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Why are so many radiators installed beneath a window (at least in Germany)?

In addition to the three good reasons from Ratchet Freak and Isherwood, I add that placing the radiator near the window is most efficient. It heats the coldest air in the room and allows the air ...
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Why are so many radiators installed beneath a window (at least in Germany)?

Because other wall space tends to get filled with closets, art and random stuff. Below a window tends to remain free real estate. Windows tend to stay closed during heating season so a window left isn'...
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Installer won't install dishwasher due to "old" stop valve

Capsule summary of the comments: Your old valve should probably be replaced with a new quarter turn ball valve version. Those old valves wear out and break your heart when it really matters. Report ...
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Why are so many radiators installed beneath a window (at least in Germany)?

In addition to what's been said, in extreme climates like Germany* and Minnesota, the window would completely frost over in January. Even modern low-e windows can't overcome -40°F, especially when ...
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Is there a reason not to nail up drywall?

Nobody uses a pneumatic nailer for drywall. And in a world where shortcuts are revered, that has to tell you something. You know this already, but screws are the gold standard. They stay put and they ...
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Why are so many radiators installed beneath a window (at least in Germany)?

Windows are almost always going to be less efficient than wall assemblies (even triple pane windows will be less efficient than wall assemblies built with energy efficiency in mind — triple glazed has ...
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can a dishwasher be installed 17 feet from sink?

You can put the dishwasher wherever you want. You will have to provide it with water and a drain that meets code - and it's not at all likely that you can run 17 feet to join the sink drain while ...
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Faucet supposed to stick out this far?

That's just.... nasty. The spout looks fine but the faucet is both too far out and not square. There's a large gap at the base that looks like it can leak water into the wall space. The "plumber" was ...
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Advantages to quotes from Lowe's/Home Depot vs direct from contractors?

HD and Lowes to my knowledge do not have any contractors on staff. Meaning that they outsource all of their services to local contractors. Pros you get a warranty from a company you know will ...
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Why are so many radiators installed beneath a window (at least in Germany)?

There are a couple of (german-language) websites easily found that explain why this is the best and most efficient place to put your radiator, e.g. https://heizoel.totalenergies.de/rund-um-heizoel/...
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Can I mount 3 blades on a 5 blade ceiling fan?

No, it will not be OK. A fan blade system is meant to be balanced. Even when all of the original equipment blades are in place, minor imbalances can occur and need to be corrected with weights from a ...
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How would you fix this cabinet not opening all the way?

You can change it so it opens the opposite direction. I.E. Flip the door over and attach the hinges to the left side of the cabinet. You can remove door by removing the screw on each hinge that holds ...
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Is cutting a DIY spline channel around the openings of our wood screen porch a good plan?

This is a good idea, except 1/8" x 1/8" is kinda small. 5/32" would let you use common .160 spline. Check spline availability in your area prior to choosing groove size. Yes, "trying to use the circ ...
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Electrical engineering background, can I do electrical work on my house

Contact your local building department, and ask them if this would require a permit, and if you can do the work yourself. That's the only way to know for sure, as different areas have different rules. ...
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Should I install drywall panels parallel or perpendicular to ceiling joists?

With option 2 you have twice as much seam length running down the center of ceiling joists. This can be a real pain to keep everything aligned, especially when you have roof braces, overhead door ...
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How to tell if light switch box is grounded

You have metal conduit connecting metal junction boxes. All of it is ground. The conduit, the boxes, all of it. This is the ideal system. Switches ground through the yokes and mounting screws. ...
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Installer won't install dishwasher due to "old" stop valve

You should update this valve now that you are in there installing a new dishwasher. The dishwasher purchase, "with installation" correctly does not include updating your plumbing. It is ...
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Why are so many radiators installed beneath a window (at least in Germany)?

This pattern is decades (or maybe a honest century) old and not limited to Germany. When the central heating started to emerge, energy prices were much, much less of a concern and the modern energy-...
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Is a special circular saw blade needed to cut plastic?

Back in the day when I used to put up vinyl siding, I found that the best way to cut it with a circular saw was with a cheap 140 tooth plywood blade installed backwards (to give the teeth a negative ...
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hoses instead of pipes

If you look at the picture below you will see pex tubing. This has become the industry norm in some areas of the US - I know some countries have adopted similar things and some haven't. The ...
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What is the equivalent degrees of one "turn"

A turn is 360 degrees. You are expected to put a mark on the thing you are turning, so you can observe its rotation. They have no way of knowing which kind of wrench you are using, what your ...
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What are some methods to align switches in a multi-gang box?

Vertical alignment is rarely an issue if you've installed your box level. There's not much play in the mounting holes of the devices. You can usually work a row of switches into a plate without a ...
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Hanging Chandelier by Threaded Rod

I suspect the point here is to have a redundancy. If for whatever reason the jb were to rip out of the ceiling there would be a secondary mechanism that prevents your 75# light from falling and ...
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Can I install cellulose insulation without a blower machine?

I did an area above a garage using a mud (drywall) mixer on a drill and bent wire to fluff it up. For the few bales that I used, it worked well. I used a leaf rake to level it out. On flat ceilings ...
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Do I need to ground Ethernet cable run beneath a pier & beam house?

The cable you bought looks fine. You don't need STP (shielded twisted pair) wire. From what I've heard, it's mostly used in industrial environments with a lot of electrical interference issues. Won'...
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Distributed expansion gaps in solid hardwood flooring

Do NOT install expansion spaces between each board. You want a very tight fit between each board and then leave an expansion space around the perimeter of each room. First you’ll need to acclimate ...
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Hanging Chandelier by Threaded Rod

The only time I would chance using an existing box would be if it is a fan rated box. 75 lbs is a lot of weight and many boxes are only “tagged” in with 16 penny nails I use the term tagged as they ...
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Can I install cellulose insulation without a blower machine?

A large plastic trash can, an electric drill, and a paddle wheel paint stirrer sized for 5-gallon paint buckets works wonderfully and is actually quite fast. If you fill the trash can 1/3 full with ...
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Should I install drywall panels parallel or perpendicular to ceiling joists?

Tooooonnnnsssss more cutting in option 2. Butt joints aren't a problem if you're careful with your screws so that you don't pop through or break the edge. I'd say option 1, imo.
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Shower surround - does it need adhesive?

The installation instructions you linked specifically say to "Apply a generous bead of polystyrene compatible adhesive" on the back wall studs first, then on the side panels. These installation ...
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