• In a House Fire, Would Turning Sinks on Help?

    Say my house catches on fire, if I wake up from smoke detectors and turn all my four sinks on which are located throughout the house, would that help extinguish the flames? Furthermore, should I stay in and attempt to use the hose on my kitchen sink to manually extingush some of the fire?
    Say my house catches on fire, if I wake up from smoke detectors and turn all my four sinks on which are located throughout the house, would that help extinguish the flames? Furthermore, should I stay in and attempt to use the hose on my kitchen sink to manually extingush some of the fire?
    31 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Is length of the thermo coupler in a water heater important?

    I need to replace the 8 1/2 inch thermo coupler on the water heater in my camp trailer but the shortest one I can find in town is 18" long; will it work; - - - safely and - efficiently?
    I need to replace the 8 1/2 inch thermo coupler on the water heater in my camp trailer but the shortest one I can find in town is 18" long; will it work; - - - safely and - efficiently?
    12 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Water leaking at home next door?

    14 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Is disconnected service drop electrical lines coming from a utility pole near the street to my house safe to work around?

    I am referring to the service drop electrical lines that come from the utility pole next to the street going to my house lines. One of the power company workers said it was live but not connected. Does this mean I can work near and around it to fix a hole in the siding? Can it arc flash or electrocute me if I touch... show more
    I am referring to the service drop electrical lines that come from the utility pole next to the street going to my house lines. One of the power company workers said it was live but not connected. Does this mean I can work near and around it to fix a hole in the siding? Can it arc flash or electrocute me if I touch the wires or anything like that?
    18 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Can anyone tell me how these clip things open as i need to get inside this unit...?
  • How can I adjust my metal door?

    The front door too my house seems to be binding in the upper corner above the door handle. I can't just shave the door where it rubs as the door is a metal skin door. The hinges are not sunk in to the door as they would be in a wood door and need to be. Do I get a metal grinder and grind off where its hitting... show more
    The front door too my house seems to be binding in the upper corner above the door handle. I can't just shave the door where it rubs as the door is a metal skin door. The hinges are not sunk in to the door as they would be in a wood door and need to be. Do I get a metal grinder and grind off where its hitting or is there a tool I can use notch the door where the hinges go or do I just use a drill and drill holes 1/8 inch deep then use a grinder or Dremel?
    14 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Can low Freon a house ac system cause capacitor to fail? The Freon I use isn’t easy to get, so the caps keep failing, wonder if it’s because?

    Best answer: No, low refrigerant level will not cause a capacitor to fail. Abnormal high starting amperage will cause a cap and/or compressor to fail. Good quality capacitors are a must. Don't buy cheap on line caps made overseas that are likely to have a short life.
    Best answer: No, low refrigerant level will not cause a capacitor to fail. Abnormal high starting amperage will cause a cap and/or compressor to fail. Good quality capacitors are a must. Don't buy cheap on line caps made overseas that are likely to have a short life.
    11 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Water leaking in a couple of rooms in the house. It s out of season to re shingle. Anything we can do temporarily until after winter?

    Water leaking in a couple of rooms in the house. It s out of season to re shingle. Anything we can do temporarily until after winter? It is leaking in two places but we don t have the money and winter is coming so we re really screwed, is there anything we can apply safely to a house with a chimney that could hold... show more
    Water leaking in a couple of rooms in the house. It s out of season to re shingle. Anything we can do temporarily until after winter? It is leaking in two places but we don t have the money and winter is coming so we re really screwed, is there anything we can apply safely to a house with a chimney that could hold until summer?
    16 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Can you pressure wash a rain soaked deck?

    can you pressure a rain soaked deck
    can you pressure a rain soaked deck
    12 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • How to know which heater hose goes where ?

    I'm replacing heater control valve which hose does it go in ? how can I tell ?
    I'm replacing heater control valve which hose does it go in ? how can I tell ?
    9 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • End of season lawn mower/fuel storage?

