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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.
Jun
28
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Should something be placed between engineered hardwood and a cement slab?
Jun
28
comment Thick glass cutter and angle
The score is a stress riser, glass breaks by fracture propagation from the bottom of the score and water dampening the score can cause the propagation rate to increase significantly due to a molecular debonding effect.
Jun
28
comment Would wrapping a wood fence post in plastic help protect it?
This is to prevent soil contact, not cement contact. Soil microbes and fungi attack wood. Cement isn't very conducive to their existence.
Jun
28
comment Would wrapping a wood fence post in plastic help protect it?
Anything that will seal in water will accelerate the rot. It's fungal and microbial action on wood lignins and cellulose that is what destroys fence posts. Capping the top of the post so water doesn't get into the end grain, providing slope in the concrete away from the post to prevent water pooling and providing gravel in the bottom that the post sets on for drainage will do more for your concerns. As Ryan says below.
Jun
28
comment Curcuit breaker not accesible
@Grasper - no, they did it that way because the house was built in a different time and place when just getting stuff hooked up (rural electrification) meant doing whatever was necessary. You will find old fuse panels with adjunct panels hooked into the main drop so that the meter has to be pulled to power everything down. In this day and age, after lots of water under the bridge, electrocutions and fires, NEC code demands a much different playing field with a main breaker after the meter to kill the whole internal distribution.
Jun
28
comment Is it possible to make my own solar water heater?
In the Pacific Northwest, west of the Cascades, solar heating water is pretty meh. You get plenty of hot water when you don't need it and little to none when a nice hot shower would be appreciated. 6-8 months of cloud and fog cover kind of produce negative ROI. Depending on where you're located, geothermal can have rather instant payoff (them Cascades is volcano remains).
Jun
28
comment How do I connect TV cables to this signal booster unit?
@DoxyLover - You're welcome!
Jun
27
comment Air purifiers keep smelling like ozone
Ozone purifies the air by killing airborne bacteria and viruses, and also causes the dust to settle on the anode. Doesn't sound like you're using an electrostatic filter system though and they have means of neutralizing the ozone as well so it's not in the breathable air. It has a distinctive sharp smell, if you've been around electric arc processes such as brushed universal motors, you will know immediately when it's present. Run a cord powered, brushed electric drill motor and sniff the exhaust air for a reference.
Jun
27
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Swapping out circuit board on York AC?
Jun
27
comment knob of propane tank was stuck
Please don't refer to flammable gasses as "air", it sets up a mindset that can be dangerous.