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comment Why is my shallow well jet pump cycling on and off rapidly?
Yeah, the foot valve is a check valve so your pump inlet line doesn't empty back into the well when the pump turns off, especially if you don't have a check valve on the outlet side between the pump and the tank. Then all your hard work empties through the pump, back into the well.
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comment Why is my shallow well jet pump cycling on and off rapidly?
You might have a waterlogged pressure tank then. Is this a bladder style tank or a free air tank? The bladder type is pre-charged, there should be an escutcheon ring around the bicycle valve on the tank that tells you the pressure it is filled to with the tank empty. It must hold this pressure with an empty tank, else the bladder has a leak. If water ever comes out of this valve, the bladder is ruptured. Free air style tanks need to be recharged every 3-6 months as the air diffuses into the water and leaves the tank.
Aug
25
comment Weird set screw on single handle bathroom faucet
Ooh, secure it so the handle can't be removed. Probably a unit intended for commercial installation in public bathrooms. Hence the post and requirement for a special tool.
Aug
25
comment Weird set screw on single handle bathroom faucet
Exactly the tack I chose when disassembling my McColloch electric saw to Locktite and tighten up the motor stator bolts so the armature would quit dragging. They had two of those Security Torx screws in the set to prevent disassembly and repair. Pthht! Remove the pin and let me in.
Aug
23
comment Why do my clothes smell when I dry them outside on line but they are fine when tumble dried?
Everything's moldy in Florida. I can smell the must on our employees clothing when they return home from doing 2 week stints at our other store location. In this case, damp hay smell, the kind that warns you you're going to kill your horses and cattle if you feed it to them.
Aug
23
comment Toilet bowl level drops after flushing
Also, improperly installed back-to-back toilet stalls can suffer from siphoning, doesn't matter how large the stack is, the volume and speed of the water flush pulls more air than can be supplied, siphoning the opposite toilet.
Aug
23
comment What factors influence the security of a front door lock?
Defense in depth. An alarm system renders breaching windows, locks and doors a moot issue often. A motion detection light alerts others in the neighborhood that there's activity, etc. Multiple, persistent threats make a property a less desirable target.
Aug
23
comment How to attach a bolt down post support to a fast set concrete post built with
Be aware that these post supports don't do well against resisting the leverage of a gate trying to topple the gate post and will be prone to gate sagging unless you have a way of tying each gate post to its adjacent fence post with tension elements or use a gateway span beam tied to the tops of the gate posts to keep them plumb.
Aug
23
comment Electrician Terminology “FAU”
If the breaker handles are tied together so they both operate simultaneously, then yes, it would be a 220/240V circuit.
Aug
21
comment Why are carpenters' pencils flat?
So they don't roll, ever done any jobs where you lay a standard scribbler down and and have it head for the nearest inaccessible crack?
Aug
19
comment During a lightning storm, what causes the lights to temporary cut off and on?
Heh, exploding squirrels. One went off with a bang several years ago and took out a transformer in our substation. Never underestimate the power of guerrilla squirrels.
Aug
18
comment Metalwork - Is it possible to achieve a smooth surface (planishing) with just hammers and slappers?
There's people who can do amazing work with a wood mallet and a cottonwood stump. They've had lots of practice. Your equivalent will be a smooth slapper and a lead-shot filled leather bag. Get some sheet aluminum and practice before you do the real thing. The secret is to never hit it with an edge that leaves a kink.
Aug
16
comment Do big-box stores sell inferior versions of plumbing fixtures?
Volume Discount. Manufacturers have pricing tiers based on how much you buy. Nationwide buyers have huge volume as opposed to your hometown fixture shop who is buying for your town and surrounding area.
Aug
11
comment How does a shower valve get installed backwards?
If they all turn in the same direction on disc valve cartridge type faucets, usually you're buying a cheap knockoff fixture where the manufacturer couldn't be bothered to pay attention to detail.
Aug
10
comment Circuit Breaker installation
Yeah, when I wrote that up, I realized that vital word didn't stand out enough so I bolded it. It's definitely a contract job if you're DIY. You don't want to replace one problem with another, you want the issue to go away permanently.
Aug
9
comment Can I clean a second story dryer vent that goes out the roof from the inside?
The clog in these is usually all the lint caught in the bug screen under the cap. If you can get into the attic, pull the pipe loose from the cap and manually remove all the lint from the screen. All the brush does is knock the lint loose so it can finally clog any last opening left in the screen.
Aug
9
comment How to avoid gas freezing
Too heavy a gas flow required from too small a tank at too low a temperature to absorb enough heat from the environment to warm the liquid propane. Larger tank is a heat sink that will absorb ambient heat with a large internal evaporative surface area so the liquid doesn't get as cold. Running a gas forge on a 20 gallon tank on a hot day can fit the bill easily for too small, you will have ice on the outside of the tank if it's humid.
Aug
9
comment Circuit Breaker change
If the panel interior is big enough, Eaton makes a Cutler & Hammer retrofit kit that an electrician can install. Pull the meter, gut the old box of the bus bars and attachments, install the insert and rewire. And wow, now you can have GFCI and Arc Fault breakers as well. And you don't have to rip out the wall, insert a new panel, hope the wires and cables are long enough, etc.
Aug
9
comment Circuit Breaker installation
If the panel interior is big enough, Eaton makes a Cutler & Hammer retrofit kit that an electrician can install. Pull the meter, gut the old box of the bus bars and attachments, install the insert and rewire. And wow, now you can have GFCI and Arc Fault breakers as well. And you don't have to rip out the wall, insert a new panel, hope the wires and cables are long enough, etc.
Aug
8
comment Why does my bathroom light go off and on after switch gets turned on
Electrical arcs from bad connections or poor contact shorts create broadband hash noise. If you are hearing this sound on TV audio, Radio audio especially on an AM radio, you need to hunt it down before it causes a fire. A bad electrical switch with burned contacts could also cause this.