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Jun
22
comment Is it okay to throw paper towels & rags with mineral spirits in the trash bin?
It's best to make it a habit that anything containing oil, resin or solvent is a fire hazard either through fume ignition or spontaneous combustion. Shove it in a tin can away from combustion sources and combustible materials till it dries or polymerizes, if it's that windy weigh the thing down with a rock. I've seen epoxy heat to the point it smoked, the term is exothermic. As my grandfather's Ready Kilowatt sticker said, "Think safety, work safely".
Jun
19
comment Why won't my new powerstroke 5kW generator start?
Crank over by hand, electric start with too much oil in the cylinder can hydraulic lock the piston, bend ring lands and fracture aluminum connecting rods.
Jun
19
reviewed Approve What can I do about a Rough opening that is REALLY out of square?
Jun
19
comment Hot water tank leaking at bottom could it go from a trickle to a gush?
Yep, personally having been there on the cleanup when a rust blister burst, I'd recommend she have him move everything off the floor and place it elsewhere if it can't be raised off the floor level. An amazing amount of stuff gets damaged, just by sitting in water and having capillary attraction pull it up inside. The leaking spot is small on the outside, but a large crater on the inside just waiting for that little extra overpressure to pop a flake loose.
Jun
18
comment Is it common to have a pressure shut off for Jet Water Pumps?
The boxy thing probably has a start capacitor and possibly jumpers for switching between running 120 and 240V inside it. It is an electrical enclosure and therefore will not have a pressure switch inside it as a leaking diaphragm would seep water directly into the motor housing.
Jun
16
comment What questions should I ask of a structural engineer about these cracks in my brick walls?
Any slight earth tremor and this is likely to pancake. There's no structural integrity and the lack of foundation is breaking the structure apart.
Jun
16
revised Is it common to have a pressure shut off for Jet Water Pumps?
pump description
Jun
16
answered Is it common to have a pressure shut off for Jet Water Pumps?
Jun
16
answered How can I fasten nuts in narrow places when installing a faucet?
Jun
16
comment What is the concept behind drywall studs?
Local terms here for frame built walls are stick-built (2x4 or 2x6 studs) or tin-can (metal u-channel studs). In the US Pacific Northwest, timber was plentiful and brick was scarce. That has vastly changed over the last couple decades and metal studding is becoming common. Given that we live on the "Ring of Fire", unreinforced masonry is deadly and the coming subduction zone quake will pretty much remove all the old quaint brick buildings of yore.
Jun
16
comment Valve to select higher pressure water source
You're welcome!
Jun
14
answered How can I connect metal rods together crosswise?
Jun
13
revised Valve to select higher pressure water source
sizes found
Jun
13
answered Valve to select higher pressure water source
Jun
12
comment How to hook up a 240V 50Hz heat pump to 60Hz
Transformers don't change frequency, you'd be looking for a VFD.
Jun
10
comment Breaker box location in same room as water heater, washer and dryer
This is a post-a-picture question. There must be a clear pathway to the breaker panel and nothing obstructing access to it (stuff mounted to the wall under it or sitting on the floor will be considered obstruction per fire inspection).
Jun
8
revised Sprinkler pump cycles
spelling in question, paras
Jun
8
comment What is this strange, linear light bulb?
And do not touch the bulb when you're replacing it. They come with a paper holder that is removed after the bulb is set in the socket. They get so hot that the skin oils burning off can blister the glass.
Jun
6
comment Anti-Siphon Sillcock Handle
The handle should come off easily. The amount of corrosion probably indicates that you don't want that to happen as the next thing that will happen is that you break the stem, it's about 7-9 inches long as the valve is back in the other end. Get on the inside and check to see if the sillcock is threaded on, or soldered on. As this is also a frost proof device, there will be an 8-12 inch extension back to where it connects to the house plumbing. If it's threaded, remove the two screws on the escutcheon and use a pair of open end wrenches to remove the sillcock (after shutting off main valve).
Jun
6
comment Can I step down 220 V to 110 V for my whole apartment?
And I've seen combining two unsafe things produce a deadly thing. Electricity and the Sea are both very unforgiving mistresses...