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comment How can I edge concrete without an edge trowel?
Any automotive body shops around? Using a dolly and body hammer on a piece of flat steel or thicker aluminum sheet to form a rounded bend along one edge of a rectangle was a really common skill in the old days of creating replacement parts from scratch.
21h
comment Can we capture the hot, humid air from a gas-powered clothes dryer during winter?
Plus any heat exchanger will clog up with lint over time, creating a fire and backdraft hazard.
Nov
17
comment Is it a problem that the entire element in my electric oven is not red?
Pictures? It's normal for the last 2-3 inches on both ends near the connector block to be black.
Nov
17
comment Can I plug a generator into a dryer outlet
Powering up the transformer that feeds your house is a really bad idea. An interlock system that disconnects the power feed (NOT MANUALLY FLIPPING THE 200A breaker) and connects the genset to the house system is mandatory.
Nov
15
comment Is a PVC union air tight?
This is a safety issue, if this was a working shop, OSHA would shut you down because of the safety hazard. It rates up there, not quite as high as "don't run acetylene through copper".
Nov
12
comment Why do CFLs stop buzzing when an incandescent light is added to the mix?
@mbeckish is correct on making sure these are dimmables. If they are all dimmable, then you've found one of the issues with leading edge cut R and RL dimmers. The rise time is so sharp that it causes issues in the electronics, usually the dimmer is what buzzes. Adding some resistance to the circuit will slow the voltage rise. Trailing edge cut dimmers aren't prone to this noise because the front edge of the sine wave is preserved so there's a normal voltage rise. Change out the dimmer control to one the manufacturer specifies for CFL lamps to totally cure the problem.
Nov
10
comment How can I level a sagging concrete floor in a condo building?
Demolition. 1 ft drop indicates this was badly built with major failure in the geoengineering department while the foundation was being built. Even if the footings have been "fixed" whatever that means, concrete construction doesn't handle structural failure like that well and the building integrity has been compromised. If you live in earthquake country, run in the opposite direction fast, keeping all your money with you, the "view" isn't worth it as the building will probably pancake. View some quake footage for what pancake means.
Nov
7
comment Why would it matter whether a front-loading washer is upstairs?
Having seen one let go, it makes a bit of a mess. A work mate had a 3 year old front loader in a utility room at the top of the stairs drain into the living room below. Greywater soaked carpets...
Nov
4
comment How can I extract a broken off 1/2 inch threaded galvanized pipe?
Saw your post, at least you weren't dealing with rust in the threads. Can be a real pain requiring the hacksaw blade and cape chisel approach to remove.
Nov
4
comment How can I extract a broken off 1/2 inch threaded galvanized pipe?
Since that's oil, what was this pipe thread part of, some sort of oil drain-back? Oil drain extension?
Nov
4
comment Is the water valve continuing to leak after I shut it off normal?
Possibly water draining back from the hot pipes, you've only shut off the cold water inlet.
Nov
3
comment Is it “normal” for a vacuum cleaner to trigger an arc fault breaker?
Vacuums tend to use Universal Motors. Universal motors have a field winding and commutated rotor windings. The brushes that ride on the commutator arc as the rotor spins. AFCI circuit breakers are designed to detect arc hash in broken lamp cords, etc.
Nov
2
comment Can I substitute two wires for one heavier-gauge wire?
@ratchetfreak - Fails the fail safe rule, one long hot fusible link...
Nov
2
comment Where does the washer go when replacing this toilet seat?
RAK Infinity Seat This is the only seat shown that has the same style hinge point. The above replacement differs quite a bit.
Nov
1
comment What type of bolt has a shoulder portion above and unthreaded region below threads?
The term is pivot bolt, but this is a specialized type that is custom made for this application.
Oct
30
comment What are these male sockets called, and what are they used for?
Nice wobble head impact extensions! A mechanic's best friend during disassembly.
Oct
30
comment What are these male sockets called, and what are they used for?
Bottom set is commonly referred to as Allen or internal hex drive for socketed cap screws, grub/set screws.
Oct
25
comment Can I run an extension cord through my crawl space?
Absolutely not. Does not pass fire inspection or code. If your insurance company figures out it caused a fire, you may lose rights to compensation for property damage.
Oct
25
comment Will using concrete anchors in wall studs cause problems?
They expand as the bolt enters the anchor, wood splits along the grain. Same goes for using an overly large lag bolt with an overly small pilot hole.
Oct
22
comment Are pull chains available for wall switches?
Ripped out a floor and the switch is now halfway up the wall?