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Questions tagged [home-improvement]

Questions on the subject of home improvement and the role of engineers in residential design and construction work. Technical questions about specific home improvement projects should not use this tag; instead, use tags that categorize the project itself.

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Build new home on top of 50 years old house [closed]

We have a home, which built before 50 years, now we are planning to built one more home on top [ terrace] , Is it right to go ahead & built new home on terrace ? or do we need to check any other ...
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My pneumatic spring won't budge

The manual illustrates the spring reaching both bolts when the mechanism is fully extended. I can't move the spring at all. Furthermore, the holes at the end of the spring are not rotated to be in the ...
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Can I oversize my air conditioner if I use a two speed compressor?

The upper floor of my house has a split A/C, three-ton. When the temperature gets up above about 95 Fahrenheit, the unit can't ...
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Heat storage mass vs. AIR in an ICF house

If we would want to build a family house (ICF) regarding operational costs, should we leave the insulation on the inside, or should we remove it from the inside? If we would remove it, the walls ...
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How to bend copper heat pipes?

I have purchased these copper heat-pipes; however, I am wondering how to bend them without kinking them or cutting them open due to pressure on weak points/bends. These are flat copper heat pipes, so ...
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Is it possible to cook with low power PV systems (under 300 W)

This topic is slightly related to this one, with some extra details. I would like to go off-grid and therefore buy a PV kit. I can see that the prices for PV systems with a power of +3kW are very ...
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When do I need to consult a professional engineer during a home renovation?

I am a homeowner who likes to save money by performing DIY work. When possible, I prefer to serve as my own general contractor to reduce the cost of a project. However, when I talk with professionals ...