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I'm a scientist in Colorado. I bought my first house, a 1950s ranch-style house, in February 2012.


Nov
18
comment Is peel and stick vinyl tile flooring really waterproof?
This one is specifically recommended for use in bathrooms and its "100% waterproof construction prevents warping, mold and mildew." The instructions do say that it is waterproof and "not a waterproofer," suggesting the floor underneath needs to be free of moisture problems.
Nov
18
answered Is peel and stick vinyl tile flooring really waterproof?
Nov
17
comment What could be causing my kitchen drawers to be sliding out?
Is this kitchen on a boat?
Nov
14
comment How long should the hot water last during a shower?
@Tester101, I edited the question to clarify this cancellation.
Nov
14
revised How long should the hot water last during a shower?
Edited to show Thot-Tcold canceling out.
Nov
14
comment How long should the hot water last during a shower?
@Tester101, yes! The tank-temperature dependence appears in both the hot water flow rate from the water heater and the cold water flow rate to the water heater. They cancel out.
Nov
14
comment How long should the hot water last during a shower?
Note that the comment establishes a second stopping criterion of 80°F, which introduces a second phase that is constant-flow-rate instead of constant-power. This becomes a first-order ODE which is easy to solve but not as easy as the constant-heat version.
Nov
14
answered How long should the hot water last during a shower?
Oct
17
comment What is the proper way to pass NM cable through drywall above ceiling level?
@Tester101 the OSB is roof sheathing; there is not a top plate at that location. This is the bizarre and probably incorrectly made joint between two additions, viewed from the side of the newer addition.
Oct
17
comment What is the proper way to pass NM cable through drywall above ceiling level?
@keshlam it just looks sloppy, I guess, and like the cable is pinched.
Oct
16
awarded  Notable Question
Oct
16
comment What is the proper way to pass NM cable through drywall above ceiling level?
@SpeedyPetey I updated the question and added a photo. What do you think?
Oct
16
revised What is the proper way to pass NM cable through drywall above ceiling level?
added 308 characters in body
Oct
14
asked What is the proper way to pass NM cable through drywall above ceiling level?
Sep
26
awarded  Revival
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
25
comment Why do I have a green light on my GFCI but the outlet will not come on?
I have some GFCI receptacles where the light means everything's okay and some where it means there's a problem.
Aug
10
awarded  Notable Question
Aug
6
answered Do I need to close the windows and doors in the entire house when doing a radon test?
Aug
5
comment How can I protect my fingers while using a band saw?
Having been subjected to this awful game, I feel the need to point out that the answers so far seem to be focused on the square game pieces but the question is about safely cutting out the tiny figurines atop them in the photo.