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Jul
21
comment Turning off Air Conditioning when out of the house for extended time
True; a lot of people have a second fridge (often an older one they replaced in the kitchen, but it's still working) out in their garage for additional food storage, even down here in Texas. However, the other points are still very good, and even the fridge thing is still relevant; the fridge will work harder in a hotter setting.
Jul
21
answered Do Victor Poison-Free Insect Magnet Traps actually work on spiders?
Jul
21
answered How to determine what 3-way switch system was used?
Jul
20
answered What to look for when choosing a new bathtub?
Jul
20
comment How strong are copper refrigerator ice maker water lines?
@Tester: Ah. Fair point. Generally, I don't have a huge problem with soft copper hose for most of its uses, like fridges, as long as it's set up correctly (i.e. in a long coil). In a short coil, the bending has an effect on the pipe very quickly, and yes, they'll snap. However, if you have a 10ft line coiled up behind the fridge, the coil will stretch like a spring, and the bending gets averaged out along the whole coil. That said, I have a nylon fridge line on mine.
Jul
20
comment How strong are copper refrigerator ice maker water lines?
Copper does leach into the water through copper piping, but your body needs some copper anyway, and it's easily filtered out with an activated charcoal or reverse-osmosis water filter, such as the one in your fridge.
Jul
20
comment How strong are copper refrigerator ice maker water lines?
Third, anywhere the pipe can be exposed to sunlight, it MUST be copper, because sunlight very quickly degrades the chlorine resistance of PEX, and the chlorine in your municipal water, pool or spa will then quickly degrade the pipe itself.
Jul
20
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
18
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
15
answered How to install Kitchen Cabinets on a Drywall?