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Dec
17
comment Is this plastic container in my toilet tank necessary?
Bricks work too but not all toilet tanks can host a pile of bricks in the tank. One and maybe even two liter plastic jugs are a very convenient height to place inside the tank to displace some of the active flush water volume.
Dec
17
comment Lights come on only when toggling fan direction
Your description is exactly the reason I think it is an intermittent connection inside your fixture. The slight movement of activating the switches or the jiggling involved when the fan starts / stops / switches could be just enough make the light wires contact and not contact.
Dec
16
comment Can I re-shim the strike side of my door jamb to make a 28" door fit?
(continued from above) Then came pre-hung doors that had the full door hinges and jamb all assembled at the factory. These were designed around the mass manufacturing idea to allow houses to be slapped together faster and cheaper. They also no doubt make it easier for DIY home owners with less experience to install a new door. Often when I remodel and install a new door I am back at basics making my own jamb from plain boards.
Dec
16
comment Can I re-shim the strike side of my door jamb to make a 28" door fit?
Actually more correctly - Originally doors were made in a factory and carpenters used clear boards (usually pine) to fabricate door jambs at the job site designed to fit the rough opening and the door size. The door of course invariably needed fitting by cutting to length and edges planed to the proper taper. As time marched forward it became common to purchase precut door jamb kits that were designed for pre-determined wall thicknesses. These kits came with the rabbet joints already cut and were cut to height and assembled at the job site. (continued)
Dec
16
comment Can I re-shim the strike side of my door jamb to make a 28" door fit?
Two C-clamps and a straight 1x4 or 1x6 board will make a far better guide for the saw base than one of those cheap saw guides that you stick through the base of the power saw.
Dec
15
comment Removing a Schlage door knob with stripped screw heads
Drill out / cut off the whole lock set. Use this as a lesson as to why it is such a bad idea to use theadlock on locksets.
Dec
14
comment Is it safe to remove 2 “extra” jack studs to make a 60" wide door opening wider?
Can you add a photo that shows the header and stud configuration on one or both sides? If you are not able to actually post the picture then upload the picture(s) to imgur.com and then include the URL in to your question and someone will help to embed your picture.
Dec
13
comment Replacing a gas stove
The key thing to look for is the installation manual. It will tell you the required side or back wall clearance requirements for the stove. If the store has actual stoves on display you should be able to ask the attendant on duty to see the installation manual for the stove first hand.
Dec
11
comment How to eliminate water in crawlspace
You could put gravel in side the area of the crawl space. That would definitely be an aid to keeping the pipe in place by the footing and raise the crawl space "floor" up to hopefully be a dry surface. Several questions arise. Is the crawl space floor all currently level? Does adding 4 - 6 inches of gravel in there make the crawl space inaccessible due to the now reduced head clearance? How much does the outside ground level rise above the top of the footing? Do you have a decent means of getting that much gravel into the crawl space (sounds like a big task)?
Dec
11
comment How to eliminate water in crawlspace
I see no real issue of you putting the piping that you propose along the inside of the footings. You probably want to make it all have a certain slope from one high point to a single lowest point where the sump and pump would be located. Such location may be different than the existing hole location of the old sump pit due to original poor design.
Dec
11
comment How to eliminate water in crawlspace
It is a little odd that a hole is dug for the crawl space and the footings are not dug deeper at the perimeter than the nominal base of the crawl space hole. But I suppose it is not unheard of as demonstrated by your case.
Dec
9
comment dimmensions of a decora insert
I am sorry if I implied that you should be buying anything. But afterall you did say that you want to insert your temp sensor in an Decora panel. At some time it seems very reasonable to take steps to "try out the fit of your device" before you commit the whole semesters work. A panel in hand would be a key strategy toward a successful demonstration of your project.
Dec
8
comment Installed a replacement chandelier, heard a pop which tripped breaker, no power to main wire
+1 - That's for sure. The Triacs inside of dimmers do not like direct line shorts!!
Dec
8
comment dimmensions of a decora insert
Amazon? (7 chr)
Dec
8
comment 3 way circuit options to indicate if circuit is active
Do Google search with "3 way switch with indicator light" and you will find numerous products that should meet your need.
Dec
8
comment dimmensions of a decora insert
Did you ever think to purchase a couple of Decora covers and one or two Decora style switches or outlets from the harware store or from the big box home center. You could then just simply measure them!!
Dec
8
comment How can I remove 1/2“ PVC pipe that has broken off inside a 1/2” elbow?
Awesome find!!!
Dec
8
comment Four family home with community washers and dryers
This is the best idea yet. And it gets even better if the OP/owner were to occupy that unit.
Dec
6
comment When using a hand saw, why does my cut keep wandering off the line? (originally posted by glw)
There is actually a reason that coping saw blades can be set for either push to cut strokes of pull to cut strokes. When actually making cope cuts on moldings there can be instances where switching cut direction can be beneficial.
Dec
4
comment What's the best way to fix skirting board without nails / screws?
I like that "When in doubt, leave it....". That could apply to a whole range of things.