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  1. General DIY Discussions
    I am getting water in my basement which is directly under my front porch. This happen when we get heavy rain. *sorry the attachments are sideways, not sure why that happened* My deck floor is made out of pressure treated wood (see Front Porch attachment). I'm not sure what is underneath it...
  2. Plumbing
    Hello. We just got our well tested for Total Coliform and E.coli. E.coli passed but we got 2 MPN/100ml for Total Coliform. Anything > 0 is failing, unfortunately. Not sure what to do next. I can get the well inspected, but it sounds like they don't do necessarily do a visual inspection for...
  3. Pest Control
    I was replacing my gutters when rain started and the gutter filled with water. After that, there was a big black spider sitting under water in the gutter. Never seen before.
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I began to excavate for a paver patio right next to my house a month and a half ago. I have the general outline dug out and i'm in the process of sloping the ground away from the house and getting the pitch right before putting down the stone layer. I had a busy few weekends and was not able to...
  5. Roofing/Siding
    I do not have any useful photos to share yet, but if there is a general rule of thumb about water intrusion when rain is driven by wind, I would appreciate the advice. The home is 11/2 stories with a dormer that is not flat, but does have a slight grade toward the gutters. I had the roof torn...
  6. Windows and Doors
    Hi guys. Thanks for the help ahead of time. I have a window that leaks when it rains. Usually if the rain is a light rain it won't leak, but when its heavy it will leak. Look at the photos above. I installed replacement windows and inspected the outside of the window. The caulking between the...
  7. Roofing/Siding
    I am having an acrylic coated double standing seam galvalume roof installed on my new home - the shingle tear off was started this past Weds but before the metal could be installed we were hit with an unexpected rain storm. My roofer has assured me that the exposed area of the roof (basically...
  8. Building & Construction
    I recently purchased a new house and had the previous owner repoint the rear brick wall because there was visible water damage and I assumed repointing the exterior and repairing the interior walls would fix the problem. This past weekend we got a decent amount of rain and now the new plaster is...
  9. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I have (2) 275 gallon water totes that i have already rigged up to my gutters and set up a tricky air tight system for it. I plan on using air pressure (from air compressor) to get the water flowing good. But I do not want to over do the pressure with the totes. I have already tested everything...
  10. Plumbing
    I have a 40 year old home purchased Feb '99. - It has a sump pump in an open pit in an unfinished basement that is below grade. - There is no laundry sink in the basement although there is a washer and dryer. (The previous owner took the sink with him when he left and I didn't realize it...
  11. Roofing/Siding
    I disconnected the downspouts from the sewer & they now empty into rain barrels. But 1) I need to move the barrels and 2) I have too much runoff. So my question is, is there such a thing as a pitched downspout? To take the water along the side of the house where the gable is, i.e. where...
  12. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hello fellow DIYers, For the last 3 years my lovely neighbor has had her sump pump drain into my backyard. I’ve called the city and she can do it because the outlet is 10ft from my property. Problem is we have a very high water table and the sump goes off every 10 minutes. I have been nice...
  13. Plumbing
    The sump pit in the basement of the house we bought was connected directly to the sewer line, which we recently discovered was a code violation. We disconnected that pipe, and there are two other existing lines out, one to the backyard and one that outlets by the sidewalk in front. It hasn't...
  14. HVAC
    Hi, Had a torrential rainstorm here in So. Cal. yesterday with heavy sideways-blowing rain. Heater (a Payne high efficiency, probably from early 90's) was working great, then we went out for a few hours and so we turned it off. Came home to find it will not fire up. Upon inspection I found...
  15. Roofing/Siding
    I'm doing a complete remodel of my house during the wettest California winter in years. Needless to say, the framing has been very wet several times, and now the partially complete roof is getting drenched. It's a two-story house with upper story setbacks on two sides. The roof has been...
  16. Electrical
    In my home a circuit breaker pops whenever I plug in a tv or lamp into an outlet. Actually, I have three outlets on the same breaker with this problem. We have a ceiling light on this breaker that does not cause the breaker to pop. I have replaced two of the outlets and the problem continued...
  17. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I have a garden in a remote area. I currently have to carry water to it when there is a shortage of rain. I would like to create a rain collection system of barrels to capture rain and store it for use during dry periods. I'm looking for ideas on creatings some type of funnel to place atop a...
  18. HVAC
    Hello I bought this fixer last October. Recently I have noticed a slow leak in one duct. I cannot tell if the leak stops if I turn the unit on, but I can tell that the leak is inside the duct and not outside the duct. Any ideas?:eek:
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