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    Which mortar should I use?

    I have a slate tile floor inside the front entrance to my house. Some mortar against the doorstep and sidelight has crumbled and is easily removed, but it's such a small amount that I'm hoping I can...
  2. A miracle!! I happened to locate the flexible...

    A miracle!! I happened to locate the flexible product in brown at menards.com although the mfr. said previously that it's only available in white. I checked with the mfr. again and was told it's...
  3. Weatherstrip for top and sides of wood garage door...

    I'm looking for top and sides weatherstrip for a residential wood 7' x 16' brown garage door. The side jambs and top header have wood moulding (casing) on them and the flat part of the moulding that...
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    Thank you for the suggestions. I'll look further...

    Thank you for the suggestions. I'll look further for a clear product.
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    I meant to say the original mortar is brown. The...

    I meant to say the original mortar is brown. The brown caulks I've seen are not for use on masonry. The masonry caulks are white or gray. That's the problem.
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    Clear caulk for chimney cracks

    The chimney on my roof has some cracked bricks. The chimney cap, crown, and flashing are fine. In the past I used silicone masonry caulk to seal cracks as advised by a mason, but the caulk is...
  7. Should the lawyer provide me with copies of estate documents?

    A friend of mine passed away last December. I had been named executrix of his will and sole beneficiary. His estate is insolvent and I paid the funeral director myself. I wanted to be sure...
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    Replacing bricks when repointing the chimney.

    The chimney on my roof needs repointing and some of the bricks are cracked and need to be replaced. I have roughly the same number of unused bricks (left over from the original construction) as...
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    Wood garage door panel has gap.

    I have a 16' overhead wood garage door with 5 horizontal panels. The 4th panel (from the top) aligns with the 5th panel nicely where they meet, but projects inward almost 3/8" where it meets the 3rd...
  10. Well, I'm back. I received the original will...

    Well, I'm back. I received the original will from the lawyer and the staples had been removed and replaced. I knew from my research that this is not okay for obvious reasons. The lawyer who sent...
  11. I did several Google checks and have found no...

    I did several Google checks and have found no listing of this lawyer anywhere. The lawyer who prepared the will passed away in 2010 and I finally located this firm as having the deceased lawyer's...
  12. As I mentioned, the lawyer I already spoke to...

    As I mentioned, the lawyer I already spoke to (who sent me the original will and would be willing to handle opening probate, negotiating with the funeral director, and closing probate) told me if I...
  13. I was thinking that. But isn't he likely to ask...

    I was thinking that. But isn't he likely to ask me for the same information to probate the will? I'd like to be as prepared as possible.
  14. I'm now in possession of my friend's original...

    I'm now in possession of my friend's original will and 2 certified death certificates. Today I located a Small Estate Settlement Form (Affidavit of Voluntary Administration) from the New York State...
  15. Since I'm getting conflicting information I think...

    Since I'm getting conflicting information I think I'll have the will admitted for probate myself and file a Small Estate Affidavit, too. I also plan to negotiate with the funeral director. My...
  16. I'm sorry about the confusion. Nothing has...

    I'm sorry about the confusion. Nothing has changed. I don't understand the process or terminology and I want to be sure I'm doing everything correctly. I don't think I need the lawyer. What...
  17. I don't understand. I thought I have to take the...

    I don't understand. I thought I have to take the original will and certified death certificate to Probate Court and get the Letter of Appointment within 30 days of death. Isn't that required?
  18. Thank you for the encouragement. I have another...

    Thank you for the encouragement. I have another question. Is it necessary for me to file a Small Estate Affidavit since there was a will and I'm the sole beneficiary? I'm finding conflicting...
  19. I'm making progress. I located the lawyer with...

    I'm making progress. I located the lawyer with the will and he agreed to send it to me with the files return receipt requested (of course). He said it will be a mess if the USPS loses it, but I'll...
  20. I'm willing to do it myself. I have a copy of...

    I'm willing to do it myself. I have a copy of the will before it was signed and notarized. My relationship to my friend is friend. What is TOD? Thank you for your comments.
  21. As executrix and sole beneficiary, how do I handle a SMALL estate?

    My friend passed away last week. He had a will in which I was named Executrix and sole beneficiary. His estate is very small--several thousand dollars in a checking account and no other assets or...
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    The pressure treated lumber should dry out for a...

    The pressure treated lumber should dry out for a month or so before installing, right? Should something be applied to the seams where the plywood sections meet before installing the sheet vinyl?
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    What should I use to repair subfloor in slab?

    My house is a tri-level. The 3rd level down is 30" below grade and on a concrete slab covered with 1x4 sleepers with solid foam panels between them and then a 1/2" plywood subfloor on top of them...
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    Yes, that's what I'm trying to figure out.

    Yes, that's what I'm trying to figure out.
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    Toilet runs fine except for occasional need for...

    Toilet runs fine except for occasional need for plunging. Septic guy wouldn't pursue the plumbing aspect further--will only do outdoor stuff. Have yet to find a trustworthy plumber, which is why I'd...
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    When does a toilet need to be replaced?

