Scivitri
  • Member for 11 years, 6 months
  • Last seen more than 2 years ago
Which water heater types do you recommend?
Accepted answer
19 votes

When most people think of a water heating system, they think of a tank (40-75 gal. on average) with a heating source. However, a robust water heating system probably shouldn't be so simple. How you ...

View answer
Why are there so many different types of screws (phillps/flat/hex/star/etc)?
15 votes

First, I really like Eric's answer for practical reasons. But there is another side to screw head diversity: Security. In the end, it's usually a temporary measure. Once a company invents a new ...

View answer
What are some pros, cons and recommendations for multicables?
7 votes

Whether shielding is strong enough to protect your data or not (I've not heard it is) I would think it's rare that EVERYTHING in a multi-cable is going between the exact same points A & B in the ...

View answer
Does it matter which 3-way switch I put a dimmer at on a 4-way circuit?
6 votes

Was it a standard dimmer switch, rather than a 3-way one? When replacing an on/off switch with a dimmer switch, you must make sure the type of switch (standard, 3-way, 4-way) matches. They make all ...

View answer
Can one-way window film actually be a detriment to my windows?
4 votes

I don't like this question, simply because there are too many variables. "CAN it be detrimental?" Well... Windows come in single, double and triple pane; made from glass or plastic; have different ...

View answer
What is the typical water pressure for a sprinkler system outside a home?
4 votes

For yard sprinklers (irrigation) this is usually figured the other way around. Find out what your water supply is capable of, then build a system which will work well within that. If you have an ...

View answer
Can a range hood vent have a 90 degree bend and vent out the wall?
Accepted answer
4 votes

In general, yes an exhaust vent (or any vent) can turn corners. But there are many other factors to consider. Different vent materials or dimensions resist air differently. Different ways of ...

View answer
How can I 'share' lights between multiple circuits?
Accepted answer
3 votes

The problem is, whenever you turn one set of lights on, power can go through that shared light into the other circuit. So each switch controls all lights. While it -might- be possible to make 2 ...

View answer
How to hide light-colored wires in a dark-colored cabinet?
3 votes

There are many cable-wrapping solutions. My first suggestion would be small heat-shrink tubing. This would hold multiple wires together, and color them black. small split loom could accomplish the ...

View answer
Is there a PVC piping primer/cement alternative for a non-plumbing project?
Accepted answer
3 votes

Depending on how strong you want the joints, you could just push them together and leave it unglued. I've done this to create poster tubes out of 3" PVC which went through airport baggage handling ...

View answer
How can I raise my bed frame cheaply?
2 votes

We use a set of those lifters you linked for our king-size bed. They work great. I would NOT use milk crates, as their open frame isn't designed for point-weight support like a bed frame foot. If ...

View answer
Is there a way to make reasonably accurate visual measurements?
Accepted answer
2 votes

For a quick and dirty estimate, I'd try the following: Take a camera and tripod as far away from the front of the house as you can get. Level the tripod and camera. Take a picture of the full face of ...

View answer
What "code" applies to projects that I do in my own home?
2 votes

Working to code and working under a permit do not have to be related. I always advocate doing work that meets or exceeds code, but many things in your own home do not require permits. However, most ...

View answer
Can I move my washer and dryer within the laundry room?
1 votes

Short answer: Yes. But it sounds like you do, otherwise you wouldn't be asking. Long answer: Check the manuals for your appliances. The washer manual will tell you how far it can push drain water,...

View answer
How can I reconnect home ethernet that has been terminated outside?
1 votes

It sounds like you have several runs of Cat5 coming out of your house into a box. Those runs originate in several rooms of the house, like the living room, bedrooms, etc. So, this is properly wired ...

View answer
How to widen a chain link
1 votes

I'm going to assume the links have a split half-way up one side. For more leverage prying a link open, take 2 large wrenches (pipe-wrenches could work) and grab either end of a link. Push in ...

View answer
Wet Room walls, is plasterboard (Gyproc or Drywall) OK to use?
1 votes

I've seen (and occasionally used in patching) a product referred to as "waterrock" which looks and behaves like typical sheetrock. It was indicated to me as being intended for wet applications, like ...

View answer