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  1. zannej

    Helping friends design a new kitchen in a trailer

    Some of you may remember my thread about a friend's house burning & I briefly mentioned he stayed with some friends who had planned to move in with him temporarily. Well, those friends had moved down near Lake Charles & got a home but it was destroyed by hurricanes. They had to move back in to...
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    Splitter/junction for 10/3 high voltage wires in well shed

    Is it called a Piggyback junction? This is connected to my post about my cistern/well/pumps posts. I have pump running on 230v & 6.1A (can go to 12A if wired at 115). Right now it has a crappy float switch that I want to replace, but the switch acts as a junction to go to the 2nd pump...
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    Need advice on choosing better float system for water well cistern

    I have a very strange setup that I will try to describe as best as I can as well as provide some pictures. It starts with a belt driven 2-pulley wheel air compressor pump connected to metal pipe that converts to PVC. Part of the pipe goes into the ground and the other goes up and elbows over the...
  4. zannej

    Questions about adding vanity lights & moving switches in bathrooms

    I do not intend to run the wiring myself- I plan to get a professional to do it, but I want to make sure it's being done right and I am curious about what would work, what's to code, and so forth. I've mentioned this before but recent electrical discussion has me curious. None of our bathrooms...
  5. zannej

    Making a craft table with lift for sewing machine

    It's me again, Margaret. Heh heh heh. I have another hairbrained idea of a project to add to my list once I get the essential stuff out of the way. Once everything is cleaned up better I want to start working on more crafts with my mother and she wanted to have a sewing space. I figured it...
  6. zannej

    Best way to patch hole in ceiling?

    My walk-in pantry is completely lined with metal screen/mesh. It was intended to keep mice out. It worked well for a couple decades but at some point some gaps in the wood of the ceiling got larger (don't know if it was from settling or if the mice helped it along). The mice ended up chewing...
  7. zannej

    Custom Recessed Toilet Paper Holder

    I know I've always got tons of projects going on in planning, but this is one that I'm hoping I can do in the not-so-distant future (after I get my bathroom fixed up more). The guest bathroom will have very limited space and I don't want a tp holder that sticks out too far for people to bump in...
  8. zannej

    Building an upholstered platform bed

    I've been kicking this idea around while my shoulder/arm are healing & I haven't been able to be very productive. I despise my cheap metal frame & box spring for my bed. Box spring collapsed on one corner, mattress won't stay in place-- keeps sliding & is now overhanging one side by at least...
  9. zannej

    Solar panels, batteries, charge controllers, to run gable fan & shop LEDs

    I'm trying to learn more about solar panels & options for things that can use it. I already made a thread about wanting a gable fan in the barn I'm going to have built. I saw there are some that are DC/solar panel. Some can run without batteries, others use a charge controller and a batter...
  10. zannej

    Need new barn - American Steel Carports build?

    My old very large wooden barn got destroyed by a falling tree. Parts of it are still standing but the cows are afraid to go into it most of the time, it no longer offers them sufficient shelter, and I'm afraid it will collapse completely any day. I initially just wanted a small 12'x16' building...
  11. zannej

    Fixing pump/pressure tank system for well- best way?

    My house uses well water from a crappy system in a metal shed. Inside the shed we have a 2-wheeled belt-driven piston pump that creates air pressure inside some pipes going to the top of the cistern to pull water up into the cistern. A float connected to a rod that goes up and down hits the arm...
  12. zannej

    What do you call this decorative molding on cabinet fillers?

    I'm trying to find the exact terms to be able to find this type of molding. In the 1st picture, I believe the vertical pieces in the center are rope trim, but I'm not sure what you would call the sword hilt looking pieces. I'm guessing top and bottom are plinth blocks? For 2nd picture looks...
  13. zannej

    Plans to make a couple dining chairs

    So, this is something that will be on the back burner on my to-do list since I have many other things to do first, but I like to plan ahead & I've decided that I want to make some chairs for my friend's kitchen (as I can't find anything that matches his color scheme & style that isn't made of...
  14. zannej

    How to add ground wires?

    I've found that while I have 3-prong outlets, I don't think there are ground wires. I also have a situation where I have a dryer with 3 prongs instead of 4. I would like to add a ground wire & am wondering if I can do this without having to run all new wire. So, a few questions: 1. Does a ground...
  15. zannej

    Darkening stain/reducing blue shade

    I'm helping my friend renovate his kitchen and had some experience with painting & staining but hadn't stained anything in over 10 years so I was rusty. I used Minwax with some red shade years ago but my friend wanted to make his cabinet look like gray ash. The picture on the Minwax stain can...
  16. zannej

    True outer/inner diameter of ABS, PVC, & CPVC + trap arm length

    This is a general guide for people who need to know the actual outer and inner diameters of commonly used ABS, PVC, and CPVC pipes. It can be for figuring out the pipe size if there are no visible markings or determining what size hole needs to be drilled or if something can fit somewhere. There...
  17. zannej

    Are the 4-prong 240v outlets GFI/GFCI?

    My friend is moving his washing machine and dryer in to the bathroom (which is adjacent to the existing laundry room) because the floor in the laundry room is unstable and joists need to be replaced (but he can't afford it right now)-- it's also just very inconvenient to get in to it and he...
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    Downtime and slow loading?

    Did the site go down for anyone else about 30 min or so ago? Also, is it being slow for anyone else or is it just me? It takes over 2 minutes to load a page and to post and I'm wondering if it is a problem on my end or if it is a server issue.
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    Did the format change?

    I'm not seeing the options at the top to view My Replies and My Posts and such. I'm also not seeing the Like button anymore. Is it just my computer or did the format change?
  20. zannej

    Replacement power cord for Emerson electric skillet

    My friend's grandmother said this skillet belonged to her father and the cord to it has been lost. She's trying to find a replacement. I can't figure out what model it is despite finding a number on the bottom. Anyone have any ideas of what model this is or where to find the cord? Or is she s.o.l.?