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Aug
24
comment Noise reduction for roof air condensers
Used dense Douglas Fir 4x4 blocks of various lengths mounted with Silicone RTV to do that once. They altered the resonant frequency and the resilient mounting is an energy conversion layer that through shear, helps turn the vibration energy to thermal energy.
Aug
24
comment Noise reduction for roof air condensers
Minimal contact with roof by resilient bushing mounting of a support frame to solid support members isolated as much as possible from the roof sheeting, ceiling and wall structure (any of which acts as a huge speaker diaphragm if driven in any way by the vibration).
Aug
23
comment What type of tool do I need to remove this screw?
What is the device that this is on? Make/model as well.
Aug
20
comment Glass deck above basement addition
Cost-savings and glass roof = leakage...
Aug
20
comment How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?
First, you consult an engineer to see if the roof will support that much weight. Bad to have it come crashing down through the complex when the roof beams fail.
Aug
19
revised How to lubricate a buzzing fan?
replace with ball bearing
Aug
18
answered How to lubricate a buzzing fan?
Aug
18
comment How to protect outside cable wire from myself?
Or if you know where it is (have a location service mark out all the utilities including cable so none are disturbed), dig a ditch for the new cable so the cable company can install conduit and schedule a conduit and coax installation. No downtime for you and they can leave the old cable in place for partial removal by you where it's mucking things up. Got tired of the old installation which was a shovel slit type with the cable only inches under the ground and prone to get cut anytime we had it surface.
Aug
18
comment Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken?
Duck Bill pliers work especially well for getting purchase on the inside of the base. Instead of squeezing, expand the handles so the square edges of the bill dig into the base down inside. You have a lot more leverage and you're working from inside the socket with a larger surface area to push against.
Aug
18
comment Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken?
Or if enough broken glass is left, half a potato. Don't laugh, it works. I also use a little silicone spray on the threads of the new bulb I put in to prevent the issue down the road.
Aug
18
comment Is a multi-strand conductor better suited for house-hold wiring than a single-core?
@bib - skin effect is an RF thing dependent on the frequency, if you're not working with RF circuits, you can ignore it. At 50-60Hz, it's nonexistent and only believed in being something to worry about by OCD audiophiles at 30kHz, ie dog frequencies.
Aug
18
comment How do I remove an underground paper hornets nest?
Glad to hear it. I've had run-ins with Yellow Jackets, had a sting-allergic friend throw a rock at a hollow oak. I was the sacrificial target as I was standing next to the thing when he decided to be smart. He got one sting, I had two get under my shirt and leave a trail. They sting till they get out, run out of venom or get squashed. Afterwards, we had a little talk about where hornets nest and the intelligence of not poking a bear with a sharp stick, or disturbing a hornet's nest.
Aug
17
comment How do I fix a heavily rusted garburator?
It's dead, Jim.
Aug
17
comment Just moved into a new house, what is this tube in the ground outside my wall?
It drains outside as @TDHofstetter says. You are trying to keep the water out of the basement by having it exit downhill away from the basement.
Aug
17
answered How do I remove an underground paper hornets nest?
Aug
16
comment How do I remove an underground paper hornets nest?
That's a really ugly underground Yellow Jacket Hornet nest. The raccoons around here go for the smaller ones and clean them out, but this one would be a bit much for them to take on.
Aug
16
comment Just moved into a new house, what is this tube in the ground outside my wall?
If it goes deep and is to intercept and keep water out of the basement, it would be called a curtain drain (just a lot deeper French drain, meant for more than just reducing surface water). Can you trace an outlet anywhere downhill from the wall it would protect?
Aug
16
comment Just moved into a new house, what is this tube in the ground outside my wall?
French drain - trench lined with gravel with a perforated drain tile/pipe down at the bottom to drain off excessive water or lower the water table around foundations. And yes, stuff should be kept from falling in and clogging it. This looks to be there because of a water ponding issue, and I'd use hardware cloth (metal mesh) for durability.
Aug
16
comment How do I use both hard and soft water when I have a water softener installed?
I haven't heard of mineral content causing acne and it sounds like the water is reasonably low mineral if it's not spotting stuff. However I would have the water checked for industrial contaminants and other halogenated organic compounds as they cause a condition called chloroacne.
Aug
16
answered Electric shock - was I stupid, unlucky, or a combination of both?