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Jun
8
comment How much water is too much water underneath the basement concrete?
One of the tests is to tape down a square of clear plastic film and see if you have condensed water under it after several set time periods. Tells you if it's minute, reasonable or needs additional drainage to drop the water table below the slab.
Jun
7
comment What is/was tunneling into this 2x4?
Crushed grain in the trails, physical damage, not bug damage.
Jun
6
comment Can I run 2 well tanks from 1 well
Two tanks, two separate pumps and water systems, in the end will be the answer.
Jun
5
comment Can I run 2 well tanks from 1 well
How many GPM does the well produce and is your irrigation GPM so high it's running the well dry? At irrigation pressures, the size of the pressure tank matters little, it's whether the sustained flow rate can be delivered by the well. Many people out west will soon be finding that out this year, a 1500 gallon holding tank is more necessary than a wimpy 50 or 100 gallon pressure tank. And the answer is yes, it's just another accumulator in the hydraulic system, but probably not of enough capacity to fix the problem.
Jun
2
comment How can I stop loud rushing water sounds when we flush?
Water flow rate in a pipe solidly attached to the house framing which gives extremely good acoustic coupling. Soft mounting water pipes to insulate depends on if it's a specific spot or whole house. As to the restrictor valve, do you have normal water pressure?
Jun
2
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do I wire a bath fan?
Jun
2
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to determine the type of wall on which I'm putting up a shelf?
Jun
1
comment How much of this load bearing wall can I remove?
Heh, yeah, racking leads to "wrack and ruin".
Jun
1
comment How can I replace failing ballasts in recessed CFL housings if I don't have access to the attic?
Compact Fluorescent is a definition of the tube form factor, not whether it has an integrated ballast for use in E26/E27 sockets. CFL was around long before it was decided to replace incandescent Edison socketed bulbs with them
Jun
1
comment How much of this load bearing wall can I remove?
Diagonal board = shear wall. It not only supports load but is also triangulated to prevent wracking in the house structure. You have entered structural engineer territory as this wall does more than you think it does and is beyond DIY at this point.
Jun
1
comment Adding Undersized Fuse to Doorbell Circuit?
Yep, Thermal Resetting Breakers and Bimetalic Turn/Emergency Signal Flashers. One neat thing was you could tell by the frequency of the flash if all bulbs were lit (burned filament slow or no flash). Adding a trailer made them work like they had heart arrhythmia.
May
31
comment How can I add more insulation to this roof?
Drop ceiling at the bottom of the trusses with R39 fiberglass bats on top and provide ventilation of the open space above the ceiling/insulation. Reduced radiant heat into the work area in addition to conserving the temperature of the cooled air.
May
31
comment Filling 1.5 inches wide gaps between newly fitted metal door frame surround and brick wall
Flex the door frame I worked in an automotive repair shop housed in a metal frame building. One of the duties I had was to lock at night and set the alarm. One evening the door came open with a gentle tug on checking it was shut, I closed it and repeated the offense. Needless to say, I spent the next couple hours creating a jack bolt system and washer pack that firmly held the metal door frame in place against any prying. It would have easily opened with a screwdriver, and yes, the frame was actually a cement form that was supposed to be filled after installation to provide a solid structure
May
31
comment Carpet company wants to charge me for the waste they will have left over. Is this normal?
Moral of the lesson, don't get all artistic and build houses with weird shaped rooms that generate a lot of waste. If you're dealing with a reputable carpet company that sells usable remnants, they will charge you for all the appreciable trim that is useless to anyone else and keep the end of the roll that wasn't used for remnant stock. They should be asked at time of getting the estimate if they will buy back the usable overage. Installers probably won't do this as they will not have any use for overage beyond the ordered job.
May
30
comment Adding Undersized Fuse to Doorbell Circuit?
Self-resetting thermal breaker is another name for these, commonly used in automotive circuits where you have similar problems, something sticks, but it's the prolonged current, not overcurrent that is the issue. The intermittent circuit operation is the failure indicator, a constantly ringing doorbell would alert you that the button was stuck.
May
30
comment How should I prepare this compression fit copper tube for use again?
Yes, proper tools for the job on the cut, a tubing cutter is a must, it's quicker and leaves a straight end, superior to the very frustrating hacksaw job (teeth catching, typical angled cut).
May
30
answered Can I operate a 120v 60 hz sewing machine with a 220v 50hz power supply?
May
30
comment Fried ground wire
@ratchetfreak - I needed to be more specific (grin), what country? I've heard whole house GFCI is required in various European countries, primarily as an arc-fault protection due to the higher voltages typically used.
May
30
comment How to prevent thermal cracks between PVC panels
Beautifully thermal sensitive PVC, driving people nuts since its inception. Wait till summer when they bow from not having enough expansion space.
May
30
comment Devices that can slowly lower and raise 200 pounds ~2 feet?
@bib - Or Ye Monty Python's Holy Grail.