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Aug
16
comment How do I use both hard and soft water when I have a water softener installed?
I haven't heard of mineral content causing acne and it sounds like the water is reasonably low mineral if it's not spotting stuff. However I would have the water checked for industrial contaminants and other halogenated organic compounds as they cause a condition called chloroacne.
Aug
16
answered Electric shock - was I stupid, unlucky, or a combination of both?
Aug
16
comment How do I use both hard and soft water when I have a water softener installed?
If it's got a lot of mineral content, hard water leaves mineral spots on paint and glass, I'd recommend going to the local car wash and using their deionized water rinse feature for best life span on your car paint job. Just an idea from experience as the mineral rings that accumulate on glass are easy to prevent that way and hard to remove.
Aug
13
revised How can I repair a toilet that is leaking at the base?
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Aug
12
comment Will using a dimmer switch damage a transformer?
Transformers expect sinusoidal power, not the chopped waveform that most triac type dimmers provide. Resistive loads and devices engineered to handle this "abuse" should be the only things driven by a triac dimmer.
Aug
10
comment How do I prevent this bath faucet from leaking while the shower is running?
Also, rebuild kits may be available that have the knob, plastic valve and o-ring. Pop the old knob out, remove valve and pop new in place.
Aug
9
comment Temporarily have no gutters, what do I need to worry about?
Water splash, especially in red clay soil leaves unsightly splatters up the wall that can stain badly enough that you need to repaint.
Aug
7
comment What do the 32 elements in a “32 element digital aerial” refer to?
Log periodic array. Essentially a series of alternating dipoles arranged to give wide-band response and act like the directors and reflectors used in a Yagi-Uda antenna.
Aug
7
reviewed Reject In a cool damp climate, should I use hardwood or synthetic decking material for a deck that will be near a large tree?
Aug
5
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Aug
5
comment Use Rigid Foam Underneath Sidewalk to Control Water
The only way to get rid of the water is some sort of drain system. A bed of gravel underneath the walk with perforated drain pipe works pretty well. Give it the proper gradient and you can move it further than three feet.
Aug
5
comment What could cause a battery hedge trimmer to have white smoke come out of it?
Overloaded and overheated. It's dead, Jim... See if it's under warranty.
Aug
5
comment Can I relocate my furnace exhaust?
Consult the manual that came with the furnace. Depending on the installation, you may not be able to. Insufficient information to make any comment as it is not your old furnace.
Aug
5
comment What can I do to keep my shed (or house) free of spiders?
Yep, some people are really environmentally unfriendly that way. Had a guy here that did the same with used motor oil.
Aug
5
comment What is the best way to store energy?
@Mert - So, basically for 180 days, a container of 65,000 cubic yards (50,000 cubic meters) at an elevation of 325 feet (100 meters). And you'll need a really efficient turbine, so given losses, the water storage will actually have to be greater.
Aug
5
comment Are extension cords safe for permanent use?
Per our fire marshal no zip cords, ever. Use SJO (jacketed three wire) extension cords. The latest spec is SJOOW (oil resistant jacket and insulation, weather and water resistant).
Aug
5
comment Are extension cords safe for permanent use?
And over-current protected power strips are available with different length cords (3ft - 25ft).
Aug
5
revised Are extension cords safe for permanent use?
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Aug
4
comment What is the best way to store energy?
As a side note, my grandfather was a construction electrician in the crew that built one of those very large bodies of water, high up back in the day. It's in Canada and quite large. You need a dammable valley, or some such. And it's damnably expensive.
Aug
4
comment What is the best way to store energy?
Lots of farmland and let a pelletizable, combustible crop harvest the energy of the sun.