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Jul
12
comment How do I make a fire break around our chimney?
What kind of chimney do you have?
Jul
12
answered Can I have a sub panel right below the attic access?
Jul
10
comment Will internal waterproofing solve my moisture problems?
I would not decommission the old system if it's working to any extent, even if incompletely. It's far better removing water before it reaches the basement than removing it after it enters. Unfortunately, a system that does this effectively is quite expensive.
Jul
6
comment Do I need a corded drill to mix thinset?
Fair enough. I think we've presented enough information for the OP to make an informed decision. Your input is appreciated even if I don't agree :)
Jul
6
comment Does my toilet have a manufacturing defect?
If the toilet were on a firm level base and the rim were off 1/8" in the rear, I could see it being by design from Kohler. But wobbles? Unless you can clearly show how the toilet configuration causes the wobble, I have to believe the problem is in the installation, not the toilet. Your picture does not demonstrate anything meaningful to me.
Jul
6
comment Is it safe to wire a plug-in sconce directly to the junction box?
Yes, zip cord is no good, but if the fixture were rewired with proper fixture wire, it's conceivable it could be done safely, depending on the design of the fixture. Still would not meet code, but could be safe, and in NYC? Whatsamadda-widdit? ;)
Jul
6
comment What caused a stuck tub drain stopper linkage and how do I fix it?
There are two basic types of stoppers, one moves visibly at the tub drain, the other type is hidden away in the drain assembly. The correct answer will depend on which type you have.
Jul
6
answered Is it safe/compliant for one circuit to supply grounded wall outlets in both a kitchen and a living room?
Jul
6
comment Do I need a corded drill to mix thinset?
This is a reasonable approach if one had no other options. But by the time someone notices a tool overheating, the internal insulation has likely been damaged enough to shorten the tool's useful life. For some tools, it may be worth the gamble. But what if the tool should fail? You have bucket of half mixed thinset waiting to go off, you need a backup plan. Hacking up another functional tool is not a good backup. Much better to have the right tool in the first place. I don't think any router is really designed for high torque applications. You certainly may not use mine for this :)
Jul
6
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Jul
5
comment Do I need a corded drill to mix thinset?
No one can predict time to failure of a single trial. Your tools are too light duty for the task. They may survive, or not. You really should use the right tool for the job rather than risk ruining an otherwise functional tool.
Jul
1
comment How can I fix a shower faucet valve that is sticky?
Misplaced O-ring? I guess I underestimated the ineptitude of some "plumbers". Glad it was an easy fix and you ignored my suggestion :)
Jul
1
comment How many ground rods are required for panel and subpanel?
I know of no limitation to length of grounding electrode conductors in the NEC, 30' should not be a problem. The conductor must be continuous with no splices or joints, amongst several other requirements, but nothing about length.
Jun
29
answered How many ground rods are required for panel and subpanel?
Jun
29
comment What is used to seal around glass in fireplace doors?
True enough, but dampers aren't exactly air tight either in my experience. Still, one should throw every bit of restriction they can into the ingress path for best results.
Jun
28
comment Should I add a second main branch to this water supply layout?
Using sizing methods outlined in Appendix E of the IPC, either way will make very little difference as the same demand factor is applied to the supply either way. The additional friction loss through 3 reducing tees is very small. There's not enough information to say if the sizes are adequate in general.
Jun
28
comment How do I determine the thickness of wood needed for a desk?
Honestly, in the realm of furniture, assuming the joints are properly built, the material should not break under typical loads. However, the material could bend excessively so that the piece appears much too flimsy. In other words, the crucial property is stiffness, not breaking point. Determining this is still technical, so as suggested, use similar pieces as a guide.
Jun
28
comment Why does my window air conditioner cool but not dehumidify?
Sorry for the confusion, (thx FL for clarification) imperial psychometric charts use weird units but they use Fahrenheit. SI charts make more sense, but use Celsius. I was too lazy to use a calculator :) But since you asked, I got one out. 19 grains/pound = 2.7gm/kg. Perhaps 75gm water was removed overnight. Also don't forget a human body contributes heat and moisture to most air by it's mere presence. It is an important factor in calculating A/C loads in buildings.
Jun
27
answered Why does my window air conditioner cool but not dehumidify?
Jun
23
comment What can I do if my washing machine inlet hoses are not compatible with the plumbing?
Sorry, I don't know about everyone else, but I'm still confused. Is the photo you posted the one your washer has or the one you want to use? Can you post whatever the other connector is and what your taps look like? This one appears to be prone to leakage, will that be a problem?