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by Steve Caraker
Fri Sep 23, 2005 3:02 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: American Radiator and Standard Sanitary water closet.. uhh..
Replies: 8
Views: 1920

Long Flush Tube


You should be able to get what you're needing at: They specialize in high tank toilet parts and antique repro. bath stuff. HTH, Steve
by Steve Caraker
Wed Sep 21, 2005 4:07 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Condensate Drain and no floor drain nearby
Replies: 9
Views: 3103

Condensate Disposal

Jason and Rod, Just to let you know that DIRECT connections from a condensate line to your drainage system creates a situation whereby bacteria from the sewer system can (and will) migrate through the piping into the air handler, and be spread in a very efficient method throughout your homes. This o...
by Steve Caraker
Thu Sep 01, 2005 2:47 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: sewer repair question
Replies: 2
Views: 796

Sewer Repair

Tevita, They do make repair saddles for just such a repair. You should be able to get one in PVC with two large u-bolts to attach it to the sewer line, it can be used with a piece of rubber gasket mat'l. sandwiched in between the pipe and the saddle to cover the hole. Your method will also work, but...
by Steve Caraker
Wed Aug 31, 2005 5:09 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Structural/Electrical/HVAC
Replies: 1
Views: 1437

Sheree, Sounds like the building you're looking at was brought up to fairly current building code standards when it was last used as a restaraunt. The only folks who inspect commercial buildings are guys who work in local or state gov't. and engineers. Most local building inspection depts. have a li...
by Steve Caraker
Fri Aug 26, 2005 10:05 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: main sewer pipe about to go
Replies: 11
Views: 1986

You might want to try and find a plbg. company that has a video camera that they can run down your sewer line to assess the problem. It's not cheap (about $250 here), but at least you will know exactly what your situation is. If I read your post correctly, you said the last time your guy ran the lin...
by Steve Caraker
Fri Aug 26, 2005 8:55 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: What we'd like to see.
Replies: 45
Views: 4749

We live in a wonderfull small city, with a great quality of life in the western mountains of western N.C. Population of 10,000, about 60% retirees, and the rest working folks. Really great small town atmosphere, Main street, old neighborhoods etc. Everybody generally friendly, just an overall great ...
by Steve Caraker
Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:11 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: sinks
Replies: 2
Views: 1454


The standard 33" x22" kitchen sink will almost always come with four holes these days. Three holes for the faucet, and one on the far right side for the spray hose or dishwasher air gap fitting. Steve
by Steve Caraker
Tue Aug 09, 2005 8:04 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Installing stone veneer/Help
Replies: 2
Views: 786

Stone Veneer

Joanne, I've done quite a bit of stone veneering on the porch foundation of our home here. Although I've never worked with fake stone the method ought to be similar. The trick is to get the first course installed slightly farther out from the wall you are covering than the successive courses of rock...
by Steve Caraker
Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Caddywampus Shower Pipe
Replies: 3
Views: 748

First put a few more wraps of tape on the threads as Rob has said, but this time stop turning when it's getting tight and getting into the proper position. A shower arm will never hold back much pressure against the joints, it's just a delivery device. Steve
by Steve Caraker
Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:49 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Crawl space advice needed
Replies: 5
Views: 963

Crawl Space

Mollie, There are no great mysteries in maintaining a crawl space properly! In reading your post the very first thing you must do is route any surface or rainleader water away from the building. Next is install the 6 mil vapor barrier on the floor of the crawl space ( current code is 75% of the tota...