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May
14
answered Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
May
13
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
May
12
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?
May
12
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May
12
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.
May
12
answered CFL vs LED bulbs
May
12
comment Floating wall mounted office desk
Just a word of warning, this slab of wood is very large and is going to be seriously heavy. Depending on the type it will probably be about 200 lbs (90 kg). Even lifting the desk top will be a challenge, much less mounting it on the wall. Make sure your support system can handle the weight of the desk plus all the contents (computer equipment, stacks of books), plus someone leaning against it.
May
11
comment Using 12 ga wire to pigtail a receptacle
A few other caveats: the "backstab" terminals found on some outlets may only allow for 14GA wire, in which case the side screw terminals should be used. Also, make sure that the wire nut being used is correct for the number and size of conductors (not really enough information from the question to answer that part).
May
9
answered How can I keep a screw from slipping off a screw bit?
May
8
comment What are the pros and cons of sash vs. tilt and turn windows?
Are you sure this is true? I think any window in good shape should be pretty much airtight.
May
8
answered What are the pros and cons of sash vs. tilt and turn windows?
May
6
answered How to ensure that water heater is mostly on or mostly off?
May
6
comment How to ensure that water heater is mostly on or mostly off?
I'm not sure I agree. According to the diagram it looks like "IN" means towards the center, not back.
May
5
comment What can I do about electric code violations in a rental unit?
"Withholding" rent is the same as not paying it. I understand your rationale and motivation but I don't think it's a good idea.
May
4
comment What can I do about electric code violations in a rental unit?
Your advice to stop paying rent is bad. Two wrongs don't make a right (morally or legally). There is a specific legal process for fixing safety problems in rental properties, and taking matters in your own hand will not be looked on favorably if this ever ends up in court.
May
4
answered What can I do about electric code violations in a rental unit?
May
4
comment Allergies and an economizer
Well the ratings are really just categories, not specific guarantees. That's why a different manufacturer may have different performance characteristics. For instance, HEPA makes no guarantees at all about 10 µm particles. Some filters actually do better with smaller particles than larger ones. It's possible that a purpose-built pollen MERV 11 will serve you better than a general-purpose MERV 13.
May
4
comment Allergies and an economizer
As @Netduke says, MERV 13 should be more than enough to remove pollen particles, which are actually pretty big. Maybe try a different filter manufacturer? Or supplement with a standalone air purifier?
May
3
comment What type of blinds are these?
I'm not sure a photo would really help. I think most brackets are specific to the manufacturer and product line. You might get lucky taking one to a local store but I think you will get better results by just replacing the whole thing, as @ilikedirt says.
Apr
27
comment Question about GFI in a house
Can you elaborate on the "master GFCI"? To my knowledge there is no such thing as a GFCI that controls more than one circuit (they are either a GFCI outlet or a GFCI circuit breaker in the breaker box). Maybe the device in the garage is actually a whole-house surge arrester?