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location Gilbert, AZ
age 38
visits member for 4 years, 3 months
seen Apr 12 '13 at 16:21

A fellow DIYer and amateur woodworker I like working on home projects when I'm not sitting in front of a computer.


Jan
9
comment How can I efficiently heat a pool?
I live in a hot southern climate so that probably wouldn't work . . . although there is a bit of overlap where I'm cooling the house still and wish the pool were just a bit warmer. I'll run into that show eventually . . . I watch TOH and Ask TOH I'm just really behind!
Jan
8
comment How can I efficiently heat a pool?
Might be an old question but I'm still wondering. Most suggest to add what is essentially black tubing to my roof and that should "extend the season" but won't keep the pool warm in the winter. And it's not exactly "free" since you have to pay to pump the water up there and even with a variable speed pump it's probably the second or third biggest user of electricity for a homeowner. "People with experience" say that using gas to heat a pool, even for a weekend, costs nearly $100 even in a mild winter climate like in Phoenix, AZ. I've concluded we aren't swimming in winter!
Jun
3
comment How do I compensate for the sun confusing my garage door opener's sensors?
Just in time for this to drive me crazy again! I'll try that out.
Dec
20
comment Should I fix my swimming pool with plaster or a clorinated rubber?
From what I understand old pools have longer lasting plaster (because of the hazardous materials that were used that are now outlawed) so it's best to keep it around for as long as you can.
Dec
20
comment How can I diagnose my fridge's evaporator fan?
Any chance it's just the fan motor? I had a dead one on a brand new refrigerator.
May
18
comment How can I efficiently heat a pool?
Late but a good answer. I want to do solar but a friend of mine said it wasn't worth it on his pool (though, maybe he just didn't run it right). There is some cost involved to run it since you have to pump the water though the array. Only thing I don't like is I don't know if I want that kind of weight on my roof!
Mar
21
comment How can I efficiently heat a pool?
Quickly heating and cooling the concrete could cause cracks would be my guess.
Mar
20
comment How to ensure proper drainage in a back yard
Never heard of a "french drain". I'll check that out.
Mar
18
comment How can I efficiently heat a pool?
Well, mine is rectangular too but the yard is small and the 18 inches or so of cool deck around the pool is the only way to go from one side of the house to another so I'd have to remove the pool cover just to move my mower from one side of the house to another.
Mar
1
comment How do I test a furnace limit switch?
Scary. I would be scared the fan was going on because there was still heat that needed to dissipate and it's cycling on and off because it cools to the right temp and then heats back up and then the fan pops on again to cool it down.
Feb
8
comment How can I repair the cool deck around the pool?
Good point about how painting it will mean it's not a "cool deck" anymore. I don't like the idea of paint anyway . . . it's a temporary solution though I guess everything is temporary but real cool deck will last longer than paint/epoxy.
Aug
18
comment Can you do electrical work yourself in the UK?
@ChrisF The reason I say it's to protect future owners is because we (as free people) shouldn't allow laws that take away our freedom UNLESS that freedom imposes on someone else's freedom. That's a discussion for a different site though!
Aug
17
comment How do I get started with dovetail joints?
Why dovetails? With modern glues even a butt joint is really strong. For drawers I put a rabbit in the front back parts and then use a dado on the sides (and the bottom for the 1/4 inch plywood bottom). And sometimes I just use butt joints and Dominos for strength and ease of putting them together.
Aug
17
comment Can you do electrical work yourself in the UK?
I'm always amazed at how many things you are not supposed to do at your own house because of permits. I get that the laws are there to protect the next owner but it's crazy when you feel like it's your house but you need a permit for the simplest thing. And the worst part is that it's so hard to figure out what is okay to do and what's not.
Aug
17
comment What is the best way to demolish a little brick wall?
Yeah, I kinda laughed at the chisel option . . . even on a small wall why mess with little hand tools when you can use a giant sledge hammer!
Aug
13
comment How to get discount prices for replacement parts
You must have some sort of social skills because you were flirting with the checkout girl!
Aug
3
comment Can I use a swamp cooler to cool an AC unit's condenser?
The additional complexity does add maintenance issues but as long as a diy homeowner can do the work himself why not to save on the electric bill, right?
Aug
3
comment Can I use a swamp cooler to cool an AC unit's condenser?
Nice link! Never seen anything like it before but glad I'm not the only one thinking about it.
Aug
3
comment What is an affordable 2D drafting software for amateurs?
Compared to AutoCAD the learning curve for SketchUp is a breeze!
Aug
3
comment How much cooling can I expect from a central air conditioner?
What is a "reasonable" temperature? In Phoenix it could be 117 outside and if your AC gets it down to 80 you're lucky. I thought the rule of thumb was that if the inside temp is more than 30 degrees different from the outside the unit was working well.