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  • Root canal and crown cost out of pocket ?

    I was wondering what the average cost of a root canal procedure, and crown might cost out of pocket? It looks like one of my top front teeth may need one. It's borderline but I don't have insurance at the moment unfortunately. I currently live in Massachusetts.  

    4 AnswersDental3 days ago
  • Cost to repoint a stone foundation?

    I know this is a question that may be hard to answer accurately. I'm mostly looking for a ball park figure. I need atleast one of my foundation walls repointed in the basement. Almost all the mortar is crumbling out of it. Its roughly 14ft long and 7ft tall. It has a mix of medium and smaller stones with some large ones at the bottom. I would say that almost all of it needs repointing. If a company came in to do this does anyone know what I might be looking at for cost? 

    Thanks for your help

    3 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs1 week ago
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    Jack and support house sill?

    To make a long story short. I had part of a house sill replaced before moving into my house. It looks like it isn't supported correctly and is starting to tilt inwards. Its about a 7 foot section. It looks like it's due to the fact that the foundation isnt properly built up under it. Could I just slowly Jack up the sill until it is level and build up the foundation with regular stones or concrete blocks then remove the jack?

    2 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs2 weeks ago
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    3 wire 220 volt plug wiring?

    I have a 220 volt plug in my basement that doesn't have the same pins as my new dryer. The plug on the wall appears to be a 4 pin socket and my dryer is a 3 pin and doesn't line up to it. When I take the cover off it has 2 red wires and 1 white wire. I bought a new outlet that matches up to my dryer but how do I know what red wire goes where as well as the white wire? The picture below I added to show the 4 pin style my current outlet is, and the 3 pin style I want to change it too. I just moved into this house and it's the first time I had a 220 volt plug like that. It looks like the orginal home owner had the 3 pin a d changed it to the 4 pin because i found the old 3 pin outlet on a shelf. 

    14 AnswersDo It Yourself (DIY)2 weeks ago
  • Repairing chipped brick chimney?

    I have an old house from around 1890 and the chimney bricks are starting to show there age. The chimney from the roofline up have all been replaced and are fine. The Problem area is the chimney section in the basement. A fair amount of them are chipped or have small chunks missing on the face. (The bricks look good on the inside wall of the chimney using a camera). Some of the mortar is starting to get a bit crumbly in areas too. I was wondering if the bricks can be filled in with a soft mortar or cement to reshape the bricks and then paint over them in red with masonry paint? I figured I would do some repointing at the joints as well.

    Thanks for your time and help! 

    4 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs2 weeks ago
  • Floor joist replacement costs?

    I have two possibly three floor joists that need to be replaced in my house. They might be able to be sistered but I'm going to assume replacement is needed for a worst case scenario. They are easily accessible from my basement and don't have any insulation or cover wall on them. There is some plumbing that runs next to them and a couple electrical wires that run next to, or through them. They are approximately 15-18 feet long. Does anyone know an average replacement cost to do floor joists? I know it's hard to be accurate without seeing what needs to be done but is this an expensive job? The house is located in Massachusetts and was built around 1890. 

    Thanks for your time and help!    

    8 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs2 weeks ago
  • Tecumseh snowblower engine issues?

    I have a tecumseh HMSK80 on a snowblower. So my main issue when I got this was that it would hardly run. When it did, it would surge a lot and run really really rich. After cleaning the carburetor it had the same issues. Even after adjusting the jets it was the same. I checked the save clearances and found the exhaust valve was tight and wasn't sealing all the way. I took both valves out, ground them to spec and re-lapped the seats. Still the same issue, only it runs a little better and no blackish rich exhaust. I put a new spark plug, and carburator on it and it runs better but it has a very finicky idle and will almost load up on fuel after idling for a minute or two and want to stall. Turning the idle screw even 1/16 of a turn will cause it to shoot the idle speed up really high from almost stalling speed. Cant find any intake or vac leaks either. I have made adjustments on the carburetor screws and I just cant get it to work right. 

