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So about a year and a half ago, our kitchen faucet lost all pressure and was down to a trickle, to the point we were doing dishes in the bathroom. We ended up having to replace the faucet

FF to this week, same damn thing is happening. Hot water pressure went down significantly out of nowhere. Although this time the cold water pressure is still good. And if you hook a hose up to the valve to spray into a bucket, hot water pressure is just fine. So looks like I'll be replacing the stupid faucet again. This should not be happening again so soon. Or at all.

The house is under 20 years old. I'm thinking about replacing the shutoff valves too. Maybe some seal is disintegrating and sending pieces up the line or something. I don't know. Any thoughts/ideas would be appreciated. I want this to be the last kitchen faucet I have to buy for this house

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Plumbing question

So about a year and a half ago, our kitchen faucet lost all pressure and was down to a trickle, to the point we were doing dishes in the bathroom. We ended up having to replace the faucet

FF to this week, same damn thing is happening. Hot water pressure went down significantly out of nowhere. Although this time the cold water pressure is still good. And if you hook a hose up to the valve to spray into a bucket, hot water pressure is just fine. So looks like I'll be replacing the stupid faucet again. This should not be happening again so soon. Or at all.

The house is under 20 years old. I'm thinking about replacing the shutoff valves too. Maybe some seal is disintegrating and sending pieces up the line or something. I don't know. Any thoughts/ideas would be appreciated. I want this to be the last kitchen faucet I have to buy for this house

Literally just had the happen to me. A seal in the (old) valve came apart and lodged in the line, killing my hot water. You probably need the valves replaced. Not DIY (for me). Plumber took care of the hot water for $130.

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Literally just had the happen to me. A seal in the (old) valve came apart and lodged in the line, killing my hot water. You probably need the valves replaced. Not DIY (for me). Plumber took care of the hot water for $130.

So you only had to replace the line, not the faucet?

That would be...well, a little better at least

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So you only had to replace the line, not the faucet?

That would be...well, a little better at least

Just the valve. The plumber blew the little rubber bits out of the hot line using the cold line.

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Good thing it was just a valve too. Not as tough as it seems to replace,but as with all things plumbing,it's good to err on the side of caution. That and in areas like that,it's like working on a car or truck under the hood. Tight space with knuckle busting potential. Which means (*&^^%^%!!!! and raising risk of collateral damage. ;)    

 

 

One of about 5 projects going on in the house right now. Bedroom remodel and reach in closet expansion. Uncovering this,led to some serious structural engineering inspecting both above and below. As I suspected,place was street inspected with builders and inspector meeting at the local casino bar for beers later that day. Sigh. 

 

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Wow PCS gotta love it when a cosmetic remodel turns into a structural engineering job. Ugh

Will be nice when it is fixed and correct but what a job

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So I want to take an existing cabinet and stuff a beer/wine fridge in it. Anyone down a project like this?

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Plumbing question

So about a year and a half ago, our kitchen faucet lost all pressure and was down to a trickle, to the point we were doing dishes in the bathroom. We ended up having to replace the faucet

FF to this week, same damn thing is happening. Hot water pressure went down significantly out of nowhere. Although this time the cold water pressure is still good. And if you hook a hose up to the valve to spray into a bucket, hot water pressure is just fine. So looks like I'll be replacing the stupid faucet again. This should not be happening again so soon. Or at all.

The house is under 20 years old. I'm thinking about replacing the shutoff valves too. Maybe some seal is disintegrating and sending pieces up the line or something. I don't know. Any thoughts/ideas would be appreciated. I want this to be the last kitchen faucet I have to buy for this house

 

Several years ago, we started having similar issues with ALL of the faucets. The problem was the hot water heater dip tubes were crap (there was a recall on them but of course we didn't qualify). The dip tubes were breaking apart & little white pieces of plastic would clog each faucet. The simple fix was to unscrew the facet & clean the filter/aerator. It eventually cleaned itself out (not sure how much of that crap we drank!) 

 

Here's an article & video: 

 

http://www.ronhazelton.com/tips/faulty_water_heater_dip_tube_-_diagnosis_and_replacement

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My kid is now mobile, so i have to "baby-proof" my home.  Should not be too tough.  Need baby gates by the stairs, plugs for sockets, need to put the Rancor in its cage.  Is there anything I'm missing?

