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May
23
comment Installing Crown Molding - Metal Studs
You characterize your abode an an apartment. This suggests that you are a renter and some landlord actually owns and manages the property. If you are a renter and do not own the property then you should not be thinking about putting up crown molding in your living room. As a minimum you would want to read your rental agreement and then consult with the landlord. The property owner would have the say as to how molding would be installed if it was allowed - not obscure folks on the internet.
May
23
comment What is this electrical device in my basement?
@Ecnerwal - I am editing the answer to change the tone of the removal comment.
May
22
comment Can I put tape over mold for a temporary fix?
Questions seeking medical advice are off-topic because they do not relate directly to home improvement and could be highly speculative.
May
21
comment Quarter turn connection for plastic tubes — Design idea request
No feasible way with the constraints that you place on the requirements.
May
20
comment Simple notice that a delivery has been made to my front door
You could build a shallow sided wooden box thing with a sign that told the delivery agent to place deliveries in the box. Then you would design some sensors that send IR beams across the the box with pickups on the opposite side. Any parcel placed in the box would break the beams such that one or more pickups would not see their IR beam. The pickup sensors would be combined into a signal that drives through a wire to inside the house to turn on/off the light inside the house that shows if a parcel is in the box.
May
19
comment Grouding on a incandescent 120 V dimmer
There were wire nuts on the two black wire joins of the old dimmer - right?
May
18
comment How can I add a button for a garage door opener?
(continued from above) The reason this is important is that if you put two or more lighted switches on one PB terminal the LEDs will load down the PB so it looks like the button is pressed all the time.
May
18
comment How can I add a button for a garage door opener?
The linked push button is a proper type momentary contact switch. Yes - you can test the button functionality by momentarily touching a wire between PB and GND. Note that the linked button has an internal LED that lights when the garage door opener is plugged in and the button is not pushed. Do not try to use more than one lighted button. If you add a 2nd parallel button it must be a contacts only button without the LED feature. (continued)
May
17
comment Connecting water to outside hose bibb
@Ecnerwal - Maybe SCH-40 pipe but a friend of mine just had two separate instances in a house he recently purchased where such pipe was used for feeding into a bathroom from a garage. (previous owner remodel) He had pipes break right off when things fell on them from a few feet height. PVC can get brittle and susceptible to problems like this.
May
16
comment Connecting water to outside hose bibb
That pipe that you have placed in the lower red rectangle of the third picture is a natural gas pipe - not a water pipe.
May
15
comment How To Fix Severed Sprinkler Solenoid Wire?
From the picture it looks like a good part of that valve is buried in the dirt. Sprinkler valves are supposed to be installed on vertical riser pipes that hold the valves some distance up off the ground surface. Additionally the valve should be installed six to twelve inches above the level of the highest sprinkler head. These valves have an anti siphon feature to prevent back flow. With the valve buried this feature will not work correctly.
May
13
comment How To Fix Severed Sprinkler Solenoid Wire?
@edwardt - Most sprinkler solenoid valves operate on low 24 VAC.
May
11
comment Two IR switches for one cabinet light?
You have provided way too little information to get any troubleshooting advice on this question. As a minimum you will need to supply part numbers and links to technical datasheets for the IR switches and the cabinet light. Also required will be a schematic diagram of how you have attempted to wire this thing up and connected it to the power source.
May
2
comment Hose Bib still leaks even after replacing washer
Is it leaking when the bib is turned OFF or when it is ON. If leaking when it is ON then you likely also have to clean up the stem of the valve and replace the rubber packing seal as well.
May
2
comment Hose Bib still leaks even after replacing washer
When you had it apart did you look to see if the inner part of the valve was free of debris? Was the seat that the replacement washer squeezes against nice and smooth all the way around without cracks, nicks or corroded areas?
May
2
comment Conflict with roofer
A contract is a contract. Make him remove the shingles, install the proper sheathing and the put on new shingles. If you do happen to accept the discount make sure that it encompasses the cost of the sheathing material plus the labor to install it. You may need to contact a separate contractor to get a fair accessment of these costs.
Apr
29
comment Tire Swing Frame
You really want to also consider adding an angle brace near each top corner of the A-Frame and the horizontal beam so that you do not get sidewise flex and racking of the structure. These can be attached to a cross member that forms the horizontal bar of the A on each side. This would also make a very good place to attach the hammock hooks too.
Apr
29
comment Tire Swing Frame
Let me add that I 120% agree that the structure should be an A-frame. One thing to consider is that the legs of the A-frame do not need to be 6x6 timbers. I would think that 4x4 timbers would be more than adequate and quite a bit cheaper as well.
Apr
29
comment Six wires in outlet box, from 3 different circuits; 4 are hot?
#1 Idea - Bring in a very experienced electrician.
Apr
27
comment Bathtub shower leaks in wall only when turned off
Is there a possibility that the shower/tub enclosure is not fully supported by the building structure and that flex is placing a stress on the incoming plumbing? It could be that some of the pressure fittings only leak when stressed.