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  • Where does everyone stand (sit?) on toilet height? Comfort height looks to be the trend, but it seems that’s in part because it meets ADA standards. Standard is supposed to be healthier, but all of the best/most recommended models are comfort with no standard counterpart.
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    • Right height, elongated front is only way to take a dump
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      • Originally posted by walrus View Post
        Right height, elongated front is only way to take a dump
        No question on elongated. I don’t know how a world existed with round.
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        • Originally posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
          Where does everyone stand (sit?) on toilet height? Comfort height looks to be the trend, but it seems that’s in part because it meets ADA standards. Standard is supposed to be healthier, but all of the best/most recommended models are comfort with no standard counterpart.
          I installed a tall toilet in the main bath because my wife is 6ft tall and has very long legs. The basement toilet is standard height. I’d like to replace that one with a slightly taller version, and I’d like to have an elongated bowl.
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          • What would cause a water heater to spike VOCs in the house when it runs? It shared a flue with the furnace and it doesn't spike when the furnace runs. It's a non-specific VOC detector so it could be spiking because whatever it's detecting is more reactive than background.

            A couple days ago it spiked extremely high, probably 2x than has ever been read in the basement.

            I have a working CO detector. No alarms. I also have a CO2 sensor in the basement and it does not spike when the water heater runs. Makes me wonder if there's a some sort of issue with the burner.

            any thoughts?
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            • Backdraft? Ours will sometimes do it in the summer when the furnace isn’t warming the flue to help create a good draft and when we have numerous vents (bathroom, range hood, etc.) going. It did it more often before I realized the fresh air intake was partially blocked, for obvious reasons.

              Edit: Missed the part where you mentioned other readers aren’t spiking. Odd. Then again, our CO detector in the same room never sounded an alarm either. I only noticed a problem because the plastic rings around the pipes going in and out of the top of the tank were warped from heat.
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              • I'm wondering if it's not a natural gas leak or something like that. The only two sensors I have that would pick that up are the VOC sensors and my nose.

                I haven't smelled any natural gas downstairs. So it seems unlikely that's the compound being picked up. Is it possible there are heavier compounds than CO2 and H2O being formed from the flame?

                I do wonder that because my furnace has also been having its every-other-year tantrum where the flame sensor needs to be cleaned. The oven has also not been burning cleanly lately. Anyways. Something I've suspected for almost six or seven years now but have no evidence, that somehow the natural gas makeup changes (or comes in cold enough to change the flame properties) enough to change how things are working.

                My other thought is that my furnace has an exhaust blower where my water heater doesn't. So I suppose it's quite plausible that the exhaust air from the water heater is not having the push it used to to get out of the house.
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                Originally posted by SanTropez
                May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                Originally posted by Kepler
                When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                • Oh snap. I just realized. It might be a combination of circumstances

                  it's worst in the mornings when we have the bathroom exhaust fan blowing for significant amount of time. I also set the furnace to two degrees higher than hold temp (and four or five degrees higher than sleep temp) during "morning showers" so the bathroom isn't so cold for my wife who wakes up first.

                  Amyways, it's possible that the hour-long exhaust fan in the bathroom combined with the furnace exhaust fan turning off right around then AND the morning showered draining the water heater combine to create a weird overpressurization in the house that doesn't allow the unpowered hot water exhaust to leave.

                  I should just borrow one of the gas detectors we have at work to see if it's SOX, NOX, or something else.
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                  Originally posted by SanTropez
                  May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                  Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                  I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                  Originally posted by Kepler
                  When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                  He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                  • I was chatting with the HVAC guy that came to service the furnace last year and my issues with the backdrafting water heater came up. He said it is a very common issue in older houses that have updated their windows and doors to become more airtight. Many haven’t boosted up their intake for their system to get the air it wants. It become even more of a problem for people that go to a HE furnace, because the water heater usually ends up orphaned on a flue that’s way too big for it.
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                    • This is interesting. Could be related. Ambient carbon monoxide increased to 1,000 ppb according to air quality sensors in the twin cities. my VOC level was roughly 1800 ppb about 8 hours earlier. I have to believe that was part of the spike itself.
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                      Originally posted by SanTropez
                      May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                      Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                      I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                      Originally posted by Kepler
                      When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                      He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                      • So every year I take a couple weeks off work in December to deep clean the house and do all the home improvement items I've put off.

                        I decided to start with the easy stuff. Scouring the shower doors with abrasive*, descaling the dishwasher, and descaling the faucets.

                        Everything was going swimmingly until the bathroom faucets. They have enough hard water build up to need a wrench. My sink came undone easily. Unfortunately when I went to do my wife's sink I just sheared off the entire internal head of the sink.

                        ****. Well, we've been talking about replacing the entire vanity and sinks to be something less... early 90s. Bonus points if you can guess the exact faucets we had in our bathroom.

                        *barkeeper's friend works wonders. We squeegee every day after showers but the water here is hard enough to cut diamonds so there's only so much you can do without getting a water softener. Which I'm somewhat hesitant to do given the environmental impact, cost, and maintenance. OTOH, it would have saved me the cost of a faucet and/or vanity. Le sigh.
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                        College Hockey 6       College Football 0
                        BTHC 4                 WCHA FC:  1
                        Originally posted by SanTropez
                        May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                        Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                        I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                        Originally posted by Kepler
                        When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                        He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                        • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
                          So every year I take a couple weeks off work in December to deep clean the house and do all the home improvement items I've put off.

                          I decided to start with the easy stuff. Scouring the shower doors with abrasive*, descaling the dishwasher, and descaling the faucets.

                          Everything was going swimmingly until the bathroom faucets. They have enough hard water build up to need a wrench. My sink came undone easily. Unfortunately when I went to do my wife's sink I just sheared off the entire internal head of the sink.

                          ****. Well, we've been talking about replacing the entire vanity and sinks to be something less... early 90s. Bonus points if you can guess the exact faucets we had in our bathroom.

                          *barkeeper's friend works wonders. We squeegee every day after showers but the water here is hard enough to cut diamonds so there's only so much you can do without getting a water softener. Which I'm somewhat hesitant to do given the environmental impact, cost, and maintenance. OTOH, it would have saved me the cost of a faucet and/or vanity. Le sigh.
                          Stop doing stuff like this yourself. Write a check to a bonded professional; make it his problem.
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                          • Originally posted by Kepler View Post

                            Stop doing stuff like this yourself. Write a check to a bonded professional; make it his problem.
                            People are expensive. I can do things like swap out outlets, replace faucets, etc. they aren't that difficult. Especially nowadays with the fittings they use on most faucets.

                            Flood or burn down the house type of stuff gets dispatched to a pro
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                            College Hockey 6       College Football 0
                            BTHC 4                 WCHA FC:  1
                            Originally posted by SanTropez
                            May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                            Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                            I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                            Originally posted by Kepler
                            When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                            He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                            • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

                              People are expensive. I can do things like swap out outlets, replace faucets, etc. they aren't that difficult. Especially nowadays with the fittings they use on most faucets.

                              Flood or burn down the house type of stuff gets dispatched to a pro
                              Meh, it keeps the trades alive, plus DIY gets expensive when the dominoes start falling like in your example.
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                              • I’m likely insane but im paying for a prelist home inspection later this week.

                                my house is 70 years old. 90% chance any buyer will run an inspection these days- so I’m getting ahead of it. I’m willing to spend 20k or so making house ready but I want to prioritize. I really don’t want a big surprise come offer time, so I’m doing this.

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