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comment How can you open the top part of a double-hung window when you are old and short?
Screw eye in the window frame and a push/hook pole is what our elementary school used. Pre-airconditioning everywhere era and one of the kids got assigned to be window monitor.
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comment Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
Yes, low power can burn out motors. If the voltage is only at 112V, it's probably dropping to 100v or less under full circuit load as evidenced by the symptoms. Good news, it's external so the fire hazard issue goes away. More good news, it's the power company's to deal with.
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comment Can I cover the vent leading to my crawlspace?
You don't vent uninsulated crawl-spaces into the house, you vent them outdoors to prevent moisture buildup. It's a mold health hazard issue.
Jul
28
comment How to fix a pinhole leak in water main inside my house?
Heh, neither can I. Excavation required. Unless you can find out what the city planning requirements of the time were.
Jul
28
comment Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
Hard to say, but my accountant lost her house to a fire caused by a bad wire connection in an outlet so I get a little paranoid when people start mentioning potential loose connections. So I'd say, especially since it's a multiple circuit issue that it needs immediate attention.
Jul
28
comment Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
There is no use for a 6-plug tap on a washing machine socket. The washing machine outlet is normally dedicated to only that purpose, wired direct to a breaker with it being the only socket on that circuit. (though this is a 1937 residence, built before such became common practice.) If you're familiar with doing such stuff, I'd go get a faceplate, pull the tap off (may be secured by the center screw) and plug direct into the socket. And flickering is not only a safety hazard, but can kill other equipment, especially motors if it's a brownout/low voltage situation.
Jul
27
comment Is it okay to drill a ground rod through pavement?
I've seen concrete pours where a piece of PVC pipe of sufficient diameter was used to create a well exactly for this. Large enough to fit your hand and a tool to tighten the clamp to the ground rod down at dirt level.
Jul
26
comment aluminum or vinyl for replacement glass sliding door?
Heh, you remind me of my Grandfather's Ford Pinto. I made the mistake of trying to blow the bugs out of the radiator. All the fins departed in a cloud of copper flake. Inland wrecking yards are good for finding non-saltwater car parts.
Jul
26
comment What is the best method for short-term repair of composite wood siding?
A little known fact in the future of most of the McMansions that have everyone so steeply under water is that they were built with this stuff. If you don't keep a good, thick layer of semi-impervious paint on this stuff, you'll soon have a $450k granite countertopped, faux-stone clad, tile roofed wonder with exterior walls making all those T-111 sided cheap ranch styles looking really good. Also, immediately take care of any gutter problems or rain splash issues as it hangs at the bottom of the boards and works its way up through the material.
Jul
25
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.