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    You love it, in a good way or a bad way? ... ...

    You love it, in a good way or a bad way? ... Good way meaning someone decided for you on the complete setup? Which of course may be all wrong?
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    Specs for a roof replacement?

    Roof replacement on a multi-unit condo building, yikes!

    Dealing with quotes and bids from roofing contractors is a cryptic process, you have to question and repeatedly ask to find out what...
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    Problem Solved. The weep hole/water passage...

    Problem Solved.

    The weep hole/water passage path was blocked up. I tried a mini steam tool and it worked to push dirt to the outside, pics below. Notice the amount of dirt and silt that washed...
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    After watching watching the two videos below I...

    After watching watching the two videos below I convinced myself the weep holes/weep channels are blocked. Lots of fine dirt in every track and crevice backs this up.
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    Yes to 2nd question. However observation from...

    Yes to 2nd question. However observation from pouring a cup of water into track from one end is there is a very slight pitch that makes water slowly flow to the door junction.

    Here'e one more pic...
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    Sliding Glass Patio Door - water in rail/track

    I have a sliding glass patio door, 96 in. wide. One stationary door, and one slider. It's about 15-20 years old, well maintained.

    When it rains I'm getting water on the inside rail track. For a...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDoSt5ErCSA...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDoSt5ErCSA
    Interesting comparisons of ipe, composite, cedar and PVC.

    They show a scratch removed from AZEK composite with only a heat gun, starts at 3:45.
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    Thanks good info. I'm also trying to decide on...

    Thanks good info.

    I'm also trying to decide on the merits of using a solar power strip in place of batteries for the windows on the 18'5 ft wall. Not feasible whatsoever to run 110v power, so...
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    Thanks, good info. It's forcing a thought...

    Thanks, good info. It's forcing a thought process.

    For the sliding glass door I want privacy at night, keep neighbor eyes out, and light during the day with option to be both filtered and be wide...
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    Motorized Blinds?

    Dos, Don't and advice needed on motorized blinds!

    The well mannered ladies ("window treatment consultants") who come to your house or talk to you in the shops are all into this, but I'm at the...
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    I got a pair of those gloves from Amazon, very...

    I got a pair of those gloves from Amazon, very nice.

    Places like Northern Tool still have reduced prices on winter items, but the mid summer discounts are slowly disappearing.
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    One more point I recall, when you put recessed...

    One more point I recall, when you put recessed lighting in a ceiling below a roof crawl space, such as third floor ceiling below an angled roof, the openings you cut in the roof and the recessed...
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    Good resources and reading here, great idea book...

    Good resources and reading here, great idea book pictures: https://www.lightology.com/index.php?module=cat&cat_id=472, look for Lighting > Ceiling > Recessed
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    This one makes the short list for me. ...

    This one makes the short list for me.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzTG_1Xun54
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    Very nice find. To see the Intellicast map...

    Very nice find.

    To see the Intellicast map we all remember with layers including model tracks etc., use this:

    http://96.8.93.198/Local/WxMap.aspx

    Edit to add: Wow, all the features are...
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    Seeking some tradecraft tips from pro painters. ...

    Seeking some tradecraft tips from pro painters.

    What do you do with the film/crust of semi dried paint floating at the top of sealed paint cans that have been sitting around for a few years?
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    Elastomeric paint. Is there any hope of finding...

    Elastomeric paint. Is there any hope of finding it for sale in a size of less than 1 gallon? It has to be tintable.

    Sherwin-Williams, Lowes, HD all sell in 1 gal or 5 gal. No quart sizes.
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    What he said. On both points. Consider so...

    What he said. On both points.

    Consider so called Pole Buildings, they look nice both inside and out, in a manly, utilitarian way. They're cost more than 30k, no matter where you are located.

    My...
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    A question for Landscape or Electrical Contractor...

    A question for Landscape or Electrical Contractor types.

    Landscape lighting for a multi unit condo property, which is a better arrangement to control when the outdoor lighting, mostly landscape...
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    This typically always means the hose (clear plastic) is terminated outside the building. I've been talking to a neighbor who modified just such an arrangement to terminate into an outdoor rain...
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    Big red flag there IMO. Builders and GCs are not...

    Big red flag there IMO. Builders and GCs are not architects. And architects are not builders either. Sometimes you find one who is both, architect by education and certification, and builder by...
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    Curious why you ask this?

    Curious why you ask this?
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    It took under 11 minutes for one guy and one...

    It took under 11 minutes for one guy and one helper from This Old House to make a mantle.

    All kidding aside, they did a nice job and the video shows some of the how tos and geometry involved....
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    Mid winter season update. I hesitated but...

    Mid winter season update.

    I hesitated but eventually got a kindling cracker. It works great, it's borderline addictive.

    Have been playing around with the top-down fire starting method. It...
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    This is one of the more interesting and...

    This is one of the more interesting and keep-your-attention videos I've seen in a while. I don't really know why.
  26. Karma deals a blow to the owner:...

    Karma deals a blow to the owner: https://calgarysun.com/news/local-news/corbella-sunshine-ski-resort-owner-gets-unfair-offer-he-cant-refuse-from-feds/
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    Intellicast, during the day yesterday it showed...

