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[#] Wed Jul 06 2011 13:19:21 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Probablu not. Sharpened stakes in the ground below aren't considered to be cool either.

[#] Wed Jul 06 2011 13:31:54 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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I'd rather not have people sabotage my brand-new trampoline... If I catch anyone attempting to ruing it, or harm the people intended for using it, they'll be blugeoned to death with an aluminum louisville slugger baseball bat and a metal tiki lamp...

 

great sabotage ideas for my neighbors though.



[#] Wed Jul 06 2011 13:37:43 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Hmm... aluminium isn't magnetic, so that kills one idea...

[#] Tue Jul 12 2011 16:50:46 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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And you're responsible for it even as a renter?

Hope he gets to take it off of his rent.

[#] Tue Jul 19 2011 07:52:17 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Over the weekend I helped out some friends who have a 100+ year old house with a project to adapt existing wiring to handle a ceiling fan with separate controls for the fan and its included light fixture.

I was expecting the worst: old cable, perhaps cloth wrapped, with crumbling insulation, inaccessible junction boxes, really bad stuff.

It turned out that the house had been completely rewired in the 1980's. Romex cable and new boxes everywhere, and all of the wiring for the second floor was completely and easily accessible from the attic.

Sometimes you win.

[#] Tue Jul 26 2011 12:12:48 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Befoe our son was born, we decided to install a combo ceiling fan and light into his room. It replaced an existing in-ceiling light fixture. I wasn't thrilled about the idea of having to pull new wire as there weren't any conduits and I wasn't about to pull off drywall. We found a very clever solution, though. It's a combo fan and light control with a two-piece setup. One piece is the wall switch with two on/off buttons and two sliding adjustors. The other piece fits into the bell of the fan housing. It only needs a single power feed, but provides two feeds to the fan and light, so no need to run new wiring. The wall switch sends commands--I can't remember if it's wireless, or uses the power-lines--to the remote unit in the fan. It works great and haven't had any issues with it at all.

The hardest part of the install was the bracket for the fan. I got one of those brackets that telescopes out and squeezes between thw ceiling rafters. The instructions say that you can just slip it up through a hole in the ceiling to set it in place, but this room's ceiling is accessible through the attic, so I installed it from the top. Not a huge deal except that where the light fixture is, only has a foot or two of clearance between the ceiling and the roof.
Spell

[#] Wed Jul 27 2011 14:34:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That's what I installed too, but if they hadn't already purchased it I would have suggested a hardwire setup since the wiring was so easily accessible from the attic.

The fixture is accessible from the attic too, so instead of the spring loaded bracket I told them to put a piece of 2x4 screwed directly into the rafters and then mount the box onto that (with another piece underneath it if needed for reach). It's going to be so much more stable than any bracket could possibly be, and with a fan turning underneath it that's a Good Thing (tm).

[#] Wed Aug 03 2011 21:13:34 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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so I finally got a plumber to show up and install a water supply line to my fancy schmancy water powered water pump.
The thing is AWESOME.
It pumps water almost as quickly as the massive electric pump, and I daresay, the water is probably cheaper than the electricity.

[#] Fri Sep 02 2011 16:11:46 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Wait.. a what?! Is that some kind of perpetuum mobile?



[#] Tue Sep 06 2011 20:04:37 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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it's a water powered water pump.
you pump water out of the ground, then use that water to pump water out of the ground

[#] Wed Sep 07 2011 04:03:56 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Tue Sep 06 2011 20:04:37 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored
it's a water powered water pump.
you pump water out of the ground, then use that water to pump water out of the ground

weird...



[#] Wed Sep 07 2011 04:07:26 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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does it work like communicating tubes? so you have to suck the whater through a pipe which has some way up, and some down, and unless air comes in, the whater in the down-tube pulls up the rest?



[#] Wed Sep 07 2011 20:18:56 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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nope, I think. I don't get what you're saying, but it's really not that complicated.

[#] Sat Sep 10 2011 15:31:33 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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On another subject:

My lawnmower has suddenly developed a terrible knocking sound. What are some easy things I can do to try to fix it to try to avoid bringing it to a service place?

* I changed the spark plug
* I changed the oil
* ...what's next?

[#] Sat Sep 10 2011 15:28:43 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It's just a water pump that uses the pressure from a municipal water supply to pump other water out of the way. Yes, it's incredibly wasteful, but it's the only way to bail his basement out when there is no electricity.

We had another outage last night when a tree fell down on the main road and took out the 13kv lines. I think it may be time for a generator.

[#] Sat Sep 10 2011 20:20:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Update: the "knocking" wasn't the engine after all. It was something under the deck that I fixed. Now the problem is that the engine is "missing" a bit. What should I be cleaning/replacing ?

[#] Sat Sep 10 2011 20:29:59 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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@waterpoweredwaterpump: Ah, now it makes sense.

@lawnmover: I refilled ours today and thought about "cleaning" the engine, too. Was thinking about adding some of these oil/fuel additives like you get for cars. Only a drop or two, since it might simply blast away if I use more. Not sure, though. They always worked on my cars, made the engine run more smooth and silent, easier starting, etc.



[#] Sun Sep 11 2011 05:25:50 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Sat Sep 10 2011 20:20:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
Update: the "knocking" wasn't the engine after all. It was something under the deck that I fixed. Now the problem is that the engine is "missing" a bit. What should I be cleaning/replacing ?

did you check the distance of the spark? with a feeler gauge?

and maybe clean it a little with sand paper...



[#] Sun Sep 11 2011 11:16:46 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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Cheaper to just replace the plug than try to "clean" it.

If you're sure it's in teh engine, might be worth pulling the cylinder
and checking out the crank and piston rings. Lawn mowers are stupid
easy to work on since they're air-cooled.

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