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Dilute chlorine bleach and your garden hose (assuming an adjustable nozzle that can give you a focused spray). No scrubbing required. You can't really prevent it from getting smelly, but keeping all the trash in plastic bags will help. I use 13-gallon drawstring bags in the main kitchen trashcan and plastic shopping bags in my others. Tie them off before ...


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While I don't use hand tools much, I certainly own a lot of hand tools. This happens when you sell them all day. Norm Abram at This Old House provides some pretty good tips on cleaning rust from tools. His tips, summarized: First, store tools in a dry drawer or toolbox. Use silica gel packets to keep this place even more dry. But once rust appears... ...


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In the winter it is 30 to 40 percent in cold climates. During the summer, indoor humidity levels should be kept below about 65 percent to minimize the potential for mold growth and below about 50 percent to minimize dust mites. See this article for some more great information on humidity levels: Keep Your Home Healthy


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You should replace your blade when its dull. Ways to tell its dull: it starts binding it tears/chips the substance more than usual it burns the wood just a pain to use = a sharp blade should let you push the saw forward with minimum effort. If you find yourself forcing the saw forward (not ideal from a safety perspective), change the blade.


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It is very hard to describe knife sharpening in text. I'd recommend searching out a few Youtube videos for tips on technique. That said, I'll add my 2 cents worth. Everyone has a different idea of the "correct" way to sharpen a knife; below is just how I was taught. What is the proper way to sharpen a knife with a stone like this? If the knife is ...


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In my experience, most horror stories of pool maintenance are usually the result of neglect, or not paying attention to the instructions. It's not that hard, but expect to spend an average of 10-15min per day checking on your pool, adding chlorine, clearing out leaves in the skimmer, etc. Also, once a week, expect to spend some extra time ...


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A triangular wooden structure as you describe should work if the ropes are the same length and the hooks the ropes are attached to are both hung vertically. Pendulum period depends on rope length, so the set up you currently have couples pendulums having two different periods. That's a recipe for unstable swinging. Also, the angle pictured on the left ...


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Ok gentilmen , lets talk ice dams. First and foremost, what causes an ice dam to form anyway. Heat trapped in an attic, either from heat loss from the house or sun beating on the roof, cannot escape quickly and melts snow on the roof. This water drains to the bottom of the roof where it runs across a cold edge and freezes. The overhang of your roof (soffit ...


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I've heard that plumbers swear by bio-clean. I guess the idea is that all the anti-bacterial soaps that people use tend to kill the "good" bacteria in the drain lines that naturally digest the crud that gets stuck in there. This stuff restores those bacteria so they can clean the pipes out naturally. My experience with it has been pretty good for ...


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I've used this stuff; amazing. One of the most amazing products I have ever got my hands on. I had a drill press left in the rain for two years. I soaked the parts in this and restored to near brand new. The original machine marks can still be seen. http://www.evaporust.com/ Harbor Fright carries gallons for $20. You can reuse it over and over too. I ...


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Another option would be to cut the pipe above and below the cleanout, and install a PVC Y-fitting with a cleanout cap using no-hub couplings like these: I would think that drilling and/or sawing out the old cast iron cap is going to be a giant pain in the rear, and will be likely to damage the cleanout fitting to the point where it needs to be replaced ...


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The way I've done this is not using water, instead take the roller or brush and put in a big ziplock bag and stick in the fridge. yes it may look gross in there but it won't be a problem to return to continue painting. It won't be able to dry as much. Certainily it won't dry out. Seems like my wife left one in there for a couple days to return AND multiple ...


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It's a bracket, with a U-shaped slot. Depending on the model, it is screwed either to the floor, or to both the floor and the wall behind the oven. You slide the oven's rear foot underneath the bracket, and it holds the oven in place in case you step on the door while it's open, preventing your pot of boiling water from sliding off the top onto you. ...


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The nice thing about renting a place is that you don't own it. Problems with the house are really the owner's problem, not yours. If it were me, especially in the situation you've described, I'd call the landlord and say, 'Hey - come clean this crap up'. I certainly wouldn't invest in supplies or materials to do it. Take a look at your lease/rental ...


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If you do not have trees or other things that put debris in the pool, it is not necessary to run the pump all the time. You can install a timer on the electric line to the pool pump and set it to run less. This will save on your electric costs and increase the life of the pump. The amount of time you have to run it a day depends on the conditions.


