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Jan
21
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
21
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
16
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
15
revised Can I move a drain without moving the vent too?
max, not minimum distance. oops.
Jan
15
answered Can I move a drain without moving the vent too?
Jan
15
revised Can a gas fireplace insert heat an entire house?
add units to strange temperature values
Jan
15
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
14
revised Should I purchase a hand driller?
edit for clarity and brevity
Jan
14
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
14
revised How serious is mildew on the ceiling of the top floor of a house?
fix title
Jan
14
answered How do I get even temperatures in my two-story house?
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.