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Bryant code 13
Hi, I have a 12 yr old Bryant plus90i furnace. This morning we woke up to a cold house. First noticed the thermostat was blank. Checked and found the 24vac dead at the thermostat and the terminals at the...
October 20, 2013
Sand Point Well
We have a sand point well that we are unsure of the last time it was replaced however we were having issues with the pump turning on as soon as we would turn a faucet on. We thought we needed a new pressure tan...
October 15, 2013
Sand Point Question
We have a sand point and pump system, however when you try to fill bath tub or run sprinkler it will run for a few minutes. Pump will kick on and then sputter air. You have to shut water off for a bit and t...
October 02, 2013
What is the average cost to re glaze an old iron bath tub? (no feet)
What is also the turnaround time to re glaze a tub? Is there cols to choose from and is it a bigger jump in the cost for darker cols?...
September 25, 2013
New jet pump install in basement, but pump won't turn off after hitting cutoff pressure
Hello, I'm working on installing a new 1/2 hp jet pump for my father-in-law since his old pump died on him. I've done this before for him a couple of times over the years, so I do have a...
September 24, 2013
How or who might I go to for help?
Hey there. I'm looking for info on who I should go to for documentation and a write up of all covered up damages on a house just purchased. A home inspector completely missed a ton of problems with ...
September 24, 2013
Chimney Brick Color
Can anyone answer this question? How do I get the portion of chimney that is exposed to the elements on my roof to match the colour of the chimney that is also exposed? However it is protected as it...
March 27, 2014
Telepoles are not plumb
Hey - looking at buying a home in Calgary and one thing that came up during property inspection was that the telepoles in the basement were not plumb, noticeably out of line by the naked eye. The assesso...
September 29, 2013
Do I need a Electrician to remove and install a new garburator from a 20+ year old building?...
September 03, 2013
Possible Foundation Cracks
I have three corners of my home that currently have cracks in them. I want to solve the problem myself, but the associate at the Home Depot suggested that I consult a structural engineer to check to make su...
February 07, 2014
I am in the process of finishing my basement. I will be using spray foam insulation and wondered if I had to frame before spraying. I will be spraying 2" of foam....
July 29, 2013
Relocating the condensation tube from the furnace/air conditioner
My customer recently had a new furnace and A/C installed. The condensation tube runs across the floor to the drain as it is supposed to. However, now that they are renovating the drain is in the middle ...
July 10, 2013
Damaged Electrical Box
My electrical box had one of the corners damaged due to a water leak we had. The leak has been fixed but the corner of the box that got wet is rusted out. Inside of the box did not get wet and has no rust but...
July 02, 2013
Jet Pump Won't Shut Off
I have a 1/2 horse jet pump that pumps from a shallow well. It has recently started taking a long time to get back up to pressure 30/50. If the washing machine is running the pressure will sit at 30 psi...
May 21, 2013
My basement is freezing all year round
I have a problem with my basement. My basement is freezing cold all year round. In the winter time even with the air ducts open the temperature is around 18C (65F) while the upstairs is 21C (71F)...
May 24, 2013
Basement Window - Needs Lintel?
I had three basement windows replaced last year and one of my windows is now losing concrete about it's self. There was likely a crack that was letting water in (I found some in my basement drop ceilin...
May 15, 2013
Squeaky Bath Tub
A few months ago we did a complete bathroom reno including installing a new bath tub. We were careful to ensure it was sitting properly on the floor before we did the drywall and tiling. During the process ...
May 13, 2013
Leaking Roof Under Fascia
I built a roof over the front porch to protect it from the rain. (see photos) It's tied in to the existing roof line, pitched about 3 Inches back to front...over about 5 feet. (It was the...
May 11, 2013
I have three existing foundation dampers that are old and broken. I'm looking for replacement dampers, preferably automatic, but they don't seem too common. Does anyone have any info on how ...
May 01, 2013
The bathroom in the condo above mine has been leaking. The ceiling in my bathroom is starting to bubble out from the leak. I have recently noticed on one section of the bubbling a lot of dark spots. Coul...
August 14, 2013