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Jan
11
comment Why is a single walled pipe not used for wood stove exhaust pipe on upper floors?
In double-high great rooms where you often see a wood stove with a two story vent pipe, would those ever be single walled or are those likely also double walled?
Jan
11
comment Why is a single walled pipe not used for wood stove exhaust pipe on upper floors?
'doh. I need to start looking at dates more often so I'm not responding to a post from 3 years ago. :)
Jan
11
comment Why is a single walled pipe not used for wood stove exhaust pipe on upper floors?
I'm thinking that could easily be prevented, though @BMitch. For example, via a perforated outer pipe.
Jan
10
comment How to tell if carpet is destroyed after a flood?
If it's clean water, and it wasn't wet for very long, and you can fully dry it, you might be OK. But if it was gray water, I'd toss it all.
Jan
10
comment I have an old house (100 yrs) up off the ground and in the past year the wood floors have began to sag where the boards meet
What do you mean 'where the boards meet'?
Jan
7
comment Using PEX for baseboard run
I believe you can. Check with the manufacturer first, of course, but it should work fine. It's likely just overkill for domestic hot/cold water.
Jan
6
comment Installing wall shelves- Crumbling walls
Those look like they'd handle vertical loads well, but not so sure about lateral/pull-out loads that a shelf may add (depending on the type of shelf, of course).
Jan
6
comment wonder why my cable have this split on?
and, FWIW, if the cable is spliced PRIOR to the cable modem, odds are they aren't 'hacking' via that method.
Jan
6
comment Installing wall shelves- Crumbling walls
given the era, my guess is they are either concrete or concrete block walls. Any chance you could post a photo?
Jan
5
comment Do I have to replace backerboard before tiling a floor?
If the glue is spread out quite a bit, you'll have issues getting the tile to adhere to the backer board. If it's just spots here and there, you're probably OK.
Dec
17
comment Should I suspend a shelf from the ceiling?
In addition, does the projector have to project (heh) so far from the wall? Moving it close to the wall will help with the weight issue as well.
Dec
16
comment What is the proper name for these retaining wall blocks?
Where did you get the original ones?
Dec
16
comment Can I use a heat gun to melt the Ice from the external part of split ductless system?
To clarify, you're using these, at the moment, in heat-pump mode, correct? And that the external unit is freezing up? If so, you may have an issue with your unit. They are supposed to be able to defrost themselves. If yours is not defrosting, you may need to bring someone in to look at it. As for melting what's there, I'd avoid a heat gun and consider a hair dryer instead. That said, the problem may return.
Dec
13
comment Is a splice permitted in a PVC conduit body?
Most code states that the splice has to be accessible. It appears that device is designed specifically for that purpose.
Dec
13
comment How do I make this large mold for concrete countertop?
Are you pouring on-site or off (I assume off). If so, I don't think you'll want to do this in one monolithic pour simply due to how difficult it will be to transport and install without it breaking along the sink area.
Dec
12
comment How can I convert a propane fireplace to natural gas?
But to answer your question, from what I understand, the difference between propane and gas fixtures is mostly the burner itself...namely the size of the openings to regulate the fuel flow.
Dec
12
comment How can I convert a propane fireplace to natural gas?
You don't want to convert, let alone probably even use, a ventless fireplace.
Dec
12
comment PEX for hot water tank
FYI, if you don't want to deal with soldering copper connections in the future, use SharkBite connectors. They're not cheap (about $10 a connector) But that's still about 1/20th the costs of having a plumber do it.
Dec
12
comment Is it safe to connect a timer to an instant hot water dispenser?
Most timers aren't designed to take the load a heating element would need. You'll probably have to hardwire this with the timer turning on/off a relay on a separate circuit set up for the heater.
Dec
12
comment How can I solder/braze thin stainless steel wire?
Are you welding or soldering? These are two very different things.