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Safe Disposal of Rags Used to Wipe Up Motor Oil

Recently, I changed the oil on my lawn mower. Foolishly, I didn't use a funnel, so things got messy and I used the paper towels that I had on hand to clean up my mess. Given that motor oil needs to be ...
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Total Noob - Hanging Heavy Wooden Shelves [closed]

I'm a complete noob, but I'm hoping to learn! I've purchased 2 wooden slabs that I had the carpenter cut into 4 long shelves. They're cherry, and heavy. But I think they look great. The gentleman I ...
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Air in oil line oil heater

See pic. That is my current setup that gets air when i bleed it. Less then 1 second of tiny bubbles shortly after i open bleed port. Heater never cycled off for 45 minutes as i bleed it over and over. ...
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Is oil normally this dirty after a 5-hour break-in period of a small inverter generator?

I bought a small inverter generator, filled it with SAE10-30 oil that shipped with it, taking care to check with the dipstick several times so as not to overfill it (though it did take the full bottle)...
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when to replace oil furnace shutoff solenoid?

Pressure held for 24 hours, then I removed gauge. Suntec a2va-7116 says pressure will drop then hold when burner is shut off. "Cut off pressure could be less then 80%. The important operation is ...
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oil furnace sooting extensively

In December 2023 I noticed lottsa smoke coming from my furnace. I live in florida, so dont use it too much. I did a smoke test and draft check january 2023 and all was good. It was still heating house ...
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Can I use epoxy to repair leak in a full oil tank?

I discovered a pinhole leak in my home heating oil tank late last night. I was able to catch the leak before it got too serious, and patched it with JB Weld Tank as a temporary fix. About 1.5 hours ...
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Oil Tank Replacement

I have been with Burke for the last 5 years. My oil tank recently started to leak (indoors). Fortunately, I caught it in time, so no spill. I called Burke, and their response was excellent. However, ...
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What is this blue stuff on my oil tank bung?

I'm trying to install a smart oil monitor on my oil tank, which requires me to remove one of the bungs. Instead of pipe dope, which is what I was expecting, each bung is sealed by some sort of hard ...
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Can I use a basement oil tank vent pipe to vent a 3d printer enclosure?

Currently, I have a 3D printer in my office where I work with a removeable vent that I fit to the window. I'm looking to move it into my basement. I'm getting an oil tank removed, and with it, I think ...
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How to seal an oiled table

My mom owns a walnut table. It was recently sanded, cleaned and oiled, but now even the slightest movement on the table stains and scratches. Even cleaning the table with a damp cloth affects the ...
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Lack of kitchen ventilation and oil stains in vent

I noticed an oil stain on the air intake vent cover in my kitchen ceiling which leads to the garage. My theory is that this is due to the lack of ventilation in the kitchen as we don’t have a hood or ...
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Oil boiler, remove baseboard from entire house but keep the water heater

I have a question about removing Hydronic Baseboard but keeping the boiler and water heater in place. Is this relatively straight forward? Shut off power Cut off the supply and return for the ...
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Can I enclose my oil furnace with drywall?

I want to enclose my oil furnace with drywall and use the other space as a gym. Can I close off the furnace and add an electric fan from gym to the furnace room?
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Would paint or stain last longer on 15 yr old, badly weathered cedar fascia

Preparing to move into 15 yr old home that has (4) 12/12 & 14/12 Aesthetic gables in the front of house. The gables were initially stained with a dark stain, & are VERY BADLEY weather worn ...
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Electric backup just for heating system?

It occurs to me that it shouldn't take much power to operate the relays or electronics if a gas or oil heating system. That has me wondering about the practicality of putting that one device on a ...
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Latex paint or oil paint for pressure treated wood outdoors

I recently bought some fence panels like the ones shown here: It is my intention to paint them white. However I am finding it difficult to get consistent information on best practice. As far as I ...
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Direct Drive Washer is going into spin cycle and then into neutrAl drain

I have a 30 year old Kitchen Aid Direct Drive Washer. I recently replaced the Neutral Drain Pack. I also replaced the oil with 80w- 90 gear oil. All functions work well except the machine goes ...
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repair a leak for an electrical oil heating radiator

I have a radiator that has started leaking oil, by its bolt. I assume that cause can be that metal is a bit rusty around the bolt, as it is easy to remove the paint when scratching and a bit of rust ...
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What are these pipes sticking out of the ground and foundation wall?

The following pictures are from a 1930s home, which was initially heated with charcoal, then converted to oil, and then converted to natural gas. The previous owner who did the conversion from oil to ...
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Cleaning up essential oil from wood

A badly closed bottle of essential oil spilled out on my wooden wine shelf and soaked through, dissolving the paint from anything it touched. No amount of washing with dish washing liquid helps. It's ...
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I have painted posts and unpainted horizontal rails on my fence. Can I stain the rails after I install them or will the stain harm the painted posts?

I currently have my 4x4 posts installed for my fence. I am going to be installing horizontal 1x4 redwood strips between the posts. I am going to seal the redwood with an oil based stain/sealer. Do I ...
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Should I drain the shipping oil from my new compressor?

I've just bought a small home-use air compressor, that came with a bottle of oil with a label "Warning, please add proper oil before starting". There was another label indicating to fill ...
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Only one zone heating in a two-zone hot water based heating system (oil)

I have two zones in my oil heating system, down and up -stairs with two separate thermostats one circulator and two zone valves. For some reason the downstairs zone works perfectly well, but the ...
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Why is the oil tank cap articulated?

The cap for the oil tank on a chainsaw I recently bought has an articulated flip section with a strange golden sponge looking circle in it. What is the purpose of this? (The oil tank supplies oil to ...
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Can I replace this old mercury thermostat with a digital one for wood/oil furnace?

