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Sep
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to fix a large hole in drywall
Aug
31
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do I remove plastic shelf brackets that have broken off in the hole?
Aug
31
revised How do I remove plastic shelf brackets that have broken off in the hole?
Added image of plastic peg bracket
Aug
31
comment Do I really need to use primer when painting an unfinished concrete floor?
Always use primer if the paint specifically demands it be used. Proper primer for the substrate is created to bond to the substrate, seal and protect it. Paint is created to bond to primer. Skip those steps for failed DIY paint jobs and amateurish results.
Aug
30
revised Do I need to install aerial wall outlets or is there a wireless solution?
IR Control link
Aug
30
revised Do I need to install aerial wall outlets or is there a wireless solution?
clarification on tv sender
Aug
30
comment Do I need to install aerial wall outlets or is there a wireless solution?
The one mentioned is just a digital transmission AV sender. You receive what the head end tuner is decoding. It has to resend the complete ATSC broadcast signal to its receiver which must have a tuner in it in order to display independent channels from the head end unit. The operative phrases that give it away are 1) Watch digital TV far away from the decoder. 2) Watch and operate the digital TV channels from your decoder anywhere. ie, it has a wireless control link.
Aug
30
revised Do I need to install aerial wall outlets or is there a wireless solution?
grammar
Aug
30
answered Do I need to install aerial wall outlets or is there a wireless solution?
Aug
30
comment How do I interpret the type of steel used in a tool?
The cubic centimeters was me being facetious because, as it stands, it's just a window dressing number at this point, but may only really mean something to the manufacturer. What is this tool (make/manufacturer)? I'd need context in order to research further.
Aug
30
comment How do I interpret the type of steel used in a tool?
Kind of an unknown as the standard alloy designation for 400 series stainless starts with 403. Since it doesn't fall into any standard range, I'd identify it as 400 cubic centimeters. <grin> After looking through the SAE charts, I come up with nothing. Do you have any letters like AISI, ASME, ASTM, CEN, ISO, JIS, SAE, UNS or any other alloy standards institute identifier?
Aug
29
comment How can I build a septic tank?
Septic systems and cesspits are unsuitable for city use for this reason (not enough area for drainfield on the first, groundwater contamination on the second). The only acceptable method would be a fully sealed holding tank that gets pumped once a week.
Aug
29
answered How do I prevent flood waters from entering my house?
Aug
28
comment What type of copper pipe do I need for a typical LP gas range?
Refrigerator tubing, heh worked with that down on the dairy for hooking up the milk holding tank. The reefer unit was kind of undersized, so we'd be running a mist system on the condenser coils on a hot day like today. 103° F.
Aug
28
comment What's the amperage on a circuit breaker that's “linked” together?
3 breakers tied together, you're running three phase equipment. Is this some sort of manufacturing facility?
Aug
26
comment Why would cinder blocks be used instead of concrete for a foundation wall?
Plus it's often a lot easier to use a flatbed truck to carry the brick or cinder block around around and set the courses in place without the need for extra support as the wall grows in height than it is to effectively pour concrete in a flat wall that needs a lot of support during the setup period. It's why full concrete wall construction is done as "tip up", you cast the wall flat on the ground with all the rebar in place. If you're going the concrete route, it's better to invest in ICF (insulated form concrete) which is yet another form of brick building when you think about it.
Aug
26
comment How can I build a septic tank?
A full septic system (septic tank and drainfield) uses bacterial action to break down the wastes and recycle the water.. The occasional pumping is to remove the solids that survive the process. And as @benrudgers notes, the size of the drain field and type of soil is the limiting factor. A cesspool is just a tank either (holding tank) sealed so it can be pumped quite often or (cesspit) leaky so it will return the liquid to the ground and be dug out less often and is a ground water contaminator as it doesn't provide the extended bacterial action that a properly designed septic system does.
Aug
24
comment Why do my fluorescent lights turn on slowly or not at all in the summer?
Or if T-12, just do a T-8 conversion. The T-12 and T-8 use the same bi-pin socket. Buy a new energy efficient electronic ballast for the number of tubes in the fixture and T-8 tubes. Rewire the fixture per the wiring diagram on the ballast and enjoy flicker free, more efficient lighting.
Aug
24
comment Noise reduction for roof air condensers
Used dense Douglas Fir 4x4 blocks of various lengths mounted with Silicone RTV to do that once. They altered the resonant frequency and the resilient mounting is an energy conversion layer that through shear, helps turn the vibration energy to thermal energy.
Aug
24
comment Noise reduction for roof air condensers
Minimal contact with roof by resilient bushing mounting of a support frame to solid support members isolated as much as possible from the roof sheeting, ceiling and wall structure (any of which acts as a huge speaker diaphragm if driven in any way by the vibration).