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revised Does the number of links of a chainsaw chain affect the sprocket?
added sprocket info
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revised Does the number of links of a chainsaw chain affect the sprocket?
effect should be affect
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revised Does the number of links of a chainsaw chain affect the sprocket?
emphasize sprocket pitch
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comment How can I create low-cost, fire resistant, hidden in-wall storage?
In the Great San Francisco Earthquake, documents survived in fireproof safes, only to burst into flame when the doors were opened (most weren't as fireproof as promised, an artifact of the tech of the day). That was a pretty hot fire, insulation works both ways, controlling oxygen intrusion and waiting for the interior to cool can save paper documents. Today's media storage is pretty vulnerable by comparison. And you want the fire safe in an area where it won't be covered by a heap of charcoal when the building collapses.
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revised Does the number of links of a chainsaw chain affect the sprocket?
add picture and bar geometry
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answered Does the number of links of a chainsaw chain affect the sprocket?
Jan
18
comment What's the difference between Husky brand and HDX brand?
Snap-on and Bluepoint. It's a market segmentation thing. Top end is for people who want to pay extra for the warranty and longer life, low end is for people who want a tool that will last through a couple of projects because that's all the use they'll ever put them to.
Jan
18
comment Can I save energy costs by turning off the refrigerator for 1-2 hours every day?
Modern refrigerators are highly efficient in electricity use, so the savings will be negligible. Attention to other areas of electricity use will pay off better.
Jan
15
comment PEX Pipes running along Ceiling on Inside Wall
@iLikeDirt - our major city construction project several years back was replacing the sewer mains in the north end of town that were put in around the WWII era. That Wiki description is way too close to what was being dug out because it had started to collapse and leak from the street traffic. It was described as a cardboard like material used in place of concrete sewer tile due to material shortages during the war effort.
Jan
14
comment How to tell if your locks are bump proof?
Brick through the glass is the brute force method, scoring tool and duct-tape can be pretty noiseless.
Jan
13
comment Does anyone have experience with insulating with waste-wool from shearing?
I would imagine it had some sort of treatment then if it was manufactured for insulation use. After doing a little looking, soaking the wool fiber in borax solution is one way of taking care of the pest problem and adds a fire retardant component. Another company uses wool as one component in a composite along with lime to manufacture a product that is used similar to polystyrene insulation sheet in its application. Interesting! I'd dispense with the burlap, its flammability is something I have experience with.
Jan
13
comment How is power to an entire room restored by plugging something into an outlet in an adjacent room?
@PeterCordes - I was thinking more of hearing a sizzle inside the outlet electrical box as the item plugged in completes the circuit so the other sockets come live. Yes, it's common for contact arc on the plug blades themselves.
Jan
13
comment Does anyone have experience with insulating with waste-wool from shearing?
How do you keep moths from eating it up? It's the one consideration I would have worries about.
Jan
11
comment Is it possible that I could have a 220V circuit with no circuit breaker?
Possibility this house was used in a Marijuana grow operation? I'd have an electrician look for an illegal tap before the power meter. Very common and very dangerous.
Jan
11
comment How is power to an entire room restored by plugging something into an outlet in an adjacent room?
Give that socket a good sniff, you probably will smell burnt metal and plastic. Arcing's never good, something's busted in it.
Jan
9
comment Legal water heater replacement
@ariel - I would make that statement only after reviewing my local planning office requirements and give location where that statement is true. Ordinance stricture on what you can do without permit varies widely by jurisdiction and DIY is often easily covered under permit; however, your home insurance provider doesn't exempt you if anything ever goes wrong and it can be proved that it was unpermitted DIY where permits were required.
Jan
9
comment How can I clear a blockage caused by the previous owner flushing grout down the toilet?
Sugar solution works while concrete is setting to produce exposed aggregate surfaces as properly applied, it stops a thin layer of Portland cement from hydrating so it can be washed off, but I've never seen it used as a means of dissolving or weakening mortar after it's set. I'll have to test that out next time I have need.
Jan
6
comment Can I lean a ladder against tempered glass without damaging the window?
Kaspang! Tempered glass is tough except for that one little scratch, at which point it explodes.
Jan
6
comment Can I use a Directv 4 way splitter to connect to an over the air TV antenna?
Another term for powered splitter is distribution amplifier. It amplifies the signal just enough to reduce the loss you normally experience with a passive splitter. Often, 4-way passive splitters tend to cause too much loss on an antenna system.
Jan
5
answered Why do CFLs stop buzzing when an incandescent light is added to the mix?