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Jul
7
comment What could happen if I use 2 cycle fuel in a 4 cycle engine?
Just dump the oil/fuel mix in your car's gas tank when it gets old. A gallon of 2-cycle mix in 20 gallons of regular fuel will be harmless.
Jul
7
comment fire extinguisher selection & sizing for home use
Frankly, get the smallest, cheapest fire extinguisher that will get you a discount with your homeowner's insurance. And then put it somewhere out of the way and forget you own it. If you have a fire then sand, salt, a lid, a blanket, or just about anything else you have at hand to smother it will probably be equally (or more) effective and do far less incidental damage to you and your house. If you can't smother it with something at hand, just get the hell out and call the fire department.
Jun
24
comment How can I eliminate one 3-way switch to leave just one switch on the lighting circuit it's on?
I would suggest you create a diagram showing what you have and what you want. Describing this stuff in words is really hard and I can't make sense of it after reading everything here.
Jun
15
comment How do I make carbon dioxide?
Bug zappers kill far more beneficial insects than mosquitoes. They also attract mosquitoes from long distances, so the net result may be a whole lot of fried moths and more mosquitoes.
Jun
15
comment What's the best option to repair a long asphalt driveway with heavily cracked portions?
If it cracked heavily in only 10 years then it doesn't have a good base, making options 2 and 3 a waste of money.
Jun
10
comment Can I sink a hot water copper pipe into the ground and keep the heating functionality
I did option 1 years ago. Since heating cabinets is undesirable, I removed the fins from the section of pipe under the cabinets and wrapped it with pipe insulation.
Jun
7
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Jun
5
comment How should I drain fuel from my mower?
Ethanol cannot be avoided in many US states, including mine. Gas with ethanol will begin to deteriorate within months, and it will damage carburetors in older cars and non-automotive engines if not drained.
Jun
4
comment What is the best order for interior painting (walls, trim, windows, etc.)?
As an owner who inherited a house with not one but two layers of painted-over wallpaper, I think painting over wallpaper should be a criminal offense.
May
30
comment What is a safe maximum temperature for an unused part of the house?
110F is going to be outside the operating range of virtually all digital electronics, and these days all electronics are digital. If you have computers, cable/DSL modems, wireless routers, flat screen TVs, or the like, they could potentially be damaged by those temps. They will certainly suffer a shorter lifespan if exposed to it regularly.
May
30
comment What could cause my range burner to be bright red and really hot when the dial is set to low?
I have a brand new stove with electronic controls and the burners cycle on and off, appearing bright red and very hot at times even on medium/low settings. This may be perfectly normal.
May
20
comment How do I fix gutter nails that are coming out?
Golf tees work beautifully for this. I don't play golf, but I keep a box of them around just for this purpose.
May
18
comment Is this buzzing noise coming from various outlets around the house normal?
Aluminum wiring by any chance?
May
10
comment How to get fresh air to flat without letting noise in
Only cheap exhaust fans are noisy. You can buy high quality fans that are virtually silent.
May
10
comment Our walls have a rancid smell after painting twice. Going on 2 months now! Help!
Seal it with shellac and then apply a fresh coat of high quality paint. Shellac is very good at sealing in smells, even tobacco.
May
10
comment Is adding a paver patio or flower garden near a home foundation a bad idea?
That's a whole question of its own. There are many ways, the simplest and most obvious being sloping a patio slightly so waters runs away from the house.
May
9
comment Is adding a paver patio or flower garden near a home foundation a bad idea?
I don't think there's any blanket yes or no to patios near foundations, but you should keep drainage in mind when you design it. Make sure you're directing water away from the foundation rather than toward it, and you're not blocking any existing drainage paths. I think photos or drawings of what you have in mind would get you better answers.
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