Wood Fired Boiler and Storage

I looked at an old cast iron boiler the other day it was the type used to heat those old brass radiators in the ’40’s, I think it was originally coal fired, probably weighed 1200 lbs. What I thought might work would be something like this boiler, converted for wood, an insulated jacket around it to keep all the heat contained (I thought of putting the unit in the basement – maybe the laundry room […]

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My Kitchen Sink Drains Slowly

My kitchen sink drains slowly. i have used high water pressure through the clean=out under the sink, and have checked the trap and it still drains slow. if it makes a difference the vent is under the sink. can you help? — Mine does the same, when i get to work on it, ill let you know ok. — Have you tried any drain cleaner to clean the line. Sometimes the drain line starts to […]

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Winter with a freezing washer drain

I have a problem in the winter with a freezing washer drain. Can anybody help me on this one? A few years ago I had built onto my house which included a laundry room. They blowed insulation into the attic. Evidently the contractors did not put any insulation on the pipes or drain themselves to my washer. They are in an outside wall of my house. I have heat in my laundry room. I live […]

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18″ base cabinets – finding cheap ones?

We are soon going to be converting our garage to a home office, and we are planning for one wall to be entirely cabinets and bookshelves. Our plan at the moment is for the base cabinets to be 18″ deep, and the bookshelves above them to be 12″ deep (or 11.5″, I guess — whatever the standard so-called 12″ board is). We would like the cabinets and shelves to look nice, but it is just […]

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Electric Tankless water heater – advice?

I am looking for advice on an electric tankless water heater for a two bedroom, one large full bath house with a dishwasher and clothes washer. No gas available, only electric, and this is NEW construction not a remodel. The 3/4″ inlet and outlet are in place as seen here in this photo. Is it worth getting a tankless or should I stick with the tank? I previously posted this message and didn’t get any […]

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Questions about manufactured homes

I am renting a manufactured home that sits on an acreage and I am having a few issues that I hope someone on here can help me with. First off, I’m discovering that there are actually very few studs in the walls so it makes it difficult to hang things on the walls. Does anyone know how far apart the studs may be? Second, the handles on the faucets in the bathtub broke and need […]

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Moving load bearing wall 6 feet?

I’m expanding our laundry room. It shares a common wall with the garage, so I’m basically “bumping it out” into the garage. I’m 99% sure that the house/garage wall is load bearing, but with the bump-out, I can transfer the load to the new house/garage wall that will be about 6 feet out. Is this acceptable? Will the load “transfer” okay? I’d hate to have a header in the middle of the new laundry room, […]

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Subfloor leveling problem

I made a stupid mistake on the improvement project I’m currenting working on. I’m bumping our laundry room out into the garage by 4 feet or so. There is an existing stairs & platform built in order to enter the house from the garage, which I’m extending to become part of the laundry room as well. Well, stupid me neglected to put a level on the surface of the plywood platform to see if it […]

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