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Apr
9
comment Preserving cracked concrete
You do want to prevent water entry. Caulk any cracks big enough to accept caulk. Any smaller (i.e. "hairline") cracks should be able to be bridged with latex paint alone. If there's any gaps too big to caulk fill them with more rendering.
Apr
9
comment Is it stupid to replace redwood siding with Hardi board or LP SmartSide?
Sounds more like an emotional reaction from the painter rather than any practical advice. Or maybe he was afraid it would be replaced with an inferior wood product, which really would be a shame. Cement board is not an inferior product!
Apr
9
comment Dormers with ridge vents lower than main ridgeline
It's difficult to say for sure, but the smaller the difference in ridge heights in proportion to overall heights, the less likely there will be any issues with ridge intake. IMO you will not have any issues from the sound of things.
Apr
4
comment How do you remove a wire from a push-in fitting when there is no release opening?
The side slots are supposed to release the two wires immediately above by pushing in with a small screwdriver. For some reason these release mechanisms do not always work that well. If they do not seem to work, cutting the wire or crushing the outlet is the best options. When using binding posts, there should be metal on both sides of the wire. It's OK to have wire under the screw head only, but some devices do have a clamping plate, in which case there will be another metal base below that.
Apr
2
comment Can my garage ceiling handle this much weight?
You will not have a problem -- go for it!
Mar
29
comment Plumbing alteration has created vacuum in upstairs toilets
Well, it was a vent, though someone may have very well drained into it though they shouldn't have. Or it was acting as a vent. It's really semantics in a way, it's certainly tied into the vent system either way. If you can't change the basement, you'll need to locate the obstruction above the toilets to solve this. The basement toilet is not properly vented, but I suspect it should continue to work OK.
Mar
28
comment What can I do if the sink tailpiece is too close to the wall?
Right, as Tester101 illustrated. Even if the wall outlet occurs exactly behind the tailpiece, there should be just enough room to install a 45 ell to take the P-tap outlet out of line of the tailpiece and enabling the suggested twisting around of the trap's U-bend.
Mar
28
answered Plumbing alteration has created vacuum in upstairs toilets
Mar
28
comment Can I replace 3-way switches with 4-way switches?
@bib - Thank you! Much better. I reorganized rather than replaced because I thought it may be useful for some to see how each type is normally used and how the functionality is related.
Mar
28
revised Can I replace 3-way switches with 4-way switches?
reorganized content
Mar
27
revised Can I replace 3-way switches with 4-way switches?
better explanation of illustration
Mar
26
answered Can I replace 3-way switches with 4-way switches?
Mar
25
comment Need help wiring switches with several wires
The lower pair on the far left :)
Mar
23
comment Need help wiring switches with several wires
Cool! Then you can switch from the main box OR the living room box but not both. You abandon the lines between light and undesired switch location, then connect the light and switch as in comintern's first illustration.
Mar
22
comment Need help wiring switches with several wires
You still need another conductor unless for some reason the living room is not getting power from the main box. Try disconnecting one of the wires between the two. If the living room still works, there is a solution. If not, you need another conductor.
Mar
22
comment Need help wiring switches with several wires
I just re-read your bounty text. In order to switch the light from two locations conventionally, besides the third conductor previously mentioned, you need two traveller conductors between the switches. In addition to the two existing conductors. Unless you can easily run additional conductors, you need a wireless solution.
Mar
22
comment Need help wiring switches with several wires
It appears the living room switch box is supplied power from the main switch box. If that is the case, there is no way to conventionally switch the recessed light unless you add a third conductor from where you want the switch located for the recessed light. You might consider a wirelessly switched light fixture of some sort that only needs a constant power supply, the switching is achieved by an internal relay triggered by a wireless controller.
Mar
22
comment how to fit restrictor in toilet pan inlet
Do you have a photo or product link for this restrictor? It's far more likely the drain is overly restricted than the inlet needs restriction. Have you confirmed this is not the case?
Mar
22
comment old 230 volt transformer style arc welder on an old square d 125 amp panel
The NEC and probably any other electric code has very specific methods for calculating service loads. It makes allowances for non-concurrent loads and duty cycles, so it's not like you have to add up the max. current draw of everything. Still, the welder will kick you over 100A. If you turned off the breaker of your heater and fridge and didn't use anything else while welding, you could possibly be able to work without too much nuisance tripping, but there is no way this installation would ever meet code.
Mar
20
answered old 230 volt transformer style arc welder on an old square d 125 amp panel