    For the last few years, I have been running the gas out of the mower so it was empty. Then next year, it starts right up. Someone said fuel stabilizer is better. Why? The mower only holds a little and any excess I will pour in my car.
    For the last few years, I have been running the gas out of the mower so it was empty. Then next year, it starts right up. Someone said fuel stabilizer is better. Why? The mower only holds a little and any excess I will pour in my car.
    25 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Faulty heater in work place?

    Recently I noticed something about a overhead heater that makes me think it was leaking carbon monoxide it the work area. The heater is a infrared gas tube that has about 5, 10 foot sections that have a clamp at each connection. There always seemed to be an odor along with the heat from it right over my work area.... show more
    Recently I noticed something about a overhead heater that makes me think it was leaking carbon monoxide it the work area. The heater is a infrared gas tube that has about 5, 10 foot sections that have a clamp at each connection. There always seemed to be an odor along with the heat from it right over my work area. I could see the clamp above my work are is covered with soot the other clamps are clean even the 1 at the burner. Could any legal action be taken against the business for ignoring complaints about the heater? The only thing might be an excuse is that it is a garage type work area and doors opening and closing during the shift. But this would make the heater run more often so as a constant source of C O gas. The other thing is the new business that has acquired the location is probably not aware of this problem, should somebody let them know? P.S. The business was sold and no longer operating but has other locations with same type of business.
    9 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Is there any reason NOT to use the heat/cool mode of a thermostat year-round?

    Best answer: You could try turning it off. If the house is unoccupied, OFF is the least expensive option. This is just me but I think you would do better to cap the temperature at 90, even if you set it Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool will hold it to the limits you set. If you set it to 90, it won't let the house get hotter than... show more
    Best answer: You could try turning it off. If the house is unoccupied, OFF is the least expensive option.

    This is just me but I think you would do better to cap the temperature at 90, even if you set it Heat-Cool.

    Heat-Cool will hold it to the limits you set. If you set it to 90, it won't let the house get hotter than 90. Then you set the Heat setting, and it won't let the house get cooler than whatever that is.

    But I bet your refrigerator will be pretty darned unhappy at 95. I get that you're not there every day and you're trying to save some money, but 95 vs. 90 isn't a big savings when compared to having to purchase a new fridge.

    Also worth considering: install a programmable thermostat, and run the AC for a few hours at night to pull the house's temperature way down. My understanding is that deserts get pretty darned cool at night, which means the AC will have a much easier time of it, and it may be able to pull the house's overall temperature down enough that it doesn't get as hot as all that during the day.

    Good luck with it.
    6 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Will putting essential oils next to a floor heater mean the carpet will catch on fire?

    I recently moved into an older apartment and noticed a hole in the floor where the heater radiator goes into it. I put some steel wool to make sure nothing could get though, but read lemon and peppermint oil would help drive away pests. Being my impulsive self I put some oil droppets on the carpet around the whole,... show more
    I recently moved into an older apartment and noticed a hole in the floor where the heater radiator goes into it. I put some steel wool to make sure nothing could get though, but read lemon and peppermint oil would help drive away pests. Being my impulsive self I put some oil droppets on the carpet around the whole, and am now realizing essential oils are combustible and I put them right next to the heater. Do you think my carpet would catch fire? I don t know the best way to wash the oils out of the floor either
    8 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Can Cords trigger the circuit breaker if the outlet is off?

    I come home and the circuit breaker to the house was triggered. It turns out the dog (who is fine) has chewed through the extension cord which is plugged into an outlet. The outlet is switched off and there is no appliance plugged into the other end. Is it possible that this caused the circuit breaker to... show more
    I come home and the circuit breaker to the house was triggered. It turns out the dog (who is fine) has chewed through the extension cord which is plugged into an outlet. The outlet is switched off and there is no appliance plugged into the other end. Is it possible that this caused the circuit breaker to trigger even though the outlet was off?
    9 answers · 2 weeks ago