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comment Heater/blower always on
The remaining question I guess is where to find an exact replacement, if that's even possible. If it's not possible, the question is whether the longer delays on the new sequencer will cause any problem. What I ended up doing for now was swapping the sequencers and using the aux switch on the faulty one to control the second stage element. It's working fine for now, but if another switch on either sequencer blows I have to have a replacement.
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comment How can I determine if my receptacles are grounded, and how can I fix it if they are not?
@BradGilbert - I would not. If a licensed electrician touches any part of a home wiring installation, everything upstream of that must be brought up to code. So, given that a GFCI requires a ground in order to function, the electrician must create a suitable ground path for at least that one receptacle. Merely labeling the outlet as being ungrounded is not kosher; the label can be removed or fade over time and then the information is lost.
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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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