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Feb
10
answered Keeping washing machine lines warm in a cold garage
Feb
10
comment Mystery Electrical Voltages in Duplex Junction Box
The picture of your main panel helps mainly to confirm that the wiring in your house is weird. But does this mean you've found the breaker to shut off the red wire? If so, then it seems likely that cable 3 is the supply wire, running power from your panel on two circuits, and cables 1 and 2 branch off to feed other fixtures.
Feb
10
comment Motion sensor activates for no apparent reason
I had an outdoor motion sensor that turned on constantly with fluorescent bulbs installed (but worked OK with incandescents). Not sure of the mechanism of triggering but possible you have the same issue? Also, you could just have a defective one.
Feb
8
comment What considerations for installing quartz around a fireplace?
Hard to answer without specific knowledge about the quartz material and the fireplace. The manufacturers should be able to tell you the heat emission and tolerance of their products, as well as appropriate adhesives/fasteners for attaching the quartz vertically.
Feb
8
comment How many outlets can 1/2" copper pipe support?
Well, you should also note that the interior volume per foot of 3/4" pipe is more than twice that of 1/2" pipe (see engineeringtoolbox.com/…). The more wider-diameter pipe you use, the longer it will take for hot water to reach the fixture in the first place. If you're optimizing for getting lots of hot water to frequently used fixtures, use more 3/4"; if you want hot water quicker and your fixtures aren't heavily used, go for more 1/2".
Feb
8
comment How many outlets can 1/2" copper pipe support?
Not sure about the general rule, but as an example I have a 1/2" line feeding washer, kitchen sink with DW, and bath sink (via tees for the first two). It is fine; you notice a pressure drop on the kitchen sink if the washer is filling but it's not so bad that you would stop washing dishes.
Feb
8
comment How to prevent two doors from opening into each other?
It's unclear what the problem is. Are you saying that what you've currently got is good except for the need to tape it to your door? What would happen if it were spinning free?
Feb
1
answered How to test existing ethernet cable outlets?
Jan
28
comment Freezer evaporator keep frosting
I imagine that depends on the severity of the leak. Perhaps it was just underfilled?
Jan
27
comment Why does my newly installed fill valve hiss after flushing?
Possibly. A small dribble (at a specific point when the valve is closing) isn't a big deal and it's not inconceivable that it could be designed to do that, but it might be a defect. If the leak continues after the valve should be closed, it's definitely a defect. Where is the water dribbling from?
Jan
27
answered How worried should I be about unlevel floors/vibrations?
Jan
27
comment Basement door threshold minimum elevation
I'm not aware of any code that might exist around this topic, but aside from those it's highly site-specific. Is your patio sloped away from the basement door? Do you get heavy rains that your storm drain can't keep up with? How much do you care if your basement floods? There are lots of ways to make a step work well if that's the best solution.
Jan
27
comment No water comes out of the toilet's refill tube
I'm not familiar with this particular fill valve, but it looks like you may have missed something when reassembling the valve. The pin may be a critical missing piece, or a red herring! One nice thing about some fluidmaster valves is that they're super easy to replace -- you can just move a ring and pop the valve parts off the base tube, and pop on a new one quickly without needing to unscrew the base.
Jan
27
answered Freezer evaporator keep frosting
Jan
27
answered Why does my newly installed fill valve hiss after flushing?
Jan
11
answered How to clean inside wrought iron handrail on saircase
Jan
8
answered How can I install ceiling mounted recessed occupancy sensors?
Jan
8
answered Is this enough room for undercabinet sink plus disposal?
Dec
14
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Nov
23
comment How to install hydronic radiant heat over concrete slab
Your only thermal break between your hydronic heating and your existing concrete slab is 1/2" OSB, routed down to 1/4" under the lines? You're going to lose a lot of energy heating the slab/ground if there isn't some better insulating layer, like foam boards. From what I've read, the usual approach is: existing slab, foam for insulation/vapor barrier, subfloor with radiant tubing paths, finish floor.