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comment Typical general purpose sledge hammer weight?
8 lb is nice for things like 4" concrete.
Feb
6
comment How should I repair this splintered wood. The splinter is on the back of the lid on a wooden box/chest. Thanks!
If that's a hinge attached to the splinter, you may need to loosen its screws up a bit during the gluing so it lets the pieces mate cleanly, without torque. Once the glue is dry, you can retighten, and if you used good glue, it should take the stress.
Feb
1
comment Reducing Blender Noise
A cardboard box helps, especially on the high frequencies.
Jan
16
comment What tool should I use to cut memory foam?
Sharp Chef's knife works as well: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chef's_knife The added width of the knife helps keep the cut from wandering as you get deeper into the foam.
Jan
13
comment Reset furnace (heater) often to get my fan to work.
Those staring capacitors do go bad. Next time you'll have something to check before calling the repairman. Caps are a lot cheaper than repairmen.
Jan
10
comment I installed led strip lighting in parallel and they burned out
Bigger power supply. How many LEDs are you using, and how many mA s each drawing?
Jan
9
comment Reset furnace (heater) often to get my fan to work.
Have you turned the furnace off and jiggled the connections to heat sensors and blower motor yet? These can build up insulating oxides over time, and a good jiggle is sometimes all it takes to get everything working again.
Jan
8
comment I installed led strip lighting in parallel and they burned out
That power supply (12V X 12W) is only good for 1 amp. (V*A = W). You may well have burned it out. 300 LEDs at 30mA an LED is 9 amps.
Jan
8
comment My house heater it works but the unit outside is not working
The sun? It is often weak in winter.
Jan
4
comment What is it? Red and waxy debris from drilling studs
If you wait 75 years, the stuff will harden to the point that it's nearly impossible to drill.
Jan
4
comment My goodman furnace is not igniting my burners
When did you last clean out the burner box with a blower, brush or vacuum? Have you run a brass brush over the ignitor tips to get the crud off? It doesn't take much dirt to block the flow of gas to the ignitor.
Jan
1
comment Electric shock from pellet stove
It takes pretty good juice to get a shock through damp concrete. I've gotten a tingle from 120v, and that is not something you want to mess with using your body once you find out the problem exists. A little better conduction is all it'll take to kill you.
Jan
1
comment Delay when powering LED light strip
It's not a transformer causing the delay. Likely a capacitor charging or an SCR waiting for voltage to stabilize before letting power out to your LED's.
Dec
29
comment What benefit do plasterboard/drywall screws have?
I have never gotten the medium duty hardware (first pic) to work out for me. It's too hard to tell when to stop screwing. The heavy duty solution works nearly every time.
Dec
29
comment Should I add sand or more limestone crush to raise a patio with no gravel bedding?
If you don't want to compact manually, but also don't want to pay to rent a compactor, you can make a compactor yourself by mounting an old air conditioner motor on a TV tray, and putting a 5-10 pound weight lifter's weight on the half inch motor shaft. Put something on the end of the shaft to keep the weight from coming of, but leave plenty of room to wiggle. The thing vibrates like mad, and my gravel and sand patio has be stable as rock for 8 years now. I did take the time to ensure the final slope of the sand was away from the house.
Dec
27
comment When sprayer is used, all water to sink (faucet and sprayer) shuts off, how to fix?
Sometimes nonfunctional diverters just have pipe crud in them that you can brush out, or dissolve with vinegar.
Dec
14
comment Starting to build up my tools collection, is 110v preferable over 240v?
What country are you in? Mains electricity by country: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country#Voltages
Dec
4
comment How can I get a shock from a circuit when the breaker is off?
Capacitors will get you if you don't watch out!
Nov
19
comment LED spots flickering problem
@EdBeal I've seen them with just the one diode, and called DC. There can be some pretty awful things potted inside those power bricks.
Nov
18
comment Best way to take wood glue off of tools?
Guitar picks work pretty well in some of these situations. Think of the pick as a super fingernail.