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Many faucets have an adjustable range. In the last one I installed there was plastic ring with v-grooves around the outside of it: to adjust the range you positioned two stops that hooked into the v-grooves. Recommend the TIA* approach to see what you can see - it may be very straightforward. Just don't drop the screws down the drain! *Take It Apart


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I assume you mean the roof is exposed to the sun...and that in turn is heating your ceiling? If so, options: make sure the roof is reflective (white/metallic) rather than a dark color (which absorbs heat) make sure the roof is insulated If the roof can support a green/planted roof, consider that. plant trees to shade the roof (obviously may take a few ...


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You're dealing with a basic fact of nature, water condenses on cold objects, so you need to either remove the water or the cold objects. The windows will typically be the coldest objects in your home since they have such a low R value. Start by reducing the humidity in your home, run exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom for longer when cooking and ...


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The short answer is to check with the bulb manufacturer. Ambient temperature and use case requirements may also be mentioned on the box/packaging. The long answer is that it depends (as always eh?). From what I could find online, CFLs and incandescent bulbs are actually MORE sensitive to LOW temperatures than LEDs. So in your specific use case, I would ...


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This happens because water is diverted away from the shower to the toilet or washing machine. What happens next will depend on the type of shower and it's age. Older, non thermostatic showers will be affected to a greater extent. For an electric shower the flow of water through the shower will be reduced which will have the effect of heating it up further ...


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Led lamp color is measured in kelvins. Warm White is 2700 kelvins or 27K. This is 'supposed' to be equal to incandescent table lamps. Next is 30k which supposed to be equal to halogen. Next is cool white which in LED's can range from 39k to 45k. The next is 50k and then 65k. The higher the number the bluer the white is. It sounds like you want 27k. ...


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I'd first check for leaks. Even a tiny crack can let a lot of cold air in over time. Caulking would be the proper solution, but since you're renting, foam weatherstripping tape may be a quicker/cheaper solution. Next, if the window is single-paned or otherwise just poor quality, the cold could be coming straight through the glass. (This is probably more ...


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There are many ways to do what you want.. but none of them seem very easy as networking remains quite a complex thing to use, wired or wireless. Obviously you want to just plug in the power and forget about it. Using the Rasberry PI is most probably a very good idea, Its cheaper version (Model A) about £20, it can run Linux, you can use a WiFi dongle with ...


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I use shrink wrap. Simple and effective. Thermal loss is quite significantly by convection, not conduction. We used it to take on power bills as poor college students, but I also saw this method employed by million-dollar homes.


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In our new house, the shower controls in the kids bathrooms are adjustable so you can set the temperature to prevent scalding. Even if the kids push the control all the way to HOT, the water will only be comfortably warm. I'm not sure about all controls, but on ours you pop the face off the control. Inside there are 2 (I think) geared rings that you can ...


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You also want to ventilate the attic space. If there is a space between the ceiling and the roof, its going to get pretty hot in there. In our house it can get above 190 °F. You can get gable mounted fans that suck in air from outside (at 100 °F, or what ever temperature it is outside) and force the 190 °F air out of the attic. Another thing ...


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The thermocouple insures that the flame is on, it's used to shut the gas off if the flame goes out. Your problem sounds more like a thermostat. The thermostat measures the temperature of the oven, and is used to determine when to turn the flame on and off. Check the manufactures documentation for thermostat troubleshooting and replacement information. ...


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Sounds like there is something wrong with the plumbing in the shower wall or more than likely the shower valve or stem system. If you are renting this isn't your responsibility. Not sure of your state's laws but if there is an issue like this in most states you can give the owner 2 notices and a reasonable amount of time and they have to pay for your ...


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I have a Radio Thermostat which has a webserver on it that returns information (and accepts controls) in JSON format. So once you have this installed, it would be pretty easy to write an app that runs on a local computer or a dedicated piece of hardware that pings the thermostat for data and then emails/tweets the results. Home Depot USA has Filtrete ...


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One option is using Arduino based microcontroller. I recommend JeeNode for integrated wireless. For basic one "server" plus one remote sensor you need two JeeNodes, USB adapter, temperature sensor and battery, all for around 55 €. You need to know how to solder electronic components and program in C. Each additional sensor would cost about 20 €. Here is ...


