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location Sydney, Australia
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Apr
18
comment Should I ground my TV antenna?
Thanks. I asked this somewhere else too and was told that not grounding the antenna could result in static charge buildup and actually increase the likelihood of a strike - this was what actually convinced me to do it in the end.
Apr
18
accepted Should I ground my TV antenna?
Mar
15
accepted Venting the attic space during summer to cool the house
Mar
11
revised Should I ground my TV antenna?
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Mar
9
awarded  Critic
Mar
9
asked Should I ground my TV antenna?
Mar
9
comment TV antenna moves a bit - problem?
OK, that makes sense.
Mar
8
accepted TV antenna moves a bit - problem?
Mar
8
comment TV antenna moves a bit - problem?
Great. Yes, it's for digital terrestrial (I didn't know people used antennas for satellite, I thought it was always a satellite dish).
Mar
8
comment TV antenna moves a bit - problem?
I've heard both "you must always ground your antenna" and "you don't need to". Has a TV antenna ever been struck by lightning? I haven't grounded it (at all) yet as all 4 of my neighbours within 50m or so have taller antennas (and trees twice that tall). Also, it's not required by law (here). Grounding it would increase the unlikely possibility it's struck, correct?
Mar
7
asked TV antenna moves a bit - problem?
Feb
10
comment Venting the attic space during summer to cool the house
actually, the same principle that moves the air in the passive stack (or any other thermal chimney) moves air through the whirlybird too. When there's wind, it's a fan, when there isn't, it's still a thermal chimney.
Feb
8
comment Venting the attic space during summer to cool the house
Thanks, this is an interesting idea. To make it practical in my particular situation, though, it'd have to be cheaper or more effective than a $100 whirlybird (which also requires no running costs or maintenance). This sounds like you need a skilled installer to design it to the right size for you, which is surely far more expensive than all the options I mentioned.
Feb
3
asked Venting the attic space during summer to cool the house
Jan
18
comment How should I go about leveling my basement floor?
+1 for the "Russian pencil" tip (chair without wheels)
Dec
9
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Dec
7
awarded  Scholar
Dec
7
accepted How can I seal the grout on kitchen wall tiles to give lasting stain and mold protection?
Dec
3
revised What are some of your previous owner nightmares you have inherited?
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Nov
22
comment How long should I wait before plugging in a new refrigerator?
I too was told that it hasn't been a problem for a decade or two - so I guess the best answer is check the manual, and if it doesn't say to wait, don't bother