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Oct
26
comment Vinyl tile installation over a concrete basement floor with moisture
You can buy (or get a sheet metal shop to build) a drip pan to catch condensation from filter equipment, with a drain on the side that goes to a sump pit or floor drain.
Oct
25
asked How do I get power into my kitchen cabinet?
Oct
24
comment What could cause my sump pump to cycle on and off rapidly?
Good thought. Typically the "on" and "off" levels are far apart, and some pumps have a way to adjust this (a dial, or a couple stoppers on the rod the float is suspended from). Even if water is draining back in, the "on" level should be higher enough than the "off" so that this doesn't happen. You can check the distance manually by lifting and lowering the float. If this is the problem, you'll also hear/see the float clicking on and off.
Oct
22
comment How can I repair the carpet around a new shower?
A picture would help, as well as telling us exactly how far "not quite close enough" is.
Oct
16
comment Scratched the paint off the wall. How to proceed?
If you can't get an exact match (but you can get very close), the worse case is painting the entire wall. You only need to paint to the edges/corners, as the way the light affects the wall color when the wall changes directions will mask any minor differences in actual color.
Oct
15
revised Should I tie into the ERV or just vent outside to increase bathroom ventilation?
fix typo
Oct
11
comment Can a bathroom fan be vented just outside the bathroom?
Definitely good call on the timer/occupancy switch.
Oct
11
answered Will grid-lines in textured ceilings show through paint?
Oct
11
comment How did I mess up this wiring?
Perhaps you were following instructions from this guy? youtube.com/watch?v=RkTvDjhImwo
Oct
9
comment How to connect Nest in Europe
What wires wires do you have now (colors and/or labels)? What terminals do they go into on your existing thermostat? I just happened to read an article recently that covers how to get NEST set up in Europe and also how to hack NEST to show correct location. Note that this is NOT a supported config, and the guy is using network hacks to trick the NEST to act how he wants. Help with the network/software part is beyond scope of this site.
Oct
9
comment What is the best way to seal caulk tube?
I usually use black electrical tape (unlike elastic bands, I always have some in my main tool box), and I've had caulk that's lasted for a year that way. If you relieve the pressure and cover it, naturally there will be no air in it and so it stays ready to use.
Oct
5
comment What are the disadvantages of having electrical conduit penetrate my foundation below-grade?
Is it practical to run the conduit out of the ground and into the house in a different spot?
Oct
3
answered Can I install a hot water recirculation pump if I have a reverse osmosis filter?
Oct
3
answered Is there a window or portable AC system I can use with an awning window?
Oct
3
comment Why does my ceiling fan light turn off by itself?
It would be useful to test with the fan on as well, knowing if that turns off at the same time or not will help isolate the problem to the light part (or not).
Oct
3
comment What are the standard sizes/clearances for bathroom elements?
@Scivitri I think 5x5 with a shower is definitely pushing it; you're going to have a hard time getting a layout that works. Unless you either build a wet room, or you don't mind having to sit on the toilet to use the sink, anyway. :)
Oct
3
comment What are the standard sizes/clearances for bathroom elements?
Using a pedestal sink or a "eurostyle" vanity (~14" deep cabinet, with the sink basin extending off the top) makes the room more spacious. I had a 5x5 bathroom with just a sink and a toilet and it felt fairly spacious (sorry hard to get a good picture of a small room). Of course you lose some counter space, but you can compensate for that with shelves and/or wall/medicine cabinets.
Oct
1
comment Will a 15A receptacle on a 20A circuit fail if I draw over 15A combined from each outlet?
Why risk it for a $2 part?
Oct
1
comment When should I change / replace my water pipe?
Where are you located? What type of pipes? What is the water source? What filtration do you have now, if any, and When was the last time it was serviced?
Oct
1
answered How often should I repaint the inside of my house?