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Apr
8
comment What is “pipe dope”?
Some lazy plumber stuffed a wad of plumbers putty in our (previous) 50gal water heater instead of fixing the drain spigot. It blew out in the morning when I was 150 miles away from home, and I get a panicked call from my wife because water was pouring out of the wall. That was an exciting drive home -_-
Mar
22
answered How to cut a rectangle out of a STEEL ruler?
Mar
22
comment How to cut a rectangle out of a STEEL ruler?
I cut a biohazard symbol in the side of my case with many many cut-off wheels. For a smaller square you could grind down your cut-off wheels by grinding stone or really thick metal.
Mar
4
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Jan
5
comment Why do I have voltage on a plumbing ground strap, and is it dangerous?
Our wiring between our meter and the pedestal apparently had a short in it, due to them not putting conduit around the cable. It caused all manner of flickering and destruction of bulbs. And burnt out most anything with a capacitor in it. $2,000 in electrician costs later...
Dec
23
comment Why is there dirt in my wall (by the tub)?
I'd estimate about 3-4 gallons of dirt that was piled up and around there.
Dec
23
comment Why is there dirt in my wall (by the tub)?
I've added a bit of a sketch to my post. The dirt was piled on top of the slab in between the drywall (which was a bit soft/corroded - the inside paper was gone) and the tub itself. It was definitely in contact with the 2x4s in the wall. My other thought is maybe it was moles? I thought slab foundations went a bit deeper than typical mole burrows though...
Dec
23
revised Why is there dirt in my wall (by the tub)?
added sketch
Dec
23
comment Why is there dirt in my wall (by the tub)?
The pipes most definitely went down through the dirt - but they went into the slab. Would that make a difference here? Also there was no "wall" on the other side, it just emptied right into the space under the tub... I guess you'd call it a skirt? The top and side part of the tub.
Dec
23
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Dec
19
asked Why is there dirt in my wall (by the tub)?
Nov
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Nov
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Oct
29
answered Detecting cigar/cigarette smoke levels
Apr
16
comment Our water heater blew a leak. What should I do now?
Yeah, @Comintern, unfortunately it's with a $1,500(USD) deductible. Looking around at prices... unless I'm paying for installation, I don't think I'll be filing a claim.
Apr
16
comment How to keep pine needles out of a gutter?
Personally I prefer the chainsaw method. Because I hate pine (in my yard)
Apr
16
asked Our water heater blew a leak. What should I do now?
Apr
16
comment Are these termites?
Termites look more like ants. You might try emailing these pictures to your local cooperative extension if you live in the US.
Dec
9
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