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Old 10-22-2021, 03:39 PM   #16576
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I would probably dig slightly further down. Loose gravel- mortar- bricks.
Agree.

Depending on what is below the larger sections (what type of base is it set on), and how much frost (unlikely) would determine what you need to do.

At very least dig down, and place gravel. You might already find gravel down there.

If you have consistent spacing for 2 bricks, depending on spacing, might be able to get away with polymeric sand and do away with mortar. A different type of work, and cost.

@balder the fireplace surround and front step look GREAT.
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Old 10-22-2021, 03:39 PM   #16577
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I would probably dig slightly further down. Loose gravel- mortar- bricks.
Agree.

Depending on what is below the larger sections (what type of base is it set on), and how much frost (unlikely) would determine what you need to do.

At very least dig down, and place gravel. You might already find gravel down there.

If you have consistent spacing for 2 bricks, depending on spacing, might be able to get away with polymeric sand and do away with mortar. A different type of work, and cost.

@balder the fireplace surround and front step look GREAT.
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Old 10-22-2021, 04:51 PM   #16578
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Thanks!! It was one of the final things needed to wrap up the living room. The steps were mainly for visibility as a slip and fall lawyer must've designed the front steps. My wife's aunt took a full on head shot to the door when she tripped.

I think I'm going to just do what you guys were recommending and go for it. I already have some sacks of mortar and thin brick laying around. It can't be that hard right?
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Old 10-22-2021, 05:09 PM   #16579
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Fireplace and front entry looks great man!

Yep, just as you're thinking. Dig out that BG, compact the base, and mortar to the concrete.
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Old 10-23-2021, 12:15 AM   #16580
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The bricks are going in a sidewalk, right? Not a driveway? If so, you could probably get away with the tin bricks, but as others have said I would probably dig out and use full bricks set on compacted sand.
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Old 10-23-2021, 07:57 PM   #16581
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Sprinkler blowout day here in Colorado. Another year hoping my little pancake compressor does the trick and it looks like so far so good.

Backup plan is the compressor on the 4runner, it has more cfm than the pancake actually

Next year I might try to run both together somehow.
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Old 10-23-2021, 10:00 PM   #16582
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I don't get it though. So long as you get out most of the water does it really matter? Some of the posts I read suggest anything but dry pipes are a recipe for disaster.
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Old 10-23-2021, 10:06 PM   #16583
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My system is explicitly no blowout. I just turn off the water supply and controller and open two drain valves on the outside pipe and am good to go for the winter.

Magic? PVC pipes underground? Who knows
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Old 10-24-2021, 01:59 AM   #16584
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I don't get it though. So long as you get out most of the water does it really matter? Some of the posts I read suggest anything but dry pipes are a recipe for disaster.

I donít think you have to get 100% but I do think youíre supposed to try to get most of it. Thinking logically youíre really just trying to keep any water from the lowest points of each zone from getting frozen and expanding and breaking something (probably a nozzle). I give it a moderate blowout effort just to avoid catastrophic failures. Iíd treat it differently if I were in a colder climate. When I was in Oregon I didnít bother although all the neighbors did.

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My system is explicitly no blowout. I just turn off the water supply and controller and open two drain valves on the outside pipe and am good to go for the winter.

Magic? PVC pipes underground? Who knows
What you do is what I did last year for the early freeze and to be honest I think itís 90% of the concern handled there.

I think a system designed properly in our climate is not going to be subjected to crazy freezes. Itís rare that we are reaching frost way down in the ground that stays very long that would actually affect the inground pipes and nozzles.

Neighbors wrap their outside pipes with insulation. That does nothing but it makes them feel good I guess. I think the biggest thing is to get the water out of the pipes above ground and the back pressure valve.
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Old 10-24-2021, 04:26 PM   #16585
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My system is explicitly no blowout. I just turn off the water supply and controller and open two drain valves on the outside pipe and am good to go for the winter.

Magic? PVC pipes underground? Who knows
System was probably installed so it drains with gravity.
I got the bill for my last blow job. $80. Thought i was getting a crazy bill. I rhink last year was $120
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Old 10-25-2021, 10:04 PM   #16586
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There are self-draining sprinkler heads. I had that at my previous house, and they (or at least a couple) failed. Which required much digging and gnashing of teeth. At the recommendation of the sprinkler guy who came to fix it, I replaced the Automatic draining sprinklers with regular ones, and had my system blown out each fall ($40-50). It also required installing a couple shut offs, as I recall.

