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comment Is there a tool that will crimp close the end the ribs on a metal roofing panels?
Metal roofing comes in several different styles. Not sure what you're describing. Flattening corrugated roofing? Standing seam flat panel metal roofing? Ribbed flat panel metal roofing? Pictures would go a long way towards helping provide an answer as to the exact metal roofing panels and the way to finish off the eaves.
Jul
22
comment Can I install a Sharkbite shut off valve with only a half of an inch of copper to connect to?
In a beautiful flood of water instead of an annoying bucket catchable drip... Right away, heh!
Jul
21
comment How to rewire house electrical?
Depending on where you live, the first place to start will be with your local municipal/county planning department to see how much of this you can do yourself and where an electrician needs to be involved.
Jul
20
comment Can I use a 20 amp breaker in the situation of having 15 amp wire connected to a 20 amp main wire?
You must limit the current to the smallest gauge wire in the circuit or else rip out the smaller wire and replace with the proper size. It's all due to diameter and resistance. Small wire heats when current above its capacity is passed through it.
Jul
18
comment How much cooling can I expect from a central air conditioner?
Keeping the heat out in the first place can be the most important part of the whole equation. Not trying to cool the outdoors by air leakage and not allowing radiant heat in (double pane with e-glass, radiant barriers in the attic) goes a long ways to keeping cool.
Jul
17
comment Can a GFCI burn out a (ceiling fan) motor?
Needs a start capacitor as it needs a method of producing a phase shifted magnetic field to give the rotor kick to start the rotor turning. Single phase is not self starting like the magnetic vortex of three phase. Several different ways of accomplishing the phase shift, Shaded Pole where a shorted copper loop magnetically induces a magnetic field gradient, position shifted start winding with centrifugal switch and capacitor start where the current lead phase shifts the magnetic field in the start winding to produce rotational force.
Jul
16
comment Does a bathroom exhaust fan have to vent to the outside?
'Normal' is what causes code to be written because accumulated evidence that doing it that way causes a high percentage of fail.
Jul
14
comment Old cellulose insulation holding heat during summer
Replacing the old insulation won't fix the problem, more attic ventilation to remove hot air and radiant barriers to keep the Infrared from the underside of the roof sheeting from penetrating into the insulation will. As also will a change in reflectivity/color of the roofing material to prevent heat penetration in the first place.
Jul
14
comment Is my circuit breaker box grounded? If not, can it be?
Reminds me of a house we lived in, the neutral bonded to ground at the meter through the usual 8' ground stake. The fuse panel was bonded to neutral. Probably what is being described. Technically ungrounded.
Jul
13
comment What happens when my incomer main and generators are operated together without an interlock ?
@WayfaringStranger - Unlike a synchronizing sine-wave inverter for Solar power which is meant to feed power back into the grid (other safety mechanisms in place), there's no mechanism in a standard genset to synch to the grid. They never were intended to. So, really good point as two generation systems feeding in at 180 degrees out of phase are effectively seeing a dead short.
Jul
10
comment How can I tap an unused well for outdoor watering?
How deep is the well? Irrigation pumps tend to be low pressure, high volume and you have a maximum lift of approx 32 feet. Deeper requires a jet pump or submersible and you start converting to high pressure and using a tank to take advantage of that for accumulating water volume.
Jul
9
comment Where can I buy elbow grease?
There is room for humor on this site, I hope and pray??? DIY can be disheartening at times and having something for a grin once in a while is kind of nice.
Jul
9
comment Where can I buy elbow grease?
Where they also carry Flight Line, Prop Wash and Muffler Bearings. We regularly send our newest recruits down to our local "Shake a Leg" store for the experience of collecting parts from our local jobber.
Jul
9
comment What are the possible solutions for an uphill septic system in rocky area around lake
Sand filter probably wouldn't work in that case, it's a large berm about 3' high and the size of a small drain-field buried under another 1' of dirt over thick plastic so it can be landscaped. With that frost line, I'd imagine it would freeze up in winter.
Jul
6
comment How can I open an overfilled drawer?
All hail Anoia, goddess of things that stick in drawers!
Jul
5
comment Can I install a rocket stove inside my house?
What country? The mass heater system linked to, if properly built with attention to detail (proper firebox, draft and sealing of combustion/smoke area from living space) is similar to how Finnish and Russian ceramic heating systems work. You build a hot, completely combusting fire and warm a thermal storage system.
Jul
5
comment Can I install a rocket stove inside my house?
In the US, you would have to be in a rural area where stove inspections or code restrictions are not enforced. Too many house fires and carbon monoxide deaths... Whole family except the 9 year old son died from the latter about 2 years ago in our county.
Jul
5
comment What are these marks on the Romex wire in the wall?
The tar often was used as an adhesive for the fiberglass batt to stick the paper to it. It will stain the Romex sheath.
Jul
3
comment How does low freon cause the compressor suction line to freeze up
Read up on flooded evaporator cooling systems. There are several ways of regulating the transition from liquid to gas, some mechanically complicated with variable orifice expansion valves, others with fixed orifices that are cheaper to manufacture and maintain.
Jul
2
comment Is it possible to smooth over these drywall imperfections?
several layers Yep, I committed that sin once and repented as it continued to shrink. Layers that need to be let fully dry as they will pull the overlying tape in as they shrink.