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Jan
31
revised How to get a new tumbler pattern to re-key existing locks?
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Jan
31
comment How to get a new tumbler pattern to re-key existing locks?
A key can be cut by numbers. A specific length (top) pin in the cylinder corresponds to a specific depth cut on the key. So you must have a new key cut to this new pattern. And the new key can either come as part of a rekey kit, or can be cut based on the new pins in the cylinder.
Jan
31
answered How to get a new tumbler pattern to re-key existing locks?
Nov
4
comment Should I replace my mercury switch thermostat?
replacing mine like that for a moderately priced digital was the best thing I ever did. It seemed that for A/C, 60 degrees and 80 degrees were about 1 degree of rotation apart. :) Now I just need to get it recycled properly… It absolutely should not go into the trash.
Sep
21
comment Can I build a hot tub using lumber?
One suggested for anyone using LumberTub v2.0: I would rotate the band boards 90 degrees so they are flat. Overlap them at the ends and join with through-bolts. That aligns their stiffer axis to better support the outward force. It also provides a handy drink shelf. :)
Sep
8
comment How do I fix this leaking dishwasher drain pipe?
best would be to clean it all up first. adding/replacing a hose clamp only helps if it is the clamped joint leaking, and that might not be clear in current state. If it is leaking at the joint between plastic elbow and rubber boot, adding a hose clamp or tightening the one you have won't help. Once you can see where it is leaking, you should be able to tell if it is the clamped joint or the hose assembly. If the latter, just buy a new one. (online or someplace that sells appliance parts)
Aug
30
awarded  Yearling
Aug
9
comment Can a problem with heater stack liner cause outside chimney mortar to crack and fall out
What kind of fuel does the furnace burn?
Aug
8
comment What is the “warm water method” of clearing a clogged toilet?
If the toilet is sealed with a wax ring, excessively hot water can melt the wax enough to leak.
Jul
26
awarded  Informed
Jul
23
answered How can I ground a fluorescent light that I'm attaching a wall outlet plug/cord to?
Jul
19
answered What is the correct method to determine the drill bit size from the measured threaded diameter?
Jul
16
answered Does the amount of air noise generated by a portable fan depend on blade design?
Jul
15
comment Can you identify the brand of this window?
Some window companies are regional, so knowing where you are might help narrow it. It's a vinyl sliding window? You'll want to find commonly-used vendors of builder grade vinyl windows in your area. That being said, it might only be warranteed to the original purchaser. The stickers don't have much useful information. Sometimes the hardware is unique, so a picture of that might help, especially if there is anything that looks like a logo.
Jul
15
comment Will 12" tiles crack if laid on a bowed concrete floor?
1/8" (c. 3mm) is small enough that you can even let the thinset mortar be thicker in the center of the room, eliminating the bow with the tile layer.
Jul
11
answered How do I troubleshoot a washing machine that uses hot water on cold settings?
Jul
11
comment How do I troubleshoot a washing machine that uses hot water on cold settings?
Wouldn't a fill valve that was stuck open remain open, never shutting off the water? I helped diagnose a washer that had a fill valve that occasionally stuck open, once causing a flood. But in that scenario, the washer needs to call for hot and open the valve for it then to become stuck open. Some washers temper cold water with some amount of hot even on the "cold" cycle. I think this washer is one of those, and the temperature sensor has failed.
Jul
11
comment How do I fix bumps in carpet that only appear when it's warm and humid?
I don't think you can stretch carpet that is glued down.
Jul
9
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jul
8
awarded  Editor