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Apr
7
comment When re-roofing and doing a tear-off do I have replace the roof deck with plywood?
I don't know the answer, but I'd question the wisdom of doubling the weight of the roof deck if the new OSB/plywood is required. I'd strip the old planks off rather an leave the extra weight, unless the new stuff added is allowed to be thinner than if it were standalone. Hopefully someone with more knowledge can comment on my two-cents opinion :)
Mar
14
comment Why does my outdoor AC unit make a screeching sound when it shuts off?
First, follow Paulster2's advice. But if it's not the fan, it could be something weird with the valves or lines outside. Older A/C systems whistled quietly after the compressor shut off because the gas pressure equalizes. I've never heard of this turning into a loud sound, but I'm pretty sure it could happen if the right problem was introduced, like a pinched line or a reversing valve not moving correctly.
Mar
11
comment How do I winterize this sprinkler system
@AngelEscobedo I could be wrong, but it seems like it would be valuable to the community to post the solution when you figure it out. Even if it's a broken pipe, just knowing that that's what the problem was for sure might help the next guy. Or gal :)
Mar
6
comment Is it about time to replace the water heater?
@ojait I was following this thread since I know my water heater is pretty old. Well, here's another one for you... I believe it is original to the house, 45 years going on 46: [onedrive.live.com/…
Feb
25
comment What temperature should I set my water heater to?
I had no idea there was a minimum temperature recommendation; great info! Can this recommendation be disregarded if you have treated city water (with whatever bacteria-killing agents they use)?
Feb
15
answered Drilling, hit metal running vertical floor to ceiling
Jan
15
comment How to connect a 3 wire cable to a 2 wire outlet?
Thanks @JPhi1618. I mistakenly assumed non-US posts would go to a non-US site, like diy.stackexchange.co.uk or something. So "J Coe" - what country are you in? That may help us out a bit.
Jan
15
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Jan
15
comment How to connect a 3 wire cable to a 2 wire outlet?
You may be right, but I think it's premature to give this advice without clarification. Blue & yellow wires? Security system? Too many weird things to me. Electricity is involved, so a little caution is wise I think.
Jan
15
comment How to connect a 3 wire cable to a 2 wire outlet?
Those aren't colors I would expect in electrical wiring (blue and yellow). That sounds like maybe you're using a wire meant for a thermostat or security data connections (not power!). Can you please include a pic or two? Is the light fixture for standard 120v power?
Jan
15
comment How to remove ice buildup from window air conditioner
@BMitch is absolutely right... if you're freezing over your unit then something is very wrong... most likely one of his options. Also, window units tend to get beat up outside and the fins bent over, which stop air flow and lead to ice (and a damaged compressor). Here's a pic of bent fins being corrected with a fin comb: american-appliance.com/old_Site/images/image_data/…
Jan
15
comment Are grout lines or gaps required for expansion with ceramic tile?
Personally I feel like you can only discount expansion and movement of the subfloor if you're tiling on concrete. Then you can get away with no grout lines. Otherwise... that seems unwise. The thickness of your decoupling will make a difference too. If you use Ditra XL, for instance, I bet you could get away with smaller grout lines than if you use old-fashioned concrete backer board "glued" in place with thinset (as the former is plastic and has a lot more give then the latter, which is 3 layers of concrete).
Jan
15
comment Are grout lines or gaps required for expansion with ceramic tile?
FWIW, "expansion" is always shorthand for "differences in expansion"... i.e. tile expands by 1% per degree and the wood floor underneath, and the walls around, expand by 2% per degree. (Those are fake numbers). So expansion is always a consideration, but you have to think about the what the materials in question are. Also, how sturdy is the sub-floor? If it's concrete, movement of the subfloor is probably irrelevant, but if it's plywood over wooden joists in an older house... the floor is absolutely going to move.
Jan
15
comment Why is my sink's drain pipe connection angled?
I doubt the angled pipe was intentional, and if it was, it was almost certainly someone's hair-brained idea that angling the pipe would reduce siphoning (like angling a bottle to dump it rather than turning it upside down... it empties faster and with less "glugging" [siphoning]). This will not prevent siphoning and there's no value I can see in keeping the pipe like this. Use two 22.5 degree fittings to straighten everything out, then proceed from there. My two cents anyways.
Jan
15
comment Why is my sink's drain pipe connection angled?
Yeah, that's a vent for sure. I've never seen that weird v-bend with it though... I wonder why it's made like that? Anywho, are you sure this isn't dripping where the white fitting meets the grey pipe? That looks like a DWV compression fitting, and those really, IMHO, aren't designed to have water constantly against them without somewhere to escape to. Regardless, I'd replace that with a glued fitting if it were my home.
Jan
6
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Jan
6
comment What is the correct way to seal/flash coolant lines through T1-11 siding?
Oh sorry, I missed the comment about the caulk. Yeah caulk or paint... something to protect the wood. Good call.
Jan
6
comment How to build a wall under duct work
I had a bear of a time understanding Iggy's #3, but that pretty much sums up your options. I'd favor #2 and use the space for closets, built-in bookcases, and other useful storage. I did some built-in bookcases using just cheap Ikea Billy bookcases recently, and I'm thrilled with how upscale it looks yet how fast it was to do. But I totally agree that #3, done with 2-3 screws per joint (NOT nails), will absolutely be strong enough.
Jan
6
comment How to build a wall under duct work
I didn't see a mention of the gas line or wire next to it. Definitely have the gas line moved back so it's touching the duct. Otherwise you're going to waste a lot of space going around it. Also, do the world a favor and take that contractor out back behind the woodshed, please... :)
Jan
6
comment What is the correct way to seal/flash coolant lines through T1-11 siding?
It's not pretty but there's no question this is the "right" answer. However, after years the slightly-exposed edges of the wood can rot slowly. If possible, liberally prime & paint the wood after trimming back the foam. That way moisture will stay out of the wood.