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Jul
14
comment Is my circuit breaker box grounded? If not, can it be?
Reminds me of a house we lived in, the neutral bonded to ground at the meter through the usual 8' ground stake. The fuse panel was bonded to neutral. Probably what is being described. Technically ungrounded.
Jul
13
comment What happens when my incomer main and generators are operated together without an interlock ?
@WayfaringStranger - Unlike a synchronizing sine-wave inverter for Solar power which is meant to feed power back into the grid (other safety mechanisms in place), there's no mechanism in a standard genset to synch to the grid. They never were intended to. So, really good point as two generation systems feeding in at 180 degrees out of phase are effectively seeing a dead short.
Jul
10
comment How can I tap an unused well for outdoor watering?
How deep is the well? Irrigation pumps tend to be low pressure, high volume and you have a maximum lift of approx 32 feet. Deeper requires a jet pump or submersible and you start converting to high pressure and using a tank to take advantage of that for accumulating water volume.
Jul
9
comment Where can I buy elbow grease?
There is room for humor on this site, I hope and pray??? DIY can be disheartening at times and having something for a grin once in a while is kind of nice.
Jul
9
comment Where can I buy elbow grease?
Where they also carry Flight Line, Prop Wash and Muffler Bearings. We regularly send our newest recruits down to our local "Shake a Leg" store for the experience of collecting parts from our local jobber.
Jul
9
comment What are the possible solutions for an uphill septic system in rocky area around lake
Sand filter probably wouldn't work in that case, it's a large berm about 3' high and the size of a small drain-field buried under another 1' of dirt over thick plastic so it can be landscaped. With that frost line, I'd imagine it would freeze up in winter.
Jul
8
answered What are the possible solutions for an uphill septic system in rocky area around lake
Jul
8
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Jul
6
comment How can I open an overfilled drawer?
All hail Anoia, goddess of things that stick in drawers!
Jul
5
comment Can I install a rocket stove inside my house?
What country? The mass heater system linked to, if properly built with attention to detail (proper firebox, draft and sealing of combustion/smoke area from living space) is similar to how Finnish and Russian ceramic heating systems work. You build a hot, completely combusting fire and warm a thermal storage system.
Jul
5
comment Can I install a rocket stove inside my house?
In the US, you would have to be in a rural area where stove inspections or code restrictions are not enforced. Too many house fires and carbon monoxide deaths... Whole family except the 9 year old son died from the latter about 2 years ago in our county.
Jul
5
comment What are these marks on the Romex wire in the wall?
The tar often was used as an adhesive for the fiberglass batt to stick the paper to it. It will stain the Romex sheath.
Jul
3
comment How does low freon cause the compressor suction line to freeze up
Read up on flooded evaporator cooling systems. There are several ways of regulating the transition from liquid to gas, some mechanically complicated with variable orifice expansion valves, others with fixed orifices that are cheaper to manufacture and maintain.
Jul
2
comment Is it possible to smooth over these drywall imperfections?
several layers Yep, I committed that sin once and repented as it continued to shrink. Layers that need to be let fully dry as they will pull the overlying tape in as they shrink.
Jul
2
comment Is it possible to smooth over these drywall imperfections?
Hella lota joint compound to fill those canyons... And that mud ring will be filled mostly with mud... Phew!
Jun
30
comment Thick glass cutter and angle
"glass fracture propagation" would be a good place to start. The best I read was an article "The Fracturing of Glass" in Scientific American Journal Volume 257, Issue 6. Unfortunately, I don't have access to their website to verify if this was the exact article.
Jun
30
comment Connecting 14 AWG to 12 AWG for oven operation
Seriously under-wired... 14ga fusible links is one way to think of it.
Jun
29
comment LED Retrofit for Lightolier recessed. Can't be Done?
Make/Model please and which is this? A) attempt to retrofit a Lightolier recessed can light with LED or B) retrofit another manufacturer's can with a Lightolier retrofit kit?
Jun
29
answered House built on slab, seems like it is wet under carpeting. how do I fix this?
Jun
29
comment Purpose of Fill Valve Tube Going into Overflow Drain
During the flush, the siphoning action through the trap pulls more water out of the bowl than is necessary to maintain a water seal, the water is replenished by the bowl refill. Plus dry bowls = sticking contents = partial flush = multiple flushes = wasting more water.