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May
22
comment 3" conduit with many bends - is it worth to build it?
If you open things enough to run conduit, don't put the cables you're running NOW in it -- leave them strapped to the outside. Cat5e, RG6 and speaker cables have been and will continue to be useful for years. The conduit is for new cables you don't know you need (or don't exist) yet. You may also want mechanical protection, but that's probably better done with either a separate conduit (where needed) and/or strategically-placed nail plates.
May
13
comment Fixed time outlet countdown timer
Quick search finds coffee makers for tens of dollars that have an auto-shutoff feature. If you're really attached to the one you have, changing interaction as Ecnerwal suggests is the only option that remotely makes sense to me (and you'll likely still spend at least the cost of a cheap coffee maker on the timer). If you want to get something more complex/automated, you'll easily spend more than just buying a decent coffee maker with auto-shutoff functionality built-in, and spend way more time, and it still won't work as well.
May
8
comment Wiring- Simple for you
You can also replace it with a humidistat switch, which has a humidity sensor and automatically turns on the fan above a certain level.
May
4
comment Installing a sump pump to reduce relative air humidity
What's the air flow situation like in the basement? Musty especially makes me think the larger problem may actually be a lack of air movement. Is the basement conditioned space (heated/cooled like the rest of the house)? If you have forced air, are there vents and at least one return in the basement? Is there a door or is the basement open to the upstairs?
May
4
comment Installing a sump pump to reduce relative air humidity
Is there an existing sump pit, and water visible in the pit? You could also try a very simple moisture test: tape a ~2x2' square of clear plastic sheeting to the floor (6mm vapour barrier would be best), then wait a couple of days to see if there is any visible moisture coming through the slab (may also want to check after a heavy rainfall).
Apr
29
comment C terminal / Wifi thermostat
Do you have an air conditioner? The outside condenser usually gets connected to Y and C on the control board, and will usually be a control cable with red and white wires (though colors are non-standardized and irrelevant).
Apr
27
comment Looking to add a bath fan
Because you need a wire between the existing light box and new fan (to get a neutral), and another wire between the switch and fan (for control), it would be better to just have a second switch loop from the fan, rather than jumpering the two switches together. Note though that this setup doesn't get a neutral in the switch box, which is required in new construction (NEC 404.2(C)). How your local AHJ/inspector interprets this may mean a neutral should be added (easiest way would probably be to change to a 14/3 between fan and switch).
Apr
23
comment What is the best and least expensive way to update my walkout basement?
Do you have forced air HVAC, and are there vents and returns in the basement? Is the temperature significantly different in the basement than the rest of the house? Is there signs of mold in the basement?
Apr
21
comment How can I align 2 holes 1.5m apart?
Just because you own a level that is made of wood doesn't nullify the point I believe @Tester101 is trying to make: grabbing some random 2x4 that looks straight is not a substitute for a proper level. Granted, it might be "close enough" depending on exact needs, but you can't rely on it like you can with a real level/straightedge.
Apr
21
comment Is it safe to pull a continuous 18 amps from a 15 amp outlet?
What is the circuit breaker rated at? What is the in-wall wiring? If there's a 15A receptacle, I would expect wiring for 15A circuit, protected by a 15A circuit breaker. If the circuit breaker is not tripping, it's defective. If the circuit breaker/fuse was replaced with a 20A and your wiring is rated for 15A (eg, 14/2) then you've created a dangerous situation -- this is how electrical fires start, and is the type of situation where the insurance claim can get denied.
Apr
17
comment How can I stop a barbed coupler from leaking?
@PhilipNgai The OP stated the leak is in the connection to the regular poly. There's also no reason a soaker hose couldn't be connected the same way, and in fact a couple seconds of searching finds an example (added to my answer). The tiny little barb fitting pictured in the question is simply not going to work well.
Apr
16
comment How many circuits are recommended for this basement game room remodel?
And given the NEC 210.52, if the area at the bottom and to the left of your diagram are rooms, they don't have enough outlets. If they are hallways it's slightly different requirements (NEC 210.52(H): "Hallways of 10 feet or more in length shall have at least one receptacle outlet.")
Apr
16
comment How many circuits are recommended for this basement game room remodel?
As far as number of receptacles, NEC 210.52 requires that no point along the floor line of an unbroken wall can be further than 6ft from a receptacle, and any wall surface =>2ft is considered. This means you can have 12ft between receptacles, starting 6ft from every door or other wall edge (as defined in 210.52). Often it makes sense to have more or shift things around if you know a TV or desk will be in a certain spot, or specifically want a receptacle that won't end up behind a couch etc. Here's a decent summary but I'd also suggest a read of NEC 210.52.
Apr
13
comment Can I buy a remote for a ceiling fan that will not turn off. Remote missing when purchased home
In the meantime, your alternatives are to: (1) hardwire in a regular or universal fan-control wall switch (if there's a blank faceplate in the room, this is probably very simple). (2) Turn off the power at the breaker, though, this will almost certainly affect plugs in this room and/or lights in other rooms. (3) Take the fan down and disconnect the power in the junction box, which will effectively make the fan unusable until you reconnect the wire.
Apr
13
comment Can I buy a remote for a ceiling fan that will not turn off. Remote missing when purchased home
I'd definitely contact agent -- this seems like something similar to changing fixtures after the sale (not allowed). Chances are the previous owner just packed the remote by mistake. Next alternative is to find the model and see if you can order a new one from the manufacturer.
Apr
13
comment Thermostat Where Do The Two Wires From Condenser Go?
C and R on the control board are 24VAC. The red/white wires connected to the control board are the control wires for the outside condenser: when you put 24VAC on them, they power up. Your thermostat connects R to Y to turn this on, completing the circuit. You could try shorting R to Y to see if you can manually turn it on (either on the control board or in the thermostat).. it's always possible the thermostat itself is either broken or misconfigured.
Apr
13
comment Thermostat Where Do The Two Wires From Condenser Go?
Yeah the wiring looks correct, other than the red/white in the wall. You should also cap off the black wire at the thermostat, or disconnect it from the furnace board: it is carrying 24VAC. and could short out against one of the other wires.
Apr
13
comment Why does my bathroom light go off and on after switch gets turned on
Could you maybe explain this a bit more clearly? What exactly happens? How often does it happen (eg, every time or one in 50 times)? Is it just the bathroom light, or are other lights in your house doing this? What type of lights (CFL, LED, incandescent)? What is the age of the house (or wiring, if you know of renovations being done)? Is your TV actually sparking or just making a sound? Is this while it's off? Does the TV issue happen while lights are flickering or turning off or whatever, or does it happen independently?
Apr
13
comment Causes of hot water flashes?
First thing that comes to mind is someone or something else is using cold water (turning on a tap, for example). Have you ruled that out completely, including anything outside, humidifiers, etc? If your shower valve is a pressure-balancing or a thermal-balancing valve (which would normally prevent this situation) it could be faulty in some way.. any chance you know the type of valve on your shower?
Apr
12
comment Wiring a Receptacle wth USB ports
How was it previously wired? Is this a kitchen outlet? Usually the only times you'd use 3 conductor wire is if the outlet is switched or it's a kitchen split (feed by a double breaker)