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Mar
28
comment How do I remove a pole that's rusted into a sleeve in the ground?
Upvote for the overall approach. I'd add this: 1. Use PB Blaster instead of WD-40. It's way better at breaking free rusted parts. 2. If you absolutely cannot get it to move, use heating and cooling to break the rust bonds: Heat the base of the pole with a torch (preferably acetylene, but propane if that's all you have) and then blast it with a can of compressed air duster held upside down, so that liquid comes out. (The liquid is -67 degrees F) Repeat that process a few times to break the bonds between the metals, then re-treat with PB Blaster.
Jan
21
comment Does Pex tubing have any advantages over copper?
Another example: theverge.com/2014/1/3/5270310/…
Dec
20
comment Why would water be coming out of my shower when I turn on the bathroom sink?
I agree. At least one of the tub faucets is on. There is no other imaginable reason.
Mar
21
comment Is there a way to drill a 1“-diameter hole through 1/8”-thick steel using a standard cordless power drill?
Yes, I use my Ryobi cordless for it, though I do use the lower gearbox speed. I've drilled up to 1/4" plate, (though you have to drill from both sides for something that thick, since each "step" on the bit is only about 3/16" thick."
Mar
21
comment Can I use a UPS as a Voltage Stabilizer?
You COULD use a UPS for this purpose, but the one you have is too small. Your fridge will have a tag that says how many amps it draws. You'd have to find that tag and provide a UPS big enough to meet that demand.
Jan
28
comment What type of enclosure should I use to mount a small network switch in a crawl space?
By "box" do you mean "enclosure"? If so do you want it sealed or ventilated? Bug-proof I presume?
Jan
25
comment Is it normal for tap water to turn brown/blue when the pipes freeze?
It's almost certainly rust, and as such is harmless. So I wouldn't panic. But it is a legitimate safety concern, and your landlord does need to address it.
Jan
9
comment How should I mount a TV to a wall that slants inwards 8 degrees?
Good point. Stick with the pine (or better) plywood.
Jan
8
comment What should I do about baseboard anchors in plaster-over-brick walls?
Are you using "modern" or "old-style" baseboard? Modern is intended to lay on top of a finished surface, and in this case you'd carry the plaster all the way to the floor. If doing old-style (2-piece) baseboard, you might go ahead and install the lower baseboard, finish up to it, and then install the cap.
Jan
4
comment Can I mount an 80" TV where only one stud is available?
How much does the TV weigh? Is the stud near its center of gravity, or way off toward either side?
Jan
3
comment Radon Manometer U-Tube is almost equal
Your only safe/authoritative source for this answer is the documentation provided by the manufacturer of your radon system. If a manometer reading of "essentially 0" is acceptable, and the only necessary safeguard is the "sound of a fan", then why waste the time and money to install a manometer at all? It's intuitive to me that there could be something that is materially affecting the fan's ability to move air. That would explain the manometer being "almost 0". But no one except the system manufacturer can say exactly how much manometer differential is necessary for safe operation.
Jan
3
comment Can I mount a router to the Ridgid R4510 table saw?
You'd have to either contact Ridgid and ask them if it can accept the attachment you have in mind, or contact the vendor of the attachment and ask them if their product will fit this model of Ridgid saw...
Jan
3
comment Can I use 22/4 wire instead of 20/2 wire?
@Tester101 - I just reread the FAQ's and I actually think you're pretty much correct. It looks like my input may have been a little off-base for the nature of this forum. I admit that I have more admiration for accomplished hackers than I do for seasoned code enforcement officers.
Jan
3
comment Can I use 22/4 wire instead of 20/2 wire?
@Tester101 - I see your point, and perhaps it is outside the purest letter of the law. If I paid retail to have the product installed, then I'd expect the designated material. But if I'm doing it myself, and I have a perfectly safe, perfectly functional material available for free, then I wouldn't hesitate to use it. And I think the whole point of this website is to shine light on those kinds of judgment calls.
Jan
3
comment Can I use 22/4 wire instead of 20/2 wire?
@Tester101 : All pairs would still be in a nice, neat single sheath, with merely a joined pair either at a screw terminal or inside a wirenut. My answer is, "Yes, it's in a neat and workmanlike manner."
Jan
3
comment Can I use 22/4 wire instead of 20/2 wire?
I used the same reference as the other author. And he has now corrected himself.
Sep
28
comment Should I try to remove backer board and leave the plywood subfloor in place?
Chances are it will be mechanical fasteners. (ring-shank nails or screws)
Sep
28
comment Will a board blocking my air conditioning break it?
If I'm visualizing correctly, the cold air is pulled in at the bottom, the hot air comes out up top. If so, can you mount the board/deflector "midway up" so that cold air can still be pulled in from the front, but the hot air is forced off to the left? That will prevent the hot air from being drawn back in....
Sep
28
comment Will a board blocking my air conditioning break it?
It all depends on how bad the recirculation issue is. My guess is that you can probably evaluate the situation and set it up to deflect the air in such a way that the situation is actually improved. FWIW, the recirculation problem has to be pretty bad before it'll damage the unit.
Sep
27
comment How can I repair a leaking water tank?
At least for the bottom photo, the crack appears to be caused by movement of the pipe. So however you seal the leak, be sure to install some kind of framework to stabilize the pipes themselves.