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Aug
10
comment How do I prevent this bath faucet from leaking while the shower is running?
Also, rebuild kits may be available that have the knob, plastic valve and o-ring. Pop the old knob out, remove valve and pop new in place.
Aug
9
comment Temporarily have no gutters, what do I need to worry about?
Water splash, especially in red clay soil leaves unsightly splatters up the wall that can stain badly enough that you need to repaint.
Aug
7
comment What do the 32 elements in a “32 element digital aerial” refer to?
Log periodic array. Essentially a series of alternating dipoles arranged to give wide-band response and act like the directors and reflectors used in a Yagi-Uda antenna.
Aug
7
reviewed Reject suggested edit on In a cool damp climate, should I use hardwood or synthetic decking material for a deck that will be near a large tree?
Aug
5
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Aug
5
comment Use Rigid Foam Underneath Sidewalk to Control Water
The only way to get rid of the water is some sort of drain system. A bed of gravel underneath the walk with perforated drain pipe works pretty well. Give it the proper gradient and you can move it further than three feet.
Aug
5
comment What could cause a battery hedge trimmer to have white smoke come out of it?
Overloaded and overheated. It's dead, Jim... See if it's under warranty.
Aug
5
comment Can I relocate my furnace exhaust?
Consult the manual that came with the furnace. Depending on the installation, you may not be able to. Insufficient information to make any comment as it is not your old furnace.
Aug
5
comment What can I do to keep my shed (or house) free of spiders?
Yep, some people are really environmentally unfriendly that way. Had a guy here that did the same with used motor oil.
Aug
5
comment What is the best way to store energy?
@Mert - So, basically for 180 days, a container of 65,000 cubic yards (50,000 cubic meters) at an elevation of 325 feet (100 meters). And you'll need a really efficient turbine, so given losses, the water storage will actually have to be greater.
Aug
5
comment Are extension cords safe for permanent use?
Per our fire marshal no zip cords, ever. Use SJO (jacketed three wire) extension cords. The latest spec is SJOOW (oil resistant jacket and insulation, weather and water resistant).
Aug
5
comment Are extension cords safe for permanent use?
And over-current protected power strips are available with different length cords (3ft - 25ft).
Aug
5
revised Are extension cords safe for permanent use?
clarification
Aug
4
comment What is the best way to store energy?
As a side note, my grandfather was a construction electrician in the crew that built one of those very large bodies of water, high up back in the day. It's in Canada and quite large. You need a dammable valley, or some such. And it's damnably expensive.
Aug
4
comment What is the best way to store energy?
Lots of farmland and let a pelletizable, combustible crop harvest the energy of the sun.
Aug
4
comment What is the best way to store energy?
2 1/2 cords of firewood after doing a complete reinsulation, thermopane window retrofit and caulk job. Probably not as compact as the kerosene tank, but as effective. Back when I was interested in electric cars before the current battery technology and semiconductor controllers were available, I did an evaluation and found that it took 9 tons of lead-acid battery to equal the power of a 14 gallon tank of gasoline. The laws of physics eat into that easy to build, safe, and cheap statement pretty immediately. Chemical storage as a burnable fuel probably is the most efficient at this time.
Aug
4
comment Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
Glad to hear! Stable power is nice!
Aug
4
comment A spark from a power strip recently made the electricity go out is it safe to turn it back on?
Probably an internal fault in the power strip. I had this happen a couple months ago with one of those APC strips Dell used to provide. When I plugged a cord in, I got an explosive pop with a lot of heated air from the internal arc blown past my hand and a blown breaker. The inside of the strip was brass plated. Somehow inserting the cord caused the power rail to touch either ground or neutral.
Aug
4
comment Can sump pump drain pipes be installed without breaking concrete?
Driving PCV pipe. Drain pipe is thinwall, and even thickwall doesn't have enough strength to drive. How do you plan on keeping dirt out of the end? And only steel would be able to handle the dirt displacement if you've capped it so dirt won't drive into the pipe and create a labor intensive and expensive earth core sample project.
Aug
3
comment Do hot water tanks have to be in the drain pan
Heh, any of the above pretty much sum it up... I like your interpretations.