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comment Shallow well pump going on and off too much
Non-bladder tanks, (air accumulator, floating disc separator), drain until the tank is empty of nothing but air. If there's an air-charge Shrader valve on the manifold, you can use compressed air to hurry the process. Depending on water use, non-bladder tanks need to be recharged with air every 3-6 months as the air diffuses into the water and slowly gets removed. Bladder tanks that have a perforated bladder will hold no pressure when the tank is empty, replace. Bladder air pressure will be 5-20psi depending on manufacturer, is usually posted on a ring escutcheon around the Shrader valve.
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answered Lights flickering/ multiple breakers tripping and won't reset
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reviewed Approve Why do my bedroom and kitchen lights switch off or on without operating them from the switch?
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comment Can I temporarily ground an outlet in my home to use a pressure washer outside it?
Ground systems are dependent on being bonded to a central point so you don't develop differential voltages. GFCI in answer below tests for having a differential in current, if you develop a short to ground, the hot passes more current than the neutral and the GFCI immediately shuts off. It measures this differential current and trips to disconnect power when it detects a ground fault in the 4-6mA range.
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comment What types of tile require a wet tile saw?
Cutting tiles dry, take it easy, you can catch the diamonds on fire, they go with one smooth, red burst and then all you have is a metal disk. It's a heck of a way to lose $40-80. The water carries away heat and also keeps the dust down.
Jun
29
answered Safely Increase Size of Door Bolt?
Jun
29
reviewed Approve How do I ensure the bathroom door stays open unless someone is inside?
Jun
29
comment Why are water heaters not lasting in my house?
Check the sacrificial anode rod once a year, replace as necessary.
Jun
29
comment How do I stop the black sludge coming from our bathroom faucets?
Reminds my of a trip my sister took to Wisconsin. Everything in contact with water usage had yellow crust on it from the water sulfur content. The underside of the washing machine door had splash crust that would fall off when you banged on it. Eggy odor water, mmm!!!
Jun
28
comment Plastic cage around LED GU10 socket
Garbage proprietary GU-10 socket that forces you to buy the manufacturer's replacement bulbs. And if the manufacturer goes out of business...
Jun
28
comment What is the advantage of PEX pinch clamp vs. crimp rings?
Auto manufacturers have been using the clamps for decades on auto CV boots to keep the boot in place. As long as you're applying them correctly and crimping with a proper tool there should be no issue with failure. The auto application has a lot of dynamics that a crimp clamp won't be seeing in static use for water line so I'd see no issue with using them there as well.
Jun
27
comment Why is the upstairs a lot hotter in a 2 story duplex?
Going from R-18 to R-39 on insulation, replacing the eave vents, adding vent baffles to keep the insulation from blocking airflow through them and the addition of solar power vents at the roof peak dropped my maximum summer attic temperatures from 175F to 130F and vastly reduced the radiant heat I could feel coming through the ceiling. Basically, single, 2 or 3 floor, the floor under the roof will always be hottest due to the solar gain.
Jun
27
comment Why did a gate post rot after just 6 years?
Ah, that was the secret, I used the brown plastic bonded surface (both sides) flashing to match the pressure treat color. Weed-eater whacks scarred the outside but the inside is protected. Sometimes luck is with you and you don't know why.
Jun
27
comment Base of light bulb turning brown
Mmm, the beautiful smell of CFL electronic death in the morning. It's a smell I equate to a GE radio my mom had that left a burnt streak on her desk, back when I was a kid. The power supplies were defective, would short out and burn the electronics inside. Thankfully, no paper was nearby. Every time a CFL burns out, I have a near panic attack over something electronic having caught fire. Convert to LEDs, Phillips are producing them as cheaply as CFLs now. Nobody should have to get used to that smell being the normal failure of a lighting device.
Jun
27
comment Base of light bulb turning brown
Also, it's a sign of improper phosphor coating at the base of the bulb. CFLs produce light by converting Ultra-Violet to visible light by irradiating a layer of rare earth oxides (phospors) which then emit light in the visible spectrum. If the phosphor coating is not dense enough, the lamp will emit ultraviolet. I've seen these cheap lamps where the tube ends are transparent, if you see this in a brand, quit buying them. UV will react with any material near it causing the yellowing you see. You don't want eye-damage in your future.
Jun
27
comment Why did a gate post rot after just 6 years?
Saves from weedeater burn... I've seen a quarter inch of end-grain exposed in a ring around the bottom of fence posts from this. Of course, end grain exists to transport water through the tree when it's alive. Now you have that sitting near ground level with all the moisture running down the post in winter time to be absorbed and sent below decks for ideal fungal action. I've done similar with a DIY version using aluminum roll flashing, roofing nails and siliconized latex caulk. Mark the post's ground level, apply flashing, hold plumb in hole and then cement in.
Jun
25
comment Wood paint still not hardened after three weeks
If this is an oil base paint, it hardens by oxidation of the long hydrocarbon chains causing cross-link polymerization. Too many layers at once.
Jun
22
comment What leaked out of small copper line when I blew a hole in on my air handler
Don't expose freon to open flame, it produces phosgene gas, one of the wonderful experimental weapons of WWI that damaged whichever side the wind blew towards.
Jun
22
comment Will my french drain clog/erode my soil if the pipe has holes on top?
I've had to install multiple french drains and even dig some of them back up for mole damage. Rock on top of the pipe has never been an issue. The weight of wet soil will crush a pipe if it's installed wrong and will eventually infiltrate into the rock and plug the pipe if you backfill with it.
Jun
22
comment Will my french drain clog/erode my soil if the pipe has holes on top?
You should be backfilling with crushed rock, soil in direct contact with the pipe will clog the openings of either type.