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Adding a plumbing vent to old plumbing—too much work?

Ok plumber types. I understand why venting is now required, but many older systems lack individual trap vents. Moreover, older systems often have a single cast iron vent stack that is nearly impossible (impractical) to tie into on a trap by trap basis. So what is the reasonable solution when remodeling a kitchen or bathroom sink? In my situation, the previous bathroom sink had an old drum trap with no horizontal run- straight into the basement. I am happy to change to a P-trap and add the needed inches of horizontal pipe post-trap, but getting venting in that location seems…

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Dryvit’s Tibur Stone Acrylic Finish

Dryvit's Tibur Stone Acrylic Finish | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires certain cookies to work and uses…

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Heart and Science: A Researcher’s Eccentric Handed-Down Home Off the Coast of Maine

So many details in Nadia Rosenthal’s dark, grand 1800s house on a craggy island off the Maine coast are not what you might expect. There’s a pine sapling planted in the dark wood newel post. When I asked about a stack of bright, geometric-patterned plates, Nadia wrote back: “I designed them for my textbook on heart development. Each depicts a different stage in the life of a heart.”Nadia, a professor and world-renowned researcher who studies the role of genetic variation in cardiovascular and skeletal tissue repair, is the scientific director of the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, where her…

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Best Floor / Wall Assembly for Basement to Manage Moisture

Hi all,  I’m planning to finish my basement and am researching options for the floor and wall assembly to best manage any potential moisture issues.  Some relevant info:  • House age: Late 1970s• Location: Southern Ontario (Zone 6A)• Foundation: Concrete block• Basement floor: Concrete• Ceiling height: 7′ 2″• Foundation waterproofing: Some kind of tar spray on the outside• Slab vapor barrier: no vapor barrier under slab• Current state: Unfinished (slab/foundation exposed on the inside)• Water issues:     • Typically the basement is dry and not even particularly damp.    • On one or two occasions several years ago, a spring thaw caused a small amount (<1/8″) of water to…

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I have HVAC. Should I go ductless?

I recently bought a two-level 2500 sf house. It has a single HVAC – no zoning. My mom moved in with us and wants it hot. We have all the vents closed upstairs and are still too hot at night. We also want to add air conditioning, which we will use occasionally over the summer as needed. We live in Seattle, so AC is not needed every day. The most environmental option is important to us. Should we create a bi-level two-zoned HVAC and add cooling, or should we switch to ductless? We had a company come out who only…

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Current Obsessions: Maine by Design

On deck this weekend: how to add an extra eco room to the garden, summer flower workshops, a color-saturated kitchen (spotted on Instagram), and more.Plus, our new book, Remodelista in Maine: A Design Lover’s Guide to Inspired, Down-to-Earth Style—a look at unfussy, thrifty, timeless design on Maine’s rocky coast (and how to channel it, wherever you live)—comes out from Artisan Books next week. Head here to order, and read on:Above: One of the ten Maine houses captured in Remodelista in Maine: the shingled island house of architects Maria Berman and Brad Horn of Berman Horn Studio, where the clean-lined screen…

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