    Spark is good, new fuel, new carburator, new intakes seals, new spark plug. And I went back and made sure no lapping compound is on the valve seats either. I also set the speed governor to how it should be and it didn't make a difference. 

    Any ideas?

    2 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs3 months ago
  • Graphics card recommendations for video editing?

    I was wondering what everyone would recommend for a graphics card for video editing. Mostly what it will be used for is 4K stuff.

    My current hardware for the system is:

    -ASUS AMD AM4 ROG Strix X570-E Gaming ATX Motherboard

    -AMD 3950X CPU

    -Arctic Freezer ll 280mm AIO

    -650watt PSU

    My max budget at the moment for a card is around $350

    Is there anything decent within this price range that would be recommended?

    Thanks for your time and help all!

    Desktops4 months ago
  • AMD Ryzen 3950x cpu coolers?

    I recently bought an AMD 3950x Ryzen CPU. I haven't installed it into my build yet as I'm still getting other components. I was wondering what would be a decent cooler for it. In my current computer that I'm going to be retiring I have an AMD FX-6300 with a Cooler Master LC120E liquid cooler and the case I have is the Apevia X-Hermes ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case. I don't know if the current cooler I have will be enough to keep the new CPU cool. My budget on a cooler is around $140ish, and I'm not set on it being a liquid cooler or an air cooled one. I'm not sure what I can fit for a liquid cooler in this case as the one I have now takes up a fair amount of space and it's only a 1 fan radiator. But perhaps a bigger liquid cooler can be mounted externally somehow on this case? I won't be doing much if any, over clocking with the new cpu if that makes a difference.

    This is the case I will be using if possible since I already have it:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FH70BUK/ref=p...

    Any suggestions? 

    Thanks for your time and help all!

    1 AnswerDesktops5 months ago
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    40GB hard drive showing 73.5GB total capacity?

    I have an old IDE hard drive that I'm using in an older HP computer. According to the label on the drive it's a 40GB model. When I use it in the computer, or any computer I plug it into for that matter it shows up as being an 80GB model that has 73.5GB of free space after formatting it. Does anyone know why it would show up like that? I have tried it in a couple of computers and they all display it the same way. It's a Hitachi branded drive. 

    1 AnswerDesktops5 months ago
  • Will this CPU cooler work for AMD 3950X?

    I'm going to be buying an AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPU for a new computer I'm building. Currently I have a Cooler Master liquid LC120E cooler I'm using in my current computer. Would this cooler be acceptable for cooling this new CPU? I'm not planning on doing any overclocking on this processor, but if I do it will be very minimal. 

    2 AnswersDesktops5 months ago
  • Build computer for small home server?

    I'm looking for help on building a computer to use as a small home server. What I'm hoping to do mainly is use it to put all my DVDs and music on so I can access them on different TV's, computers etc in the house. I know how to do basic computer builds but I wasn't sure if there are certain things that need to be done or if I need to have specific hardware.

    Thanks for your time and help all!

    4 AnswersDesktops5 months ago
  • Stihl leaf blower stalls when tipped a little.?

    I have an older stihl leaf blower that seems to run fine but as soon as I pick it up and angle it towards the ground it stalls out. This happens almost immediately after its tipped a little.

    I have fully cleaned and rebuilt the carburator including new fuel lines and filter. The filter sits where it should in the tank and the tank is full of gas. I have tried adjustments and checked all the lines. Nothing is pinched on the lines. It will run fine and idle all day sitting on the ground and throttle up fine. As soon as I pick it up and move it around or tip it forward it either stalls or bogs down.

    Any ideas? Thanks for your time and help!

    3 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs5 months ago
  • AMD motherboard recommendations?

    I'm working on building a somewhat decent video editing desktop. I'm going to be using the AMD Ryzen 9 3950x CPU. Does anyone have an recommendations on a good motherboard to use with it. My budget on the board is around $300.

