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Aug
24
comment What are my options for handling kitchen floor/dining room floor height differences?
You're on the right track: just lay another 3/4 layer of ply or osb flooring.
Aug
24
comment How can I stop the hose from the pump to the filter from leaking?
with the rigid plastic hoses going onto a tapered barb, you really need to push the hose on pretty tight before you ever clamp it. It really gets close to water tight just by the force of pushing it up onto the taper. The clamp mostly just stops it from sliding off. If the hose is loose when you start tightening the clamp, then it's going to leak, no matter how much you tighten the clamp.
Aug
24
comment Why would a dryer take 4 hours to dry after we cleaned out the vent?
or you've somehow disabled the heating method. Is it getting hot?
Aug
18
comment Metalwork - Is it possible to achieve a smooth surface (planishing) with just hammers and slappers?
if you can get it close, body soldering is not really as hard as it might seem. So perhaps you get it close and then solder fill it from there.
Jun
12
comment Deck diagonal bracing alternatives
As Craig pointed out, you could install diagonal bracing on the underside of your deck joists. It still wouldn't be fully up to code, but it would address the potential to twist about as well as redecking with diagonal boards.
Jan
17
comment Why is are the lights in my 60 year old house flickering?
Or one of those paranormal investigators... :-p
Dec
12
comment How can I add joists to an existing trussed ceiling?
I vote for method "A", revised: 1x4's at right angles to the trusses, then glue and screw plywood or drywall or whatever into them.
Nov
11
comment How do I identify the hot, neutral wires in a light fixture?
Using a multimeter and a very long test lead plugged into a known ground? I've had the voltage detectors refuse to work (low battery, etc.) but I've never seen one misidentify a hot as neutral or vice-versa.
Nov
11
comment Is it ok to use a rotary hammer to make a hole in the sub dirt wall of my basement?
Go for it. Use hydraulic cement around the pipe to seal it back up.
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.