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Nov
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comment Splice inside light pole
I strongly suspect this would be a violation of the National Electrical Code (in the US). Splices are to be accessible, and not hidden.
Nov
5
comment Burnt sheathing behind outlet
I'm going to say its time to cut power to that circuit at the breaker panel and call a professional electrician.
Sep
15
answered Zip line support
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Nov
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answered How can I prevent a bathroom fan from vibrating?
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Oct
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answered Can tree shade hurt a neighbor's house?
Oct
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comment What is the laziest way I can build a non-structural, non-aesthetic cinder block wall to contain compost?
Nice build! Three separately compacted lifts of crusher run gravel for a footing? I see some missed opportunities for laziness... You and I should never team up on a "simple" project. Your lazy compost box would have flood lights by now.
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Mar
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comment Backup sump pump discharge too big
Indeed. If anything the larger pipe diameter reduces the load on the pump by reducing the frictional losses in the pipe, and therefore reducing the backpressure.
Mar
14
comment Soundproofing a room so sound doesn't go out as much
Egg crate foam also doesn't do much for transmission of sound anyway. It cuts down on reflection, but not much for transmission. To reduce transmission 1) seal openings 2) add mass (heavier items vibrate less) 3) structurally de-couple ("float") walls and ceilings
Mar
14
comment Rebar cattle guard
Note that the rectangular tubing used in the photo will have far more bending stiffness than solid round rebar (per unit weight...1 1/4 rebar may get the job done, but that sucker is gonna be HEAVY and expensive, better to use appropriate tubing)
Mar
14
comment Methods for dampening condo floor noise?
Along with the mass-loaded-vinyl sheets described, another option would be for your downstairs neighbor to pull down their ceilings and re-mount them on resilient sound insulating channel. In essence, "float" their ceiling.
Mar
14
answered Air Compressor Quick Connect Coupler Won't Latch
Feb
27
comment How should the concrete anchoring some fenceposts relate to the driveway they're puncturing?
Definitely not lower than the surrounding concrete or they will collect water which will accelerate the rotting of your posts and also exacerbate any freeze-thaw damage (if that's a concern in your climate).
Feb
21
comment How can I thaw a frozen exterior drain quickly?
I'd salt the drain. re: salt and driveway damage, as I understand it, any ice melt product increases the number of freeze-thaw cycles, which can accelerate the types of damage that freeze-thaw can create, such as cause cracks and potholes to grow, cause spalling of concrete, etc. Judicious use of salt or other ice melt won't destroy your driveway. Using only salt instead of any shoveling, thats's something else...I'd salt the drain.