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Jun
4
comment How do I fix a leaking connector between my garden hose and faucet?
All garden hose connections need a rubber gasket in the female side. Garden Hose Threads ("GHT") are not tapered and thus require a sealing gasket. Virtually all leaking garden hoses are caused by a missing or worn-out gasket.
Jun
4
comment How can I improve efficiency of my home? Geothermal not saving money
...note that the charges for electricity may be broken up into various categories like "supply", "delivery", "taxes", etc. There may not be an obvious total rate, but the bill should list the total kW-hr. Divide the total $ by the total kW-hr to get the approximate rate, if it's not explicitly listed.
Jun
2
comment Chewed-through ground-fault cord
@bonbilla: You should replace the plug with another GFCI plug so that you aren't circumventing an important safety feature. If in a few years you move the unit to another window that doesn't have a GFCI receptacle, you've created a problem. AC units generate lots of water and you want to make sure you and your family are protected. GFCI replacement plugs are relatively inexpensive; just do it right.
Jun
1
comment Chewed-through ground-fault cord
GFCI replacement plugs are easy to find online or in big-box home improvement stores. I think the only appropriate replacement plug is a GFCI one.
Jun
1
comment Modifying bottom chord of roof truss to accomodate new AC
The 2x4 you have identified is not a joist, it's the bottom chord of a truss. Truss members are not subject to bending the same way a beam or joist is. That member is probably under tension, and if you cut it the whole truss will sag.
May
29
answered When is a variable-speed compressor HVAC unit worth the cost?
May
27
comment What kind of blow torch to use for a stuck bolt
... not to mention gasoline vapors from the tank just a few inches away.
May
27
answered What kind of blow torch to use for a stuck bolt
May
26
comment concrete slab up over vinyl siding
I think a wood deck is probably the way to go, just make sure that the land is sloped away from the house. It's possible that by excavating all this concrete you have created a low point in this corner, which is bad for water runoff. Also, this is a good time to install a perimeter drain if drainage is questionable.
May
26
comment Raising an existing concrete floor
Can you add a 3rd step and just make them all ~6" risers?
May
26
comment How can I temporarily fix rotted soffit, fascia, and vented panels?
How long is "temporary"? A week? A year? This is the kind of problem that can go from minor inconvenience to house-destroying if not fixed. Personal finance advice is not really on-topic here but I think you should be realistic with yourself about when and how this is going to get resolved. Maybe you should look into a home equity loan.
May
26
answered Strengthen repaired cable?
May
25
comment Is this a “Dumping pit” by the builder and who is resposible to pay for this house was built 1998
Unless you have an indication that harmful chemicals were dumped there (doubtful; pretty much all materials used for home construction are safe, especially given the timeframe) you don't really have any hazard, just a landscaping issue.
May
22
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.
May
20
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.
May
20
revised Do basement walls with metal framing and foam insulation require fireblocking and draftstopping?
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May
20
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.
May
20
revised Do basement walls with metal framing and foam insulation require fireblocking and draftstopping?
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May
19
revised Cable amplifier repeater setup for best signal
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May
19
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.