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comment I need help removing a support beam
No information on how far apart those posts are, what kind of weight they're supporting, the beam span or the size of the beam you are removing the support from. Who cares about whether three sistered 2x4's will support the ends when the main beam has the chance of folding in the middle. Sounds like a disaster in the making, unless you get somebody in there that can determine the loading and beam strength needed.
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comment Electrical wiring too short
Oh, the powers of textpad! Has that softened it enough for everyone?
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comment Allow downspout discharge to cross a sidewalk in a freezing climate?
Anything preventing digging the defective one up and giving it a proper gradient so it will drain? Or does it do a tremendous dip under the walkway?
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comment Why are there sewer odors coming from my shower drain?
Reminds me, I need to pour a bucket of water down the shower drain at work. I do it about every 4 months because the water evaporates out of the trap and sewer gas starts backing up into the bathroom which then leaks out into the lunchroom. Good idea on the cooking oil.
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comment When should I consider using Plastic Round Cap Roofing Nails?
@Ecnerwal - Ok, one of the McMansions around here had all the underlayment peeled off in a windstorm. Due to the intensity of building, the roofers couldn't keep up, so they'd roll out the underlayment and leave it for 3-4 weeks before doing the shingling. And in windy areas, you'd need to hold the underlay in place even if you were quick on the shingling.
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comment When should I consider using Plastic Round Cap Roofing Nails?
Is there a specific reason for using those on the underlayment (steep pitch roof, underlayment beneath tiles, added hold down for wind resistance, etc.) in roofing? I have been involved in several roof jobs and have never seen them used. The underlayment just gets rolled out and you start tiering shingles and nailing with the standard nails or staples.
May
24
comment Is this a “Dumping pit” by the builder and who is resposible to pay for this house was built 1998
Ugh! Don't walk over the area, there can be large voids in these debris pits that can collapse. And pictures would help. Hiring a consultant in soil engineering would be a good idea to find out how dangerous it is.
May
19
comment How do I properly feed coax through an outside wall?
Silicone caulk around the cable, 2" radius bend to allow for drip loop. Coax doesn't like to be kinked, and that is kinked. The center conductor will migrate in the insulation eventually. If this was hooked to a transmitter, you have a major fail.
May
18
comment Can I pump down an Air Conditioner myself?
Yep, first you need the equipment that extracts the refrigerant without contaminating it, then you need the vacuum pump (with clean oil) to pull a deep enough vacuum to extract all moisture after you've changed out the desiccant cartridge. And so on and so forth. This isn't a DIY, unless you work in the HVAC industry and have access to the tools and know the regulations. This isn't the good old days where I observed them just vent the freon to the atmosphere on a milk reefer unit, do the repair work, vac and charge with fresh freon. We're still paying for the good old days.
May
7
comment Which type of pump is appropraite for my well?
dym 6 inch bore?
May
1
comment How can I eliminate home shaking caused by vibration from heavy traffic/poor road condition?
From what I can see of geologic surveys in the Philadelphia area, you are situated on alluvial deposits which transmit seismic energy like Jello in a bowl. It will be nearly impossible to stop the shake. The seismic waves will just diffract under any concrete mass you stick in there to attempt deadening.
Apr
26
comment Is it OK to use old (30+ years) heating oil in my central heating furnace?
As long as it hasn't grown slime bacteria, diesel (no. 2 stove oil) fuel is notorious for clogging filters if it's been let sit for ages (experience gained from trying to resurrect an old Diesel Mercedes). Gasoline turns into an oxidized aldehyde mess that can strip the skin off your arm (experience gained from draining an old Jaguar tank...).
Apr
22
comment Does UV exposure cause deterioration to PVC pipe which can lead to catastrophic failure?
Clear Polyethylene is particularly sensitive to UV unless you're getting the greenhouse stuff that has the UV inhibitors. Polycarbonate is highly resistant. Most plastics suffer from polymer debonding in the presence of UV.
Apr
19
comment Automatic sprinkler valve will not shut off
If you can find the make and model number, look up the minimum flow rating for operation. Some of these valves don't work well after drip conversion as they don't have enough water flow to actuate the diaphragm effectively. Which is what happens when you open the downstream valve.
Apr
18
comment In layman's terms how much pressure is 4000 psi?
Paint stripping comes to mind... and it does it pretty effectively. Use it on your car with the right nozzle held too close and you'll abrade the paint.
Apr
14
comment Sash window design / security - parting bead vulnerable to attack?
Toughened laminated glass wasn't in the original question, standard window pane falls to the diamond tip scribe and body puller suction cup pretty noiselessly with a little practice.
Apr
14
comment Are there special pocket hole screws?
Pan Head screws would be the obvious replacement, with the addition of a pilot hole, you can go up to a size that fills the center through hole the drill produces for higher shear strength.
Apr
14
comment installed new disposal and now dishwasher will not drain
@AloysiusDefenestrate - It's an answer, convert it and collect upvotes. Drift pin and a hammer will remove the knockout. It's cast in with a thin groove to allow it to break out, use a mirror to make sure you get all of it. Not everyone has a dish washer, or may have a double sink with vacuum breaker and y fitting on the other basin.
Apr
14
comment How does a Helita Pulsar Lightning Protection System works?
They try to make it sound like they have a passive frequency generator that sends the ground charge off as RF. At least the center spike has a point for better corona discharge. Schematic Diagram shows an inductor, capacitor and spark gap which the cylinder, rod and mast are supposed to emulate as a basic LC tank circuit. Like the Pulsar 60 spec, MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) 3243 years. Not quite as good as the Egyptian pyramids, it will outlast most buildings it's attached to.
Apr
12
comment How to drill white Macabus
Did you have a constant stream of cold water on that diamond drill? Diamonds burn rather spectacularly.