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09-20-20, 08:39 AM
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Posted By KeithL

Can I run low voltage wires inside brick mortar joint?

My family house in the city has a recessed front door. We installed a security steel door flushed to the outside wall years back. The door bell was blocked by the steel door. We just put an old...
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Views: 299
Posted By KeithL

Any recommendation on stain? I'm pretty sure I...

Any recommendation on stain? I'm pretty sure I want to use semi transparent stain. I want medium dark color like Walnut. I was thinking about Ready Stain because it gets good review from Amazon and...
Replies: 8
Views: 299
Posted By KeithL

This is a small 10x12 balcony about 17 years old....

This is a small 10x12 balcony about 17 years old. I have never stained a deck before. The deck was resurfaced right before I bought the place about 6 years ago. I want to use a semi transparent satin...
Replies: 8
Views: 299
Posted By KeithL

What kind of wood is this?

Can someone tell me what kind of wood my deck board is? Is it PT Pine? Need to replace a few pieces due to wood rot before staining. Thanks!
12-15-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 286
Posted By KeithL

There are 3 of grommets on the assembly. They are...

There are 3 of grommets on the assembly. They are used as a washer/spacer for the screws holding the motor:

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They have worn out to the point the motor became loose and the fan wheel was...
12-15-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 286
Posted By KeithL

Inducer motor won't start after recycling power

I have a 5-year old Carrier 58STA gas furnace, the inducer motor fan was making noise at the end of the cycle. I found out the problem was a worn out grommets on the motor assembly. Ordered a...
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Views: 1,673
Posted By KeithL

Thank you! I found Black Jack Cement Roof Sealant...

Thank you! I found Black Jack Cement Roof Sealant at Lowes and patched it on Sunday. We had a huge downpour yesterday and there was no leak. My parents own the building. I should look into some kind...
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Views: 1,673
Posted By KeithL

Small crack on a pitch pocket

I'm totally new to commercial torch down roof. My parents have a small roof leaks at their business. The roof is about 7 years old. I think the leak is coming from a small crack on the pitch pocket...
02-28-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,828
Posted By KeithL

Sorry for taking so long, I have not been home...

Sorry for taking so long, I have not been home while it has daylight for a few days. Finally, I was able to take a few pictures before heading to work this morning:

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I patched...
02-25-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,828
Posted By KeithL

Can I repair a hole on wrought iron post?

One of the 2" square wrought iron post for my front door railing has rusted through near the bottom. It is the kind that set inside the concrete step. the hole is on one of the flat surface, about 1"...
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Views: 984
Posted By KeithL

It turns out, there is a thermostat setting in my...

It turns out, there is a thermostat setting in my water heater which is hidden inside a metal cover. I have to unscrew the metal access panel and insulation to see it. The temperature is currently...
Replies: 10
Views: 984
Posted By KeithL

I compared the prices at local HD and Menards,...

I compared the prices at local HD and Menards, the 40-gallon power-vented gas heater costs about the same at both places. I don't have a chimney to vent the furnace and water heater from the basement...
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Views: 984
Posted By KeithL

I have a 50-gallon BW right now. It is a power...

I have a 50-gallon BW right now. It is a power vent version. I live in a 3-story townhouse and the water heater is located in the basement (so 4 stories total). For some reason, there isn't enough...
Replies: 10
Views: 984
Posted By KeithL

How can you bring a 75-gallon water heater home?

How can you bring home a 75-gallon gas water heater from HD?

I once brought a 50-gallon water heater home from HD using a CRV. It was about 150 lb in weight. It wasn't too bad. I asked a friend...
03-06-18, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,850
Posted By KeithL

Considering the shape of the cap, can I cover it...

Considering the shape of the cap, can I cover it with parapet cap flashing? If possible, how can I fasten the flashing? Thanks!
03-05-18, 06:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,850
Posted By KeithL

Here is a picture from the roof. I circled one of...

Here is a picture from the roof. I circled one of the void on the crown cap. It is hard to see but there multiple hairline cracks on the surface. The cap is about 2 feet from front to back with most...
03-03-18, 06:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,850
Posted By KeithL

Stucco parapet cracks

I have a Bay window in the top floor with stucco exterior. The roof is flat. The top of the Bay has a crown molding made by stucco which is also the parapet wall. There are multiple cracks on the...
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Views: 1,225
Posted By KeithL

I'm Chicago area. Humidity isn't too bad here. Is...

I'm Chicago area. Humidity isn't too bad here. Is there a way to tell if the mortar is no longer usable?
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Views: 1,225
Posted By KeithL

I finally finished the job on Sunday. It took me...

I finally finished the job on Sunday. It took me about 3 hours to stick the tile back in and repair about 20 cracks. One last question, I only used a few pound for mortar from the 60 pound bag. How...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,225
Posted By KeithL

Well, I guess I will go muscle a big bag of...

Well, I guess I will go muscle a big bag of Mortar back. What's about the cracks above the fallen tile? The cracks are about 1/8" wide. Should I use a cold chisel to make the cracks wider and use the...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,225
Posted By KeithL

Stone Veneer Repair

Hi, a stone tile on the side wall by my front door concrete steps fell off after the Winter. What should I use to glue it back? I also have some cracks on the mortar joints near the fallen tile. What...
Replies: 24
Views: 3,157
Posted By KeithL

Yes, it is iron tape. I was told to put a cloth...

Yes, it is iron tape. I was told to put a cloth between the iron and the tape to protect the surface. I will also need to keep the iron moving to avoid burning the finishes. I think it will take some...
Replies: 24
Views: 3,157
Posted By KeithL

Thank you everyone for your advise. I've changed...

Thank you everyone for your advise. I've changed my design a little bit. I will put a bottom on B and use the lower half of A & B as shoe shelves. The upper half of A & B will be a combination of...
Replies: 3
Views: 758
Posted By KeithL

If you can remove the rest of the refinishes (use...

If you can remove the rest of the refinishes (use something other than nail polish:)), consider to use gel stain. You don't need to clean it all down, all you need is a dirty-free, smooth surface. I...
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Views: 3,157
Posted By KeithL

Does anyone have any suggestion for the size and...

Does anyone have any suggestion for the size and joinery for the nailing cleats? Is 3/4" plywood 3" tall good enough? The more I think about it, the more I think I should make it at least 4" tall so...
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