• Polarity of Lamp Socket is REVERSED, or not?

    I had just replaced the faulty socket of my desk lamp with a new one. The plug for this lamp is polarized (one prong is wide,the other is narrow). I was careful to connect the wires so the polarity was correct throughout. After the job was finished, I used a multimeter to test for correct polarity and... show more
    I had just replaced the faulty socket of my desk lamp with a new one. The plug for this lamp is polarized (one prong is wide,the other is narrow). I was careful to connect the wires so the polarity was correct throughout. After the job was finished, I used a multimeter to test for correct polarity and continuity. When the socket is in the 'off' position, the socket's thread and the wide prong were connected to the multimeter and it was read to be ZERO. If this is the neutral polarity, should there be no continuity (non-ZERO)? Here is a table of multimeter measurements: When the socket is OFF: NEUTRAL: wide prong to thread of socket = 0 continuity HOT: narrow prong to tab of socket = infinity When the socket is ON: NEUTRAL: wide prong to thread of socket: 0 continuity HOT: narrow prong to tab of socket = 0 continuity I also checked for continuity if the polarity of he wires was reversed. In all cases, the continuity is infinity, so I assume my connections for correct polarity is correct. Am I correct to say I had done everything correctly? source for my references: https://www.familyhandyman.com/electrica... https://www.familyhandyman.com/electrica... https://www.familyhandyman.com/electrica...
    8 answers · 2 days ago
  • Broken A/c unit in apartment?

    a new compressor was installed for my A/C unit in may apartment. And the guy who installed it said it needed to have the coils cleaned. he advised it need to be done so the compressor would not run at such a high rate, the gauge he was using said it was running well over 280 (whatever units it's measured in).... show more
    a new compressor was installed for my A/C unit in may apartment. And the guy who installed it said it needed to have the coils cleaned. he advised it need to be done so the compressor would not run at such a high rate, the gauge he was using said it was running well over 280 (whatever units it's measured in). i am having a profesional come to clean the coils, was i ripped off when the guy said he couldn't clean them when he was already here ?
    7 answers · 1 day ago
  • Will a water filter make my water safe to drink?

    I live in a very old apartment, and the landlord let me know the pipes are also very old (but he won’t be replacing them). The problem is the water will come out a light brownish/red color and will leave some stains in places like the tub and sinks. It’s more prominent in my kitchen than bathroom and I tried to... show more
    I live in a very old apartment, and the landlord let me know the pipes are also very old (but he won’t be replacing them). The problem is the water will come out a light brownish/red color and will leave some stains in places like the tub and sinks. It’s more prominent in my kitchen than bathroom and I tried to drink it once but the taste was gross, so I deemed it undrinkable. Recently, I’ve been wondering if a water filter would solve the problem and make the water safe to drink?
    16 answers · 5 days ago
  • Can you use a big stainless steel pot (turned upside down) as an improvised step stool? Or is it too dangerous?

    Best answer: Too dangerous. It will slide away and possibly scratch the floor.
    Best answer: Too dangerous. It will slide away and possibly scratch the floor.
    6 answers · 1 day ago
  • Dryer won’t get hot?

    My Roper dryer just stopped getting hot all of a sudden. It works sometimes and other times will only blow cold air. Was working fine this morning and next time I checked it was cold again. Any ideas on what to check first ?
    My Roper dryer just stopped getting hot all of a sudden. It works sometimes and other times will only blow cold air. Was working fine this morning and next time I checked it was cold again. Any ideas on what to check first ?
    5 answers · 18 hours ago
  • Can't go to sleep. I cant do this!?

    Best answer: Well, you're going to have trouble sleeping for a little while but there is hope for you: Snap traps. They're cheap. They're humane. They're VERY effective. Cheap: $2.00 buys a pack of two or four. And unlike sticky traps, they're reusable. if the mouse isn't too gross and gooey after... show more
    Best answer: Well, you're going to have trouble sleeping for a little while but there is hope for you:

    Snap traps.

    They're cheap. They're humane. They're VERY effective.

    Cheap: $2.00 buys a pack of two or four. And unlike sticky traps, they're reusable. if the mouse isn't too gross and gooey after the trap, you can just open the trap to release the body, flush, gone. Rebait the trap, reset and it's ready for the next mouse.

