Improper Shingle Nailing

- Most roofers use pneumatic nail guns to nail down shingles.  When the nails are overdriven, the heads of the nails punch right through the mat of the shingle.  This voids the shingle manufacturers warranty and greatly increases the potential for shingles to come loose and blow off, possibly in sheets.  When the pressure is set too high, the nails get driven in to the shingles too far, plain and simple. ..More

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Hot Dimmer Switches

- By the way, this post is focused on ‘new’ dimmer switches, which get hot with lights at their brightest setting.  You can read all about how the two different types work at HowStuffWorks – Dimmer Switches.  Older dimmer switches did the opposite – they would get hottest with the lights at their dimmest setting. ..More

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Superior Kitchen Faucets at Plumbing Supply Stores?

- Here’s how the story goes: a homeowner contacts a plumber to have a new faucet installed, which they’ve already picked out – a Delta Addison faucet they saw at Home Depot’s web site for $349.  If the plumber provides the faucet, it will cost a lot more money – the list price at Delta’s web site for the Addison faucet is $514. 45.  The plumber will install the faucet, but won’t give any type of warranty on the faucet, because it’s an inferior product compared to the faucet the plumber would get from their plumbing supply store. ..More

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A Better Allen Wrench

- Allen wrenches, aka ‘hex’ wrenches, are those “L” shaped wrenches that come included with just about anything you buy from IKEA.  I save these wrenches every time I get one, and I’ve accumulated a nice little hodge-podge collection of wrenches over the years. ..More

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Wood Chimneys Deserve A Closer Look

-  There is also something in common with all of the photos shown above; did you see what was dried out and split at every one of these chimneys?  Caulk. Why all the rot?  Wood chimney chases are especially susceptible to water intrusion and rotting because they’re not protected by any type of soffit or overhang; no matter which way the wind is blowing, chimneys are subjected to a lot of water when it rains. ..More

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