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Jan
31
comment Are standard light bulb bases being phased out?
Meh, everything causes cancer in California. I know that fact because it's prominently on every product I have to buy. Just waiting to get a carton of Organic Grass Fed Milk labelled with it as the warning is so pervasive. Anyway, that's the side effect of living in a nanny state that doesn't consider unintended consequences.
Jan
30
comment Central AC is Icing up, but not cooling my house
Somewhat counter-intuitive, but low refrigerant in a flooded evaporator system HVAC will cause the acting evaporator to ice up. You have a slow leak, have your HVAC tech come and check the system out.
Jan
16
comment Where can I find something similar to a fluorescent tube, with only one end for electrical contact
End-lit lucite rods
Jan
10
comment Word Definition
The other terms I'm used to is: A) a type of fishing lure or the fishing rod action to make it attractive to fish. B) step dancing as practiced by part of my ancestry. In the war on words, it's supposed to be some sort of racial slur among carnies which spread it like a social disease in parts of the US.
Jan
10
comment Changing fluorescent tube: how many degrees to turn?
In 20 years of changing fluorescent tubes, the answer has been no. If you had any experience with electrical contact cleaner (R-11) as was used for old TV tuners and electrical switches, some of it came with silicone lubricant. The wiping action as you install the tubes will ensure metal contact. I got tired of replacing broken sockets.
Jan
9
comment Why should I replace the starter every time I replace a fluorescent tube?
Filaments in the ends of the tubes stay on too long causing excess sputtering which turns the tube end black from the metal deposit and early filament burnout causing the tube to not light. Starters have two failure modes, the bimetal gets weak and delays opening keeping the filaments on too long, the contacts burn and the filaments don't light up during the starting phase.
Jan
8
comment How to run an extension cord through a tight space
In doing rental cleanups, I've found it amazing how many of those indefinite solutions become permanent. The final arbiter is always whether the insurance claim after any incident where this is found is denied.
Jan
3
comment What sort of hinge is this?
Also, these hinges are often referred to as Blum or Compact European Style cabinet hinges. Blum and Grass are common manufacturers.
Jan
3
comment What sort of hinge is this?
These style hinges often are stocked as two separate parts.The cabinet hardware has multiple ways of attaching, the above piece sets in a Forstner bit produced pocket in the door and will have mechanisms for 90, 135, 180 degree opening, etc.. It's mix and match to get the desired end result.
Dec
28
comment Support Beam Splitting
Picture three is quite common where heartwood is included within the beam. It's a radial split that forms because of the tension developed as the timber cross-section dries. On log cabin construction, I've seen it controlled by cutting a saw kerf the length of the log.
Dec
21
comment Mystery gas device?
Bit of moisture and sulfur content in that gas, flowers of sulfur around the valve stem packing nut that have evaporated from a minute leak over however long it's been there.
Dec
7
comment Should a water heater's anode be replaced?
Given that chemical reactions occur faster at higher temperature, yes. By how much, I really couldn't tell you.
Nov
29
comment Water Pressure switch keeps cutting on and off
Toilet flapper dribble, leaking faucet, weird damp spots between pump and house.
Nov
23
comment Water with every water source cuts in and out and goes wild what to do?
Pretty ambiguous, cutting in and out could be a waterlogged free air pressure tank or a broken bladder in a contained air pressure tank. Going wild calls to mind uncontrolled fire hoses snaking all over, probably not what you mean.
Nov
11
comment Would you expect a plumber to put up plastic to contain dust for a basement bathroom rough-in?
Never assume, always trust but verify. Job outline of responsibility must happen before the work is undertaken. No good contractor will object, checking that the subcontractor got the messge before starting work is important..
Nov
8
comment What is this digging tool called?
In other endeavors, known as a mole probe.
Oct
24
comment 240 volt biphasic to 240 volt monophasic
US home power distribution is Split-Phase, not Two-Phase or Biphasic with the 240 volt power being Single-Phase and 120V developed between each transformer secondary leg and the secondary center tap.
Oct
24
comment Why did my locked door open by itself?
This is why most modern entries have both a deadbolt and a latch. The deadbolt is positive locking, not dependent on a spring latch to drop into the strike plate pocket, leaving your door unlocked if you fail to pull the door to the jamb properly.
Oct
19
comment Is it wrong to connect multiple J-bends (traps) together?
Do a Barrel Roll... Star Fox
Oct
17
comment Can a tiny leak get worse?
If there's mineral in the water, minute thread leaks often are self-healing.