I'm finishing my basement, and I had to bust up a section of the slab to run new drain lines. I hired a contractor to repair the slab once I was finished, and they did a pretty sloppy job. The patched surface sits a little higher than the original concrete surrounding it along most edges. I started scraping away at the concrete which overflowed the repair area, but realized I was just forming a raised edge.
Most of the area (toward the back corner) will be covered by a tile floor. The rest will be covered with luxury vinyl tile. What's my best best bet for mitigating any issues with the flooring? Can I just grind down the narrow portion of the patch to get it flat enough for LVT? Should I put backer board down for the tile to ensure a level surface, or can I set the tile directly on the floor as is? Any advice is much appreciated!
I'm installing drainage for a basement bathroom, and the shower pan drain is situated almost on top of the 4" main waste line. Can I use two 45-degree bends between the drain the P trap to offset the trap a few inches to the side? It'll still be well within 24" of vertical distance between the drain and the trap.
We moved into a new construction home recently and the builder left us only a small amount of the original Sherwin-Williams paint. My wife went to pick up an extra gallon of the color used throughout most of our house from the Sherwin-Williams store, but the salesperson there told her that because it's a new construction house it was probably painted with "factory mix," and that the retail paint would probably differ. She couldn't elaborate on how it would differ, just that it wouldn't look the same. She said the factory mix is only available in five-gallon quantities.
Has anyone experienced this? I would think that the same brand, color, and finish (flat) would be consistent. Is this marketing code for "your builder used a lower-quality paint?"
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Location: North Carolina
A few months ago I bought a new GE refrigerator, and just recently I decided to change out the original water filter as the rate of flow had decreased significantly. I looked up the filter model number (RPWFE) on Amazon and found a lot of generic RPWF (no "E") filters which look identical to mine but specifically say "does not work with RPWFE". After a little digging, I found out that GE has installed an RFID reader in the fridge next to where the water filter is installed. If it does not detect a GE-brand filter, the water/ice dispenser refuses to function. It's essentially a form a DRM for refrigerators.
The GE filters retail for $50 each. Third-party filters (which would be fully compatible if not for lacking the RFID chip) go for around $12.
That the manufacturer restricts the use of third-party filters is not advertised and was not disclosed to me prior to purchase. (Had it been, I obviously wouldn't have bought the fridge.) It's now past the return deadline so the store won't take it back, and GE of course has been no help.
I realize this probably seems a little petty, but the surprise requirement for $50 filters adds $500 to the cost of ownership over five years. Do I have any recourse against GE here? Or is this just another life lesson that you can't take anything at all for granted these days?
Edit: I should point out that the off-brand RPWF filters are proven to be physically compatible with the fridge. There's a workaround where you can take the RFID chip off a bypass filter and tape it to the reader inside the fridge. It will dispense wtaer happily through the RPWF filter so long as it detects the chip.
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