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  • Checking & if needed replacing a water heater anode?

    We have a Bradford water heater and it's location does not allow us to see the tag for the model number. This water heater was a gift from a relative. What is the procedure to check the anode? Can this be done without turning the gas off?

    2 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs1 week ago
  • Need photo of blade for oscillating tool > wood?

    Looking to cut trim wood and can anyone get us a photo of the best blade to use for a wood and an oscillating tool? Thanks.

    1 AnswerDo It Yourself (DIY)2 weeks ago
  • Ripping closet door by 1/8 to 3/16th's inch?

    Closet door is 24 inches as is the jam inside to inside. We need to cut 1/8th to 3/16th's inch off the side where the hinges are mounted. There is some type of particle board where the mortice are now. More solid wood behind that we think. All we have is a skill saw and very hard to cut straight much less something as thin as 1/8th inch. Ideas as we are aware of planing and we have a new hand planer, and some sites don't recommend a power planer. 

    5 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs2 weeks ago
  • Engine reving up on startup?

    Friend has a 2017 Nissan hatchback and they say when they turn the engine on (even only an hour after the last time it was driven which would not be a really cold engine) that it revs up to between 1 and 2 rpms. Then it drops to around 1 and he changes the gear stick from park to drive and on his way. He says the car just started doing this. Any ideas? Thanks.

    3 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs2 weeks ago
  • Short sale, deceased, foreclosure?

    What incentive does a personal representative (for someone's estate) have to consider a short sale?

    And sell the house vs. just letting it go into foreclosure. The person whose credit would be harmed, the home owner is now deceased. 

    6 AnswersRenting & Real Estate2 weeks ago
  • Persons deceased leaving a mortgage payment?

    A man died in his home and he was age 32. Obviously his mortgage on the home had not been paid off. We don't know if he had a will. 

    Can you explain how this house ended up at the county foreclosure auctions (which it did) both if he had a will and if he did not.-----------------------------The second person died last week but not in our county since she had health issues and walked away from the home back in July. I'm fairly sure she had a will due to her age. Will this one end up foreclosure and the house may not have been in her will. 

    Assume that the relatives or heirs of these houses don't want them and don't want to pay any more mortgage payments.

    We'd like a chance to communicate in such a way with one of the banks and try to buy the second house before any foreclosure process begins. We know the woman died, we know she walked away from the house back in July but the taxes are still in her name. Thanks.

    17 AnswersRenting & Real Estate3 weeks ago
  • Strategies for foreclosure bidding?

    Yes we know they go to the high bidder. At a recent auction which was held inside the court room, the bank of course bid first and made some second and third bids but dropped out. The lawyer who represented all the banks had his back to the crowd and a couple times turned his chair around so he could see "who" are these people bidding higher and higher above the judgement. On one, after the bank dropped out, two men went back and forth with increments of $500 or more. They went on and on, $73K, $73,500K, $74K, etc. Then out of nowhere after those men had gone back and forth about 15 times, a woman jumps in. Her strategy was to not enter the bidding at the beginning but near the end. She bid maybe 3 times and dropped out. 

    Another strategy would be to listen to the bids and when the judge says "going once, going twice" ..... jump in there before she can say "sold for $xK." 

    That plan would be close to eliminating the two who were going back and forth when one of the men "paused" causing the judge to begin her "sold message." 

    Any other strategies? 

    We were going to bid on one but then the bidding past our budget so we just waited to see the result. 

    4 AnswersRenting & Real Estate3 weeks ago
  • Washing machine won't start.?

    The washing machine was moved maybe 3 feet to paint the walls. Slid the washer back in it's place and now it won't start. I hear a noise which sounds like something that is supposed to turn is trying to turn but can not. Any ideas besides buying a new machine. Thanks. 

    5 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs3 weeks ago
  • Anyone use Draft Kings?

    We played a $3 contest for last night's NFL game and failed to win anything. No problem since the $3 was a previous credit. How do we see the results of that contest where we picked 6 players with a total player salary of $50,000. 

