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Jan
7
answered Rewiring a house, breaker panel and all, while living in the house
Jan
2
answered Does a 16“W x 13” deep counter space need an electrical outlet?
Jan
2
comment Does a 16“W x 13” deep counter space need an electrical outlet?
I think the question is "Does this counter count as a peninsula?", not "What are the spacing requirements for a peninsula?". I would say it sounds like a wall counter. But I agree, asking the inspector is really the best way to determine.
Dec
30
comment Is my water contaminated?
I agree. It's relatively inexpensive to have a basic water quality test done, including bacteria.
Dec
25
comment Can natural gas go stale in the pipe?
I still think the gas is getting out somehow and being replaced by air. Just because you hear something doesn't mean it's gas coming out. Have you had your gas lines pressure tested recently? I would call the gas company and see what they say about the situation. They may be willing to do a quick check for free.
Dec
25
comment Does my sandbox need a bottom if it will be over clay soil?
Whatever you do, make sure rainwater can drain out (a solid plywood bottom sounds like a bad idea).
Dec
25
answered Can natural gas go stale in the pipe?
Dec
24
comment Do natural gas furnaces have internal breakers?
I guess this is a question for lawyers, but I can't see why it would be illegal to charge the tenant (or deduct it from a security deposit). If a tenant tries to flush a tennis ball down the toilet and then a plumber needs to be called, you think the landlord should pay for that?
Dec
23
comment Do natural gas furnaces have internal breakers?
Is this your first winter in the house? (I.e. is it possible the furnace was switched off when you moved in?) Have you had any technician work on the furnace that might have left it off by accident?
Dec
23
comment Do natural gas furnaces have internal breakers?
I disagree that a tenant should never be charged for any service call. If they did turn the furnace off themselves, why would the landlord have to pay for that?
Dec
23
comment Do natural gas furnaces have internal breakers?
Without more details or a photo, my guess is that it is a regular shutoff switch, like you say.
Dec
23
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Dec
22
comment Help needed to calculate the R value of a brick veneer wall (house built in 1958)?
@user2059078: I'm not saying there's no value in trying to calculate the heat loss, I'm just pointing out that the difference between an R14 and R19 insulation batt is way more important than the drywall thickness or whether or not there is an air gap. If the insulation R value in your calculation ins't correct then it doesn't matter what values you put for the minor things. If you're interested in getting an accurate value you need to find out exactly what type of insulation is in your house.
Dec
22
comment Help needed to calculate the R value of a brick veneer wall (house built in 1958)?
@user2059078: as you can see looking at these numbers, the insulation accounts for the vast majority of the R value. If you can't get a reasonable estimate of the insulation it's not even worth speculating about the other layers.
Dec
22
comment Help needed to calculate the R value of a brick veneer wall (house built in 1958)?
It sounds like you already know the answer: if you want to calculate the R value accurately you need to know the makeup of the wall, including the type and amount insulation (if any).
Dec
15
comment was in attic for an hour without mask. could this cause issue?
I suppose breathing in anything for a lifetime is probably not good for you. I think in a DIY context, fiberglass can be considered safe (although maybe a little unpleasant).
Dec
15
comment Adding an on/off switch for my furnace fan
Typically a furnace circulates air only in the heated space (some of the vents are supply that blow hot air and some of them are return, that suck back cold air). Running the fan will only circulate basement air if the cold air return is actually in the basement. Is this your situation?
Dec
15
answered was in attic for an hour without mask. could this cause issue?
Dec
14
comment How can I install an electrical panel in my shed?
Is it actually two independent 30 amp breakers, or a single double-pole breaker? How many and what size wires run to the shed?
Dec
11
comment Need advice to prevent runoff water from going into neighbor's yard
Since the water runoff is due to commercial activity, he may actually be obligated to contain it.