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Mar
10
comment How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?
@littleturtle true, but also probably irrelevant to the question. 5000 BTU/h is a small window mounted model intended to cool a single room that is powered with a standard wall plug, not whole house model.
Dec
11
comment U-Socket USB Wallplug
Another reason not to buy any of the current generation of in wall USB outlets is that the high power USB charging spec is adding 5A @ 5/12/20V modes (100W is enough for most laptops); meaning you'll need to replace the outlet in a few years because it won't be compatible with many of your new devices any longer.
Oct
23
comment How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?
@rabbid if you hear something other than the fan blowing the compressor is running. If it's running an a constant fan speed mode; any time it gets louder the compressor's running.
Oct
23
answered How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?
Oct
22
comment Nicely mounting 2x4s to wall
Are you suggesting only anchoring one side to the wall; or doing both and connecting the left and right halves while they're hanging on the wall?
Oct
10
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Oct
10
revised Why am I getting strange results when using a power meter to measure CFLs?
Replaced kill-a-watt with the model the OP said he was using in comments because the kill-a-watt meters don't have this problem
Oct
10
comment What can I use to build temporary walls in an unfinished basement?
Flatpack style bookcases aren't designed for free standing use. if not standing against (and preferably anchored with an L bracket to) a wall they're too easy to tip over. With small kids around that would be a disaster waiting to happen.
Oct
10
suggested suggested edit on Why am I getting strange results when using a power meter to measure CFLs?
Sep
18
comment Halogen vs. Incandescent - is one 'better' than the other for an oven light?
For an oven lamp efficiency shouldn't be a major factor. All the 'wasted' energy is turned into heat after all. At most with a gas oven you'd have a very small amount of arbitrage from the different electricity and gas prices, in an electric oven not even that.
Sep
13
comment Are electrical subpanels safe in the bedroom?
My ~40 year old apartment is wired with my panel in the bedroom. It's on an otherwise unusable section of wall in the space where the main and closet doors swing when open.
Aug
22
comment What types of electrical outlets are found in a typical home in the USA?
It's worth pointing out explicitly that most of the menagerie of plugs only in your second chart are primarily for specialized industrial use; and unlikely to ever be seen in a residential location. Outside of people who work with them, we'd all need to look at a cheatsheet to know what they are too.
Aug
16
comment How do I move a slab of concrete?
Even if your car has a hitch for towing it might not be rated for something of this size. IIRC my 06 LaCrosse is only rated for towing a half ton. Especially if you don't lever it up onto runners of some sort the friction from the rough bottom is likely to result in a force needed to get it moving well above that of a properly loaded trailer.
Aug
2
comment Why were only some of my tools damaged when connected to a 240V receptacle?
@HenryJackson Can you think of an appropriate term that doesn't violate community standards on the use of profanity? I can't.
Jul
19
answered How can I replace the star-shaped base of an office chair?
Jun
7
comment How do I connect a dryer with a four prong plug to a three prong socket?
Not the down voter; but you took a year old question and made an answer that adds nothing of value not already in an existing answer.
May
29
comment Can I warm up a swimming pool by submerging black-painted milk jugs in it?
That won't work. Even a small pool will be well over a thousand gallons, ex ~4000gal for a 15' x 4' round pool. If you add 40 gallons of 210F water to a 60F 4000 gallon pool, you'll only warm it ~1.5 degrees. (150 degree difference/100x capacity difference)
May
16
comment Is it possible to have a room protected from outside GSM microwave radiation?
The GSM jammer also has the minor problem of being illegal to use in most jurisdictions.
May
15
comment How can I hang a shelf with no visible fasteners?
Put Teflon tape on the back of the shelf to protect the paint while sliding it into place?
May
9
comment How can I make a copy of a door key without a matching blank?
"I want a spare I can give to a trusted friend/family member so I don't have to bother you if I lock myself out."