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Sep
30
comment Old wiggy going to blow up on me?
What I do know about a Wiggy is this. It's solenoid based so with AC you can tell the voltage by the sound it makes. Also, you use it for momentary contact voltage testing, the solenoid coil draws current and it will heat up if left in contact too long. As to catastrophic failure, that I don't know.
Sep
30
comment Old wiggy going to blow up on me?
Oh, one of those. Never heard it referred to as a Wiggy before, went and looked it up. Was invented by George P. Wigginton around the end of WWI. Given the various technicians I've known, I've heard a lot of various pet names, historical names for test equipment. It's always interesting to learn a new one and then why it's called that. Witch finger = wiring spoon as used to insert new wires into a loomed wiring harnesses. If you've seen one you know why.
Sep
30
comment Old wiggy going to blow up on me?
Watt's a wiggy?
Sep
28
comment What is the laziest way I can build a non-structural, non-aesthetic cinder block wall to contain compost?
CMU = Breeze Block/Cinder Block.
Sep
27
comment Should double glazing sit evenly in brick to brick window space?
@john - Posted as requested.
Sep
27
answered Should double glazing sit evenly in brick to brick window space?
Sep
27
comment Should double glazing sit evenly in brick to brick window space?
Probably a case where the window can look good from the outside, or the inside but not both due to the way the house was constructed. They chose to not make it look like an eyesore from the outside where everyone walking by would notice it. It's one of the irritating factors of retrofitting something into something that was never built to those dimensions. You would need to hire a finish carpenter to widen the interior opening to give it that aesthetic balance as long as brickwork would allow it.
Sep
27
comment Will KILZ® contain black mold?
+1 on the organic compounds issue, I can't drink chlorinated water for this reason as I somehow got sensitized to the organic byproducts. Makes travel miserable and no swimming.
Sep
27
comment What do I need to fire proof a room added onto a mobile home?
diy.stackexchange.com/questions/33169/…
Sep
24
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Sep
23
comment What is the lifespan of pvc cement?
Correct, it is a solvent weld, not a glue. As with all welding, it should be as strong as the parent material. Which over time can get brittle and will probably split well away from the welds as extrusion stress builds in a linear stress riser in the material leading to a lengthwise split.
Sep
21
comment Why does cold water always mix in bathtub mixing valve, even on hottest setting?
Balance valves are built to fail safe, therefore there will always be cold water present to cut the water temperature. It's part of the design.
Sep
20
comment How do weather conditions affect pouring a concrete foundation?
@glenviewjeff - look up "slump test", there's several ways to do it.
Sep
18
comment What happens if I use vegetable oil instead of machine oil or grease?
Vegetable oil will gum up, attract dirt and dust, and eventually end up a huge mess. Describing the average glow fuel powered (Alcohol/Nitromethane/Castor Oil mix) RC model airplane after a day's flying. Seriously, get into the hobby and you'll be put off the idea of using vegetable oil for lubricating anything.
Sep
17
comment Can I use a vapor barrier paint instead of polyethylene sheets to encapsulate my crawlspace?
If the cinder block is below grade and weeping moisture, the best would be to put in a perimeter drain and lower the water table. If it's currently dry during the wet season, you probably won't gain that much.
Sep
16
comment How can I get 2X6X12's cut at a slight angle so I can build a level floor?
Conversely, instead of trimming a multiplicity of 12' lumber into triangles, is it possible to lay shim strips on the concrete crosswise to support the floor joists?
Sep
16
revised How do I correct variations in stain color/density?
Changed to question, had name in the Title instead of a question.
Sep
15
comment Kitchen fixture pulled lose from ceiling
Best method, then the weight of the fixture no longer is pulling on ancient plasterboard. Anything that puts weight on the board puts weight on the nails holding it in place.
Sep
15
comment Can I use a vapor barrier paint instead of polyethylene sheets to encapsulate my crawlspace?
What's wrong with polyethylene plastic? Paint's a pretty poor substitute for what polyethylene's meant to achieve which is to limit surface evaporation to a level that the venting can handle. Since the crawlspace likely is dirt (not mentioned), paint needs a stable substrate like concrete.
Sep
13
answered electrical question involving earthing