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Need help with attaching wood to cinder block
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Use a hammer drill with a 5/32" masonry drill bit to install 3/16" Tapcon phillips concrete anchors that are 1-3/4" long. The phillips head should countersink itself flush as you drive it into the ...

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Accuracy of humidity sensor
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Digital relative humidity sensors are typically accurate to plus/minus 3% relative humidity throughout the entire 0-100% RH range, but closer to plus/minus 2% at 50% RH. At the bottom are some specs ...

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Chamberlain B550 - How to use a relay to open/close door?
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Your existing setup will still work even with the new magical control panel that works with 2 wires. A relay wired in parallel that momentarily closes the circuit will activate the garage door. The ...

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Is it OK to caulk around an outdoor electrical panel or meter base?
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Do you have siding installed behind the electrical panel? If there is siding behind the panel, then do not caulk it to the siding. If there is no siding behind the panel, then you can caulk the ...

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size a steel beam
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Use a A992-50 W10x19 steel beam. By saying it's a 8000# uniform load over 21 feet, the OP is telling us that it's 381# per lineal foot. 381# multiplied by 10.5 feet is 4000#, that's why he said there'...

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Galvanized steel hinge screws with stainless steel hinges: What is the risk of galvanic corrosion?
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Indoors? No they won't corrode. Zinc looks different than stainless which is more dull, so just get the right screws. It looks bad, I've done it before on accident. Commercial door hardware ...

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Reason for no header spanning this load bearing wall?
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There is probably a flush beam there that is installed up in the roof or floor system. You just hanger the joists into the flush beam instead of resting them on top of a dropped beam. Example of a ...

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Installing drain saddle for Reverse Osmosis (RO) system in brass metal pipes
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Yes, it's fine to install it on a metal pipe. Drill the hole on the top of the horizontal drain between the garbage disposal and main sink. If you have problems for some reason, or are still ...

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Going through condensate pumps every 2-3 years
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When pumps fail, sometimes it's from the lack of a check valve/back flow preventer which depending on the drain pipe can overwork the pump's duty cycle rating. Verify that when the pump shuts off, ...

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Furnace transformer hot to the touch
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Yes, transformer primaries use electricity (and therefore get warm) even when there is no load on the secondary winding. It's usually just 5-10 watts, and that'll be hot to the touch depending on how ...

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Adjustment of Door closer screws for holding door in fully open position
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I've installed that brand/model of door closer before, and it doesn't have a hold open function as far as I know. You'll want a floor stop, or get a different door closer that has a hold open ...

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What fasteners to sister LVL to 2x6 joist?
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Use the Simpson SDW22300 screw installed 6" on center alternating 1.5" from either edge, and starting 3.5" from the end. This detail is for a built-up column, but it's the same idea. SDW screw ...

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How to clean the emergency drain tube on a Samsung Ecobubble washing machine?
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Causes Mold/algae/bacterial slime is one cause for drains that don't drain. The second is mineral build up, but since the drain is rarely used and never dries up I'd say it's probably biological ...

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RO System Install
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Putting the RO system in the kitchen isn't the best place for it, it's simply the easiest. Put the RO system in the mechanical room connected to a cold soft water line. Draining in the mechanical ...

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Galvanized nails for ACQ treated lumber = must be hot dipped, or not?
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There are different levels of zinc galvanization. If you want it to last longer, then get a thicker layer of zinc on the outside of the steel. One way to get a thicker layer is to hot dip galvanize ...

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Why is the non-contact voltage detector beeping over large area of a wall?
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You have an extremely sensitive digital non-contact voltage detector. Buy an analog one and you'll reduce the amount of false positives. Your current one is obviously detecting AC voltage in the ...

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Finishing 12ft x12 ft room above garage
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You'd need 3 ply 2x10 SPF at 16" on center spacing to span 21' with only floor load on the middle 12' of the span. If there is any roof load on these joists then that completely changes everything.

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How to prevent shower water from leaking from the side of glass shower door
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I'm skeptical that this damage is all coming from the hinge side of the glass door, that is unless your shower sprays directly on it. Could you confirm that as the water runs down the inside face of ...

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Propane BBQ flame too high
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If the gas flow is too high to maintain a flame, and it seems like the pressure is too high, then yes your regulator is bad. I didn't watch your link since I'm on mobile, but some amount of hissing ...

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How crooked can you crimp pex rings?
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As long as the crimp ring is correctly positioned over the brass barbs, you should be fine with it slightly crooked like that. I don't have a source to back that up though, so maybe I shouldn't have ...

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Is it OK to drink water from newly-cemented PVC pipes?
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Your different methods are causing you to notice the smell more than normal. I'm making a few assumptions, but if you create an airtight PVC pipe, where did you expect the glue to off-gas? It's ...

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Can (must) P-trap be directly underneath the drain in stand-up shower stall?
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Looks good. You want the p trap where you have it, not back by the vent.

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Frigidaire FEX831FS4 transmission leaked oil. Should I refill? With what?
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Don't buy the correct oil if it's that expensive. Use a high viscosity automotive gear oil typically used in differentials, and just buy the cheapest one you can find in stock at your local auto ...

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Roofing choice for outdoor sandbox cover
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Purchase a 4'x8' sheet of southern yellow pine (SYP) plywood that's been pressure treated for ground contact applications. Typically that's an ACQ treatment at 0.40 or 0.60 pounds per cubic foot, and ...

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7 inches long 4-40 screw
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A threaded 4-40 rod with a cap nut/acorn nut on one end would be similar to a screw. Acorn Nut Wikipedia page

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Max water pressure of clear acrylic pipe?
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Acrylic can handle 180F, and isn't rated for pressure. Clear schedule 80 PVC is rated for pressure, but can only handle 140F. Check out McMastet-Carr online if you want more material specs. Maybe ...

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LVL Span Ratings and Beam Placement
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A multi span joist with intermediate bearing (3+ points of bearing) can clear span more than a simple/single span joist (2 points of bearing.) One span benefits from having the other span connected to ...

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How to cool tank water in summer?
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Is the heat coming from the sun, the outdoor temperature, or the heat from being inside an attic? If it's from the sun, you need to put a roof or something that keeps the sun off the tank. If it's ...

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What is this pipe in my garage for?
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Radon vent? Pop the cap off of it and see if it turns and goes under the slab.

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Getting UPS Power from One Room to Another
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To use a UPS located in one room for equipment located in another room, you need a UPS designed to be hardwired. This is called a Structured Wiring UPS, and they are typically prohibitively expensive....

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