Mike Waters
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Should I solder stranded wires when connecting them to a plug?
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One should never apply lead alloy solder to stranded wires (often called "tinning") that are to be tightened under a screw. Eventually, the solder will cold-flow under the pressure and the screw ...

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Why are the inside diameters of some pipe larger than the stated size?
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Schedule 80 has thicker walls. The OD is the same for both 40 and 80, but the IDs for 80 is the same as the pipe size. Thus, 1/4" Schedule 80 has an ID of .25". Schedule 80 has higher pressure and ...

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This is my doorbell transformer, right?
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The first item is definitely a transformer. We can tell that by its core laminations and its appearance. And it is almost certain that the transformer is a doorbell transformer. (It might be a furnace ...

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How can I secure this metal 1-gang electrical box without creating a bigger hole?
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The simplest way is to replace that box with one that has flanges on each end (and built-in clamps in the back for that flex conduit). The flanges have holes for #6 flathead screws. Drill a small ...

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How do I remove 20 year old sun damaged tuck tape from PVC siding?
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Try WD-40. It has always worked for me.

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My pump is streaming water out of valve from underneath pressure gauge
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If the leaky valve is fastened directly to the tank, then that may be leaking out the necessary air cushion inside the top portion and causing your problem. After the air leaks out, the water follows. ...

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Sump pump running almost constantly under bedroom
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It may be that the built-in coarse screen filter on the intake of your sump pump is severely clogged. That's exactly what I experienced on mine. After pulling the pump out and cleaning it, the pump ...

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