    3 AnswersFootball (American)4 weeks ago
  • Replacing storm door?

    The one we have is simple to remove. There are screws on both sides and the top. Remove those screws and with both hands grab each side and move away from the doorway. As we look for replacement doors some photos show screws only on one side, some we don't see screw holes at all. Yet to see one like ours for sale on Facebook or other site. Options for replacement? 

    4 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs4 weeks ago
  • Advantage of paint brush with black bristles?

    We got a 5 pack of paint brushes at Lowes for $3.48. One is marked on the handle as having black bristles. What is the difference (advantages)  between black and say brown? Thanks.

    3 AnswersPainting4 weeks ago
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    Any trick to using a mitre box?

    As you can see in the photo the gaps between the spaces for the saw is wide. Not the arrow stem but the ends of the arrows. We get the smoothest cut using a hack saw. But the blade is much thinner than the space for the blade so we are getting cuts that don't match well to create a 90 degree inside or outside corner. The blade is maybe 1/3 of the width of the space for the blade. So since the space could hold three hacksaw blades we are getting inconsistent cuts. Any tricks? Thanks

    10 AnswersDo It Yourself (DIY)1 month ago
  • How to pay for a property at foreclosure auctions?

    On agent said high bidders have to pay cash. Other agent says not true. What is it? There is something called hard money which is a loan - mortgage with a commercial interest rate. 

    3 AnswersRenting & Real Estate1 month ago
  • Window blinds actual width vs. the package?

    It's been years since we bought a window blind. We measured and then bought the size we needed. Once out of the package it was either 1/2 inch too short or 1/2 inch too wide. So we had to go back and get a refund and buy the correct one. Now we need a replacement in another house and the plastic supports already mounted would adequately hold a blind that is 28 1/2 inch. Do we buy a 29 or a 28? Thanks.

    3 AnswersDo It Yourself (DIY)1 month ago
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    Determining the size of this floor molding?

    We are sure there are standard sizes. The one in the photo is decades old. We tried to measure the height and it's close to 3.5 inches if not 3 3/8 inches.Do those numbers and the photo let you identify the matching molding we need? Thanks.

    5 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs2 months ago
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    Cutting an irregular piece of sheetrock with this saw?

    Can that saw be used to cut a very irregular piece of sheet rock. Such as in the photo? 

    3 AnswersDo It Yourself (DIY)2 months ago
  • Accurate difference between lefted and right handed door?

    We need a 24 x 80 closet door. The knob is on the left and the hinges on the right and the part of the hinges that hold the pins are on the outside when the door is closed. As we look for a replacement door there seems to be uncertainty about left and right handed by those selling doors. If we stand in front of our door when it is is closed, we instinctively open it with our right hand. These individual sellers vary as to what hand they use, as some of their closets are walkin whereby they would open their door to exit the closet by using their left hand. We are not finding many 24 x 80 inch closet doors on half dozen Facebook sale groups. Then there is the matter of left handed or right handed.Thanks.

    6 AnswersWords & Wordplay2 months ago
  • What controls water flow inside a washing machine?

    We needed to paint behind a washing machine and turned the valves off and unhookd the two hoses at the washer. There was a drip drip out of the top hose end. So the valve does leak though it's shut off. But both valves are on 24/7 so the washer can be used at any time. What part inside the washer prevents water (that standing in the hoses and being under pressure since the valves are on 24/7) from leaking?Thanks.

    2 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs2 months ago
  • Source of power to 110V smoke alarm?

    We have a smoke alarm powered by 110. It's just inside the door of a bedroom. The light swich by the door powers the ceiling fan. Above that light switch is a white and black wire and ground behind a solid gang box cover. The wires are capped with wire nuts. Since the ceiling and walls have been painted and the smoke alarm is faded and an ugly shade of yellow it needs to be replaced (or 1% painted white) so what............................................would be the likely source of power for this smoke alarm? .........................There is also one in the next bedroom but the alarm was removed and the base if there in a nice shade of 25+ years of faded yellow and those wires are capped. Thanks.

    1 AnswerPersonal Finance2 months ago