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Technology Enthusiast, Gamer, Sci-Fi Addict, and DIY-er in training. =)


May
26
comment What specific fitting do I need to connect a 1/4“ copper refrigerator water tube to a 3/4” steel water line that's already in use?
I found the following while perusing at home depot: homedepot.com/p/… Would something like this work? Both output connections appear designed for compression threads so I wonder if the connection to the sink would have issues?
May
25
comment What specific fitting do I need to connect a 1/4“ copper refrigerator water tube to a 3/4” steel water line that's already in use?
So essentially a tee fitting and then two separate valves connected to that? One valve going to the sink faucet and one compression valve going to the refrigerator supply?
Apr
26
comment How should I fill in decorative “gashes” in wood siding?
Thanks @user21234! I didn't know there was a specific name for it.
Dec
27
comment Is it “normal” for a vacuum cleaner to trigger an arc fault breaker?
The vacuum is a Dyson DC14 (about 4 years old). The cord is in good shape. It plugs sniggly in the receptacle. I'm not sure what to check for to determine the reason for the trip - can you please elaborate? The vacuum is rated for 12 Amps.
Oct
3
comment Can I run a 50 amp circuit underground?
@Tester101 I'm confused - I thought some regions require conduit no matter how deep the line is buried and even if it's UF. That's not the case?
Sep
17
comment Why is it good practice to remove sheathing from NM wire when going through conduit?
Sorry... I'm still confused. I (now) understand that NM-cable cannot be used for outdoor conduit at all. But what about UF cable? Does the sheathing for that need to be stripped? prior to routing the wiring through the conduit? Or is it just best to leave the sheathing on any/all times that UF wire is going through outdoor conduit?
Sep
4
comment Is there any reason why I should have a contractor get a permit himself instead of getting it on my own?
Just thinking of the worst case scenario - let's say I hire an electrician to do the work and he flakes. Do I need to get a completely new permit if another electrician will do the same work?
Aug
19
comment Why did an HVAC installer add this PVC pipe?
@DMoore lol I know right? It doesn't make sense to me. The only thing I can think of would be stricter requirements on ventilation tubes... but still.... Good news is that it passed inspection. So as ugly as it is, at least it's code-compliant.
Aug
7
comment How many concrete piers do I need to support a 10 x 10 wooden floor supporting a 1600 lb shed?
So... would it be worth me elaborating more on the design, structure, and measurements? I'd be happy to if that would be helpful in clarifying.
Aug
6
comment What is the official name for this metal bracket that sits on top of a concrete pier?
Why the down vote? Is this not an appropriate question to ask?
Aug
5
comment What kind of foundation should I use for this garden shed site location?
@bib Dually noted. Thankfully my area doesn't have strict permit conditions on foundations for shed. Concrete is OK (as long as the location of the shed complies with setback requirements and isn't habitable). But you're right - codes are different in every area.
Aug
5
comment What kind of foundation should I use for this garden shed site location?
Thanks. I think permanent is the way I'm headed. I'm planning for it to be around at LEAST 5-10 years (hopefully longer) so durability is a must.
Aug
5
comment What kind of foundation should I use for this garden shed site location?
@HenryJackson Updated the post to include climate information. I agree that a poured pad is a little much. I don't want the shed to move but budget is also a concern so I'd like to be as cost efficient as possible. I'd like to shed to be there for the long term - at LEAST 5-10 years.
Aug
5
comment Does water-based paint expire?
How was the paint stored through the 6 years? Did it experience high heat or freezing temperatures? What are you planning to use it for?
Apr
14
comment How do you disconnect a TV cable that runs all along the walls throughout the house?
Can you elaborate on some details? Where are you disconnecting it from? What is the end goal? Depending on what you want to achieve, you may want to leave the cabling itself for other TV service to user later.
Jan
15
comment Can a gas fireplace insert heat an entire house?
Thanks. Yeah, the unit we're looking at has a blower in it.
Jan
8
comment What options are available for insulating interior walls myself with minimal damage to the wall?
Thanks. That's exactly what I needed to know.
Jan
4
comment How long do batteries typically last in electronic deadbolts?
Just a quick follow-up to this post. We've had this lock for over 2 years now and it's still going strong (with the stock batter). Since the bolt is turned by hand, I think it helps conserve battery life.
Dec
22
comment What type of window is this and how can I remove it with minimal damage to the wall?
On a side note, we tried chipping away some of the stucco and don't see any fins. Maybe we didn't dig deep enough.
Dec
22
comment What type of window is this and how can I remove it with minimal damage to the wall?
Fair point. I guess I'm a little concerned about removing the old window and not having the right new window to take it's place.