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Jan
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comment Are these toilet bolts installed properly?
+1 for describing the fix.
Jan
2
answered Are these toilet bolts installed properly?
Dec
31
comment How can I wire an exhaust fan to turn on from multiple locations?
As Tester101 says, if you use a separate switch for the fan (one in each bathroom) this would be quite simple. With this option, you could also use a countdown timer, which is a great way to control bathroom fans. They come with different time ranges: max 15 minutes is great for powder rooms (smells..) while 30 or 60 is good for humidity from showers. This keeps the fan running for a bit after the light shuts off, though you do have to remember to actually turn it on.
Dec
31
comment How can I wire an exhaust fan to turn on from multiple locations?
Also, this calls for labels: putting something like "to fan and bathroom 2 switch" on the wire would be immensely helpful to any electrician in the future.
Dec
31
comment How can I wire an exhaust fan to turn on from multiple locations?
I don't see why a DPST switch would be against code. The concern I'd have would be the power source. If the bathrooms are on a different breaker, you cause a potentially dangerous situation: turning off the breaker for bathroom 1 would mean that if someone turned on the switch in bathroom 2, it would energizing one pole of the switch in bathroom 1. If they're on the same breaker, or OP could run a common source for the fan to both switches, this situation wouldn't be a problem. At the VERY least (and this may be a code issue) swap in a double-pole breaker to power both bathrooms.
Dec
31
comment Can I attach a kitchen vent and a dryer vent to the same exhaust?
I am almost certain that plastic tubing is not rated for use as a stove exhaust, but either way I would not use it there (or anywhere, to be honest). Like @BMitch says, use smooth, rigid tubing as much as possible (better airflow, and less chance for buildup to accumulate), and only use the (metallic) flex tube for the final hookups, if needed.
Dec
24
revised How do I raise my garage ceiling after spray foaming?
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Dec
23
asked How do I raise my garage ceiling after spray foaming?
Dec
21
comment What should I use as a base for my wall mounted PC case?
Interesting look, if you're into that -- but this could really benefit from some split-loom tubing or hook-and-loop cable wrap (no affiliation or endorsement, just convenient links).
Dec
20
comment Is it expensive to switch from an 80% to a 90% efficient furnace, to comply with the new mandate?
I'm pretty sure there are also minimum clearance requirements between furnace exhaust and windows/doors, so that can obviously affect the route the pipes need to take.
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".