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comment How can I neatly install temperature probes in my ductwork?
@Craig good point, I hadn't thought of that. If the thread pitch is right it may be possible to just screw it in, but I have doubts that work work really well with sheet metal. Perhaps it would work combined with some silicone to seal it (rather than a gasket). Ideally of course, you have access to the other side to put the nut on it.
Feb
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answered How can I neatly install temperature probes in my ductwork?
Jan
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comment How to connect multiple light fixtures to one switch?
Light fixtures don't plug in with power bars.
Jan
23
comment How can I remove this toilet shutoff valve?
When you replace the valve, I'd highly recommend replacing it with a quarter-turn ball valve. They're slightly more expensive, but much easier to shut-off (and when you need to shut off a toilet, you NEED to shut off a toilet) and way more reliable long-term.
Jan
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comment Why does the shower get cold when I flush, and how can I prevent it?
I had a thermostatic valve in my last house, and it worked amazingly well -- even flushing the toilet, which came off the same branch line (after the shower, if that makes a difference), did not cause any real change in temperature. If the dishwasher or washing machine was using water, you could notice a reduction in overall pressure, but not temperature. I'm looking forward to demoing the bath in my new house, at which point I'll definitely be putting a thermostatic mixing valve in the new shower.
Jan
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comment Can I install a light between two three-way switches?
The other option is to go to "smart" switches, such as Insteon, Z-wave, or UPB. With these, the switches communicate to each other using a separate carrier signal (either wireless or over existing 120V lines). Effectively any "smart" switch/keypad can control any other "smart" switch/bulb/module from anywhere in the house. If you go this way, you'd have to replace both switches with smart switches, and your 3-conductors between the two become hot, neutral and switched.
Jan
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comment Can I install a light between two three-way switches?
The trouble is basically all 3-way circuits use a 3-conductor wire (take a look at some 3-way circuit diagrams). You always need 2 travellers, and so the other wire is either a neutral or the switched hot (and in the case of the light between the two switches, on one side it's switched hot, the other side it's neutral). The only way it would be possible is if you have a 4-conductor wire between the two switches or run a new 2-conductor wire (either between switches or to the new light).
Jan
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comment How do I lower a cold air return from the ceiling for a basement rental?
@pete You've possibly moved out by now, but you recently accepted an answer. How much did this help? Did you do anything else?
Jan
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comment Why would my lights take 10-20 seconds to turn on after installing a dimmer?
Can you explain the problem a bit more? You turn the switch to full instantly, and they take 10-20 seconds to turn on at all, or do they take that long to reach full brightness? Does this happen every time, or only the first time after they've been off a while? What happens if you turn the dimmer on to half-way? What type of dimmer (model #)? Some dimmers have ramp speed settings, have you changed/checked that?
Jan
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revised Can I move a drain without moving the vent too?
max, not minimum distance. oops.
Jan
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answered Can I move a drain without moving the vent too?
Jan
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revised Can a gas fireplace insert heat an entire house?
add units to strange temperature values
Jan
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comment Should I purchase a hand driller?
Yes.. I answered that I thought. A single hammer drill will work, but of course hammer drills are more expensive. And cheap ones tend to have not-very-variable speed control, so will be more difficult to control in plastics or if you only want a hole of a limited depth.
Jan
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revised Should I purchase a hand driller?
edit for clarity and brevity
Jan
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comment Should a GFCI interrupt the entire circuit?
GFCI's tripping should not be treated as a nuisance: they are a safety device. If it's tripping, it means one of two things: there is current flowing out the ground (precisely the condition indicating a fault in something attached; this current could potentially flow out of the person using the device thus electrocuting them), or the GFCI is faulty. If the GFCI is faulty, it should be replaced. If a device being protected by the GFCI is faulty, then that device should be replaced.
Jan
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revised How serious is mildew on the ceiling of the top floor of a house?
fix title
Jan
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answered How do I get even temperatures in my two-story house?