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Apr
5
comment What household materials can safely be used in a French drain and dry river bed?
Live in the US? Hmm, Okie trash dump... Had to live on a couple properties where this was done. The people who come after will really dislike the cleanup and by extension, the previous property owner. EPA cleanup and fines if you do it in the right place can be pretty nasty. If I seem a little testy about the subject, I bear scars where I fell into crushed glass in one of these as a young child. There's your safety element.
Apr
5
comment What should I do about an above grade cinder block basement wall that is wet?
@LisaD - Probably, if you tore the wall apart, you'd find that the hollow block cells have been cement filled up to the 2-3 block tier. As Lee points out, water soaks into Cinder Block. It will pool on top of the cement plugs and capillary out through the block material in a band around the basement at that level. The only other time I've seen that is when somebody put a copper water pipe in the wall and it developed a pinhole. It develops a damp band on the sealed tier of Cinder Blocks. And if the winter winds tend to come from the north also, it's likely the north wall gets a good soak.
Apr
4
revised Why are the lights flickering when the a/c is on?
verb tense
Apr
4
comment Using Dremel without motor brushes
Or if you wish to keep the new set of brushes as a tool misuse trophy, after throwing the Dremel tool away after destroying the commutator.
Apr
3
comment How do I start a Troy Bilt Tiller without a key?
If it's a Honda utility engine which comes with both pull and electric start like what's on my BCS tractor... Disconnect the magneto ground, open the fuel stop-cock, set the choke and pull. Not enough info, the Troy-Bilt Econo-Horse line is broad enough to include a multitude of engines used.
Apr
3
revised Voltage fluctuations and GFCI tripping drivng me crazy
spelling, paragraph
Apr
1
comment Why did I lose power to half the house when the breakers did not trip?
Got to dig one of those up once, there was a 6" lump of clay bonded to the cable where it had been sizzling for years till it finally ate through the aluminum cable.
Mar
31
revised Is it dangerous if the ground pin of a 3 prong plug breaks off in the outlet?
spelling, captialization
Mar
30
answered What type of lubricant should be used on PVC windows, and how often should it be applied?
Mar
29
reviewed Approve How can I install a new internal nonbearing concrete block wall in basement to partition off for bathroom?
Mar
28
awarded  Revival
Mar
25
answered What is this kind bracket called?
Mar
24
comment How can I attach structure via oval holes in panel struts in a panel van?
Check to see if the Van manufacturer provides clip-nuts (caged nut with a clip that holds them in that oval hole) for attaching items. It sounds like the vehicle is made from the factory for custom attachment of equipment.
Mar
24
comment Can I glue poly supply line to a connector?
Basically, the rule of thumb is to always clamp polyethylene. A similar type is PEX which is always connected with compression fittings or clamps. The slick nature of this particular plastic defies glues and doesn't seem to lend itself to solvent welding like ABS/PVC.
Mar
24
comment Can I use a tap and die kit to change the thread pitch on an existing machine screw?
Plus Grade 8 bolts usually have roll formed threads to prevent stress risers. Cut threads can leave the thread root susceptible to fatigue fracture.
Mar
23
comment What is the best method for short-term repair of composite wood siding?
Give it 25 years from install till replacement, we're getting ready to rip all of it off our company's building. You can push your hand through it now. It does not stand up well to Oregon's moisture, even if you keep a good coat of paint on it. While the resins used to bond the wood fiber together can be marine grade waterproof, the moisture soaks into the material through exposed wood fiber at the bottom and capillaries up into it. The OSB core rots from the inside-out.
Mar
22
revised To which terminals do you connect a phone jack?
POTS voltage
Mar
22
comment To which terminals do you connect a phone jack?
Phone wiring is pretty standard, he's got an RJ-11 modular jack being interfaced to a T-568A single twisted pair.
Mar
22
answered To which terminals do you connect a phone jack?
Mar
21
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