yep, the 'schuko' (Schutz Kontakt -> PE Contact) consists of two cylindric plugs, and the Protective Earth being a slider ad the side.
There are others where the PE comes out of the wall-socket the same plug as the two pins but longer, but thats not used in germany.
the PE less ones are just flat. (Euro Flachstecker) :
How well does it work? I'm assuming it's one of those systems that has a little unit for each room?
It isn't quite as simple as connecting the lines and opening a valve -- you have to pull a vacuum and check for leaks. But both of those tasks can be done with the same piece of equipment.
I can't imagine you'd want to put a mini split in if your house is already set up for true central, though.
Two years ago my mom saw an ad for the split mini units on TV (Mitsubishi system I think) and she has been wanting one ever since. I was mildly impressed with the BTU capacity of some of the units but BTUs doesn't help move the cold air to where its needed. There are some ducted systems but I don't see them having blowers powerful enough to provide air to several rooms.
I would rather go with a new central unit, and I could probably pull enough favors to have help installing one. The biggest challenge would be wrangling a new blower unit/evaporator/heat strip unit up to the attic as I'm almost certain the attic opening in the garage was framed after this giant archaic piece of crap was stuck up there. Adequate electircal already exists in the attic and at the compressor/condensor site. All the ductwork needs to be redone though, as they air badly. This house also really needs more than one air intake. At present the only air intake is a giant duct in the hallway and it sucks enough air to pull the hallway doors shut if two out of the four get closed.
I'm also not sure about the permit crap/declaring the house as a homestead to avoid the permit crap/whether the permit even needs to be pulled to replace the existing unit.
Whatever happens needs to happen soon as it will take days to complete and it's quickly getting warmer.
I have relativity new kitchen cabinets (maybe 3 years old) where the screws are constantly working loose on a few of the door hinges. (I assume it's particle board) Is there anything I can do to stop or seriously slow the rate these come loose? I was thinking of a drop of wood glue, or something like that, but wanted to know if anyone here has suggestions.
I'm also not sure about the permit crap/declaring the house as a
homestead to avoid the permit crap/whether the permit even needs to be
pulled to replace the existing unit.
That part's easy: don't tell anybody.
of wood glue, or something like that, but wanted to know if anyone
here has suggestions.
Why use wood glue when you can use epoxy? :-)
cause epoxy will stick to the screws too. Unless you treat the screw with some kind of release agent. A standard way of repairing stripped out screw holes is to fill the hole with sawdust and wood glue, reinstall the screws, wait until the glue cures.
Having said that, epoxy will make a better repair. It's just a little bit more work. The other thing you should consider is installing little rubber (polymer) bumpers on the doors. It's probably repeated banging of the doors that is loosening the screws. The bumpers will extend the life of your repairs.
Fri May 14 2010 03:59:20 PM EDT from Peter Pulse @ UncensoredLoctite?
If I understand his problem...it's the screws holding the hinges on the cabinet. Loctite only works on machine type screws...metal to metal. Even then, it really only works against vibration loosening. This seems to be failure of the wood.
Most likely I'll try a sawdust filler (I even have some extra sawdust from a woodglue sawdust "putty" I was using on another recent project) I do have some rubber bumpers on the bottoms of the doors, doors, but I'll look to see if there is anywhere else that could be padded.
I was at a friend's house who is having a massive extension added to their house.
I was walking around in the basement looking at the studs that made up the flooring above, and I saw the most surprising thing.
It was what looked like particle board.
When I build floor joists I use 2x6 or 2x10 wood depending on how far it hsa to go, but these joists looked like this:
At first it seemed kinda scary, but maybe they use really good glue and that's the new thing nowadays.
I had first noticed that all the beams had a 1x2 attached along their length. I later figured it's probably so you have some actual wood to nail things to, because you probably can't shoot nails into particleboard and expect it to stay.
Anybody know about this mavel of new (and probably much cheaper) construction?
Wow. They look scary!
Yeah, but I jumped up and down on them and it was solid.