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Nov
30
comment Can a water heater be installed overhead?
Also make sure it has a good drain pan, and flush and check for rust annually. When it lets go, you will have a major mess. Not all leaks nicely drain down the interior of the casing and into the drain pan. If they're properly insulated, pressure will build up and they can spray from any seam. My neighbor was off for a long weekend and the water heater was installed in a utility closet above the garage. It flooded into the bedrooms and then proceeded to leak through the flooring and garage ceiling. Major ruination.
Nov
30
revised Is there a special name in the US for round/hollow neoprene door seals like these?
kerf seal weatherstripping
Nov
30
answered Is there a special name in the US for round/hollow neoprene door seals like these?
Nov
30
comment Why did our kitchen faucet stop working?
The last time that happened, we had the nipples between the copper elbow and the under-sink shutoff valve rust completely shut. The 1/2" iron nipple was a solid block of rust inside. We replaced every nipple in the sink supply lines with 1/2" copper NPT and haven't had an issue since.
Nov
29
comment Provisioning for a hypothetical electric car
Run conduit to a box capable of 60 amp service and leave space in the CB panel for appropriate breakers. Any vehicle capable of long distance and quick turnaround will need the capacity. Pull the cable and install the socket when that time comes. You won't know till you get there.
Nov
28
comment Which end of an Allen Wrench should I be using?
Short end in hex capscrew for final tightening, long end for quick run in. I've twisted the ball off before (with assistance, the screw was in a hole the short end wouldn't reach), so there's a reason they were made with the ball on the "wrong side".
Nov
28
comment Can I use a 40 lb propane tank just for my central heating?
Plus in cold weather, you want the big tank. LPG evaporation frosts the tank and for the quantity used in central heating can lower the temps enough that a 40LB tank will quit producing any appreciable gas despite being 3/4 full. Surface area is your friend here, that's one reason why the large tanks lay on their side.
Nov
25
comment Is a water plumbing shut-off valve needed for every room?
Unless its freestanding or wall hung sinks with exposed plumbing, they usually are in the cabinet below the sink. I can see what you mean in those cases. I've seen them mounted behind a wall access panel for those instances.
Nov
24
comment Is a water plumbing shut-off valve needed for every room?
Economizing on faucet and toilet shutoffs sounds like a good idea till you need them. Hunt the valve during a flood isn't an experience I ever want to repeat in my life.
Nov
18
comment How can I find out if my light bulb is a full spectrum?
Typical specs for SAD are 5000k color temp, 90 cri and 10000 lux intensity with the intensity being the most important part. It's not the color so much as simulating the brightness.
Nov
18
comment What type of exterior floodlight will turn on slowly (or not at all) when it's cold out?
Yep, that's a standard Halide start. Highly efficient, long time to come to full brightness, need for long cooldown before restart. We hate it when the power goes out, our warehouse goes dark and at night, the emergency exit lights are the only thing visible. Old weak tubes and dieing ballasts cause poor start in cold weather.
Nov
18
comment Is there a way to install a tub such that it can dry out if water gets behind it?
Claw Foot free standing tub. Any splash is easily taken care of with a mop. Now you know why they had a long popularity in previous eras where good sealants were hard to come by.
Nov
18
comment What is a “rigid surface”?
@WayfaringStranger Green Glue is supposed to be flexible when dry. It absorbs the vibrational energy from the first layer due to its elasticity and prevents a good part of that from being transmitted to the second layer. Hence its need to be used between two rigid layers. Rigidity so you don't have a large speaker cone due to thin, flexible material.
Nov
18
comment How can I puncture an eaves trough full of water and not get wet?
Hole saw to drill from above, properly sized downspout ferrule goes in the hole and install a proper downspout. Fix all the problems in one go and be done with it.
Nov
15
comment Why didn't homeowners get electrocuted when appliances were grounded through the neutral?
And enough people got electrocuted or injured by hot chassis over the years so empirical evidence caused a change in the NEC. Sometimes people like me got lucky and didn't go for a six foot dirt nap.
Nov
11
comment How do I replace the water supply line that appears to be built in to the shutoff valve?
Yes, if you have enough length to do it. Ferrule fittings must only be tightened just enough to compress the ferrule so it seals. It's easy to over-tighten them the first time around which leaves no further room for added compression the next time the connection is taken apart. I do not use ferrule type fittings anymore. The new steel braid flex supply lines are made to length, have built in flat washers that seal much better. Measure the length from faucet inlet to shutoff outlet with a steel tape measure, flexing it to reflect any bends needed to get it up top and add an inch.
Nov
9
answered How do I replace the water supply line that appears to be built in to the shutoff valve?
Nov
6
comment Why am I measuring decreased voltage between my dryer's neutral and hot conductors?
Look for a burned, relaxed or loose connection in the socket first, then check the neutral connection in the breaker panel.
Nov
5
comment Using Water Supply Pipe to Connect the Earth Wire
The water inside the pipe is a very poor conductor unless it has salt content. It would have to be so salty as to be undrinkable to be a reliable ground. Which means you'd have corrosion problems as well <grin>. Best to run a wire.
Nov
5
comment Using Water Supply Pipe to Connect the Earth Wire
The water inside the pipe is a very poor conductor unless it has salt content. It would have to be so salty as to be undrinkable to be a reliable ground. Which means you'd have corrosion problems as well <grin>. Best to run a wire.