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comment Can I repaint and seal a window sill that has fungus growing out of it?
The picture seems to imply that the trim is a finger jointed piece that is starting to come apart due to moisture getting into the glue joints.
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comment How can I determine why my lights flicker when the A/C is running?
@Steven - All wiring, mains and service entrance wires included, will have some series resistance. This means that there may very well be a measurable voltage drop whilst an appliance is running. The amount of drop depends on various factors including wire size, length of wire runs, amount of current drawn through the wire, temperature of the wiring and the quality of interconnections between wires, outlets and circuit breakers. So it is not correct to say that no voltage drop would be observed while an appliance is running. The amount may be small but it will be there.
2d
comment Simple & Cheap dance floor instead of carpet
Another thing to consider is that if you got nice looking hardwood covered plywood at 3/4" the cost of two sheets will be more than the cost of renting the wood parquet indoor dance floor. The rental company in my community quotes a price that is quite reasonable for a 9'x9' dance floor. See thepartypros.com/…
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comment Simple & Cheap dance floor instead of carpet
I'm not trying to promote the idea to use plywood but I would think good solid stuff that was 3/4" thick would lie nicely on most carpet surfaces. The biggest issue with the plywood is the abrupt edge. Parquet rental floors come with a very nice tapered edge that so there is not that "drop off" surprise.
Oct
18
comment Do you have to have (or does it help) to have a garbage disposal with a dish washer?
@keshlam - You are correct. The dishwasher Air Gap unit is very often mounted in the side sink hole that exists on many models of sink.
Oct
13
comment How can I add joists to an existing trussed ceiling?
I agree that 1x3 or 1x4 would work just as good. if not better. With the types of wood available in 2x4's today I doubt that the weight factor is much to worry about but their use does have the down side of using up another 3/4" of ceiling height.
Oct
12
comment How can I adapt a wall outlet to suface mount conduit?
The first two pictured are actually the desirable surface mount adapters if one wants to keep an outlet at the current location. The second one could support an added outlet or two if the appropriate cover plate with outlet cutouts is used.
Oct
7
comment Is it safe to use a 100 watt LED bulb in a 3-way lamp that specifies using incandescent bulbs only?
Is the LED bulb an actual 3-way bulb equivalent?
Oct
4
comment Any recomendations for low-voltage wires through walls?
For exactly the reason you mention, voltage drop due to small wire size, I have purchased the ends of these types of cords and then purchased 18awg red/black parallel wire to make my own extension cords. The 26 and 24awg wires in many adapter cords, including those directly attached to adapters themselves, are just not up the job of delivering the adapter's rated voltage to the load.
Sep
30
comment Is it okay to use both the backwire holes and the side terminals on an electrical outlet?
@BradGilbert - Perhaps - But I still think the side screws of decent outlets, where the screws are the binder head type, are the best when used with a properly formed wire loop that goes around the screw the correct direction. I have never had one of these fail. I have replaced quite a number of outlets and switches where 14 AWG wire was used in back stab holes and became intermittent. Often the intermittent behavior was seen where two side-by-side back stab holes were used at the same time. Garbage they are in the cheap bulk outlets that builders use in mass building projects.
Sep
30
comment Is it okay to use both the backwire holes and the side terminals on an electrical outlet?
@BradGilbert - I have on occasion used the rear entry screw clamp type of outlets. They still end up tending to make the front to back assembly dimension of the outlet plus wires a bit more than when side screws are used. This can make pushing the outlet down into electrical box a bit harder to do. Especially when 12 AWG wire is used.
Sep
29
comment How do I replace a sub-floor that goes under a wall before reaching the nearest I-joist?
@AlexandreVaillancourt - Yes I would suggest a construction lumber grade 2x8.
Sep
29
comment Is it okay to use both the backwire holes and the side terminals on an electrical outlet?
@Rafe - It would probably work. I just never do it for the reasons I stated.
Sep
24
comment How do I shave down a sidewalk?
Looking at the flaky condition of the concrete patch and the fact that it is such a small section I'd say the investing time and money in any type of grinding process is a total waste of money. Break it up, re-form and then pour a new section.
Sep
23
comment Can a freestanding bathtub drain be damaged by regular use?
It is also possible that the tub may indeed flex some and that the drain pipe is meant to exit away from the drain connection in an manner that the drain pipe could flex a little along with the tub. However if the drain pipe was anchored tightly to the base / sub-floor this flex accomodation may not have been provided for. An installer who knows his product would never have done a job that failed to take the tub flexure into account.
Sep
22
comment Can a freestanding bathtub drain be damaged by regular use?
Are they trying to make the "excessive wear" argument so that they can stick you with the bill? If so that is ridiculous if indeed they had notification from you that there was a problem.
Sep
19
comment How to take off paper glued to concrete with elmer's school glue
@ScottSEA - Was you comment necessary? No! If you do not like the pictures just scroll beyond them.
Sep
17
comment Attractive way to hide screw heads in 8mm oak
(continued from above) This may match up acceptably to the edge of your oak banding in the opening but then again maybe not.
Sep
17
comment Attractive way to hide screw heads in 8mm oak
Are you saying that because you have drywall that would come right up even with the edge of your oak trim? If so I would comment that you may never get a decent finish on drywall butted up against a trim piece. Instead the overall edge of the drywall really should be fully concealed under another trim that bands the opening face. If you use the pine boards as suggested the face trim band will also be able to cover the edge of the pine board. ---- It is possible to prefinish the drywall edge with metal corner beading and then tape in the corner up to the beading. (continued)
Sep
17
comment Mounting a TV on a chimney breast
All true. It may be good advice for a new user of Tapcons to watch one of numerous web videos that show how it is typical to pulse trigger the driver to screw in the fastener in steps and then stop just at the instant the head snugs tight against the surface of the item being fastened.