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Sep
15
comment What are the consequences of building without a permit?
Several Follies in the surrounding neighborhoods. Partially built unroofed garages, unfinished patio overhangs that got cease and desist orders after the owners had paid thousands putting in foundations, framing, exposing structure for tie-in. Locally, you seemingly aren't required to tear it down, but you can't get a permit to finish and probably need a permit to tear it down. It also cannot be covered by insurance so property contained isn't insured.
Sep
15
comment Function of a phase angle adjustment in a light dimmer
Power Factor compensation
Sep
13
reviewed Reject What is the silicone-like coating on CREE LED light bulbs?
Sep
13
comment How can I store Latex paint for the long term - a decade or longer?
Repackage into well sealed smaller plastic paint buckets (properly labelled for contents) to minimize air volume. Three killers of paint, oxygen available for polymerization/oxidation, evaporation of solvent (water/mineral) and rust (if they're in tinned iron buckets).
Sep
6
comment Can fiberglass insulation cause leaks?
Today there's a fierce thunderstorm, Umm, there you go, uncommonly intense downpour, water pooling against flaky flashing and of course it's going to leak. Insulation isn't going to cause this to happen, it's just going to happen every time you have this much water hitting your roof. And lots of water going into the ground causes a fracture in the basement wall to stream water. I know a guy whose basement used to flood every time there's an intense thunderstorm, he wrote articles about basement water pressure and the need to have drainage. Again, not the insulation, but the rainstorm.
Sep
5
comment Who makes this desk?
Google for hydraulic lift draftman's table.
Sep
4
comment run data cable for outlet inside box?
Separation, always between low voltage and power. With low voltage, you only need mud rings.
Aug
30
comment What is the purpose of a bathroom exhaust fan?
Though a contractor somewhere needs a bit of karmic revenge as it's a crime against physics and materials to vent moist air into an attic space.
Aug
30
revised What is the purpose of a bathroom exhaust fan?
add mold finding
Aug
30
answered What is the purpose of a bathroom exhaust fan?
Aug
30
comment Well pump pressure loss
And as to the bladder pressure, typically it is set to 1 to 2psi less than the cut-in pressure of the switch. So a 20-40 switch would use 18psi bladder pressure and a 30-50 switch would use 28psi bladder pressure. This gives you maximum useful volume for the water level change within the tank during the pump cycle.
Aug
30
comment Well pump pressure loss
I actually have a standard (non-bladder) pressure tank and use one of those small tire inflation compressors (1 gallon tank) to assist in recharging the air volume. As long as you're careful not to over-charge the bladder, you will be fine.
Aug
30
answered Well pump pressure loss
Aug
28
comment Why is my shallow well jet pump cycling on and off rapidly?
Yeah, the foot valve is a check valve so your pump inlet line doesn't empty back into the well when the pump turns off, especially if you don't have a check valve on the outlet side between the pump and the tank. Then all your hard work empties through the pump, back into the well.
Aug
26
comment Why is my shallow well jet pump cycling on and off rapidly?
You might have a waterlogged pressure tank then. Is this a bladder style tank or a free air tank? The bladder type is pre-charged, there should be an escutcheon ring around the bicycle valve on the tank that tells you the pressure it is filled to with the tank empty. It must hold this pressure with an empty tank, else the bladder has a leak. If water ever comes out of this valve, the bladder is ruptured. Free air style tanks need to be recharged every 3-6 months as the air diffuses into the water and leaves the tank.
Aug
26
answered Why is my shallow well jet pump cycling on and off rapidly?
Aug
25
comment Weird set screw on single handle bathroom faucet
Ooh, secure it so the handle can't be removed. Probably a unit intended for commercial installation in public bathrooms. Hence the post and requirement for a special tool.
Aug
25
comment Weird set screw on single handle bathroom faucet
Exactly the tack I chose when disassembling my McColloch electric saw to Locktite and tighten up the motor stator bolts so the armature would quit dragging. They had two of those Security Torx screws in the set to prevent disassembly and repair. Pthht! Remove the pin and let me in.
Aug
23
comment Why do my clothes smell when I dry them outside on line but they are fine when tumble dried?
Everything's moldy in Florida. I can smell the must on our employees clothing when they return home from doing 2 week stints at our other store location. In this case, damp hay smell, the kind that warns you you're going to kill your horses and cattle if you feed it to them.
Aug
23
comment Toilet bowl level drops after flushing
Also, improperly installed back-to-back toilet stalls can suffer from siphoning, doesn't matter how large the stack is, the volume and speed of the water flush pulls more air than can be supplied, siphoning the opposite toilet.