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Jan
29
comment Why won't a NEST that shares control of a furnace with a conventional thermostat turn on the heat?
Standard triage for a Nest problem usually includes a listing of the wires going to the Nest, a picture helps too! Can you provide that? Can you also tell us what wires are going to your 2nd and 3rd floor thermostats? Before you installed the Nest did the 1st floor thermostat also control the 2nd floor?
Jan
25
comment Drill tool unable to work when face up
If you face the drill up, but pull forward on the chuck, does the drill run?
Jan
24
comment Why does my hot cooktop indicator light stay on too long?
@Tester101 - Is it also possible or probable that the temperature light is designed to stay on for a long time as a safety measure? Would these sensors measure the absolute temperature or would they measure the temperature relative to some room-temperature component of the stove?
Jan
24
comment Why does my hot cooktop indicator light stay on too long?
What make and model? How are you measuring "cool" by hand or with a thermometer?
Jan
10
comment What glass and materials are needed to install a glass shower screen against a sloped wall and where can I get them?
@Steven - I made an edit to that effect. I think this question stands on its own. Perhaps it is even more general. How does one go about building or buying something other than a rectangular glass shower enclosure? Is it custom or are there some off-the-shelf options?
Jan
8
comment Why does the cold water pipe rattle when my washing machine is set to hot?
Installed a small water hammer arrestor right on the input of the washing machine. Solved the problem right away. Thanks @Bryan Focht
Jan
6
comment How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?
This seems to be a great answer. It reduces the work from modifying the vanity to just one hole drilled out for the drain and it reduces the plumbing work to making two cuts and adding two couplers. The only objection I can raise is that its another non-standard job whereas relocating the plumbing to the wall makes it right.
Jan
3
comment Why does the cold water pipe rattle when my washing machine is set to hot?
$10 from Amazon. The part is on its way. It sounds like this is a very common problem, thank you for helping me learn about it!
Jan
3
comment Why does the cold water pipe rattle when my washing machine is set to hot?
I'm familiar with water hammering in the context of having the mains off for a while then turning them back on without a few taps open. Would my washing machine be water hammering because it has an internal valve that is cycling? If I run the washing machine on hot (not warm, full hot) why would it do anything with the cold side?
Jan
3
comment What is a reasonably economical way to heat a basement bathroom?
@Ecnerwal is correct. I do not know the term, but a timer that lets you tell the heater "turn on at 9 AM and off at 4PM" is what I had in mind.
Nov
21
comment Should I block or insulate my air vents for the winter?
What kind of heating system do you have? Forced air? Radiant? Wood stove? Are these return vents or just random wall vents?
Nov
15
comment How can I bore deep straight holes through wood?
Does the bore hole have to be perfectly straight or "straight enough"? What is the final use of this hole and project?
Oct
23
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Greebo has participated in several questions I asked, commented on, or answered. Greebo might be Evil, but that doesn't stop him from being, competent, kind, clear, and willing to share. If your vote comes down to me or Greebo, vote Greebo.
Oct
22
comment How do I retrieve a detached plunger from a bathtub drain?
Do you know if the plunger is of a magnetic material?
Oct
4
comment Should a skirt board on a stair case be installed over the treads?
If I install the skirt first, then the treads, how do I make sure there is no visible gap between the treads and the skirt? I will not have carpet on the stairs.
Sep
30
comment How to clean a 100 year old piano
" I don't want to harm it but I want it clean." - It is possible (probably unlikely, but possible) that certain techniques used to clean wood furniture may cause unwanted damage to a piano such as discoloration of the keys or affect the internal parts.
Sep
23
comment Can I use just molding to hold down a floating floor or must I use quarter-round?
Following up. I used prefinished 9/16" molding. Worked very well and it looks A LOT better than the quarter-round floors in the rest of the house.
Sep
10
comment How to fix drainage from gutters?
c) prior to addressing any big fixes, get some corrugated pipe as suggested in the answer below. You can hook this up NOW and keep the water running away from the house. This fix buys you some time to address a long term or more aesthetically pleasing repair
Sep
6
comment What can I do about pocket doors that are blocked by floor tiles?
Can you push up on the door at all while it is in the pocket?
Aug
23
comment Is there a simple way to retrofit an existing toilet with a top-mounted sink?
"prison toilet" could also turn up a few hits. Some are grey-water based. Their main feature is compact size and a single sink/toilet unit.