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comment How to replace existing ethernet wiring in the house?
When CAT4/5 has been installed using staples, drive rings or those plastic support clips, opening the wall is definitely necessary. I've had installations where you simply used aircraft looming tape to join the old cable to the new cable and just did a straight pull replacement, but most housing installations won't be this easy.
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comment Do brass ball valves have to be oriented with the flow of water?
Globe valves have a direction, when off, the stem is supposed to be on the outflow side of the valve so its packing isn't under pressure when the valve is closed.
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comment What's the true longevity of exposed fastener metal roofs?
The better systems use EPDM rubber which has a much longer life than Neoprene or whatever generic rubber you mention.
Apr
15
comment How to keep pine needles out of a gutter?
Top that with there's nothing like living next to a retired fireman who has lost his fear of fire. Maybe he was a closet pyro, but seeing a column of flame 10 ft above the roof comb from a bonfire in a suburban neighborhood, yipes! Concerned neighbor called and we had two fire trucks out on call.
Apr
13
comment reputable roofing company Fontana/ rancho cucamonga area
Shopping question, highly localized, asking for information that goes stale very quickly. The Exchange system is about gathering long term answers to questions that will have relevance down the road. How do I?, why should I?, what is wrong with this? are more what we're looking for.
Apr
10
comment Dead Bolt Removal
Yep, run steel drift pin through, pull both sides towards you, latch pops out.
Apr
7
comment Will an old oak tree close to my house cause problems?
Overhanging limbs aren't a good idea, an unhealthy tree that can drop on the house, really bad. Hence the recommendation of consulting an arborist.
Apr
5
comment Will an old oak tree close to my house cause problems?
Spread, height and species isn't mentioned. Some Oaks develop heart rot, have an arborist check regularly. You don't want any limbs within reach where they can drop on the house.
Apr
5
comment Air Compressor Quick Connect Coupler Won't Latch
Bad Quality Control. I've had cheap Female connectors fail like this. They use 3-5 lock balls under the latch collar that engage the male connector in the groove. If there's a machining bur in the hole the latch ball travels in, it won't let the collar seat or for the ball to engage the groove on the male connector. Also have had such poor machining tolerances that the lock balls fall out underneath the collar. Quality doesn't cost much more so I often throw away the stock junk and convert.
Apr
4
comment Is it ok by code to enclose a residentail breaker box in a finished basement as long as there is an access door and what are the requirements?
Also, beyond NEC, is it a fire code violation? Your local Fire Marshall will be another person who can tell you what passes fire inspection. They get really interested in obstructions and obscuring of locations for this kind of equipment. If the fireman cannot walk directly to, identify and access the panel, you will fail the fire inspection.
Apr
1
comment how do I build a 7 to 9 inch high water dam?
Damming it up just means a larger volume of water to do damage when the next bigger storm comes along.
Apr
1
comment Is there a way to get hot water without altering plumbing or electrical wiring too much?
The retired fireman across the street pulled this stunt. I had to deal with helping clean up the estate, it was a nightmare with all the "special wiring". Of course, he could plead the fifth as drinking off quite a few of them were involved in most of the decisions he made. Totally against code or common sense to recommend running extension cords like this. Fire is in your future.
Apr
1
comment Best Technique to Achieve Perfect Cut-Outs in a 2x4
And a cheese grater style wood rasp for smoothing the transitions, finished with sandpaper wrapped around a sufficient sized dowel.
Mar
31
comment What would cause lack of Oxygen in cellar
This is near a dairy, manure pits are a good source of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide, both heavier than air gasses. All you have to be is down wind for it to accumulate in a depression. I'd like to see what the assessment he's asked for reveals.
Mar
31
comment What would cause lack of Oxygen in cellar
Yes, sorry about that, sewer gas contains components that are heavier than air, though technically, if the soil around is saturated with Methane it can be an issue even if it merrily floats out a window. Still, the match thing is very worrying. If it snuffs a match, it will snuff you.
Mar
31
comment What would cause lack of Oxygen in cellar
Unventilated holes in the ground collect Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Hydrogen Sulphide and any other gas heavier than air. If you do not have proper air flow, this is a dangerous situation. Use a fan system to get some air exchange going. If you faint from lack of oxygen, it only puts you further down in the gas layer and you will suffocate.
Mar
29
comment PVC pipe cutter not working properly
Unlike the copper tubing cutter being described in the question (does a useless job on PVC plastic, I tried it once in desperation), this one doesn't rotate. Sqeezin' zee handles, the knife goes straight through.
Mar
29
comment Why aren't my PIR security lights working through my window?
Especially if you have that nice new highly energy efficient e-glass. And man sakes alive, walk though the reflection one sunny morning at sunrise to feel the reflective efficiency.
Mar
28
comment Why would a person get shocked by the front door handle?
Is it a metal door? Maybe someone ran one of the security hinge screws through into the electrical.
Mar
22
comment craftsman shop vac motor stuck on reverse
Only thing that changes the rotation on a universal motor is the commutator brush position. Often not changeable and must be disassembled if it is..