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Will window shrink-wrap make a noticeable difference in heating bill in house with single-paned windows?

You will almost certainly save $100 on your heating costs by using film, assuming you install it well and stop drafts through the window seals. It may also make the home feel more comfortable, which ...
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Will a PVC weld cure to fill 1 mm?

It might work or it might not work. PVC pipe and fittings are not really 'glued' together but are solvent welded. The inside of the fittings are designed with a tapered hub (the inside diameter of the ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

There are a few approaches available. You've already described one of them: add a grippy tread on top of the wood. Another approach is to mix sand in to the next layer of wood finish that you paint on,...
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Will window shrink-wrap make a noticeable difference in heating bill in house with single-paned windows?

Film in Nebraska would likely be worth it, at least for the worst offenders in terms of drafts. A tight storm window can boost a single-pane's R-value from 0.9 to about 2.0, which is actually ...
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Will a PVC weld cure to fill 1 mm?

Will a PVC weld cure to fill 1 mm? What other bonding agent could I use as a filler before using, or in addition to, the PVC weld? As others have mentioned, PVC weld only works on PVC. The black part ...
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Will window shrink-wrap make a noticeable difference in heating bill in house with single-paned windows?

Air has pretty good insulation value if you can stop it from convecting. If it convects, it transfers heat fairly efficiently. Fiberglass and rock-wool matt rely on this - the point of the strands is ...
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Will a PVC weld cure to fill 1 mm?

These things are not designed to go together. They are not made of the same kind of plastic. And PVC cement is not made to bridge gaps. That would never hold against pressure. Since leakage is not ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

The problem comes from the high gloss wood preservative. I imagine the steps would be slippery if just wet. Sand the treads just to knock off the gloss. Then apply a Matte finish with some sand ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

There are a number of wooden bridges in a nearby park.The local council has secured some chunky plastic mesh to the tread areas using galvanised staples, and its far less slippery now. I've also seen ...
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Automatically trip breaker in power outage

If your HVAC situation permits it... The ability to have a source of heat that works during a power outage is a massive asset, especially if power outages are a serious concern (as they typically are ...
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stop cold air around window cracks

It looks like the caulk there is old and cracked. Scrape it all out so you have a good surface to work with and use a premium acrylic caulk. DAP extreme stretch or 230 would be good choices if you ...
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Drainback system for a cabin on piers

The basic foundation of an easily drained water supply system is to build it on the same principles that a waste-water system follows - every pipe, consistently and without fail slopes to the drain ...
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Should I close the gable vent on my garage in the winter?

In most cases, vents are there precisely to be open in the winter (and all other seasons) and plugging them up may result in various problems depending on which of various roles they serve, including ...
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stop cold air around window cracks

Looks like caulk was applied once before and has cracked due to movement. You'll want to scrape that all away and apply new caulk. Silicone would work, but it's not paintable, so consider that.
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

I'd go with some metal grip strips. You want something that won't hold water against the wood and allows the treads to dry or your treads will rot away faster. Image from: https://www.clearwaysupply....
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How to choose an air compressor for blowing out a plumbing system?

Put a valve box in the ground next to the house. Put drain valves at the bottom of the box. The 9 foot riser will drain itself. Then if you blow from the shower head you can use a tiny compressor ...
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Water Main coming into house - is just super cold and keeps the basement cold

This question is about thermal mass/intertia. Suppose you are doing solar panels. The solar energy (from the panel's perspective) is exactly the same 1 hour after sunrise versus 1 hour before ...
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Inserting a Tee In 1" Pipe for an Air Compressor?

You should consider something like this. These are just pieces I have laying around. All are common, easy to source and inexpensive. The fitting in your link will work as well, you would just follow ...
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Fire table surface disintegration over winter

I have the exact same fire table and mine does the same thing! I even pull it inside during the MN winters, but to no avail, I am refinishing it every year! It is definitely a poorly made product. I ...
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Do I drain my washing machine pump for long term winter storage?

IF you can drain it of all water, that would be good. Since this is often difficult, or requires major disassembly to achieve with any confidence, non-toxic RV antifreeze is another option to prevent ...
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Will window shrink-wrap make a noticeable difference in heating bill in house with single-paned windows?

Growing up in Iowa in the 80's and 90's, we would put plastic on our windows every year. I'm pretty sure they were all single pane windows, too, as it was an older farmhouse. As a kid, I don't know ...
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Will a PVC weld cure to fill 1 mm?

The PVC welding cements rely on the PVC fitting fitting together in a very tight fashion. I doubt that you'd have satisfactory results based on my experiences. Your best solution would be to get a two ...
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How cold can it get outdoors before air source heat pump sees damage from running?

I assume that you've tried to find the freezing point of R134a at various pressures and you were stymied. That's because the freezing point of almost all pure liquids (except water) barely changes ...
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What requirements should I look for in an air compressor to clear irrigation lines?

CFM - cubic feet per minute - is what rushes through the pipes and carries out droplets of water. PSI - pounds per square inch - is what turns ordinary sprinkler heads into high-flying air powered ...
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Do these pipes need to be winterized? How?

Yes, you need to winterize them. That looks like a backflow-prevention device, which prevents water from the lawn from flowing back into the city pipes (in the event of a loss of pressure). Typically, ...
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Do outside faucets need to be winterized in a home with a conditioned crawlspace?

Varies with climate/temperature and specifics of the faucets/plumbing. We've had heated basements for a long time, so nothing all that new here. If they are frost-free sillcocks, probably nothing is ...
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Do I need to winterize 40' underground hose?

Blow it out with air. Over simplified example: the ends may freeze first, then when more freezes in the middle it has nowhere to go. There is a gadget for this if you want to use a compressor. ...
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refrigertators that go into storage

You are doing a great job! With the system clean and open no bad bugs can grow. Second, with the system turned off, if there is a leak, there will be much less pressure on the lines. Last some might ...
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Access for Shut-Off Valve

I decided to install an A.Y. McDonald 6001 series brass stop and waste valve (for example, on Amazon, ASIN B003MXYJOU). Such units are much more expensive than a common valve, and I was hoping to ...
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Outdoor extension of hose spout

PEX stands up pretty well to freezing. It's amazing what you can do to it and how it recovers. Freezing isn't a problem for PEX. Still I would recommend draining it during the winter via a drain ...
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