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Jul
13
comment What can I do about my new driveway that is higher than the garage floor?
Sounds like you need these guys: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_a_Contractor
Jul
3
comment 1960s bomb shelter a safe place to wait out a tornado?
That hacksaw should have multiple spare blades rated for cutting metal (i.e. high TPI). Given this is in the basement, I would also have a battery-operated reciprocating saw handy, again, with multiple good blades. Grab it on the way in.
Jun
22
comment Is it okay to throw paper towels & rags with mineral spirits in the trash bin?
@Kyle do you have an ash can? I bought a mini galvanized can (maybe 3 gallon) many years ago. It never rusts, and I can put hot coals and other flammable things in it without worrying about setting my grass (or house) on fire.
Jun
18
comment Why did my installer install 1/4 round corners like this and how can I fix it?
Yeah but for us non-professionals a miter joint is a ton easier to cut with a standard compound miter saw. Cuts through trim like butter and easy to measure.
Jun
4
comment Can I plug a multi-outlet adapter into a GFCI outlet?
While one can plug an extension cord, power strip, etc. into a GFCI outlet it is normally a really bad idea because of where GFCIs are normally required: bathrooms and kitchens. Two places with water and high-draw appliances where safety is a big concern. Furthermore, those rooms normally require outlets every three feet near countertops, alleviating the need for extension cords and multi-outlet adapters.
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Apr
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Mar
29
accepted White lithium safe to lubricate a dryer?
Mar
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Jan
11
comment White lithium safe to lubricate a dryer?
It does not squeak if I rotate it by hand.
Jan
11
comment White lithium safe to lubricate a dryer?
It is really hard to narrow down given how loud it is. If this were a little squeak I could put my ear to different parts of the cabinet. If I did that now, I would go deaf.
Jan
11
asked White lithium safe to lubricate a dryer?
Jan
11
comment Why is a gas furnace vented but a gas dryer is not?
I took my dryer apart today and saw firsthand that the burner vents into the drum, which then goes out the dryer to the duct and outside. So I guess it does vent to the outside.
Jan
8
comment How do I turn off the water flow to my toilet?
@Ariel if you get water between the gasket and the porcelain, you may compromise the seal. This has happened to me before with toilets as well as compression fittings. Taking it apart, drying everything off, and putting it back together nice and tight (but not too tight) generally fixes the leak.
Jan
8
comment How do I turn off the water flow to my toilet?
@Ariel it is better to drain the water, dry off the gasket, and tighten back down. If any water is in that gasket it might not seal properly and may continue to leak even if torqued down enough to stop leaks otherwise.
Jan
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Jan
5
comment Why is a gas furnace vented but a gas dryer is not?
Good point, I had not thought about the dryer venting its combustion products out with the hot air and lint, but it makes perfect sense.
Jan
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Jan
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accepted Why is a gas furnace vented but a gas dryer is not?