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Jan
14
answered Should I purchase a hand driller?
Jan
11
answered Can I use the wiring from a disabled home security system to power wireless cameras?
Jan
10
comment Can I use the wiring from a disabled home security system to power wireless cameras?
What's the gauge of wire? What's the current draw of the camera, or the current rating of its transformer? What's the voltage? Do you know (approximate) length of the wire?
Jan
9
comment Why do my garage door opener remotes need to be reset frequently?
If not batteries, can you isolate the problem a bit more? When they "stop working", do they absolutely stop working (no matter how many times you press the button and no matter distance from opener) or will they work in some situations (eg, close up) or otherwise intermittently? Do they both stop working at the exact same time (before you reset codes, obviously)? After resetting, will they work consistently even from decent distances (eg, standing out in the street)?
Jan
9
comment Why do my garage door opener remotes need to be reset frequently?
My first thought was batteries as @MichaelKaras suggested. If the batteries are low, they may just not have enough power to transmit while you're in your car driving up, while they may be good enough for resetting/testing (from much closer with no car blocking the signals).
Jan
9
comment Does a whole house humidifier go on the intake or outlet of the furnace?
What type of humidifier? What manufacturer/model? Have you consulted the manufacturer's documentation?
Jan
9
comment What size hole do I need in masonry for an anchor that takes a 1/2" thread?
Generally the anchor manufacturer will tell you this - check the box/packaging it came in.
Jan
8
comment How should I mount a TV to a wall that slants inwards 8 degrees?
Btw, would love to see a picture of this crazy slanted wall, especially once you've got the TV mounted!
Jan
8
comment Are generator interlock kits permitted in residential applications?
I've only ever seen manual transfer switches as subpanels (with 2 to 12 circuits on them), with mechanical switches that flip one way for generator power, and the other way for utility power (and the switch design itself prevents both). This also limits the generator to powering only the sub-panel, which is typically wired for fridge, freezer, furnace fan, sump/well pumps (if applicable), and maybe a couple lights. I agree with @bcworkz, this flimsy metal cover looks sketchy -- not to mention it seems to rely on manually turning off unnecessary circuits to prevent overloading the generator.
Jan
8
comment Do home radiators waste water?
Simple step (but doesn't answer your question): look at your water meter. Is there water flowing? If so, likely something is leaking. Start turning off valves to appliances (shut-offs under sinks, toilets, outside taps, at your furnace, etc) until it stops. If not, you may just have to keep track of the readings throughout the day as much as possible, and see if you can isolate usage to something or some time in particular.
Jan
8
comment Is voltage too high in C wire going to thermostat?
Will it run correctly without the C wire connected (many will, at the expense of going through batteries quickly)? That would be a quick trouble-shooting step. What model is it? Maybe it has a rating somewhere that says eg "Acceptable input range: 22 to 26 VAC"
Jan
8
comment What options are available for insulating interior walls myself with minimal damage to the wall?
Are the walls insulated now, and with what? Without understanding your reasons, it's very hard to make recommendations, not to mention that this may not even be the solution to your problem. For example - if it feels cold due to drafts, that can better be solved by finding and stopping the drafts (a big draft can completely undermine any insulation -- even if you put in new insulation). Maybe the ceiling or floor is not insulated. Give us some background information at least..
Jan
8
comment How should I mount a TV to a wall that slants inwards 8 degrees?
Really?? 8° is significant: if you have an 8' ceiling (and my math is correct) that means the bottom is out 13.5" from the top..
Jan
7
comment Why is there no hot water in the kitchen?
It sounds like you have some reason to suspect they're frozen, and you should be very cautious of this: because water expands when frozen, it often bursts pipes, but that won't be evident until it thaws out. Unchecked, this means as soon as it thaws it will start flooding inside the wall or floor or whatever, which could in turn cause major damage beyond what's already been done. The best thing to do is turn off the water before the suspected freeze point, figure out where it's frozen, and then thaw, fix any damage, and do what's needed to prevent it from freezing again.
Jan
7
comment Why is there no hot water in the kitchen?
Have you previously had hot water on the kitchen sink? Have you had it in previous years during the winter, and if so, do you know of anything that's different now? What's underneath the kitchen -- finished/unfinished basement, crawlspace, and is it insulated under the floor (cold space) or around the walls (conditioned space)? Are the pipes copper or pex or something else?
Jan
4
comment Can I use old bowling alley lanes as counter tops?
The surface is most certainly NOT food-grade: Here's a link to some Material Safety Data Sheets for some lane conditioners (the oil they put on bowling lanes). On top of that, think of how dirty a bowling ball is (how many unwashed and food-covered hands touch it in its lifetime) and how many of those balls have gone down the lane - not to mention people walking on the lanes, etc. Just pointing out that you should definitely refinish the surface and then seal it with something food-grade.
Jan
4
comment Which way does air flow into a furnace?
Here's a good cut-away diagram of a typical gas furnace that shows the airflow (source)
Jan
3
comment wiring a single bathroom fan servicing 2 rooms in the master bathroom suite with 2 separate switches on the same circuit as well as lighting
Are you trying to get one switch in each room to turn on the local light AND fan (eg, diy.stackexchange.com/questions/21845) or do you just want a fan switch in each room (3-way, or timers so either turn on the fan), and a separate light switch in each room (which only turns on the local light)? Hint: two switches in each room is significantly simpler, and IMHO using count-down timers is one of the best ways to control an exhaust fan.
Jan
2
comment Can I repurpose existing cat5 telephone line for Ethernet networking?
FYI - T568A and T568B are identical in function, it's just the color scheme is different. In both cases, the blue (middle) pair is used for analog telephone, and orange+green is ethernet. However, gigabit ethernet uses all 4 pairs.
Jan
2
comment Are these toilet bolts installed properly?
+1 for describing the fix.