The problem with the auto drain sprinklers is that they have a membrane which deteriorates, which means they do not drain properly anymore, and the system freezes with water in it and pipes break.
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Old 10-26-2021, 09:48 AM   #16587
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I recently decided to seal coat / blacktop my driveway, and it blew me away how much better the front of the house looks. It's probably been 10-20 years since it was previously sealed, and cracks were forming and oil stains showing. Never gave it much thought but after doing crack repairs and seal coating it looks incredible. If I ever did a flip or went to sell, sealcoating would be in the top 10 of things to do before listing.
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Old 10-26-2021, 07:45 PM   #16588
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badler- yeah I'd go full brick deep probably. if you don't get much ice out you way i'm sure the face brick and grouted would probably last quite awhile especially if it's sealed.


Anyway I need air compressor help. I have a 2 horse 8 gallon oil lubed compressor that just this morning decided not to chooch. it has power to pressure switch, and power out to the starter caps. looks like there are 2 of them. There's also one of those little breaker switch reset button things. If i push that down the motor humms for a couple seconds, like how an electric motor does when you keep it from spinning.

so i took the shroud off. the motor and pump turn, albeit maybe a little hard but it does turn over.

so I'm thinking I let the oil get too low or the starter caps are bad, or the motor is toast.

what say you Ot? she dead?
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Old 10-26-2021, 08:26 PM   #16589
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badler- yeah I'd go full brick deep probably. if you don't get much ice out you way i'm sure the face brick and grouted would probably last quite awhile especially if it's sealed.


Anyway I need air compressor help. I have a 2 horse 8 gallon oil lubed compressor that just this morning decided not to chooch. it has power to pressure switch, and power out to the starter caps. looks like there are 2 of them. There's also one of those little breaker switch reset button things. If i push that down the motor humms for a couple seconds, like how an electric motor does when you keep it from spinning.

so i took the shroud off. the motor and pump turn, albeit maybe a little hard but it does turn over.

so I'm thinking I let the oil get too low or the starter caps are bad, or the motor is toast.

what say you Ot? she dead?
Most likely dead.

Maybe check the resistance in the windings?

Do the caps look bad? Bulged? You can probably check those.
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Old 10-26-2021, 10:50 PM   #16590
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Most likely dead.

Maybe check the resistance in the windings?

Do the caps look bad? Bulged? You can probably check those.
uhhh, they look fine i think. after it sits for a bit it's harder to turn by hand for a couple spins then it's slightly easier but not a lot. Maybe the oil got low and a bearing got toasted on the front side?
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:23 PM   #16591
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Or it is possible the motor lost a winding. Take off the belt. Does the motor sound normal?
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Old 10-27-2021, 12:25 AM   #16592
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no belt- just direct I guess. darn....I'm going to dig in a little tomorrow-maybe pull the top off the cylinder and see how the sides look ...I don't know...
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Old 10-27-2021, 10:31 AM   #16593
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If you can turn the motor & compressor by hand and they aren't seized, I'd replace those start caps. Clean the contactor real good also?

All the signs of too much start draw tripping the breaker, so I wouldn't think it's dead.

If it were the windings/etc I'd expect it to work but be weak or slow, or blow right away. Start caps of that size rarely visibly fail (well, for me), they just lose their ability to do their job.
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Old 10-27-2021, 10:55 AM   #16594
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Few pages ago I complained about one of my bedrooms which had bad HVAC airflow. Heat would warm up the house to 65F but that room would stay at 60F.

Decided to split the air duct going to the bathroom next to it, see if it would help.
This actually worked really good. Room now warms up with temps equal to rest of the house. Bathroom still gets lots of air circulation. Glad I had access to all of this in the attic.

The other problem with that room are the windows. They seem to be drafting bad. They are the original 20 yr old windows. Guess that next after I tackle replacing the roof.
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Old 10-27-2021, 08:58 PM   #16595
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Good news. Looked into the air compressor a little bit more today. Pulled the top end off the compressor unit to see how it looked. Looked OK but still a bit tight. Poured a little bit of marvel mystery oil down the cylinder and waited a few minutes. Turned much easier and I plugged it in and voila she started right back up. Looks like time for more compressor oil tomorrow!
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Old 10-27-2021, 10:28 PM   #16596
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Try seafoam to clean out the carbon build up
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Old 10-28-2021, 08:17 PM   #16597
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Try seafoam to clean out the carbon build up
no seafoam, just topped it off with compressor oil and put it back together. it's working fine now. Hopefully it holds up for awhile.
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Old 10-28-2021, 08:23 PM   #16598
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Simple solutions are good. I can't imagine the mess it would make if you actually put seafoam in the thing!
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Old 10-28-2021, 11:08 PM   #16599
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Good ole Marvel Mystery Oil!
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Old 10-29-2021, 08:04 PM   #16600
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Any advice or specific suggestions for basement wall and ceiling insulation for sound control? How does spray in compare to fiberglass rolls as far as sound and R value? I've also seen some sort of drywall sound isolation channel/clips that are supposed to improve sound control, but don't know if it's all marketing hype or if they really make a noticeable difference.

Getting final basement plans ironed out and trying to figure out appx budget for what I want.
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