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Apr
3
comment How can I find the square footage of an irregular driveway?
Similarly, you can use the histogram function in GIMP.
Jan
30
comment If neutral carries current back to the breaker panel, why doesn't it need to be connected to a switch?
@EricLippert Voltage is the difference in electrical potential, i.e., to speak of a voltage, you need to be comparing two things. When we say that hot as (e.g.,) 120V on it, we mean when compared neutral or ground. If your implied reference is neutral, then neutral has 0V by definition. If instead you use ground, then neutral on a loaded circuit has a (small) voltage, at least when measured near the load. [Of course, drive two grounding rods in a few hundred feet across, and you may well find voltage between them...]
Dec
19
revised Why does my kitchen faucet cut out intermittently?
fix typo
Aug
15
comment Is this an appropriate drain design for adding a shower?
Maybe its just me misunderstanding the picture... but does the drain pipe behind the sink go have a full loop in it? Very weird trap if so... Also, it joins in before the AAV, not after (as shown in your diagram).
Apr
5
awarded  Editor
Apr
5
revised What is this rectangular device on my apartment wall?
quick fix of exposure and color balance on picture. Nowhere near perfect, and quite grainy... but you can see it now!
Apr
5
suggested suggested edit on What is this rectangular device on my apartment wall?
Dec
20
comment What new technology replacements are available for incandescent globe light bulbs for the bathroom vanity light?
I have a similar fixture, which I replaced the bulbs with CFLs. That was probably 4 years ago. The CFLs are still working. They take a few minutes to achieve full brightness, but I find that nice in the morning. I think they're GE G25 bulbs...
Dec
20
comment How can I stop my fireplace from disabling my thermostat?
@AricTenEyck The fire heats up air the air around it, and especially above it (it also depletes the oxygen in that air, and fills it with combustion products). That hot air—which was in your house—rises out of the chimney. Your house now has a very slight vacuum in it, so outside air comes in to replace it. In the winter, that outside air is very cold—hence it cools your house down. If you tried that in the summer, the outside air would be hot, and would heat your house up.
Dec
20
comment How can I stop my fireplace from disabling my thermostat?
@ArgentoSapiens I think you might find the history of heating and cooling episode of Back Story interesting. I think the answer to your "wasn't there a time…" question is "no."
Dec
9
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Oct
25
comment My house was hit by lightning. What should I do?
Review your insurance policies to see what is covered, and then decide if you'd like to make a claim.
Oct
12
comment Can a single metal electrical box use two ground clips?
@DA01 if your goal is to pass inspection and/or avoid legal problems, then that's a pretty good assumption.
Sep
20
comment Do any ultra quiet ceiling fans that have no motor hum exist?
@gregmac Sounds like one with a thermometer might be even better than a timer for you.
Aug
30
comment Is this a “shared neutral” situation?
Its different if that neutral somehow gets disconnected from the common bar. Then you have >120V on both outlets. Or both sill powered (vs. ground only), despite one of the breakers off.
Aug
9
comment Why does my fluorescent light fixture take minutes to turn on in high heat and humidity?
If you have a polycarbonate diffuser under the bulb, even if the bulb starts to emit UV, the diffuser will block it; polycarbonate is opaque to UV. (I don't know if you're correct about emitting excessive UV after a year or two, though I doubt it.)
Mar
22
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Mar
22
comment What should I consider regarding LAN wiring before building a house?
@gregmac: Uncompressed 1080p60 deep color video is almost 6gbps (1920×1080 pixels/frame × 60 frames/sec × 48 bits/pixel) . Even 1080p24 w/o deep color is 1.2gbps. I have no idea how you got 25mbps, possibly that's the bitrate you're using for H.264 (but that'd definitely be compressed). You can use 25mbps for audio only with e.g., DTS-HD.
Feb
10
comment My fridge runs way too much - is this because it doesn't seem to be level?
First off, "no bacteria" is a pretty amazing claim; I assume you didn't actually send it to a lab to test that. Instead—you've observed that you didn't get sick. And indeed, if there is only a 1 in 1000 chance of it, even if you did it every day, you'd probably not notice (who'd notice one additional stomach bug every few years?). But 1 in 1000 is 300,000 cases per day in the US—and remember, a small percentage of people do die from food poisoning.
Feb
9
comment My fridge runs way too much - is this because it doesn't seem to be level?
regarding hot stuff in fridge: From a food-safety standpoint, food shouldn't spend more than two hours total between 40–140°F. When avoiding putting hot stuff in the fridge, keep this in mind. (As long as the air in the fridge stays below 40°F with the hot stuff in it, its safer to put the 140°F food straight into the fridge than to let it first cool to room temperature on the counter). Search Seasoned Advice/Cooking.SE for details.