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Most water heaters have an inner tank surrounded by an insulation material surrounded by the outer shell. If it is the outer shell that has some rust spots then there probably is not anything to be worried about. So depending on where the rust spots are located you may not need to worry about them at all. But considering that you are seeing rust spots on ...


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This article might be helpful. or this one Drain Cleaner Pour together: ½ c. borax in drain followed by 2 c. boiling water OR ¼ c baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ c. vinegar Cover drain and let sit for 15 minutes. Follow with 2 qts. boiling water. OR Use a plumber's "snake" and boiling water.


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Every year or two I call out a professional company to check the coolant levels and check for any mechanical defects since I don't have all the gear to do it myself. Aside from that I just try and keep the area free of debris and anything that could damage the unit. In my case I have a tree off to the side and several branches hang over the unit which I ...


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Looks for worn or chipped carbide teeth. If the teeth are merely coated in pitch, you can remove it with oven cleaner (or in a pinch windex), and old tooth brush, and some elbow grease. Blades should be replaced when they get dull or after you hit a screw or a hard knot.Cleaning saw blades


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Fifteen years is a pretty good lifespan for a water heater, so it could easily fail at any time -- especially if it hasn't been serviced regularly during its life. Personally, I would prefer to be there working on it when it fails so that you can take care of it immediately (as opposed to, say, being away for the weekend while it's filling up your ...


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I removed our pool cause the maintenance just wasn't worth it - especially when the liner died and I learned it would take about a grand to replace it, but this is what I do remember. Any local swimming pool supply store will sell testing kits and the necessary chemicals. They will also be able to tell you what chemicals are used depending on the results ...


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This is the link you need: http://thepoolcalculator.com/ It describes basic chemistry, and has a calculator you can specialize for your pool. I personally maintained my pool with bleach, borax, baking soda, and stabilizer for years. This is the cheapest way to go, but it's a significant time commitment. Any pool supply store can help you get started, ...


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It's always good to inspect your deck every year after winter. Check for any loosening fasteners, any signs of rot, check for mold, and inspect places where wood meets wood. I would advise against an annual power-washing. It is extremely harsh on the wood, even if done by a professional. It requires a lot of work to restore the surface, as the pressure ...


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I am not an expert in this type of roofing, I do however have some questions and recommendations that may help you get the right answers. First the questions. Is this roof drained with an internal system or scuppers along the edges? How large (square footage) is this roof? What part of the country are you in? Have you consulted an industrial/commercial ...


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I can tell you one thing. In my opinion - sharpening knives very easy to understand but hard to do. The hardest part is to maintain proper angle when sharpening. Japanese knives like smaller angle, german knives like bigger angle and your hunting knive is even bigger angle. You need to look for a sharpening system that takes care of angles for you. Here ...


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Generally one opens the bottom window, simply because it's easier. The features of the window tend to be designed with that in mind: the screen (if it is original to the window) will usually have a bit of extra fill along the top edge where it meets up with the upper window's bottom edge if there is a partial open lock (that prevents complete opening) ...


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The life of electrolytic capacitors is primarily shortened by heat. Therefore ambient temperature, temperature of nearby motors, ventilation and air circulation (e.g. fan), presence of thick layers of dust, clogged grilles, excess paint, ... can be important factors. Electrolytic capacitors are manufactured to various specifications: Capacitance: e.g. 1 ...


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Dirty filters not only make the HVAC equipment not last as long, but the low air flow makes them less energy efficient. A dirty furnace does not conduct heat into the air as well and the dirt sticks to the fan blades making it not last as long or spin as easily. There are two main types of air filters: The 1" thick ones that look like this: And the 6" ...


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At 2.5 GPM, your 2-3 minutes of shower time between cycles is using between 5 and 7.5 gallons. If your tank starts at 60psi and 7.5 gallons is enough to bring it down to 40psi, that means you're starting out with 15 gallons of air in your 40 gallon tank, and ending the 3-minute cycle with 22.5 gallons of air. I calculated this using Boyle's law, or P1 * V1 ...


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Yes, it should be no problem. Just use teflon tape on the threads to seal it. I would worry though if you can't get the plug out, that the threads in the pipe won't be any good (or you'll destroy them in the process of attempting to get the plug out). If that happens, you'll need to re-thread the pipe. You should be able to rent a tool for this at your ...



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