2,022 reputation
1411
bio website
location
age
visits member for 3 years, 11 months
seen 9 hours ago

Apr
20
answered How can I remove a toilet brush that is deeply stuck in a shower drain?
Apr
18
comment How do I deal with a wasp nest?
I've used M-80 firecrackers taped to the end of a pole. They work well, but are liable to blow a hole through the soffit if not handled properly and are likely now illegal in all 50 states.
Apr
17
comment Should I lock the door between my garage and my house?
From 1986: SIGNALS TO REAGAN'S PLANE MIGHT BE AFFECTING DOORS nytimes.com/1986/04/05/us/… Word at the time was that some garage doors would open of their own accord whenever air force one flew over. Presumably communication protocols between remotes and doors have gotten more secure since back then. However, it's still a signal and I'd be surprised if a clever crook couldn't hack his way in with a not terribly complex emulation device.
Apr
13
awarded  Custodian
Apr
13
reviewed Approve Why don't I have 240 instead of the 122 that I was told? Don't I need the 240?
Apr
10
comment Can microwave with convection replace an actual oven?
+1 for the Seasoned Advice mention. I think you're right, as they have cooks over there.
Apr
9
comment Ceiling fan motor disassembly
The guts of motors are frequently held together by retaining rings on the rotor shaft; often near the bearing itself. Look for them and remove. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retaining_ring
Apr
7
comment How is it possible to get an electric shock even with mains power off?
Motor capacitor on the same circuit? Is the leaking juice AC or transient?
Apr
6
comment How safe is my patio and how much weight could it support?
I do not like the numbers that come out of this column calculator when I use a 20 foot (x and y unbraced) 4x4". courses.cit.cornell.edu/arch264/calculators/example7.1/… Knowing more about the geometry and bracing as you do, you may come up with more reassuring numbers.
Apr
5
comment What can cause a Ceiling Fan to rotate slow at certain speeds
What kind of speed controller are you using? It'd be nice to see a circuit diagram here.
Apr
5
comment How to prove there is presence of electricity leakage?
Voltmeter. Touch one lead to the floor, the other to whatever is giving you the tingles. This'll be good for AC line leaks. If it's static electricity messing with you, best just to wait for summer to come around when the humidity goes up and static goes down.
Apr
4
comment Using Dremel without motor brushes
As long as you use it for something that does not require a spinning action.
Apr
3
comment How does one fire short staples into hard wood?
And a needle nose pliers to hold them in just the right place when you take the first whack at each with your hammer.
Apr
1
comment How to drill Stainless Steel?
New bits, at least nitride coated, plenty of cutting oil, use a punch to make a starting dent, or even a hole, if you can. If you can't, a little sandpaper wrapped around a posicle stick to rough up the target surface should help get started. I'd hate to do this without a drill press, however: do your best to not let the bit wander before it bites, that'll just dull the cutting edges. Do a little drilling, let things cool, drill some more. If you heat stainless too much, it can harden to the point of non-drillability,
Mar
31
comment Is it dangerous if the ground pin of a 3 prong plug breaks off in the outlet?
Get a needle-nose pliers with insulated handle and pull the thing out of there. You shouldn't need the insulated handle, but with 120 volts, paranoia is the better part of safety.
Mar
30
comment Extension cord and power strip safety
If you live in a hundred year old house, that first picture (labeled Overload) can be hard to avoid. Under those circumstances, a plug in Wattmeter can be an extremely handy thing to have: google.com/…
Mar
27
comment Why are my stove's burners releasing gas and sparking but not igniting?
1: Buy a butane lighter and keep it near the stove. An empty one'll work in a pinch, you just need the spark. 2: Is your stove level? Gas flows through channels or tubes from the burner to the ignitor. If the stove's not level, most of it can flow the wrong way. Having a warm cooktop, as when the oven is on, can push leveling related ignition problems over the edge into nonfunctionality.
Mar
27
comment How to cut angled pipe for a segmented/lobster back bend?
RE part 2: I tape a piece of scrap lumber to the pipe before making the first cut, then lay the pipe down so the wood stablizes it on the cutting surface. Tightly taped, the pipe can't rotate with respect to the wood; so second cut will always be in same plane as the first.
Mar
22
answered What could be causing my furnace burners to fire up, then shut off due to partially open door?
Mar
21
comment Cheap power tools for large number of cuts of aluminium profile lengths
I use a cheap big-box cut-off saw with carbide blade for aluminum stock up to 2X4". That thickness will start to bog down the saw If I'm not careful. Aluminum is pretty soft, but you will have to replace/sharpen the blade more often than you would just cutting pine and oak. If you don't, you'll start melting your way through the thinner pieces. That's messy and imprecise.