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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...
Jun
21
comment Electrical 'input' connector?
I never thought of that! Good suggestion. Anyone know if they are applicable to household wiring?
Jun
21
comment Do I need to 'burn out' the LP in the gas lines prior to swapping out an appliance?
@Tester101 I think what happened is we have an 'iffy' valve on the tank. Turning it back on all the way and then back off again fixed it. Maybe it hadn't been turned in a while and just needed some coaxing? Either way, I'm going to have the propane company look at it.
Jun
16
comment Type of insulation between exhaust flue and chimney flue?
Thanks! Went to the fireplace shop over the weekend and they had something just like this (a ceramic wool).
Jun
16
comment Quantitative measurement for sound dampening methods
A drop ceiling is likely the easiest/quickest way to reduce sound transfer.
Jun
16
comment How to keep a block wall from blowing out at the bottom
Do you have a permit for this structure? If so, there should be engineering stamps and approval by the permitting office. If they and the inspector are OK with everything, then you should be fine. If there is no permit, then you may want to re think things.
Jun
15
comment basement bathroom flooring options in old 1929 house
I'd go with tile which a) fits the era b) doesn't have to be expensive (hit up the ReUse center) and c) a good material for damp areas (baths/basements)
Jun
13
comment Is using a humidifier to make paint dry slower a good idea?
what is the benefit of not letting latex dry fast?