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    Hmmmm, maybe this is the answer. Hot on left,...

    Hmmmm, maybe this is the answer. Hot on left, Cold on right.
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    Simple troubleshoot - take a section of toilet...

    Simple troubleshoot - take a section of toilet paper an tie around each plumbing joint. Wait a few days, and the wet one will tell you where the problem is. Do this on both pressure and drain lines.
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    You should snake the vents. It sounds like you...

    You should snake the vents. It sounds like you have a vent line plugged in that bathroom group.
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    Agree w/ afaroo. There might also be a drip leg...

    Agree w/ afaroo. There might also be a drip leg right at the WH itself. Same problem, same cure.
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    Where do you live? They need to be under the...

    Where do you live? They need to be under the frost line.
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    Where are you located? Is the water hard (full...

    Where are you located? Is the water hard (full of calcium deposits). What kind of detergent are you using? Try one that has enzymes listed on the label - they do a better job in hard water...
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    Any time you mess with K&T - you should replace...

    Any time you mess with K&T - you should replace the whole run. The insulation is extremely brittle, and most suceptible to breaking. I would expect that if you check with an ohm meter, that you've...
  8. Question: Shared neutral

    by stew_1962
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    Connect a light bulb to the circuit in question -...

    Connect a light bulb to the circuit in question - if you have a spare fixture of sorts, should put enough load on the circuit to answer that. If there is any substantial current, it will also glow...
  9. Assuming you are planning to rewire the whole...

    Assuming you are planning to rewire the whole circuit, and follow Chuck's instructions about using the 15A breaker/fuse until you're finished - should be OK. If you're not going to finish rewiring,...
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    It is used to induce a trickle current in the...

    It is used to induce a trickle current in the alarm loop. That way, the alarm panel can detect the wire being loose, broken, or melted during a fire and trip the alarm.
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    Another tip - look at the voltage rating of your...

    Another tip - look at the voltage rating of your bulbs. If you are in fact getting some surges, a 130V light bulb will last longer. They aren't that hard to find. I've used them for years and have...
  12. Question: Shared neutral

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    Have you removed the ceiling fan connections...

    Have you removed the ceiling fan connections during this test? Or, is there still a fixture installed?
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    I'm with Speedball on this one - only one more...

    I'm with Speedball on this one - only one more angle to cover. Maybe the line backed up momentarily and leaked up through the caulked joint. Since the blockage cleared, it hasn't done it since - or...
  14. How much money is the diff? We're talking DIY...

    How much money is the diff?

    We're talking DIY here, yeah? If the run only costs a few dollars more, would the sch 80 be overkill for only a few buck more? I always vote for DURABILITY - we've...
  15. Upgrade the breaker, upgrade the wires. Can't to...

    Upgrade the breaker, upgrade the wires. Can't to one without the other.
  16. You can - but some time from now "somebody" might...

    You can - but some time from now "somebody" might get the wrong idea about the intent at the 10/3 end. Make sure it is DOCUMENTED.

    Only reason to oversize wires (in my mind) would be to prevent...
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    Aren't plumbing codes great?

    Aren't plumbing codes great?
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    OMG - that's too fun!

    OMG - that's too fun!
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    Drain line is blocked - you need to snake the...

    Drain line is blocked - you need to snake the line, and don't forget the fact the vent line my need snaking as well.
  20. Always remove those hoses in the wintertime -...

    Always remove those hoses in the wintertime - this is what causes this to happen. Take them off before "freeze time" arrives.
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    Simple answer, no. Had the same issue in this old...

    Simple answer, no. Had the same issue in this old house - ugly fix.
  22. Had the same problem - ugh. I have an older...

    Had the same problem - ugh.

    I have an older home, '20's. The city switched us onto the "newer mains". AND - reran my main; killed two of my trees and cut my sewer main... that's another...
  23. Question: Wonderboard 1/4

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    1/2; 1/4" needs something behind it - no economy...

    1/2; 1/4" needs something behind it - no economy here, use the 1/2"
  24. I'd take up the vinyl and skip the backer board. ...

    I'd take up the vinyl and skip the backer board. If you want to use backer, thinset and tapcons, but it'll never be as good as taking up the vinyl.
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    24x24 inch granite tile, what size trowel?

    I'm using 24x24 inch tiles on my countertops - what size trowel should I use? How big should the notches be? 3/8x3/8?
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    Speedball - still can't add more reputation to...

    Speedball - still can't add more reputation to you - Cheers! Very helpful as always.

