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Former member of C# team at Microsoft. Now a stay-at-home dad and DIY homesteader.


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answered How can I cool down a hot garage?
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comment What would cause air bubbles in the toilet when I'm showering?
I love & hate snakes. When using a snake, be sure to take small steps. Run the snake in a short way, pull it out, clean it, then repeat a little further in. If you try to go the whole way at once, it will get stuck on a bunch of gunk and be very hard to remove & clean. It helps tremendously if you have access to a drain cleanout, so you don't have to push through the P-trap. Adding a clean out is a great project for the ambitious DIY-er who isn't afraid of the muck.
Jul
3
comment Why is there a beaded tie on new fire extinguishers?
Speaking from recent experience: if you grab the pin and tug firmly, it will work: the pin will come out. (I have strong hands. YMMV.)
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Jun
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revised What kind of repairs are prudent for a ridge board damaged by a falling tree?
clarify why it's a ridge board.
Jun
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comment How do you weatherproof a light switch?
Note that the box, while weatherproof, has 3 openings. You'll need to plug any you don't use, or get a box with exactly the set of openings you want.
Jun
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Jun
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comment How can I improve the water pressure in my shower?
And if your plumbing is borderline, increasing the pressure will introduce new, exciting leaks! Keep an eye out.
Jun
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comment What causes a breaker to trip?
Exactly right. ***
Jun
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comment Wiring a house to prevent light flickers and overloaded breakers
From my fringe point of view, putting a subpanel in a kitchen is a great idea. Modern houses have at least 6 circuits there, so merging them all in to 1 subpanel makes a lot of sense.
Jun
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comment Wiring a house to prevent light flickers and overloaded breakers
A nice compromise of cost vs. many circuits is to use subpanels. A subpanel is just a single big circuit (cheap to install, less voltage drop) which supplies many smaller separate circuits (less breaker tripping). And later, if you need another circuit, you don't have to run it very far.
Jun
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answered What causes a breaker to trip?
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comment Should I run cable through an always damp crawl space or a dry soffit in the living area?
If you find yourself needing to run multiple cables from point A to point B, consider running 1 larger cable to a sub panel, then branch out as needed.
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comment How can I reduce the bounciness of a floor?
If you build the minimum required by code, it's easy to get a floor that is bouncy, especially if spans are long. If you don't move, you will eventually get used to it.
May
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comment How do I take apart a wooden pallet without cracking the wood?
Pallets are great for a lot of projects, but in my worldview, they're better if you can use them whole. If you are disassembling them, you should buy lumber instead.