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Jul
23
comment Can I convert a 240V dryer to 120V?
The heating element will barely glow, unless your dryer actually is dual voltage with a split element and jumpers for the voltage switch. Half the voltage, twice the current then.
Jul
22
comment 3/4 slip to male fitting does not match garden hose outlet
Garden hose outlet (what the hose attaches to) is 3/4 MHT (non-tapered thread). Not sure how the question matches the description, but 3/4 NPT (tapered thread) will not work with 3/4 MHT/FHT (straight hose fitting thread)
Jul
19
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Jul
18
comment We have used Filter sand for construction , Is there a problem in this sand?
Sharp sand, completely washed of all organic content. Anything else and you have weak concrete. If you didn't spec it before the concrete mix, you just have to accept the consequences, except in countries with building standards, at which point you will be getting in equipment to rip out everything where the substandard concrete pour happened. Try being the idiot contractor that did this to Walmart locally, one less concrete company in the area as remediation bankrupted them.
Jul
18
comment What is this thing with wires found on wall inside closet, and how do I remove it?
It's a door buzzer.
Jul
18
comment Do I need to level the outdoor AC cooling unit?
The wood or plastic would be fine, the bottom of the outdoor unit is a pressed metal frame that the shock mounts attach to. Leveling the base is all that's necessary. If you're worried about contact area, just use a wider wedge. The shock mounts isolate the hermetically sealed compressor unit from the base for noise reduction and absorbing the startup kick.
Jul
17
comment Will KILZ® contain black mold?
From their product description: KILZ MAX Clear contains a mildewcide that helps protect against growth of mold on the primer and is not intended to provide mildew protection on the substrate. => Mold or Mildew Covered Surfaces: KILZ MAX Clear should not be applied to a surface containing mold or mildew; it should not be used to cover up mold or mildew. Wash the area with a mildew remover, rinse with water and allow to completely dry before coating.
Jul
15
comment Do I need to level the outdoor AC cooling unit?
The compressor shock mounts would really appreciate having an even loading by having the compressor sit as near plumb as possible. That thing thrashes about a bit on motor start and stop. As would the oil sump at the bottom of the compressor.
Jul
14
comment Strength of steel tube
How that fulcrum is designed is highly important, you don't want the tube folding because the wall got crimped.
Jul
14
comment Can I warm up a swimming pool by submerging black-painted milk jugs in it?
Both the black plastic and the hula hoops are probably polyethylene, a kind of greasy plastic that very few glues will stick to, but which will heat weld together quite nicely.
Jul
11
comment How to break a sheet of glass quietly?
If it's tempered glass, it's highly weak to intense point pressure which induces the granular breakup mode inherent to this material. For plate or sheet glass, score around the edges and diagonally across. Watch for scalpel sharp edges with plate and sheet glass. Use Linemens pliers or Grozing pliers to work on the remains, not gloved hands. Glass will cut through leather in a heartbeat. Then use a chisel to remove what's stuck down.
Jul
11
comment How to break a sheet of glass quietly?
Tempered glass is the easiest stuff to break, all you need is a sharp point. An auto-rescue hammer with belt cutter should do the trick, as will a sharp center punch and a ball peen hammer to strike it with.
Jul
10
answered How can I make the ceiling black, non-permanently?
Jul
5
comment Foundation drainage: try interior first and then exterior?
Always try exterior first, it's easier to prevent water penetrating the wall. Applying a membrane to the inside of a sponge never works well, water pressure is against you.
Jul
4
comment Why would a shallow well pump go on and off too much?
Non-bladder tanks, (air accumulator, floating disc separator), drain until the tank is empty of nothing but air. If there's an air-charge Shrader valve on the manifold, you can use compressed air to hurry the process. Depending on water use, non-bladder tanks need to be recharged with air every 3-6 months as the air diffuses into the water and slowly gets removed. Bladder tanks that have a perforated bladder will hold no pressure when the tank is empty, replace. Bladder air pressure will be 5-20psi depending on manufacturer, is usually posted on a ring escutcheon around the Shrader valve.
Jul
4
answered What could be causing lights to be flickering and multiple breakers tripping and won't reset?
Jul
4
reviewed Approve Why do my bedroom and kitchen lights switch off or on without operating them from the switch?
Jul
4
comment Can I temporarily ground an outlet in my home to use a pressure washer outside it?
Ground systems are dependent on being bonded to a central point so you don't develop differential voltages. GFCI in answer below tests for having a differential in current, if you develop a short to ground, the hot passes more current than the neutral and the GFCI immediately shuts off. It measures this differential current and trips to disconnect power when it detects a ground fault in the 4-6mA range.
Jul
3
comment What types of tile require a wet tile saw?
Cutting tiles dry, take it easy, you can catch the diamonds on fire, they go with one smooth, red burst and then all you have is a metal disk. It's a heck of a way to lose $40-80. The water carries away heat and also keeps the dust down.
Jun
29
answered How can I safely increase the size of a door bolt?