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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.
May
3
comment Does mouse poison attract mice?
@Comintern well, you usually place it in places you know the mice already are.
Apr
28
comment What is the best order for interior painting (walls, trim, windows, etc.)?
Do this only if you want to really piss of the next owners. :) Paper will peel eventually and now the next owners have to deal with paper + texture.
Apr
23
comment Bowed laminate flooring on slab: How to proceed?
@ESultanik thanks for the follow-up. Glad things worked out!
Apr
22
comment Does UV exposure cause deterioration to PVC pipe which can lead to catastrophic failure?
Ah! True. In my (admittedly extremely limited) experience, there are other parts of that system that tend to fail long before the PVC pipe does (namely the pump itself)
Apr
22
comment Does UV exposure cause deterioration to PVC pipe which can lead to catastrophic failure?
Out of curiosity, where would you typically have large amounts of PVC exposed to sunlight?
Apr
22
comment Can I have an office in my basement without egress?
"Check with local code" is really the only answer we can give online. But yes, in my experience (which is only local to one area and one set of code), what triggered an egress window in a sub-level room was whether or not it had a built in closet. If it did, then it was flagges as a potential bedroom (now or in the future) and, as such, needed egress. An office--as long as there were no closet--wouldn't trigger that.
Apr
22
comment Bracing a rain barrel platform
Are those posts in concrete or buried several feet? If so, that might be what's providing the lateral bracing. But It wouldn't take anything to add a few diagonal braces so might as well do that.
Apr
22
comment how can I check to see if a 4" slab of concrete was actually poured?
4" of concrete doesn't really 'settle'. So what was poured is the thickness you'd be left with. As for the edges, that may not necessarily be the overall thickness depending on how well the base was prepared. As for cracking, that happens. There should have been expansion joints in the driveway that would control the cracking. If there weren't, that's a different issue than the thickness. It could also be that there was a poorly prepared based, settling out of their control, bad rebar, or all sorts of other issues. As for checking the actual depth, probably best to drill a hole in the center.
Apr
21
comment Time estimate for flooring, painting, closets, trim of 1500 SF home
We can't tell you what is reasonable or not without a whole lot of details.
Apr
21
comment Sanding screen vs Sandpaper for hardwood floor
Screens are usually for really fine grits where the residue would normally clog up sandpaper quickly (like sheetrock sanding). So, in general, you'd go with screens the finer your sanding is.
Apr
21
comment Best way to build floor above blacktop
Depends on the age/type/condition of the blacktop, but sometimes a pick or shovel can make quick work of blacktop.
Apr
21
comment Best way to build floor above blacktop
What are the walls sitting on? Is there an actual foundation around the perimeter of this carport?
Apr
21
comment Why can't some light bulbs be used with timers?
@longneck is that talking about timers or dimmers?
Apr
21
comment Why can't some light bulbs be used with timers?
I've never heard of a bulb that can't be used on a timer. Do you have an example?
Apr
10
comment Can I vent my dryer 'up'?
@Ecnerwal that's really the best solution. Make sure the dryer is backed up against an external wall. It's like that has to be taught to architects or something. :)