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by rchesterton
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Removing Heat Pump/AC Unit
Replies: 7
Views: 229

Re: Removing Heat Pump/AC Unit

Got it removed. Now I need to find an alternative for the heat pump that will go into the wall in a room that is 18 x 25 feet with 14ft vaulted ceilings. I have heard that Mitsubishi makes a unit that you can put into your wall that does both heat and cool. Any experience here? I don't want to add a...
by rchesterton
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Removing Heat Pump/AC Unit
Replies: 7
Views: 229

Re: Removing Heat Pump/AC Unit

I'm surprised you said to wait for a pro. Is it some sort of pressurized line or something other than just H20?

My challenge is that I need to get it removed today so the pool installers can have the space to place the equipment where that is. Do I REALLY need a pro?
by rchesterton
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Removing Heat Pump/AC Unit
Replies: 7
Views: 229

Removing Heat Pump/AC Unit

I am considering removing this unit so I can install a heater/filter for an in-ground pool (new) in its place. It is inefficient when it comes to heating (about a 300 sq. ft. room) anyway. It's good as an AC but not sure it's worth keeping just for that. Anyway, the electrical lines I know I can jus...
by rchesterton
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outdoor and Underground Conduit
Replies: 7
Views: 188

Re: Outdoor and Underground Conduit

Is it ok to get stranded or does it need to be solid THHN?
by rchesterton
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Winterizing AC Unit
Replies: 5
Views: 212

Winterizing AC Unit

Wasn't sure where to post this question - but this seemed logical. I have never really winterized my central AC outdoor unit (Rheem, type is pictured). Any suggestions as to what is best to do when preparing for the winter (I live in a cold climate - lots of snow, ice, rain...and just nasty weather).
by rchesterton
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outdoor and Underground Conduit
Replies: 7
Views: 188

Re: Outdoor and Underground Conduit

Thanks for the input - I went with PCV conduit and it went perfectly. I didn't realize that there was cable that was designed to be directly buried without conduit. Good to know. When I run a line from my exiting box through my basement to the external wall (it'll just be a dedicated, 15 amp circuit...
by rchesterton
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outdoor and Underground Conduit
Replies: 7
Views: 188

Outdoor and Underground Conduit

What is the best conduit to use to bury a line that will eventually be used for a lamp post? I have a patio going in today and I need to get conduit for the installers to be able to lay that down before they do the rest. I could use rigid PVC type because it is a straight run - no real turns but it ...
by rchesterton
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Building a Retaining Wall
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Building a Retaining Wall

Thanks for the advice. I do live in a cold area (Western New York). That said, I installed a patio a few years ago, dug down about 10 inches, used about 8 inches of gravel and then leveling sand and have not had issues with heaving. 1. Is that the same concept I would use to build this wall in deali...
by rchesterton
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Building a Retaining Wall
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Building a Retaining Wall

I recently built a 12' x 12' shed and had to place it on the most level part of my yard - which is not very level. So, I had 7 yards of gravel delivered and leveled it out which resulted in various depths of gravel that I worry over time will begin to erode, causing problems for my shed. I ended up ...
by rchesterton
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Fix Leak Around Skylight Window
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Fix Leak Around Skylight Window

There is a water mark that has appeared in the ceiling of my living room right under the skylight. I cannot tell where the leak is, but I can only conclude that it is either around flashing or around the actual glass of the window. Best way to detect the leak and repair? How would you go about this?
by rchesterton
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Structural Question
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Structural Question

I am running a 3 inch PVC pipe as a riser from my basement up to my second floor. You can see in this picture that there’s an addition behind the wall that they riser is going to be going up into. There used to be two entrances into this addition and the previous owners removed one of them. They lef...
by rchesterton
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Rough Drain/Vent Plumbing In Upstairs Laundry/Bathroom
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: Rough Drain/Vent Plumbing In Upstairs Laundry/Bathroom

Thanks for that input - it was very helpful and at least gets me started thinking the right way. I have a stack very easily accessible once I get through the floor downstairs. I'll go straight down and then over to the stack. There are no obstacles in the wall or downstairs that are going to limit t...
by rchesterton
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Running Electric for Dryer
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Running Electric for Dryer

Gotcha. So I would just go with the orange (10 g) nm cable, I assume. I ran that same thing out to my garage with 30amp double pole breakers. Is that the standard for a typical dryer (it's only about 3 years old not sure the exact draw but it is running on this now and is fine).
by rchesterton
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Running Electric for Dryer
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Running Electric for Dryer

