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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)
Apr
9
comment Gas Strut Placement on Murphy Bunkbed
What exactly is your question?
Apr
8
comment What diameter pipe should I run from a septic pump up hill (3 meter head ) to my septic tank?
I would also think a backwater valve would be an essential backup device in this situation, though if it did ever backup, I'm not sure how you'd "reset" it for use again, as you'd have all the waste water in the uphill pipe holding it shut with nowhere to drain to. Anyone care to weigh in on this? Can a backwater valve be installed at the septic tank at the top of the hill? Quick search doesn't really find anything about this (probably because a septic tank uphill is just a Bad Idea in general..).
Apr
8
comment What is this gray thing thing on a main water line right after it comes into house?
Is that a tubing port on the bottom (white piece)? I've seen adapters that allow an injection line (3/8" poly tubing) to be inserted within an existing larger pipe (basically saving you from digging a trench to the well), and wondering if this is one of those. Similarly, if it's an electrical connection, it could be a heat tape connection (which are all proprietary) -- they typically have a pigtail coming off as opposed to a connection, but maybe the wire has been cut off?
Apr
7
comment Where do I put the hot wire on a double pole 20 amp breaker?
And in the case of a straight 240V, the white should get marked with black tape to indicate it's hot.
Mar
30
comment How can I run USB to every room in the house?
If you are concerned about network security, avoid any products with "cloud" features/connectivity (or be sure to turn it off). For the most part, if you don't open firewall ports on your router, and you don't have equipment making outbound connections on its own (to a "cloud" system), there's not a lot to worry about. You can also just not connect it to the internet. Don't forget about local access: either by wifi or by some random person plugging in (though this is mostly a concern in offices where there are often active, unsecured ethernet ports in reception or meeting rooms).
Mar
30
comment How can I run USB to every room in the house?
You commented you want "cameras, sensors, and light controllers". Unfortunately there is no one unified system to do this today. IP Cameras are widely available, as are lighting systems (search for: Z-wave, Insteon or Zigbee). "Sensors" is a bit open-ended, but there is lots of off-the-shelf gear for monitoring server rooms, for example. A RaspberryPi or Ardunio is also a good solution to interfacing with random sensors, and both can be connected back to ethernet or wifi.
Mar
30
comment How can I run USB to every room in the house?
The complexity of custom code running on kit hardware to hack a protocol that's not designed for networking or distance work to network your house is going to far exceed the complexity of running an "IP stack" (which consists of .. plugging in a $50 router).