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comment Must I remove asbestos from my heating vents?
There are many laws with the removal and disposal of asbestos and even limits to how much can be done by one-self, even in your own home. Regarding the risk -- asbestos fibers cannot be broken down by the lungs, ever. It is not like smoking, in that with smoking, the lungs at least have a chance to try and repair themselves. While a controversial statement, it is said that even a single fiber can lead to cancer. To me, it is less like smoking and more like Russian-roulette. Maybe you'll be fine, but why advocate for someone taking the risk just because you did work in a professional setting?
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Oct
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answered Why Does Water in Toilet Bowl Drop
Oct
8
comment can we use UPS as stabilizer for 1.5 ton AC?
Definitely my confusion on that. -- Like I said, I can always be wrong. Thanks for the correction. But I agree with your sentiment.
Oct
8
comment can we use UPS as stabilizer for 1.5 ton AC?
Just a note -- simply looking at the wattage wont tell you the whole story. An 800W (per hour) supply (800VA = 800W) can, in theory, power at 1600W (per hour) device for 30 minutes. The problem has to do with current draw more than available power.
Oct
8
answered can we use UPS as stabilizer for 1.5 ton AC?
Oct
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comment can we use UPS as stabilizer for 1.5 ton AC?
Provided an edit with links to technical specs. The larger question, and my assumption is, that surendar is questioning whether the inside portion of this split AC unit can be connected to a consumer-grade UPS.
Oct
8
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Oct
2
answered Why is my two month old dishwasher exuding a terrible smell?
Oct
2
comment Tiling over latex paint that has water proofing membrane
Could you? Sure. Of course, you couldn't know how long it will last/continue to adhere to the latex though (may not be an issue). Here's the technical data sheet‌​. Personally, I'd rather spend the little bit of money it would cost to replace with new cement backer, but that is a personal philosophy of wanting to know I tried to do it the best/longest lasting way I could at the time, for the money I had. @DMoore suggestion isn't a bad one though. When in doubt, call the company and ask for their input.
Oct
2
comment Floating commercial dance floor over concrete
What purpose is the glued wood supposed to serve? Is the neoprene intended to be a sound dampener? Theoretically, your best bet would be to lay 6 mil plastic directly on the concrete, seal all the seams with tyvek tape, top with the 2-layer plywood floor laid with 1/2" gaps at 90 degrees and offset seams of second layer so as not to align with the first layer (offset by 2 feet in both directions), glued and screwed together. Plastic will prevent the moisture/condensate from reaching the growth medium (wood) for mold.
Sep
25
comment How can I remove the screw from a double demountable hinge?
Just a note -- if the bolt turns freely (as you seem to indicate in your original post), you will need to immobilize the bolt from turning. Alternatively, you might try using a pair of locking/vice-grip pliers to clamp onto the lock-ring while unscrewing from the opposite side. Last,but not least, if all else fails and you do not need to salvage the bolt/lock-ring or can find a replacement lock-ring, cut the lock-ring off with a dremel.
Sep
25
comment How long should it take a professional to lay a patio?
Also, if this is due to a concern over a quoted price, I would recommend you get a couple more quotes to see how they compare. 70-80% of the quoted hours is likely how long the job would actually take, as every business rightfully needs to build in a small excess for problems and to average over jobs that go horribly wrong. (Edit: 70-80% assumes a "fair" company. Potentially higher percentage for particularly good companies that anticipate and resolve problems quickly, so as not to lose time, and lower to much lower for less reputable companies who expect poor performance from their workers)
Sep
25
comment How should I build a base floor for a large summerhouse?
@DA01 "Pile" is an accurate term, but you might think of it as a foundation "pier". In essence, columns that extend underground to create foundation points. Most often used for underpinning/foundations of decks and sheds, or in addition to standard foundations either where support columns will be located above or where unstable grade would pose a problem, in residential construction.
Sep
25
revised How should I build a base floor for a large summerhouse?
Added approximations of imperial measurements
Sep
25
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Aug
14
comment Is my heat pump's condenser fan motor bad?
I would test the capacitance of the fan capacitor (or the fan-side of the capacitor), after following proper safety precautions, before I go to the conclusion of a bad fan. Capacitor = $10-20, Fan = (you've seen).
Aug
13
comment Should I redo my bathroom shower or try to waterproof it?
I agree. I would add my recommendation for a second opinion from a contractor who is NOT trying to come up with reasons why he couldn't have done something wrong. I vote for: A) Leaking after the mixing valve, B) Slow leak before the mixing valve, of C) Significant lack of proper water barrier or completely inappropriate materials. Your quote from the contractor that "it is not the pipes, as they are higher off the floor so we would see damage higher up" says it all (and is complete bunkum). Water will always prefer to run downward, along things like pipes, until it reaches a >90 degree angle.