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Jan
18
comment Can I save energy costs by turning off the refrigerator for 1-2 hours every day?
Modern refrigerators are highly efficient in electricity use, so the savings will be negligible. Attention to other areas of electricity use will pay off better.
Jan
15
comment PEX Pipes running along Ceiling on Inside Wall
@iLikeDirt - our major city construction project several years back was replacing the sewer mains in the north end of town that were put in around the WWII era. That Wiki description is way too close to what was being dug out because it had started to collapse and leak from the street traffic. It was described as a cardboard like material used in place of concrete sewer tile due to material shortages during the war effort.
Jan
14
comment How to tell if your locks are bump proof?
Brick through the glass is the brute force method, scoring tool and duct-tape can be pretty noiseless.
Jan
13
comment Does anyone have experience with insulating with waste-wool from shearing?
I would imagine it had some sort of treatment then if it was manufactured for insulation use. After doing a little looking, soaking the wool fiber in borax solution is one way of taking care of the pest problem and adds a fire retardant component. Another company uses wool as one component in a composite along with lime to manufacture a product that is used similar to polystyrene insulation sheet in its application. Interesting! I'd dispense with the burlap, its flammability is something I have experience with.
Jan
13
comment How is power to an entire room restored by plugging something into an outlet in an adjacent room?
@PeterCordes - I was thinking more of hearing a sizzle inside the outlet electrical box as the item plugged in completes the circuit so the other sockets come live. Yes, it's common for contact arc on the plug blades themselves.
Jan
13
comment Does anyone have experience with insulating with waste-wool from shearing?
How do you keep moths from eating it up? It's the one consideration I would have worries about.
Jan
11
comment Is it possible that I could have a 240V circuit with no circuit breaker?
Possibility this house was used in a Marijuana grow operation? I'd have an electrician look for an illegal tap before the power meter. Very common and very dangerous.
Jan
11
comment How is power to an entire room restored by plugging something into an outlet in an adjacent room?
Give that socket a good sniff, you probably will smell burnt metal and plastic. Arcing's never good, something's busted in it.
Jan
9
comment Legal water heater replacement
@ariel - I would make that statement only after reviewing my local planning office requirements and give location where that statement is true. Ordinance stricture on what you can do without permit varies widely by jurisdiction and DIY is often easily covered under permit; however, your home insurance provider doesn't exempt you if anything ever goes wrong and it can be proved that it was unpermitted DIY where permits were required.
Jan
9
comment How can I clear a blockage caused by the previous owner flushing grout down the toilet?
Sugar solution works while concrete is setting to produce exposed aggregate surfaces as properly applied, it stops a thin layer of Portland cement from hydrating so it can be washed off, but I've never seen it used as a means of dissolving or weakening mortar after it's set. I'll have to test that out next time I have need.
Jan
6
comment Can I lean a ladder against tempered glass without damaging the window?
Kaspang! Tempered glass is tough except for that one little scratch, at which point it explodes.
Jan
6
comment Can I use a Directv 4 way splitter to connect to an over the air TV antenna?
Another term for powered splitter is distribution amplifier. It amplifies the signal just enough to reduce the loss you normally experience with a passive splitter. Often, 4-way passive splitters tend to cause too much loss on an antenna system.
Jan
5
answered Why do CFLs stop buzzing when an incandescent light is added to the mix?
Dec
30
awarded  Necromancer
Dec
27
revised What could be causing a high pitched squeak when the water is turned on?
added description of noises
Dec
27
answered What could be causing a high pitched squeak when the water is turned on?
Dec
27
comment What could be causing a high pitched squeak when the water is turned on?
Is this a squeak that lasts as long as the water is running, or a short momentary squeak exactly when the water flow starts or stops?
Dec
25
comment Is Switching the Neutral OK?
The thread shell portion of the light socket will be hot and is exposed when changing burnt out lights or dealing with broken bulbs. This is of course, not code. This is alternating current so there is no flow from positive to negative, there is only earth potential (no effective voltage that can force current through your body) which should be present on both neutral and ground and hot on either split phase leg that can fry you...
Dec
24
reviewed Approve Should both ground and neutral in an electrical subpanel be bonded to the service ground?
Dec
21
awarded  Nice Answer