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Aug
21
comment How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?
The cement was brand new. Eventually with some practice I was able to make good joints. Early joints I think I rotated the pipe too much while it was all wet.
Aug
20
comment My house was hit by lightning. What should I do?
See also diy.stackexchange.com/questions/28138/…
Aug
20
comment Do I need an electrician to install a whole house surge protector?
Actually: Type 1 are designed to connect on the main side of a breaker, Type 2 require a breaker. Neither protect against direct strikes. Both offer similar levels of protection, and there are dual certified units available. See also: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/28138/…
Aug
20
comment What features should I look for in a full-house surge protector?
I'm afraid this answer while well meaning, is completely off base. A whole house surge protector does not operate inline to a circuit, and thus calculating "total amps" does not make sense. Instead there's a clamping voltage and discharge current, which protects the entire panel regardless of amps.
Aug
19
comment Do I need an electrician to install a whole house surge protector?
Surge protection accounts for voltage spikes as from lightning. Voltage fluctuations are a different manner and required power conditioning instead.
Aug
18
comment How do I improve the insulation in a vaulted ceiling?
In this case the association is just four families: they can collectively solve this problem for all the units.
Aug
15
comment Bosch washer won't start. Some lights are blinking
+1 on "rebooting" the unit. Also disassemble and check for water on the circuit boards.
Aug
10
comment How can I replace a tilt up garage door, with near zero clearance, low overhead?
We DO want an opener, so we can cycle straight into the garage.
Aug
10
comment What kind of glue is best for a black plastic kitchen appliance (ABS plastic)?
See the @Bryce answer... ABS cement is MethylEthylKetone plus Acetone and ABS Resin (exactly what the LEGO folks describe making themselves).
Aug
7
comment repair hole in hardwood floor near garage door
@CesarDV ten plus years is a normal warranty for such a floor. Note: it may be less hassle just to fill this hole rather than complain. As others have said this is not "normal".
Aug
7
comment What kind of glue is best for a black plastic kitchen appliance (ABS plastic)?
It's actually the hinge on the button that releases the latch, so I'm good. At least assuming the oven started out safe...
Aug
7
comment repair hole in hardwood floor near garage door
How new? There may be a warranty claim here.
Aug
7
comment Son accidentally painted my new cedar shake! How do I remove it?
Disaster. Maybe you can sell the story to one of those TV reality shows.
Jul
28
comment What should I do with my leaking chimney?
Are you in an earthquake zone?
Jul
28
comment Does PEX leach BPA when used for hot water plumbing?
As an owner of an instant (tankless) heater, on copper piping, I feel perfectly safe drinking hot tap water.
Jul
24
comment Does XPS+OSB subfloor need to be anchored?
A year later: the floor is fine.
Jul
24
comment What is this velcro-like product?
There are releasable cable ties on the market, but Panduit has the patent, and they ask a lot of money for them.
Jul
14
comment Moving a light switch without moving it
@wallyk X10 works less well these days, due to inability to reject interference from other devices. X10's was good in the day, it's days are past.
Jul
11
comment Moving a light switch without moving it
@Paul X10 is slow, unreliable, the main vendor has gone bankrupt, any noise on the line makes it unreliable. The neutral issue has to do with a current path through the bulb (not ground, I'll fix that).
Jul
10
comment Can I save energy costs by turning off the refrigerator for 1-2 hours every day?
This "idea" does not save electricity, it saves "money".