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Mar
14
comment I cleaned the fridge and it still smells. What part should I clean / replace?
There are pretty extensive guides on this topic available via googling. Basically all manner of substances (tomato, oatmeal, baking soda) supposedly absorb odor.
Mar
14
comment I cleaned the fridge and it still smells. What part should I clean / replace?
While well written, it's an appliance question.
Mar
13
comment How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes?
Um, so did it work?
Mar
13
comment Is it okay to put a heat pump water heater in a crawl space?
Your climate is a key variable in answering this question.
Mar
13
comment Why does this toilet fill valve leak around the top?
"Pretty new" as in "under warranty"?
Mar
12
comment How to replace office chair wheel?
I find a screwdriver in that crack pops the thing off easily. Spares are readily available on eBay. Just measure the top shaft length and diameter.
Mar
12
comment How to get my exterior door to close when the interior door is also shut? Air pressure problem.
Try closing the door very slowly: if the issue still happens then it's not air pressure at the root cause.
Mar
12
comment Graywater overflow plumbing… which design to choose?
In theory you could find a way to dribble water into a trap... This is a odd one: normally building code mandates that designs be maintenance free and idiot-proof, yet here you'd need to fill the trap every so often. Maybe they have a better plan back at the office.
Mar
11
comment Graywater overflow plumbing… which design to choose?
+1 on the fantastic diagrams.
Mar
11
comment CFL bulbs flash slightly even when turned off
Transients are a possibility from nearby equipment. Is there a whole house surge protector? Do two nearby bulbs flash at the same times?
Mar
10
comment Integrating into knob-and-tube wiring: okay to borrow a ground
For the opposite view see diy.stackexchange.com/a/20279/5960
Mar
10
comment Is it against code to splice wires inside of the load center?
@SpeedyPetey see meta.diy.stackexchange.com/questions/941/…
Mar
10
comment Is it against code to splice wires inside of the load center?
@SpeedyPetey I'll mention something about this in the meta section of this site.
Mar
10
comment Is turning off a power strip adequate?
Note: Whole house surge protectors are meant to take the brunt of a surge, leaving the individual strips to take whatever remains. Turning off the strip offers more protection than leaving it on, and less protection than unplugging it.
Mar
9
comment Why is my house humidity at 80%?
Don't staple vapor barrier below as @AlexFeinman suggests: you'll get mold and trapped water.
Mar
9
comment What the heck is this pipe?
Cold have been an old version of hot. Hot pipes clog faster, leak faster, have shorter lives.
Mar
5
comment How can I connect a sink, dishwasher, and laundry pump all to one drain?
Could you supply more info on the laundry tub? Does it have an internal trap? A trap of some sort is critically required to prevent leakage of sewer gasses into the house.
Mar
3
comment How to re-anchor banister to plaster wall?
I like a strong magnet for stud finding in lathe/plaster walls (you're searching for the lathe nails).
Feb
28
comment What are reasonable expectations about grout width accuracy in a professional tile installation?
I don't see a problem with this level of accuracy.
Feb
27
comment What is the best/cheapest solution for poorly plastered walls?
Sanding may not be an option, if that's lead paint on the walls.