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comment What is the lifespan of pvc cement?
Correct, it is a solvent weld, not a glue. As with all welding, it should be as strong as the parent material. Which over time can get brittle and will probably split well away from the welds as extrusion stress builds in a linear stress riser in the material leading to a lengthwise split.
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comment Why does cold water always mix in bathtub mixing valve, even on hottest setting?
Balance valves are built to fail safe, therefore there will always be cold water present to cut the water temperature. It's part of the design.
Sep
20
comment How do weather conditions affect pouring a concrete foundation?
@glenviewjeff - look up "slump test", there's several ways to do it.
Sep
18
comment What happens if I use vegetable oil instead of machine oil or grease?
Vegetable oil will gum up, attract dirt and dust, and eventually end up a huge mess. Describing the average glow fuel powered (Alcohol/Nitromethane/Castor Oil mix) RC model airplane after a day's flying. Seriously, get into the hobby and you'll be put off the idea of using vegetable oil for lubricating anything.
Sep
17
comment Can I use a vapor barrier paint instead of polyethylene sheets to encapsulate my crawlspace?
If the cinder block is below grade and weeping moisture, the best would be to put in a perimeter drain and lower the water table. If it's currently dry during the wet season, you probably won't gain that much.
Sep
16
comment How can I get 2X6X12's cut at a slight angle so I can build a level floor?
Conversely, instead of trimming a multiplicity of 12' lumber into triangles, is it possible to lay shim strips on the concrete crosswise to support the floor joists?
Sep
16
revised How do I correct variations in stain color/density?
Changed to question, had name in the Title instead of a question.
Sep
15
comment Kitchen fixture pulled lose from ceiling
Best method, then the weight of the fixture no longer is pulling on ancient plasterboard. Anything that puts weight on the board puts weight on the nails holding it in place.
Sep
15
comment Can I use a vapor barrier paint instead of polyethylene sheets to encapsulate my crawlspace?
What's wrong with polyethylene plastic? Paint's a pretty poor substitute for what polyethylene's meant to achieve which is to limit surface evaporation to a level that the venting can handle. Since the crawlspace likely is dirt (not mentioned), paint needs a stable substrate like concrete.
Sep
13
answered electrical question involving earthing
Sep
10
comment How do you sister joists?
@Ecnerwal - The difference between wood screws and properly sized structural wood screws. No stress risers in the shear zone. Always something to think about.
Sep
9
comment What is wrong with this panel wiring?
Floating neutral to the sub panel in the master shutoff breaker box... Connected to an insulated block connected to nothing else? Hmm.
Sep
8
revised Is there something wrong with this trap that would cause a sewer smell?
venting
Sep
8
answered Is there something wrong with this trap that would cause a sewer smell?
Sep
8
comment power distribution loss of negative on 120v circut
Neutral not negative... It has neutral potential in relation to ground. Even in DC, there's a major difference between Ground and Negative. Some devices have a positive ground even.
Sep
8
comment Why did the neutral wire burn out in my electric shower?
Had a missionary friend nearly die of one of these in Peru. He found it's quite common for something to come unstuck and let you be the ground conductor there. He became an advocate of cold showers unless there was a central water heater.
Sep
6
comment Where exactly does backer board need to reside in a bathroom?
Exactly, what you do want is moisture resistant plasterboard and it wouldn't hurt to use one of the newer mold resistant non-paper faced types.
Sep
6
comment Is it normal for subfloor to extend under walls? If so, how can I replace it?
In platform built houses, yes, this is the standard.
Sep
6
answered Why is plywood with tongue and groove preferred for flooring?
Sep
6
comment Does a homeowner need a permit for electrical work in Massachusetts?
@Tester101 - and there is danger of turning the power on if you use the licensed electrician my boss used. Licensed doesn't mean competent. In Avionics we have this concept of working failsafe. If you join wires together to test the circuit, use a proper connection not electricians tape. That way you don't forget and leave a fizzing circuit that blackens the inside of the box over a 1 1/2 year period. Don't know how it survived that long. Make sure you hire for competence and quality workmanship first.