    Humane: Mice in sticky traps suffer. Sometimes they die of suffocation which takes a while, sometimes they don't die at all and then YOU suffer. What to do? Release it somehow? Squash it? Throw it in the trash to die slowly of dehydration? Or worse, poison: the mouse might die anywhere. Good luck finding the stinky little body and DON'T YOU BELIEVE IT when the box says it makes the bodies not stink. THEY ALWAYS STINK. I know from bitter experience. Snap traps: BANG and that's it. Even when it doesn't hit the mouse's head, it usually dies almost immediately of shock. if you see/hear a trap or mouse thumping for a minute after the snap, that's just nerve impulses firing at random. The mouse is already dead.

    Effective: mice and rats are evolving resistance to poisons, did you know that? That's why you now see boxes labeled "effective against warfarin-resistant pests!" Sure. Effective for now, until they develop resistance to this new toxin, and the next one, etc. And sticky traps: ever put one down only to wonder where it went the next morning? Yeah: the mouse dragged it off somewhere and maybe pulled itself free. Snap traps: BANG and that's it. There's no evolving a tougher skull when you don't get to survive to breed again.

    I use crunchy peanut butter to bait my traps. Place the baited end square against the wall, preferably under some kind of overhang (high enough the bail can swing over, of course). Mice like to hug the walls.

    Smear the bait on the UNDERSIDE of the bait pedal. Wedge a crunchy bit in there so it's stuck. That way the mouse has to really stretch and wiggle the bait to get *BANG*

    If a trap stops hitting in one spot, move it to another. Place it a few nights in a row UNSET so the mice get used to it being safe again.

    Keep at it. When you can put down several freshly baited traps for 30 nights in a row and get no new mice, you can be pretty sure you've gotten them all, or enough of them that their behavior has changed and they aren't coming into your living space anymore. Then you can just put down a couple of traps in the likeliest places and refresh the bait once a week or so.

    AND NOW: once you've eliminated most of the population, make your place more of a hassle to get into.

    Find and patch every single hole through the walls, floors and ceilings that you can. I use a little wad of Chore Boy or stainless steel pot scrubbing pad (stainless so it doesn't rust) and glue it into place by shooting it full of caulking. Any hole a mouse or rat can get his head through, the rest of him can get through too and it doesn't take a big hole at all - anything pea-sized or bigger (yes, pea) you should plug up.

    Be comprehensive. Look at where your plumbing goes through the walls, look around HVAC vents, doors, around baseboard and window moldings, light fixtures. This will NOT be a quick project and will cost a little bit of money, but not only will it save you in pest hassles it's also a decent bit of weatherizing; you might wind up saving money on your utility bills.

    It's a biggish project but nothing huge that needs to be done all in one day. Lighten the pressure immediately with plenty of traps. Then you can get to the tightening up of your living space.

    Good luck with it.
    4 answers · 1 day ago
  • Why do people call exterminating companies to come spray their entire yard for mosquitos?

    it seems like such a stupid thing to spend money on...I mean, why not just spray your arms and legs with some mosquito repellant before going outside in the yard for extended periods of time? (if need to. I only do it if outside in yard for a long time and mosquitos are out really bad)
    it seems like such a stupid thing to spend money on...I mean, why not just spray your arms and legs with some mosquito repellant before going outside in the yard for extended periods of time? (if need to. I only do it if outside in yard for a long time and mosquitos are out really bad)
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • Is vacuuming your air conditioning filter as good as replacing it?

    Thanking in advance for any insight.
    Thanking in advance for any insight.
    18 answers · 7 days ago
  • Can your stove cause an explosion if the gas is turned on but unlit?

    My stove is starting to break down and sometimes won't light up and one time I turned the stove on but didnt notice that the gas was not lit. If that happens again and the stove does turn on will my entire kitchen explode?
    My stove is starting to break down and sometimes won't light up and one time I turned the stove on but didnt notice that the gas was not lit. If that happens again and the stove does turn on will my entire kitchen explode?
    12 answers · 6 days ago
  • Is a 3/8 inch drill bit the size that want to use to drill holes for 3/8 inch bolts ? or should get a size bigger?

    Best answer: Yes use the 3/8 bit the bolt should go three the hole. If by chance it won't use the 3/8 but or a file to bore the hole out a little. Even with washers it best the home in the metal deck is as close to diameter of bolt as possible. Especially if your the poster that was asking about a crack in your mower deck.
    Best answer: Yes use the 3/8 bit the bolt should go three the hole. If by chance it won't use the 3/8 but or a file to bore the hole out a little. Even with washers it best the home in the metal deck is as close to diameter of bolt as possible. Especially if your the poster that was asking about a crack in your mower deck.
    6 answers · 3 days ago
  • Someone told me that I should not use a cordless drill to drill through a steel mower deck, why this would be?

