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S18 E8: Polybutylene, Squeaky Door

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In this episode:

Ross and Richard discuss indoor air quality, what it is, and how to measure it; Richard travels to Richmond, Virginia to help a homeowner replace her polybutylene piping with conventional PEX; the team shares more Home Inspection Nightmares; Mauro explains which type of drop cloth he selects for which project; Tom explains different methods for silencing a squeaky door.

How to Replace Polybutylene Piping with PEX

Richard travels to Richmond, Virginia to help a homeowner replace her polybutylene piping with conventional PEX.

Where to find it?

Polybutylene pipes are no longer to code and need to be replaced by a licensed professional. Richard was assisted by Capital Mechanical.
The tools and materials required to replace the pipes, including the PEX lines, fittings, and the expansion tool, can all be found at home centers and plumbing supply houses. The PEX piping for this project was supplied by Uponor.

Home Inspection Nightmares | Spaghetti Wires

The team shares more home inspection nightmares.

Where to find it?

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

How to Choose a Drop Cloth

Mauro explains which type of drop cloth he selects for which project.

Where to find it?

All the drop cloths Mauro mentioned he uses, including the canvas, plastic, and tarps, can all be found at home centers and painting supply stores.

Understanding Indoor Air Quality

Ross and Richard discuss indoor air quality, what it is, and how to measure it.

Where to find it?

Ross and Richard tested out a couple different IAQ monitors, including one made by Foobot, Airthings Wave Plus, which is manufactured by Airthings, Awair, and Hobo, which is manufactured by Onset.
Most homeowner-friendly IAQ monitors have similar price points, but Ross suggests carefully reading the reviews of the monitors before investing in one, since they have different quality levels of sensors and some are more accurate than others.

How to Quiet a Squeaky Door

Tom explains different methods for silencing a squeaky door.

Where to find it?

Tom used a couple methods to try and quiet the door. In this case, the hinges were out of alignment, and needed to be carefully bent back into position using a hammer.

In most other cases, some type of lubricant will usually work to quiet a door. Tom started with a 3-IN-ONE multi-purpose oil lubricant. Since that didn’t work for the homeowner, he also suggested trying 3G Powdered Graphite Lubricant, which is manufactured by Hillman. If that doesn’t work, it’s worth considering the alignment issues that Tom addressed.

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Original Air Date: November 24, 2019 Season 18; Ep.08 23:43


Products and Services from this episode

Expert assistance
Expert assistance: Capital Mechanical

Home Inspection Nightmares
Expert assistance: American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)

IAQ monitors
Manufacturer: Foobot Manufacturer: Airthings Manufacturer: Awair Manufacturer: Onset

Lubricants for squeaky doors
Manufacturer: 3-IN-ONE Manufacturer: Hillman

PEX piping
Supplier: Uponor