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Jul
5
comment Connect 1/2“ supply line to 3/8” outer diameter faucet line
"Iron Pipe" sizes are also called National Pipe Taper (NPT), and male / female may be labeled MPT or FPT, respectively.
Jul
1
comment Need to fix the grading of my backyard: remove the sod or turn it over?
I just don't see what the grass has anything to do with it. I'm skeptical that you will be able to use a rototiller to do any meaningful movement of soil. If you are moving 2' of soil you will need heavy machinery or a huge amount of labor. No matter how you do this you will destroy the yard... just get it done and then reseed.
Jun
30
comment Need to fix the grading of my backyard: remove the sod or turn it over?
Can you elaborate on what you mean by "fix the grading", including the area (acres), the magnitude of the grading, and whether you are removing soil, adding soil, or just moving it around? A rototiller is really a gardening tool, it won't really help you with moving earth around (other than maybe smoothing out ruts from a lawnmower). My general advice would be to ignore the grass and concentrate on the grading, then repair the grass (with seed or sod) when you're done.
Jun
29
comment How can I safely increase the size of a door bolt?
There are two major differences from a door chain: 1) people expect door locking mechanisms to be near the door handle, not on the ground. 2) if the door is wedged closed and you pull hard on it, you may make the door hard to open at all. As for the alarm: I've never seen those but it looks like it's not designed to keep the door closed, just make a noise.
Jun
29
comment How can I safely increase the size of a door bolt?
I would be a little wary of wedging closed an emergency exit like that. If there were a fire it would be easy for you or a guest to forget and be trapped.
Jun
27
comment 1960s bomb shelter a safe place to wait out a tornado?
@paul: yes, that's right. NOAA tornado warnings are typically at least 10 minutes in advance. Tornados are somewhat unpredictable but do not just appear out of the blue the way an earthquake might, for example. But as I said in my answer, a tornado is a relatively low-risk event.
Jun
26
answered 1960s bomb shelter a safe place to wait out a tornado?
Jun
25
comment How can I combine two outlets into one output using OR logic?
You set this up with most home automation systems, e.g. Belkin's line of WeMo products. You can have an outlet (either a replacement for an in-wall unit or a little inline plug) controlled by a timer and by a switch.
Jun
25
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Jun
24
answered 50 amp wiring foe a RV
Jun
24
comment Wood suitable for routing
Unless the door is very old (unlikely, if it's sliding) I think it's virtually certain that the door contains particle board or other built-up wood pieces. In addition to being cheaper it actually makes for a more dimensionally-stable door.
Jun
24
comment Compact width Window Air Conditioner
@Craig: I'm not really sure how this model attaches so I won't speculate about whether the width is a critical measurement, but the manual says there is less than 2" of flexibility in the opening (15 1/2" to 16 1/4") so I doubt they are referring to a fan-fold panel.
Jun
23
answered Compact width Window Air Conditioner
Jun
21
comment Most important features when selecting a tile saw?
I have no opinion about tile saws but I assume his homeowner and/or business insurance would cover replacement of stolen tools?
Jun
18
comment Pouring concrete, is it safe to add large rocks to increase volume?
It really depends on how many stones you add, and whether you're adjusting the concrete mix to compensate. If you just toss a few rocks in there it's probably no big deal, especially if they're evenly spaced and not touching anything. If you replace 1/3 of the volume with rocks, that will substantially undermine the strength.
Jun
12
comment no more oil in cub cadet self propelled lawn mower
I agree with filling the oil and then changing it soon thereafter. If there is a more serious problem caused by very low oil, running the engine for a few minutes isn't really going to change anything. However, the engine rebuild may or may not be worthwhile. The kits can be $80+ just for the parts, plus you will need an assortment of tools. If this were me and flushing the oil didn't help, I would just cut my losses.
Jun
11
comment Cat 6 and Romex run perpendicular
I agree about interference being a non-issue here, but I'm not sure that covering a house in conduit is a good investment. It's a lot harder to install effectively than CAT6 wiring and it's not clear if it will ever be useful. I doubt ethernet will go anywhere anytime soon. (Home AV cables seem to change a lot more frequently, so running conduit from a media closet to a TV makes a lot more sense, I think.)
Jun
10
answered Are power outlets in a home out of phase with each other?
Jun
10
comment Frugal thick table top ideas
Note that "solid" doors are solid (not hollow) but not not actually solid wood. If you rip a solid door to width you may expose particleboard filler.
Jun
8
answered How to fix bar stools that are too short