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  • #91
    Originally posted by pdom View Post
    Anyone available this weekend to help a brutha out?
    Sorry, I'm headed to New Orleans.
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    • #92
      Originally posted by pdom View Post
      Anyone available this weekend to help a brutha out?
      Uh, I have plans to do some things that I gotta do so uh I'm really busy with stuff and other things.

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      • #93
        Originally posted by mcnuttz View Post
        Pressure washing a wooden fence prior to staining will get the grey out.
        Yep. I wouldn't advise staining if the fence isn't power washed. It would be a waste of money.
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        • #94
          Is there a plumber in the house?

          Iím fairly handy at a lot of things but aside from minor things like replacing toilets et cetera, Iíve not messed with plumbing much ever. My master bedroom - the tub faucet and shower head both have a steady drip. Tub more steady.

          I would assume thereís a gasket or something that might need to replaced if it was just one of them. But donít know how likely both have bad gaskets. Am I on the wrong path or should I check something else first?

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          • #95
            His rates are very reasonable.

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            • #96
              Originally posted by midswat View Post
              Is there a plumber in the house?

              I’m fairly handy at a lot of things but aside from minor things like replacing toilets et cetera, I’ve not messed with plumbing much ever. My master bedroom - the tub faucet and shower head both have a steady drip. Tub more steady.

              I would assume there’s a gasket or something that might need to replaced if it was just one of them. But don’t know how likely both have bad gaskets. Am I on the wrong path or should I check something else first?
              What brand faucet do you have? Usually it is just a gasket but some use cartridges, which are pretty easy to install. Once you know what you have you can find a local Ferguson to get you the right products.

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              • #97
                If the cartridge in your shower fixture has gone out, it's sometimes less aggravating to just change out the fixture.

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                • #98
                  Sounds to me like a valve issue since both the faucet and showerhead are leaking.
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                  • #99
                    Originally posted by mcnuttz View Post
                    If the cartridge in your shower fixture has gone out, it's sometimes less aggravating to just change out the fixture.
                    Finally got around to fixing this yesterday. It was an o-ring on the shower head and the cartridge. The cartridge was a pain in the ass because i couldn’t get it out. Broke in half, actually. I was a wary of how much force I used pulling on it because I didn’t want to damage and soldered joints in the piping. Didn’t want to turn a small problem into a big one with having to cut into walls, etc. Eventually it came out.

                    On to the next project, and loving it.

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                    • Originally posted by midswat View Post
                      Finally got around to fixing this yesterday. It was an o-ring on the shower head and the cartridge. The cartridge was a pain in the ass because i couldn’t get it out. Broke in half, actually. I was a wary of how much force I used pulling on it because I didn’t want to damage and soldered joints in the piping. Didn’t want to turn a small problem into a big one with having to cut into walls, etc. Eventually it came out.

                      On to the next project, and loving it.
                      I'm sure there's a tool or method to removing those cartridges easily, but anytime I've had to deal with them there's lots of sweating, cussing, and near crying...so congrats on the successful plumbing venture.

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                      • They make a few different valve pullers that make
                        it extremely easy to remove them.

                        $20-$25 makes life a lot easier. You probably wouldn’t find them at Home Depot or Lowe’s though. I think you’d have much better luck at an actual plumbing supply house.

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                        • Been tiling my kitchen after doing a bathroom a couple weeks ago. Hated it at first but almost enjoying it now as I've gotten better at it.

                          Anyone used these pre-mixed grouts? Took a chance and used Mapei Flexcolor CQ in the bathroom, then got some for the kitchen after that went well. Having a lot more trouble this time, I think because this tile has more texture. Washing the grout off is a real pain. Kind of wishing I'd used the traditional kind now although this grout is pretty nice -- no sealing needed, no color changes, etc.
                          2014=2009, 2015=2010?

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                          • Tree roots have grown into a break in my main sewer line in front of my home. Plumbers cleared it out and ran a camera up there and told me where it was located. Problem is it is about 6 inches inside, under my drive way.

                            I asked how much something like that would cost to fix, and this guy told me $2600. Maybe more depending on nearby utilities. GTFOH. So I'm going to attempt to fix it myself. The drain is about 2 foot down, and I know the location of the break. My plan is to dig down carefully until I locate the exact location of the pipe. Then dig about 18" on each side. I'll have to tunnel underneath the driveway a little, but again it's only about 6-8 inches. Cut the roots back that I come across. Cut the busted section of pipe out, and using two couplers, put a new section of pipe in. Check for leaks, then throw dirt back on top. Been to Lowes and I think I have all that I need.

                            Anyone ever do this? If so, any useful tips or error traps to avoid?

                            Also, seeking advice on repacking the dirt back under the driveway. I don't want there to be a soft spot that could eventually lead to settlement cracks, etc. To avoid this - this is my potentially flawed plan - I bought a 60lb bag of gravel, and I have about 100lbs of concrete mix. I was going to pour those in the dug out section under the driveway. Would that work? I figured if I just tried to pack dirt under there, it might not get packed enough or leave air pockets. But if I poured cement down then that wouldn't be a problem.

                            Any feedback is appreciated, amigos.

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                            • Better check the code regulations in your neighborhood. You might be able to fix it just fine yourself, but if it's not done to code....? Your ass will spend far more in fines than you would have in the first place to have it fixed. Then, once they're done augering out your bunghole, you'll get to hire a plummer to redo what you just done. And pay them, too.

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                              • Where does one find “neighborhood codes” and what codes would be associated with this kind of a job? And once it’s underground how would anyone be able to see if it’s up to code?

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