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Jul
14
comment I purchased a handmade tool box of unfinished wood with oil and grease stains, I can I clean it up?
You can remove surface grime but the wood is permanently discolored. This is considered to be patina and removing it would reduce the historic value of the piece in the eyes of many.
Jul
14
comment Should I seal these areas in my roof?
May need more than caulking. I'm having trouble visualizing what you're talking about. Can you make an annotated picture and post it on imgur.com, then add a link to it here?
Jul
14
comment How to wire a relay for an evaporative cooler to a thermostat?
So you've already tried wiring this up but it's not working? Could be the power supply for the 24vac cannot provide enough current to pull the relay.
Jul
13
answered What is the purpose of this pole in my garage?
Jul
13
comment How long can I run a joist without supporting it in the middle?
Depends on the size of joist, number, grade, specie, weight of decking and rails, width of bridge, as well as design live load, which is normally 60psf but probably overkill for this application. Also how much deflection is tolerable.
Jul
13
comment How can I replace a single switch with two switches?
Many fans sold today have remote controls for fan and light functions, you only need to supply unswitched power to the fan. With some fans, a wall switch controlled light is not even a possibility. Find out what options your fan of choice offers before altering your house wiring.
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?