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comment Rapid changes in humidity levels in basement suite?
There's no benefit to "over-dehumidifing" like that, and plenty of reasons not to - it can destroy wood furniture, for one thing. Set the level you want, and leave it there - the dehumidifer will eventually run less as the surrounding materials come into equilibrium with the set point of the air.
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comment Basement dehumidifier — put it on a timer, or trust the hygrometer?
I doubt it makes any difference at all to power use, if your humidistat setting is equivalent to the average humidity you achieve with 6 on, 6 off. Reducing water infiltration to the basement would be a better place to concentrate on for saving money on running the thing.
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comment Rapid changes in humidity levels in basement suite?
Either set a humidistat (normally built-in), or use a timer (perhaps running it 5-7 minutes every 30 minutes, or 10-12 minutes per hour, for example) if the humidistat does not seem to work and you don't want to replace it.
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comment Rapid changes in humidity levels in basement suite?
3 hours of the dehumidifer continuing to run, or 3 hours of stopping it after it's run for 30 minutes?
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comment Why cement under upstairs bathroom floor?
Perfectly normal thickness for this type of install - it's not thinset, it's not done the same way as thinset. Tile direct to plywood is not a recommended method.
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comment Why cement under upstairs bathroom floor?
Perfectly normal in an old house or with an old-fashioned tile-setter specing the work. Can't ask for a better tile substrate. tcnatile.com/faqs/71-thick-setthick-bed.html
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comment Is there a tool to pinpoint an exact location through wood?
Be sure to find the hole while the bit is in it, or have something long and brightly colored you can stick up through the hole - it can be remarkably difficult to spot a small hole when you don't know exactly where to look.
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comment How to fix double-tapped 14-3 cable to boiler
Not prematurely - you asked, someone suggested looking, you looked, you reported back - it's the point of having some folks (albeit not in person) to bounce questions off - sometimes they make you think of things that would take a long time to think of yourself. Thus, the system is working. Nice clear pictures, BTW.
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comment How to fix double-tapped 14-3 cable to boiler
Best guess - a previous boiler was 220VAC and actually needed 14-3 to feed it properly. It was replaced with a 110VAC unit, and someone didn't want to waste the red wire, so they used it.
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comment how do I level the floor in a sunk in living room
And thus does the perfect become the enemy of the good....
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