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comment Controlling multiple banks of LED bulbs with one dimmer switch
I'm in the San Francisco area. I'm not looking to hire a lighting designer for this though. I just want to know if these switches will allow me to control more than one light and if so, is there additional equipment that has to be wired in for that to work.
Aug
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comment does this look like an up to code support beam?
Ah ok - thanks again for the info. The contractor is supposed to be pulling permits for all of this, although they've already started covering up the work with sheetrock, so i don't know how that's going to work as far as them being able to inspect the work.
Aug
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asked Controlling multiple banks of LED bulbs with one dimmer switch
Aug
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accepted does this look like an up to code support beam?
Aug
28
comment does this look like an up to code support beam?
Hmm, so going by the exterior wall, it looks like there should be two studs supporting the beam. I assume the two supporting studs need to be directly under the beam? They did install 2 - although one of them is along side the beam and is attached to the beam with screws, and nailed together with the 2nd stud that is directly under the beam. As long as this is reasonably safe I'm not going to say anything since i think they did this because we wanted there to be no lip, and they did this to minimize the protruding lip.
Aug
27
comment whats the minimum water pressure for a shower/jet combo unit?
manufacturer says the minimum is 28psi, max was 70psi i think. Just wondering if 28psi would really be enough or even if i need to worry if the garden hose spigot is at 120psi.
Aug
27
comment does this look like an up to code support beam?
Apologies for not being clear - there's just a roof above. The whole house is just one floor. The new beam they installed is a single 4x9
Aug
26
revised change order with contractor for bathroom - unreasonable for him to ask for more money?
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Aug
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comment change order with contractor for bathroom - unreasonable for him to ask for more money?
No slab involved, there's a crawl space under where all the pipes are accessible. As for redoing all the plumbing - we told him we wanted all the pipes replaced. To me, this would mean all the pipes under the floors as well as in the walls will be replaced. So again the only additional work i see is swapping places with the toilet and shower (bathtub basically remains where it is) and moving the sink/vanity. Since all the pipes are being replaced anyhow, i don't see how moving these things is so much extra work that he's justified in asking for more money.
Aug
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revised change order with contractor for bathroom - unreasonable for him to ask for more money?
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Aug
26
comment does this look like an up to code support beam?
Also, i'm not sure how to read that table. I think i'm supposed to be looking at the bottom table, interior bearing walls. It's only a single floor. Is building width the width of the whole building or just the section of wall we're dealing with? Is the size column the size and number of supporting jacks? If so what do the numbers in the span and NJ column mean? Thanks
Aug
26
comment does this look like an up to code support beam?
hmm, ok. Now i am wondering if they did that just to cut corners, or to try and make us happy since we wanted the walls to be flush but they couldn't do that without doing a lot of extra work. So i wonder if they did this to minimize how much of a lip there would be. Although in the picture i posted, i don't see why they couldn't have extended the beam another 3-4 inches into that wall and put the jack studs in the wall - unless that violates some building code.
Aug
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revised Am I having trouble finding studs because my walls are lath and plaster?
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Aug
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revised whats the minimum water pressure for a shower/jet combo unit?
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Aug
26
comment How do I stop a dimmer switch from humming?
Does the same hold true for LED bulbs?
Aug
26
asked does this look like an up to code support beam?
Aug
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asked whats the minimum water pressure for a shower/jet combo unit?
Aug
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asked change order with contractor for bathroom - unreasonable for him to ask for more money?
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comment Just bought a house, 70 years old, want to upgrade 2 prong outlets
@Grant, using that logic, i should replace every outlet with a gfci outlet. I haven't heard of anyone being electrocuted by their hd tv or ps4, so I really think a gfci outlet in this case isn't needed.