    One of the toilets in my house seems to need plunging more than it should. It's been suggested that I replace it, but I'd like to know if that's necessary. The toilet sits on vinyl flooring on a...
  27. I installed a new water inlet valve so it didn't...

    I installed a new water inlet valve so it didn't need to be cleaned. I assume that's the filter screen inside the washer that Milo is referring to. Just for "fun," since the hot water was coming in...
  28. Well, I just replaced the water inlet valve in...

    Well, I just replaced the water inlet valve in the washer and the supply lines and I still have the same problem. Hot water is fine, but no cold water enters the washer. I don't have a way to send...
  29. My concerns are size, since I don't know what...

    My concerns are size, since I don't know what 1/2" or 3/4" refers to on the valves I've looked at (I think they're boiler drain angle valves), and whether the existing valve is soldered in, which...
  30. I removed the cold hose from the back of the...

    I removed the cold hose from the back of the machine to see if it was clogged and water kept pouring out of the hose. That's how I found out the cold shutoff valve on the wall wasn't working, since...
  31. The valve is installed horizontally with its base...

    The valve is installed horizontally with its base nearly against the sheetrock wall, maybe 1/16" of threaded shank showing. The handle itself is parallel to the wall with the faucet below at an...
  32. The valve(s) I have are the old-fashioned kind...

    The valve(s) I have are the old-fashioned kind with a round metal handle. Is it likely to be a ball valve (ie, requiring complete replacement to work properly)? If I have the option, I'd like to...
  33. I did check the screens, but maybe not as...

    I did check the screens, but maybe not as carefully as you suggest. I'll check again as part of my education. I ordered a new water inlet valve for the washer and industrial braid fill hoses, just...
  34. Cold water doesn't enter washer, but stays in hose. Valve on wall won't close.

    My Maytag clothes washer (model number SAV4655EWW) was purchased in Nov. 2005. Yesterday it allowed hot water in, but no cold. I unscrewed the cold water hose where it attaches to the back of the...
  35. Thank you for your input. Sounds reasonable, but...

    Thank you for your input. Sounds reasonable, but I'm not sure I can manage it because of difficulty reaching down to access the holes and my lack of experience. I thought using the pavers, buttered...
  36. How do I seal the open tops of cement blocks in front of my house?

    When my house was built in 1971, the cement block foundation was extended forward about 4" to accommodate a future stone front. Shingles (now rotted) were nailed at an angle overlaying the tops of...
  37. I did some searching for parts with no luck and...

    I did some searching for parts with no luck and just ordered a new dehumidifier a little while ago. Thank you for your input. I appreciate it.
  38. Dehumidifier doesn't draw water and humidity setting won't stay set.

    My GE dehumidifier model #ADER65LPQ1 is 3 years old and has worked fine until this week. The bucket doesn't collect water and when I try to set a different humidity % it holds for a second and then...
  39. Thank you for your help.

    Thank you for your help.
  40. The new trap arm (wall tube) is 1-1/4", just like...

    The new trap arm (wall tube) is 1-1/4", just like the old corroded one, and slips easily into the 1-3/8" inside diameter liner (that I can't remove) with room to spare. The old trap arm apparently...
  41. There's no clearance whatsoever to allow a skinny...

    There's no clearance whatsoever to allow a skinny screwdriver or even the point of an X-acto blade to locate a gap between the ABS pipe and the liner. The outside diameter of the ABS pipe is 2-1/4"....
  42. I finally was able to unscrew the metal...

    I finally was able to unscrew the metal connecting nut. The metal liner I mentioned earlier that is inside the ABS pipe is a uniform depth of around 1-1/2" and not corroded at all. I can't grab it...
  43. Okay. I'll try to describe what I'm looking at. ...

    Okay. I'll try to describe what I'm looking at. (Unfortunately, I can't take a picture of it.) The black plastic pipe inside the wall has an O.D. of 2-1/4" and a smooth surface until it reaches...
  44. Even though the ring and drain tube were bonded,...

    Even though the ring and drain tube were bonded, the ring had to be attached separately from the top, since the drain tube underneath has a Y in it to accommodate the drain plug mechanism and has to...
  45. The new connector I got when I bought the pipe is...

    The new connector I got when I bought the pipe is lightweight zinc, but the one I have to remove is solid and heavy (and 44 years old). I don't think I can cut it.
  46. I can't budge the nut holding the p-trap in the wall.

    I've replaced a bathroom faucet and want to replace the p-trap beneath it, since the metal tube going into the connector on the wall fell out and is badly corroded on the end. (There had been no...
  47. Cutting the pipe was the only way. It worked...

    Cutting the pipe was the only way. It worked well and it's obvious that the pipe and ring are solidly together. Thank you all for your suggestions.
  48. The pipe is loose. It's the ring above the drain...

    The pipe is loose. It's the ring above the drain that I can't get off so I can back the pipe down.
  49. The cutting was what I hoped to avoid. Thank you...

    The cutting was what I hoped to avoid. Thank you for the suggestions.
  50. Yes, I cut the washer, but the ring won't budge. ...

    Yes, I cut the washer, but the ring won't budge. Maybe after 44 years that's not surprising.
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