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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.
Feb
7
comment How can I determine if there is any damage to the conductors of a circuit?
@Bryce - since the OP recognized the deficiency, I assumed it was corrected. Possibly a bad assumption I suppose :( If the 14 ga conductor were exposed to 19.9 amp current, there would be issues soon enough from overheating. But at short circuit currents, the 20 amp fuse is still adequate to protect solid 14ga conductors for the brief time it would take to blow. Current alone does not kill conductors, energy (current x voltage x time) does.
Feb
7
answered Can I add a retaining wall to the base of the existing face?
Feb
6
comment Do I need to do anything at the base to support deck steps?
That guy that said no additional support is needed and that steps can just rest on the ground? Never, ever call that guy again to do anything! A pet peeve of mine are people that rationalize doing something wrong with "we always do it that way."
Feb
6
comment How can I determine if there is any damage to the conductors of a circuit?
You cannot "burn open" a solid 14ga conductor in the time it takes for a 15 amp fuse to blow. That's the whole point of the fuse. There must be a badly made up connection somewhere you are unaware of.
Feb
6
comment Can I add a retaining wall to the base of the existing face?
How much vertical earth do you need to retain? The fence panels should be considered non-structural, only the posts themselves might hold back something. There could be a legal issue with adding additional loads to property line fences that might not even be yours, or maybe just half yours. We can't speak to this issue here, other than to point out it might be an issue.
Feb
6
comment Can I add a retaining wall to the base of the existing face?
The OP's fence does not appear to be as sturdy as yours must be to retain 30" of soil. For any wood retaining wall, I would want to see a geotextile spacer structure against the wood to maintain an air gap against the wood and provide a positive drainage channel. Over that the waterproofing can then be installed.
Feb
5
comment Help on fitting new dishwasher next to an existing washing machine
Dishwashers go to hot water. There could be issues running the waste together if the machines do not have backflow valves, but there is possibly a solution depending on the specifics of your situation. Photos of all the connections involved would be helpful. I helped someone with a similar situation last year.
Feb
5
answered Why is my bathroom drain stinky even after being cleaned out?
Feb
4
answered How do I install a cabinet door underneath a breakfast bar?
Feb
4
comment How do I replace a missing exterior wood shingle?
The place where you should nail is under the flashing, hard to nail there! I would just glue a piece in using construction adhesive. Use duct tape to hold it in place until the glue sets. The color won't match, but you can get it closer with some thinned down stain.
Feb
3
comment How do I update two 2-wire switches housed in a single box? Both switches are combination switch and PILOT light
Are there any other wires in this box or is that it? Are the wires going to each switch out of the same cable or not? A clear picture of the wires coming out of the box would be helpful. Do you have a multimeter or preferably a non-contact voltage tester?
Feb
3
comment How do I update two 2-wire switches housed in a single box? Both switches are combination switch and PILOT light
Why would you jumper brass and silver terminals? That will bypass the pilot, rendering it useless. Something is messed up here for one setup to work and the other to trip breakers. This indicates reversed polarity or switched neutral somewhere. The wire colors cannot be trusted. Until it can be established what's hot, what's neutral (if any) and what's switch legs, I don't think we can safely establish a proper installation.
Feb
3
answered White Mortar-like material oozing out of Chimney's brickwork (pictured)
Feb
3
answered How can I repair this damage to the walls in my garage?
Feb
3
answered How does decalcifying work, and is it something I need?
Feb
3
answered Did I install the wrong bulb, or is there a problem with my oven?
Feb
3
comment How can I fix a shower door that doesn't seal?
It appears the catch has failed. As in something in the mechanism has broken. What that is would determine the course for repair.