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Jul
28
asked What is the best way to fill a hole in a concrete basement floor?
Jul
25
comment Is air conditioner installation a DIY project?
There's a good chance you'll have to hire a pro to charge the system, as the refrigerant is only available to licensed people.
Jul
18
comment Can I fix a possible gas leak on a valve for a hot water system myself with Thread Seal Tape?
Try calling your gas utility company, they often have people that will come out promptly to check leaks (for free) and may be able to repair it for you too.
Jul
15
answered Extension cord and power strip safety
Jul
7
answered Remounting an undermount sink in a manufactured stone benchtop
Jul
6
comment How can I attach normal framed walls in between concrete columns?
I spent a lot of quality time with my hammer drill while re-roofing my garage. Used about 150 tapcon screws. I'm guessing a powder-actuated concrete nail system would have saved me a lot of time.
Jul
4
comment How do I find out what's wrong with my phone (DSL) line?
An 250' run of unshielded comm cable directly next to feeder AC cables sounds like a recipe for massive interference. Try it with a wired phone, you may be able to hear the interference on the line. STP would probably help, but the ideal solution would be to run comms and power in separate conduit.
Jul
1
comment Best way to flash an EPDM rubber roof on a concrete roof deck?
So, it's been a few months and I have installed the rubber roof. Now to answer your questions. Yes, the downspout pipe is the only drainage. In a moderate rain it is sufficient but in heavier rains water runs off the back of the roof. This is not ideal but the back is well covered with rubber and there is a tree behind it, so it's acceptable. The EPDM is bent down on the edges of the roof, i.e. capping the roof with some overlap on the vertical surfaces.
Jun
30
answered “Bendy” screwdriver
Jun
27
comment How to prevent odor in clay pots, resulting due to drinking water storage?
Bleach (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleach) is a chemical cleaner that is good at killing bacteria and other microbes. A bleach solution would be small amount of bleach dissolved in some water. If the odor is due to microbes living in the clay pot, then cleaning with a bleach solution may help to remove the odor. Note however that bleach is toxic in large amounts - as noted in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleach#Dilution , make sure to dilute it if you use it for drinking water vessels.
Jun
27
answered Identify a washing machine part - the exit port
Jun
22
answered Amp rating of ganged circuit-breakers
Jun
22
comment Service mast too short
I'm not sure -- I'd recommend calling your utility to ask. I think the utility owns the meter and any wiring running from the street to your meter, but the homeowner/builder may be responsible for the conduit. You could also ask your home inspector, they should be happy to elaborate on their report!
Jun
22
comment How to fit a pendant light hook?
Even a new work box can be improperly installed; when you've removed the current fixture check to make sure the box is attached firmly to structure.
Jun
22
answered Service mast too short
Jun
20
comment How to fit a pendant light hook?
Why would this light require a hook? Seems to me like a typical length-adjustable pendant light, where you mount the base to a ceiling electrical box, wind the cord inside the base so it's the desired length, and support the fixture from the cord directly. Are you saying you want to use a hook so that the light hangs down from a different spot on your ceiling than where the base is attached?
Jun
17
comment Framing a cement room
Or use sill gasket made for this, e.g. homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202080947/h_d2/…
Jun
11
comment Flattening frameless wall mirror
Also, is the mirror glass? Could the wall be out of plane?
Jun
11
comment Does the code inspector look at preexisting work, or only at recent work?
Also, your electrician should know what to expect in terms of what else needs to be brought up to code during a panel replacement. I'd suggest getting an estimate/proposal from an electrician and ask him at that point about how deep the upgrade would have to go.
Jun
7
comment Is translucent fiberglass roof cooler or hotter than opaque roof
I like Alex's idea: you can easily paint the underside of the fiberglass, or even the top of the OSB, and reduce the greenhouse effect. Seems like the OSB should be able to take it either way, if there is ventilation at the bottom and top.