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The most likely scenario is that the work on the system disturbed sediment/debris that migrated to your home water piping, plugging up your faucet aerators. Rather than the "quarter turn" you describe (which would accomplish nothing) it is probable that the aerators were removed, flushed, and reinstalled to restore flow. You should remain diligent, it is ...


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Modern electronic ballast technology (T8, T5) doesn't use starters. I associate starters with old, inefficient magnetic ballast installations. I haven't had to replace a starter in years because they have not been used in any of the newer buildings I've worked in. My preference would be to convert any T12 installation with magnetic ballast and starter to T8 ...


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April 13, 2016 Purpose: There is some disagreement as to whether boiling water can be poured down a residential kitchen sink without damaging the drain pipe. It might be assumed that if the pipe drains quickly, the amount of time necessary to cause damage would be greater than the actual time that the boiling water would be present in any particular ...


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Where I live there are a lot of old trees (often landmarks) protected by laws as natural monuments. Rotting of tree bases is a common phenomenon while the living parts are saved by a multitude of measures. Bases are prone to rotting due to moisture and work of fungus and insects. The dead wood is often removed as a measure, so the remaining trunk is hollow. ...


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First of all, do you in fact have PVC pipes? Lots of older houses have cast iron end-to-end, so nothing at all to worry about in that case. Even if you do have PVC, I don't think there's any serious concern, with the very slight possibility of an effect the drain trap (if any) right under the sink. While continuous immersion in 100° C water might soften ...


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as a HVAC technician. i found most failed capacitor issues was involved with blocked/dirty condensate coils, causing the compressor/fan to drew more amperage. so check first your condensate (outside unit) coil. if it is dirty unscrew the grill/fence around the unit and clean it with water. it is sometimes important to use detergents to wash it off.


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Hole saw out the center and cut a pie shaped piece out with a saws all all the way to the threads but not into the threads, then with a hammer and punch knock out the pie shaped piece and remove the rest with channel lock pliers. Do it every day as a professional plumber. And if the threads are different stop at a local plumbing outfit and get a lead plug.


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It's not clear if you're talking about mini-split AC systems with a heat pump or window AC units with resistive heating. If you mean the former, those systems are becoming more popular and are a very efficient way to heat your house, especially if your climate stays within the external temperature range supported by the unit (down to 20 or 30 ºF in older ...


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How do I know if/when tuckpointing is necessary You need to tuckpoint when the existing mortar is failing. That could be that it's water damaged, cracked, or just getting weak. To see if it's weak, take your key and drag it along a joint...if it's easily flaking off and scratched...or worse, crumbling, then it's time to chisel out the damaged mortar and ...


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PVC gets soft when heated. As Tester101 commented above, 140°F is the maximum temperature for pvc. Boiling water is 212° F. I have bent many PVC pipes with pipe heaters for running cable (schedule 80 takes about 2-3 minutes to get soft in a pipe heater). They don't bust, but they certainly can and will bend, which is obviosly not ideal for joints or ...


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I'd say you have two courses of action. Test it yourself If you have the proper tools and knowledge, you could test the motor yourself. Compare the readings you get, against the manufacturer's specification. If the motor can be cleaned, oiled, or greased. You could do that work, and see if it helps. However, you might find that the only way to perform ...


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If a motor is drawing a very high amperage it is not unreasonable to advise a repair. If the motor cannot be cleaned, or it has been cleaned and still drawing high it may show an imminent failure. So you could replace the motor while they are at the home, usually with no additional labor, or maybe have an emergency call in the future where you will now be ...


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I believe it's the same concept, that it'll go unnoticed. Not everyone notices every instance that happens in their own home, sadly. Whether or not people do what's said to be safe, it's at least worth knowing of.


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Truly it's not a dumb question. I know I've got kids (3-4) and they can TEAR UP any caulking laid down in a matter of months. For clarification, I am talking 'caulk', the sealant to keep the puddles of water from water-logging and destroying walls/flooring/underpinning etc. in between the tile and bathtub; grout is a different issue, of course (as others ...


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Capacitors (similar to light bulbs) will fail at some point. Sometimes the chemicals (an electrolyte/oil/etc..., though PCB are very stable) will degrade and cause the capacitor to expand (perhaps blow up). Other times, the dielectric material (the material that separates the two conductors in the capacitor) will degrade, allowing the terminals of the ...


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Check/Clean/ Change filters or Electronic air cleaner, inspect blower motor wheel for cleanliness and alignment, check capacitors capacitance, check evap coil cleanliness and ability to transfer heat(delta tees), check filter driers inlet outlet temps, anything above 3 degrees is a restriction/moisture, condenser coil cleanliness and ability to transfer ...


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From treehugger.com "When air passes over your home, it works the same way as it does over an airplane wing: the Bernoulli effect causes the air on top and on the downwind side of the house to be at a lower pressure than on the upwind side. So if you have double hung windows, you can open the bottom section of the upwind side of the house (usually west) and ...


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I am a professional knife sharpener and hobbyist. Most of the time I use a basic 1x30 belt grinder (like many other professionals). Among grinders, these are inexpensive and high speed, though messy. I wish show two main paths to go to sharpen nearly any knife or scissors. The first is with belt sharpening. Then I will present a few low or no cost ...


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I had a loss of pressure problem with mine and I took the spray head off - just twisted it off from the hose. Soaked the spray head overnight in vinegar/water solution. It helped but it still wasn't "normal". I took the head apart - couldn't find my tool so I used the tips of an adjustable wrench - and cleaned it again with vinegar/water and also dish soap. ...



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