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Mar
31
comment What is this screw called?
Agreed on the value of physical verification whenever possible; but unless you want to spend an hour exhaustively searching the fasteners aisle trying to figure out what you need in advance will make things much easier. (Assuming they have it anyway.)
Feb
15
comment How can I find the part to fix this bookshelf?
@NathanLong It is that obvious: The plastic connector, veneer pattern and wear on the corner, and the texture of the unfinished side look just like my cheap flatpack book shelves.
Feb
14
comment How can I find the part to fix this bookshelf?
The bookshelf's primary component is paper veneer covered sawdust board, and it came in a flatpack. No level of cheaped out, as long as it lasts long enough for the customer to lose the receipt so we can deny any warranty claims penny pinching would surprise me in the least.
Feb
1
comment what mil thick plastic to hang for dust management
I'd be a little cautious about using a really heavy duty tape. When my parents had their kitchen remodeled - to include ripping out old lathwork plaster - plastic curtains were hung to slow the spread of dust. A week or two into the project one of them came down, having peeled some paint off the old plaster in the process.
Jan
29
comment Why do we fit skirting boards to collect dust?
@Tester101 They already exist. The one used by the cleaners in my office has a spinning brush on a forward corner that knocks and dust off the baseboard to be vacuumed.
Jan
24
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Jan
24
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Jan
23
comment What to do when snow blocks house door?
@bib if it's a wooden door, (ab)using a heavy kitchen knife as machete would be a safer destructive option. A metal door wouldn't care either way.
Jan
23
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Jan
23
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Jan
21
comment Can I put an outlet inside of a wall?
@bib the question was a clear case of the X-Y Problem
Jan
18
comment Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?
As long as you're being paranoid, all an intruder needs a is a metal coat hanger to fish your key chain into his grasp.
Jan
11
comment Fix drywall around outlets
@Brad there's bare wood to the right of the cut off plate. I'd guess that the wood is part of a door/window frame; and that the cover plate was cut to avoid notching the trim when they were found to overlap. I'm pretty sure there's at least once place like that in my parents house because when the overlap was found no one wanted to move the box to make it fit more gracefully. At the point of having to fix the drywall anyway, I'd be tempted to move the box slightly away from the door/window and buy a new cover plate now.
Jan
5
comment Lightbulbs burn out 3 seconds after turning on the light
Is that a common problem with all bulbs or just cheaper brands? I've got a few boxes of GE incandescent bulbs that've been sitting in the back of my closet for a few years; that I bought in part thinking that if needed I could swap them all in to collectively function as an emergency space heater.
Dec
8
comment Two power sources, one 3-way switch?
@Tester101 this might be on topic at Electronics.SE. I'm not sure though; it might be worth pinging one of their mods before throwing it over the wall since it's probably going to be closed here.
Dec
7
comment Why do my led bulbs state: not for use in totally enclosed luminaries?
... not all of my lights are on anywhere near that long; I've got a few that still have the incandescent bulbs that were there when I moved in a decade ago. 3h/day probably isn't a bad average; but designing around the average being valid everywhere isn't a good idea. It also sidesteps that replacing anything hardwired is much more time consuming and potentially expensive. You've replaced a 5 minute trip to the closet with an hour or two to drive to the store and rewire it at a minimum. And if you can't do the work yourself; add a zero to the replacement price for an electrician.
Dec
7
comment Why do my led bulbs state: not for use in totally enclosed luminaries?
@HenryJackson 12's on the high side unless you add people who forget to turn lights off regularly, but I have lights in the main part of my apartment that probably average ~10 hours/day. On work days 2 hours in the morning and 4-7 in the evening (depending mostly on the season; in winter they're on again from my return from work until I'm back in bed). Cloudy weekends can see them on the entire day; there's enough shade that even at noon the amount of natural light I get in through the windows is marginal. A 10h duty cycle also fits with an ~2 year replacement cycle for 7k hour CFLs.
Dec
7
comment Why do my led bulbs state: not for use in totally enclosed luminaries?
@user2813274 See rackandboneman's answer
Dec
6
comment Why do my led bulbs state: not for use in totally enclosed luminaries?
I'd be leery about any fixtures that have to be replaced because the LEDs aren't serviceable. Although the manufacturer is supposedly (seen in Q&A not officially) claiming a 35000 hour/30 year (@3 hours/day) lifespan that number has to be mostly speculative; based on either extrapolating test data out an order of magnitude beyond the last sample time; or by testing in harsh conditions to try simulating accelerated aging. When it fails (and 30y @ 3h/day is only 7.5y @ 12h/day in a high use location), you're looking at significantly more time and expense to replace it than to do a bulb swap.