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Oct
24
comment How do I replace a garage door spring?
If you decide to DIY, and Kinch is very good at discouraging those who probably are better off not DIY-ing, consider upgrading your springs to increase the average number of expected lifecycles. It means thicker wire, which won't stretch as much (increases life), but that also means more wire, because it's less flexible. For $80 extra in cost (including extra shipping), my springs are expected to live 2.5 times longer than the ones I replaced, which were obviously repaired (four years prior, according to the wife) with a undersized spring (overtwisted to partially match its unreplaced pair).
Oct
24
comment How do I replace a garage door spring?
This advice is so potentially dangerous that it almost deserves a Darwin award. Both springs are equally dangerous, and Holmes e900's even more so because it isn't constrained when failing. Springs fail due to metal fatigue, not "extra weight". The average number of expected service cycles is based on wire gauge. The referenced video where safety is the second topic, and the gentleman wraps his hand around the lifting mechanism speaks volumes. If you DIY, please go with a better teacher. truetex.com/garage.htm
Oct
24
comment My house was hit by lightning. What should I do?
Odds are the wrappings of the garage door motor melted or the control board for the garage door fried. Either way, it's a new garage door opener for you.
Oct
24
comment How do I replace a garage door spring?
Old side springs have a failure mode which turns a portion of the spring into a projectile. That's why the rollup springs are mounted over the lifting axle in a rollup style door, when the spring breaks it doesn't fly off in any direction (it unwinds) and even if it tried, it's got this axle through it's center.
Oct
18
comment How do I uninstall a receptacle when the wires are stuck?
Not a bad rule, but remember that most people don't actually pay themselves, nor are the always equipped to use their spare time to earn money. If I have a spare hour at home, I certainly can't get my working rate for it, or even minimum wage.
Oct
6
comment What projects should never be DIY?
Don't hit it on the edge. Beyond that, it's all good.
Oct
5
answered How do I measure the leg positions for a three-legged table with a circular top?
Oct
2
answered Does polymeric sand make patio repairs impossible?
Oct
2
comment How to seal marble tile mixed with glass?
About to write up the same thing myself. A little one the job experiment with scrap is always a good thing. You gain expert knowledge of what actually happens (as opposed to what should happen).
Sep
28
comment Can I drill a hole for a faucet in a porcelain sink?
I bought one of these bits (a 3" one) specifically to bore holes in the back of some very nice furniture which (despite not having holes) looked like it was an entertainment / TV stand. They do work nicely, I just didn't want the guy to think it wasn't cutting, because, well it doesn't cut in the traditional circle saw sense.
Sep
28
comment How do I raise light switches so my kids can't keep toggling the light?
Gentlemen, please remember that when parenting children, we are all pushed to wit's end at some point in time or another. His problem might have been an easy one for us to tackle with our children, but we have our own problems which his children likely lack. Parenting isn't a competitive game, and consider deleting comments you wouldn't be proud to read a month from now. Meanwhile, yes, it can be a big pain to relocate a light switch.
Sep
28
comment Induction power source across 1/2" of wood?
Yes, but the reason he transmitted power from his Niagra Falls dam to nearby Buffalo, NY with wires is because Nikola Tesla knew about the inefficiencies of transmitting power through air. Eventually it did get worked out, and became radio, it's just tough to get a "good enough" signal to actually power a device, but amplifying a weak one makes a good communications channel.
Sep
28
comment Can p-trap be installed higher than drain entry?
looks good to me
Sep
28
answered Induction power source across 1/2" of wood?
Sep
28
answered How should masking tape be used when multiple coats of paint are being applied?
Sep
28
comment Can I drill a hole for a faucet in a porcelain sink?
Note that cutting with a bit like this is not the kind of cutting you normally think of. Consider it sanding in a circle shape till you sand your way through the entire thing.
Sep
28
answered How do I make a height adjustable desk?
Sep
28
comment How do I make a height adjustable desk?
Exactly what I would try to build, if I were so inclined.
Sep
28
comment Can bio fuel ethanol used as a main heating source?
A lot of less reputable bio-fuel advocates hide costs in promotion of their favorites. For example, I knew of one person who told of the virtues of used french-fry oil. The only problem is that he was basically stealing it, thinking "it's free" when in reality it is sold back to reprocessing plants. If he paid for his own oil at market prices for used french fry oil, it would have been very expensive.
Sep
28
comment Can bio fuel ethanol used as a main heating source?
My calculations are approximate, and I could have made a mistake, but by all means, check them for yourself!