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Home Builder Plumber Errors.

Home Builder Plumber Errors.

We recently had a number of drain pipe problems occurring within a two month period at our two story home.  The three problems seem to be from suspicious causes. Mike’s (our plumber) observations: #1  With new home construction, when plumbing pipes fail to line up, some plumbers force joints to come together. This lasts for a while but as the building ages and the plastic becomes less flexible the pipe gives way.  Mike has seen this happen quite a few…

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Milwaukee V-Jaw Pliers That Are Way Cool To Use.

Milwaukee V-Jaw Pliers That Are Way Cool To Use.

I went shopping for a small crescent wrench at Home Depot.  I found a wonderful and rather clever designed pliers that would outperform just about any small wrench I have in my tool kit.  Here is what I like about it: The jaws have a clever design that easily grabs any bolt size up to 1 and 1/2 inches. The jaws can open up to 2 and 1/4 inches for grabbing other items that do not come around to hit…

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American Standard Toilet Lid Problem – Solved

American Standard Toilet Lid Problem – Solved

The customer complained that one of their bathroom toilet lids kept falling down.  This is a real problem for men. I checked to see if the floor was level.  I was darn near level but had an ever so slight tilt backward which should have helped the lid to stay up.  It appeared to be a defective design. The only identification is inside the water tank: American Standard 1112 tank, made in Mexico.  I suspect that this toilet came with…

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Husky 3200 Lumen Multi-Directional LED Work Light Review

Husky 3200 Lumen Multi-Directional LED Work Light Review

I had to do a some room remodel and needed a good portable work light.  I wanted the following features: Powerful light source. Easy to move the unit around. Good light spread so lots of wall space would be lit. Collapsible to a manageable size for movement and storage. Low heat generation so the work space would not become any more uncomfortable from heat emanating from the light source.  I had up to now used tungsten halogen lights and the…

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Family Room – Items Used – Part 8

Family Room – Items Used – Part 8

Here is a list of some of the items that I used to complete this project.  This is only a partial list.  It may be updated to include more items. TV wall mount: Sanus SLF9 (excellent to the point of being perfect).  Vendor: COSTCO. Smart TV:  LG 65UH615A.  This is a 65 inch diagonal flat screen smart TV.  It has 4 HDMI connectors, 1 optical audio, 1 Ethernet port, 1 USB port.  The image quality is very good.  This particular…

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Family Room Completion – Part 7

Family Room Completion – Part 7

The family room has 3 sets of two lights across the ceiling.  Each set of lights can be dimmed.  The two lights close to the TV set are gimbals so they can be aimed to either side of the TV set.  The room also has one half wall outlet devoted to a floor lamp and controlled by a wall switch. The audio surround sound sub woofer can be seen on the left side of the fireplace, shown as a black…

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Family Room – Near Finish – Part 6

Family Room – Near Finish – Part 6

In this image you can see the following completions: Surround sound, left, right and center speakers are shown. The TV had been mounted. The metal mantle on top of the stone fireplace has been mounted. A bias light has been mounted behind the TV and can be remotely controlled. The TV set can be swung left or right and tilted up or down.  It can also be pulled out from the wall to make rear TV connections easy. Next Part…

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Family Room – Wall Paint – Part 5

Family Room – Wall Paint – Part 5

The customer family members picked 5 different shades of gray to be painted in the room.  We pained each sample for family members to pick from. The AC outlet and signal boxes do not show because the openings have been sealed closed for painting. Next Part >