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Dec
17
answered Can vermin come in through your toilet or shower drain and, if so, what can you do about it?
Nov
26
comment How can I counteract the effects of WD-40?
If applying soap, remember to apply it first to the site and then wash it off with water. Soap has a oil-loving side and a water-loving side, so there's no sense in aligning all of those oil-loving sides into protective pockets by putting the soap in water. The same goes for removing grease from hands, soap first, scrub, then water will get your hands much cleaner than water, soap, and a lot of time.
Nov
13
comment Why is my A/C unit running when the heater runs?
Don't feel bad. A heat pump is a far better solution to the heat strips you probably are used to. Marvel in your AC's ability to "air condition the great outdoors"
Nov
13
comment Can bio fuel ethanol used as a main heating source?
Note that my prices are for E85, but my energy calculations are for E100. I was trying to give the maximum benefit of a doubt, but the numbers really don't support the effort. True prices are worse than I published.
Oct
24
comment My house was hit by lightning. What should I do?
Yeah, I should have reordered the possibilities by most likely to least likely.
Oct
24
answered What could be wrong with my A/C unit?
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?