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Antique Control

I replaced my antique cooktop with a new one, and removed the old control from the front of the cabinetry. I'm told that Old Appliance controls are worth $$$, but I can't find a decent site to...
07-28-06, 08:09 PM
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Thumbs Down on Morton

Your problems are more than just the softener. If you routinely leave the house for a few days, the water in the plumbing and water heater will gather a stale taste. Removing the magnesium rod from...
07-28-06, 07:06 PM
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More is not better

So many times, we are assaulted by sales weasels painting a brighter picture than is factual. And we have manufacturers adding bells and whistles that are totally unecessary. A water Softener is a...
07-28-06, 06:38 PM
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Your solution is confusing

It's a little unclear where you plan on introducing the chlorine into your system. You are correct in that chlorine will kill a water softener, but not via a "shock". Chlorine will kill your...
07-28-06, 06:16 PM
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Posted By captwally

Resin Removal

Years ago, I had a nifty tool to remove resin or carbon from softeners or filters. It was a venturi nozzle to which you attached a hose, and a tube went down the mineral bed. When you turned on the...
07-28-06, 06:06 PM
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Posted By captwally

Fleck 5600

Hey Wayner

Take a look at the side of the valve body where the brine line connects with a 3/8" compression fitting. There is an oval cover attached with two hex head screws that require removal...
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Transmission Woes

My work truck has suffered a catastrophic Transmission Failure. Any help in pre-diagnosing would be wonderfully appreciated. This is a full sized Chevy Van, 1989 with a 5.0L TBO V8 engine, and the...
03-19-06, 09:17 PM
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Posted By captwally

CPVC is easier....

It's easier because you don't have to sweat it, and in the future you can add fixtures, since the fittings are avaliable at any local big box store, and cutting and gluing is easier that soldering
01-24-06, 11:53 PM
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Posted By captwally

Replace It

Nothing against Sears or kenmore, but I have had experience with these softeners and they are nothing but trouble. Replace it with a Fleck; the in/out connections are the same and you will be well...
01-24-06, 11:40 PM
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I agree with Andy

I agree. Why are you trying to create something questionable for $5 when you can solve the problem for $7? You don't want to use a pool filter. That would be similar to using a muzzle loading...
01-24-06, 11:18 PM
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Unbelievable

As a Water Treatment professional, I can not stand the tactics that these companies employ to suck money out of yout bank account. If it's a $25 repair, that's what it is, and I'm not going to try...
01-24-06, 10:38 PM
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Angry PEX, I'm still not convinced

So let me get this straight... One can't let this stuff sit out in the sun? Should we keep the fittings in the refrigerator, away from light and heat? Hey this is Florida. You can't escape light...
01-24-06, 06:54 PM
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Thanks Guys

Yeah, I had a feeling that would be the answer. Expensive, but an investment well made. Better to do it right than to have to replace a very expensive countertop!
01-23-06, 01:36 AM
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What's up with the PEX pipe?

What is going on in the industry? Now new homes are being plumbed entirely with PEX pipe. I'm not talking mobile or manufactured homes, I'm describing a new subdivision of $150-$300,000 Homes! ...
01-23-06, 01:00 AM
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Posted By captwally

Drilling Granite or Marble Countertops

Been away for a while! Moved to new digs, but I'm back.

I install Reverse Osmosis systems and usually drill through stainless sinks or traditional countertops to make way for the faucet. Lately...
10-10-05, 11:18 PM
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Posted By captwally

You've got to put SOMETHING in it

In reference to the NO SALT water softener:

It sounds fishy and like a gimmick to me. While I admit that I am not familiar with the system you named, please bear in mind that water softeners...
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Well, that previous reply made absolutely no...

Well, that previous reply made absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. Here is my humble but experienced opinion: Your 30ft Trojan has a well angled hull, and I'm guessing that the fiberglass is...
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Posted By captwally

That doesn't qualify as a portable air...

That doesn't qualify as a portable air conditioner?
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Sorry, after proofreading my description once...

Sorry, after proofreading my description once again after you replied, I realized that I left out the crucial phrase "is not," as in:

It is intermittent, and apparently related to the A/C, which...
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A/C for camping

Don't call me a wimp, because I'm not! But sometimes a bit of cool air is nice. While perusing a catalog, I found an air conditioner that's actually a very small window unit (about 12 x 15 x 18...
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Orange Go-Jo is best, but it's not that great,...

Orange Go-Jo is best, but it's not that great, either. the best thing is to soak your hands in acetone, but you DON'T want to do that. It soaks into your skin, is toxic, and brings anything else on...
07-16-05, 04:07 AM
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You may be able to simply disassemble the hose...

You may be able to simply disassemble the hose bibb and replace the rubber seat, which was probably bad, then with the heat of the torch, got even worse.
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If you check out that other link that lugnut and...

If you check out that other link that lugnut and Herm mentioned, you'll find my two cents worth and experience as well.

One of my projects was a nautical chart, splashed with sand, shells and a...
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Yes, you can use steel wool to dull the finish. ...

Yes, you can use steel wool to dull the finish. Be careful, use finer steel wool at first, and wipe the dust with a tack cloth. Then let it dry to see the results. If it's still too shiny, use a...
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Posted By captwally

I am replying hopefully to get some information...

I am replying hopefully to get some information to help you, Gary.

Your countertop sounds absolutely beautiful. And Tung Oil is great. My father gave me a recipe for such things many years ago,...
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