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Jan
9
comment Enclosure for whole house water filter
It sounds like you have a city water supply -- so what type of filters are you using? If you need sediment filters, the city is not doing their job at all. If you are using activated carbon (for taste), you're going to end up going through cartridges rather quickly, with the water for your washing machine, dishwasher, shower, and toilets all being filtered. Most people don't really care what their toilet water tastes like, but I digress.
Jan
9
comment wiring switch loop properly
What do you mean by an 'energized white wire'? How did you determine this?
Jan
6
comment How to fix leak coming from pressure gauge on water tank?
@mbeckish I was merely reacting to your suggestion to just replace them next without further troubleshooting/diagnosis.
Jan
6
comment How to fix leak coming from pressure gauge on water tank?
@mbeckish No, if the new valve leaks, either there is something else very wrong (eg: the pressure is actually really high and the pressure gauge is broken) or there is actually a leak from somewhere else that dripping onto the relief valve and just making it appear that's where the leak is. Don't just blindly replace other components.
Jan
6
comment How to fix leak coming from pressure gauge on water tank?
@MattRockwell edited my answer to explain that
Jan
6
comment How can I remove a non-load bearing wall in my basement?
Your answer seems to assume that this is a very old house.. I'm not sure how you made the jump to assuming that it's old lumber, or that if there are three rooms the wall is not load bearing. In Canada at least, it's very rare for there to be any load bearing walls in the basement: any house built in the past 40 years likely has jack posts and beams (except perhaps for the walls supporting the stairs).
Jan
6
comment Could treated water backflow into my RO system?
It doesn't sound likely it would backflow, because there would be pressure on it at all times. Don't have time for a full answer right now but -- ack, chlorination in a home system. When chlorine interacts with organic particles it can form byproducts that are linked to cancer (most notably THM): some futher info here. There's also dealing with a dangerous chemical. Anyway, you don't drink the water, which is good, but thought I'd post anyway for anyone else that comes across this.
Jan
6
comment What should I use to hang a coat hook on a brick wall?
You'd also need fewer fasteners going into the brick/mortar.
Jan
6
comment Can I connect all of my LED strips to a single power supply?
Either works. It really just depends on the exact situation: you just have to balance the size/length/complexity of wiring, cost of power supplies, and availability of space.
Jan
6
comment What is the most energy efficient way to heat a converted garage space?
Careful with gas -- International Residential Code (IRC) G2406.2 (303.3) doesn't allow gas burning appliances in bedrooms unless it is direct-vent type or gets its combustion air from the outside and is separated by a weather-stripped door.
Jan
6
comment Can I connect all of my LED strips to a single power supply?
Sorry, I wrote that for 5050-style LEDs, not individually addressable with a data bus. Updated -- and yes, you can daisy chain data wire and have separate power.
Jan
6
comment How to stop cold drafts caused by a warped door sill?
Using a door sweep (which attaches to the door itself) certainly would not hurt, but if the sill/threshold is actually warped, @bobfandango's answer also definitely applies. Personally I would probably go towards a metal door sweep that screws on rather than the adhesive/plastic one you linked, but that's just me.
Jan
6
comment concrete and slate roof has started to leak
This site works best with a specific question. If you're simply looking for alternatives (and especially if you are not doing the work yourself) it's best to get some other companies in your area to come give you quotes/options. If you want to ask how you can fix this roof yourself, we'd need many more details (and pictures) -- though considering you've already said it's leaking in multiple places, and you've already been quoted on doing a complete replacement, most likely replacing it is the best option. As with any project, be sure to get quotes from more than one contractor.
Jan
4
comment Is my water contaminated?
Is this a city or private water supply? Where are you located?
Dec
16
comment Securing 1X12s to plywood for tabletop?
You could also use clamps rather than heavy weights. I'd also stick to the stuff labelled as "construction adhesive" rather than say, wood glue. Generally stronger and bonds faster.
Dec
16
comment Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?
You might be able to melt the wire off but the fumes are dangerous to breath and it's actually hard to do without making a mess. A heat gun is probably the best way, but a small butane torch can work (or your soldering iron if you don't care about it getting covered in burnt, melted plastic).
Dec
16
comment Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?
With a pair of good strippers, you can hold them on a bit of an angle to cut thinner wire -- but they need to be very sharp. Takes some practice to get good at it.
Dec
15
comment Should be concerned with water in water table?
Are you talking about a sump pit? Do you have a sump pump? When you say "water table" it does not generally refer to a thing in someone's house..
Dec
13
comment Motion sensor Installation
Is there a reason you're not just screwing it into the wall?
Dec
8
comment Sheet metal fire rating
Very strange question. Why wouldn't you use an off-the-shelf UL/CSA-listed enclosure? Is there something you're doing that is particularly dangerous (prone to fire) or is this just a general inquiry? In general, most people building some type of custom circuit to be installed somewhere use listed enclosures and have some level of separation between high and low voltage circuitry, as well as fuses and/or thermal safety switches as appropriate. Keep in mind that metal is a very good heat conductor, and will probably set the wall it's mounted to on fire before the enclosure itself "fails".