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Anyone know where I can buy siding? Went to Home Depot, Lowes, but nothing. And most online search results are companies, but I need to buy a couple of pieces of siding and not have to pay anyone to do it. Thanks
Where are you exactly? The Roof Center, ABC Supply and Allied Building Products are all exterior focused material providers. I've pretty much called on them all in MD so let me know the general area.
Not to threadcap...another home improvement question.
Want to convert my electric cooktop to gas. Have gas coming into the house already, just need a new line run. How much does something like this cost? Anyone have a good gas/plumber they'd recommend in the G-burg/Rockville area?
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I've got carpenter bees boring into my carport roof. I've caulked all the holes I can find, but should I get an exterminator?
Get a badminton raquet. The thwack when you hit one is very satisfying!
You need to dust the holes with pesticide so the queen will drag the treatment to where shes laid the eggs. BTW, the male bees circling around guarding the hole don't have stingers.
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Delta Dust is great stuff. Works on all invader insects as far as I can determine.
Thanks guys, looks like HD doesn't carry Delta Dust and I have to order online
Today's question is plumbing. Had some sort of small leak in my toilet for about a week, bowl drains just enough to cause the float to sink and reload about every 15 minutes. Replace the flapper, that didn't work. Got the plastic ring seal and silicone for under the flapper, that didn't work. No water on the floor, so the water is going down the bowl somehow. Should I just replace the entire flapper assembly, pole and all?
Replacing everything is easy and cheap but you can try adjusting the chain if you prefer.
Yes. Or keep trying with different flappers. If they don't seat just right, they'll leak.
So, anyone want to come over and have dinner in the next couple of weeks? The only catch is that you have to help me move the new granite-topped vanity upstairs.
If the float screws onto a metal float arm, try bending the arm down so the ball rides lower.
If your float moves up and down the refill tower, move the adjuster so that it trips lower.
Both these mean less water in the tank.
This will put more pressure on the trip lever (the valve at the top of the refill tower).
Or just replace everything.
How much do interior painters cost?
If you're in VA I have a reference for you. My guy Javier is cheap, does great work, and cleans up after himself.
Waldorf close enough?
Anyone ever move a thermostat? Mine is upstairs on the BR level and subject to indirect sunlight. Would like to move it down one level to LR/DR/Kitchen level and indirect sunlight. Could I get Dominion to do it for free?
Ugh. Getting my basement redone and when they pulled down the paneling the cinder block foundation walls were soaked. Contractor wants to bring a waterproofing company out to look at the landscaping instead of dry locking the walls and forcing the water to the floors. Anyone have any experience with this? 50% of the surface walls are exposed to the outside and not an issue, it's the 50% below grade that are the problem.
Unfortunately I do. I did the drylocking from the inside, putting the water into a trench drain that headed towards the sump pump. It was like $120 a linear foot (I believe that included a new sump pump and our walls were completely underground) and we initially had some problems because we couldn't have the system travel as far as we should because the sanitary riser was in the way, but they worked to come up with a solution. It's a rental and they haven't complained about it since, so I assume it worked.
We used MyMrBasement but I assume there are a ton of places that use the same WaterGuard system.
edit: Your first step should be making sure that your gutters are handling the amount of water, aren't clogging and are effectively getting it away from the house.
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The gutter are clean but they haven't been able to handle big rains very well. I need to get them looked at.
Usually fixing the water flow issues outside is going to be a lot more effective than anything you do to the inside of the basement (although doing both is probably the best solution).
So my hot tub stopped heating all the way. I call the repair place, dude is 3 hours late. I pay $230 for him to fix the issue but since you have to wait several hours for the water to heat you can't verify that its been fixed until later that night. Issue isn't fixed. Repair guy wants another $85 + parts to come out and do something else to the hot tub to try to fix the exact same issue. Going back and forth with the manager now, but why the heck would I have to pay the guy again? I need to find a new hot tub guy.
I've been fighting water in the basement for a couple years now...upgrading to 6" gutters is the last move and I should be fine.
Getting water AWAY from your house is the only solution IMHO. Eventually, water will always undo whatever seal you have created. Regrading is the most effective way to waterproof your basement. That and keeping clean gutters.
My home inspector is coming out Tuesday before I call any waterproofing company. We are going to measure the moisture in the walls, get on the roof and go over all the gutters and downspouts, and look at the grading around the walls.
Cut off the water supply to your foundation and you will never see a drop. During rain storms, my sump pump would run constantly. I regraded and the pump hasn't run in 2 years.
Terpa Firma is right. Waterproofing is a waste of money. You gotta get the water running away from the house.
Yeah, getting the water away is the best solution. Our situation sucked because it involved a yard that is graded towards the house, trees that dump gutter clogging crap on the roof, renters who don't do shit and a humid basement that grows mold. We did it mainly for the mold resistant material.
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