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Feb
8
revised Does a (non-splitting) cable splitter degrade the signal?
nomenclature (tap) and common loss per leg on splitters
Feb
8
comment Does a (non-splitting) cable splitter degrade the signal?
Especially if the ports are open and unterminated. Any port not used should have a 75 ohm terminator cap installed.
Feb
4
comment How do I get my small portable generator started?
To prevent, use gas stabilizer on stored equipment.
Feb
4
comment How do I get my small portable generator started?
Plus, most modern carburetors have a fixed main jet in the bolt that holds the bowl on. Give it a Blast with something like Berryman's Chemtool.
Feb
4
answered Why do light bulbs all over the house burn out disconcertingly fast?
Feb
4
comment Did I break my door lock by locking it from the inside before exiting?
@Tester101 - My nice, natural finish casement molding has this dent...
Feb
2
revised Did I break my door lock by locking it from the inside before exiting?
added 4 characters in body
Feb
2
revised Did I break my door lock by locking it from the inside before exiting?
wear and tear
Feb
2
answered Did I break my door lock by locking it from the inside before exiting?
Feb
2
comment What consistency should drywall mud be?
Then you add water - too much the first time of course Kind of like learning to mix concrete. There's a fine line between holds a groove when you draw your finger through it and liquid mess. Seems like that last extra pint in the wheelbarrow does the damage.
Feb
2
comment Can an electrical subpanel go underneath plumbing?
After flooding the heating closet, the water down through the plumbing and wiring routing holes bored through the 1 1/8" plywood floor. Some of the holes led down into the main circuit breaker panels. The rest rained on the drop ceiling, saturated it, we saw the water coming out under the telecom closet door, opened it to find the drop ceiling thankfully lying on the floor which kept the water from going that addtional 6 inches that would have been disaster. Nobody could go near the breaker panels till it had dried up a bit.
Feb
2
comment Can an electrical subpanel go underneath plumbing?
Suspended ceilings, etc do not count as a structural ceiling. Cellotex drop ceilings stop water as effectively as used toilet paper, and there's nothing as useless as used toilet paper. Structural floor also needs to not have anything piercing the flooring membrane (sheeting). I can tell you that from experience. Our hyper-intelligent building contractor put the heating closet above the telecom closet and then installed the water heater there. Drip trays mostly work unless the water is spraying out of the casing seam. Nearly KO'd our $30k PBX and routers.
Feb
2
comment What is the recommended way to destroy mold?
Dispensing with the bleach isn't a bad idea, chlorine isn't something you should be breathing.
Feb
2
comment What is the recommended way to destroy mold?
Basically it's always been a three step clean down process. Bleach on the first pass to kill and remove the surface equivalent of mushrooms, rinse with damp towel passes and then take the remainder down with soap solution which you only rinse off later if you're painting. It has to soak into the myceliar component of the fungal growth. Then when you paint, there are anti-mold additives to mix into the paint. And the first pass had better be done as you point out, after educating yourself on what you have. Libraries have some nasty stuff that grows on leather, you don't want to breath it.
Jan
31
comment Why did my electric range wiring burn out at the terminal block?
@BradGilbert which is why arc-fault breakers are now being required for certain circuits. Arc-fault breakers look for the ragged RF generated by the arc and trip. This is because the temperatures in an arc are so much higher than you generate from a simple short-overheat by so many orders of magnitude that you can reliably ignite magnesium. A fully developed arc flash can create 35k°F/19k°C temperatures.
Jan
31
comment How do I drill into an existing galvanized fence post?
Center punch with a sharp 60 degree tip to guide the drill bit, you want a nice conical guide for the bit. Use a small drill to drill a pilot hole as it will be less likely to jump out of the center punch divot, finish out with full size drill bit. Many's the annoying non-flat surface I've had to do, it's all in the start. Make sure the centerpunch has a nice sharp, hardened tip. The usual failure with this method is to use an 20 year old punch that now has a ball tip due to lack of maintenance.
Jan
29
comment Is a hexagonal house feasible?
@DA01 - Yurts are actually pretty cool, we've had a few built around here. The wall's a kind of lattice that encloses the insulation on both sides. As a one room cabin, they're pretty efficient.
Jan
28
comment How to secure a doggy door from intruders?
Parrots are quite efficient at stetting off PIR motion detectors. Must have been wingspan. We had one at work in the lunchroom and every so often I'd get the 911 call. The alarm company probably would know how to deal with it.
Jan
28
comment Is a hexagonal house feasible?
Exactly, you end up with only three usable walls in an octagon, the used space has to be well away from the entry and the corners. Built-in cabinetry done in an attempt to use the wasted space in the corners has odd angles and encloses a kite shaped space that stuff can get lost in. The area is very interesting to live in if you like the "lateral thinking" lifestyle. But rarely do the people who originally built it stay in it.
Jan
28
comment Is a hexagonal house feasible?
Plus fitting furniture can be a pain. There was a geodesic dome and steep A-frame craze around here. The first always has spherical domes of wasted space behind everything, the second has large prisms of wasted space behind everything. The one octagon house here has issues with corners (think A-frame laid on its side for the rooms). The most econimical is to build it square to reduce surface area and make sure the corners are fully insulated with no dead space in the join (the usual sin found for why you have cold corners).