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I have had a Bocsh/AquaStar (natural gas) for 4...

I have had a Bocsh/AquaStar (natural gas) for 4 years now and love it. Origionally, I tried an electric instant water heater and found it to suck. They make a larger one for more than 2 fixtures at a...
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I had my whole house repainted (new colors) about...

I had my whole house repainted (new colors) about six months ago and made sure to buy oil based paint. It is far superior in every way to water based, except for the smell. One thing I can say is...
02-08-06, 07:03 AM
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Arcoaire GNE100F141A, natural gas fan assisted...

Arcoaire GNE100F141A, natural gas fan assisted combustion gas furnace. 100,000 btu's. When first installed, the exhaust section was not done in the double coated metallic vent pipe, just single...
02-07-06, 05:11 PM
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Heat not as hot after 4 years

I had new gas heater installed in summer of 2002. I notice now that the heat is not as hot as it was two years ago. The exhaust pipe is also not as hot. The flames in the view glass are all blue (4...
11-22-05, 06:48 AM
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Soldering Ball Valves, open or closed?

In a recent magazine article, they suggest soldering gate valves in the open position and ball valves in the closed position. That's the first I've heard of soldering ball valves in the closed...
04-28-05, 02:06 AM
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flux and solder

I once had problems soldering joints and a professional told me that it wasn't me, it was the brand of flux and solder that I was using (Home Depot's). He gave me a can of his flux and a spool of his...
04-10-05, 10:06 AM
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I've had same problem before. Plumbers on...

I've had same problem before. Plumbers on commercial job told me that the qualitity in the brands of flux and solder was my problem. The gave me the good stuff and ALL problems have been GONE since....
04-10-05, 09:56 AM
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Copper stackdrain quiter than PVC?

Old stack/drain line in rental home is run outside the house. Froze up on me over the winter, caused havoc in the house, had entire bathroom gutted and will be installing new everything. I will be...
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Thanks for the info, cast it is.

Thanks for the info, cast it is.
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Americast or cast iron tub?

I am having a new bathroom and am going with a tile surround for the tub/shower. Since I'm using tile, I'd like a nice sturdy tub that will last. Is Americast equally as strong as a true cast iron...
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I think that I'm going with an enameled cast iron...

I think that I'm going with an enameled cast iron lay in tub. How do they compare to the enameled steel tubs in price? The plumbers on the job say about $50 - $90 more than steel, but the clawfoots...
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I am installing a new bathroom as well. As for...

I am installing a new bathroom as well. As for the tub, I am NOT going with fiberglass because they offer no real advantage. You MUST put mortar underneath it when installed. They WILL crack at the...
02-22-05, 02:56 PM
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Mapp gas of Propane?

I have been using propane and it does 1 1/2" copper pipe just fine. Is Mapp gas better for soldering copper lines or is it too hot? Should I just stick with propane?
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Lesser grade faucets from home centers?

I've installed, properly, two new kitchen faucets (different houses) and within a year I find that one leaks from the lever and the other leaks from the base of faucet (when lever is open in both...
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I have a summer-winter oil burner and because I...

I have a summer-winter oil burner and because I didn't get it serviced the three years, I ended up burning THREE times the amount of fuel per year. Reason was that three years ago when changing the...
10-21-04, 08:25 AM
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Call supply houses (plumbing or heating) instead,...

Call supply houses (plumbing or heating) instead, they have the same as Home Depot and others with the advantage of some better commercial grade units. You will find that their prices may be 75% less...
10-21-04, 08:10 AM
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Furnaces come with all those extra terminals for...

Furnaces come with all those extra terminals for the option of central air conditioning. If all you have is heat, then all you need is R and W. If your thermostat had a G, then you could run the...
10-16-04, 02:28 PM
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Need smaller backset

Shaved 1/8" off each side of door (styles). Glass paneled non-prehung. Everything fits perfect, I'm getting good at this. One problem is that standard bed/bath knobs or levers come with a 2 3/8" or 2...
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Spoke with a rep from Senco, most of those...

Spoke with a rep from Senco, most of those puppies are asian made now. Ordered two guns and compressor from Harbor Freight (Central Pneumatic brand). If I'm buying from Tiawan then I'm paying Tiawan...
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I, too, am looking for a 15 gauge nailer. The...

I, too, am looking for a 15 gauge nailer. The Porter-Cable and Bostich both have plastic nail feeders and I don't like that at all. What if they get stepped on?! The Senco looks best to me and most...
02-15-04, 08:32 AM
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Minwax stain is what I always use, till someone...

Minwax stain is what I always use, till someone makes a better suggestion, and Bruning gloss poly. The first 2 coats of poly will be absorbed by the stained wood, so go another 3 after that. Guys you...
02-15-04, 08:22 AM
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best poly

The best poly I've ever came across (and still use) is Bruning's clear gloss. It doesn't say 'Bowling Alley' anywhere in plain sight except on the fine print on the back of the can (under 'uses')....
02-14-04, 11:28 AM
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Posted By sparks98

Circa 1850 Polyurethane

Anyone ever use Circa 1850 Polyurethane (oil-base)? Claims to be bowling alley grade and dries fast (recoat in 2 hours)
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Best Hardwood Floor Finish?

For years, I have been using an oil based bowling alley grade polyurethane (Bruning's) to finish and refinish wood floors and stairs. There seems to be almost nothing that comes remotely close to...
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Water based is crap. If you are willing to put...

Water based is crap. If you are willing to put the time in, Bruning makes the best oil based poly. Floors will not need recoating in our lifetime. It is BOWLING ALLEY grade and cost the same as...
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