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Jul
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comment How strong are copper refrigerator ice maker water lines?
Second, remember PVC? When it first hit the market, contractors were using it for source lines and even water mains as well as drains... until people discovered that PVC leached carcinogens into the water, and then a whole bunch of contractors lost their shirts having to go back under warranty and replace it all with copper. There is concern, though evidence is still light, that PEX can leach harmful BPA, MTBEs and VOCs into water. The industry says it's safe, but the same was said by the industry at some point about lead paint, asbestos and other once-common building materials.
Jul
20
comment How strong are copper refrigerator ice maker water lines?
@Tester - Although I generally agree with your statement, there are still reasons to use copper in house plumbing. First off, even the "cadillac" PEX installations use copper for the distribution tree (like a circuit breaker for water), and for anywhere the pipe is buried in concrete such as in slab foundation construction.
Jul
18
answered How do easements work? Who can use them?
Jul
18
revised Extension cord and power strip safety
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Jul
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answered Do I need a moisture barrier between my bedroom and attic?
Jul
15
answered troubleshooting a hot tub/spa that won't heat up
Jul
15
comment What should be cleaned or examined after an air conditioner drain pipe leak?
No more or less dangerous than having your washing machine giving off bleach vapor in its steam when you run a load of whites, or mopping your floor with bleach. It might be disagreeable for a few hours, but nothing serious. The fact that the pan is not heated, and the bleach should be draining out the overflow, shoudl reduce any unpleasant side-effects considerably.
Jul
15
comment How to install Kitchen Cabinets on a Drywall?
... Because a "drywall stud" is another word for a light-duty anchor for mounting light objects to drywall with screws, when you can't or don't want to center the screw on the wooden studs behind it. Look here: finehomebuilding.com/how-to/articles/…. The images are of the wood "skeleton" of studs and plates behind your drywall. The vertical timbers are "studs". Excuse my frankness, but if you do not know what I am talking about when I say "stud" in terms of home maintenance, then mounting cabinets is not a DIY job for you. Pay a pro.
Jul
15
answered Add-on electronic ignition for gas stove?
Jul
15
comment What should be cleaned or examined after an air conditioner drain pipe leak?
I've heard that a cup of bleach into the drain pan every 6 months is the thing to use; the most common cause of blockage is mold/algae, and bleach works very well without being corrosive.
Jul
15
comment How to install Kitchen Cabinets on a Drywall?
@ppumkin: Seriously? You would use a toggle bolt (butterfly anchor) to hold hundreds of pounds of cabinet and contents off of the drywall layer? No. You attach the cabinet to the vertical studs BEHIND the drywall, which are designed to support hundreds of pounds of load (thousands actually, but that load is the weight of the house on top of the wall, not what's hanging off the side of it). Drywall maxes out at about 50 pounds. Try hanging a cabinet from toggle bolts next time and let me know how it turns out. Now please remove your downvote.
Jul
15
answered Extension cord and power strip safety
Jul
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answered How to install Kitchen Cabinets on a Drywall?
Jul
13
comment Local “point of use” hot water heater
So, no, adding just one more tanked HWH won't help the entire system, other than providing a larger overall hot water reservoir. For faster response, you need several "point-of-use" systems which either provide a reservoir of hot water nearby or actively heat water flowing through the line right before it comes out the faucet.
Jul
13
comment Local “point of use” hot water heater
The idea is that the source of the hot water gets closer to the faucet from which you want hot water. Water sourcing pipes are laid out in a tree-like structure; there's a main water "trunk" from the outside, with a major "branch" to the HWH, then both of those spawn other "branches" that feed bathrooms, kitchens, outside faucets, etc. By installing an "inline" HWH on any given branch, you reduce the time needed to flush out water in the hot line which has cooled. But, that won't help any other branch; water won't "backflow" from a branch back to the trunk.
Jul
12
revised Does building insulation wear out and have to be replaced?
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Jul
12
revised Water being dumped into street from basement?
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Jul
12
revised Does building insulation wear out and have to be replaced?
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Jul
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revised When installing hardwood floors, should I use rosin paper, roofing felt, or nothing underneath? Why?
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Jul
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comment When installing hardwood floors, should I use rosin paper, roofing felt, or nothing underneath? Why?
+1 since I like a lot of what Mike Holmes says, but the reason it's not a vapor barrier is not because you're putting a bunch of holes in it, but because it allows water vapor to penetrate along with the air, unlike plastic which is not breathable at all. "Vapor barrier", the real 6mil clear plastic sheeting, gets its share of holes as well when the drywall is screwed to the studs. It's still important because even with screw holes, it prevents moisture from outside air from contacting the majority of the drywall.