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Oct
28
comment Can water be pumped from an unused well to a home site?
Presumably you'd need a right-of-way of some sort to the well. Making use of it would involve digging a trench to run a pipe and wiring (below frost line), and ensuring there is access to it for servicing or in case of problems. If the property owner chose to build a deck or stone patio over it, for example, it could be impossible or very expensive to service.
Oct
23
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Oct
13
comment What are recommended clearances for a portable electrical generator?
I would imagine the manufacturer has specific recommendations in the manual for the generator, as it will also partially depend on where the exhaust and air intakes are located. Since you're saying "all sides" does this mean you're also intending to put it inside a structure of some sort? This may invoke fire and/or other building codes, depending on your jurisdiction.
Oct
9
comment Clogged toilet(s)
Do you have any other issues with sinks or showers/tubs draining slowly? (Try pouring down a bucket of water to see). If so, that could indicate an obstruction in a vent line. Is this a septic or municipal system?
Oct
9
reviewed Approve Clogged toilet(s)
Oct
9
comment Installing a Wifi Honeywell Thermostat with a C wire
Please look at some of the other [tagged:thermostat-c-wire] questions (this gets asked a lot). If you have spare wires then it means you can add a C wire, but whether you have a power source available for one entirely depends on the furnace/air handler/boiler this is connected to. Voting to put on-hold; if you can't find the answer in an existing question, come back and post pictures of the control board and/or model #s for the furnace this is connected to.
Oct
9
revised Installing a Wifi Honeywell Thermostat with a C wire
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Oct
9
revised How do I install EMT conduit for an outdoor 6/4 power run?
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Oct
5
comment New thermostat wire: maximum number of wires?
18/something and Cat5e/6 is a great answer. You could also install a conduit (eg 1/2" ENT) to pull a future cable, if ever needed (and if you do so, run the other wires outside the conduit, and leave the conduit either empty or with just a pull-string. Adding wire to conduit with existing wire is nearly impossible, and if you aren't using the existing wire anymore, it's probably obsolete and useless to retrieve anyway).
Oct
5
revised Wifi Thermostat to Reznor Garage Heater. No “C” wire connection on terminal strip
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Oct
5
answered Slotted Brass Screw Types
Oct
5
comment Adding exhaust fan to existing single light switch
Does the existing switch just have one 14/2 wire in it? If so, it sounds like the power source goes to the light first, and the 14/2 just carries a switched hot loop (so there is no neutral in the box). Since you're running new wire anyway, I'd highly recommend wiring it so you get a neutral in the switch box, and you have the option of separately switching the light and fan (even if you don't do that today). It's basically no extra work (other than one more wire to splice in), and likely just means running a 14/3 wire instead of 14/2.
Sep
30
comment Wiring for Dimmable Security (motion detector) Floods
I should add: to work with a dimmer, the dimmer has to be between the motion detection and bulb (which requires very specific wiring in place): if the dimmer is prior to the motion detector itself (which is how you'd normally wire up a regular switch to motion detectors) it will not properly power the motion detector and nothing will work (which sounds maybe like what you're experiencing). Even doing things this way, especially with LED bulbs (and CL dimmers), if the motion detector uses a solid-state relay (SSR) you may have strange problems or it might not work at all.
Sep
30
comment Wiring for Dimmable Security (motion detector) Floods
Do you mean that you want a dimmer to control the max brightness of the bulbs when triggered by motion? There's a way to wire this up with one dimmer-per-light, and if wired so any motion detector turns on all lights, but having a single dimmer control brightness of independent motion-controlled lights really isn't possible (without quite a bit of complex and custom electronics, anyway). Can you describe exactly what you're trying to achieve, and since it's already wired, maybe draw a diagram (including telling us if it's 2- or 3- or 4-conductor wire, in each case)?
Sep
30
answered GFCI Tripping after 15 years
Sep
29
revised What size wire and conduit do I need to run to a subpanel in a garage?
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Sep
28
answered Christmas Lights on Vinyl fences
Sep
28
comment replacing a light switch i discover too many wires in the wall? 3 bundles of wires and a ground wire?
Is the dimmer you're trying to install a simple one, that only has two wires (not including ground)? If so, and this is not a multi-way circuit (the existing switch also only has two wires), then you can straight-up replace it (and ignore the other wires). If your dimmer needs a neutral (which it would if it's got something like remote control or home automation support, or indicator lights), we'd need to see a picture to help.
Sep
23
comment Where to split existing water pipes for new pipe run?
@HenryJackson Not only that, but water softeners, in particular can be harmful to plants: they exchange hardness (calcium and magnesium ions) with sodium ions (salt), which interferes with plant growth or can even kill them.
Sep
23
comment Is this wall load bearing? See photos
See load-bearing for similar questions. This answer in particular has some good tips.