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May
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comment Water pump and pipe size for maximum water intake?
How much head pressure does the water supply line provide? Stated pump lift is 3m/10ft so the pump can be no higher than the head pressure in the water line plus the pump lift. The closer to ground level, the better the system will operate. From the description, the pump might be struggling at mid second floor level and unusable at roof level.
Apr
30
revised Pros and cons of coupling vs. threaded when transitioning from copper to PVC
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Apr
27
comment Is it dangerous to leave a hose spigot on with a closed nozzle at the end?
As an additional, the only things that will be stressed is the packing gland (faucet stem seal) or if it has it, a vacuum breaker. Modern faucets are built to deal with it, so as long as there isn't any water leaking from underneath the faucet handle, it's all ok.
Apr
17
comment Can I use CPVC to make a solar water heaer?
Heh, test method which is for maximum amount of exposure permitted, ie storage in direct sunlight allowed before installation => • ASTM F876 has four categories for UV resistance, as part of the Material Designation Code: • 0: Not tested or not rated • 1: 1 month • 2: 3 months • 3: 6 months Additional UV designations are also proposed at ASTM • Each PEX pipe manufacturer publishes a maximum recommended UV exposure limit, based on the UV resistance of the pipe when tested in accordance with ASTM F2657
Apr
17
answered Why would Central AC, Fridge & Pool Pump All Fail Within 3 Days?
Apr
17
comment Can I use CPVC to make a solar water heaer?
Be prepared for periodic tubing replacement being one of your standard maintenance items unless the collector is designed to protect the tubing from direct sunlight (as in the example). PEX isn't known for its ultraviolet breakdown resistance.
Apr
16
comment How/where to put hydrogen peroxide in water heater
@EdBeal - yeah, depending on water acidity and the quality of the glass lining process used by the manufacturer, a fully consumed anode may not be quite the death sentence. Where I currently live, the anode's not optional.
Apr
16
comment What causes furnaces to break in 16 to 20 years?
Thermal fatigue and oxidation. Things Wear Out. Iron/Steel flakes, Stainless Steel ablates, Fire brick and ceramics spall and crack. Overfiring happens and your nice soapstone stove that could last 30 years splits.
Apr
15
comment How to change an untwistable (by design?) fluorescent tube light bulb in a fitting with no slot?
Bright lights at either end are the filaments lighting. Is there a small aluminum can on this fixture, usually slightly protruding from a hole in the sheet metal? If it has one, this is a starter and the contacts in the starter have fused together. The filaments are only supposed to run a short period of time to ionize gas and allow the tube to ignite, at which point the contacts open and the filaments go out leaving the lamp glowing for normal operation. The starter should be replaced every time the tubes are.
Apr
6
comment What would cause air to be pushed into pipes from a well tank?
Submersible or jet pump? One's down in the well casing, the other's up top.
Apr
6
answered What would cause air to be pushed into pipes from a well tank?
Apr
5
comment Is framing with screws legal?
They're not structural screws and therefore do not meet the requirements as replacement for 16d nails. 16d nails will bend when house framing is subjected to earthquake, non-structural screws can snap off, causing join failures. This however sounds like it's a post and beam construction house.
Mar
18
comment Is this algae or moss? How to remove it without damaging the shingles?
Bleach is only a short term solution, sprinkle some copper sulphate granules or get one of those zinc/copper based Moss-Away type roof treatments and sprinkle it on wherever you have moss issues.
Mar
17
comment How can I get rid of frogs that have settled in an unused swimming pool?
Malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and zika virus. If you are in the Southern US, you are providing an ideal breeding ground for Mosquitos and the above imports are starting to spread. Unmaintained, pooled water puts you in the cross-hairs for maintaining an attractive nuisance and a health hazard.
Mar
17
comment Is this an abandoned wasp's nest?
I can attest to Bumblebees being the Cobra of Hymenoptera (thankfully only in tenacity of revenge, not venomousness) and the worst we have around here are bald hornets. Black, slightly larger than the big bumble bee and pack a punch that can knock you off a horse painwise. You never want to be attacked en mass by these.
Mar
16
comment Rogue "flushing' water pipe
Sump pump or water softener discharge?
Mar
16
comment Is this an abandoned wasp's nest?
Standard paper wasp nest, they're fairly innocuous unless you're allergic to wasp stings. It takes quite a bit to provoke them. And if you aren't seeing them fly around, it's an old unused nest. The ones to watch out for are yellow-jacket nests, hornets are another ball-game altogether. These are honey-bee sized and have alternating black/yellow striped abdomens.
Mar
16
comment Is there such a thing as an actual 60W draw LED or CFL bulb?
@SkipBerne - Yep, be aware what you ask for, you can get a permanent retinal burn off an 8 watt LED array. Wattage is no longer the true measure but lumens.
Mar
12
reviewed Approve What nails should I use to attach Hardie plank lap siding to 3/4" furring strips in concrete wall?
Mar
6
comment Previous owner didn't get permits for remodel, am I now liable?
Cum Grano Salis... Contact your local planning department before assuming you can do almost any work to the existing structure without permits and especially if you are a landlord renting the structure. Restrictions have tightened up a bit here in Oregon. Unless you are out in the county and don't anger your neighbors.