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Jun
25
comment Is it OK to drill vertically through a joist?
Avoid stress risers in the tension face of timber. Just that simple...
Jun
25
comment How can I hang heavy objects on a wall, without leaving any marks?
Sometimes the easiest solution is the best. The act of writing on it will pull it loose unless it's got a good mechanical fastening.
Jun
25
revised What kind of pump would I need to supply my trailer with water from a nearby creek?
Figuring vertical rise, additional warning against water contamination.
Jun
25
answered What kind of pump would I need to supply my trailer with water from a nearby creek?
Jun
24
comment How to reduce a garden rocker's squeaking?
Glad to be of help! Squeaks like that can be like fingernails on a chalkboard and remove all the joy out of why you bought the swing.
Jun
23
answered How to reduce a garden rocker's squeaking?
Jun
23
comment How can I get rid of the smell of spilled milk from my carpet?
Soak it with Vinegar and stomp pad it dry after letting it stew. Sprinkle with baking soda afterwards to reduce the smell. Acetic acid will break down the components of milk and help reduce the smell. Though if you hate vinegar, it's just replacing one smell with another till the milk finally gives up.
Jun
23
answered How can I get rid of the smell of spilled milk from my carpet?
Jun
23
comment Is it ok to stand atop my central A/C unit to install a missing soffit vent?
English Russia website has several tragically humorous pictures of the results, not a good idea to destroy your AC and nearly do yourself in.
Jun
21
answered What is this fixture on my external water faucet and how can I remove it?
Jun
20
revised What guidelines exist for the number of screws needed to attach two pieces of wood?
American Wood Council link
Jun
20
answered What guidelines exist for the number of screws needed to attach two pieces of wood?
Jun
20
comment How to solve the problem of sticky Danish oil?
Nothing makes you a believer in the power of lindseed oil like forgetting one semicrumpled up rag and finding the center turned into a feathery web of black carbon ash. Fortunately, the work area was outside where nothing could catch fire. The oxidation/polymerization reaction is exothermic, respect it.
Jun
19
comment How can I connect a 120V washer to a 240V circuit?
Nice answer for turning a 220/240V circuit on split-phase (Hot/Hot/Ground) power to a dedicated 110/120V socket. I think the confusion in the comments comes from the time period where neutral and ground were considered to be equivalent on split-phase. And I've yet to find a single unit home equipped with three-phase in the US.
Jun
19
comment How can I find out if I can add a bedroom to my home without violating any rules/ordinances?
Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions. They are private contract property rules in addition to publicly mandated building codes and ordinances.
Jun
19
comment How can I find out if I can add a bedroom to my home without violating any rules/ordinances?
Codes, Covenants & Restrictions. An excellent way that Americans have found to give away their property rights. It's supposed to keep your neighborhood from becoming trashy, but often is the source cause of much acrimony. For instance, you cannot change your house color (no bright pink) but there are times when your dictatorial neighborhood association will even demand that the paint be an exact match as in no change in tint. It can be a good thing, but often as with all micromanaging, leaves an opening for right gits to control every aspect of your life.
Jun
19
comment How can I find out if I can add a bedroom to my home without violating any rules/ordinances?
The way the question is worded, it's probably a CC&R. They have some silly requirements you buy into, such as requiring a wood shake roof for visual perfection despite the fact you are in a wildland interface zone where fire is a major concern (yes we have such a bunch of weirdos here, and the one resident had to fight mightily to get them to let him do a tile roof to abate fire danger)
Jun
19
comment How can I find out if I can add a bedroom to my home without violating any rules/ordinances?
Is this prohibition a) city ordinance b) county ordinance c) gated community CC&R? The first two require checking with your local planning office, the last requires you to petition your community association.
Jun
18
comment How can I connect a 120V washer to a 240V circuit?
NEMA 6-20 socket for 208/220V. If it's wired for 120V, that's a serious mismatch.
Jun
18
comment What does it mean when our window screens are loose and the windows are hard to lock?
Or using normal expansion urethane foam. Only use low expansion foam in this application. Using JohnnyZ's straight edge will show a bow in between every fastener holding the jambs to the studs. If this was done, you can use a long serrated bread knife to cut out thin layers of foam to relieve the pressure till the bow goes away.