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This is actually a common problem today since most gasoline has added ethanol. The ethanol creates all kinds of problems for small engines, particularly ones that site for long periods of time between uses. The ethanol tends to attack parts of the carb, and also absorbs water. Further, the ethanol and water will separate out in the tank over time. The ...


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I used to have the electric water heater controlled by my home automation, a system I hobbled together in the 1990s. The heater itself was unmodified, but a 40 amp, 250 volt AC relay enabled or disabled power to it. When I lived alone, it was sufficient to run the water heater for 15 minutes per day in the evening when I was in town (except for the ...



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