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Mar
6
comment What type of roof lasts longest?
Watch out on the quality of the roofing manufacturer and aptitude of the installer, we have a standing seam aluminum roof that's having a fatigue fracture issue in the 90 degree bend (in trough) due to thermal movement at about 29 years. It's developed leaks in two different spots on different sides of the building.
Feb
29
comment Does this water pipe installation have problem?
Plumbing by "Hack'n Slash" coming to a contracting MMORPG near you. Dual tool wielding encouraged, get 'R done fast, pay for the short cut many times over during the years. But seriously, it's poor planning and workmanship and introduces multiple points of failure in what should be a straight run. No excuse for this with PEX.
Feb
27
comment Can you do electrical work yourself in the UK?
As a lawyer friend once put it, "It's all fun and games until it's torts, criminal negligence and cancelled insurance claims."
Feb
26
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Feb
26
reviewed Approve Connecting the four terminals of a 14-50P to a homebrew 240v system with three wires
Feb
26
reviewed Approve Door from MBR to Closet
Feb
26
reviewed Approve What is the cheapest/easiest way to make bookshelves?
Feb
25
comment Will this fence provide good wind resistance? (And is it a correctly built shiplap fence?)
For simple wind resistant fence, I've seen most people do a staggered vertical louvre with the boards staggered on either side of the horizontal stringers with a gap on either side about 3/4 the width of the slat. Angled louvre is a little more difficult to mount, one way is to have angled dadoes in the horizontal stringers that cap the slats top and bottom, leaving an air slot between the slats. The stuff in the picture is just goofy.
Feb
24
comment How to Calculate Board Breaking Force
Amercan Wood Council is a source for wood structure strength.
Feb
20
comment The right-handed (RH) thread vs the left-handed (LH) thread in screws
@HerrBag - It was all fun and games sitting back snickering with my buddy at one of our less informed friends trying to remove a flat until he put a swede on it and managed to twist the stud off. Dodge'm
Feb
17
comment Is biofuel safe for this indoor fireplace with an open flame?
He said it's safe because it's bioethanol. Same could be said by everyone who's burnt down a house with beeswax candles. As displayed in that video, it's an open flame just waiting for somebody to do something normal and carelessly. I don't find it to be safe simply by design. Look at how a Kerosun heater is constructed if you want to have a safe heating system. And alcohol incompletely burnt in an enclosed space causes your eyes to burn from the noxious substances produced from personal experience.
Feb
14
reviewed Approve Dead light out side
Feb
14
comment Buzzing sound relates to domestic fuse problem, or bigger issue?
It's a fire hazard, messing with it since you don't own the property opens you up to liability. It's the owner's responsibility, and since it's a rental, most municipal law/ordinance requires landlords to have a licensed electrician do the repairs.
Jan
31
comment Are standard light bulb bases being phased out?
Meh, everything causes cancer in California. I know that fact because it's prominently on every product I have to buy. Just waiting to get a carton of Organic Grass Fed Milk labelled with it as the warning is so pervasive. Anyway, that's the side effect of living in a nanny state that doesn't consider unintended consequences.
Jan
30
comment Central AC is Icing up, but not cooling my house
Somewhat counter-intuitive, but low refrigerant in a flooded evaporator system HVAC will cause the acting evaporator to ice up. You have a slow leak, have your HVAC tech come and check the system out.
Jan
16
comment Where can I find something similar to a fluorescent tube, with only one end for electrical contact
End-lit lucite rods
Jan
10
comment Word Definition
The other terms I'm used to is: A) a type of fishing lure or the fishing rod action to make it attractive to fish. B) step dancing as practiced by part of my ancestry. In the war on words, it's supposed to be some sort of racial slur among carnies which spread it like a social disease in parts of the US.
Jan
10
comment Changing fluorescent tube: how many degrees to turn?
In 20 years of changing fluorescent tubes, the answer has been no. If you had any experience with electrical contact cleaner (R-11) as was used for old TV tuners and electrical switches, some of it came with silicone lubricant. The wiping action as you install the tubes will ensure metal contact. I got tired of replacing broken sockets.
Jan
10
answered Word Definition
Jan
10
answered Changing fluorescent tube: how many degrees to turn?