    OK. PRV - check, Gauge - check, Expansion tank - check. Appreciate the help. Hope to return the favor....
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    OK, now I'm digging deeper - missed one GREAT...

    OK, now I'm digging deeper - missed one GREAT post on high water pressure. Reading that, I'm seeing that if I install the PRV, AND it has a check valve. I'm going to need an expansion tank to avoid...
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    Water Pressure: How high is TOO high?

    I'm replacing a toilet ballcock for the 3rd time. Never occurred to me what was causing them to fail...

    1st one, when we moved in some 15 yrs ago.

    2nd one, when the city switched us to the...
  29. Question: Ceiling Fan

    by stew_1962
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    How do you know the remote is working? Did you...

    How do you know the remote is working? Did you change the battery in the remote? Sometimes the battery has enough power to activate the LED, but not enough power to transmit to the fan receiver.
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    There are drains that empty the water produced...

    There are drains that empty the water produced when the unit automatically defrosts. You will need to look under the drawers to see if you can find them. Oftentimes, they get clogged with food...
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    Ugh, had this problem myself. Ended up having to...

    Ugh, had this problem myself. Ended up having to completely disassemble it and replace all the insulation after cleaning the cavity. Sorry, there's not an easy fix to this.
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    Maybe the circuit breaker supplying the outlet is...

    Maybe the circuit breaker supplying the outlet is a GFI?
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    One of these: Buy "Fernco" Cast Iron Hub Donut at...

    One of these: Buy "Fernco" Cast Iron Hub Donut at BuyHardwareSupplies.com
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    2 plumbers? Are there any shutoff valves in...

    2 plumbers?

    Are there any shutoff valves in play here? Say, between level 1 and up?
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    Use a compression fitting to couple the metal to...

    Use a compression fitting to couple the metal to the plastic.

    There are no adhesives I'm aware of that are approved for this application.
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    Clogged sprayer - they get clogged up w/ mineral...

    Clogged sprayer - they get clogged up w/ mineral deposits often.
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    Likely, the drain line or the trap for the washer...

    Likely, the drain line or the trap for the washer is clogged with lint, detergent, and fabric softener.

    You'll need to clean out the drain line. If it is just draining slowly, you might try...
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    1st thing to look at is the aereator. The little...

    1st thing to look at is the aereator. The little screen that screw on the faucet. Sometimes, they get clogged with particulates. You can unscrew it, and, paying attention to position the parts are...
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    Here's a link. You should be able to get these...

    Here's a link. You should be able to get these at your home center or plumbing supply store.

    "Closet flanges, plastic pipe hangers, plumbing specialty fittings, toilet flanges, tub trim kits,...
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    State Industries | Residential | Gas Water...

    State Industries | Residential | Gas Water Heaters
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    Is there a high sulfur content in the water where...

    Is there a high sulfur content in the water where you live?

    Copper pipes+sulfur=copper sulfate, which is blue.
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    Wooden Porch - paint suggestions

    Does anyone have any advice on painting a wooden porch floor?

    I've sanded ALL the old paint off. Bare wood, either pine or fir (mixed, from repairs and such).

    What's the best and most...
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    I don't recommend ferco-ing over top of old...

    I don't recommend ferco-ing over top of old stuff. You really need to use the fittings and adapters as they were intended, they might work... but only for a while.

    Is the nipple stuck? You...
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    STUDOR (R) inVENTive Technology (TM) - Air...

    STUDOR (R) inVENTive Technology (TM) - Air Admittance Valves
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    They are PVC, you should be able to buy one at...

    They are PVC, you should be able to buy one at Lowe's, Home depot, etc.
  46. Question: Pvc cement

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    You'll have to cut it out and replace the pieces....

    You'll have to cut it out and replace the pieces. Once glued, they are "one"
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    They are called a studor vent or air admittance...

    They are called a studor vent or air admittance valve. Don't need to go outside.
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    Look in the cistern (the tank behind the toilet)....

    Look in the cistern (the tank behind the toilet). Is there mold in there, too?

    If so, pour in some bleach, let sit over night. Flush, then clean out toilet.

    It might be in there, and you...
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    Sounds like there's crud that has dried up in the...

    Sounds like there's crud that has dried up in the trap.

    Try some "slow drain cleaner" to loosen it up. Follow directions, flush with LOTS of hot water afterwards.

    If this doesn't work,...
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    Remove the cartridge from the bad sink. When you...

    Remove the cartridge from the bad sink. When you turn off water supplies and turn them back on, sometimes some "crud" gets loose. I'm betting there is something in there obstructing the flow.
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