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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.
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?