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comment Soaking tub on the second floor: safe?
People have approximately the same density as water, so from a weight perspective if the tub is full to the brim it doesn't make much difference if there's anyone in it. I suspect the "75 gallons" is there for water usage calculations, not weight. The framing must be strong enough to support a full tub.
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comment What types of wood (other than plywood) can a staple gun penetrate?
Poplar is a "hardwood", although it's not as hard as some others like oak and maple.
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revised Do basement walls with metal framing and foam insulation require fireblocking and draftstopping?
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comment Do basement walls with metal framing and foam insulation require fireblocking and draftstopping?
@keshlam: I believe that the 2015 version of IRC added the use of 3/4" plywood as an acceptable thermal barrier over foam insulation, although I don't know if any states have adopted it yet. Your local jurisdiction may have special changes to this section.
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revised Do basement walls with metal framing and foam insulation require fireblocking and draftstopping?
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revised Cable amplifier repeater setup for best signal
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comment Cable amplifier repeater setup for best signal
@mreinsmith: I added some more info to my answer. I'm not convinced you have a signal problem.
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comment Cable amplifier repeater setup for best signal
@mreinsmith: I'm not a cable tech but those seem like solid numbers to me, based on some checking online. I'm not sure adding an amplifier will help. What specifically is wrong with your internet?
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comment How do I disassemble this old sink setup?
Are you having any issues with the current plumbing? It looks like someone already spliced in a plastic section (although the band clamps look loose...??). It's likely you have cast iron drain pipes running in the wall and elsewhere in the house.
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answered Cable amplifier repeater setup for best signal
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answered Do basement walls with metal framing and foam insulation require fireblocking and draftstopping?
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comment Buy an air conditioner
My answer: 1) Find out the size you need. Air conditioners are sized according to how much heat they can remove from the air in a given amount of time. In the US, the units are BTUs/hr (sometimes contracted to just "BTUs"). You can use online calculators to figure out the size you need, based on the area, sun exposure, usage, etc. Getting the right size unit is the the MOST IMPORTANT PART. The wrong size will be less efficient. 2) Once you have your size picked out, energy efficiency is rated with a scale called "EER". Higher is better. Try to get a model with 10 or 11 for a window unit.
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comment Buy an air conditioner
I don't see how this question is off-topic, it's about desirable characteristics of the appliance, not specific brand or model recommendations.
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comment How to future-proof a long cable run
Note that 200 meters is way beyond the length limit for ethernet over CAT5e or CAT6. (Although it doesn't sound like that was necessarily part of your plan.)
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answered Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
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comment Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
FYI this is a somewhat inefficient solution. Boiling 3 gallons of water (per day) will take about 8 kW-h, assuming the condensate is at room temperature. This will probably add $40-$50 per month to the electricity bill, depending on local utility costs.
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comment Shock treating a home, or rooms with ozone
Do ozone generators even do anything? The EPA is skeptical about their usefulness and safety, to put it mildly: epa.gov/iaq/pubs/ozonegen.html
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answered If I do not go into a party wall dispute, can I still appoint a surveyor to ensure I am protected against any damages?
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comment CFL vs LED bulbs
@Craig: I don't know what you mean by "intrinsically", both LEDs and CFLs have changed & improved quite a bit since their respective introductions. If you look at commercial-available LED bulbs today the CRIs tend to be higher than CFLs, and certainly the best LEDs are higher than the best CFLs. Both LEDs and CFLs come in a range of color temperatures, so that's pretty much up to the buyer to choose. I think it's a mistake to conflate color temperature with CRI.