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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.
Dec
22
comment I installed led strip lighting in parallel and they burned out
Sounds to me like a problem with the power supply, likely undersized (and note: many very cheap supplies will be advertised at their peak load, but can actually only sustain half that load). How much power do your strips need (watts or amperes -- this is often listed as per foot) and how what type and size of power supply?
Dec
21
comment How to build temporary walls for a temporary room
A couple of tarps anchored with screws eyes would be cheap, fast, and easy (both to put up and take down). Could be anchored to (or near) the ground by a 2x4 from floor to ceiling (held to floor by friction), or a 2x6 or 2x8 (for some weight) laying across the ground.
Dec
14
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
11
comment What pump do I need
For a low-yield well shared between two houses, you really have two main options: (1) a cistern and pump in each house, each supplying the two separate pressure systems, plus a single pump from the well that fills both tanks (using solenoids and a somewhat complex control system), or (2) a single cistern and pressure system that supplies both houses, and a well pump that fills the cistern (simple float switch control). (2) is simpler and only has 2 pumps, but may mean you're treated like a municipal water supply (subject to regulations and monitoring); (1) is more complex and needs 3 pumps
Dec
11
comment What pump do I need
1.5GPM most certainly puts you in the "low yield well" category -- for comparison, even a fairly efficient low-flow shower head is 2.0GPM. Do you currently have some type of storage cistern or large pressure tank in your house? Do you have trouble with it running out of water? Storage is normal in this situation, often with two pumps: one to fill the tank (run via float switch), and one to take water from the tank and run the pressure system feeding the house. Please describe your current setup in a bit more detail.
Dec
11
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
10
revised What is the advantage of PEX pinch clamp vs. crimp rings?
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Dec
10
revised How can I get rid of the knocking sound behind my wall when I turn any tap in the house on or off?
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Dec
9
revised Why is the TPR valve dripping on my new water heater?
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Dec
5
comment Plastic electrical box tabs - ok if broken?
Do you mean is it okay to have a wire installed in a knock-out when the tab is broken, or just is it okay to have a knock-out missing a tab, but unused? (I think it would probably be good to answer this question in both cases anyway)
Dec
4
comment How do I fix a Bostitch nail gun that is jammed?
Just on the WD-40 bit, this is relevant: When should I not use WD-40?