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comment Adding a two-way circuit to a three-way circuit
Yes, but which switch? Switch 1, you're good, connect to black power wire. Switch 2 is no good, it requires another conductor. Same goes for the other switch in the box.
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comment Is there anything I can use to remove gorilla glue from hardwood?
AFAIK anything that'll remove cured polyurethane based adhesives such as Gorilla glue will also destroy the finish, which is either a different polyurethane based product, or something even less resistant. You may as well sand it off and refinish the area. At least steps have easily defined, limited areas where matching finish isn't difficult.
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comment Leave the water heater on?
You are correct of course, but I don't feel you adequately explained the reasoning. This is very similar to confusion over energy saved in heating a house by turning down the thermostat when the house is empty against how much energy is needed to bring the house back up to temperature. That reasoning is fallacious. It doesn't matter what energy is needed to raise the temperature. All that matters is how much energy is needed to replace heat lost, and as you point out, there is less heat lost when the temperature difference is less.
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comment How to properly ground a subpanel in detached building?
The NEC allows for both approaches, independent grounding electrodes or grounding along with feeder conductors. With independent grounding, the neutral is bonded to the grounding system, when grounding with feeder it is not. The grounding bus is always bonded to the enclosure no matter what. I've no idea about GFCI requirements, that requirement was introduced after I stopped following updates to the code.
Apr
18
comment Found hole with water under house
Dry sump maybe isn't the right term. Basically a way to dispose of unwanted incidental water, such as snow melt of of vehicles in a garage. Many municipalities forbid this sort of thing to be dumped into their sewer system, and it's often impossible to bring such drains out to surface drainage due to topography.
Apr
17
comment Can I move this drain line from the wall to the floor?
:D That's thinking creatively! But probably not OK. Tailpieces are supposed to be "as short as possible" and in any case no longer than 2 feet. If your sink is unusually deep it may comply. Also, vent lines are not supposed to take off horizontally, they are supposed to be at least 45 deg. off horizontal. However, I see improper horizontal takeoffs quite often and they don't seem to cause any real issues. Code aside, I myself would not install a sink trap unless it is readily accessible for cleaning.
Apr
17
comment Can I move this drain line from the wall to the floor?
The vent line needs to take off when the trap arm drops from horizontal to vertical. Venting from below the floor will not work, you will siphon water out of the trap with that configuration.
Apr
15
comment Should I install insulation between the rim joist and the top of foam insulation?
That's one option. As long as you cover all cold surfaces possible with insulation, by what ever means, you'll be good.
Apr
15
comment Identifying an unknown and intermittent source of electric power usage
Solar gain can drive temperatures up well above ambient, causing the air con to kick on. Two hours during the day could be more cooling than ten at night.
Apr
12
comment How to caulk vertical seams of concrete step risers?
I would use single part polyurethane sealant. The stuff sticks to anything. Mine came in a grey color that works with concrete, but it is also paintable once fully cured.
Apr
11
comment I broke my shower light fixture cover. Is it safe to use until I can find a replacement?
Showering while in this condition is a bad idea IMO. If you could seal the internals off with plastic sheeting and tape... then it might be OK to shower. Keep a close eye on it for signs of any moisture intrusion.
Apr
10
comment Using 1" black iron pipe as a hydronic radiator, how many feet of pipe would I need to heat a 500ft^3 room?
Whatever the final design, it'll be difficult to accurately calculate how much pipe you need, there's a lot of factors involved. You'll probably be just as well served by installing an ample amount then tempering the output with a lockshield valve. This will also prevent the pipes from getting too hot.
Apr
9
comment Can this sheetrock be repaired or does it need to be replaced?
It can be repaired, but it'll take some effort for it to look right. It's probably better to replace. Do you intend to leave the sheetrock exposed? What is your plan for a backsplash? This is behind your range, right?
Apr
9
comment Repair tub liner with water trapped beneath
While Ecnerwal's flippant attitude may be off putting, it really is the proper approach to your problem. IMO, it is not possible to achieve what you want. To remove the water and properly seal the liner would require complete removal and re-installation. If you're going to go through that much, you are truly much better off replacing the tub. Especially if you do not want the same thing to eventually happen again.
Apr
9
comment What should I use to repair plaster in a bathroom?
You need to remove all plaster that is moisture damaged. By the time that is done, it is well beyond a spackle patch job, it requires re-plastering. Dry mix would work of course, though I would expect that pre-mixed patching plaster would be available in most areas. Damage is because water got past the paint film. Any installation that prevents water ingress should be fine as long as the paint is maintained.
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
6
comment Noticed low-level damp issues in kitchen walls, what's my best course of action?
The best course is to identify and stop the source of moisture. Then you needn't do anything special with the plaster.
Apr
5
comment How do I increase my water pressure to my underground sprinklers?
Is the replacement valve the exact same design? Some valves are more restrictive than others. It could also be debris and/or dirt has gotten into the system.