Is there a particular type of romex that I would use to run 220 up to a new laundry room? The one that goes to my dryer now (in the basement) looks different than any others I have - even the 220 that I ran out to my garage is orange...but this is like a beige, rounder line that goes to the outlet f...
by rchesterton
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Rough Drain/Vent Plumbing In Upstairs Laundry/Bathroom
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Rough Drain/Vent Plumbing In Upstairs Laundry/Bathroom

I am putting a second floor laundry/bathroom on the second floor of my house. Running supply lines is simple, but I am looking for direction for plumbing in the drainage for toilet, sink, laundry and tub. I am wondering if I should run one main drain pipe down through the first floor and straight in...
by rchesterton
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 422

Re: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

Directly below is a solid exterior wall - the opening to the addition (downstairs) is way to the right - there are no doors or windows in line with this window below.
by rchesterton
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 422

Re: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

So far, here's what I've done. Not the best picture because you cannot see the bottom but it gives you the idea. I used a 2x6 for the header and doubled the jacks. What do you mean by blocks or blocking?
by rchesterton
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 422

Re: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

Thanks! Just didn't want to run into any rules for walls that were "more" load bearing than others. But it seems that all external walls are created and treated equally! I appreciate it.
by rchesterton
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 422

Re: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

I'll have to cut 3 studs to fit
by rchesterton
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 422

Re: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

I cannot use that old framed out window space because there is now an addition with vaulted ceilings which caused the peak of the roof to intrude on the window that used to be there. I will be framing it completely new where (in my picture) you see there is a square cut out. I just did not know if t...
by rchesterton
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side
Replies: 15
Views: 422

Window Framing on Eave side vs Gable Side

Last year I installed a window on first floor of the gable end of my house. Now, I am going to put another window in but this time it will be on the second floor and on the eave side (I think that is the opposite of gable, right?). I am wondering if there are any load-bearing specifics that I need t...
by rchesterton
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: What is this?

Looks like a piece of thin metal they may have used to prevent the insulation from ripping through the head of the fastener to me.
by rchesterton
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Safe to Remove Wall??
Replies: 14
Views: 338

Re: Safe to Remove Wall??

Yes, that is what I meant...going from the exterior (supporting) wall to the middle wall (over the I beam) is what I would do.
by rchesterton
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Safe to Remove Wall??
Replies: 14
Views: 338

Re: Safe to Remove Wall??

Given there is no wall underneath and my house was built with 2x8 joists - I am thinking I need to reinforce the floor before installing washer/dryer bathtub, etc. If I take the subfloor off and sister additional joists across the entire area will that help to ensure it is properly supported? Is tha...
by rchesterton
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Safe to Remove Wall??
Replies: 14
Views: 338

Re: Safe to Remove Wall??

I figured, just wanted to be sure. There is no wall below the one that I am looking to remove. I'll check the attic tonight. If there is no wall below (and not even close - it is right over the middle of the kitchen below) then is it even possible that it is load bearing? Probably not, right? Is tha...
by rchesterton
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Safe to Remove Wall??
Replies: 14
Views: 338

Re: Safe to Remove Wall??

Shannon wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:29 am
Look for ceiling joist members coming from both direction and lapping over that wall. Also look on the main door below for another wall or beam in the same position .
Did you mean to say main "floor"?
by rchesterton
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Safe to Remove Wall??
Replies: 14
Views: 338

Re: Safe to Remove Wall??

What would I be looking for? I can see just rafters sitting on top of the top plate (there is a little space I can see through where the dry wall was removed). Perhaps I will cut a new attic access point in that room. I will need to get up there easily anyway to install the venting needed for the ba...
by rchesterton
Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Safe to Remove Wall??
Replies: 14
Views: 338

Safe to Remove Wall??

I am planning to remove this wall to make a larger room for a bathroom/laundry room on the second floor of my house. This used to be a large closet off of a bedroom. That back wall is the exterior wall. The joists run perpendicular to this wall. Where I am standing to take the picture is at the top ...
by rchesterton
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Furnace Mounted Humidifier Won't Shut Off
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: Furnace Mounted Humidifier Won't Shut Off

Meant to include the other side of the instructions. Sorry for the multiple posts on this.
by rchesterton
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Furnace Mounted Humidifier Won't Shut Off
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: Furnace Mounted Humidifier Won't Shut Off

My pics didn't upload - here they are.