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comment Why does my dryer duct have such a long vertical portion?
Hmm, I may have to get out the tape measure. I just installed a new run in my garage that vents out the side of the house, it has one 90* corner and an s-curve from two more so it sits flush along the ceiling and wall. 20' across the wall and about 5' down to the dryer makes this run about 10' longer than code given the elbows in it. Still much better than the one that came with the house, which apparently vents all that air into an uninsulated wall space and up to the apex vent.
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comment Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken?
@NiallC. That's technically against code and has been for at least 20 years, but good reminder that many houses are much older than that.
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comment What could cause a circuit breaker to trip when an exhaust fan is turned off?
@phil - The only thing I can think of would be to find a DPST wall switch. This can be wired to disconnect both hot and neutral for the fan at the same time, which will prevent the backloading as the fan spins down. DPST switches rated for 120VAC are not common, but DPDT switches (which have three positions and can be wired for on-off-off operation pretty easily) are, as they're used in commercial and industrial settings for a variety of jobs, primarily controlling, guess what, electrical motors.
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comment Are there any cordless power tool systems that offer a corded option?
We'll have to agree to disagree, I'm afraid. I've pulled out my drill, popped in a battery sitting next to it - dead. Stick it in the charger, and it takes up to three hours for the smart charger to move to trickle mode indicating a usable charge. I've resorted to mounting the charger on my garage wall and keeping the batteries in it at all times when they're not being used. I've got an upgrade to the latest-gen Lithium cells on my Christmas list.
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comment When to use holes instead of side terminals to wire an outlet
If you look at the warnings on those things carefully, they specifically tell you not to reuse the QuickWire clamps. Once you've inserted and released a wire once, you're side-wiring; that's a major reason they're pretty much gone in new switches.
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answered Is it OK for OSB3 boards to get wet during construction?
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comment What does this (electrical) value mean on my washing machine's back?
Keep in mind that this rating should take into account the 80% "working load limit" on electrical circuits; an appliance like a dryer rated for a dedicated 220VAC10A circuit should actually draw less than 1760W while running, though the breaker won't trip until current exceeds 2200W.
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answered What causes wet/damp concrete blocks in a newly built shed?
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