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Apr
15
comment Terminating a home improvement contract early
In this case signing a contract, which has a clause. Termination payment is all costs, all materials ordered (even if not delivered), plus profit (20% of the balance of the dollar amount of the contract). Jurisdiction California USA.
Apr
11
comment How to prevent pressure from dropping from my water heater?
So, remove the 2nd water heater and start over. Sorry they trusted.
Apr
9
comment Can this sheetrock be repaired or does it need to be replaced?
Need a better picture. In general drywall is very malleable and patchable.
Apr
8
comment Do I have studs on my plaster and lath wall around/above fireplace?
Plasma over fireplace: bad. LCD: just fine if the viewing angle is good.
Apr
2
comment Previous owner filled in fireplace shelves with incorrect brick. Can I chisel them out?
@CraigPDX sorry rain on your bad mortar hopes. Still, I think you can do it as above. The heat argument on TV's is overrated: true plasma has some issues, but it's not really that hot up there: within even the vendor specified temperature range for a modern LCD TV. Measure it if you don't believe.
Apr
2
comment How to remove turn-style tub overflow cover?
What does the plaque read?
Apr
1
comment How can I repair a towel bar with one end ripped out of the wall?
Yes it is clearly pot metal. The shaft approach is a good repair, if done well. The point stands that it's the landlord's prerogative to choose the type and nature of repair. The landlord is on the hook if this repair ever injures someone. @Doresoom. Given the the position of the bar on the tile, it may be used as a grab bar: perhaps that's even why it broke.
Apr
1
comment Copper tubing for refrigerator
If the tube is bent again, it will bend in the same spot. Use care, or stiffen that area somehow to protect it.
Apr
1
comment How can I repair a towel bar with one end ripped out of the wall?
Keep in mind many a landlord would rather be told, than have a bad DIY repair made. I'd rather be told, than have a tenant make an amateur repair that may fail if a future tenant grabs the bar to arrest a fall.
Apr
1
comment Copper tubing for refrigerator
Don't worry about it. As long as the icemaker still functions you're good.
Apr
1
comment Will a spike protector work in reverse?
I'm sure the fridge IS a problem, why not eliminate it first.
Apr
1
comment Will a spike protector work in reverse?
The expensive LED's might be damaged by whatever is wrong with this circuit. Replace the fridge first!
Mar
31
comment What would cause lack of Oxygen in cellar
Your local Fire Department might be equipped, and willing, to test that basement for CO/Methane and perhaps Radon. Either way, you should be checking until you find why. As above, don't enter the basement without a helper above. Start DIY by tossing one of your battery powered CO detectors down.
Mar
30
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
@Tester101 true: I do prefer soldered connections over wire nuts, and a system that's robust against wayward screws and nails.
Mar
29
comment AFCI keeps tripping after power outage
There's no proof here that load is at zero, just an OP statement that everything was unplugged. Something could have been missed.
Mar
29
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
@JustinK I recommend running new circuits back to the breaker box: don't splice to old K&T, even in a box. Just chop bits of the K&T hydra off, making it smaller and smaller over time.
Mar
29
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
Any K&T run inside those walls should be cut back to a K&T junction. A new circuit should come from the breaker box to serve those loads. K&T deterioration is no big deal, except at metal junction boxes.
Mar
28
comment AFCI keeps tripping after power outage
What model AFCI? Does it have indicator lights to narrow down the cause?
Mar
28
comment What is “knob and tube wiring”?
See also diy.stackexchange.com/questions/20/…
Mar
28
comment Is there an NEC-compliant method of repairing minor damage to electrical wire insulation without a junction box?
Electrically the butt splice is not as good as solid copper wire. Here's a case where meeting the letter of code does not necessarily produce a superior work product. Your best option as people have said is take photos, patch it well with tape, and tell it to the judge (the city inspector).