    Best answer: Just yesterday, I used a 14.4v Dewalt cordless to drill a couple of 3/8" holes in my mower deck. I did drill 2 smaller holes and worked up to the 3/8". The advice you quote in "Update #2" isn't about whether a cordless can do the job...it's about avoiding the cost of buying one if you... show more
    Best answer: Just yesterday, I used a 14.4v Dewalt cordless to drill a couple of 3/8" holes in my mower deck. I did drill 2 smaller holes and worked up to the 3/8". The advice you quote in "Update #2" isn't about whether a cordless can do the job...it's about avoiding the cost of buying one if you don't already own one.

    UPDATE: To answer your update, any decent bit made for metal will work, especially for only 4 holes. Lower quality bits will dull faster in metal, but a mower deck is relatively thin metal. Any new drill bit should breeze right through. Don't sweat the finer details...just do it. You'll be fine with what you have. The worst that will happen is that your bits will be dull when you get done.
    6 answers · 3 days ago
  • What kind of plastic foam product will fill a space 24" x 24" x 24"--or 8 cubic feet?

    It is an inaccessible space which I want to fill to exclude insects, germs, miasmas or other visitors. I don't know how much a foam spray can holds. I think I want the highest expansion I can get.
    It is an inaccessible space which I want to fill to exclude insects, germs, miasmas or other visitors. I don't know how much a foam spray can holds. I think I want the highest expansion I can get.
    4 answers · 2 days ago
  • If my a/c coils are dirty, would a recharge to the system cool and essentially “fix” the problem for a few days?

    We had one company say our a/c wasn’t cooling because of dirty coils which isn’t covered by home warranty. Another company came out and said the evaporator is leaking and needs to be replaced... they recharged the system and the a/c did start cooling, but only lasted 3 days. My question is, would a recharge work if... show more
    We had one company say our a/c wasn’t cooling because of dirty coils which isn’t covered by home warranty. Another company came out and said the evaporator is leaking and needs to be replaced... they recharged the system and the a/c did start cooling, but only lasted 3 days. My question is, would a recharge work if it is the coils? Or is there a leak since the recharge did work? Can’t get a straight answer from the home warranty contractors and they have a bad reputation. But my understanding is if took a charge it was low, and if it was low, there’s obviously a leak. Inhave no real knowledge of a/d just a layman’s understanding and want to handle the company/direct the situation correctly without getting crazy on a lack of knowledge.
    10 answers · 6 days ago
  • My AC blew out a wall socket. Why did this happen? :-/?

    I have a portable 12,000 BTU and I plug it into a standard 2 prong wall outlet. It’s been working fine over the past month but now the outlet is dead. All the others still work. Any help is appreciated! :-)
    I have a portable 12,000 BTU and I plug it into a standard 2 prong wall outlet. It’s been working fine over the past month but now the outlet is dead. All the others still work. Any help is appreciated! :-)
    8 answers · 6 days ago
  • Microwave door heating?

    I installed a new Samsung microwave. It is over my stove, and for some reason, the door is really burning hot when I'm cooking. What I can do to fix this?
    I installed a new Samsung microwave. It is over my stove, and for some reason, the door is really burning hot when I'm cooking. What I can do to fix this?
    5 answers · 3 days ago
  • Should I call a lawyer?

    We recently had a leak in our house. Our washer line was a little loose, when we finally noticed it we called insurance, and got an adjuster out. The adjuster and I looked around the house for any other sources of water damage and found nothing. The adjuster recommended a company we can work with, so, we went with... show more
    We recently had a leak in our house. Our washer line was a little loose, when we finally noticed it we called insurance, and got an adjuster out. The adjuster and I looked around the house for any other sources of water damage and found nothing. The adjuster recommended a company we can work with, so, we went with the recommendation. The company took out our drywall in the laundry room and our vinyl flooring out in the hallway leading to our kitchen and half bath (One small hallway connect the laundry room and the kitchen and half bath), and dried everything. So this company doesn’t do repairs, therefore, under contract, they hired a contractor to repair the floor and drywall. This is where it gets messy. This contractor set up the drywall and replaced all of the vinyl floor in my kitchen, laundry room, and half bath. At the end of his repair he said if there were and discrepancies, text him over the weekend and he will come out on Monday to fix the problem. Well, one of the floor transition strips came up cause it wasn’t glued down properly and we found a leak in the bathroom sink, so we haven’t been able to use that sink, I let him know twice in 3 weeks. Both times he said he would come out to fix it but he never did. Now, after 3 weeks, we found a discoloration in the molding behind our refrigerator, when we pulled it out we found out there was a leak and we don’t know what kind of damage it has done.
    10 answers · 7 days ago