Billtheengineer
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  • First Review:
    October 19, 2009
  • Last Review:
    September 3, 2019
 
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      • Review count
        477
      • Helpfulness votes
        700
      • Average rating
        4.2
        4.2 out of 5
      • First Review:
        October 19, 2009
      • Last Review:
        September 3, 2019
       
      • Question count
        16
         
        • Answer count
          917
           
           
           
           
          Billtheengineer's Reviews
           
          The 3/4 in. x 1/2 in. SharkBite Push-to-Connect Reducing Ball Valve is the easiest way to install a new or replacement shut-off ball valve when transitioning from 3/4 in. pipe down to 1/2 in. The single lever control allows for easy operation and the valve is perfect for potable water and hydronic applications where a shut-off is needed. SharkBite fittings allow you to join copper, CPVC or PEX pipe in any combination with no soldering, clamps, unions or glue. Just insert the pipe and the stainless steel teeth bite down and grip tight, while a specially formulated O-ring compresses to create a perfect seal. Disassembly is just as fast using the simple disconnect tool so fittings and valves can be easily changed and reused. They can even be rotated after assembly for easier installation in tight spaces. Get SharkBite and get a grip on your next plumbing project.
           
          from Hauppauge, NY, USA
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          These are easy to install. Nice for when you can't get the water turned off fully where you can'...
          PostedSeptember 3, 2019
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          These are easy to install. Nice for when you can't get the water turned off fully where you can't sweat on a valve. The handle can be taken off and turned 180­° if the swing would be an issue. Nice feature not all valve have this option.
          One of the downsides to a push on fitting valves is that it can rotate on the pipe. I would imagine this would negative effect on the sealing of the valve to pipe joint. For a valve that is rarely used this is probably not an issue, but if its a valve that has regular use there should be a way to restrain the valve so it can't rotate on the pipe.
          Pros: Easy to Install, Good Instructions, No Leaks, Reliable
          Cons: valve can rotate on pipe
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          The wireless Leviton DZ15S is a Z-Wave enabled universal switch designed for use for most residential lighting and motor applications. A large range of load types are supported including LED, CFL, incandescent, halogen, fluorescent and motor loads up to 1/2 HP. The DZ15S is fully compatible with the Wink Hub, Samsung Smart things, as well as all other certified Z-Wave controllers. Many of these systems support voice control of your Leviton lighting plus remote access and scheduling. Rated for 600-Watt LED and CFL Dimmable bulbs and 1800-Watt incandescent bulbs, requires neutral connection. Also rated for 8 Amp 277VAC. Use only one (1) Decora DZ15S Switch in a multi-location circuit with up to 9 coordinating remote switches (DD0SR-10) or up to 4 matching remote switches (DD0SR-DL).
           
          from Hauppauge, NY, USA
          Age Range:35 to 44
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Works as expected. Paired easily with a Samsung Smartthings hub. Works with multiple apps that ...
          PostedAugust 26, 2019
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          Works as expected. Paired easily with a Samsung Smartthings hub. Works with multiple apps that can work with z-wave devices. Installation did require that I look at the instructions because there were more terminals on it than what I knew they were for. The additional terminals are for when there is a three or more way installation. For most single location installation is pretty simple, you just need to make sure there is a neutral wire. So for those of you with older homes where it's common to only have a hot wire run to a switch this will require you to run a neutral wire or not use this. Also if you have small metal electrical boxes this may have a difficult time fitting in it there is Read More
          Works as expected. Paired easily with a Samsung Smartthings hub. Works with multiple apps that can work with z-wave devices. Installation did require that I look at the instructions because there were more terminals on it than what I knew they were for. The additional terminals are for when there is a three or more way installation. For most single location installation is pretty simple, you just need to make sure there is a neutral wire. So for those of you with older homes where it's common to only have a hot wire run to a switch this will require you to run a neutral wire or not use this. Also if you have small metal electrical boxes this may have a difficult time fitting in it there is much extra wire to stuff into the box too. Read Less
          Pros: Easy to Install, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, High Quality, Looks Great, Lots of Features, Nice Design, Stylish
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          The 3/4 in. SharkBite Push-to-Connect Elbow with Drain allows you to make a 90 Degree connection to any combination of 3/4 in. Copper, CPVC or PEX Pipe. The convenient built in drain allows for draining the line without need to remove fittings. SharkBite fittings are the easiest way to join pipe and do not require soldering, clamps, unions, glue or tools to complete the job. Just insert the pipe and the stainless steel teeth bite down and grip tight, while a specially formulated O-ring compresses to create a perfect seal. Disassembly is just as fast using the simple disconnect tool so fittings and valves can be easily changed and reused. They can even be rotated after assembly for easier installation in tight spaces. SharkBite Fittings are certified for potable water supply and hydronic heating applications. Get SharkBite and get a grip on your next plumbing project. Color: Brass.
           
