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Garage door seal crumbling

The bottom garage door rubber seal I have on now is about 3 1/2 years old.

The corner end of the bottom rubber strip is rubbing against the garage door wood frame (you can see the wear marks on...
Forum: Water Heaters
10-23-18, 07:57 PM
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Posted By cmjb13

Best brand of electric water heater

Have an 80 gallon AO Smith electric hot water heater from 2003 that is approaching end of life.

Looking to downsize to a 50-55 gallon.

Looking at the reviews for Rheem and AO Smith are very...
10-18-18, 08:39 PM
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Posted By cmjb13

Doorbell issue

So I was planning on changing an electrical outlet and I had to flip a few breakers to determine which one it was. One of the breakers was for the doorbell. Upon turning the breaker on, the chime box...
09-18-18, 05:19 PM
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Posted By cmjb13

Left to right joists are approximately 14 ft...

Left to right joists are approximately 14 ft long. 9 feet high by 1 3/8 width. There are 3 of them

The top to bottom are 9 feet high by 1 3/8 width and approximately 3 feet long

There are 2 of...
09-18-18, 10:05 AM
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Posted By cmjb13

Basement header question

Have a basement staircase non-load bearing wall I'm planning on removing.

I would like to put some sort of flat L bracket to fasten the headers together

Do they make flat L corner header...
07-30-18, 11:02 AM
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Posted By cmjb13

Load bearing wall question

Hello,

See attached picture of our basement.

I removed the pieces that don't go all the way to the floor (highlighted in red). These pieces were just holding the drywall up.
I take it this is...
05-16-18, 07:50 PM
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Posted By cmjb13

I’m sure there will be an inch or two gap on the...

I’m sure there will be an inch or two gap on the bottom.

Is it worth it to screw the top of the window to the sill plate, shim the bottom and sides, then do a new mortar sill?

Or shim all the...
05-16-18, 05:34 PM
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Posted By cmjb13

Forgot to mention was planning on replacing with...

Forgot to mention was planning on replacing with hopper, not sliders.
05-16-18, 05:30 PM
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Views: 542
Posted By cmjb13

Basement window replacement

Hi,

Our next project is to replace our 5 basement windows. If they aren’t original to the house, they are pretty close to it at 40 yesrs. IIt appears that the windows are set with a mortar slope...
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Posted By cmjb13

Soffit “gap” question

Was outside the other day and noticed some insects going to the soffit gaps where it meets the roof (see pic)

Can these “gaps” be filled with a copper/steel wool mesh like Stuf-fit?
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04-28-18, 06:21 AM
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Posted By cmjb13

Looking at this again during daylight and with a...

Looking at this again during daylight and with a clear head (yesterday was a rough day) it looks like the first spark where everything was connected and all electricity was on was caused by the...
04-27-18, 07:20 PM
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Posted By cmjb13

According to Leviton, the ground wire touched one...

According to Leviton, the ground wire touched one of the screws (with no wire connected) on the outlet causing the spark. But I thought that the ground wire could touch anything except the hot wire?...
04-27-18, 05:12 PM
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Views: 1,255
Posted By cmjb13

GFCI spark

So we just had some kitchen backsplash tile done. I had shut off the breaker for the contractor to do his work. Turned on the breaker a few minutes ago and noticed that the green lights weren’t on...
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Posted By cmjb13

The filter in the outlet baffle/pipe was dirty...

The filter in the outlet baffle/pipe was dirty and needed to be cleaned.
The dirty outlet baffle filter apparently caused the tank to get full.

There is no filter in the inlet pipe, but I did see...
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Views: 954
Posted By cmjb13

An update on this..: I had the tank pumped...

An update on this..:

I had the tank pumped on Thursday. The septic pumper said that the filter was dirty.

The next day, I opened the inlet access cover and noticed some sludge. I used a metal...
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Posted By cmjb13

I had the tank pumped on Thursday. The septic...

I had the tank pumped on Thursday. The septic pumper said that the filter was dirty.

The next day, I opened the inlet access cover and noticed some sludge. I used a metal rod to get it loose, and...
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Views: 1,209
Posted By cmjb13

Cleaning outlet baffle filter

We have some water seeping up from area where the septic tank is.

The tank was last pumped in Nov 2015 and a new outlet baffle filter was installed at that time.

We were never told that the...
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Posted By cmjb13

Here's a picture of the layout done by the...

Here's a picture of the layout done by the company that did the previous repairs
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Posted By cmjb13

Not an expert here, but I believe this is your...

Not an expert here, but I believe this is your typical septic tank with distribution box and leach field. I do recall that when we moved in 2 years ago, the septic inspection revealed the homeowners...
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Posted By cmjb13

Ice around septic tank area

Here in New Jersey, we’ve had a combination of rain and snow a few days ago. With this recent cold weather, some of that has turned to ice.

I noticed this morning around the septic tank lid area...
10-21-17, 02:38 PM
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Posted By cmjb13

I would have thought that someone would have made...

I would have thought that someone would have made a product similar to Kritter caps for the bottom edge of siding.

Thanks
10-21-17, 02:08 PM
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Posted By cmjb13

I already used “Kritter caps” for the corners, so...

I already used “Kritter caps” for the corners, so I’m not concerned about those.

A local roofing supply suggested stuffing the bottom with steel wool?
10-21-17, 08:01 AM
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Views: 4,072
Posted By cmjb13

Vinyl siding question (seal gap?)

We moved into our current house in late 2015. At the time, since the house was not lived in for 2 years, there was a mouse problem. We had an exterminator at the time who sealed up all of the visible...
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Posted By cmjb13

Maytag dryer noise

Have a mayag mede400xw0 front loading dryer that started making a horrible noise today.

Video of noise here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=legnlT-hLQk&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop
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Posted By cmjb13

I gave in and called a plumber. He had a hell of...

I gave in and called a plumber. He had a hell of a time figuring out what the problem was. He basically replaced everything. (bolts, flap valve, bolts, water hose to wall).

Toilets in my case seem...
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