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answered How do I change which half of a receptacle is controlled by a wall switch?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on pool tag wiki excerpt
Jul
25
comment Is there a tool that will crimp close the end the ribs on a metal roofing panels?
Please go see it again and take pictures; then post them here.
Jul
25
comment How do I remove a brick patio embedded in concrete?
I'm with @Edwin on this - cancel the gym membership, grab a pair of safety glasses, and think about things that irritate you, imagine them on the patio, and smash them. You can do it yourself and come out in great shape to boot. Having done a bit of it, I'm going to suggest that Comintern's comment appears to come from book knowledge rather than experience. Concrete will break when you ask it to, forcefully. Prying up is rarely practical or necessary.
Jul
24
comment Should there be an air outlet in an attic with a whole house fan?
I don't agree with the first assertion - the vast majority of whole house fans, including the one I live with now (not installed by me) vent to the attic. The second I agree with - the attic should have fixed venting. When the whole-house fan is operating into the attic, it increases attic ventilation. Bathroom vent fans and dryer vents should exhaust to the outside, not the attic - but a whole house fan is moving a much larger amount of air, with a lot less (average) moisture in it, and is generally only used in hot weather when moisture condensing in the attic is highly unlikely.
Jul
24
comment Inverter air-conditioning units or non-inverter air-conditioning units?
More likely a rambling old (New England?) house with baseboard heat. Not that the user has a location entered, but hot air heat, and thus ductwork, are still not the norm in these parts. May well be the case in other parts of the world/country as well.
Jul
24
answered Inverter air-conditioning units or non-inverter air-conditioning units?
Jul
24
answered Framing a wall over a carpeted floor
Jul
23
answered Repairing a gap under a eave.
Jul
23
comment How should I support upright posts on a slab with no footer?
I'm not sure your terminology is incorrect - simply a matter of several different things, varying with time and region, all of which are, one way or another, a floating slab. The main issue you need to find out about the slab you have is whether it was done with adequate reenforcing steel for your proposed loads, or not. Unfortunately, that's a bit hard to tell after the fact. It's been carrying the (wall-distributed) load of your house since it was built, which is a good sign that there's at least some reenforcing in there.
Jul
23
answered How should I support upright posts on a slab with no footer?
Jul
23
comment How should I support upright posts on a slab with no footer?
Ridge beam is only half the weight of the roof - the other half is supported by the walls.
Jul
21
answered repairing concrete damaged by anchors
Jul
21
answered Garage door opens only partially in hot weather
Jul
21
comment Underfloor solar heating
Good logic. Just arrange it so you can bypass the terrace pipe if needed, and do a careful job (and avoid drilling holes in the terrace) to avoid problems there. Depending how much manual fiddling you care to do, you might use the bypass in the morning and cut the terrace back in after it warms up, or you might only use the bypass if there was a problem with the terrace pipes.
Jul
21
comment Can I use a pool pump to drain a shallow well?
The better/usual method is to place another section of precast on top of the first, dig around under the bottom edge, and let it push itself down in (or, if need be, help it along with a little pressure from the equipment used to get the next section of precast on the top; if needed at all that would only be for the first time you are trying to get it to move after it's sat for years.) That requires cutting off any pipe going out the side of the well and re-drilling when complete, but it's guaranteed not to collapse on you. As each new section gets to the ground surface, add another section.
Jul
21
answered Can I use a pool pump to drain a shallow well?
Jul
20
comment Can a natural stone wall be made waterproof without defacing it?
It could be coming in from the ground and then traveling along a joint in the wall - hard to be certain without knowing how the wall is constructed.
Jul
20
answered Can a natural stone wall be made waterproof without defacing it?
Jul
20
comment How do I identify this square light fitting so I can replace the globe
That is a light fitting - what you are looking for is a replacement "globe" (non-globular in this case, presumably.) try "replacement globes for light fixtures" in your favorite search engine.