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  0 Thread: Washing Machine Hoses
Post: RE: Washing Machine Hoses

I prefer the faucet grease that is beeswax based. Silicone grease can cause some rubber compounds to swell and degrade. Metal to metal I’ll use silicone if it’s handy. There is a silicone based O ring...
blackhat Home Improvement 14 522 02-23-2024, 11:26 AM
  0 Thread: Washing Machine Hoses
Post: RE: Washing Machine Hoses

Secret weapon #1. A little tin of plumbers grease from the tap repair section of a hardware or big box store. Put a little smear ( thin film ) on anything near water. Screws, handle splines, faucet pa...
blackhat Home Improvement 14 522 02-21-2024, 10:29 PM
  0 Thread: Leaking Toilet Shut-off Valve--Threaded Replacement?
Post: RE: Leaking Toilet Shut-off Valve--Threaded Replac...

I wouldn’t bet on that being 1/2” pipe and it’s brass. Hard to be sure from a picture but it could be 1/4 or 3/8 threaded brass. Standard pipe thread but measure the OD of the pipe nipple. Note that p...
blackhat Home Improvement 6 179 02-20-2024, 10:54 PM
  0 Thread: Water heater TP valve leaking
Post: RE: Water heater TP valve leaking

Odd you didn’t notice the taps trying to blow a hole in the sinks. When you have it apart, make sure you check the seat in the reg. It could be wire drawn after this long. It is normal to have static ...
blackhat Home Improvement 20 934 02-12-2024, 10:40 AM
  0 Thread: HVAC Ceiling vent
Post: RE: HVAC Ceiling vent

If that is actually a supply grille, whoever installed it is an person. That should be a return duct
blackhat Home Improvement 9 460 01-26-2024, 03:47 PM
  0 Thread: HVAC Ceiling vent
Post: RE: HVAC Ceiling vent

Sounds like you’re the victim of a cheap and dirty conversion/install. Plunk a 6” run in the middle of each room and don’t spend the time to properly arrange and install the duct. Better would be rect...
blackhat Home Improvement 9 460 01-25-2024, 10:39 PM
  0 Thread: HVAC Ceiling vent
Post: RE: HVAC Ceiling vent

Is the space comfortable when heating and cooling?  Is there actually a problem besides what appears to be an attempted upsell?
blackhat Home Improvement 9 460 01-24-2024, 08:42 PM
  0 Thread: Water heater TP valve leaking
Post: RE: Water heater TP valve leaking

It’s a temperature and pressure relief valve. If the temp side actuated, it takes 5 to 10 gallons minimum to drop the water temp and reseat the valve. That’s not what you’re seeing. Pressure actuation...
blackhat Home Improvement 20 934 01-24-2024, 11:29 AM
  0 Thread: Haven't had this happen before.....
Post: RE: Haven't had this happen before.....

LP doesn’t freeze at temps and pressures normally experienced outside a lab or industrial type process. There are systems that use LP in the liquid state drawn from the storage tank. It essentially di...
blackhat Home Improvement 14 998 01-18-2024, 08:05 PM
  0 Thread: Whole house generator follow-up (fuel use)
Post: RE: Whole house generator follow-up (fuel use)

As mentioned above, temp is important. At minus 40, a 1000 gallon tank would not run long at full load before you had fuel starvation. Lots of fuel in the tank but you can’t vapourize it fast enough. ...
blackhat Home Improvement 41 1,992 01-12-2024, 10:46 AM
  0 Thread: Hanging Stained Glass from a Metal Header
Post: RE: Hanging Stained Glass from a Metal Header

3 sided frame glued into the window opening?  Full width top piece and a cripple supporting each end of that
blackhat Home Improvement 15 892 12-20-2023, 08:53 PM
  0 Thread: Sediment Filter Problems
Post: RE: Sediment Filter Problems

If your earlier filters were a graduated medium with a final 1 or perhaps 5 micron layer, and your new filters are straight 10 micron, it’s possible that fine particulates are blowing through and buil...
blackhat Home Improvement 20 967 12-20-2023, 08:46 PM
  0 Thread: Under mount or top mount sink for kitchen
Post: RE: Under mount or top mount sink for kitchen

Under mount, and shoot the first person that suggests a garburater
blackhat Home Improvement 50 2,899 12-11-2023, 08:12 PM
  0 Thread: forced hot water heating system...
Post: RE: forced hot water heating system...

I’ll try and put the pieces together.  You said the valves are closed. Assuming you mean normally close, when 24 v is present, the valve is open and allowing water to the emitters. You said the val...
blackhat Home Improvement 7 669 11-12-2023, 03:05 PM
  0 Thread: forced hot water heating system...
Post: RE: forced hot water heating system...

What zone valve?  They come in normally open and normally closed. Power causes them to change position.  Be glad to help you through troubleshooting this.
blackhat Home Improvement 7 669 11-10-2023, 08:11 PM
  0 Thread: Re-attach Stone Tread To Step?
Post: RE: Re-attach Stone Tread To Step?

Clean both mating faces with a wire brush. Blow off dust. PL premium. Weight on top of tread for a day.
blackhat Home Improvement 5 578 10-04-2023, 11:46 AM
  0 Thread: How would you lay out these curves?
Post: RE: How would you lay out these curves?

Might be time to explore laminating and veneer.
blackhat Woodworking 15 1,554 09-12-2023, 06:50 PM
  0 Thread: Trane XL824 Thermostat
Post: RE: Trane XL824 Thermostat

I am not a fan of this trend in home HVAC. So many things can go wrong. Interference in wireless connection. Interference in wired connections. Source power issues like harmonics in your AC power supp...
blackhat Home Improvement 9 1,608 07-17-2023, 09:31 PM
  0 Thread: Electrical box question (was damaged)
Post: RE: Electrical box question (was damaged)

Tell your neighbour that you are contacting the power company and reporting a damaged meter base caused by her contractor. Normal business hours, call it in to the power company’s trouble call number....
blackhat Home Improvement 21 2,022 07-02-2023, 05:06 PM
  0 Thread: About the Need to Paint
Post: RE: About the Need to Paint

Got a large amount of spare time?  Paint both faces and the ends and edges. Won’t hurt anything to do so. Just make sure to leave access and ventilation openings.
blackhat Home Improvement 8 842 06-17-2023, 02:04 PM

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