          from Hauppauge, NY, USA
          Age Range:35 to 44
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          If you need to drain pipes so they don't freeze and break when it gets cold this may be what you ...
          PostedAugust 26, 2019
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          If you need to drain pipes so they don't freeze and break when it gets cold this may be what you want. There is a small triangle on it that I think is an indicator to show what direction it should be installed in. It might have some advantage but generally I think it will be installed in such a way that the drain is going to be in the most accessible orientation. Maybe in high flow applications the flow direction is important to prevent cavitation that could damage the fitting.
          As i have learned the brown/tan ends means this is for copper/pex/pvc pipes but not polybutylene pipes.
          Pros: Durable, Easy to Install, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Looks Great, Sturdy
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          The 3/4 in. SharkBite Push-to-Connect Polybutylene conversion elbow is the easiest way to transition from Polybutylene pipe into copper, CPVC or PEX pipe in any combination with no soldering, clamps, unions or glue. Just insert the pipe and the stainless steel teeth bite down and grip tight, while a specially formulated O-ring compresses to create a perfect seal. Disassembly is just as fast using the simple disconnect tool so fittings and valves can be easily changed and reused. They can even be rotated after assembly for easier installation in tight spaces. SharkBite Fittings are certified for potable water supply and hydronic heating applications. Get SharkBite and get a grip on your next plumbing project. Color: Brass.
           
          from Hauppauge, NY, USA
          Age Range:35 to 44
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          Gender:Male
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          Received free product:Yes
          Don't be like me and not read the label on the package. I thought this was a fitting that could ...
          PostedAugust 26, 2019
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          Don't be like me and not read the label on the package. I thought this was a fitting that could be used with copper or pex or Poly pipe. Well yes and no. it's a transition fitting, copper or pex in one end (brown/tan end) and poly in the other other (blueish end). I did not notice the different colors on the ends until after I was trying to figure out why a copper pipe would not fit correctly. The nice thing with these is that the fittings can be taken off the pipe without unsweating them.
          Pros: Durable, Easy to Install, can be easily removed
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          Holdrite 1/2 in. Plastic Pipe Insulator is used to insulate CTS (Copper Tube Size) Pipe in residential and commercial applications. The insulator is used to run pipe through wooden studs or metal joists and will protect and insulate the pipe. Reduces plumbing noise and vibrations.
           
          from Hauppauge, NY, USA
          Age Range:35 to 44
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          Gender:Male
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          Received free product:Yes
          If you have noisy pipes this might be the solution you have been looking for. Ideally they are u...
          PostedAugust 26, 2019
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          If you have noisy pipes this might be the solution you have been looking for. Ideally they are used for where a pipe goes through a piece of wood or steel. The inner portion is a rubbery material, I would have thought a nylon or PTFE plastic would have been a good choice to use there. These clip together over the pipe but once clipped its a little difficult to slip it along the pipe. These don't work to well as pipe hangers,as the ear on top end up being close to the edge of the wood and risk splitting it.
          Pros: Easy to Install
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          Billtheengineer's Questions
           

          how out of plumb can your walls be and still be able to install this correctly? Looking at the i...

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          Billtheengineer
          August 9, 2017
          how out of plumb can your walls be and still be able to install this correctly? Looking at the instructions that does not seem to be much if any way to adjust for less than perfect walls.
           

          how to stop cut edges from rusting

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          Billtheengineer
          April 22, 2017
          is there a recommended method to stop cut edges from rusting?
           
          Quality and performance make Razor-Back tools the choice of both professionals and general consumers. If your next project involves installing a fence, post, mailbox, or basketball hoop, make sure you use the right tool for the job. This Post Hole Digger is perfect for digging those necessary holes and footings and will help you do so without bending over or straining your back.
           

          Where is this made?

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          February 22, 2017
          Where is this made?
           
          For high-quality, long-lasting repairs choose Bondo Wood Filler. Bondo Wood Filler rebuilds, restores and replaces rotted or damaged sections of wood on doors, windows, fences, furniture, shutters and more. Medium brown in color when mixed, Bondo Wood Filler is stainable and paintable, making it perfect for almost any wood surface inside or outside of the home. Because it is a 2-part wood filler, Bondo Wood Filler will not shrink and cures fast. The filler can be easily sanded by hand or power tool in only 15 minutes and shaped, planed, drilled, routed or sawed just like wood. This non-shrinking, permanent filler can be stained or painted in only 25 minutes, meaning your repair is complete the same day you started. Not only can you fill in small damage, but the strength of this 2-part wood filler allows you to rebuild rotted or missing pieces of wood and complete repairs in less than 30 minutes. Color: Gold.
           

          Can this be colored or tinted?

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          October 31, 2016
          Can this be colored or tinted?
           
