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Apr
20
comment Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window?
Yeah, but you said "No. You're limited by what you can do from the outside, and obviously that's not much.". A better answer might be "Anything is possible, as they say. Whether it's practical or cost-effective is another question.".
Apr
20
comment Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window?
Remember this is a general Q&A site, so a question and answer can be valuable if they're potentially of use to another person later.
Apr
20
comment Is there a way to remove condensation and clean inside a double pane window?
This is incorrect, as there are options for in-situ cleaning between the panes.
Mar
22
comment Why is there dirt in my wall (by the tub)?
Definitely expose more of this. It won't make it any harder to repatch the dryway. Moist dirt is NOT appropriate in contact with drywall or framing, especially not as it will make a virtual termite highway. Expose this, and repour what's needed to restore the integrity of your slab.
Mar
18
comment What type of mortar would I use to seal cracks in our chimney?
Note that only a fire rated caulk should be used on a chimney. Some caulk can ignite.
Feb
13
comment Outlet stopped working, found it is only two wire
What's the age of the house? Could you post a photo of the wires behind the outlet in question, and your incoming service box?
Feb
13
comment Digging dirt from under a frame house
Um. Picture? Actual ask for advice on how to do it yourself?
Jan
31
comment How to block baseboard (water heated)?
The "special outlet" is called a GFCI. And yes, you want one within 6 feet of a wet area.
Jan
26
comment Microwave Door Twisted
Microwave leak detectors are cheap on eBay. But, "buy a new one" is the right answer. Microwaves are disposable goods.
Jan
26
comment How to block baseboard (water heated)?
It's probably aluminum, which won't let magnets stick.
Jan
26
comment How to block baseboard (water heated)?
Send them a picture of the towels stuffed in the baseboard.
Jan
23
comment What are the options for installing an outdoor outlet in new stucco (not retrofit)
The Raco 1RVX6 you mention will not form a watertight seal with the outlet cover. The sides are permeable to water, and the edge is not even. No good.
Jan
22
comment What is this thin metal wire in wall of 50s home?
Is it bare wire? Bare copper wire? Can you trace it any more? Take a better picture? What's the age of the house? Is the house knob & tube?
Jan
22
comment What Should I Use to Seal the Concrete Slab under the Joists?
@Laxmidi possibly leaking some air from the ductwork would help. Just ensure that any space has a way to vent, or a least one permeable side so it can slowly dry out.
Jan
21
comment How do I secure a copper pipe going through a wall?
This solution is also hard to caulk, so water does not get behind the stucco.
Jan
21
comment How best to cut & tie into cast iron pipe
Thanks. I borrowed a chain style pipe breaker from the local tool library, and despite the awkward position, the pipe snapped right off. Then I used a rubber boot (the type that goes outside the pipe). All good, thanks.
Jan
11
comment What's the proper way to flash an inside roofing corner, with self-stick membrane?
Tile roof actually.
Jan
5
comment Why do I have voltage on a plumbing ground strap, and is it dangerous?
@SQB presumably he's shivering in the dark, and his cell phone batteries are flat :-).
Jan
5
comment Why do I have voltage on a plumbing ground strap, and is it dangerous?
@Johnny bad wiring is, like, totally possible.
Jan
4
comment What's the proper way to flash an inside roofing corner, with self-stick membrane?
How is the tar paper or membrane folded and detailed? That layer does have a purpose related to condensation on the underside metal surface of the flashing.