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It's a post for holding a shade sail. ...

It's a post for holding a shade sail.

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It's the rust-oleum latex primer for aluminum and galvanized surfaces...
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Painting galvanized metal pipe and sanding

I know very little about metals so please bear with me.

I have a galvanized metal pipe that I wanted to spray paint. After seeing that regular spray paint can't be applied directly to the...
01-06-20, 05:12 PM
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Yeah I do, about 4 times a week. Helps a little.

Yeah I do, about 4 times a week. Helps a little.
01-06-20, 02:59 PM
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Tips for preventing back pain?

Perhaps not the usual subject matter for this forum, but I figured members who know a lot about working on floors might also know a thing or two about this.

So I enjoy working on tiling my new...
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Not sure if this house is just unusual or what,...

Not sure if this house is just unusual or what, but every drain in this house has a separate vent pipe which goes up all the way through the roof. The vent is quite close to the drain.

This...
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Posted By yottaflops

Unclog kitchen slow drain past the vent

We're having a slow drain issue in the kitchen sink. The clog is probably at an angle in the drain that's about ~15ft away.

(I'm guessing this because of two observations: 1. If I don't use the...
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Posted By yottaflops

Thanks--kinda what I'd feared given how old the...

Thanks--kinda what I'd feared given how old the concrete is, but perhaps good that I don't have to deal with nasty chemicals.



Yes, but maybe once in a blue moon (1-2 times a year). Most of the...
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Thanks! The tiles are 3"x3". Most of the...

Thanks! The tiles are 3"x3".

Most of the slab is pretty flat, but there is one area with a substantial crack and may not be even. Can I put a self-leveling layer before laying the thinset? (I...
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Tiling over old concrete slab

I'm planning to install tiles for my garage/workshop floor, which is currently an old 1950s concrete slab. Being that old, it has a bunch of stains, etc. and it also looks like it was sealed at some...
10-20-16, 07:44 PM
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"Smart" meter reporting 50% higher usage

I finally have my electrical panel problems corrected by an electrician, so that PG&E can install a new "smart" meter. However, the new meter is reporting usage that is easily 50% higher than what my...
09-02-16, 12:27 PM
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ah, thanks! That makes sense now. I also...

ah, thanks! That makes sense now.

I also called PG&E again this morning, and they said they don't see a lot of A-base meters any more. She said the old A-base meters don't have a shut-off (is that...
09-02-16, 08:24 AM
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The house was built in 1951, and there's a really...

The house was built in 1951, and there's a really old permit sticker attached to the box from '51, so I wouldn't be surprised if the meter is original from the 50s.

They didn't require a change. I...
09-01-16, 08:06 PM
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Posted By yottaflops

Thanks, guys. The meter is a GE Model AR2 (photo...

Thanks, guys. The meter is a GE Model AR2 (photo attached). It says "Type I 50A" so is this a 50A meter? (And is this 50A per leg?)

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The main breakers on my main panel are 100A tandem, as...
09-01-16, 10:58 AM
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Botched service upgrade job?

I had PG&E come over to replace the electric meter (to a new smart meter), and the technician said he couldn't do it because, unbeknownst to me, the previous owner had "upgraded" the service, but the...
12-08-15, 09:49 AM
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Water getting into bottom trim of vinyl retrofit window

My neverending problems with windows and doors continue!!!

A few years ago, I had all my windows replaced with vinyl retrofit windows over old aluminum frames. (I *thought* that the old aluminum...
12-06-15, 04:25 PM
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Posted By yottaflops

Thanks, sleeper. Yes, the picture shows the...

Thanks, sleeper. Yes, the picture shows the exterior side of the door. The interior side looks perfect and like new.

By the way, what do you mean by "wet glaze of 100% clear silicone?" Do you mean...
12-06-15, 03:23 PM
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Water damage to wood door

I have a relatively new (~2 years old) exterior wood door.

For reference, this is the door:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/400890804300926104/

It has a double pane glass window in the middle,...
11-04-15, 09:02 AM
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Posted By yottaflops

Thanks, Joe. The second photo in the...

Thanks, Joe.

The second photo in the previous post is supposed to show the crack that's inside the house. Here is another shot.

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The window is in two parts. The bottom portion is a...
11-03-15, 09:09 AM
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Posted By yottaflops

Thanks, guys! Ooops--are these really...

Thanks, guys!



Ooops--are these really bad? They are Simonton 7300 series. I thought they were supposed to be decent but I honestly have no idea. I might have another window to replace, so if...
11-02-15, 07:53 PM
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Posted By yottaflops

Thanks Handy. Actually, maybe we have a...

Thanks Handy.

Actually, maybe we have a more serious problem here.

This is what I was mentioning before re: constant cracks in the caulking:
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While examining the window more closely,...
11-02-15, 09:19 AM
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Path of water entry with vinyl retrofit windows over old aluminum frames

Several years ago, I had all our windows replaced--the new windows are remodel/retrofit windows installed over the old aluminum window frames.

A while ago, I noticed that there are cracks in the...
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Posted By yottaflops

Does low voltage landscape wiring need to be in conduit

Hi guys,

I'm planning run some low-voltage landscape wires beneath a deck, and into a planter box, and have a few questions:

1. Do I need to run the wires in conduit beneath the deck?

2. I...
09-01-15, 11:26 AM
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Posted By yottaflops

There were a few spots. The old aluminum windows...

There were a few spots. The old aluminum windows were leaking at the corners, so that's why I replaced them with new windows 3 years ago. They've been holding up since.

The major problem is above...
09-01-15, 10:10 AM
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Posted By yottaflops

Keeping windows for Restucco job

Hi everyone,

I need to have a side of the house re-stuccoed because I discovered some really bad wood rot due to prolonged water intrusion that the previous owner didn't notice/take care of. The...
07-23-14, 11:23 PM
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Posted By yottaflops

Advice on doing glass tile backsplash

Hi everyone,

I have never done tiles before, but I'm pretty handy with everything else, so I'm thinking of giving it a try. The backsplash is pretty small: about 12ft x 3ft in total. There are 5...
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