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Mar
21
awarded  Organizer
Mar
21
revised How to remove crayon off the wall?
not a private email notification board, only answer questions here. tag was inappropriate grab of something just to get the question to post
Mar
20
awarded  Revival
Mar
8
awarded  Revival
Mar
7
comment Stainless or aluminum chimney liner
Corrosion, while aluminum has that oxide layer thing going for it in normal atmospheric exposure, moist environments in the presence of combustion byproducts can make it as durable as unprotected iron.
Mar
6
comment How do I find and eliminate a sickly sweet smell in my apartment with no obvious source?
If you have a centrally located light fixture, dead mouse in the ceiling. Pull the fixture down and airseal the electrical box with expanding foam.
Mar
2
comment Safely use a bare light socket
Black electrical tape isn't steampunk, any late Victorian/Edwardian style steampunk electrics will be using lots of glass, ceramic and hard rubber for insulation. Go for safe.
Mar
1
comment German tile roof installed using dowels
Were you by chance observing repairs being done on some sort of Photo-Voltaic roof tile system?
Feb
28
comment My house has electric heat, built in 1969. How can I save $. Are solar panels the way to go, or is there something better out there?
To keep it in perspective, 2kW is pretty easily eaten up in the modern home so that's merely supplemental power. If you're planning to heat with solar electric, between the HVAC and the properly sized PV system, I think there's a little more involved cost-wise especially dependent on location. As stated in your answer, that fireplace is a huge air leak.
Feb
25
comment My house has electric heat, built in 1969. How can I save $. Are solar panels the way to go, or is there something better out there?
Without location to give latitude and climate, there isn't enough information to discuss solar. If you're talking solar-thermal, it's a maybe in certain locations. Solar electric, think "mortgage the house" and converting electricity to heat isn't worth it.
Feb
25
comment Will switching to LED lightbulbs make a significant difference in my electric bill?
Price has come down on 60W equivalent (800 Lumen) LED and is in the $4-6 range currently for Philips. I'm having them outlast CFL (6-8 Months) vs going on 2 years for LED. Over the long term, yes, they will save. Short term as a percentage of total house power, no.
Feb
22
comment How can I remove the stopper from my sink?
@user3670482 - Put water in the sink an inch deep, lift the edge of the plunger head so you can press down to evacuate all the air and water, let it drop and then pull up forcibly on the handle, creating a vacuum over the stopper. The stopper has a pretty large surface area for the vacuum to work on. Don't push down, you'll only push the stopper deeper.
Feb
21
revised Is it possible to replace a fusebox lever without replacing the whole box?
paragraphs for readability
Feb
21
comment Is it possible to replace a fusebox lever without replacing the whole box?
Not going to pass inspection. It's a fire hazard and an insurance deal breaker. In addition to being an electrocution hazard if anyone needs to cut the power.
Feb
21
comment What is a single pole 30 amp breaker used for
Or a 2500kva uninterruptible power supply that runs off 120VAC
Feb
17
comment Do I need a back-flow preventer for a new water to garden?
For safety's sake, any irrigation line needs a backflow preventer and vacuum breaker, especially if ever there's a possibility anyone gets the bright idea to do fertilizer injection
Feb
15
comment Invert electric motor rotation
Add Make and Model number of motor to the question please. Appears to be capacitance run motor (White Tube at top of picture).
Feb
14
comment Best shoes for walking on a standing seam metal roof?
Material the soles is made of is very important. Most plastic polymers nowdays lose grip with cold temperatures. You're looking for a rubber sole that retains flexibility and traction.
Feb
13
comment Is it safe to ground/earth an extension cord with the radiator?
For cold water pipe grounds, etc. to properly work, you must know that the pipe has been properly bonded to ground in an area where you can definitely see and test it. And there must be NO dielectric fittings (anticorrosion) between your connection and that ground bonding. Speaking from experience as one who got zapped as a little kid because a bad element in a hot water heater energized the cold water bib outside the utility room. "Hey, it was the '60s, man, uncool!"
Feb
12
comment How do electricians quickly choose electrical box sizes?
Sure makes future work easier and a lot more fun.