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comment 3" conduit with many bends - is it worth to build it?
Are the bends inside the wall? If so, how do you plan to install? are you opening up the wall?
May
20
comment Open appliance which has a flat round disk as a screw head, no recess at all
looks like a rivet of some sort. Might be able to drill them out.
May
20
comment Is this swing beam safe?
Treated wood is used for a lot of outdoor applications in general--not just ground contact (playground equipment, fences, etc.)
May
18
comment Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?
There are a few drawbacks to densarmor, though: it's itchy (fiberglass) and you might have to skim-coat it all to get a consistent finish to it (as it has a texture that you won't see in the taped joints).
May
18
comment Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?
Vapor Barriers are becoming a very outdated method for basements. See the Building Science Corporations work on this topic. They explicitely state that you should not have a vapor barrier in a below grade wall construction. Many building codes are out of date in this regard.
May
18
comment Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?
@statueuphemism DensArmor is paperless wallboard. Should work just fine for fire rating.
May
17
comment Using Fence as a retaining wall
For longevity and easy maintenance I'd go with landscape block. They stack like legos. No mortar. But another option if you want to stay low-cost would be railroad ties. They'd likely support the dirt better than the fence. They're messy, though. But cheap.
May
16
comment A crack in my foundation wall is leaking
Agreed, but before doing all of that, it's probably best to also figure out where the water is coming from.
May
15
comment What type of concrete foundation do you pour for sand?
Where on this planet is this piece of property?
May
14
comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
Yes, a hose is not a 'pipe'. It's like running an extension chord. It is in no way considered 'modifying' the structure. And it's not even really a hose. You can pick up fairly inconspicuous small clear drain lines at Home Depot. Easy enough to tuck along the perimeter of a room.
May
14
comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
You certainly don't want a hotplate left on unattended...inside or out.
May
14
comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
Conceptually, I'd agree. Functionally, though, the change in scale is pretty significant. That's why you don't usually see 'condensate pans' on central air systems. They just dump it outside. There's just too much humidity being pulled out for a pan to be effective.
May
14
comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
@ProgrammerGirl I can't say I know of any humidifiers rated for use outdoors. Could you show us a photo of the outside of your building? That might help us.
May
14
comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
A refrigerator is having to cool an entirely different type of space than an AC unit, thought. It's also not truly closed, and the condensate still leaves the confines of the fridge.
May
14
comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
This is exactly how window units work. Alas, rarely can the fan 'mist' the condensation faster than it accumulates. You will still likely have more condensation than the fan can deal with.
May
14
comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
As for an interior humidifier/evaporator...that would defeat the entire purpose of the A/C--which is to de-humidify the space. As for an exterior option, well that wouldn't work very well as most humidifiers are for internal use only and it's already pretty humid outside, so wouldn't work all that fast.
May
14
comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
I, too, am confused as to how regulations allow your building to install a mini-split system, but not account for condensation drainage. FYI, most mini-split systems are already deigned to have an exterior drain. This seems like a building management issue.
May
14
comment My dog chewed the surface of my doors, how should I go about fixing this?
Replacing the door is absolutely the easiest option, but if you don't, I don't think you need to paint the entire door. If that is at the bottom of the door, it should be patchable. You may still notice, but likely no one else would.
May
4
comment What effect does the number of coil turns on an electric stove heating element have?
In terms of cooking, it's mostly just surface area. The more surface area, the more even the heating of the pan. Before buying a new one, though, did you first remove the existing one and clean the contact points well?
May
3
comment Does mouse poison attract mice?
@comintern that's a good point. I thought maybe the poison was there originally, but the mice transporting it there makes a lot more sense.