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Wow PCS gotta love it when a cosmetic remodel turns into a structural engineering job. Ugh

Will be nice when it is fixed and correct but what a job

It's a structural engineering job in reverse as well. This forced me to make my way through the attic and mounds of old insulation to really inspect what they did. Cut and stack roof using 2x6's that span as much as near 30 feet. Yeah. Perlins. When I uncovered the first part of one of those big headers,my heart sank because we'd have to build the closet addition around it and lose some valuable space. Then I found 2 different headers and that was a sign that it was either bearing,(which as is demonstrated in the pic,they did wrong),or they were winging it on their 3rd miller light in the steel can. ;) There is nothing above that wall but insulation. That's not the first time I've seen this in this house,(and others from the era). I found one perlin going down from the hip of part of the roof bearing right down in the middle of the master bedroom. Yeah okay. That helps.  :P  Most of what they have up there is out of code,(if it was ever code is debateable),or flat out illegal. So after the remodel I'll be heading up to shore things up there. Then head down into the crawl space and raise the floor,(2 piers sank in the middle probably 3 inches),and even adding a couple. I love remodels. 

 

 

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My kid is now mobile, so i have to "baby-proof" my home.  Should not be too tough.  Need baby gates by the stairs, plugs for sockets, need to put the Rancor in its cage.  Is there anything I'm missing?

 

Yeah...cabinet & drawer locks. There are many different styles & prices. We put them on any cabinet/drawer that had cleaning fluids, booze, knives, etc. 

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Yeah...cabinet & drawer locks. There are many different styles & prices. We put them on any cabinet/drawer that had cleaning fluids, booze, knives, etc. 

 

 

Good call.  I just bought a new liquor cabinet that has doors (the old one was focused solely on easy accessibility).  I guess I'll have to pick up all of my knives off the floor too.  :(

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Literally just had the happen to me. A seal in the (old) valve came apart and lodged in the line, killing my hot water. You probably need the valves replaced. Not DIY (for me). Plumber took care of the hot water for $130.

Same thing with my parents. But my Dad took care of it himself. He can literally do anything. I didn't get his handyman gene.

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My kid is now mobile, so i have to "baby-proof" my home. Should not be too tough. Need baby gates by the stairs, plugs for sockets, need to put the Rancor in its cage. Is there anything I'm missing?

Cabinet locks are great as mentioned. With the first we had those adhesive foam bumpers covering the corners and edges of coffee tables and the fireplace. They eventually fell off and the second hasn't hurt himself yet. Shrug.

Just be aware that kids are smarter than you think. The second is only a year old, not even fully walking yet, and he's already figured out how to open the baby gate. Nothing is a substitute for actually paying reasonable attention. (Not that you have to helicopter, just know what the kid is up to.)

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Nothing is a substitute for actually paying reasonable attention.

At least until your kids discover Lego star wars. Cheapest babysitter ever.

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Wall anchors for tall, top heavy shelves, once they're closer to a year and start trying to climb the furniture (or pull themselves up to stand using it)

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Thinking about tackling laying hardwood in a small bedroom. I don't have any specific questions yet but any advice would be appreciated.

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Thinking about tackling laying hardwood in a small bedroom. I don't have any specific questions yet but any advice would be appreciated.

Laminate or real hardwood?

1st advice: measure and lay it all out before starting.

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How hard is it to replace a bathroom sink stopper? Would a dumbass who is terrible at DIY stuff actually be able to do it? I'm asking for a friend.

 

edit..this piece broke off into two pieces...

 

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How hard is it to replace a bathroom sink stopper? Would a dumbass who is terrible at DIY stuff actually be able to do it? I'm asking for a friend.

Usually pretty easy

Real hardwood. Prefinished.

Main thing is measuring it out before hand to ensure your don't have really short pieces on the end and side

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Wall anchors for tall, top heavy shelves, once they're closer to a year and start trying to climb the furniture (or pull themselves up to stand using it)

 

This is a really good call.

 

One other that is sometimes overlooked (and actually will fail a home inspection): If you have a gas stove, there should be a wall anchor to prevent the stove from tipping over when someone pulls on the front, thus ripping your gas line apart & spewing gas throughout your home. It wouldn't hurt to have it on an electric stove as well to prevent it from tipping over.

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Any recommendations on the cheapest/most efficient (time and work required) way to pretty up kitchen cabinets that have some water/grease/age wear and tear? Is painting them really the best option?

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Any recommendations on the cheapest/most efficient (time and work required) way to pretty up kitchen cabinets that have some water/grease/age wear and tear? Is painting them really the best option?

Are they painted now or stained?

 

If stained, I would take the doors off, sand, and restain them. The area around the doors should be fairly easy to clean once the doors are off and at worst can be refaced (easy, but time consuming).

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