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comment What to do with an apartment with only 2-pronged outlets
@nocomprende Not while the warranty is still in effect.
Jan
18
comment How can house corner be supported when there's a deep cellar next to it?
@ppumkin We have a lot of materials here - various steel beams, rebars, concrete components are all rather expensive but still accessible. Do you see any problems with the two poles solution which is drawn in the question?
Jan
18
comment How can house corner be supported when there's a deep cellar next to it?
@ppumkin Very Eastern Europe, not Alaska. Internet speeds vary greatly.
Dec
18
comment How can house corner be supported when there's a deep cellar next to it?
Yeap, that's why I asked the question in the first place. Do you see any problems with the two beams as in the question?
Dec
17
comment How can house corner be supported when there's a deep cellar next to it?
How do I address side pressure from the ground which is under the house?
Oct
8
comment How can house corner be supported when there's a deep cellar next to it?
@ChrisCudmore Not an option in that region.
Sep
16
comment Is the Electrician trying to scam me?
The most interesting part is the claim that the supposedly wrong wiring can damage the devices plugged in. How, just how could it happen?
Aug
12
comment How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter?
What are those tiles made of?
Jul
20
comment How do I remove a drill bit that is stuck due to an overtightened chuck?
@converter42 That was waste of duct tape. You could use some dull cloth instead.
Jun
2
comment Cutting structural steel
Okay, but how would you combine this machine with a horse such that they are both on the right height?
Jun
2
comment Cutting structural steel
Nice thing except it requires a large table for dealing with long beams.
Jun
2
comment Cutting structural steel
Grinding can heat steel and cause tempering. I wonder if that can be a problem for structural beams.
May
27
comment How can I lift buckets of mortar to second floor?
Btw adding expanded clay may well help you save a lot of money on cement.
May
27
comment How can I lift buckets of mortar to second floor?
With 20 square meters and 100 buckets it's ten buckets per square meter. That's quite a lot of mortar and the layer will be rather thick. You could perhaps save a lot of weight by either lightening the material or by using two layers. One option is that you add expanded clay to your mortar and use the resulting concrete for everything except the upper layer and the upper layer (made of just mortar) can then be like 20 millimeters or something. This will save you a lot of labor - easier to mix, easier to lift, easier to handle.
Jan
15
comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
@skybreaker: That happened a lot and happened to me too. The shock strength greatly depends on other conditions - if you're staying on dry floor with dry slippers on your feet it's almost never strong enough to feel it yet a voltage indicator will light up no problem.
Jan
14
comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
@skybreaker: It depends. If the device has "double insulation" accompanied by a square inside a square pictogram somewhere in the spec - then it is guaranteed to work just fine without grounding. Power tools such as drills typically have that. Otherwise you have to ground the appliance to prevent being shocked when touching it. That's not specific to new aplliances - old stuff had to be grounded too but 50 years ago people didn't care about electric safety as much as they do now.
Jan
14
comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
@skybreaker: I'd say "yes", most likely.
Dec
26
comment How to drill a minute hole on a wooden pendant without a drill?
I have to add that the black thick thing on one of the ends rotates freely so you can simply place the drill bit where you want to drill and then press it with your index finger and use the other fingers to rotate the rest of the thing. This makes drilling a straight neat hole much easier compared to holding the bit with pliers of needle file holder.
Nov
7
comment Can you use plywood as roofing?
@JasonHutchinson: That's cool but I suspect it will more expensive than ruberoid.
Nov
3
comment What type of bolt has a shoulder portion above and unthreaded region below threads?
@Jack: The chuck will not, but the file will. No matter how carefully you grind the threading will be damaged slightly and will need restoration.