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comment Can I support a fiberglass tub with a layer of 1" thick foam board between a concrete subfloor and mortar base?
I never even thought to apply math to the problem. I actually thought more of "Do people do this or am I crazy?" - but your post puts it in perspective. Considering some people use foam and 2 layers of plywood as their entire subfloor, I think I should be more than alright doing this structurally. Maybe I'll add some plywood over the foam to prevent the mortar from cracking as extra precaution.
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comment Can I use a pool pump to drain a shallow well?
I love that idea, actually! I'll have to see if it or something similar could work for us. Accessibility has become a problem since we first dug it - trees grow fast! Perhaps I'll dig under the precast and let it sink, shore up the top of the ditch, then build the top out of blocks.
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comment Can I use a pool pump to drain a shallow well?
Great response! I unfortunately am at the bottom of a hill, so the best I can do is flat out. The pump, as set up, is not removable. My dad installed it (with the help of a 1/2hp sump pump) about 10 years ago. When I reinstall it I'll make sure to do so in a removable fashion. Regarding digging deeper, we currently have a 12 foot round precast concrete shell - we're removing all the dirt weight from the top, driving 4' rebar spikes outwards every foot, then underpinning it with cinder blocks in a circular or quarter-by-quarter fashion.
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comment Garage door opens only partially in hot weather
Are there any adjustment knobs on the motorized unit? Mine used to do the same, but only the left door. I turned the lifting torque up an 8th of a turn.
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comment Is it possible to use the ice maker on a refrigerator without a water supply line?
I'm not sure how well anything can grow under 5 atmospheres of pressure and in complete dark, as well as in water that's likely already been chlorinated by the municipality supply. I'm not saying it's a non-risk, it's just not too likely in my opinion. Just keep the container clean. Perhaps the compressed air should be filtered, though.
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comment Is it possible to use the ice maker on a refrigerator without a water supply line?
@Tyrsius No problem. I just edited in a few details to my answer that I couldn't fit in a comment. Feel free to email me with any questions, var emailAddress = "hello@" + myUsername + ".com";
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comment Is it possible to use the ice maker on a refrigerator without a water supply line?
@Tyrsius Plastic jugs will take pressure, but it's not really safe as they're not built for it. You're much safer with a keg. They sell 3 and 5 gallon kegs as well. It's important for the keg to be standing vertically, so if it's going on top the fridge, I'd say go 3 gallons. Or a pressure cooker. Or a food-grade stainless steel tank of some sort. But a keg is definitely the cheapest, easiest solution. 3 gallons of water is about 25 pounds of ice.
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comment Is it possible to use the ice maker on a refrigerator without a water supply line?
@Tyrsius Yep! Air "floats," being of a lower density than water. It's as if you attached a hose to the bottom of a water bottle, then blew air into the top of the water bottle - it would force water out of the hose. The most important hardware would be a keg coupler, which would have two ports - air in and water out. You can buy a compressor and hook it up to the keg full time, or you can buy a small tire compressor and wire up a pressure switch for a bit cheaper.
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comment Is it possible to use the ice maker on a refrigerator without a water supply line?
Liquid can't really be compressed. A compressed liquid is normally a liquid with a solid or gas pushing down on it, and in the case of this setup, the air would just be pressurized at the top of the keg pushing down on the water. On a keg, the pickup for the liquid is at the bottom, so what happens is the pressurized air pushes the water through the spout at the bottom, then out to the fridge.