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03-12-11, 06:49 AM
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Wet basement: sump or french drains?

With all the rain and snowmelt recently I got a good amount of water in my basement -- seepage where the foundations walls meet the floor. However, in 4 years in this house, and some pretty...
03-14-10, 05:54 PM
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Views: 891
Posted By trackstar

Alternatives to existing electric heat?

We're looking at a house, 2700 sq ft, built in 1980. Big problem: it has electric heat, est. $500 per month expense in the winter. *IF* we were to consider this house, I'm wondering the feasibility...
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Views: 3,364
Posted By trackstar

Nah just forgot to update. :D

Nah just forgot to update. :D
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Views: 710
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Hmm. It's a pretty significant gap, and has been...

Hmm. It's a pretty significant gap, and has been there several years, all seasons. So is it just something I have to live with, or are there any options to fix it, including maybe filling the gap?
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Views: 3,364
Posted By trackstar

Just for future reference, I had to replace the...

Just for future reference, I had to replace the fill line; a piece of solder was blocking it.
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Views: 710
Posted By trackstar

gaps in existing hardwood floor

My house was built in the 50's, it has 2" oak hardwood throughout. In a few select spots in my living room, several individual planks seem to be a bit loose (you can feel some vertical play when you...
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Views: 3,364
Posted By trackstar

I guess I should have noted that this problem...

I guess I should have noted that this problem existed with the old Fluidmaster as well. It took forever to fill, and in fact the bowl never stopped filling. Now, I only have the former problem.
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Posted By trackstar

Toilet: very slow to fill

I have a Kohler toilet which has been giving me some minor headaches for a while. It has been filling the bowl constantly, so I went ahead and replaced the Fluidmaster 400 valve with a new Korky...
Replies: 3
Views: 721
Posted By trackstar

Sorry about my poor terminology. It is when I...

Sorry about my poor terminology. It is when I pull up the tab on the spout to activate the showerhead.
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Views: 721
Posted By trackstar

Showerhead issue

Hello - my master bath shower on the second floor has an issue. I seem to be getting very good pressure at the spigot (it's a well pump system), but when I switch to the showerhead, I'm getting less...
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Views: 2,472
Posted By trackstar

My mistake, it is 3/4" MDF. Thanks so much...

My mistake, it is 3/4" MDF.

Thanks so much for the rest of the info!
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Views: 2,472
Posted By trackstar

routing rabbets for shelves?

Hello, I am planning on building a set of shelves using 1/2" MDF. 48" high, 48" wide, 12" deep, four shelves with center supports.

I want to set the ends of each shelf in a rabbet joint,...
05-18-09, 09:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,279
Posted By trackstar

Thanks for the reply. The sheetrock and header...

Thanks for the reply. The sheetrock and header I'm not worried about, I'm not thrilled about dealing with the exterior vinyl siding and trim.

Looks like the Therma-Tru inswing with low-E and...
05-18-09, 05:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,279
Posted By trackstar

Patio door options?

Hello all, I am considering replacing/upgrading my patio door. Currently, I have a standard swing-type entry door.

I'd like to get some more light into the kitchen and am considering either a...
Replies: 4
Views: 857
Posted By trackstar

Gotcha. Not sure on that. I guess I;m just...

Gotcha. Not sure on that.

I guess I;m just having trouble picturing the trim on built-ins I have seen that are not ceiling-height.
Replies: 4
Views: 857
Posted By trackstar

Yeah I plan on putting a brace at the halfway...

Yeah I plan on putting a brace at the halfway point of each shelf. In that case, it should be strong enough, right?

I'm also concerned about the look/texture, whether it will look quality.

I...
Replies: 4
Views: 857
Posted By trackstar

Looking for advice on built-ins

Hello all, I am planning to install some built-in shelving on either side of my fireplace in the near future. Each will be 4' high by 4' wide and I will paint them white.

I was planning on using...
03-22-09, 01:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 828
Posted By trackstar

What tool do I need for...

I have some small areas of brush I am clearing out. One I plan to plan grass, the other turn into a small garden bed. I have all the brush and weeds whacked down, but what do I need to clear out...
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Views: 913
Posted By trackstar

Can I relocate tracks?

My garage door has very low overhead clearance when opened. Because of the position of the tracks, the door when opened hangs below the uppermost point of the garage header, restricting the overall...
11-30-08, 01:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,226
Posted By trackstar

Thanks for the info. I am concerned about using...

Thanks for the info. I am concerned about using arbovitae due to the frequent ice and heavy snow...I have 4 in front of my house and it's a battle every year to keep them intact (I ties the stems...
11-30-08, 11:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,226
Posted By trackstar

Thanks for the input. The windward side of the...

Thanks for the input. The windward side of the house is not very steep, but beyond the area I planned to plant the tree, is a stonewalled garden and beyond that a large lawn - neither of which I...
11-30-08, 09:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,226
Posted By trackstar

Not good. Problem with the windbreak is, the...

Not good. Problem with the windbreak is, the land drops away from my house on the windward side after the 10'. There's just no way to set a windbreak up any further away.
11-30-08, 09:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,226
Posted By trackstar

Tree suggestions?

I live in New England (zone 6), and I want to plant 2 trees on my property for specific reasons, and I am looking for suggestions before I head to the nursery in the spring.

I would like to plant...
Replies: 8
Views: 4,355
Posted By trackstar

Gutter tong looks interesting, but I need...

Gutter tong looks interesting, but I need something I can use from above.

Blower tube with vacuum and PVC is a good idea.
Replies: 6
Views: 1,047
Posted By trackstar

I ended up buying the 17' Werner multi-ladder. ...

I ended up buying the 17' Werner multi-ladder. Very happy with it, although at 17' the extension setup is a little shaky.
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