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Feb
23
answered Does my crawl space need venting
Feb
20
answered Can I cool 540 sq. ft. with a single A/C unit?
Feb
20
answered Attic vent with exposed rafter tails
Feb
19
comment is my baseboard heating unit malfunctioning
A 10' heater is adequate size for that room... if it was insulated. As it is, it's trying to heat the entire basement and just can't keep up with the cold weather. IMHO of course.
Feb
19
comment What size breaker and wire do I need to run 2 GFCI receptacles and a flood light on exterior of my house?
Actually, the continuous load should not exceed 80% of the breaker rating or wire ampacity. If you're going to run 2 block heaters through the outlets, the 15 amps will not be adequate, but if they are just for convenience for something like occasional portable power tool use then you're technically OK. I would recommend going 20A/12ga anyway to lessen the likelihood of nuisance tripping.
Feb
16
comment What is the maximum distance a trap can be installed from a shower drain?
Traps are supposed to be directly below the fixture outlet. 10 feet is too long even for a trap arm, the vent take off will need to be much closer to the shower.
Feb
16
comment Installing tile over hardiboard
Yes! Not a problem.
Feb
14
comment Dishwasher pump is crackling [video]; is it obstructed or does it need to be replaced?
Now that the link works, it is as I suspected, I couldn't say one way or the other for sure. Maybe someone else is more confident with their audio diagnostic skills :)
Feb
13
comment Can I put the burner head in the oven during self cleaning?
Ugh! Some people. Too bad you can't put the whole range in for self clean!
Feb
13
comment Dishwasher pump is crackling [video]; is it obstructed or does it need to be replaced?
Your link needs to be more specific. Without hearing anything, it could be something is just caught in the works. It would require disassembly to make a determination, it's difficult to tell by recorded sound. Inquire if you are able to return an unused pump for refund or not. It's nice to have options once you start taking things apart.
Feb
12
comment Does embedding rebars along the face provide tensile strength to a load-bearing wall?
Tensile strength is the main reason for using rebar, but retrofitting it in a way that makes it effective can get very involved.
Feb
11
comment Attic Venting of Knee Wall in Cape Cod
Yes, drywall work is messy, nasty work. Yet, even with shingles off, going through drywall at floor level may be preferable to going through roof sheathing at elevation. Consider your plan of attack carefully.
Feb
10
comment Attic Venting of Knee Wall in Cape Cod
Ah, OK. If you're going through the trouble anyway, I would estimate you can assume such ventilation is 25-50% effective for calculating the minimum required area. Not based on any physics, just a gut feeling, the reality could turn out much different.
Feb
9
comment How to get my exterior door to close when the interior door is also shut? Air pressure problem.
You're going to need a relief vent somewhere. It could be to the outside, or in the inner door. You can determine how large it needs to be by experimenting with how large a gap one needs to hold with the inner door in order for the outer door to operate reasonably. An outside vent could likely be a fair bit smaller.
Feb
9
comment Water ingress through top of garden doors in bad storms
I think you may be right. A photo of this area would be very helpful to us in devising a solution.
Feb
9
comment What is this pipe - should I be worried?
It could be asbestos-cement flue pipe. If so, it will be difficult/expensive to dispose of legally, at least in developed countries. Best to ensure it's secure in place and leave it. What ever you do, DO NOT cut or grind this stuff!!
Feb
9
comment How can I prevent my garage soffit vents from pulling in sewer vent smells?
You need to isolate the attic portion from the occupied portion, even if it's just plastic sheeting.
Feb
9
answered Attic Venting of Knee Wall in Cape Cod
Feb
8
comment How can I tell where water is leaking from?
While possible, condensation is unlikely IMO. A 1/4 cup overnight is a LOT of condensation in Wyoming's rather dry climate. This detector is also in the basement. It's pretty unlikely water from condensation would end up just in the basement detector box. Since detectors tend to be away from exterior walls, it's unlikely a frozen pipe as well. Condensation "from pipes warming up" also is unlikely, condensation forms on cool surfaces during warm humid conditions. I don't have an answer, hence this comment. Don't forget, water flows down hill. It's coming from roughly above.
Feb
7
comment Can I add a retaining wall to the base of the existing face?
No, it's an imaginary line to ensure there's enough gravity force to resist the tendency of the retaining structure to topple over. It's not an absolute rule, the ideal slope depends on the materials involved. It's adequate for most DIY gravity retaining structures.