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Sep
8
comment How can I run Ethernet cabling through concrete walls?
"Concrete walls typically have conduits where all wiring passes." There is a lot of construction where electrical cables are cast into concrete without conduit. I think that statement is rather misleading.
Sep
8
comment How do I fix this leaking dishwasher drain pipe?
A picture of the problematic hose would really help narrow down the possible solutions.
Jul
10
comment How can I consolidate different heating/cooling systems into a single system?
You could probably configure a unified controller using gear from Easy IO. I haven't used that brand myself (but have come close), but it has been recommended to me by an industrial HVAC engineer as "can control anything, easy to program, and reasonably priced."
Jun
6
comment How can I add a “C” wire to my thermostat?
@BMitch Incorporated the suggested edit.
Feb
15
comment Can a wet vac be effectively used as a pump?
...and if you're trying to siphon a basement, it won't work because you'll have negative hydraulic head.
Feb
14
comment What should I look for when diagnosing electrical circuit gremlins where load is much less than capacity?
you're welcome.
Jan
31
comment How can I stop exhaust fan vent condensation problems?
@bcworkz :) I don't want belabor the (dew) point. But dew point actually has a concrete definition. It is defined as the temperature below which condensation occurs, and is given in degrees C or F. So the higher the RH the lower the dew point, not higher as you say in your comment and imply in your answer. (All puns intended.)
Jan
28
comment How can I stop exhaust fan vent condensation problems?
+1 Although I think you meant either "bathroom exhaust has a very low dew point" or "bathroom exhaust has a very high relative humidity".
Jan
24
comment What could be causing this leaky evaporator problem?
"do you think he is on the right track?" is a pretty vague question to answer. "Do you think this is part of the problem?" makes me wonder what, exactly, you mean by "this". I'm pretty sure somebody here can give you help, but it will be much easier for everyone if you could focus your question(s).
Jan
24
comment What kinds of dimmers do I need?
Reading this answer I'm left with the impression that the Insteon solution would require a PC to work. This is not true. The solution using three Insteon switches can be programmed and put to use without any PC involved.
Jan
23
comment How do I remove a drill bit that is stuck due to an overtightened chuck?
I've had success with channellock pliers. They usually leave marks on the chuck, but they're also more common than strap wrenches.
Jan
23
comment How do I hang a 500lb bed swing?
A picture or diagram of the swing and your porch would also help. If it's under tension like a hammock, there may well be forces much higher than 500lb involved.
Jan
15
comment Duct and fan requirements for stove hood
You're welcome.
Jan
14
comment Where can I find strong magnetic strips?
This seems like a "let's go shopping" question. You might want to review this post about 'shop for me' questions and see if you can reword it. A quick google search yields lots of hits for strong magnets. You'll need to explain why the google results are inadequate for you question to be accepted.
Jan
14
comment What could be causing this washer to rattle very loud sometimes?
It's not really clear from your question what, exactly, the symptom is. Is it the predominant high frequency sound in the video? If so, I'm not confident that I'm hearing an earnest reproduction of it which makes it difficult to offer second opinion. Or, is it the amount or nature of motion of the basin you are concerned about?
Jan
13
comment How can I reduce the noise from a bathroom fan?
+1 just replace it. Good mounting of a vibrating fan might lessen the noise, but the only proper solution is to eliminate the vibration in the first place. Good fans don't vibrate - they may make audible white noise, but they don't vibrate.
Jan
11
comment Will I see any performance gains if I reconfigure my thermostat to control the second stage of my 2 stage furnace?
This is a good answer. In my suite, the thermostats are set back to about 50F when we leave (there's an automation interlock with the intrusion detection system). When someone arrives back home, the HVAC controller calls for both stages of heat. This heats the suite at about 9F for every 7 minutes. With only one stage, it takes about 4x as long. So, with two stages of heat we can allow the temperature when unoccupied to drop further, thereby reducing waste heat while absent, and still return to a comfortable temperature in the same amount of time when you get home.
Jan
8
comment What are the proper materials and method to hang heavy-duty shelves in a garage for storage?
@oscillatingcretin I've had luck with specialty heavy duty casters at mcmaster.com. I just retired three of the same shelves as your pictures with swivel casters. You might want to consider that casters increase the risk of toppling significantly for two reasons (1) the offset design common to most casters can move the contact point with the floor closer to the center of gravity, and (2) rolling means that you now have a live load whose center of gravity is much higher than a braking force that would typically be applied at the bottom of the shelf (think caster running into a stick).
Jan
1
comment Why is the first shower of the day is colder than the second?
+1 for digging up the manual and suggesting over temp + mixing valve.
Dec
31
comment How can I center a drill bit so that it drills absolutely straight down rather than perhaps a little off to the side?
Are you pilot drilling first? Whether or not you use a guide, a drill press, or freehand, pilot drilling will result in more precise starting position and path of the hole. Even CNC machines are usually programmed to pilot drill holes beyond a certain depth and usually center drill all holes before running the final bit through.