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May
16
comment Why is there tar leaking into my attic?
It's sap. Not a concern.
May
15
comment How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?
The purple primer/solvent instructions state they want a thick coat, no holidays, go over it twice. I'll try less solvent. Post primer I'm at 30 seconds before the joint is done.
May
15
comment How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?
Answers above. The cutter is a big box special: a miserable tool not worth the low price. The cuts are clean though not particularly square.
May
15
comment GFCI outlet hot when nothing's plugged into it
Zero current will register through the socket. To measure the GFCI's internal use with a Kill-A-Watt would be hard (it can only measure small currents over a long time average). Better is to take out the GFCI, place an meter inline to the hot lead, then use an Ohm's law calculator to get Watts. Any common volt/amp meter can do this, set to AC Amps.
May
15
comment How can I find where the dryer vent is broken or clogged?
A professional should have been able to tell the difference between clogged and pulled apart. Also keep in mind if your vent needs cleaning, chances are all the other units need it also. Perhaps the HOA can hire real professionals to do them all, justifying it as lowering fire risk.
May
7
comment Can I remove this truss cross-bracing?
A good start is to see if it's under tension, or just kind of hanging out. Check if it's securely nailed. What's the shape of your roof: those angles look crazy.
May
6
comment Tracing elctrical outlets that suddenly stopped working.
The outdoor outlet SHOULD be a GFCI outlet (with a button), or protected by a GFCI upstream.
May
4
comment Do I need to install a sump pump?
Berkeley has clay soils and often high water tables. Dig a hole to find your local water table. But given that you have rain based event, you likely have a surface water contribution to the issue.
Apr
27
comment NM-B insulation repair?
Not really a big deal. The plastic clamps suck anyway, and I have been known to sand off the sharp edges so they don't knick my cables.
Apr
27
comment NM-B insulation repair?
@RyanV.Bissell the blue plastic tab in the photo is the box's clamp. You're not meant to fully remove the tab, instead thread the wire through and the spring action of the tab is the clamp.
Apr
26
comment Replacing Exterior Back Door
Post a photo? Climate? Siding type?
Apr
24
comment Is there an easy way to replicate this ceiling texture?
You buy sand, and mix it yourself, to match. The sand will project through future paint layers. The sand can be in the mud or the paint.
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.