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  1. Plumbing
    Hi, we bought an old cabin in the woods this past spring. We gutted the place, but installed a new toilet bowl only - the tank and water line are not attached. The toilet bowl is connected to septic tank without water. We use buckets from the lake to flush it. We have no other plumbing installed...
  2. General DIY Discussions
    Hi everyone, We have just moved house and in the garden is a large summerhouse. The previous owners have not prepared it for winter at all. It’s in sound condition and generally in very good shape...however the back wall, in particular the two corners are soaking wet. We are by the sea and...
  3. Gardening Forum
    I just completed two large retaining walls, each about 25' x 20' and filled them with topsoil. I knew I could not do any serious garden planting before winter hits here in upstate NY zone 5, but a friend suggests I put down winter rye just to get roots in the dirt and organic activity going...
  4. HVAC
    https://i.imgur.com/qF93LEz.jpg I am replacing my entire hvac system soon. I'm trying to figure out what is going on so that I can request the correct size for my furnace. I currently have a single speed gas furnace. --- Please refer to the image link above for this question. Top right...
  5. Building & Construction
    I live in Michigan. I would like to run the drain pipe in the attached pic farther out into the backyard. I understand the typical elbow, to the right of the picture, is 30 degrees. I found flex elbow at the big box. How shallow can I set the flex elbow so that water does not freez too quickly...
  6. Insulation
    Good evening all, this is my first post to the DIY Chatroom... so here goes! Garage: It's a double car garage, the seal seems good (not brittle etc) and two walls are internal (one to the basement room, and one to the furnace room: both warm) There were leaks from a roof problem with the...
  7. Pest Control
    Hi everyone, We now have what looks like many wasps snuggled in the tiny gap between the two ends of a fascia board where they meet at the top of the roof gable. They don't seem to move. It about 24 feet high from the ground. (See photos.) As you can see, one of the boards has come loose...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello - we've had a fairly cold and harsh winter and it seems that there is mold forming on the inside of my cinderblock foundation. I'm not entirely sure whether this is mold or maybe a typical reaction to a very cold winter. Here's a link to a picture I took to help illustrate the problem...
  9. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I have PT material left over during the construction of a pergola. Because of the change in weather I will not be able to use the remainder of the material until spring. I have 2 pieces of 2x10x12 pressure treated lumber to store over the winter. I was wondering how to store this properly to...
  10. Gardening Forum
    Hi All - I am new to this forum and wanted to ask a question. I moved into a new home that once had beautiful green grass. As the weather got colder here in NJ the grass began to brown and now looks almost dead. I haven't treated it (rookie mistake I know :eek:). What can I do to make sure...
  11. Electrical
    Here's my problem. I have an electric starter on my snow-thrower. There are no exterior outlets in the back of the house. (I rent and landlord doesn't want to install a new one) There is a GFI outlet in the basement. Could I run an outdoor extension cord from the basement, through the aluminum...
  12. HVAC
    I'm interested in installing a ducted mini split system, likely a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim, and I had a question in regards to sizing. First, let me state that I live in Albany, NY and my outside design temperature is negative 1. The MXZ-3A30NA unit is normally rated at 28,600 btu for heating at...
  13. HVAC
    Heading into my first winter in the new house and have a question about my central AC unit (Trane XE1000). I can't seem to find a straight answer about what I need to do to prepare the unit for the winter. The previous owner left a tarp style AC cover in the shed, but I have read in my research...
  14. Safety
    Hello I am a current design student working on a project for a work glove company. I am interested in getting some public response to an idea I have for all-weather/winter gloves. I am specifically looking into designing a winter work glove for women that is warm, comfortable, and still has a...
  15. Plumbing
    So we had a big freeze here in Denver where it went from about 60 degrees to -15 degrees in about 12 hours. All of our pipes seemed to have done fine except for the cold water in one of our bathrooms. These pipes happen to be on an external wall, so my assumption is that the cold water pipe to...
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