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[#] Tue Apr 06 2010 17:51:00 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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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) :

[#] Thu Apr 08 2010 11:20:31 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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My favorite are the Danish outlets -- they look like cute little happy faces.

[#] Mon May 03 2010 09:14:13 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Well, our central AC is out. I seem to recall a while back, that IG, you installed a split unit in your house that was precharged.... you just connected the lines and power then opened a valve. Is that correct?

How well does it work? I'm assuming it's one of those systems that has a little unit for each room?

[#] Mon May 03 2010 09:22:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Not quite. My system only has one indoor air handler ... although I have heard of systems with two. But yes, it did have the refrigerant pre-charged.
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.

[#] Mon May 03 2010 12:21:40 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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I got an EPA 608 certificate last year with the intention of renting equipment to recycle and evacuate the central unit to braze a leak in the suction line near the evaporator. This never really happened though, and since then I think my mom has burned the compressor out by running the unit with a frozen evaporator.

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.

[#] Fri May 07 2010 18:12:00 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well ... how did it go? :)

[#] Thu May 13 2010 09:14:30 EDT from d'oh @ Uncensored

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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.

[#] Thu May 13 2010 13:20:54 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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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.

[#] Thu May 13 2010 13:21:59 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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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? :-)

[#] Thu May 13 2010 13:45:30 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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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 15:59:20 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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[#] Fri May 14 2010 19:15:38 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Fri May 14 2010 03:59:20 PM EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

If I understand his'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.

[#] Sun May 16 2010 20:21:30 EDT from d'oh @ Uncensored

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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.

[#] Mon May 17 2010 09:52:35 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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You might also consider filling those holes, leaving them filled, and moving the hinges slightly in either direction. Use the right kind of screws this time.

[#] Tue May 18 2010 11:48:39 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I have a construction question for y'all.
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?

[#] Tue May 18 2010 12:00:25 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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They're called I-Joists and they are supposedly just as good if not better, and more environmentally friendly. There are a few variations.. I've seem them like the ones you saw, and they also do it with plywood.

[#] Tue May 18 2010 15:27:10 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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looks cheap to me, but that's the point, and you normally wouldn't see it anyway...

[#] Wed May 19 2010 11:59:42 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Wow. They look scary!

Those really don't look thick enough to be sturdy.

[#] Wed May 19 2010 14:09:17 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Ford - no idea about the quality of IJoists, buthave you seen laminate beams?

[#] Wed May 19 2010 23:25:51 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Wow. They look scary!

Yeah, but I jumped up and down on them and it was solid.

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