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Mar
13
comment Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?
80 years is nothing to copper. 80 year old copper is fine. And the 80 year old wood in the same house is probably better than modern wood. The wire used in knob & tube is generally 14 or 12 gauge, same as modern wire, except spaced better.
Mar
4
comment Dryer vent passing through two wooden beams. Is it safe?
@Michal no need for fire caulk, regular old caulk is fine.
Mar
4
comment Stool sounds like foghorn!
What kind of stool has a waterline?
Feb
28
comment How to protect exterior galvanized flashing?
@mike, expensive because of need to tear out stucco, as the flashing goes under the stucco. Local bid is $100/foot for that.
Feb
17
comment What's the proper procedure for replacing ungrounded circuits?
@ThreePhaseEelm a GFCI will not protect downstream outlets if there are only two wires between the points.
Feb
16
comment What could be causing AFCI breakers to keep tripping?
The "official" place to report false tripping is afcisafety.org/report.html
Feb
16
comment AFCI & GFCI nuisance tripping
AFCI false tripping reports can be made at afcisafety.org/report.html
Feb
13
comment Does XPS+OSB subfloor need to be anchored?
Plywood, straight, screwed together into a floating raft.
Feb
6
comment How much damage can a grow-op do to a house in 3 months?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not really a question, more of a statement of worry.
Jan
25
comment what to do with tall, square fireplace opening?
Could you add a picture of the rear side of those doors?
Dec
23
comment How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?
Yep, Home Depot.
Nov
30
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
Except in four western USA States: CA, OR, WA and ID, where insulation is legal after inspection. Remember that K&T with the proper fuse is equal to or better to modern wire in terms of heat dissipation. See diy.stackexchange.com/a/40489/5960 .
Nov
30
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
No sarcasm. K&T does not even need the insulation to perform, where NM cable depends on it. The K&T I happily leave in place is generally inside walls and closed ceilings where it will cause no harm, insulation or not. For where it goes into a junction box I slip new loam or shrink tube over it, and problem is solved.
Oct
24
comment Which is better indirect or tankless hotwater heater
What's your climate zone? Country? Style of heating (e.g. single pipe steam, air to air heat exchanger)?
Oct
24
comment What could be the source of dirt in attic
What kind of roof? Could it be tar instead of dirt?
Oct
24
comment What could cause faucets to spit and sputter only in the fall/winter?
The silver thing is a disconnected ultraviolet light. Dunno about the yellow handle.
Oct
20
comment What could cause faucets to spit and sputter only in the fall/winter?
The air tank has NEVER been refilled with air. I did not have a good pressure gauge, but it did have pressure seemingly in the 20-60 psi range.
Oct
19
comment What could cause faucets to spit and sputter only in the fall/winter?
Updated question to specify it's the problem goes away in summer, but comes back before any freeze. Also the tank moves easily, has pressure, and it's not a broken air bladder.
Oct
3
comment How do I move a door hinge out 1/8“ (door is too tight to the stop molding, makes ”paint popping" noise)?
Paperstreet: note your second photo the one with "not increased" does not represent the original posting. Both sides of the door were painted, thus both the strike side and the hinge side were increased compared to the original hang. Moving the hinges restores the door position relative to the hinge side stop molding, and may (not in my case) require a matching adjustment on the strike. If the door had been perfect I'd have needed to move both hinges and strike out by the same amount (two credit card thicknesses is what I used).
Oct
1
comment How do I move a door hinge out 1/8“ (door is too tight to the stop molding, makes ”paint popping" noise)?
With appreciation for the diagrams, I think the conclusion is wrong. Since paint was added the door edge plus all three stops, everything is pushed out from the historic condition. Pushing the hinge out corrects all three edges. In the end that's what I did: worked perfectly.