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Q:A neighbor suggested that I stabilize a leaning fence post with a steel wire. But how do I use a wire to make the repair?
A:A Wire Tensioning Kit is a method of stabilizing a post by attaching the top of the unstable post to the bottom of a stable adjacent post (or boulder, etc.) using two anchors with a steel wire running between them. When the wire is tight- ened to remove its slack, the tension racks the leaning post into position against the fence rail. Tighten the wire until it pulls the leaning post plumb, and then secure the wire to both anchor points with appropriate fasteners.
Q:We recently installed a new toilet, and it's already leaking from the tank into the bowl. What gives?
A:This sounds like the symptom of a worn out flush-valve flapper. However, since you have a new toilet there might simply be a problem with the way the flapper is seated on the tank drain. The flapper has to seal around the drain hole completely. If the flapper's mounting ring is mounted too high on the toilet's overflow pipe, then the flapper will lift upward on one side and not seal correctly. If the mounting ring is mounted too low on the pipe, it can push up the opposite side of the flapper and cause a similar leak. Adjust the mounting ring up or down until the the flapper has complete contact around the drain to achieve a watertight seal.