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Go to any big box store and get some 6" flexible insulated duct (this pic shows black sheathing on the outside, but it's often made of shiny reflective mylar): And a couple of 6" boots, one for each end: Use aluminum HVAC tape or a large band clamp or zip tie to connect the inner sleeve of the duct to the boots, then use another layer of tape to seal ...


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If you can afford the LEDs to do it, and they are rated for that use, I'd definitely go that way. But at $20 to $70 per bulb, LEDs can cost you quite a bit. Also, would you leave twenty dollar bills scattered around out there? Or fifties? Consider if the LEDs might make an attractive theft target... I live in a slightly less cold climate, and we put ...


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Doityourself has a good article called "How to Repair a Shower Faucet: Water Doesn't Get Hot" that covers how to troubleshoot and repair a cartridge-type shower faucet, which I suspect is your problem.


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Is the shower mixer a thermostatic control? We have a similar set up. The one shower with a non-thermostatic mixer is a bit temperamental, but the other shower with a thermostatic mixer keeps a steady temperature. The former has a single control - left and right for temperature (though mixing), in and out for flow rate. The latter has two controls - one for ...


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Yes. One example is the Honeywell CT50K1028/E which is your basic low voltage thermostat it goes down to 35 F. I'm pretty sure it will work for your application. No hacking or electronics work reqired. There are others. Do a search for " Garage thermostat"


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Plan 1 I live in a desert, sometimes the hottest place in the USA, beating Death Valley. Lots of people here use evaporative coolers, or what we call swamp coolers. If you live in a humid area, then forget it because swamp coolers cool by putting a cool dampness in the air, nothing wet but on a hot dry day a properly sized cooler can cool a 2000 square ...


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I have not used one of these yet (or course they are only up for pre order, shipping in June) but the Twine looks like it could be right up your alley. Out of the box ($99) it comes with a thermometer and accelerometer. It can tweet, email and text. It also has the ability to add more sensors. I have been waiting for this as I want to add the magnetic ...


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Shower valves normally have a mechanism for adjusting the maximum water temperature under the handle. You'll have to consult the shower valve's manual for specifics. If you don't have the manual, here's a picture of a typical shower valve. The red part of the valve is the temperature safety. It is located under the shower handle and you rotate it to ...


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The temperature probe is internal to the dial mechanism. Due to longer lag times of steam systems vs forced air systems, many steam thermostats have an anticipator setting which compensates by shutting the system off "in anticipation" of its reaching the correct temperature soon. Research your thermostat brand online for this possibility. Your real ...


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Such a variation is not normal unless you are using an abnormally high amount of water so that the water heater does not have enough time to recover. Otherwise, since the heater worked properly when first installed, I would recommend calling the installer.


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I can offer my suggestion for storing clothes and fabrics, but not books. When my wife and I had to store a TON of clothes, towels, sheets, jackets, sleeping bags, pillows...you get the idea....we used vacuum storage bags. Everything sat in a storage facility for over 2 years, the facility was unheated in the winter and zero air con in the summer. Being ...


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If the modem is the only problem, replacing it might well solve the problem. As for finding a particular model of old modem at a non-outrageous price - ebay; sometime patience is needed for a very specific model or to get it at a non-absurd price, but generally modems are pretty cheap there. Where the number is programmed - to be certain, you'd need a ...


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I don't see how a fridge could keep food above 32º in sub-freezing temperatures unless it was specifically designed for that and has a heater. I assume that's how "The Gladiator" works? Frankly I don't believe that forum where someone claims stuff won't freeze. Maybe if it just dips below freezing for a few hours overnight, but long term there's just no ...


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If you have forced air, running just the blower fan to recirculate the air may help. Most thermostats have a way to manually set the fan to "auto" or "on", and you can also get thermostats where you can program the fan to come on at regular intervals. Beyond that, there are changes you can make with varying levels of difficulty and cost: Plant trees or ...


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I took plastic sheeting from your favorite home store and duct taped it around the windows to stop the draftiness. It was very effective.



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