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comment What size cable should i run for my split system air con unit
You could start by checking the manual for your system. Provide information about supply voltage, amperage drawn and length of run from the panel to the unit, and someone might be able to venture a reasonable opinion.
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comment Deactivate thermostat
Waiting for the companion question: How do I keep my roommate from overheating the house and wasting lots of MY utility money on making the house uncomfortably hot?
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answered Changing a 240 volt 40amp outlet for oven to two 20amp 240 volt outlet
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comment What should I do about water filling the excavation for a house's foundation?
Suggested reading: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
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comment Heating detached garage
Boilers generally do have zones. Most domestic boilers in the current age do not "boil," they just heat water. Each zone has either a dedicated pump, or a zone control valve where multiple zones are served by one pump, and the valves determine which zones get heat.
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comment Putting together a tool set for children 8-11
Be very picky if shopping horrible fright, et al - if your first set of inexpensive tools is also "cheap" in the "not actually inexpensive, since they don't work as they should" sense, it can have a lasting impression other than what you seek here. It need not be Lee Valley (et al) hoighty-toighty, but it needs to be functional, or you should skip it. "Bad tools for children" are a terrible idea, and "an empty box to fill up yourself" is actually preferable to that.
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comment Heating detached garage
15 feet is not enough difference from 10 to matter. What the local authorities will think is best asked of the local authorities. While you can bury it less and assume that the internal heat will keep frost off it, it's always safest to stay below frost line in case there is an extended power outage and loss of heating in the winter.
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comment Does voltage play any role in choosing the appropriate wire gauge?
@bib longneck already did, and I upvoted it.
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answered Would a 20 amp 240 volt panel from the main panel be enough for a laundry room?
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comment Putting together a tool set for children 8-11
I'd swap the soap for wax, such as beeswax - and you know where to find beeswax - in the plumbing section ;-) While soap will also get screws in, wax won't promote corrosion over time, which soap can. small framing square - speed square (the plastic ones are quite affordable and hold up better than I'd have expected)
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comment Does voltage play any role in choosing the appropriate wire gauge?
...and another does not answer the question.
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comment Heating detached garage
With adequate insulation it can be done above-ground for that distance - put a "bridge" between the buildings with the box. Normal below-ground approach is below frost line, so likely 4 feet or so in CNY.
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comment Do all garage receptacles have to be GFCI protected, and 18 inches off the ground?
But how many circuits do you have? One GFCI will protect all the outlets that come after it on one circuit, if wired to do that. Make it the first outlet in line, done, you probably need at most 3 for your 12 outlets, if that many. I am the some that tester is referring to, BTW, but I see no point in overbuying so as to increase their profits more ;-)
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comment Why would only the top outlets work in my two kitchen receptacles?
Almost caught me in the same thing, so I just edited the question - "switches on the breaker panel" almost certainly means a dual, tied breaker, not a wall switch. So this will almost certainly be a MWBC as is common in kitchens to provide the 2 20-ampere countertop circuits required; so disabling one side is less than ideal, as solutions go.
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replace "switches" with "breakers" where it's causing confusion.
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