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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.
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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.
Mar
19
comment How can I determine why my ceiling fan is noisy?
It may just be caused by an asymmetric buildup of dust on the blades, but: Ceiling fan balancing: google.com/…
Mar
15
comment Is it safe to leave light socket without a light bulb?
I'd do something like this. Otherwise a tarantula or other large insect is going to crawl up in there, get zapped, set on fire, and ejected clear across the room into that pile of oily rags you keep next to the trashcan. Instant house fire. Not likely, but possible.
Mar
14
comment Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?
Asbestos insulation is also less prone to degradation over time: oxidation, depolymerization than is modern plastic insulated wire.
Mar
14
comment Glue Kohler flush valve together?
If I understand correctly, can't you just tape that hose in place until you get the new unit?
Mar
2
comment How to improve the drainage of a patio with 6“x6”x39" cement blocks used for edging?
Drilling holes through 6" concrete is going to be hard, and the holes will just clog w dead leaves anyway.
Mar
1
comment Is softwood appropriate for furniture squares on a hardwood cabinet?
Sooner or later, someone will bang into the furniture and stress the joints. Modern, cheap pine won't handle that well.
Mar
1
comment What is the best way to demolish a little brick wall?
12 pound is probably overkill for a small project like this. A five pounder was all I needed to break up 4" thick sidewalk. Brick should be easier than that.
Feb
28
answered How do I measure how hard my water is?
Feb
27
comment 20 ft.Ceiling cracks chunks falling off
You are in an D4 drought area, the worst in decades: droughtmonitor.unl.edu Drying subsoil can easily create foundation problems for homes.
Feb
27
comment What pump for a pond where sediment keeps restricting flow?
Floater intake.
Feb
27
comment Spa/hot tub A/C pump hums, but does not run
One or both brushes may be worn to a nub, or busted and blocking the rotor after ten years use.
Feb
24
comment How can I raise my bed frame cheaply?
Regular bricks would work to raise the bread just a few inches.
Feb
24
comment What is this crud in my shower valve, and how can I prevent it?
Water softener or reverse osmosis unit. Those look like mineral crystals.
Feb
21
comment Is there a way to thaw a frozen pipe, if you can't access the pipe?
If there's any way to blow that warm air into whatever wall space the pipes go through, say a vacuum cleaner on reverse, that can help. You don't need to thaw the whole pipe, just enough of it to get a little flow out through the faucets. The flowing water will do the rest of the job.
Feb
15
comment Best cost efficient plug-in heating devices / radiators
Oil radiators are no better, unless your baseboard heaters are located directly under windows or on walls that leak heat like a sieve. Look into insulation.
Feb
10
revised I need to make a swinging cat-door in a piece of furniture but I can't figure out how to hinge it
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