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Mar
12
answered How to replace office chair wheel?
Mar
12
comment How do I stop lights from flashing when I turn on my table saw?
Yep, the most important part of your solar power system is an inverter that will run motors without shortening their lifespans.
Mar
11
comment How do I stop lights from flashing when I turn on my table saw?
UPS systems don't like surge current, keep motors off of them.
Mar
10
comment Molten wire nuts on recessed MR16 halogen lights
Halogen lighting = intense heat. There's a reason the sockets are made of ceramic and any wire connector near them must be of the same materials or you get the expected results which is what you have experienced. Fiberglass or high temp woven ceramic insulated wires usually are never spliced inside the fixture, but extend out to a lower temperature area where there is little heat. I kind of question why these are done this way.
Mar
10
comment How Many Amps Is this breaker?
Not a DIY project...
Mar
10
comment When pre-drilling for screws, how do you determine the correct bit diameter?
@EricGunnerson - basically what I was taught. Hard materials need the thread to bite in to full root depth, soft materials need compression to add a little density to allow the thread to have something to bite into with the objective that you don't split the material.
Mar
9
comment How do I raise the humidity levels in my home?
Boiling water, though they make room humidifier units that run a mesh belt with a fan. Works similar to a swamp cooler.
Mar
7
comment Is there a high temperature glue that I can use on a cook top?
Dow Corning 736 High Temp RTV Silicone is another that would fit the bill. We use it in the aviation industry.
Mar
3
comment How can I get my stuck sprinkler heads to go down after watering?
Yes, there's an excellent small shovel that seems almost made for sprinkler heads. It's about 5" wide and curved to do a good sod cut around Hunter style sprinklers. Get the dirt below the body. I've cut donuts, dropped them back in place and you soon can't tell you had to dig the head out.
Mar
2
comment How to get rid of this shed?
Never underestimate the power of tree roots. Had a sycamore root penetrate a footing defect and crack a foundation wall top to bottom.
Mar
2
revised Can I restore a bathroom sink with automotive filler and spray on enamel?
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Mar
2
answered Can I restore a bathroom sink with automotive filler and spray on enamel?
Mar
2
revised How can I get my stuck sprinkler heads to go down after watering?
mineral fouling
Mar
2
answered How can I get my stuck sprinkler heads to go down after watering?
Mar
2
comment What are these pins for that I keep finding in my steel cabinets?
Yep, cleanup is a good indicator of quality. It's one of the reasons most Japanese manufacturers and later, almost everyone else converted to investment casting for engines, etc. The end product is clean and close tolerance.
Mar
2
revised What are these pins for that I keep finding in my steel cabinets?
Add picture and tool action.
Mar
1
comment Could I safely use a dimmer switch on an air filter fan?
Yep, it wasn't the best solution. - The bearings have always given out before the windings do so I end up throwing them in the fire every 10 years. Needed, ball bearing fan motors. The heat extraction efficiency pays off in the long run though.
Feb
28
comment Could I safely use a dimmer switch on an air filter fan?
Despite it being highly inefficient for inductive loads, the shaded pole motor fans in my wood heating stove extraction fan system uses a triac type dimmer switch for speed control. This is a factory unit.
Feb
25
comment How do I season wood on my own?
Anything that plugs the pores. Thick white exterior latex. You want to prevent water transport in and out of the wood via the way it normally flows so the ends don't dry out faster than the middle.
Feb
24
revised How do I season wood on my own?
note, not afiliate