Comments for Home Improvement Stack Exchange Blog The Home Improvement Stack Exchange Blog Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:46:53 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Spraying foam around the windows by David Herzfeld Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:46:53 +0000 The Blue can expanded way to much and bowed our window so that it will not close properly. There was no sheet rock on the inside so there was plenty of room for the foam to expand. Looks like I will have to dig a lot of it out so it can close.

]]> Comment on Spraying foam around the windows by Brigitte Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:47:08 +0000 Hi, I just had a front door installed and this product was used as insulation. I’m painting the trim pieces and want to know how to apply paint over the foam after it cures. The paint seems to just “slide” off”

]]> Comment on Secrets of the Tape Measure by GD Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:38:48 +0000 How about very long measurements where the tape sags? I’m guessing that commercial tapes all assume the tape is supported (no sag) like measuring along a baseboard. How can we get an accurate measurement across a long ceiling?

]]> Comment on Installing Laminate/Engineered wood Floating Floors by chriscudmore Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:20:00 +0000 Engineered wood is essentially the same as Laminate, but the top layer is an 1/8th to 1/4 inch of real wood. That is, it’s real hardwood on the top layer, but the lower layers are plywood or HDF.

Laminate has a printed surface, which is essentially 0 thickness.

Comment on Tool Review: Ideal In-Sureā„¢ Push-In Wire Connectors by Yahya Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:54:52 +0000 Peace…Leo53 and Steve I too am old school about electrical installs wire nuts are the best for splicing I always pigtail instead of using a receptacle as a means of a splice. However when faced with short , stubbie piece of conductor in a Jbox these push on splicers can be a big help. I think the manufactures should improve their product to address oxidation and arching. Maybe by putting inside anti oxidation paste. Also what about twisting conductors together then push on connector??

]]> Comment on Clutches, torque and you. by Fernando Thu, 12 May 2016 02:07:07 +0000 Hello, my question goes a little bit further. What is the connection between Voltage of the battery (12V, 16V, 20V), the RPM of the drill/driver and the number of “gears” of the clutch. I started with this when I was between two black & decker drill/drivers cordless. One was: 20V, 600RMP, 12 gears, plus light but this is another subjective thing. = $49.90 Other: 12V, 750RMP, 22 gears, no light = $29.90 give or take.

Which one would be “stronger”?????, 22 gears sounds a lot more than 12, but maybe 12 gears with 20V are equal or even more.., i don’t know; and how the RPM comes into the play???

Does anyone knows about this? Just because it is interesting. thank you.

Comment on Handling the pressure with expansion tanks by Andre Tue, 03 May 2016 18:26:37 +0000 Good info! I have a Noritz N-0751M tankless gas water heater. When I turn the hot water faucet in the kitchen on and off I get loud banging in the pipes. I installed an arrestor in the kitchen, but the banging is still there. Someone suggested to install a thermal expansion tank. I have been searching the Web for installation instructions with tankless water heaters, but found nothing! On what side does the tank have to be installed: cold or hot side? Any help is appreciated.

]]> Comment on Handling the pressure with expansion tanks by Dave Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:00:59 +0000 We have a backflow preventer, thermal expansion tank and pressure reducing valve setup as part of our gas fired forced hot water heating system. The pressure reducing valve started leaking and a plumber came out and replaced it. Initially the leaking stopped but it started leaking again several hours after he left. He came back a second and third time replacing the expansion tank and backflow preventer only to have the problem resurface within a day.

He says it is due to the pressure building up which is either due to the hot water tank putting back pressure to the system or one of the components he replaced is defective.

I have used this plumber before and never had reason to question his work but I feel he is just guessing now and it is getting expensive. Any guidance is appreciated.

Comment on Replumbing an improper trap. by Frederick Chismar Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:34:22 +0000 We have a gas odor in bathroom sink. I lengthened the trap about 1/2″ down to make it a little deeper. It reduced the odor somewhat. Your explanation above does not seem to work for me. Our trap install looks like the “proper” example you picture. Any suggestions?

]]> Comment on Clutches, torque and you. by Reece Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:53:08 +0000 So helpful! Timeless article and couldn’t find anything similar when searching. Very well explained, thanks!