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Jan
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comment Can I patch and tile over a phone jack?
Good job! Glad it worked out how you wanted it too. See you around :)
Jan
18
comment How can house corner be supported when there's a deep cellar next to it?
The biggest problem is the unsupported pit next to your house/foundation in question. You really need to consider reinforcing the pit walls. One day it may just collapse and take everything down with it. Like Damon is suggesing.
Jan
18
comment How can house corner be supported when there's a deep cellar next to it?
Very Eastern Europe, Siberia then :) Sorry, not trying to make fun but It sounds like you don't have access to allot of materials. I can only suggest making the corner stronger by driving long, large poles 2 or 3 metres into the ground to avoid subsidence. But you need a big machine for that.
Jan
16
comment When is priming a wall for painting necessary?
Yea, primer is for sealing purposes. On brand new walls if you where to use PVA first coat it would drink your paint like mad. Although I know people who dilute cheap white PVA to be used as a concrete primer, works too I suppose. Or as Damon said above. But, do a test square over your old paint and make sure no bubbles show up, that means you can paint over it without primer.
Jan
16
comment Can I patch and tile over a phone jack?
Ahhhh, right, in that case, just dump mortar into the hole where the wire is. Even if you leave the wire there. You will need to have adhesive on the mosiac style tiles. Sorry, I didnt realise it were mosiacs.
Jan
16
comment Propane gas fireplace pilot won't light
Made a simple answer based on our discussion
Jan
16
answered Propane gas fireplace pilot won't light
Jan
16
comment Propane gas fireplace pilot won't light
Wooohooo! Must have been an oil clog then. Usually build of oil will turn into grease, and that is enough to clog the pipe. You may want to consider fitting a gas deoiler thing next to your tank.
Jan
16
comment Can I patch and tile over a phone jack?
Yea mate, done it tons of times. Unless that metal box is loose and easy to remove. You just put tile adhesive around the opening, plop your tile on it and viola. Nobody will know and it wont cause the tile to be "less" stuck the wall. Even is its the edge of two tiles, you just fill the gap with that white stuff (forgot the name now)
Jan
16
comment Tankless water heater - Electric issue
Donno, you got a 3rd wire that is connected to all the metal pipes, containers that runs back to your earth leakage in the distribution box??? If you ever got a short in the water it could electrocute anybody touching the water or taps.
Jan
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Jan
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comment Propane gas fireplace pilot won't light
Yea possibly removing the glass causes a bigger draft.. but try doing that blow trick again, maybe there is not "enough" gas comming out. It should light even with a decent draft...
Jan
16
comment How can house corner be supported when there's a deep cellar next to it?
I can only see the option to make sure the basement is built properly, with concrete poured walls. Using bricks will also cause it to buckle. The first rain and you will be in deep trouble.
Jan
16
comment How can house corner be supported when there's a deep cellar next to it?
He lives in Alaska, probably saw him on discovery channel too. Hows the internet speed there?
Jan
16
comment Why are there metal tabs protruding from my poured concrete foundation walls?
Use a grinder, only way to remove them
Jan
16
comment Propane gas fireplace pilot won't light
Yea its normal for a draft.. but not gale streght. Once the chimney heats up the draft is gone and you should have an inlet of air somewhere in the room to prevent negative pressure, which could gas dangerous gasses coming back down the chimney. So, maybe it was spider, dammit, really? So there is gas, I mean it should light now.
Jan
16
comment Tankless water heater - Electric issue
I hope you earthed all that....
Jan
16
comment Why is it said that a typical 120V household circuit “reverses” polarity?
Quantum physics on Home DIY. Nice, it neither doesn't exists nor exists. Heheheh. "So technically, you could say the current is flowing both ways, and neither way" Always a great way to confuse people
Jan
16
comment Propane gas fireplace pilot won't light
Also, you can use a lighter on the wire next to the pilot to simulate gas burning. The wire expands and opens the valve fully, which should technically allow you to start the fire completely. But I suspect that wont even work as the valve must be stuck inside the control. Also disconnect any electricity. It looks like is a mains powered igniter system.