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10-06-20, 10:16 AM
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Just to be clear, the contractor hasn't seen it...

Just to be clear, the contractor hasn't seen it yet (coming Sat.) He just said you normally need two coats. Is that true?
10-06-20, 06:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 231
Posted By rutledj

Popcorn removal and finishing

I have scraped off the popcorn finish on my ceiling. It is pretty much smooth but does need some work around areas where holes were cut to fix a plumbing leak. I asked a local drywall contractor...
02-10-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 478
Posted By rutledj

Looks like you are correct. The outside temp rose...

Looks like you are correct. The outside temp rose to 45 and the heat pump is now working. I couldn't find a setting in the thermostat that controlled when the switch occurs. Guess I'll be calling the...
02-10-19, 06:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 478
Posted By rutledj

No heat

I have a heat pump with natural gas backup. This morning when I got up the temp was at 59 degrees and nothing but the blower running. The thermostat said backup was on.

I turned the temp down...
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Views: 316
Posted By rutledj

I went by the part numbers on the inside tank lid...

I went by the part numbers on the inside tank lid for replacement. This tank has a metal frame on bottom that hold the mounting screws. The gasket seems to prevent the metal from touching the bowl...
Replies: 2
Views: 316
Posted By rutledj

Kohler toilet leaking

I have a Kohler toilet with the large canister style drain in the tank. It started leaking due to the internal gasket wearing away. I purchased the correct replacement parts from Amazon (local big...
Forum: Water Heaters
12-25-18, 08:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 487
Posted By rutledj

Could it possibly coming from the pressure relief...

Could it possibly coming from the pressure relief valve? Not sure why it would.
Forum: Water Heaters
12-24-18, 01:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 487
Posted By rutledj

Here is a pic...

Here is a pic https://www.flickr.com/photos/157076841@N05/shares/KX67Hk
Forum: Water Heaters
12-24-18, 01:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 487
Posted By rutledj

valve identification, hot water heater issue

My daughter's how water heater (electric), sets in a plastic pan with a pvc drain. There is a valve in-line with the cold supply side that has a 1/4" tube running down to the pan. The pan always has...
08-28-18, 07:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 436
Posted By rutledj

Problem with condensation around vent

I have an issue with condensation forming on the bathroom A\C vent in the ceiling. None of the other upstairs rooms have this issue. This occurs whether the bathroom has been used recently or not...
08-06-18, 06:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,361
Posted By rutledj

It is Honeywell RTH7600D Touchscreen 7-Day...

It is Honeywell RTH7600D Touchscreen 7-Day Programmable Thermostat. The unit was working fine. It has 2 AA batteries which I also replaced to no avail.

Guess I'll need to climb up in the attic...
08-06-18, 05:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,361
Posted By rutledj

thermostat display faint

I have an issue with my Honeywell programmable thermostat. The display is barely readable. This is the second one with this issue. I replaced it a few months ago for the same problem. The a\c (heat...
02-28-17, 07:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,315
Posted By rutledj

Thanks. I didn't know you could have more than...

Thanks. I didn't know you could have more than one wire to a breaker.
02-27-17, 06:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,315
Posted By rutledj

Wiring a light directly to breaker box

My daughter needs an outside light for her yard. I don't see any easy way to access the existing wiring in her two story townhouse. Is it acceptable to run a wire directly from a breaker inside the...
Replies: 2
Views: 556
Posted By rutledj

Leveling a concrete patio for tile

A couple of questions. I have an 8 x 12 concrete patio that I would like to tile over. Here are some questions I have:

1. I don't think it is level because water pools in one corner when it rains....
06-03-16, 12:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 861
Posted By rutledj

Thanks for the reply. There is no basement but a...

Thanks for the reply. There is no basement but a crawl space (same idea I guess). There is a beam running underneath the load bearing wall in the crawl space supported by brick piers.

The load...
06-03-16, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 861
Posted By rutledj

Installing a header in load bearing wall

I have a typical 2 story home with a load bearing wall running long ways down the center. There is another (false) wall attached parallel to this load bearing wall to hide plumbing.

There is a...
04-20-16, 10:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 585
Posted By rutledj

Good ground cover option that won't take over grass

Around my house we have a good size natural area where we have a variety of shrubs planted (mostly boxwoods). Some of them are just too large now and I plan on removing them. I'd really like to plant...
02-22-16, 08:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,404
Posted By rutledj

Thanks for all your comments. I'll have to weigh...

Thanks for all your comments. I'll have to weigh my options. Looks like Spring probably isn't the best time to do this since new grass has a hard time surviving the summer heat.
02-20-16, 07:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,404
Posted By rutledj

How to fix a really bad yard

If you walk in my yard now you will see mostly yellowish brown something. Don't think it is grass but it does turn green in the spring. Maybe crab grass or some other type. It is not thick and you...
Replies: 1
Views: 510
Posted By rutledj

painting a stained kitchen table

We purchased a heavy oak kitchen table with two chairs and a bench seat (used). It is stained a dark brown. The surface is not smooth but rather 'rustic' in appearance.

We would like to paint...
Replies: 4
Views: 662
Posted By rutledj

Thanks. I choose this brand because for many...

Thanks. I choose this brand because for many years Consumer Reports listed it as their best performing. Personally I can't see much difference in it and paint I've purchased from a dedicated paint...
Replies: 4
Views: 662
Posted By rutledj

Sand or just primer over gloss paint?

My daughter just purchased a townhouse and the previous owner painted a few of the walls in semi-gloss paint. Can I cover this with latex primer and then paint as normal or does the gloss need to be...
Replies: 4
Views: 750
Posted By rutledj

It is 3/4" plywood subfloor. I'll have to measure...

It is 3/4" plywood subfloor. I'll have to measure the gap later between the subfloor and baseboard.
Replies: 4
Views: 750
Posted By rutledj

Remove carpet and molding? for hardwood floor

I'm going to tear out the carpet in my bedrooms and install prefinished 3/4" oak flooring. Do I need to also remove the baseboard molding for this? I know I'm supposed to leave a gap between the...
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