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answered How to test existing ethernet cable outlets?
Jan
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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
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answered How worried should I be about unlevel floors/vibrations?
Jan
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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
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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
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answered Freezer evaporator keep frosting
Jan
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answered Why does my newly installed fill valve hiss after flushing?
Jan
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answered How to clean inside wrought iron handrail on saircase
Jan
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answered How can I install ceiling mounted recessed occupancy sensors?
Jan
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answered Is this enough room for undercabinet sink plus disposal?
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Nov
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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.
Nov
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comment Can I use 3/4" gravel to grade land away from my basement wall?
You could use the gravel to hold a sheet of plastic in place that would guide water away.
Oct
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Aug
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revised Do I need a breaker in main pannel for sub pannel?
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Aug
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comment Do I need a breaker in main pannel for sub pannel?
(I ask because my house has basically that setup - but with a 100A main panel and a subpanel with 5 branch circuits. I think the only way to shut off power to the subpanel is to hit the main 100A breaker, so I assume it's connected this way.)
Aug
28
comment Do I need a breaker in main pannel for sub pannel?
Does the subpanel need a dedicated breaker just for supplying it, or can it simply connected to the output of the main breaker in the 200amp panel? Seems like as long as the feeder wire to the subpanel is sized for 200amp service this would be OK as long as there's an acceptable way to join that to the main breaker's output.
Aug
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revised Do I need a breaker in main pannel for sub pannel?
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Aug
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comment Foam insulation in interior walls
What are you trying to do? There's no reason you couldn't have some air space in your walls. You want to avoid creating a layer that has vapor barriers on both sides (thus no way to dry) but that applies whether the layer contains only air or contains air-permeable insulation such as fiberglass or rock wool.