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    Quote Originally Posted by DeacWatcher View Post
    I have a bearing going bad in a 13 year old GE dryer. The bearing is like $60 but not sure I can install it myself. Do you pay the $120 to have someone install it or do you buy a new dryer?
    13 years is usually old for appliances. I would look at YouTube and try to find a video about the repair. If the part is still available, highly likely somebody put a vid of replacing it somewhere.

    I would at least do some window shopping for dryers before deciding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConnorEl View Post
    My suspicion is that the ones acting more like a filter (with holes of various sizes) must get cloggedÖ?

    But how quickly, and how difficult is it to clean them so they work again?
    Mine are a mesh style that I got from Costco, and generally work well. No debris gets in the gutters, however if we have a deluge, the areas below where the 2nd floor downspouts empty onto the main floor's roof tend to have water going over the edge. Still much better than before when I had birds building nests and debris clogging the gutters and downspouts.

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    Thanks. For how long have you had them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ConnorEl View Post
    In the fall, leaves and acorns.

    In the spring, oak pollen thingys.
    One thing that helps is having larger gutters. That is, 6 inch K style vs 5 inch. With accompanying larger dropouts and downspouts (4x5 instead of 3x4). The larger dropouts decrease the "bridging" over the dropout.

    The solid cover type gutter guards will be most effective against acorns. They will roll right off. Also generally good against larger leaves, like the oak leaves. As you found out, pine needles go right into that 3/8 inch opening and clog.

    Because they are professionally installed, and most are permanently attached to the gutter and roof, they are hard to get into if you need to clean your gutters. There are varying opinions on these out there, particularly on the quality of the local installers. That seems to be a big variable.

    Most of those mesh covers are pretty flat once installed, so debris tends to accumulate on top of them. However, big chunky debris (like acorns) tends to blow off eventually. Big leaves can blow off, or can get wet and matted on top, keeping water from getting into the gutter. The oak catkins (pollen thingys) tend to cling together because they have lots of soft spikey parts, sorta like velcro, that help them collect into mats.

    The mesh covers are DIY installation, and will cut down on the debris in the gutter. They need to have debris on top cleaned off periodically. They are also a lot easier to remove and clean under if they don't keep everything out.

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    Thanks.

    Yea, I'm considering a trial of the mesh type.

    I'm guessing that I'd have to clean the top of them off no more, and maybe less, often than we have to clean out the gutters. Plus there are a couple of our downspouts that run under our driveway and when they get clogged it's almost impossible to unclog, so the mesh cover should decrease that risk, I'd think.

    Just was worried they'd just end up shedding water constantly over the edge of the gutter if the mesh itself gets clogged up with micro-debris over time.

    Thx again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsywake View Post
    Mine are a mesh style that I got from Costco, and generally work well. No debris gets in the gutters, however if we have a deluge, the areas below where the 2nd floor downspouts empty onto the main floor's roof tend to have water going over the edge. Still much better than before when I had birds building nests and debris clogging the gutters and downspouts.
    i also DIYd mesh style on my old house, they were pretty great; even if leaves matted eventually they'd dry/blow for the most part, rarely a twig would jam in there and create a little mat but otherwise they worked surprisingly well. my only problem was that my gutter nails were old, so in some places the pressure applied by the mesh screen stuck in there pushed the gutter out and i had to do some reengineering

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImTheCaptain View Post
    i also DIYd mesh style on my old house, they were pretty great; even if leaves matted eventually they'd dry/blow for the most part, rarely a twig would jam in there and create a little mat but otherwise they worked surprisingly well. my only problem was that my gutter nails were old, so in some places the pressure applied by the mesh screen stuck in there pushed the gutter out and i had to do some reengineering
    When nails get old and pull out you can put in gutter screws into the same hole. Better holding power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deaconblue View Post
    When nails get old and pull out you can put in gutter screws into the same hole. Better holding power.
    Yeah, a very simple solution that you'd think would be obvious, vs trying to pound in new nails.

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    anyone have thoughts on good patio furniture brands? been seeing some IG ads for Pollywood lately. Wanna upgrade my set-up this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarcaDeac View Post
    anyone have thoughts on good patio furniture brands? been seeing some IG ads for Pollywood lately. Wanna upgrade my set-up this summer.
    Recently purchased a couple of Pollywood Adirondack chairs, and even though they are foldable and obviously not real wood, we're extremely pleased with how they look and sit. Our previous wooden, Adirondack chairs finally rotted and that's why we replaced them, but now I'm pulling for the wooden side tables to go ahead and rot so we can go ahead and replace them as well; regardless, I'm done painting them.

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    My parents are big fans of Pollywood. We looked at it but it was more than we wanted to spend.
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    cookout = blabbermouth?
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    Man, I forgot how expensive blinds are. We're looking to replace all of the blinds in our house and its gonna be hella expensive even on the low end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarcaDeac View Post
    anyone have thoughts on good patio furniture brands? been seeing some IG ads for Pollywood lately. Wanna upgrade my set-up this summer.
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    Klaussner has great outdoor furniture. We use ours daily from March-November.

    anyone have any ideas on what I can plant in my front yard that's prone to flooding? I'd like to plant some flowering trees/shrubs, along with some monkey or mondo grass borders, but can't find a lot on what does well in wet soil.

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