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Dec
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comment How to build temporary walls for a temporary room
A couple of tarps anchored with screws eyes would be cheap, fast, and easy (both to put up and take down). Could be anchored to (or near) the ground by a 2x4 from floor to ceiling (held to floor by friction), or a 2x6 or 2x8 (for some weight) laying across the ground.
Dec
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Dec
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comment What pump do I need
For a low-yield well shared between two houses, you really have two main options: (1) a cistern and pump in each house, each supplying the two separate pressure systems, plus a single pump from the well that fills both tanks (using solenoids and a somewhat complex control system), or (2) a single cistern and pressure system that supplies both houses, and a well pump that fills the cistern (simple float switch control). (2) is simpler and only has 2 pumps, but may mean you're treated like a municipal water supply (subject to regulations and monitoring); (1) is more complex and needs 3 pumps
Dec
11
comment What pump do I need
1.5GPM most certainly puts you in the "low yield well" category -- for comparison, even a fairly efficient low-flow shower head is 2.0GPM. Do you currently have some type of storage cistern or large pressure tank in your house? Do you have trouble with it running out of water? Storage is normal in this situation, often with two pumps: one to fill the tank (run via float switch), and one to take water from the tank and run the pressure system feeding the house. Please describe your current setup in a bit more detail.
Dec
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Dec
10
revised What is the advantage of PEX pinch clamp vs. crimp rings?
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Dec
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revised How can I get rid of the knocking sound behind my wall when I turn any tap in the house on or off?
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Dec
9
revised Why is the TPR valve dripping on my new water heater?
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Dec
5
comment Plastic electrical box tabs - ok if broken?
Do you mean is it okay to have a wire installed in a knock-out when the tab is broken, or just is it okay to have a knock-out missing a tab, but unused? (I think it would probably be good to answer this question in both cases anyway)
Dec
4
comment How do I fix a Bostitch nail gun that is jammed?
Just on the WD-40 bit, this is relevant: When should I not use WD-40?
Dec
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Nov
27
revised Can POP (Plaster of Paris) and Paint done without waiting
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Nov
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Oct
30
comment How to mount an odd mirror from Crate and Barrel
The zinc anchors (pictured) are usually rated 50 lbs each, so that should be more than enough (and the shear strength of #8 screws is over 300 lbs). That said, to the OP, if you don't feel it's going to hold the weight or be safe enough, use a bigger screw. I'm just some guy on the internet; you're the one that has to walk past this thing every day.
Oct
30
answered How to mount an odd mirror from Crate and Barrel
Oct
28
comment Installing out side light
Was there a light there before? How was it connected?
Oct
28
comment Can water be pumped from an unused well to a home site?
You'd also have to assess if it's worthwhile in terms of water quality, quantity, and extra cost. The extra trench distance, cost for right-of-way, costs to re-mediate the stagnant well (likely requiring at least a clean-out), landscaping repair costs from construction, etc, may mean you'd be better off just drilling a new well. If the water quality is low, that could also increase treatment system costs: sometimes if you go too deep you get salt; if it's a dug well or a poorly-sealed drilled well, it can get contaminated surface water.
Oct
28
comment Can water be pumped from an unused well to a home site?
Presumably you'd need a right-of-way of some sort to the well. Making use of it would involve digging a trench to run a pipe and wiring (below frost line), and ensuring there is access to it for servicing or in case of problems. If the property owner chose to build a deck or stone patio over it, for example, it could be impossible or very expensive to service.