          Swift Green Filters will deliver fresh, clean, and great tasting water and ice cubes. Designed with technology using recycled coconut shells that create an internal carbon filter with up to 50% more filtering pores. The result is safe and clean drinking water that has eliminated contaminants and impurities that may have been present.
           

          Where are these filters made?

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          Billtheengineer
          Hauppauge, NY, USA
          September 22, 2016
          Where are these filters made?
           
          Billtheengineer's Answers
           
          The Stanley 10-Compartment Professional Deep Organizer is constructed of unbreakable polyester for long-lasting use. 10 removable compartments accommodate a wide variety of tools and are locked into place when the lid is closed. Ideal for organizing small parts, the organizer is perfect for the professional carpenter, mechanic, handyman and others. Color: Yellow/black.
           

          are they stackable? like the older ones

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          JAS
          August 17, 2019
          are they stackable? like the older ones
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          Billtheengineer
          Hauppauge, NY, USA
          August 18, 2019
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          yet they do stack, but they do not lock together like some other brands
           
          The MILWAUKEE HOLE DOZER with Carbide Teeth is the best hole saw solution for metal and multi-material applications. The hole saw provide 50X life in extreme metal and multi-material cutting compared to other bi-metal hole saws. A tough carbide-grade build is combined with a durable 4 TPI design, yielding the best carbide tooth durability and longest life in stainless steel, abrasive material and fastener-embedded wood applications. The HOLE DOZER has a cutting depth of 1.62 in., allowing clearance to handle cuts in a wide range of materials. Thermal coating on the saw reduces friction and drag during cutting. Cordless efficiency also allows for faster cutting in all applications. The hole sawslug is easy to remove with The Plug Jack, enhancing user productivity by providing the best access and leverage to remove material slugs.
           

          Will this cut through stucco walls

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          James
          August 11, 2019
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          Billtheengineer
          Hauppauge, NY, USA
          August 12, 2019
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          Maybe once or twice, depending how thick it is. But generally no.
           
          Diamabrush for Decks is the fastest, most effective way to remove stubborn coatings and get back to original wood. Save time, save money, save your weekend with Diamabrush. Use to Remove and Prep in one simple step on textured coatings, weathered decks and painted decks. A chemical free operation.
           

          In which direction is the diamabrush suppose to spin? It looks like it should spin clockwise but ...

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          August 4, 2019
          In which direction is the diamabrush suppose to spin? It looks like it should spin clockwise but my milwaukee grinder spins counterclockwise.
          Also where do you get a dust shroud that's deep enough to accommodate the diamabrush?
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          Hauppauge, NY, USA
          August 6, 2019
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          The same direction as every other disk that can be put on a grinder. In use it's going clockwise, looking as th bottom it goes counter clockwise
           
          Milwaukee Work Gear is Nothing But Heavy Duty. Designed with the professional tradesmen in mind and Built with 1680Denier Nylon, Riveted Seams, and All Metal Hardware, Milwaukee work gear is up to 5X More Durable than competitive products and provides users with unmatched Durability, Comfort and Organization. The Contractor Work Belt with Suspension Rig provides users with 24 organizational pockets and incorporates handles that allow the belt to be easily removed, stored, and transported. A plastic lined puncture-resistant pocket allows users to store sharp objects, such as jab saws, without worry of damaging their bags and the included work belt is padded and breathable for all day comfort. The included suspenders feature a universal smart phone pocket and provide users with unmatched comfort while on the jobsite. This combination of extreme durability and functionality confirms Milwaukee's commitment to providing innovative, durable solutions to the end user. Size: 24.6063125 In..
           

          I am size 38 , some one know of this Will fit me?

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          alexander
          August 4, 2019
          this fit me?this fit me
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          Billtheengineer
          Hauppauge, NY, USA
          August 5, 2019
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          I have had a 44 inch waist and had winter clothes on and it fit.
           
          The New Bosch GMS120 Wall Scanner features Multi-Mode Detection-For wood studs, metal objects (rebar, studs and steel/copper pipes) and live wiring. Illuminated Graphical LCD Display-Indicates mode, detection strength and more. Deep Metal Detection Capability-Detects steel up to 4-3/4 in. (120 mm) deep in cured concrete. Automatic Center Finder-For locating center of detected wood or metal object. 3 Selection Modes (Wood, Metal, AC Wiring) with automatic calibration for easy and precise detection. Audible Detection Signal-With On/Off button. Ergonomic Soft-Grip-For secure grip and comfort. Illuminated ring indicates detection status.
           

          will it find nails and studs under a plaster wall?

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          buck
          August 2, 2019
          will it find nails and studs under a plaster wall?
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          Billtheengineer
          Hauppauge, NY, USA
          August 3, 2019
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          If you don't have metal lath you are probably better off with a small strong magnet to find nails. I have had better luck with an inexpensive stud finder than this one.
           
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