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  1. Windows and Doors
    Previous owner did a good job remodeling but put in tough to match copper fixtures and accents all over. They spray=painted the handle and knocker copper to match (first pic). I'm getting a new wood door to match this one with high end fixtures and I don't want to spray paint them. BUT...nothing...
  2. Plumbing
    My house has a 5/8 inch meter that comes into the house, then immediately out of the meter it goes down to 1/2 inch. The 1/2 inch line then goes from the front of the house to the very back (~30-35 feet), before it hits a T. One side of that T then continues and splits off more to the washing...
  3. Plumbing
    I want to install a tankless water heater in my house, so I'm practicing soldering copper on some scrap pieces. I may have to reroute copper water lines in the crawlspace to the heater location on an outside wall, so I want to make sure I get this right before making trouble. I used a mini...
  4. Plumbing
    I'm going to be running some supply lines to an outdoor wash-up sink from my house. I'd like to leave the house at the sill box with something rigid (prob copper), elbow downward into the ground, and transition to PEX once in the ground. The exposed portion would look something like the copper...
  5. Roofing/Siding
    I own a house build in 1863. There are multiple small second story porches with living spaces below. I need to replace the roof material which is doubling as the porch floor on these small porches. There is rolled asphalt there now which is not really suitable for traffic and I have no idea what...
  6. Electrical
    Hi there. So, I'm changing a vanity light fixture, and discover that the builder/previous owner cut the electrical box to allow for a copper pipe to run through it. See photos attached. First, is this ok? Second, any suggestions for how to replace? Should I try something similar with an old...
  7. HVAC
    Hi! Would appreciate a bit of help... I am installing a used XR12 Trane unit 2.5 ton R410A, and the installers guide calls for 3/4 gas and 5/16 LL. The problem is that these newer uncased A coils do not have 5/16 anymore, its 3/8 connection. Considering the furnace is less than 12 feet away from...
  8. Electrical
    I am installing a new cooktop where my old range used to be. Using and existing 50a circuit, I had to remove the plug receptacle leaving me with copper red, black, and white wiring, and the new cooktop has flex with 3 aluminum wires (red, green, black). Was told by inspector that I had to use a...
  9. Plumbing
    Hello, Just checking here on the boards to see if there is a simple solution for a small leak on a sink drain in our bathroom. It appears there is a small leak (not really a leak, but more a drop) of water that is coming from the soldered joint form the elbow to the male coupling protruding...
  10. Plumbing
    I am a homeowner (not a plumber) so I apologize in advance if I use any wrong terminology. I have had a recurring issue for years with tree roots getting into my sewer line. The line is PVC but a thin PVC. Last night the roots clogged the pipes again. Today I hired a new plumber (seems...
  11. Plumbing
    Guys, I'm about to install a new water heater - gas, installed on home exterior (SoCal). I've done this twice before, and always used the flexible copper connections, and never had an issue with them. My existing WH has flexible copper connections, they haven't failed - but I'm thinking it's...
  12. General DIY Discussions
    First I wanna say hi everybody,(noob) I just bought my first home and will probably be an avid member. I am very crafty but never have had a home to make improvements to. Now onto my question. My summer project is to build a good neighbor fence that will last. I live in the Pacific N.W...
  13. Interior Decorating
    Question - I have an entertainment with doors that swing up. I want to put the door handle on the middle of each of the 4 doors. My husband says that it needs to be mounted almost at the bottom, or it will be impossible to open. With the hinges that we installed, they are very light and springy...
  14. Plumbing
    Hello, I am currently working on installing a whole house humidifier and am having trouble figuring out how to plumb the waterline to it. The closest existing line is in my water heater closet, and the line I need to cut a tee into is 3/4-inch PEX. The humidifier calls for 1/4-inch O.D...
  15. Plumbing
    I got a bit of a problem... Do you know those copper tubes that stick out of the bottom of the faucet and at the end there is a thread that you connect your flexible tube to? Well one of them in our faucet has broken when I screwed the tube back on! I think it was creased by being bent...
  16. Electrical
    Was at HD today looking at the terminal lugs because I needed some. I was looking at the silver colored metal lugs that look like the lugs used everywhere else. But I found that they are made of aluminum. Because they are made of aluminum, how can they be attached to a bus bar and have copper...
  17. Plumbing
    Hi all, After taking apart the pieces and putting them back together I'm getting leaks at the three arrows I drew on the picture. I am using teflon tape (3 layers in the right direction) and have tightened it sufficiently but with no luck. One of the pipes had a washer which I replaced. Also...
  18. HVAC
    So hear's the deal. I've been re-siding one side of the house this summer (trying to save a few bucks) - working on filling a couple mouse holes - I nicked the little 3/8" copper line coming out of my AC and evacuated the system. (6 year-old Lennox "8 lbs. 4 oz. factory filled" 410-A). Service...
  19. Roofing/Siding
    Please see the pics below (the second one is the inside of a downspout). The outside of both are painted, so no point in an outside pic. All I know is that it is metal. Would anyone be able to tell what kind of gutters are these? Would this be copper? If so, I cannot seem to find copper K-style...
  20. Painting
    I'm not sure if I'm in the correct area of the forums here. But, I got an old decorative copper bell. (You tap it with a stick to make the sound.) It has been out in the elements for a number of years and started degrading. I used vinegar and salt to try to polish it. However the reaction caused...
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