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08-14-20, 09:51 PM
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Posted By RobertP

Lifespan of impact-bonded cookware?

If they're not overheated, is there any kind of typical life expectancy of impact-bonded pots and pans? I.e. - cookware with a thermal diffusor plate bonded to the bottom. I have some older...
08-09-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 407
Posted By RobertP

As a follow-up the contacts were fried and it was...

As a follow-up the contacts were fried and it was sticking due to arcing fusing them together enough to keep them from opening when the power to the magnet was cut. The "weld" was weak enough that a...
08-09-19, 12:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 407
Posted By RobertP

1988 Trane compressor contactor switch sticking on - likely cause?

I discovered the compressor contactor switch isn't releasing when the air handler is turning off and the compressor continues to run. Unit is from 1988. It otherwise works fine, provides plenty of...
08-04-18, 03:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,975
Posted By RobertP

Truly permanent adhesive inside patching of tear in pants?

Somehow a pair of Dockers-style pants got snagged and it created about a 3 - 4 inch straight tear. The pants are fairly new, would otherwise have a lot of life in them. Any recommendations for a...
05-21-18, 02:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 516
Posted By RobertP

Is there a quick method of removing adhesive from old bathroom tile for reuse?

Is there a way to remove thinset/mastic adhesive from the back of old bathroom tile that's quick and easy enough - and won't require a hazmat suit - to make it worthwhile to reuse them? Not going to...
Replies: 3
Views: 477
Posted By RobertP

I don't think so - that would impact all toilets,...

I don't think so - that would impact all toilets, correct? The other toilet on the other end of the house flushes fine.
Replies: 3
Views: 477
Posted By RobertP

Suddenly toilet doesn't want to flush

Toilet has been flushing okay, maybe not as vigorously as I'd like. I tried filling the storage tank a bit more to see what that did.

What resulted is the toilet not wanting to flush at all....
Replies: 6
Views: 3,069
Posted By RobertP

Best way to whiten T-shirts and other whites w/o chlorine bleach?

Thinking primarily cotton T-shirts and underwear but also clothes of other materials. Looking to do a big bunch at once and ideally don't want to have to hand-manipulate, just dump it in and let it...
01-04-18, 07:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 452
Posted By RobertP

Central A/C suddenly stopped heating - dead coil?

Late 80's Trane central system suddenly stopping heating. Compressor runs, handler runs, the blue heat light is on, both mercury switches are in contact. Moving switch to "Emergency Heat" makes no...
08-14-17, 12:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,419
Posted By RobertP

Black Rit dye not taking completely

Got some bleach stains on a pair of 100% cotton black pants. They're fairly new so I thought I'd fix the issue with black Rit dye. Washed them, followed the directions to the letter. After rinsing...
Forum: Water Heaters
05-12-17, 10:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 866
Posted By RobertP

Here's what I'm talking about. Both of the...

Here's what I'm talking about. Both of the originals in the heater have this plastic around the element rod, the new ones I just got at Lowe's don't have this.

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Forum: Water Heaters
05-12-17, 01:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 866
Posted By RobertP

Purpose of plastic on water heater element rods

I notice there's approximately 3/4' of clear plastic around the base - i.e. where they insert into the threaded base on both sides of the heater element rods on a water heater. What's the reason for...
Replies: 7
Views: 1,242
Posted By RobertP

What are holes in mitre saw fence for?

There are holes in the fence of my Delta compound mitre saw which I assume must be there for something - an accessory of some sort but I don't find any reference to this. The owner's manual doesn't...
06-17-15, 01:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,099
Posted By RobertP

Haven't settled on a material yet, what's up...

Haven't settled on a material yet, what's up there now is okay in places where water intrusion wasn't an issue.

There was some stuff at Home Depot with a 50 year guarantee. Don't recall what...
06-17-15, 12:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,099
Posted By RobertP

Replacement. Thanks for the tip. What...

Replacement.

Thanks for the tip.

What the guy at Home Depot suggested is that there should be a galvanized drip rail/flashing between the bottom of the siding and the stucco. Should that work...
06-17-15, 03:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,099
Posted By RobertP

RB&B stands for....? ...

RB&B stands for....?

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06-16-15, 05:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,099
Posted By RobertP

Thanks. What do you do at the top and bottom...

Thanks. What do you do at the top and bottom where you can't complete the cut with the saw?
06-16-15, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,099
Posted By RobertP

Best way to remove masonite/plywood siding held in place with staples?

I'm replacing some water damaged siding - is there a quicker, easier way to remove the staples then digging them out with a screwdriver or the like?

Thanks.

Pic of the siding in question.
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Replies: 1
Views: 557
Posted By RobertP

Identifying dishwasher motor noise?

Dishwasher motor suddenly developed this noise - sounds okay for about a second but once it gets up to speed the noise starts. Sounds like the fan blade is making contact with something but I don't...
06-21-14, 07:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 908
Posted By RobertP

Safe way to remove branches around power transformer?

I have a tree with branches that are beginning to impinge on the power line going from the transformer to the house. What are the safety considerations in removing these branches myself? If I'm up in...
Replies: 1
Views: 641
Posted By RobertP

How to determine size of mini screwdrivers?

I have various mini screwdrivers that became separated from their cases. Some were labeled by a number system, some by fractional inch measurements. Is there a way to measure them to put them back in...
Replies: 2
Views: 653
Posted By RobertP

There's a snap-ring on the other side of the...

There's a snap-ring on the other side of the bracket that I didn't see.
Replies: 2
Views: 653
Posted By RobertP

How to get this washing machine drum cable disconnected?

I'm taking apart an old washing machine just to see how it's all put together and am puzzling over how to remove these ends for the drum suspension cable without simply cutting the cable.

Anyone...
Replies: 2
Views: 886
Posted By RobertP

As it turns out there was crud in various...

As it turns out there was crud in various locations - on both sides of the flap behind the bottom of the door, inside the float cup, the pass-through for the vent, under the soap dispenser cup....
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