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Aug
3
answered What is the best material for an indoor wood heater
Aug
3
revised Air conditioner that keeps turning off
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Aug
2
comment Is there ever a reason for reversing hot and neutral on a receptacle?
@wallyk - No, there was a distinct demarcation as to where the outlets were wired wrong. The flunky did the bedrooms and a bathroom and the other guy did all the more technical areas which were correct. The bathroom used a ground crimp ring to connect all hots together to enable power to two switches and a socket. I wondered why the lights were kind of dim when a hair dryer was plugged in and ended up rewiring the box. Which led to checking polarity and reversing all the other miswired connections.
Aug
2
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What can I do to avoid tripping over HVAC drain line?
Aug
2
comment Wall frame weirdness during renovations
Simpson Strong-Tie makes anchor bolts for use in earthquake retrofit. Run a hammer drill down through the concrete, squeeze the epoxy out of the caulk gun through the mixer spout and ram the bolt home before the epoxy sets. Drop the washer on and tighten the nut down to firmly anchor the bottom plate to the foundation.
Aug
2
comment How to hang very heavy (marble, granite, quartz, etc.) shelves on drywall and studs?
Better to use threaded rod, drill through the stud and use a fender washer under the nut on the other side. Or use structural wood screws like TimberLOK. Lag bolts can suffer pullout, they don't bite deep enough into the wood.
Aug
2
comment Is there ever a reason for reversing hot and neutral on a receptacle?
You could tell there were two different people wiring our house when it was built, the experienced guy and the flunky. Half the house was wired backwards and obviously, the experienced guy didn't bother to check the flunky's work.
Aug
1
comment What could be causing the horrible smell in my house?
Uggh. Mothballs are a horrible odor in and of themselves.
Jul
29
comment How can you open the top part of a double-hung window when you are old and short?
Screw eye in the window frame and a push/hook pole is what our elementary school used. Pre-airconditioning everywhere era and one of the kids got assigned to be window monitor.
Jul
29
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Is it OK to have more than one neutral wire in the same connection on the neutral bus bar on a main panel?
Jul
29
revised Is it OK to have more than one neutral wire in the same connection on the neutral bus bar on a main panel?
correct spelling
Jul
29
comment Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
Yes, low power can burn out motors. If the voltage is only at 112V, it's probably dropping to 100v or less under full circuit load as evidenced by the symptoms. Good news, it's external so the fire hazard issue goes away. More good news, it's the power company's to deal with.
Jul
29
comment Can I cover the vent leading to my crawlspace?
You don't vent uninsulated crawl-spaces into the house, you vent them outdoors to prevent moisture buildup. It's a mold health hazard issue.
Jul
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do I connect my new faucet to my supply line?
Jul
28
comment How to fix a pinhole leak in water main inside my house?
Heh, neither can I. Excavation required. Unless you can find out what the city planning requirements of the time were.
Jul
28
comment Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
Hard to say, but my accountant lost her house to a fire caused by a bad wire connection in an outlet so I get a little paranoid when people start mentioning potential loose connections. So I'd say, especially since it's a multiple circuit issue that it needs immediate attention.
Jul
28
comment Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
There is no use for a 6-plug tap on a washing machine socket. The washing machine outlet is normally dedicated to only that purpose, wired direct to a breaker with it being the only socket on that circuit. (though this is a 1937 residence, built before such became common practice.) If you're familiar with doing such stuff, I'd go get a faceplate, pull the tap off (may be secured by the center screw) and plug direct into the socket. And flickering is not only a safety hazard, but can kill other equipment, especially motors if it's a brownout/low voltage situation.
Jul
28
answered How to fix a pinhole leak in water main inside my house?
Jul
28
answered Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
Jul
27
comment Is it okay to drill a ground rod through pavement?
I've seen concrete pours where a piece of PVC pipe of sufficient diameter was used to create a well exactly for this. Large enough to fit your hand and a tool to tighten the clamp to the ground rod down at dirt level.