    Intellicast, during the day yesterday it showed an usual, but last evening it redirects to wundergound's wundermap. They have a high bar to pass to match what Intellicast's map could do, overlay...
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    Specialized. Top of the list for me. For the...

    Specialized. Top of the list for me. For the unforgivable sin of making products -- mountain bikes -- they insist you sent in yearly/every 100 hrs of use for proprietary service -- the hydraulic...
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    Same thoughts here. What's old is new again,...

    Same thoughts here.

    What's old is new again, there was Highway Starr until big corporate shutdown epic ski. He returns here with a new name and a new angle.
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    Interesting, missed that. ...

    Interesting, missed that.

    http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2011/07/11/Facilities/Camp-Woodward.aspx
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    Probably off point from what you are seeking, but...

    Probably off point from what you are seeking, but I do know somethings the original Woodward, in Woodward, Pennsylvania, a small village in the central part of the state. The location is about 30...
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    I'll say +1 on the tankless, put in the extra...

    I'll say +1 on the tankless, put in the extra effort to get it sized and designed right. There are several factors involved, including already mentioned incoming water temp and power or fuel needs. ...
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    ^ What he said. Even if no Costco nearby...

    ^ What he said.

    Even if no Costco nearby you, this kind of purchase is well worth the membership, apply online etc.

    Added bonus, you can get a Costco corporate credit card and use it just...
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    I'm guessing this is as much BF as it is...

    I'm guessing this is as much BF as it is bankruptcy and the need to raise cash fast: ASE, owner of Performance Bicycle and ASI, files for Chapter 11.
  35. Thanks MiCol, great information. Just placed an...

    Thanks MiCol, great information. Just placed an order.
  36. The arcteryx outlet I've been, off the NY thruway...

    The arcteryx outlet I've been, off the NY thruway where you pay the first toll northbound, has limited selections and is even more limited in sizes. It's underwhelming to the point I don't even...
  37. Great discount, thanks. I've been meaning to...

    Great discount, thanks.

    I've been meaning to ask this before pulling the trigger, what does the hybrid part mean in 'Hybrid Softshell'? It would help do know how the hybrid softshells compare to...
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    The downside is to use correctly you are supposed...

    The downside is to use correctly you are supposed to split a log in two equal pieces, let both pieces rest for 24 hours, then take a reading on an inner (newly split open) surface, source (pdf file)....
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    I think one is in my future. Thanks for the...

    I think one is in my future. Thanks for the input.

    Back to videos, I really like the videos from CSIA, short and to the point. Below is one more with several tips, this link has an interesting...
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    Yes, I'm eager to test this to see if it really...

    Yes, I'm eager to test this to see if it really works as they say.

    Quotes from their website, see link:

    "...This method is a “light it and you’re done” procedure. No more fiddling with...
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    One more video, this one from CSAI/Chimney Safety...

    One more video, this one from CSAI/Chimney Safety Institute of America on how to start a fire.

    I thought I knew this, from the 'that's always how we did it' chapter of life. Not so according to...
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    Youtubes attracts firewood and fireplace fans,...

    Youtubes attracts firewood and fireplace fans, some real interesting stuff on there:

    I'm trying to justify the cost of one of these cool tools (skip to 1:05 to see it in action):

    ...
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    The styrafoam under the EPDM layer is not...

    The styrafoam under the EPDM layer is not intended to be insulation, it's job is to lessen and absorb any impact from tree branches or whatever else falls from the sky, and make the EPDM layer less...
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    That is only 11x8 ft part of a much larger roof...

    That is only 11x8 ft part of a much larger roof area. Good catch.

    Had an energy audit done by local power utility a few months ago and their thermal camera spotted this also, the space between...
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    The EPDM is 'fully adhered' with an adhesive, ...

    The EPDM is 'fully adhered' with an adhesive, and the immediate substrate is styrofoam sheets (probably not the correct name) 1/8 or 3/16 " thick, to lessen any impact from tree branches etc. Under...
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    My vote is for stall mats also. TSC sells...

    My vote is for stall mats also.

    TSC sells these: http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/4-ft-x-6-ft-x-3-4-in-thick-rubber-stall-mat?cm_vc=-10005. The underside has a coin pattern,...
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    Thanks for these tips. Need to find/borrow a...

    Thanks for these tips. Need to find/borrow a drywall square.

    On one side of the roof deck (the 11 ft side) there is a gutter/trough, pitched to make rain water flow out through a hole and into a...
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    I'm willing to try one more time. I did get...

    I'm willing to try one more time. I did get really bad results when I tried with a new blade on a small outdoor mat about half as thick.

    Iceman: I wonder if that is really how pros do it. I see...
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    Thanks. I'm past the 'use a utility knife' answer...

    Thanks. I'm past the 'use a utility knife' answer as seen on you tubes. Why? The depth of cut is barely 3/4 inch, more like 5/8 when held at an angle to the material, and yes you do have to make...
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    How do you cut this rubber mat?

    How do you cut this rubber mat?

    http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/4-ft-x-6-ft-x-3-4-in-thick-rubber-stall-mat

    One mat is 3/4 in, thick, and 4 ft x 6 ft. I'm putting these on top of a...
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