    Thanks for your time and help!

    2 AnswersDesktops6 months ago
  • Good AM4 motherboard for video editing?

    I'm looking for a decent motherboard to do some video editing. The computer I'm building will be using the AMD Ryzen 9 3950x CPU. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good board to use with this? Mostly will be just 4k video stuff but some possable 8k stuff. My budget on this board is around 350-400$.

    Thanks for your help!

    Desktops6 months ago
  • 2012 silverado 1500 axle whine when turning.?

    My 2012 silverado 1500 has started to make a whining sound when backing up slow and making a sharp turn. It also does it when going forward sometimes but usually only when backing up and turning. I dont hear it when doing minor turns or going straight. It isnt the normal gear whine you hear, it sounds a bit higher pitched and louder. Its definitely not the power steering pump. It also has new fluid in it as of a month ago, I used the ac delco fluid it calls for from the dealer.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks for your time and help!

    4 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs6 months ago
  • 2012 silverado u joints stiff?

    I have a 2012 silverado 1500 4x4, occasionally when I back up really really slow or do the same moving forward I hear this almost dry whirling/ whining sound. Seems to go away after 5mph or so. (Not the normal transmission gear whine). All fluids are good and new. I did find that the rear driveshaft u joints seem to be a bit stiff. On the front joints when I pull the shaft out of the transfer case, the yoke doesnt flop down or move side to side unless I put a little force to it. Not a huge amount but it takes a little pressure. The rear u joints seem stiff on the caps that are held in place with clips in the driveshaft. About the same stiffness as the front. These seem to be original and have 125k miles, and are non greaseable.

    Does that seem normal for u joints?

    Thanks for your time and help.

    4 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs6 months ago
  • 2003 Suzuki Intruder 1400 low idle, screw adjusted all the way.?

    I have a 2003 Suzuki intruder 1400 motorcycle. I got it from a friend but it sat for a year in the garage. I noticed that the idle screw was turned almost all the way up but it still idles really really low even after turning it up all the way. I ended up cleaning both carbs and I still have the same issue. It has to be pretty much all the way turned up or it will die.It does start a little hard when cold and using the choke doesn't seem to help it start. When it's warmed up it runs great but still idles really low. I did check the choke cables and nothing is tight and it seems to be working properly at the carbs.

    Compression is really good as well right around 165psi.

    Any ideas? Thanks for your help

    7 AnswersMotorcycles7 months ago
  • Wheel Horse deck pulley removal?

    I'm currently attempting to replace the bearings on the deck of my wheel horse 416-H, the deck number is 1542RC01. I have been having a heck of a time trying to get the spindle pulley off the shaft up top. I have tried using a pulley puller which starts to bend the pulley so I stopped. I have also used a torch to heat it up and use a puller with no luck either. It has also been soaking in PB blaster for days too. I attempted to use a brass hammer and a rubber hammer to try and hit the shaft from to top down and it hasn't moved even a tiny bit. Is there some other way to do this that works well? If not how would I go about removing and cutting everything out to replace it with a brand new spindle and pulley assembly?

    This has been driving me crazy all week, does anyone have any ideas?

    4 AnswersOther - Cars & Transportation8 months ago
  • Honda push mower blows black smoke when throttling up?

    I have a Honda push mower with a GCV160 engine on it. When ever I throttle up fast or from idle it will blow black smoke from the exhaust for a few seconds. It's not burning oil as I know what that smells like and this smells like its running rich. I have put a new air filter in, rebuilt the carburetor, (it's spotless inside), and tried to make adjustments to the mixture. The only adjustment screw turns 1/4, non of which make a difference. The float needle isn't leaking as I checked and tested it, and the choke isn't sticking. Also replaced spark plug and test spark and all seem to be good, it's getting a white-ish spark.

    Does anyone have any ideas? I'm at a loss, it runs really well but it's a lot of black smoke when the rpm changes.

    6 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs8 months ago