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thanks for replies

We are replacing the shower fixtures which are so old I have no idea what brand they are. It sounds like I better consult with the plumber about the choice since it depends on how it will be set up....
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rough valve body for shower tub trim kit

I've hired a plumber to replace our plumbing and am buying fixtures. I'm buying American Standard Portsmouth tub shower trim kit, but need to buy a valve. The product sheets list multiple valves, but...
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Adding entry door to detached1920's brick garage wall--where to start?

I have a 1920's brick garage and the tuckpointing has been neglected. I want to use the building for multi-use, rather than as a garage. I think the worst of the walls needs to be rebuilt. So long as...
01-26-11, 08:31 PM
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Making a short door longer

We made our attic into a living space, and we'd like to replace the door at the bottom of the staircase. We now have a solid door that opens into a hallway, and we want to replace that with two...
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1920's wood door & adjacent windows

I have a 1920's brick house with the original door. On either side of the door are wood panels with a window above, making the door very attractive. But, we have a storm door and panels in front of...
11-07-07, 01:30 PM
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skylight estimate reality check

We have gotten bids to have a single, small skylight installed from two companies that do only skylights. 1.5 story house with a steep roof, so a pain to work on. No rafters, or trusses, or...
09-05-07, 10:48 AM
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Outdoor lightpost cable damage

I'm an idiot. I was digging in the flower bed, in near darkness, and pulling up and cutting off roots from some bushes I pulled up a few days ago. One of the roots turned out to be an electrical...
09-04-07, 09:05 AM
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Standard or minimum window sill height?

Hi, we are adding a dormer to our semi-finished attic and have had our plans approved. Our contractor wants us to choose a casement window for the project, to meet egress requirements. The wall is...
07-13-07, 02:48 PM
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repeat rust clog in central a/c condensation line

We had water leaking from the bottom of our a/c. We cut the pipe that carries water away from the air conditioner, and there was a piece of rust clogging it. We flicked it away with a screwdriver,...
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Dirty gravel as base for paving stone patio

We had a lot of gravel, much of it embedded in dirt, behind our concrete driveway. We dug it out as the first step of putting in a short paving stone patio, just behind the driveway. My boyfriend...
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topping interlocking paving stones with pavers

Hi,
per some good info on this forum, I am looking at using a mix of interlocking paving stones and regular pavers to build a small patio, with one step, edged by the interlocking pavers. For the...
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paving stones, sloping grade, step, edging

I'm considering 10 feet or so of paving stones behind our driveway. The driveway goes from the street to the side of our house (no garage). It stops a few feet beyond the front of the house. It was...
05-20-07, 09:38 AM
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Painting outside annodized aluminum windows

I have one brown aluminum window. I would like to paint the exterior aluminum frame and trim to match the other windows in the house. After reading conflicting advice, I bought a primer that says...
05-14-07, 08:02 AM
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Ugly screens over new windows

I am trying to improve my 1920's house to sell in a slow market. I am going to replace the 4 windows in the front of my house, in part to improve the curb appeal, and in part, to avoid having to...
05-02-07, 06:00 PM
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replacement sashes with more glass, energy efficiency?

Hi,
I have a 1920's house in St. Louis with the original wood windows and ugly aluminum storm windows. I would like to have more energy efficient windows that look good. Frames are in pretty good...
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driveway solution: concrete blocks in grass?

We want to be able to park occasionally in the grassy area behind our short concrete driveway. We have considered extending the drive way with concrete or paving stones bordered by concrete. ...
06-22-06, 02:02 PM
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few more questions

Thanks! I am getting another bid, both for an air conditioner, only, and for a whole new system--air conditioner and furnace.

Can you answer a few more questions? The new bidder says the he...
06-21-06, 01:34 PM
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Basics of new central A/C install

We are getting a 13 seer York affinity 2 tons installed next week, outside and inside. The guy has given us a verbal bid ($2825, before a $200 rebate), and I plan on asking him for a written one...
06-09-06, 05:55 AM
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heat pumps

Thanks! I'll check into it. We've had two estimates for fixing just the evaporator coil and pan. I am going to arrange to find out a few prices for a whole new system.

I'm wondering if most...
06-07-06, 08:36 PM
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upright, gas, serving 800 sq feet

Hi,
it's an upright furnace, gas. It is in an unfinished part of the attic, under the rafters, pretty cramped. It only serves the finished attic--2 bedrooms and some common space, about 800 sq....
06-07-06, 08:16 PM
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New evaporator coil and pan, old a/c

Our drain pan rusted through on a 12 year old attic central air unit. We have 2 estimates for having a new drain pan and evaporator coil installed--lowest bid around $900. One of the heating &...
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Posted By jkm

Thanks

Thanks for the advice!
05-05-06, 12:06 PM
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drawing plans for shed dormer

We want to remodel our attic, including adding a shed dormer. We will be hiring a carpenter directly, or a contractor to do the work. Our city does not require architectural plans--just kitchen table...
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kitchen table shed dormer plans

We want to remodel our attic, including adding a shed dormer. We will be hiring a carpenter directly, or a contractor to do the work. Our city does not require architectural plans--just kitchen...
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options for botched driveway

We had a driveway poured from the street to the side of the house--not all the way to the back of the house, though, only about four feet past the front. The side of the driveway touches the side of...
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