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06-04-20, 07:45 AM
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Are these two plants related? (Or the same!?)

Feel free to jump straight to the pictures below, but here's the backstory for any who want to read it...

Several years ago I planted some perennial daisy seeds in one of our flower pots. We had...
06-04-20, 07:21 AM
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I've never worked with bulbs before, but these...

I've never worked with bulbs before, but these look like small bulbs to me. How do they replicate under-ground? Is there a common root that connects them all and feeds the start of new bulbs? It'll...
05-24-20, 03:55 PM
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Good idea, @Tumble! Unfortunately (for the work...

Good idea, @Tumble! Unfortunately (for the work involved), we have no interest whatsoever in retaining the same style of post. My wife has been scouting around on Pinterest and has some neat ideas...
05-24-20, 03:51 PM
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What are these two plants and how can I rid my raised bed of them?

There was a relatively small patch of one or both of these (purple bell-shaped flowers, and white star-shaped flowers) along the fence in years past and we decided we didn't want them there anymore...
05-24-20, 10:02 AM
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Posted By jessman1128

Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the advice! A...

Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the advice! A follow-up question or two...

I've never worked with soffit before. Will I need a special tool to separate the pieces? (I'm assuming they're linked...
05-23-20, 09:44 PM
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Replacing an exterior post on our front porch

Our house was built in the late 60's, and as far as we know the post in the pictures below is from the original construction. Regardless, it is rotting away at the bottom. In general, I'm wondering...
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Thank you for the suggestions, doughess. Both of...

Thank you for the suggestions, doughess. Both of those items look like worthwhile investments, but we're on a tight budget right now. It'll be some time before we could afford either of those. Given...
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Posted By jessman1128

Time for an update! The first stage (and...

Time for an update!

The first stage (and possibly only stage for the time being) of the work is done. New fill valve, drain valve, expansion tank, auto vent, with shutoff valves in locations: A)...
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Agreed about what is best, but replacing the...

Agreed about what is best, but replacing the boiler is not remotely in our budget right now or in the near future. So just trying to fix the necessary issues to get us by until we can afford to...
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I don't have all the parts yet, but here's my...

I don't have all the parts yet, but here's my current tentative plan once all the parts are here.

1) Tighten down the water supply valve (blue handle).
2) Connect a garden hose to the drain valve...
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Posted By jessman1128

Hmm, good point. It's been that way for several...

Hmm, good point. It's been that way for several years, but it'd be safer for me to trim the sheetrock back from the pipe.
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I took some pics that night as planned, but then...

I took some pics that night as planned, but then never got around to posting them here. Adding them now! With Fall fast approaching I'd like to proceed with replacing that defective expansion tank....
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Thank you, spott! I'll take some pics of the...

Thank you, spott! I'll take some pics of the overall system tonight and get them posted. I do have vents on most of the baseboards but they're the manual type if I'm not mistaken. I'll grab a pic of...
01-21-19, 11:52 AM
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Posted By jessman1128

I ended up using a 2" to 1.5" galvanized adapter...

I ended up using a 2" to 1.5" galvanized adapter into the cast iron, then a 1.5" PVC into the galvanized adapter. For the AAV, I put it about 12-18" up from the top of the pump - it's a little higher...
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Posted By jessman1128

Residential boiler questions

Hello...I just started looking into some issues with our boiler and I have some general clarification questions first to make sure I'm making correct sense out of our existing system. I thought I...
01-18-19, 01:03 PM
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Thanks guys! Turns out it was a lot of blockages...

Thanks guys! Turns out it was a lot of blockages in our main cast iron drain pipe. The guys said it's pretty typical for cast iron drain pipes over the years; they tend to get clogged up a lot more...
01-16-19, 07:34 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

True. And that's what we generally try to do but...

True. And that's what we generally try to do but every now and then we forget.


What's typically involved with opening a septic tank lid? When they put the new septic tank in they installed...
01-15-19, 08:53 AM
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Posted By jessman1128

3.5 years ago. Generally speaking, yes....

3.5 years ago.


Generally speaking, yes. If you want the details, go read this thread from me (https://www.doityourself.com/forum/plumbing-piping/602042-basement-laundy-sink-drain-questions.html)...
01-15-19, 08:36 AM
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Posted By jessman1128

I extended the 1" copper adapter with a short...

I extended the 1" copper adapter with a short piece of 3/4" PVC and some special pipe repair putty/tape combo, and then capped of the 3/4" PVC with a PVC cap.

My first attempt at connecting the...
01-14-19, 09:56 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

Laundry pump sends some of the water up through second floor bathtub drain

2 story house with basement. Septic tank connected to a branch with two arms, each of which is connected to a dry well. When the laundry pump in the basement fires it is fairly common for drain water...
01-14-19, 08:23 AM
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I finally got the 2" plug removed by drilling and...

I finally got the 2" plug removed by drilling and cutting into it. I took a section out of the middle, cut to the perimeter in a few places, then a few cold chisel taps had it collapse in on itself...
01-13-19, 09:29 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

Basement laundy sink drain questions

I'm in the middle of re-doing our basement washing machine drain setup. Previous setup had the washer draining into a double utility sink, which itself drained into a sump-pump-in-a-basin setup that...
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Posted By jessman1128

Thanks! How is it that a worn bushing would cause...

Thanks! How is it that a worn bushing would cause it to keep butting up against the stop bolt? Shouldn't I theoretically be able to fix the issue by decreasing the downward travel screw? I'm not...
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Posted By jessman1128

Garage door opener issues

Hello, we have a Craftsman garage door opener that is giving me fits. Model 41A4315-7D Craftsman 1/2 H.P. A couple weeks ago the plastic gear cover jumped off and fell to the floor. My wife found it...
07-23-18, 04:08 PM
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Posted By jessman1128

Wow, my memory is really rusty. It's been awhile...

Wow, my memory is really rusty. It's been awhile since I last worked with junction boxes. I just remembered that the screw-on "nut" goes on the inside of the box, so no need to access the back of the...
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