a custom mix with minimal...
Replies: 5
Views: 648
Posted By eharri3

You can't seal a foundation against insects 100%....

You can't seal a foundation against insects 100%. A preventative spray at least early every spring and late fall is more useful. Alot of people do them every quarter since they're typically good for...
05-12-15, 07:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 786
Posted By eharri3

1. My understanding is that exterminating is a...

1. My understanding is that exterminating is a multi-step process involving more than spraying. Is this something exterminators are good at?

A lot of exterminators will want to spray a liquid mix...
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Views: 2,969
Posted By eharri3

When I bought my house there was fresh stain on...

When I bought my house there was fresh stain on the deck. The wood was old but solid and passed muster in the inspection. Peeling started after a few months and I had to re-do it. Because I did not...
04-02-15, 01:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,152
Posted By eharri3

Someone needs to see that porch in person and...

Someone needs to see that porch in person and come up with a construction plan. Specifically calculated modifications would have to be done to that structure to ensure it will carry the weight of the...
04-02-15, 11:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 782
Posted By eharri3

Our century old home had pretty serious ant...

Our century old home had pretty serious ant issues our first year without much in the way of preventative treatment. Since then I pay for one preventative spray inside and out in late March every...
03-29-15, 08:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 578
Posted By eharri3

Don't caulk there. Siding isn't water tight....

Don't caulk there. Siding isn't water tight. Water that gets behind it and to the water resistant barrier underneath is supposed to drain out. Caulking that could trap moisture underneath and cause...
03-25-15, 04:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By eharri3

You have established 100% that this is a pipe...

You have established 100% that this is a pipe leak and not a leak through the opening where the pipe enters the structure?
Replies: 16
Views: 1,089
Posted By eharri3

I would concur... the problem will be excessive...

I would concur... the problem will be excessive wear on the singles where the water would hit the lower roof. A number of years of heavy rains pelting that section of shingle in an un-controlled...
02-10-15, 07:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,873
Posted By eharri3

Frost proof hose bibs will depend on the...

Frost proof hose bibs will depend on the application. For example my outdoor water pipe goes over 20 feet from the basement through an uninsulated crawl space before poking through another wall. A...
Replies: 18
Views: 3,825
Posted By eharri3

Mine is above ground, only a short run of about...

Mine is above ground, only a short run of about 10 feet along the side of the house before a really radical downward slope to daylight without being tied into anything else. Even during the worst of...
Replies: 3
Views: 1,393
Posted By eharri3

The line continues to slope upward outside the...

The line continues to slope upward outside the house? If that's the case that is your problem. Once it's outside in the sub-freezing temps continuous downward slope until it evacuates is the best way...
11-21-14, 06:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,956
Posted By eharri3

Someone needs to put a camera up the line. Should...

Someone needs to put a camera up the line. Should show you where the problem is and whether it's just repair or replacement needed. Until then we're all just guessing. Can run a few hundred bucks...
11-08-14, 06:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,073
Posted By eharri3

With the home I moved into a couple years ago...

With the home I moved into a couple years ago there is a nut to drain the pipe inside which is rusted shut and doesn't appear to ever have been moved. Before the polar vortex with all the record...
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