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Feb
29
comment Is it safe to ground a portable generator using the house ground at the service panel?
Don't ever use a generator inside your home - it's a gasoline combustion appliance and needs to be ventilated. Using a generator indoors can poison and kill you.
Feb
29
comment Is a GFCI necessary for a dishwasher?
Doesn't current code also require separate circuits for the dishwasher and disposal?
Feb
28
comment Can I build a staggered steel stud wall?
Typically, steel studs & channels are used for partition (non load-bearing) walls, often in commercial spaces. You can certainly build strong buildings of any size with steel frames, when those frames are correctly designed. This often means with engineers, load calculations, and joints that are welded or at least extensively bolted through.
Feb
28
comment How do you paint interior doors easily
Rolled paint on doors can look wrong - the rolled texture isn't what you expect on a door. Traditionally you want brush strokes in line with the door components. If your doors are totally flat, rolling is probably fine and in any case it's just an aesthetic concern.
Feb
27
comment Cracking and creaking noises in ceiling and dry wall
It could be the line expanding when the AC starts up, then contracting when it shuts off. But for it to last several hours is too long unless you have a programmable thermostat or something that would turn it back on at that point. Mysterious...
Feb
26
answered Cracking and creaking noises in ceiling and dry wall
Feb
26
comment Fridge line to standard pipe
According to that spec sheet they do make these valves with 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" compression outlets. You will need the adapter of the appropriate size, and I've only ever seen these threads referred to as "compression". You might see NPT or FIP thread styles, and those are not what you want.
Feb
26
comment Fridge line to standard pipe
@DMoore what do you mean "cap it"? I think he wants to attach an icemaker, but the 1/4" line he has doesn't fit on the valve output. I agree he just needs the appropriate adapter.
Feb
26
comment Fridge line to standard pipe
These are standard plumbing supply compression fittings. I think this is the spec sheet for your valve: brasscraft.com/PDF/…
Feb
26
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Feb
26
comment Fridge line to standard pipe
Most likely the valve's output is 3/8", and you need a 3/8" to 1/4" adapter.
Feb
26
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Feb
26
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Feb
26
comment Fridge line to standard pipe
In the picture, is the whole silver-colored part your new compression fitting? Are you saying it doesn't fit properly on the copper pipe? Or are you saying what's pictured is your existing pipe + valve and you're trying to attach a 1/4" poly fridge line to it but it doesn't fit?
Feb
26
answered Fridge line to standard pipe
Feb
26
comment Connecting the four terminals of a 14-50P to a homebrew 240v system with three wires
This comment thread is the most simultaneously annoying and educational thing I've read in a while. :)
Feb
26
revised Reducing humidity with a fan: top or bottom?
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Feb
26
comment Hanging a large bowl on a stone backsplash
What are the bowl and backsplash made of? Are you aiming to mount it permanently or in a fashion where it is removable? Do you want it inset in the wall or mounted over the surface? Do you have an example of similar look that you'd like to imitate? Pictures would be very helpful too.
Feb
26
answered Reducing humidity with a fan: top or bottom?
Feb
25
comment Should P trap be connected using Fernco coupling?
Yes. Get a trap with a built in union (e.g. homedepot.com/p/1-1-2-in-PVC-DWV-Hub-x-Hub-P-Trap-C4895HD112/…) and use a trap adapter like this to connect to the sink tailpiece.