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Nov
22
reviewed Approve I have a number of sagging drawers due to broken rear brackets on sliding drawers. Can anyone help me find replacement brackets (pictured below)?
Nov
22
reviewed Approve why does my house have a 4 inch vent stack going out the front?
Nov
22
comment Toaster oven makes my kitchen lights flicker
Not common enough for me to have noticed it in any house I've ever lived in. Possibly a regional thing? US location.
Nov
21
comment How can I edge concrete without an edge trowel?
Any automotive body shops around? Using a dolly and body hammer on a piece of flat steel or thicker aluminum sheet to form a rounded bend along one edge of a rectangle was a really common skill in the old days of creating replacement parts from scratch.
Nov
21
comment Can we capture the hot, humid air from a gas-powered clothes dryer during winter?
Plus any heat exchanger will clog up with lint over time, creating a fire and backdraft hazard.
Nov
20
reviewed Reject How do I reconnect a ceiling fan light chain?
Nov
19
awarded  Pundit
Nov
17
reviewed Approve Can I build a deck from reclaimed 2x4's?
Nov
17
comment Is it a problem that the entire element in my electric oven is not red?
Pictures? It's normal for the last 2-3 inches on both ends near the connector block to be black.
Nov
17
revised What could be causing the copper green smells in my house when the furnace turns on?
Hardi-Plank note.
Nov
17
answered What could be causing the copper green smells in my house when the furnace turns on?
Nov
17
reviewed Approve How to Stop GFCI tripping when current drops too quickly?
Nov
17
comment Can I plug a generator into a dryer outlet
Powering up the transformer that feeds your house is a really bad idea. An interlock system that disconnects the power feed (NOT MANUALLY FLIPPING THE 200A breaker) and connects the genset to the house system is mandatory.
Nov
15
comment Is a PVC union air tight?
This is a safety issue, if this was a working shop, OSHA would shut you down because of the safety hazard. It rates up there, not quite as high as "don't run acetylene through copper".
Nov
12
comment Why do CFLs stop buzzing when an incandescent light is added to the mix?
@mbeckish is correct on making sure these are dimmables. If they are all dimmable, then you've found one of the issues with leading edge cut R and RL dimmers. The rise time is so sharp that it causes issues in the electronics, usually the dimmer is what buzzes. Adding some resistance to the circuit will slow the voltage rise. Trailing edge cut dimmers aren't prone to this noise because the front edge of the sine wave is preserved so there's a normal voltage rise. Change out the dimmer control to one the manufacturer specifies for CFL lamps to totally cure the problem.
Nov
10
answered How should a section of cast iron piping be replaced?
Nov
10
comment How can I level a sagging concrete floor in a condo building?
Demolition. 1 ft drop indicates this was badly built with major failure in the geoengineering department while the foundation was being built. Even if the footings have been "fixed" whatever that means, concrete construction doesn't handle structural failure like that well and the building integrity has been compromised. If you live in earthquake country, run in the opposite direction fast, keeping all your money with you, the "view" isn't worth it as the building will probably pancake. View some quake footage for what pancake means.
Nov
9
answered What type of squeegee should I use when oiling a floor?
Nov
9
reviewed Approve What is causing this water on the drywall and how concerned should I be?
Nov
7
comment Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs?
Having seen one let go, it makes a bit of a mess. A work mate had a 3 year old front loader in a utility room at the top of the stairs drain into the living room below. Greywater soaked carpets...