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Mar
24
comment How can I attach structure via oval holes in panel struts in a panel van?
Check to see if the Van manufacturer provides clip-nuts (caged nut with a clip that holds them in that oval hole) for attaching items. It sounds like the vehicle is made from the factory for custom attachment of equipment.
Mar
24
comment Can I glue poly supply line to a connector?
Basically, the rule of thumb is to always clamp polyethylene. A similar type is PEX which is always connected with compression fittings or clamps. The slick nature of this particular plastic defies glues and doesn't seem to lend itself to solvent welding like ABS/PVC.
Mar
24
comment Can I use a tap and die kit to change the thread pitch on an existing machine screw?
Plus Grade 8 bolts usually have roll formed threads to prevent stress risers. Cut threads can leave the thread root susceptible to fatigue fracture.
Mar
23
comment What is the best method for short-term repair of composite wood siding?
Give it 25 years from install till replacement, we're getting ready to rip all of it off our company's building. You can push your hand through it now. It does not stand up well to Oregon's moisture, even if you keep a good coat of paint on it. While the resins used to bond the wood fiber together can be marine grade waterproof, the moisture soaks into the material through exposed wood fiber at the bottom and capillaries up into it. The OSB core rots from the inside-out.
Mar
22
comment How this compressor needs electrical power to work? (A/C compressor)
Get the part number off it, and look up the specs. If you're lucky, somewhere in them should be an HP/kW rating given for the engine power used by the unit. In the old days, it was 5-7 horsepower. Or go do a wrecking yard recon for one off a Toyota Prius, it's already electrical driven and from standard battery power.
Mar
22
comment To which terminals do you connect a phone jack?
Phone wiring is pretty standard, he's got an RJ-11 modular jack being interfaced to a T-568A single twisted pair.
Mar
7
comment Stainless or aluminum chimney liner
Corrosion, while aluminum has that oxide layer thing going for it in normal atmospheric exposure, moist environments in the presence of combustion byproducts can make it as durable as unprotected iron.
Mar
6
comment How do I find and eliminate a sickly sweet smell in my apartment with no obvious source?
If you have a centrally located light fixture, dead mouse in the ceiling. Pull the fixture down and airseal the electrical box with expanding foam.
Mar
2
comment Safely use a bare light socket
Black electrical tape isn't steampunk, any late Victorian/Edwardian style steampunk electrics will be using lots of glass, ceramic and hard rubber for insulation. Go for safe.
Mar
1
comment German tile roof installed using dowels
Were you by chance observing repairs being done on some sort of Photo-Voltaic roof tile system?
Feb
28
comment My house has electric heat, built in 1969. How can I save $. Are solar panels the way to go, or is there something better out there?
To keep it in perspective, 2kW is pretty easily eaten up in the modern home so that's merely supplemental power. If you're planning to heat with solar electric, between the HVAC and the properly sized PV system, I think there's a little more involved cost-wise especially dependent on location. As stated in your answer, that fireplace is a huge air leak.
Feb
25
comment My house has electric heat, built in 1969. How can I save $. Are solar panels the way to go, or is there something better out there?
Without location to give latitude and climate, there isn't enough information to discuss solar. If you're talking solar-thermal, it's a maybe in certain locations. Solar electric, think "mortgage the house" and converting electricity to heat isn't worth it.
Feb
25
comment Will switching to LED lightbulbs make a significant difference in my electric bill?
Price has come down on 60W equivalent (800 Lumen) LED and is in the $4-6 range currently for Philips. I'm having them outlast CFL (6-8 Months) vs going on 2 years for LED. Over the long term, yes, they will save. Short term as a percentage of total house power, no.
Feb
22
comment How can I remove the stopper from my sink?
@user3670482 - Put water in the sink an inch deep, lift the edge of the plunger head so you can press down to evacuate all the air and water, let it drop and then pull up forcibly on the handle, creating a vacuum over the stopper. The stopper has a pretty large surface area for the vacuum to work on. Don't push down, you'll only push the stopper deeper.
Feb
21
comment Is it possible to replace a fusebox lever without replacing the whole box?
Not going to pass inspection. It's a fire hazard and an insurance deal breaker. In addition to being an electrocution hazard if anyone needs to cut the power.
Feb
21
comment What is a single pole 30 amp breaker used for
Or a 2500kva uninterruptible power supply that runs off 120VAC
Feb
17
comment Do I need a back-flow preventer for a new water to garden?
For safety's sake, any irrigation line needs a backflow preventer and vacuum breaker, especially if ever there's a possibility anyone gets the bright idea to do fertilizer injection
Feb
15
comment Invert electric motor rotation
Add Make and Model number of motor to the question please. Appears to be capacitance run motor (White Tube at top of picture).
Feb
14
comment Best shoes for walking on a standing seam metal roof?
Material the soles is made of is very important. Most plastic polymers nowdays lose grip with cold temperatures. You're looking for a rubber sole that retains flexibility and traction.
Feb
13
comment Is it safe to ground/earth an extension cord with the radiator?
For cold water pipe grounds, etc. to properly work, you must know that the pipe has been properly bonded to ground in an area where you can definitely see and test it. And there must be NO dielectric fittings (anticorrosion) between your connection and that ground bonding. Speaking from experience as one who got zapped as a little kid because a bad element in a hot water heater energized the cold water bib outside the utility room. "Hey, it was the '60s, man, uncool!"