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Thanks for the feedback. XSleeper, I checked out...

Thanks for the feedback. XSleeper, I checked out that product but even the manufacturer (in response to negative comments) states that it has a lower "viscosity than water" and won't really work on...
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Whoops, added link to pic above.

Whoops, added link to pic above.
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Posted By panamaniac

Keeping it together?

Hi all,

When we bought our house two years ago, the home inspector pointed out a crack (seen in the pic, sorry it's grainy) between the wall of the house (well, the cinderblock wall that separates...
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Help! Spilled mineral spirit-poly mix on my hardwood floor (with pictures)

Hi folks,

So I’ve done exactly one wood finishing project in my life, and one of the things I had left over was a mason jar containing a mix of mineral spirits and polyurethane. (This was the...
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Posted By panamaniac

A picture to better explain

updated the imgur with some sketches to show the 3 options I was considering since I don’t think I explained them very well in my OP. Option 3 seems more elegant but then the new riser wouldn’t be...
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Posted By panamaniac

Agreed. Well, actually I was going to put long...

Agreed. Well, actually I was going to put long carriago bolts through them so they couldn’t sheet off, but either way they aren’t good as they are now.

anyway, would love help on figuring out...
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Adding support to my back stairs

back stairs have a few known issues (bought the house 6 months ago), including that the blocks holding up the treads are insufficient. But also the treads aren’t as secure feeling as i’d Like. I...
07-13-18, 12:46 PM
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Posted By panamaniac

What to do with this tree??

I'll post pictures of the tree itself when I get home (it's leaning a fair amount and has two trunks, in case the latter is relevant here), but you can see how the roots look like they're coming up....
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How long to flush water on old well?

So I'm resurrecting an old well that has likely not been run for some years. I was able to get it going with a new pump. First it was a creamy, deep black water that came out. After about a minute it...
05-15-18, 10:06 AM
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Hi all, Just wanted to give you an update. I...

Hi all,

Just wanted to give you an update. I tried again with even more teflon tape (used FasTape again) and finally got it to work leak-free. I think I did about 12-15 rotations at its thickest,...
05-04-18, 11:43 AM
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Posted By panamaniac

Thanks, Zorfdt. I read your previous reply more...

Thanks, Zorfdt. I read your previous reply more carefully and suppose you'd already answered this—if it seals, it'll probably stay sealed about as well as anything else would.

I'll give it...
05-02-18, 09:39 AM
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Posted By panamaniac

Thanks, all. Zorfdt, do you have any experience...

Thanks, all. Zorfdt, do you have any experience with getting a good seal using tape when it's not tapered? I think that's sort of the key here. And if you have, do you know if it succeeded in being...
04-30-18, 12:00 PM
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Teflon tape on non-tapered fitting?

From my research, teflon tape improves seals on tapered fittings by lubricating and thus allowing a tighter fit—not (at least primarily) by acting as a taper itself. Right?

I just bought a...
03-29-18, 10:52 AM
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Expanding Openings in Basement Hallway

Hi all,

Pretty new to the forum (and home ownership!) and looking for a little guidance. Any help is appreciated.

We're widening the openings in two thresholds in our basement hallway. One is...
03-28-18, 03:12 PM
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Posted By panamaniac

Sorry, my last response was super confusing. The...

Sorry, my last response was super confusing. The panel wasn't the problem—the problem was that we had a hot wire sending voltage to a ground, which was tripping the circuit (which is a good thing)...
03-28-18, 02:46 PM
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Posted By panamaniac

Correct, that was one half of a 240, which needs...

Correct, that was one half of a 240, which needs a single handle (one of a number of problems with this panel!). Ended up having an electrician over. Long story short while he was there I found the...
03-21-18, 03:08 PM
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Posted By panamaniac

Pics are breaker on, breaker off—same voltage...

Pics are breaker on, breaker off—same voltage basically.

Larger view..... https://imgur.com/a/FMOKW
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turns out the same is true for the breaker directly underneath, also a 50, so I think...
03-21-18, 02:48 PM
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Posted By panamaniac

Panel Problems

If my multimeter reads 120v while touching screw with red and ground with black, regardless of whether the breaker is on or off, that means that the breaker is no longer stopping current when off and...
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