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Jun
26
comment Why are some submersible well pumps wired with solid and others stranded?
The pressure switch is outside in the well? What is the climate? I would definitely be worried about it freezing..
Jun
22
revised How to replace 12v halogen under cabinet lighting with LED lighting from scratch?
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Jun
22
revised How do I fix a broken nipple under my sprinkler head?
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Jun
22
answered How do I fix a broken nipple under my sprinkler head?
Jun
22
answered How to replace 12v halogen under cabinet lighting with LED lighting from scratch?
Jun
22
comment Can I use old abandoned iron pipe as electrical conduit?
BX (armoured) cable would probably be simpler than running another conduit inside, although I am still not sure if this would meet code.
Jun
22
comment Do you know any switches which turns on/off based on day light?
Are you trying to control the light based on inside or outside levels? Is the light inside or outside? Do you need actual light, or would a celestial timer work (knows what time it gets dark based on your location and day of year)? I have a celestial timer on my front porch light that works great -- turns on at dusk, and off at 11pm.
Jun
21
comment Is there risk in getting a larger pressure tank for my well pump?
@ChrisCudmore Good point, though it's slightly more complicated (of course). The well itself has a capacity, which depends largely on the depth, and so long as you don't use up that capacity before it recovers you're okay. As you point out though, if you use up the capacity in a single cycle you'll have a problem, but if you're doing that you're using more water than the well can handle anyway and should at the least have low-level protection (eg a low-pressure shut-off switch, or a controller like a Pumptec), and could possibly consider an entire low-yield system (involves a large cistern).
Jun
20
comment How can I fix a leak in the pipe coming out of my water heater?
Looks to me like a compression fitting, which probably has a grommet, o-ring or seal inside, and that is probably the part that's leaking (due to the design, the tightness doesn't matter too much and actually too tight can damage the grommet). I can't provide a real answer though as I don't know anything about radiant heaters (eg if that is some specific specialized part) or how you can drain/isolate that without flooding your house, etc.
Jun
20
comment Does a dishwasher require a disposal?
In many jurisdictions, (new) garbage disposals are no longer allowed, though likely existing ones are grandfathered in.
Jun
20
revised Is there risk in getting a larger pressure tank for my well pump?
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Jun
20
answered Is there risk in getting a larger pressure tank for my well pump?
Jun
19
comment Should the fill line be removed when decommissioning an old oil tank?
Yes, there are likely local rules around this, as it has happened before that basements have been filled with oil after a tank has been taken out.
Jun
18
comment Calculate savings from/cost-effectiveness of installing a tankless hot water heater?
Do you have any justification for the assertion that moving from electric tank to electric tankless is a "waste of money"? (I'm not saying it's necessarily wrong, but I am not convinced it is always true).
Jun
17
comment can I buy a saw made of nylon?
If you explain what you're trying to do, someone may be able to offer another solution as well. Pictures are very useful.
Jun
14
comment How can I fix a loose door frame?
When you say "loose", do you mean it moves when the door shuts, or you can actually wiggle the frame with your hands while the door is open? How much does it move (1/8", 1", ..)?
Jun
14
comment How can I test network and coax jacks?
Not sure how long your multimeter leads are, but mine are definitely not long enough to reach from an upstairs bedroom to a basement patch panel... You can still test those with a multi-meter though, using a coax (75ohm) terminator. Screw the terminator onto one end, and at the other end use your multimeter: you should see 75ohms (plus some loss for cable length) center to shield.
Jun
8
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Jun
6
comment Is there a filter-reminder thermostat that uses run-time instead of total time?
I think the reason they don't do this is exactly what Tester101 is saying: When it's dirty, it needs to be changed. Without being able to directly measure if it's dirty, all you can do is estimate. Air quality is by far the biggest factor, and the amount of runtime is entirely based on the air quality (eg, if the air was 100% clean, the filter would theoretically never need to be changed). While measuring runtime is going to make things more precise, it will not be more accurate, so there is no point in spending effort on this function.