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Been on the Internet since before there was an Internet. Remember UUCP, news feeds, and Gopher?


Oct
6
revised Could a saturated drain field cause a toilet to back up?
precipitation and drainfields
Oct
6
answered Could a saturated drain field cause a toilet to back up?
Oct
6
comment How do I interpret the type of steel used in a tool?
That product sheet says that AK Steel 400 Stainless Steel is non-hardenable. Something that isn't desirable in tool steel.
Oct
5
comment Toxicity problems with using propane gas to pressurize water
Really good simulation of Natural Gas leakage into the water table during failed fracking. You get fire water and not in a good way.
Oct
4
answered Should I keep downspout extenders installed during the winter?
Oct
4
comment How do I remove black rings on a wood kitchen top formed by a tin can?
@HerrBag - Heh, combine oxalates, phosphates and a dusting of calcium for maximal effect.
Sep
30
reviewed Approve suggested edit on nest tag wiki excerpt
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
30
comment How can I tell if the bladder in my water tank is damaged?
Check to see if there's some sort of sticker or dataplate near the Schrader valve that tells you what PSI to pressurize the bladder to. As noted, it should hold this pressure with the tank emptied of water.
Sep
30
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Replacing Bathroom vent, heat light combo and wiring is weird
Sep
30
comment Old wiggy going to blow up on me?
What I do know about a Wiggy is this. It's solenoid based so with AC you can tell the voltage by the sound it makes. Also, you use it for momentary contact voltage testing, the solenoid coil draws current and it will heat up if left in contact too long. As to catastrophic failure, that I don't know.
Sep
30
comment Old wiggy going to blow up on me?
Oh, one of those. Never heard it referred to as a Wiggy before, went and looked it up. Was invented by George P. Wigginton around the end of WWI. Given the various technicians I've known, I've heard a lot of various pet names, historical names for test equipment. It's always interesting to learn a new one and then why it's called that. Witch finger = wiring spoon as used to insert new wires into a loomed wiring harnesses. If you've seen one you know why.
Sep
30
comment Old wiggy going to blow up on me?
Watt's a wiggy?
Sep
28
comment What is the laziest way I can build a non-structural, non-aesthetic cinder block wall to contain compost?
CMU = Breeze Block/Cinder Block.
Sep
27
comment Should double glazing sit evenly in brick to brick window space?
@john - Posted as requested.
Sep
27
answered Should double glazing sit evenly in brick to brick window space?
Sep
27
comment Should double glazing sit evenly in brick to brick window space?
Probably a case where the window can look good from the outside, or the inside but not both due to the way the house was constructed. They chose to not make it look like an eyesore from the outside where everyone walking by would notice it. It's one of the irritating factors of retrofitting something into something that was never built to those dimensions. You would need to hire a finish carpenter to widen the interior opening to give it that aesthetic balance as long as brickwork would allow it.
Sep
27
comment Will KILZ® contain black mold?
+1 on the organic compounds issue, I can't drink chlorinated water for this reason as I somehow got sensitized to the organic byproducts. Makes travel miserable and no swimming.
Sep
27
comment What do I need to fire proof a room added onto a mobile home?
diy.stackexchange.com/questions/33169/…
Sep
24
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