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Feb
18
comment Why is my furnace blowing hot air outside?
Do you mean that one of your air ducts leading from the furnace goes to the outside of your house? If so, I don't think any of us can answer 'why' it was done that way. It does seem illogical.
Feb
14
comment What is a good strategy to support this deck?
Design-wise (both aesthetics and engineering) I'd maybe consider not having that inside corner and just extending the deck out so it's all even.
Feb
14
comment What projects should never be DIY?
IIRC the only exception we had was pressure testing a gas line...that had to be done by a pipefitter. But all other electrical, gas, construction was all fine to do on your own (provided you still went with a permit and inspection).
Feb
14
comment What projects should never be DIY?
I suppose it depends on where you live, but in places I've lived, whether you DIY or hire someone, you need to have it inspected.
Feb
12
comment What future-proofing should I include when refurbishing an apartment?
The future is increasingly wireless, so I'd maybe not sweat it too much.
Feb
7
comment What is the purpose of tape when taping and mudding drywall?
You claim there's guesses here then proceed to come up with your own guess. FYI, you can't apply the tape first. You have to have a layer of mud for the tape to adhere to. That initial application of mud does, obviously, fill in the gap as well.
Feb
5
comment Easy to repair washing machine?
A lot of appliance shopping is about buying a particular logo on the same machine more than one company is selling.
Feb
3
comment What could cause a drumming noise in my house?
is it a mechanical sound or electronic?
Feb
3
comment Does a humidifier cool the air?
@PhilipNgai I stand corrected. And I learned something. Thanks! So, here's the link. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evaporative_cooler Looks like a swamp cooler can cool the air 5-7 degrees fahrenheit. Granted swamp coolers tend to be a magnitude larger in volume that a humidifier, but yes, it does look like they cool the air.
Feb
2
comment Does a humidifier cool the air?
@PhilipNgai it lowers the temperature of your skin, not the temperature of the room.
Feb
2
comment How can I create a radiant heat system for melting ice on wood steps?
Also, are you sure the heated mat is suppose to go UNDER the tread? Looking online, it looks like most of those heated tread mats go on top of the tread.
Feb
2
comment How can I create a radiant heat system for melting ice on wood steps?
Wood steps make no sense in Seattle. ;) But one thought: what about painting them black? You'd at least get the sun to help out a bit (then again, we're talking Seattle...)
Feb
2
comment How to prevent incandescent light bulbs from heating up the room, safely?
Also look into LED. It's getting more affordable now and would be the best option in terms of least amount of heat as well as a bit more options for color spectrums (plus you will likely never have to replace them).
Feb
2
comment What materials could be used instead of cement for a water-tight trench
hence the sand...I'm thinking you'd need quite a bit (not unlike the 'natural sand' swimming pools). But yea, I don't know the whole physics of horses and water hazards so it may still be an issue.
Feb
2
comment Does a humidifier cool the air?
the vapor isn't any colder than the water, which is likely room temperature. It just FEELS cold because it's evaporating from your skin.
Feb
2
comment Does a humidifier cool the air?
It's a closed system, so unless you're sucking in external air to run the humidifier, there shouldn't be any net gain/loss of temperature (at least nothing that you'd notice.)
Feb
2
answered What materials could be used instead of cement for a water-tight trench
Feb
2
comment How to prevent incandescent light bulbs from heating up the room, safely?
@user1306322 no, there is no solution. It's a matter of physics. Incandescents give off heat.
Feb
2
comment How to prevent incandescent light bulbs from heating up the room, safely?
It's like asking "how do I prevent this heater from heating up my room?". Incandescent, by design, gives off heat. There's no way around that.
Feb
1
answered How do I clean gutters?