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Dec
20
answered Is it expensive to switch from an 80% to a 90% efficient furnace, to comply with the new mandate?
Dec
18
comment How can I stop my fireplace from disabling my thermostat?
(Ask your landlord to) move the thermostat permanently. If it's a problem for you, it's a problem for anyone else in the future having a fire.
Dec
17
reviewed Approve Can vermin come in through your toilet or shower drain and, if so, what can you do about it?
Dec
17
comment How do I deal with vapour barrier for central vac inlets in exterior walls?
@MatthewPK you're talking about a fire that ended up melting the box, as opposed to one caused by a vac because it had 120V like this one, correct (I hope)? That's actually something I never would have thought of. In theory this could also happen anywhere along the line: if the control wire melts and shorts, the vac would turn on. If there's a hole in the pipe or inlet, it would suck whatever is there up. Still, it should only be spreading embers back to the vacuum. This may be enough to start a second fire, but I'd question how significant a role the vac really played overall.
Dec
17
comment How do I deal with vapour barrier for central vac inlets in exterior walls?
I'm in southern Ontario (Canada), which means we get temperatures typically ranging from -20C to +30C. The house is 9 years old, and has a typical (for this area) 6-mil vapour barrier. The basement is unfinished, and the vapour barrier is up but not sealed (unfortunately, typical), but I intend to fix that when I finish the basement (or before). The garage is not conditioned, and the 2 exterior walls have no vapour barrier or insulation (also one has a giant openable hole to the outside in the form of a door 2 cars can fit through).
Dec
17
answered How can I make use of this non-standard network cabinet in my garage?
Dec
14
answered How do I connect a timer to circuit box which controls our outside lights?
Dec
14
revised How do I connect a timer to circuit box which controls our outside lights?
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Dec
14
comment How do I connect a timer to circuit box which controls our outside lights?
When you say circuit breaker, I am picturing something like this: freesunpower.com/images/project1_begin.jpg, but then you're saying the fixture is the "same thing"? It would be very helpful if you could post a picture of the fixture, box, and junction box in question (with wires visible) and labels always help..
Dec
14
comment What does the latch position of a circuit breaker mean?
@HenryJackson - You should rephrase the first sentence: to me the "normal" position is on or off, being tripped (in the middle) is not "normal" in that if it trips, there is a problem, and having a problem is really the exact opposite of being "normal".
Dec
14
comment How do I choose the correct size pump and pressure tank?
I should also add, the sizing depends on a bit on the type of system you get. A constant pressure pump is a variable-speed pump that has a pressure sensor and automatically adjusts the speed so it always delivers within a couple PSI of your target, and they use much smaller pressure tanks than typical constant-speed pumps, but of course they also cost more. Aside from a smaller tank, the benefit is the pressure doesn't surge up and down between the typical 40/60 psi range that constant-speed pump systems do.
Dec
13
comment How do I choose the correct size pump and pressure tank?
By "airbag", I presume you mean "pressure tank"? (FYI: I've never heard it referred to as "airbag", in North America at least it's called "pressure tank" or occasionally "bladder tank".) Is the pump gravity-fed from the bottom of the tank, or are you looking for a jet pump to pull through pipes that go over the top? How high is the tank? Any objection to just putting a submersible pump in the tank? (this is what we did where I used to work - more reliable, no priming, only thing it requires is access to get it in).
Dec
13
reviewed Approve What to look for in a new/replacement toilet?
Dec
13
asked How do I deal with vapour barrier for central vac inlets in exterior walls?
Dec
9
revised How do I replace a broken halogen bulb in the recessed light in my bathroom?
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Dec
9
comment How can I add ventilation to my room?
You should give us some more context. Is this a room in a house, apartment? What is the heat source now? Does the rest of the house/building have forced air or some other type of ventilation? Did someone renovate and make this by splitting an existing room, or was it originally built without ventilation? What's the age of the building? Are you constrained to doing stuff just within your room or can you make modifications to the surrounding structure?
Dec
7
comment Is a ground required when replacing an old single pole single throw switch?
It seems to me this answer also talks as if the switch is not grounded at all. I've come across the following situation many times: the box is grounded, and the switch (which is mostly metal) is screwed into the box which provides a conductive path so all the metal is grounded. The newer switches add a ground screw to the metal body, so now the switch can be grounded via a dedicated ground wire IN ADDITION to the screws holding it in the box. In this situation, is it necessary, by code, to connect this ground wire? Is it different for new vs retrofit?
Dec
5
revised How do I mount this non-standard wall plate to a completed drywall wall?
updated because question IS about standard-sized plate, added more detail about why low-voltage bracket over normal box, and added image of new construction version
Dec
4
answered How do I mount this non-standard wall plate to a completed drywall wall?
Dec
4
comment How can I repair this door and deadlock?
I saw the picture before I read your text, and my first thought was that someone tried to kick in your door. This is the trouble with hollow-core exterior doors though, in addition to the lack of insulation: they can easily be kicked in. That's why most exterior doors are solid wood or steel fiberglass.