• When renovating a house is it best to use one company for everything or multiple companies?

    I'd like to renovate my house and rent it out. The bathroom and kitchen definitely need replacing, along with a few smaller tasks like replacing faulty light fittings. Budget allowing, I may also decide to replace my very old boiler and tidy up the garden. Just wondering if it would be cheaper / easier / faster... show more
    I'd like to renovate my house and rent it out. The bathroom and kitchen definitely need replacing, along with a few smaller tasks like replacing faulty light fittings. Budget allowing, I may also decide to replace my very old boiler and tidy up the garden. Just wondering if it would be cheaper / easier / faster to ask one company to do everything or to out source the work to multiple companies? (DIY isn't an option).
    8 answers · Decorating & Remodeling · 20 hours ago
  • Mini-fridge?? Compressor hot! Freezer and and fridge cold inside.?

    Best answer: The compressor gets hot for a couple of reasons: 1) There's a motor inside there. Running all the time, it's going to get warm. Running all the time in a warm room, it's going to get warmer. Running constantly trying to cool down a fridge whose door is standing open, it's going to get very warm... show more
    Best answer: The compressor gets hot for a couple of reasons:

    1) There's a motor inside there. Running all the time, it's going to get warm. Running all the time in a warm room, it's going to get warmer. Running constantly trying to cool down a fridge whose door is standing open, it's going to get very warm indeed.

    2) The refrigerator works by pushing heat. Imagine:

    Do you remember pumping up a bicycle tire with a bike pump? And the bottom of the pump got hot? That's because of the compression of the air - the heat energy in the air (there's heat energy everywhere) gets squashed into a smaller space. Taking up less space but having the same energy as it had before means it has to feel hotter.

    Now imagine the propane tank on the gas grill while the grill is on. That tank starts to get pretty cold, right? Even frosty sometimes. It's because the propane inside is boiling into gas - yes, boiling just at room temperature - and carrying heat away. And when heat is carried away, what's had its heat carried away feels cold.

    Refrigerator: same deal. Here's the process:

    1) The compressor squashes the refrigerant into a liquid to squeeze its heat into a smaller space. It now feels very hot.

    2) The hot liquid refrigerant is pushed into lots of small coils with fins, and a fan blows air over the coils. Most of the heat that is hotter than room temperature gets blown away.

    3) Room temperature liquid refrigerant goes inside the fridge and is expanded in the evaporator coils. It expands, boils, and in boiling absorbs a lot of heat from inside the fridge. Its temperature plummets in the coils as it boils and expands, becoming much colder than the inside of the fridge; a fan inside the fridge blows not-cool-enough air over the coils, and the air's heat goes into the boiling liquid.

    4) Expanded, cool refrigerant continues through the refrigerant line back to the compressor, to be squashed back into a hot liquid and have its heat carried away.

    Cycle continues.

    There are lots of materials that can work as refrigerants, including propane, helium, Freon, water and air. They all have their advantages and pitfalls.

    The compressor gets hot because of the motor and it's in the middle of the refrigerant cycle, right there in the middle of the hot part of the refrigerant cycle.
    6 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 15 hours ago
  • Is it okay to leave a bug fogger inside overnight?

    I bombed my house around 1pm today. I left immediately and have not fully moved in yet so I have not gone back. Is it okay to leave it overnight and come back tomorrow to open the windows?
    I bombed my house around 1pm today. I left immediately and have not fully moved in yet so I have not gone back. Is it okay to leave it overnight and come back tomorrow to open the windows?
    5 answers · Other - Home & Garden · 7 hours 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 ?
    9 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 2 days ago
  • Bed bugs. How to not shrink or ruin clothe?

    So I recently asked what I should do if I had bed bug in my old mattress and if I should wash all my clothes. So I’ve been told to wash everything in hot water and dry on hot. But I don’t want my clothe to shrink so would washing in hot work as well? Or what’s the best option to rid my cloth of bedbugs and keep my... show more
    So I recently asked what I should do if I had bed bug in my old mattress and if I should wash all my clothes. So I’ve been told to wash everything in hot water and dry on hot. But I don’t want my clothe to shrink so would washing in hot work as well? Or what’s the best option to rid my cloth of bedbugs and keep my clothe from shrinking?
    6 answers · Cleaning & Laundry · 11 hours ago
  • Is releasing a queen ant in my house a good idea?

    Best answer: Ants are like teenagers. They will only clean what they want to and make a mess of everything else.

    Bottom line: Don't do it.
    Best answer: Ants are like teenagers. They will only clean what they want to and make a mess of everything else.

    Bottom line: Don't do it.
    9 answers · Cleaning & Laundry · 3 days ago
  • 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 · Maintenance & Repairs · 3 days ago
  • A flower that smells sweet?

    20 answers · Garden & Landscape · 7 days ago
  • If your house burns down and the town won’t let you rebuild what happens?

    Our house has a rebuild of 325K. We owe 68K on it. When talking to the city, they said if our house burns down or is otherwise totaled, they will not permit us to build it again. Our house was built in 1890 before there were rules on how close to the river you can be and the septic was added before there were rules... show more
    Our house has a rebuild of 325K. We owe 68K on it. When talking to the city, they said if our house burns down or is otherwise totaled, they will not permit us to build it again. Our house was built in 1890 before there were rules on how close to the river you can be and the septic was added before there were rules on where that should be etc. it’s not possible to build a house using current code on the lot we have. So if something happens to our house does the insurance still pay(minus our mortgage balance of course).
    8 answers · Other - Home & Garden · 3 days ago
  • Is my painter being ridiculous?

    I m in the middle of getting my house painted. Well it s the kitchen, hallway and sitting room as well as getting 6 doors and skirting painted. The painter originally told me it would take 2 weeks and at €15 an hour. I ve already paid him 1500 which included the paint. However I ve now been told it will take... show more
    I m in the middle of getting my house painted. Well it s the kitchen, hallway and sitting room as well as getting 6 doors and skirting painted. The painter originally told me it would take 2 weeks and at €15 an hour. I ve already paid him 1500 which included the paint. However I ve now been told it will take another 2.5 weeks to finish the sitting room and 6 doors. While I know painting wood work takes time, it has already taken him nearly 2 weeks to paint the kitchen and hallway and prime two doors. If he continues it will cost at least another 1800... is this very expensive?
    6 answers · Decorating & Remodeling · 1 day ago
  • Is it ok to run an extension cord through PVC pipe?

    My son’s room only has 1 outlet. He needs power to the other side of the room where his night stand is. If we run the cord along the bottom of the wall it will have to cross a doorway. Our idea is to run PVC pipe up the wall, around the room, and down the opposite wall with the pipe attached to the ceiling. Is... show more
    My son’s room only has 1 outlet. He needs power to the other side of the room where his night stand is. If we run the cord along the bottom of the wall it will have to cross a doorway. Our idea is to run PVC pipe up the wall, around the room, and down the opposite wall with the pipe attached to the ceiling. Is this safe? Or is there a fire risk having an extension cord in a PVC pipe? It will not be inside the wall.
    6 answers · Do It Yourself (DIY) · 2 days ago
  • Purging Unwanted Items?

    What are my best options to successfully remove clutter from a house shared with someone who has been hording excessively for decades?
    What are my best options to successfully remove clutter from a house shared with someone who has been hording excessively for decades?
    9 answers · Cleaning & Laundry · 3 days 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 · Maintenance & Repairs · 2 days ago