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Asking for help in Designing Air Returns (w. Diagram)

Hi,

I am working on my first HVAC project on my house which was built in the 60s. I am a little desperate trying to fix my air returns. A total of 226 square inches of Air Returns have been...
11-18-06, 04:33 PM
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Posted By ben_atl

Thanks everybody for your responses....

Thanks everybody for your responses. Unfortunately, it did not go that smooth in the beginning. I tried the compression fittings (with a valve), connected it to the copper and added a plastic tube on...
11-16-06, 08:59 PM
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Posted By ben_atl

thank you thezster, I hope the bucket will do it...

thank you thezster, I hope the bucket will do it for tonight ;-)

Once I cut the tube with the cutter, how do I get the pipe back together? Would I need to solder it and/or are there fittings? Is...
11-16-06, 07:54 PM
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Posted By ben_atl

leak in 1/4 soft copper water line - fix or replace?

I was searching in the forum for an answer to this but could not find anything specific.

Due to our refrigerator being moved back and forward many times, the 1/4 inch soft copper line was bent...
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sht. thanks for your reply what would happen...

sht. thanks for your reply

what would happen if work with the thin filler at this stage? I have to screen off some of the polyurethane anyways and two more layers I want to put on. Is it...
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Posted By ben_atl

Floor "grout" to fill in gaps between wood?

Hello,
We redid our old hardwood floor. Sanded and "polyurethaned" it One part of the house had soft wood with (I think) pine. It was not meant as hardwood floor, but still looks beautiful after we...
11-15-06, 11:19 AM
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Posted By ben_atl

Air Returns - Outside?

Hello,

Is there a way we can have part of the Air Returns to a central Unit located in the crawl space - outside instead of taking the air out of the living space?

Our old Air Returns were 2x...
08-21-06, 04:32 PM
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Posted By ben_atl

Slukster, I agree to that point. However; I...

Slukster,

I agree to that point. However; I learned that while the foam has a pretty low R-Value, it has a extreme high efficiency rate. The contractor I asked for a quote told me that the Foam...
07-07-06, 08:58 AM
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Posted By ben_atl

What a nice coincidence. I am working on this...

What a nice coincidence. I am working on this right now, too! We have a vaulted ceiling which I will insulate and then close off with drywall. There is basically no insulation and our heating and...
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Posted By ben_atl

Ideas on how to lay Hardwood Floor around (round) Fireplace?

Hello,

we are renovating our very first home. In the Master Bedroom, I want to put in Hardwood Floors (unfinished White Oak which I'll polyurethane myself) where we took out some nasty carpet. We...
02-19-06, 01:30 PM
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Posted By ben_atl

Mark, Thank you for a very interesting...

Mark,

Thank you for a very interesting post. I have a similar situation where I need to patch holes in a wall with old wallpaper. There is not much texture in the wallpaper and it is painted...
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Posted By ben_atl

hmm. I am now a little confused. So the...

hmm. I am now a little confused. So the water-based primer may cause problems with coated wallpaper and the oil-based primer is not suggested for new drywall. I could try to work with both on...
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Posted By ben_atl

Thank you very much for looking into this again! ...

Thank you very much for looking into this again!

Yes. The old wallpaper was painted over and I would like to keep some of the walls becaus I hope I could get the seams smooth, put a primer on it...
01-17-06, 06:42 AM
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Posted By ben_atl

Replace Stove - Old one did not have an outlet - Should I add one?

Hello,

We bough a new stove. The old stove did not have an outlet and the old stove cables (black/red/bare, I think 8 Gauge) were connected to the circuit in a metal box under the stove. Since I...
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Posted By ben_atl

thank you, slickshift!!

thank you, slickshift!!
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Posted By ben_atl

Paint w. Primer on Wallpaper & Drywall

Hello,

We have two layers of old wallpaper on drywall in our home. Even the ceiling is wallpaper! :wall: The previous owner painted everything white. Many walls are horribly patched, wallpaper...
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Posted By ben_atl

thanks guys!

thanks guys!
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Posted By ben_atl

12V Recessed Lighting Transformer Question

Hi,

We want to add 4 can lights in our living room. We'd put it on a new circuit. As I understand, each housing comes with an own 120V-12V transformer. Is there a way I could use only one...
01-02-06, 09:38 PM
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Posted By ben_atl

Moving Gas Furnace Vent

Hello,

I need to move the venting of our Gas Furnace which is located in the crawl space.

The furnace got updated before we bought the house. They used the existing venting system for the new...
12-22-05, 06:24 PM
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Posted By ben_atl

Thank you!! You guys are amazing!!! :thumbup: ...

Thank you!! You guys are amazing!!! :thumbup: :thumbup: Thank you soo much for your inputs. This is so much more than I hoped for. I will definitely incorporate your recommondations (probably all...
12-22-05, 11:46 AM
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Posted By ben_atl

Any recommondations on Window Films for Pricacy

Hi,

I read the article on this site on window films http://www.doityourself.com/info/manyshades.htm. Do you think they really work for privacy? Our house has three pretty big windows and you can...
12-22-05, 11:27 AM
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Posted By ben_atl

Help with my first electrical rewiring project & electr. diagram.

Hello Everybody,

We bought an old house (as-is) which was build in the 60s. We want to move in soon, but there is a lot of electrical repair to do :cool: : Most of the outlets are not grounded....
12-07-05, 10:31 AM
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Posted By ben_atl

What kind of voltage meter for residential DIY wiring?

Hello,

I need to replace a couple of old circuits. Everything is accessible from the crawlspace. I think about a regular voltage/ampere/ohm meter to check the wiring during the replacement and...
12-07-05, 10:27 AM
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Posted By ben_atl

Thanks everybody! Yes, at this point...

Thanks everybody!

Yes, at this point rewiring is probably the best choice. Those cables were laid in the 60s. (we just bought the house). Some of them are in a bad shape. I spent 2 hours in the...
12-05-05, 10:39 AM
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Posted By ben_atl

Grounding old 2-Prong Outlets: Adding Extra Grounding Cables Question

Hello,

I understand that there are different ways to add a grounding to the old 2-prong outlets. I want to upgrade our 2-prongs and decided, that I will do "the cleanest" solution and replace the...
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