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Sep
7
comment can you glue tile to plywood?
When you say "picked up" do you mean the entire tile came off in one piece? A properly installed tile will pretty much always crack and be a real pain in the ass to remove and take lots of back-breaking scraping to get rid of the thinset from the subfloor. If you can (if you wanted to) rip all the tiles out in less than 20 minutes, it wasn't done right.
Sep
6
comment How to make this electrical main safe
@MatthewPK The contractor should always be the one to pull the permit. If they won't it's a major warning sign that you should not be using them (eg, maybe they have no license/insurance so can't get a permit themselves). Ref articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-10-23/entertainment/…
Sep
4
comment What is the most efficient way to dig a hole in a slope?
Not digging by hand would avoid a lot of work...
Aug
31
comment What could cause this ceiling fan and light issue?
Do you have brand/model numbers for the fan and/or switch? There are many different ways different fans are controlled so this will help so we know what we're dealing with.
Aug
27
comment How can I repair marred veneer polish?
A picture would help
Aug
24
comment What could cause smelly water in the bathroom sink only?
When you take the water out as @BMitch suggests, get someone else with an objective nose (who hasn't been in the bathroom) to smell it - otherwise you may not notice it because you're used to it.
Aug
24
comment How can I remove styrofoam bits from my equipment?
@BMitch So, you use the air gun to blow them off that too. What, you have better things to do with your weekend?
Aug
13
comment How do I reattach this light fixture?
There is no red wire. This has to be grounded as well. There is no picture of the socket, but judging by the ground terminal that was ripped out, the leads were probably also ripped out of the socket and there is no safe way to fix it short of replacing the socket itself, at which point an entire new fixture probably makes sense.
Aug
9
comment Can vermin come in through your toilet or shower drain and, if so, what can you do about it?
I would also add: Check that there is a trap at all. It's possible renos were done by someone who didn't know better and didn't have a permit/inspection.
Aug
9
comment What are disadvantages of wood floor covering in shower?
You would definitely not use wood as the actual base of the shower. If anything, the wood would simply sit on top of a tile or vinyl floor which is a standard shower floor. The wood used would have to be something that can stand up to a lot of moisture (eg, a tropical wood or composite). You also need it to drain appropriately, eg, lots of spacers between pieces of wood, as standing water will rot and grow mould.
Aug
6
comment Can I replace an old exhaust fan and connect it to an existing light switch?
How is the exhaust fan controlled right now? You can pull out the switches and open/remove light fixtures to see what wires are behind each and how they're connected, and that will help figure out how things are wired now. Post a diagram here showing location, colors, and current connections and someone may be able to give you a hint or at least tell you what to check next.
Aug
3
comment What should I use to secure/organize data cable runs?
While it's a great idea to add conduit, I actually prefer to keep the conduit empty (or just have a pull string inside). Run the wires along-side, and then use the conduit for potential new stuff. There's not really much point in ripping out existing cables, and in practice, if you're trying to add eg, an HDMI cable to a conduit that already has a half-dozen Cat6 and coax cables, you're going to have a tough time.
Aug
3
comment Can I put a sanding drum in a routing table and use it like a spindle sander?
Looking quickly at some specs for variable speed routers, the slowest one I saw had a minimum 7,000 RPM.
Aug
2
comment What should I use to secure/organize data cable runs?
Zip tying to a regular wire staple works well too. I often use the screw-down zip ties as pictured and in corners or anywhere there will be more strain and I have a big bundle, hammer in a wire staple and then zip-tie to that.
Jul
31
comment How to install Water Heater drain pan to sump pit?
If you are going to go through this effort just to comply with code, you should double-check that it is in fact code by calling your local building department. Most of the time as they change requirements, you're grandfathered in so long as you met whatever the code was at time of installation, and it's only when you do alterations (eg, putting in a new heater) that you'd need to comply with new code. Again, check with a local inspector, I'm just some guy on the internet.
Jul
31
comment How to install Water Heater drain pan to sump pit?
What is the reason you want a drip pan? Eg, do you have a leak, condensation, or is this a pre-emptive thing? (In other words, is there another problem that can be solved that negates the need for this?). Are you willing to dig a trench in your basement floor? Depending on what you're trying to protect from, perhaps a self-contained pan and a water-sensing alarm (flood alarm) would suffice -- it would certainly be a lot cheaper and easier.
Jul
30
comment How can I remove a switch and terminate a circuit in its place?
If the other end of this wire is disconnected from the panel and other circuits, it's actually not a bad idea to wire the hot+neutral together. If anyone tries to use this wire, it will blow the breaker and make them go find out why, rather than just working and leaving what should be an unused wire energized.
Jul
26
comment How can I determine what is in my water?
Are you on municipal water or your own supply?
Jul
26
comment Is the ability to save pictures worth it in an inspection camera?
Yeah, a few do, but it's generally a composite output. To capture, you need something like a laptop + USB tuner card and a bunch of cables connecting everything, which seems pretty awkward. I am thinking it would actually be simpler (and probably about the same quality) to just use a regular camera and take a picture of the screen. :)
Jul
25
comment Is this fluorescent light fixture a major electrical problem / fire hazard?
A lot of times you'll find a complete fixture for the same price or even cheaper than just the ballast (one of those quirks of supply and demand), just to add to @lqlarry's point that it's often easier/faster to replace the whole fixture.