Reputation
8,741
Top tag
Next privilege 10,000 Rep.
Access moderator tools
Badges
1 13 31
Newest
 Yearling
Impact
~777k people reached

Sep
6
answered Why is plywood with tongue and groove preferred for flooring?
Sep
6
comment Does a homeowner need a permit for electrical work in Massachusetts?
@Tester101 - and there is danger of turning the power on if you use the licensed electrician my boss used. Licensed doesn't mean competent. In Avionics we have this concept of working failsafe. If you join wires together to test the circuit, use a proper connection not electricians tape. That way you don't forget and leave a fizzing circuit that blackens the inside of the box over a 1 1/2 year period. Don't know how it survived that long. Make sure you hire for competence and quality workmanship first.
Sep
3
comment How is a Phillips screwdriver size determined?
I'll take Craftsman at their word for keeping the proper dimensions, they've been making quality tools too long. The other's run-of-the-mill cheap. There's considerably less metal in the shank and that tiny tip usually isn't properly hardened for durability.
Sep
1
comment What is the difference between a C stud with a dent on the back and one without?
In thin metal, ridging is done to improve stiffness. The flat back is cheaper to produce.
Sep
1
reviewed Approve How to fix a large hole in drywall
Aug
31
reviewed Approve How do I remove plastic shelf brackets that have broken off in the hole?
Aug
31
revised How do I remove plastic shelf brackets that have broken off in the hole?
Added image of plastic peg bracket
Aug
31
comment Do I really need to use primer when painting an unfinished concrete floor?
Always use primer if the paint specifically demands it be used. Proper primer for the substrate is created to bond to the substrate, seal and protect it. Paint is created to bond to primer. Skip those steps for failed DIY paint jobs and amateurish results.
Aug
30
revised Do I need to install aerial wall outlets or is there a wireless solution?
IR Control link
Aug
30
revised Do I need to install aerial wall outlets or is there a wireless solution?
clarification on tv sender
Aug
30
comment Do I need to install aerial wall outlets or is there a wireless solution?
The one mentioned is just a digital transmission AV sender. You receive what the head end tuner is decoding. It has to resend the complete ATSC broadcast signal to its receiver which must have a tuner in it in order to display independent channels from the head end unit. The operative phrases that give it away are 1) Watch digital TV far away from the decoder. 2) Watch and operate the digital TV channels from your decoder anywhere. ie, it has a wireless control link.
Aug
30
revised Do I need to install aerial wall outlets or is there a wireless solution?
grammar
Aug
30
answered Do I need to install aerial wall outlets or is there a wireless solution?
Aug
30
comment How do I interpret the type of steel used in a tool?
The cubic centimeters was me being facetious because, as it stands, it's just a window dressing number at this point, but may only really mean something to the manufacturer. What is this tool (make/manufacturer)? I'd need context in order to research further.
Aug
30
comment How do I interpret the type of steel used in a tool?
Kind of an unknown as the standard alloy designation for 400 series stainless starts with 403. Since it doesn't fall into any standard range, I'd identify it as 400 cubic centimeters. <grin> After looking through the SAE charts, I come up with nothing. Do you have any letters like AISI, ASME, ASTM, CEN, ISO, JIS, SAE, UNS or any other alloy standards institute identifier?
Aug
29
comment How can I build a septic tank?
Septic systems and cesspits are unsuitable for city use for this reason (not enough area for drainfield on the first, groundwater contamination on the second). The only acceptable method would be a fully sealed holding tank that gets pumped once a week.
Aug
29
answered How do I prevent flood waters from entering my house?
Aug
28
comment What type of copper pipe do I need for a typical LP gas range?
Refrigerator tubing, heh worked with that down on the dairy for hooking up the milk holding tank. The reefer unit was kind of undersized, so we'd be running a mist system on the condenser coils on a hot day like today. 103° F.
Aug
28
comment What's the amperage on a circuit breaker that's “linked” together?
3 breakers tied together, you're running three phase equipment. Is this some sort of manufacturing facility?
Aug
26
comment Why would cinder blocks be used instead of concrete for a foundation wall?
Plus it's often a lot easier to use a flatbed truck to carry the brick or cinder block around around and set the courses in place without the need for extra support as the wall grows in height than it is to effectively pour concrete in a flat wall that needs a lot of support during the setup period. It's why full concrete wall construction is done as "tip up", you cast the wall flat on the ground with all the rebar in place. If you're going the concrete route, it's better to invest in ICF (insulated form concrete) which is yet another form of brick building when you think about it.