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Jun
24
comment Problem with GU10 LED bulbs tripping out power
Their power supplies must be reflecting some sort of hash noise into the power wiring that the RCD detects as an arc fault.
Jun
23
comment Which cylinder door lock shield design is most secure?
@TheEvilGreebo - Yep, Drill bit down through the keyhole, self-tapping bolt and a slide-hammer puller is the usual means. Guts the cylinder right out of the housing and gives you direct access to the internals. Less noisy methods are used IRL for nefarious activity.
Jun
23
comment Is it a bad idea to cool a room on the second floor by pumping air from the basement?
Is the basement moldy?
Jun
23
comment Can I use an LED bulb in a 3-Way fixture?
Worked it out with an ohmmeter once: 1. ring, 2.center contact, 3. ring and center contact, 4. none. So it's 1. off/dim, 2. on/medium, 3. on/high, 4. off. Works out to the same thing, you have to turn the switch through two clicks to change state.
Jun
23
comment Cover old ugly floor in a rented apartment?
Aside from area rugs and runners, exactly the above. It's a discussion to be had with the Landlord. Back when we rented, we always looked for landlords that would allow reasonable maintenance that with prior consultation and permission, could be deducted from the rent. Skilled DIY can be appreciated.
Jun
22
revised Rubbered Washer Nuts Direction?
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Jun
22
revised Rubbered Washer Nuts Direction?
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Jun
22
answered Rubbered Washer Nuts Direction?
Jun
20
comment Will standing topped off tree trunks work for holding up a building structure?
Till the roots rot and then you have no structure. And dead tree roots start rotting pretty quickly. No way you're going to "rot-proof" them.
Jun
19
comment How to fix the chemical damage on my wood cupboard?
Strip down to wood and refinish. You've just got to finish what you've started. Don't use oven cleaner as the stripping agent.
Jun
19
comment Which cylinder door lock shield design is most secure?
Door and casement are the weak spots, nobody's going to bother drilling a lock if they want in, even in the country where they'll be undisturbed. There are a lot softer spots for entry than the door. An alarm system with glass breakage detectors is actually more safe than any door lock you can buy. Defense in depth if you're really concerned.
Jun
17
comment What can be used to fill holes on top of a lamp fixture?
Ventilated cans must remain ventilated. Closing the holes doesn't convert them to closed can IC rating.
Jun
16
comment How to keep a block wall from blowing out at the bottom
@wallyk - Most of that will be fixed back east when the next New Madrid earthquake cluster strikes.
Jun
16
revised How can I fix flexible stucco?
rectify link and clarify it's a factory manual
Jun
16
answered Are router bit imperfections normal?
Jun
16
comment How to keep a block wall from blowing out at the bottom
I am also concerned because he cut my rebar and the footer is not really tied into the block. Where in the world is this located?
Jun
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to keep a block wall from blowing out at the bottom
Jun
15
comment Can I plug my 40 ampere stove into a 30 ampere receptacle?
40A breakers need to have the full circuit wired appropriately. Make sure the cable to the outlet is sized to handle 40A, the outlet should be changed to a 40A to reflect that. And no, unless the poof was because one of the contacts in the socket failed under load (burning, melted plastic, scorched prongs on plug), the socket wasn't why the stove died.
Jun
15
comment How to keep a block wall from blowing out at the bottom
To prevent water pressure, buried block walls should have a perimeter drain and gravel backfill on the outside of the wall. If it's so structurally unsound that it can't support the roof, tear it down and start from scratch with a reputable builder that knows how to reinforce cinder-block walls. Retrofitting a masonry wall, especially in earthquake country is going to end badly, no matter what you do. Soft courses that low in the layer will never go away (or rather will in the first good quake fail spectacularly).
Jun
15
answered Ventilating a shed