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comment Do I need to install aerial wall outlets or is there a wireless solution?
The one mentioned is just a digital transmission AV sender. You receive what the head end tuner is decoding. It has to resend the complete ATSC broadcast signal to its receiver which must have a tuner in it in order to display independent channels from the head end unit. The operative phrases that give it away are 1) Watch digital TV far away from the decoder. 2) Watch and operate the digital TV channels from your decoder anywhere. ie, it has a wireless control link.
5h
comment How do I interpret the type of steel used in a tool?
The cubic centimeters was me being facetious because, as it stands, it's just a window dressing number at this point, but may only really mean something to the manufacturer. What is this tool (make/manufacturer)? I'd need context in order to research further.
14h
comment How do I interpret the type of steel used in a tool?
Kind of an unknown as the standard alloy designation for 400 series stainless starts with 403. Since it doesn't fall into any standard range, I'd identify it as 400 cubic centimeters. <grin> After looking through the SAE charts, I come up with nothing. Do you have any letters like AISI, ASME, ASTM, CEN, ISO, JIS, SAE, UNS or any other alloy standards institute identifier?
1d
comment How can I build a septic tank?
Septic systems and cesspits are unsuitable for city use for this reason (not enough area for drainfield on the first, groundwater contamination on the second). The only acceptable method would be a fully sealed holding tank that gets pumped once a week.
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comment What type of copper pipe do I need for a typical LP gas range?
Refrigerator tubing, heh worked with that down on the dairy for hooking up the milk holding tank. The reefer unit was kind of undersized, so we'd be running a mist system on the condenser coils on a hot day like today. 103° F.
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comment What's the amperage on a circuit breaker that's “linked” together?
3 breakers tied together, you're running three phase equipment. Is this some sort of manufacturing facility?
Aug
26
comment Why would cinder blocks be used instead of concrete for a foundation wall?
Plus it's often a lot easier to use a flatbed truck to carry the brick or cinder block around around and set the courses in place without the need for extra support as the wall grows in height than it is to effectively pour concrete in a flat wall that needs a lot of support during the setup period. It's why full concrete wall construction is done as "tip up", you cast the wall flat on the ground with all the rebar in place. If you're going the concrete route, it's better to invest in ICF (insulated form concrete) which is yet another form of brick building when you think about it.
Aug
26
comment How can I build a septic tank?
A full septic system (septic tank and drainfield) uses bacterial action to break down the wastes and recycle the water.. The occasional pumping is to remove the solids that survive the process. And as @benrudgers notes, the size of the drain field and type of soil is the limiting factor. A cesspool is just a tank either (holding tank) sealed so it can be pumped quite often or (cesspit) leaky so it will return the liquid to the ground and be dug out less often and is a ground water contaminator as it doesn't provide the extended bacterial action that a properly designed septic system does.
Aug
24
comment Why do my fluorescent lights turn on slowly or not at all in the summer?
Or if T-12, just do a T-8 conversion. The T-12 and T-8 use the same bi-pin socket. Buy a new energy efficient electronic ballast for the number of tubes in the fixture and T-8 tubes. Rewire the fixture per the wiring diagram on the ballast and enjoy flicker free, more efficient lighting.
Aug
24
comment Noise reduction for roof air condensers
Used dense Douglas Fir 4x4 blocks of various lengths mounted with Silicone RTV to do that once. They altered the resonant frequency and the resilient mounting is an energy conversion layer that through shear, helps turn the vibration energy to thermal energy.
Aug
24
comment Noise reduction for roof air condensers
Minimal contact with roof by resilient bushing mounting of a support frame to solid support members isolated as much as possible from the roof sheeting, ceiling and wall structure (any of which acts as a huge speaker diaphragm if driven in any way by the vibration).
Aug
23
comment What type of tool do I need to remove this screw?
What is the device that this is on? Make/model as well.
Aug
20
comment Glass deck above basement addition
Cost-savings and glass roof = leakage...
Aug
20
comment How can I install an overhead water tank and refill it for individual usage?
First, you consult an engineer to see if the roof will support that much weight. Bad to have it come crashing down through the complex when the roof beams fail.
Aug
18
comment How to protect outside cable wire from myself?
Or if you know where it is (have a location service mark out all the utilities including cable so none are disturbed), dig a ditch for the new cable so the cable company can install conduit and schedule a conduit and coax installation. No downtime for you and they can leave the old cable in place for partial removal by you where it's mucking things up. Got tired of the old installation which was a shovel slit type with the cable only inches under the ground and prone to get cut anytime we had it surface.
Aug
18
comment Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken?
Duck Bill pliers work especially well for getting purchase on the inside of the base. Instead of squeezing, expand the handles so the square edges of the bill dig into the base down inside. You have a lot more leverage and you're working from inside the socket with a larger surface area to push against.
Aug
18
comment Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken?
Or if enough broken glass is left, half a potato. Don't laugh, it works. I also use a little silicone spray on the threads of the new bulb I put in to prevent the issue down the road.
Aug
18
comment Is a multi-strand conductor better suited for house-hold wiring than a single-core?
@bib - skin effect is an RF thing dependent on the frequency, if you're not working with RF circuits, you can ignore it. At 50-60Hz, it's nonexistent and only believed in being something to worry about by OCD audiophiles at 30kHz, ie dog frequencies.
Aug
18
comment How do I remove an underground paper hornets nest?
Glad to hear it. I've had run-ins with Yellow Jackets, had a sting-allergic friend throw a rock at a hollow oak. I was the sacrificial target as I was standing next to the thing when he decided to be smart. He got one sting, I had two get under my shirt and leave a trail. They sting till they get out, run out of venom or get squashed. Afterwards, we had a little talk about where hornets nest and the intelligence of not poking a bear with a sharp stick, or disturbing a hornet's nest.
Aug
17
comment How do I fix a heavily rusted garburator?
It's dead, Jim.