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Jun
12
comment Is it time to replace my water heater?
Be aware that, while electric tankless heaters are very small and very efficient, they draw huge amounts of current. Many residential services cannot adequately supply these, and if the can, the wiring costs of a retrofit will far exceed the unit cost itself.
Jun
11
revised Is it OK that the frame of my house doesn't line up with the slab?
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Jun
10
comment How can I locate the source of a washing machine leak?
There's several hose connections inside the machine, as well as other components that can leak. There's a good chance that by removing the panels, you will see evidence of leakage without even the need to run the machine.
Jun
7
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Jun
5
comment What do I use to mount a heavy framed mirror to a stud wall?
If you stick with using a wire hanger, be sure it is strong enough and allow as much slack as you can stand. The stress increase in wire with little slack is astounding, on the order of 10-50x! Which in a way is another argument for the french cleat.
Jun
3
answered How much attic ventilation is needed?
Jun
3
comment How can I replace an air conditioning thermostat?
Your aircon supplies 24v to the 'stat. This is very typical in the US and world wide. What the mains voltage is at your location makes no difference. I don't think you'll have trouble finding a compatible 'stat with a timer function. To be extra sure, count how many wires come into the 'stat from your aircon, and if possible, what each wire does. The linked PDF should help you determine this. As long as the new 'stat has appropriate connections for each wire and is for a 24v supply, it will work for you.
May
31
comment How do I lower the humidity in my non-vented laundry room?
Is the insulation black with dirt or black with mold? Is it feasible to leave the door to this room open? If the dryer exhaust is working properly, it should draw conditioned air into the room much as an exhaust fan would. I'm puzzled about where the humidity is coming from if the dryer exhaust is working properly.
May
31
answered How can I replace an air conditioning thermostat?
May
30
comment How can I coil up a rope so that it doesn't get tangled?
Good point Kate! Photos now added along with some minor text edits. Better late than never :)
May
30
revised How can I coil up a rope so that it doesn't get tangled?
Added photos and corrected minor grammar errors
May
28
comment How to install coat hooks securely when holes don't line up with studs (batten depth?, length of screws?)
Sorry, DMoore, I'm not liking your solution for this application, the minimal bearing area on plaster or drywall and lack of solid anchoring leaves me feeling uneasy. @Sarge - can you simply drill another hole(s) where the studs fall? One good screw into two different studs would be adequate.
May
28
comment Is venting a vertical waste line required?
Vitally is right, vertical waste pipes do not need to be vented. You are right too, vertical stacks need to be vented. What you describe is not a vertical stack, vertical stacks are vertical waste pipes into which trap arms from fixtures on multiple levels drain.
May
19
answered How can I hang my cupboard on a stud wall?
May
19
comment How do I wire a bathroom exhaust fan/light to two switches?
I understand you to mean you are extending a 12/2 cabled 20 amp circuit in the attic with 14/2 cable? Not good! 14/2 cable can only carry 15 amps and is illegal to use in 20 amp circuits, no matter how small the connected load. Other than that, your project sounds feasible, someone should get you pointed in the right direction soon with a diagram.
May
18
answered How to find areas where heat/coolness are lost?
May
18
comment Is my well pump serviceable after overheating and starting to leak?
Maybe yes, maybe no. Depends on the exact pump and exactly what is leaking and if any other damage occurred. If you can identify the manufacturer, try contacting them.
May
12
comment How can I replace this unusual kitchen sink drain pipe?
Good find, glad it all worked out. Nomenclature on these things is a bit confusing. A slip end is the part with a ring nut that makes a compression connection. With glued connections, 'slip' is the hub end that accepts smooth pipe. Similar portions in function, but makes more sense with glued connections. So a 'spigot' end is the part of a fitting that would normally be the straight smooth pipe portion of a connection, except in this case it is part of the fitting to save room and joints. On further investigation, your piece is apparently a slip x spigot brass waste bend. Close but not quite.
May
10
answered How can I block off scorching sunlight from coming through my windows?
May
10
comment How can I connect a portable dishwasher to laundry hookups?
Looks pretty tidy considering what's all involved. Good work! I'm glad it worked out for you. I'd be really surprised if this setup gives you any trouble.