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Feb
27
comment Add blown in insulation by hand
...and wear a respirator.
Feb
25
comment How to fix a self-turning handle on a Price-Pfister single handled faucet
After the third round, PP sent me an entirely new faucet. Sadly, a cheap Phirst model, that quite frankly is not built to the standard of the original.
Feb
19
comment Why does cold water always mix in bathtub mixing valve, even on hottest setting?
If you install a pressure reducer on the cold, you'll get more heat (the 5% figure is at assumption of equal pressure). You may have low hot pressure which is why you notice this.
Feb
19
comment Do modern energy saving light bulbs class as “fluorescent lighting”?
It's a problem with CFLs. Terrible unreliable things, once Made In China really kicked in to lower the (initial) cost.
Feb
19
comment How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?
The holes were full of powder from the drill.
Feb
11
comment What to do first in a house with poor thermal performance and high energy bills
Um. Start over? I don't say that often... but you should price that.
Feb
9
comment What is this pipe - should I be worried?
What do you mean "concrete between metal"? Where's themetal?
Feb
9
comment What is this pipe - should I be worried?
Well, it's not a chimney, as it's single layer.
Feb
9
comment What is this pipe - should I be worried?
I live in earthquake country, and would pull such a pipe in a second. No sense in letting it crash thorough the ceiling.
Feb
7
comment How Many Amps Is this breaker?
I think the safe answer is: no answer. This requires an on-site professional to give this level of advice.
Feb
7
comment How do I change out the light bulb in this fixture?
Maybe you push on the pins: are they springy?
Feb
7
comment Can I reduce capacity of a hot water heater?
@Henry Some solar tanks do exactly that (move the heating element up) to keep the stratification. Remember this is an "in theory" not a "do this now" answer, and should be treated as such.
Feb
7
comment Can I reduce capacity of a hot water heater?
You don't "need" the full capacity of the tank, so heating the upper half is "enough". It's not the same as less frequent cycling, as each cycle will attempt to heat the entire tank compared to the top half of the tank. It is not a PRACTICAL answer because of the limitations noted, but it is meant in the spirit of learning, and stratification is a REAL effect.
Feb
7
comment how do I install a GFCI with two hot wires as well with 3 black and 3 white wires
Finding a hot white wire generally means 'call an electrician'.
Feb
7
comment Should We Put our Washer and Dryer Outside?
There is a climate element to this question that's specific to the OP. It might have value if edited to reference the other question, then ask the climate specific question.
Feb
6
comment How can I determine if there is any damage to the conductors of a circuit?
@bcworkz he said 20amp fuse for 14ga wire.
Feb
6
comment Why were only some of my tools damaged when connected to a 240V receptacle?
Testing sample outlets in home inspection is routine. Testing every outlet would cost extra.
Feb
6
comment Do power outlet splitters decrease power for each deviced connected to them?
The answer is correct: devices plugged into the splitter will see no meaningful difference. Your outlets are splitters also, an external splitter is no different. You can draw power up to the point where the total draw is exceeds a limit.
Feb
5
comment Why does cold water always mix in bathtub mixing valve, even on hottest setting?
The behavior is not universal behavior, nor is it unheard of. You can get an idea of pressure by watching flow of hot & cold from a nearby fixture or the same fixture at different handle angles. I think it worth your while to call Grohe and then even better if you report back here on what they say. Thermostatic values are considered superior in this way and others.
Feb
5
comment Why does cold water always mix in bathtub mixing valve, even on hottest setting?
See also diy.stackexchange.com/questions/30271/…