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Checking LP line for leaks

posted by: pepperidge_farm on 11.29.2013 at 08:52 pm in Plumbing Forum

We are replacing an oven- LP supplied (both old and new).

Is the quality of a homemade leak detector spray (1:1 dish soap to water) sufficient? What if I added a little glycerin like for bubble making solution...
Or should I just pay out for the box store purchased type?
The supply is copper in a single run from the tank into the kitchen where the oven hooks up, with flare fittings. Then copper coil supply line to the range. So I would be checking the one point that we are changing as well as the one that has been in place for 10 years, while we are at it.

Thanks.

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Hardieplank cement siding over homasote?

posted by: pepperidge_farm on 03.16.2013 at 11:29 am in Old House Forum

We have a 50's colonial. Wanting to replace siding with Hardieplank and the stuff under the current cedar siding is homasote.

One contractor wants to leave it all in place and put ply sheathing then wrap the house, put up siding and "box" the windows in aluminum... Not happy with this.

The "approved" Hardie guy came, hated him, über sales pitch was a real turn off as I worry that when you need to use fear to sell your services there is something amiss. He suggested removing the siding, then ply then Wrap then Hardie. I do like this approach better, but again, not this guy.

The homasote is what seems to be causing the problem as once it is wrapped, you lose the location of the studs and don't know where to nail on the siding.

SO- does anyone have any thoughts about installation strategies or experience with this?

(ps keeping the cedar isn't in the books sadly due to extensive damage both age and storm related from Sandy)

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