I recently moved into a house that was built around 1999, and it has an old Newmac wood/oil combo furnace that seems to be the original heating equipment. It has two separate thermostats in the ...
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Should rough, rustic terracotta tiles be treated with linseed oil? Or what else?

I have seen advice (for example here - note, scroll down 1 article) to seal terracotta tiles with one or more coats of boiled linseed oil and then floor wax. The pictures I've seen attached to this ...
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Home heating is oil furnace and gas water heater - electrical backup

When electricity goes down, oil furnace and gas water heater will not be able to cycle on and off, correct? Is there an alternative to a generator for these appliance, preferable battery backup?
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Fish oil stained hardwood floor

We have several fish oil stains that have soaked into our hardwood floor. I have tried to clean it and sand it out but it does not seem to be coming up. If I can't get it out, is there a way I can ...
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How to clean shop vac of oily residue?

There was a heating oil leak in my basement, which I soaked up with spill absorber. It worked like a charm, but then I made the mistake of trying to clean up the mess with the shop vac. The oil-soaked ...
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Can I use common vegetable oil (e.g. rapeseed/canola) for chain-and-bar lubrication in a chainsaw?

I have just acquired a small battery powered chainsaw (Makita DUC245), and would like to use an eco-friendly and skin-friendly chain oil if possible. Lots of sources suggest the possibility of using ...
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Adding central cooling to home with oil furnace but with basement height limitations and basement functionality concerns

My house is 20x30 and 1.5 stories (6' concrete basement). The basement height is just functional at 6' and I'd like to minimize obstructions (e.g. sprawling supply ducts). I'm planning to switch from ...
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How to seal oiled wooden bathroom floor?

I am buying a house which has a pine floor in the bathroom, treated with Osmo oil. Having the boards themselves well-oiled will make them waterproof, but there will also be cracks and gaps which ...
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Why is the spigot on my oil heater dripping?

We have fuel oil and a Beckett oil burner that heats our house. I just noticed water is dripping out of this hosebib/spigot at the bottom of it: What could be causing this and how can I troubleshoot? ...
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Can I reuse lightly used oil when I change an oil filter? [closed]

I recently replaced the oil on my 4 stroke lawnmower engine, but - stupidly - I did not think to change the oil filter. I've used the engine for maybe 2-4 hours subsequently. I have now drained the ...
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Sealing a stained cutting board

I recently built a stovetop cover or "noodle board" using a hardwood so it can be used as a cutting surface. I stained it with minwax gel stain and from what i understand it should be food ...
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How to reduce or clean up vegetable oil that spilled on books?

My partner and I have been moving house recently, and in all the action of packing, some cooking oil has spilled over a few of the books. The books are irreplaceable, they are not made of any special ...
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How to treat outdoor wood for use as a bar for drinks etc

I want to build a bar at home for serving drinks etc and want to use reclaimed wood. So far I've managed to get hold of a softwood fence panel. How would I treat it and get it to a usable condition?
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What type of wood treatment does my garden office / summer house need?

The exterior wood on the top of my garden office / summer house is looking a bit tired / worn out - see picture below. What kind of treatment should I use to restore/protect the wood? See the lower ...
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Indoor fuel tank removed - How to eliminate lingering smell

Background: I recently replaced my home heating system (an oil burning furnace) for a modern heat pump (air-water). There is a room in our basement (2.9m x 3.5m, or roughly 10ft x 13ft) where the 10'...
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HELP: 4-stroke engine oil mixed with gas in 2 stroke engine

I accidentally poured Briggs and Stratton SAE 30, 4 stroke engine oil into my 2-stroke snow-blower (note: in the right gas-oil proportion of 40-1). It starts and runs well; however, it seems to be ...
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Winter Oil for 4-stroke Engine [closed]

I live in Chicago where the night-temperature averages in low 20-degrees-fahrenheit and last year’s (2019) record low went to 23-degrees below zero. To prepare for another (possible) year of low ...
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Desk stain still tacky in a few places after a week and a half

I have been reading all of these looking for an answer. I stained my desk with two coats, oil base, then we had humidity. I have yet to do a clear coat. Most of this desk has dried yet still some ...
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What to use so concrete doesn't stick to plastic bucket?

I'll be using regular plastic buckets to make some concrete planters, something like this. My goal is to reuse the buckets. The problem is that she sprayed each bucket (generously) with canola oil ...
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Frigidaire FEX831FS4 transmission leaked oil. Should I refill? With what?

While rebuilding the Frigidaire FEX831FS4 washer's transmission, I did not remake the gasket between both transmission halves. So, for the next few days there was a little bit of oil splattering going ...
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Furnace Connect G Wire

I have a dual energy electric/oil furnace that is wired to a thermostat with 2 wires R and W. I don't have any AC. Inside the furnace there is a switch relay to control the fan but it is not connected ...
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Door squeaks - which oil?

I have a squeaking door hinge and a some things that may possibly fix it, but which one should I prefer for the use case? Fine Oil "Grease" (other languages say sth. like "Oil lubricating and ...
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Paint still sticky

My problem is a bit different from the good advice provided. I have a table (picnic, covered balcony) that was previously painted with oil base. For 2 years, it remained tacky. Anything heavy would ...
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Is there a more environmentally-friendly alternative to using oil to heat a house with oil heating installed?

I currently live in a house (in the UK) which is too remote to be connected to the mains gas supply, with an oil tank which is used for central heating. This is obviously not great for the environment,...
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New primary control switch problems

About a week ago , I had someone to come in and replace my old RA116 stack switch with a Honeywell R8184G oil primary , for the first day it was fine, next thing I know the furnace turned off and ...
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