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comment Automatic sprinkler valve will not shut off
If you can find the make and model number, look up the minimum flow rating for operation. Some of these valves don't work well after drip conversion as they don't have enough water flow to actuate the diaphragm effectively. Which is what happens when you open the downstream valve.
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reviewed Approve In layman's terms how much pressure is 4000 psi?
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comment In layman's terms how much pressure is 4000 psi?
Paint stripping comes to mind... and it does it pretty effectively. Use it on your car with the right nozzle held too close and you'll abrade the paint.
Apr
14
comment Sash window design / security - parting bead vulnerable to attack?
Toughened laminated glass wasn't in the original question, standard window pane falls to the diamond tip scribe and body puller suction cup pretty noiselessly with a little practice.
Apr
14
comment Are there special pocket hole screws?
Pan Head screws would be the obvious replacement, with the addition of a pilot hole, you can go up to a size that fills the center through hole the drill produces for higher shear strength.
Apr
14
comment installed new disposal and now dishwasher will not drain
@AloysiusDefenestrate - It's an answer, convert it and collect upvotes. Drift pin and a hammer will remove the knockout. It's cast in with a thin groove to allow it to break out, use a mirror to make sure you get all of it. Not everyone has a dish washer, or may have a double sink with vacuum breaker and y fitting on the other basin.
Apr
14
revised Are there special pocket hole screws?
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Apr
14
comment How does a Helita Pulsar Lightning Protection System works?
They try to make it sound like they have a passive frequency generator that sends the ground charge off as RF. At least the center spike has a point for better corona discharge. Schematic Diagram shows an inductor, capacitor and spark gap which the cylinder, rod and mast are supposed to emulate as a basic LC tank circuit. Like the Pulsar 60 spec, MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) 3243 years. Not quite as good as the Egyptian pyramids, it will outlast most buildings it's attached to.
Apr
12
revised How do I get the stem out of a hose bib to replace the washer?
change to proper name and clarify steps
Apr
12
revised How do I get the stem out of a hose bib to replace the washer?
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Apr
12
comment How to drill white Macabus
Did you have a constant stream of cold water on that diamond drill? Diamonds burn rather spectacularly.
Apr
12
answered How do I get the stem out of a hose bib to replace the washer?
Apr
12
comment What's the difference between dimmable and non-dimmable LED lamps?
Standard dimmers (triac) are leading edge cut which basically increasingly chop the leading edge of the sine wave off to reduce the power. Your power input becomes extremely quick rise on the leading edge and your LED power supply is being fed a series of power spikes instead of a smooth sine wave as the power is reduced. A dimmable LED power supply is configured to work with this adverse power environment. There are trailing edge cut (mosfet) dimmers available that are a little more compatible with LED and CFL technology.
Apr
11
comment What is the difference between a framing hammer and a claw hammer?
I've always heart them referred to as Framing Hammer and Finish Hammer. Both have claws for drawing nails. Major difference: Framing has waffle face on head and heavy weight vs Finish with lighter weight and smooth face so you don't scar your work. Finish may have more curve on the claw.
Apr
9
comment What to use to cut large roots
Wished I'd gone this route...
Apr
9
comment What to use to cut large roots
Ugh, that brings back memories, the root was about 3" in diameter and I used a splitting maul. It was either me, the two branches of root or the foundation that were going to die that day. Sycamore is really tough stuff, rounds are unsplittable manually.
Apr
9
comment What is the silicone-like coating on CREE LED light bulbs?
@bib - Its all good ;^). I remember the first time I broke a shatterproof incandescent. The cage hit hard enough to dent it and pop the front open. Buh? Where's all the glass? Oh, look a floppy sock with a funky crazed liner...
Apr
6
comment Unable to screw through plaster and lath wall
Found a nail, conduit or a pipe?
Apr
5
comment What household materials can safely be used in a French drain and dry river bed?
Live in the US? Hmm, Okie trash dump... Had to live on a couple properties where this was done. The people who come after will really dislike the cleanup and by extension, the previous property owner. EPA cleanup and fines if you do it in the right place can be pretty nasty. If I seem a little testy about the subject, I bear scars where I fell into crushed glass in one of these as a young child. There's your safety element.
Apr
5
comment What should I do about an above grade cinder block basement wall that is wet?
@LisaD - Probably, if you tore the wall apart, you'd find that the hollow block cells have been cement filled up to the 2-3 block tier. As Lee points out, water soaks into Cinder Block. It will pool on top of the cement plugs and capillary out through the block material in a band around the basement at that level. The only other time I've seen that is when somebody put a copper water pipe in the wall and it developed a pinhole. It develops a damp band on the sealed tier of Cinder Blocks. And if the winter winds tend to come from the north also, it's likely the north wall gets a good soak.