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Nov
28
comment How can I install a timer with three-way switches?
Depending on what you want, the cost may vary. To have the switch OR the timer turn on the load is cheap and easy -- but it means for example, if you turn on the switch, it permanently overrides the timer. If you want to be able to remotely turn off the light when the timer turns it on, or have the timer turn it off if you've remotely turned it on, you'll need a real 3-way timer. A quick look around shows Leviton makes one that has a special "coordinating remote switch", Smarthome has some stuff that can be linked, and there are others that say they're "3 way" but I can't find manuals.
Nov
26
comment why won't my furnace turn off once it reaches the desired temperature
In addition to the questions above: Did the problem start happening after replacing the thermostat, or did you replace the thermostat in an attempt to fix? What kind of thermostat was there before and what did you replace it with? Were the terminals/wires labelled and are you sure you reconnected them properly? (This may not be relevant, but:) Does the problem go away if you put the old thermostat back in?
Nov
25
comment Is there a mechanism to prevent a door from closing violently?
Some of these also have the ability stay fully open, preventing the closer from engaging. Once you close it a bit, the closer will close it all the way.
Nov
24
comment What could be causing this drop in water pressure?
Is this a new problem, or has it always been this way? What size pipes do you have in the house, particularly the main branch?
Nov
23
comment How much weight can screws in drywall withstand?
@Gastón How do you know it's not screwed into studs, and to follow up, WHY is it not screwed into studs?? That is the correct way to mount this, and while it may "work" with some specialty drywall products, it's like arguing you don't need a hammer because your shoe can drive in nails perfectly fine if you're persistent enough.
Nov
21
reviewed Edit How can I increase the heating efficiency of a forced air system?
Nov
21
revised How can I increase the heating efficiency of a forced air system?
Edited grammar for consistency
Nov
20
comment Drilling a hole
Most of us here would use that as a reason (aka excuse) to buy the required tool...
Nov
15
comment How can I redirect the discharge of my forced air vent?
Is this a ceiling, wall, or floor-mounted register? A picture might help.
Nov
15
comment What model circuit breaker is this?
Nothing is wrong with aluminium wiring, except when you treat it like copper. Everything it's connected to has to be rated as CO/ALR, including wire nuts. You also have to use anti-oxidant paste (eg, Noalox) on all stripped ends. All of the trouble with AL wiring comes from it expanding and contracting as it heats and cools, which can lead to arcing. In older homes, just like copper it can be over-loaded as they didn't build houses for all the electrical gadgets we have today, but AL is usually a size bigger (eg, 15A circuit is 12AWG AL, while normally 14AWG CO). -Former owner of house with AL
Nov
14
comment How to wire multiple thermostats
There are wifi-enabled thermostats that allow remote control from a computer/phone/tablet (I have a CT30 that does this). There are some that allow multiple thermostats to be linked together (eg, NEST, which also has motion sensors to automatically recognize when you're there), although this still doesn't get a multi-zone system, just a way to heat or cool the entire house from multiple locations.
Nov
11
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Nov
9
comment How can I temporarily reconnect a fuel tank?
You should talk with your agent about how to deal with this -- eg, lowering the price for you taking the risk of there being a gas leak or an appliance that doesn't work or some other problem.
Nov
7
comment Is it possible to boost an electrical circuit for more current draw?
FYI power draw for the 2270: Sleep/Ready/Printing: .9W (Sleep WLAN On: 2.8W)/65W/495W (source). Add up the power on the circuit: 495W for the printer, PC is probably 50 to 200W, plus LCD monitor 50W, TV anywhere from 50 to 500W, Lights.. There's another question on circuit capacity planning which talks about maximum loads in more depth than I can get into here.
Nov
6
revised How do I set up drains for a flat roof?
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Nov
6
comment Is it possible to boost an electrical circuit for more current draw?
You can't run 20A on a 14AWG wire (it's against code and a fire hazard): you have to upgrade to a 12AWG for 20A. If you're going to do that, you might as well just run a second circuit (in which case another 15A 14AWG circuit would be fine). As I said, your problem sounds like too much current for the wire size, causing a voltage drop (if the problem was you were drawing over 15A, the breaker would trip) so even if you could, just changing to a 20A breaker wouldn't help at all.
Nov
6
comment Projects to Pursue while Studs are Bare?
@GdD I think it's usually overkill to protect them in conduit, other than if they're exposed and in danger of being damaged, or so close to the drywall surface that they could be punctured putting up pictures. If you're not also putting your high-voltage cable in conduit, the logic of putting low-voltage in conduit escapes me: if a low-voltage comms cable is damaged, it just doesn't work. If a 120V cable is damaged, it can electrocute someone or start a fire.
Nov
6
answered Is it possible to boost an electrical circuit for more current draw?
Nov
6
comment Projects to Pursue while Studs are Bare?
@Tester101 If you're going to run conduit, don't run the cables in it - leave the conduit empty and run the cables beside it. It's sometimes difficult to run new wires inside a conduit that's already used, and there's also almost no value in used wiring (except maybe as scrap copper) so you might as well leave it in place (and it looks like Cat5e will continue to be useful for the next decade or so, at least). Only exception is if the conduit has value (maybe just in certain spots) in protecting the cable, then use an additional conduit (at least for that spot).
Nov
6
comment Projects to Pursue while Studs are Bare?
Running some RG-6 (coax) to a few spots is also not a terrible idea, useful for satellite/cable tv. Keep in mind too that Cat5e/Cat6 (and RJ45 connectors) can be used for analog telephones as well. Running Cat5e to a location (or two) in rooms where you might possibly put a desk, TV, or phone is a good idea.