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Dec
23
comment How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?
Yep, Home Depot.
Nov
30
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
Except in four western USA States: CA, OR, WA and ID, where insulation is legal after inspection. Remember that K&T with the proper fuse is equal to or better to modern wire in terms of heat dissipation. See diy.stackexchange.com/a/40489/5960 .
Nov
30
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
No sarcasm. K&T does not even need the insulation to perform, where NM cable depends on it. The K&T I happily leave in place is generally inside walls and closed ceilings where it will cause no harm, insulation or not. For where it goes into a junction box I slip new loam or shrink tube over it, and problem is solved.
Oct
24
comment Which is better indirect or tankless hotwater heater
What's your climate zone? Country? Style of heating (e.g. single pipe steam, air to air heat exchanger)?
Oct
24
comment What could be the source of dirt in attic
What kind of roof? Could it be tar instead of dirt?
Oct
24
comment What could cause faucets to spit and sputter only in the fall/winter?
The silver thing is a disconnected ultraviolet light. Dunno about the yellow handle.
Oct
20
comment What could cause faucets to spit and sputter only in the fall/winter?
The air tank has NEVER been refilled with air. I did not have a good pressure gauge, but it did have pressure seemingly in the 20-60 psi range.
Oct
19
comment What could cause faucets to spit and sputter only in the fall/winter?
Updated question to specify it's the problem goes away in summer, but comes back before any freeze. Also the tank moves easily, has pressure, and it's not a broken air bladder.
Oct
3
comment How do I move a door hinge out 1/8“ (door is too tight to the stop molding, makes ”paint popping" noise)?
Paperstreet: note your second photo the one with "not increased" does not represent the original posting. Both sides of the door were painted, thus both the strike side and the hinge side were increased compared to the original hang. Moving the hinges restores the door position relative to the hinge side stop molding, and may (not in my case) require a matching adjustment on the strike. If the door had been perfect I'd have needed to move both hinges and strike out by the same amount (two credit card thicknesses is what I used).
Oct
1
comment How do I move a door hinge out 1/8“ (door is too tight to the stop molding, makes ”paint popping" noise)?
With appreciation for the diagrams, I think the conclusion is wrong. Since paint was added the door edge plus all three stops, everything is pushed out from the historic condition. Pushing the hinge out corrects all three edges. In the end that's what I did: worked perfectly.
Sep
26
comment How do I move a door hinge out 1/8“ (door is too tight to the stop molding, makes ”paint popping" noise)?
@DMoore If I do the jam, I hardly have to repaint. If I do the door, I have to feather the new paint into the old.
Sep
26
comment How do I move a door hinge out 1/8“ (door is too tight to the stop molding, makes ”paint popping" noise)?
@DMoore - it's really hard to take the door jamb outside for sanding, and that side is heavier with paint dross. Note I would never sand without a HEPA vac, even outdoors. Lead gets in soil and up to plants.
Sep
25
comment How do I move a door hinge out 1/8“ (door is too tight to the stop molding, makes ”paint popping" noise)?
The strike plate is in the perfect place. The stop is encrusted in many layers of paint, I'd have to move at least two of the three stop moldings, and deal with lead paint chips. @paperstreet
Sep
25
comment Doors are sticky and noisy when opened?
WD-40 on paint sounds like a bad idea, aside from the smell you'd never get rid of.
Sep
25
comment How do I move a door hinge out 1/8“ (door is too tight to the stop molding, makes ”paint popping" noise)?
How do I ensure the new hinges are the in right place relative to the stop molding? Since I only need 1/8" is there any way to cheat?
Sep
25
comment How do I silence or muffle creaky floorboards?
@TheSmallestOne I made a list of name/brand products at guides.obviously.com/Fixing-Squeaky-Hardwood-Floors/1277
Sep
15
comment New condenser fan motor burned out
The warranty lasts more than 5 minutes, even on a repair.
Sep
11
comment New condenser fan motor burned out
Why are you not calling the warranty company first?
Sep
11
comment How to prevent washing machine drain overflow
An all important question: where does the water go next? Sewer? Leach? How many inches slope might there be?
Sep
9
comment Closet doors makeover
Those LOOK like lightweight cheap hollow doors. IF they are solid instead, you have a nice canvas to work on.