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comment How can you open the top part of a double-hung window when you are old and short?
Screw eye in the window frame and a push/hook pole is what our elementary school used. Pre-airconditioning everywhere era and one of the kids got assigned to be window monitor.
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reviewed Edit suggested edit on Is it OK to have more than one neutral wire in the same connection on the neutral bus bar on a main panel?
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revised Is it OK to have more than one neutral wire in the same connection on the neutral bus bar on a main panel?
correct spelling
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comment Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
Yes, low power can burn out motors. If the voltage is only at 112V, it's probably dropping to 100v or less under full circuit load as evidenced by the symptoms. Good news, it's external so the fire hazard issue goes away. More good news, it's the power company's to deal with.
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comment Can I cover the vent leading to my crawlspace?
You don't vent uninsulated crawl-spaces into the house, you vent them outdoors to prevent moisture buildup. It's a mold health hazard issue.
Jul
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do I connect my new faucet to my supply line?
Jul
28
comment How to fix a pinhole leak in water main inside my house?
Heh, neither can I. Excavation required. Unless you can find out what the city planning requirements of the time were.
Jul
28
comment Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
Hard to say, but my accountant lost her house to a fire caused by a bad wire connection in an outlet so I get a little paranoid when people start mentioning potential loose connections. So I'd say, especially since it's a multiple circuit issue that it needs immediate attention.
Jul
28
comment Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
There is no use for a 6-plug tap on a washing machine socket. The washing machine outlet is normally dedicated to only that purpose, wired direct to a breaker with it being the only socket on that circuit. (though this is a 1937 residence, built before such became common practice.) If you're familiar with doing such stuff, I'd go get a faceplate, pull the tap off (may be secured by the center screw) and plug direct into the socket. And flickering is not only a safety hazard, but can kill other equipment, especially motors if it's a brownout/low voltage situation.
Jul
28
answered How to fix a pinhole leak in water main inside my house?
Jul
28
answered Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
Jul
27
comment Is it okay to drill a ground rod through pavement?
I've seen concrete pours where a piece of PVC pipe of sufficient diameter was used to create a well exactly for this. Large enough to fit your hand and a tool to tighten the clamp to the ground rod down at dirt level.
Jul
26
comment aluminum or vinyl for replacement glass sliding door?
Heh, you remind me of my Grandfather's Ford Pinto. I made the mistake of trying to blow the bugs out of the radiator. All the fins departed in a cloud of copper flake. Inland wrecking yards are good for finding non-saltwater car parts.
Jul
26
answered aluminum or vinyl for replacement glass sliding door?
Jul
26
comment What is the best method for short-term repair of composite wood siding?
A little known fact in the future of most of the McMansions that have everyone so steeply under water is that they were built with this stuff. If you don't keep a good, thick layer of semi-impervious paint on this stuff, you'll soon have a $450k granite countertopped, faux-stone clad, tile roofed wonder with exterior walls making all those T-111 sided cheap ranch styles looking really good. Also, immediately take care of any gutter problems or rain splash issues as it hangs at the bottom of the boards and works its way up through the material.
Jul
25
comment Is there a tool that will crimp close the end the ribs on a metal roofing panels?
Metal roofing comes in several different styles. Not sure what you're describing. Flattening corrugated roofing? Standing seam flat panel metal roofing? Ribbed flat panel metal roofing? Pictures would go a long way towards helping provide an answer as to the exact metal roofing panels and the way to finish off the eaves.
Jul
22
comment Can I install a Sharkbite shut off valve with only a half of an inch of copper to connect to?
In a beautiful flood of water instead of an annoying bucket catchable drip... Right away, heh!
Jul
21
comment How to rewire house electrical?
Depending on where you live, the first place to start will be with your local municipal/county planning department to see how much of this you can do yourself and where an electrician needs to be involved.
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