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Jan
15
answered Need help with wiring
Jan
14
revised What's the best way to connect two seperate generators to a well pump?
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Jan
12
comment Fix drywall around outlets
@DMoore I guess what I was thinking was about minimizing the seams. I would rather mud and tape a 16" (stud-to-stud) than a 4' or 8' seam from a full sheet. You wouldn't get the advantage of the flat joint (with the recessed edge) from the existing drywall so it would essentially be like a butt joint either way. Obviously if it's close to a door/corner/floor/whatever, just go that distance and avoid a seam entirely. Fewer/shorter seams == good.
Jan
12
comment How to connect garage outlet circuit to power source
NEC requires major appliances (including dryers) to have a dedicated circuit. So if there is (or could be) a dryer on this circuit already, you can't use it for garage circuits. A new circuit on a tandem breaker is the better solution both safety-wise and functionally. A tandem breaker is ten's of dollars.
Jan
12
answered Need another 240v breaker
Jan
12
comment Why is the vent pipe in the basement and not the roof?
No matter what you should cap that off: it's direct entry for sewer gasses (like methane) into the basement. Right next to what looks like a gas water heater. That needs either a cap or to be done properly (P-trap, vent).
Jan
12
comment Connecting a pump to wall socket using a transformer
Note that to meet code (nearly, if not everywhere), any exposed metal on something connected to mains power must be grounded (earthed), to protect people in case the insulation fails. Your pressure switch looks like it has a plastic housing, which is maybe why it doesn't have a ground connection, though there is still a metal fitting for the pressure side. I've never seen one that doesn't have a ground, but so long as it's UL-listed you should be okay. If it is some foreign no-name brand cheapy you're probably safer to just connect it on the low-voltage side.
Jan
11
comment Fix drywall around outlets
I think you could replace stud-to-stud and at least a foot above and below the switch. If it's near an existing seam then might be better just to go right to that seam -- so could very easily end up replacing half a sheet. That said, personally, before I resigned to the fact that I both hate and am bad at drywall (when I still did it myself), I'd probably opt for a combination of mostly "easy" and "half-ass" in this situation.
Jan
11
comment Method to catch multiple mice?
Dealing with the source and food supply of the mice would be more effective. The sooner you do that, the fewer mice you'll have to trap. Just pointing out that while individual traps can be a pain, it should be pretty short-term. There's an average of 6-8 babies per litter, which should give you an idea of how many you should expect to catch. They can also breed between 5 and 10 litters per year, which is why it's important to cut off entrances and food ASAP. :)
Jan
11
comment Water softener beads in the system
Likely not: there wouldn't be enough flow. I added instructions on draining the tank. Sorry, hadn't thought about the hot water tank.
Jan
11
revised Water softener beads in the system
instructions on hot water tank
Jan
11
answered Water softener beads in the system
Jan
11
comment Is stainless steel water piping more durable than copper?
What is the water supply? Have you had any testing done on it? If it's a private supply, what type of treatment do you have on it? Curious that only 'one' pipe is having this issue. Is there something specific to that room that could be corroding the pipe?
Jan
11
comment Is stainless steel water piping more durable than copper?
What makes copper healthy? What makes stainless unhealthy?
Jan
10
comment Diode in a link wire for Thermostat?
No, you can't use a diode to control AC circuits. You can use a relay instead, but I have a couple questions before I can explain how. What's the thing on the right hand side of the diagram, that looks like a relay? If it is a relay, it actually is almost wired correctly do what you're asking, but not quite. Am I correct that the desired outcome is that: timer (which switches on 1) controls HW but not CH; and that NEST (which switches on 4) controls CH which in turn switches on HW? (Which means when the timer is on, HW is always on; when the timer is off, HW is only on when CH is on.)
Jan
10
revised Hot and neutral terminals are switched in a outlet
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Jan
10
answered Hot and neutral terminals are switched in a outlet
Jan
10
comment Will my tub drain properly if I create a P-trap by running it under a 4 inch floor joist?
It's a bit more complicated than just "one hole is safe" -- there's a good answer on this site that explains the rules for holes in joists.
Jan
4
comment Issue with using a smart 3 way switch, with a normal 3 way switch
When you're converting from an old 3-way circuit, so long as there is neutral in one of the switches, it's possible to use one of the travelers to get a neutral to the other switch. In almost all cases, one of them won't actually have a load or control the light directly -- it'll just be a "remote" or slave switch.
Jan
3
comment Issue with using a smart 3 way switch, with a normal 3 way switch
3-way requires specific wiring, and it's different with a smart switch (which requires a neutral, and an always-on hot). There are several ways to wire a 3-way switch, so you'll have to explain or diagram out what you have (which wires are in which box and where they go), and then we can explain how to wire it correctly. Also, what is your intent with the old switch? It (almost certainly) can't still operate as a 3-way with the new smart switch (though if you tell us the model we can check). You either need two smart switches, or give up on the old switch entirely.