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comment How to fit 4" rigid aluminum duct vent in between walls when there is an angle brace?
Looking really closely at the sample picture that you showed it appears that the area where the duct is routed is using a 2x6 stud.
Apr
14
comment reputable roofing company Fontana/ rancho cucamonga area
Victor - Look into a web site called Angies List. You can find out about roofers in your area.
Apr
7
comment Is there a special type of screw to hang a light fixture onto the ceiling?
Another term used to describe this type of screw is as a "self tapping screw". The term tapping refers to the common tool called a "tap" which is normally used to cut threads inside a hole.
Apr
6
comment How do I even out a pair of bookcases on an uneven floor?
Your approach to attach them to the wall does depend to an great extent to two things. First the quality and integrity of the shelf unit. And then also how much weight will be going on the shelves. ------ Often these types of shelves are pretty flimsy with particle board butt joints between the shelves and the sides. Many also only have a colored paper board back. Neither of these scenarios are particularly great for the "screw 'em to the wall" approach. That is why I would even more recommend the scribe and cut method. All the weight goes to the floor.
Apr
1
comment How can I repair a towel bar with one end ripped out of the wall?
This is a good idea on how to fix this broken bracket. I would like to suggest that it may be a good idea to first remove the bracket shoulder from the wall and pre-glue (with the JB-Weld) the metal rod into the shoulder piece. Then as a second step glue the shoulder back onto the towel rack bar. Note that it is possible that there may be a small set screw from the under side of the towel bar rack bar that permits removing the broken off shaft from inside the chrome bar piece. If so it will be way easier to glue up with these pieces free unto themselves.
Mar
28
comment Plumbing alteration has created vacuum in upstairs toilets
Ditto. Plumbing installations often need more than one vent line. If the vent is on the down flow side of both toilets then when for sure when the toilet closest to the vent will create a suction toward the further toilet. I think that the ideal situation is that there be a vent stack by each bathroom toilet.
Mar
28
comment How do I remove a pole that's rusted into a sleeve in the ground?
If the pipes are fully rusted into the sleeves it will be most likely that it will be impossible to separate them. It depends a lot on how tight the original fit was, how long they have been together with the ability for water to enter the gap and lead to the rusting of the parts.
Mar
26
comment How to SLIGHTLY widen bored hole in 2x6
hillbilly - :-)
Mar
25
comment GFCI combination switch and outlet to fully switched protected outlet
Do yourself a big favor for reliability and use the screws to secure the wires. Those poke-in wire attachement points are garbage.
Mar
22
comment How do I repair this old door lock?
(continued from above) product component failures like this. I've sometimes had to be a bit aggressive to get past the first line customer service to get to someone technical at the company. Most recently I had the power level selector switch go bad in one of two quartz rod space heaters. I ended up talking to the engineer at the company that had qualified the switch in the original product design and he was more than anxious to send me two replacement switches for free as long as I sent him the broken component for failure analysis.
Mar
22
comment How do I repair this old door lock?
Springs are made of hardened wire. Sometimes there is a small flaw in the extruded wire that ends up as a micro crack in the spring coil as the wire is hardened. Through continued usage and flexure the micro crack can spread and eventually lead to total fracture as in this case. It should be relatively easy to get a replacement spring. As a minimum you could save the broken pieces and then contact the door lockset manufacturer and get them to send you some sample replacement springs. My experience in similar cases is that they really like hearing about (continued)...
Mar
18
comment Baseboard lumber choices for staining
Yes, he was asking about the door casing and likely also including window casings if any of those were used in your construction.
Mar
16
comment How do I secure a one-armed toilet paper holder, which constantly slips off the mount?
I would try to avoid getting excess silicon under the edge of the assembly. If its a small bead around the outside it should look OK and it will be reasonable to slit it loose for future removal or repair. If it is underneath it would be much much harder to slit the silicon and remove the holder.
Mar
16
comment Calculating Tray ceiling dimensions
The mockup with cardboard was the same suggestion I was going to make. Using material from large boxes such as appliances come in can work very well. BTW corrugated cardboard cuts very nice with a razor utility knife and using a straight edge as a guide. Hot melt glue can nicely join pieces together if you want to try to spend a bit more time with a mockup model that looks a lot more realistic. You could even paint it!
Mar
16
comment How do I secure a one-armed toilet paper holder, which constantly slips off the mount?
Is it going "loose" simply by shifting on the mount bracket fingers or is the finger bracket on the wall loose too?
Mar
16
comment US Toilets and clogging
Drink lots more water?
Feb
28
comment Could I safely use a dimmer switch on an air filter fan?
@FiascoLabs - Do you experience that triac control of the shaded pole motor only gives a limited range of speed control? That has been my experience with trying it with that type of motor. I guess if the motor burns up in your application you can just throw it in the fire!
Feb
23
comment Is it better to use two nuts, rather than a single long nut on the bolt?
Additionally other factors such as vibration, temperature changes and rotation can cause single nuts to come loose. In some applications lock washers are used in an attempt to keep nuts from loosening. Other times nuts with castellated tops or a castellated nut cover are used with a cotter pin to keep a nut in place. Although this latter application is used when the nut is not fully torqued down such as when adjusting bearings or spring tension. The double nut trick can be very useful but does require that both nuts be accessible to a pair of wrenches or a wrench and socket.
Feb
5
comment How do I make sure I get a replacement toilet tank that fits the bowl?
Great answer @Bryce.
Feb
5
comment Is my circuit breaker tripping because the supply line for my disposal is wet?
(continued from above) so that they are sticking. In either case motor under these cases will draw way more current that it normally would. This is what is likely to be leading to the tripping of the breaker at the panel.