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Jun
30
comment Why won't any light in my house turn on after a range hood was installed?
One possible problem is that it was an incompetent contractor.
Jun
30
comment Is this ladder bookcase design strong enough to hold printers?
A 'ladder shelf' is typically attached to the wall at the top. So you wouldn't need the back or base at all (though you'd likely have to use something larger than 2x4s for the sides)
Jun
30
comment What maintenance does an 1890s brick-over-fieldstone foundation need?
You need to repoint when the current mortar begins to fail. If you can easily scrape it out with a screw driver, it's time to repoint. Fieldstone foundations are rarely waterproof, so I don't know if I'd go as far as fully insulating/finishing a fieldstone basement.
Jun
29
comment cooking on a hot&humid day
@abishek you might be able to find replacement filters that use charcoal inserts. That might help with the filtering.
Jun
29
comment Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?
@Tester101 yes! I believe that is exactly it.
Jun
29
comment cooking on a hot&humid day
Do you have a hood vent? Ideally you'd have a hood vent that vents to the outside. Barring that, you could use a recirculating hood vent. Otherwise, on hot and humid days, maybe consider salads.
Jun
29
comment How smooth should I sand a wall
You typically sand the joints (mud) not the actual wallboard. How rough is the wall after removing the wallpaper?
Jun
29
comment Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?
@wallyk Yep. The #14 didn't work. The #18 (thinner wire) did. Is that counter-intuitive? Again, it's not a powered circuit so maybe that's the issue?
Jun
29
comment Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?
@Tester101 I forget what you call it, but it's not a circuit powered externally. I think it's one of those whatchamacallits that produces a bit of electricity via heat. I did find an answer, though...will post.
Jun
29
comment Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?
@keshlam if I had power to the FP, that would be a good solution. Alas, the insert is inside a masonry opening and getting power to it is going to be a bit of a chore. HOWEVER...maybe they make battery powered ones?
Jun
29
comment Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?
@Steven nope. It's not the switch. It definitely appears to be the length of wire. I can sometimes get it to work with 6' of wire (looping one strand) But the two together (12') doesn't work at all.
Jun
29
comment Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?
@Tester101 uh oh. Now we're talking math. So, is that saying that the #18 solid is actually more resistant than the #14 stranded?
Jun
29
comment Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?
Interesting idea...but wouldn't a relay have to be powered?
Jun
27
comment Tree trunk table--how to remove suckers from base?
How big of an apple tree was this? Is the stump going to be a table? It's a neat idea, but it seems like a lot of effort to lay a brick patio over roots of a stump that likely won't last more than 5 years or so.
Jun
24
comment Wobbly desk with IKEA tabletop and IKEA legs
@SethenMaleno all hot glue is pretty much the same. You're not going to find one particular brand any better than the latter.
Jun
24
comment Wobbly desk with IKEA tabletop and IKEA legs
I think hot glue might work but note that it's not a 'slightly less permanent' solution. It's pretty much at the other end of the 'permanence' spectrum from Epoxy. :)
Jun
23
comment Wobbly desk with IKEA tabletop and IKEA legs
JB Weld is an epoxy that works well on metal. Any kind will work. But note that it's a fairly permanent solution meaning that once you install the legs, plate and bolts with JB weld, they won't easily be coming apart.
Jun
23
comment Wobbly desk with IKEA tabletop and IKEA legs
I think that's just a case of "IKEA". :) I think you tried some good options. You could also try smothering the bolts with something like JB Weld to make it is more of a 'permanent' connection.
Jun
23
comment Wobbly desk with IKEA tabletop and IKEA legs
To clarify, have you unscrewed the plates from the table top and made sure the bolts holding the plates to the legs are completely tight?
Jun
22
comment Electrical 'input' connector?
Well, not so much the fireplace. The fan. And most fans are cord connected devices...