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Mar
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comment Unplugging vs running an empty refrigerator
The comparison to turning off overnight isn't really valid, because in that case you are recovering 7 times a week. In the op's scenario, there is just one recovery per week, albeit a bigger one.
Mar
21
revised How should grounding be handled for multiple RV pad feeds?
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Mar
7
comment Why would an electric baseboard heater burn the wire connector off the black wires?
What gauge is the wire? What is the breaker's rating? How many watts is the heater?
Feb
17
awarded  Notable Question
Feb
4
comment Will electric in-floor heat be adequate in a converted barn?
It depends on a lot of factors. What is your climate like? How well insulated is the building? How much heating is installed, etc. It would be impossible to give a simple answer without more information.
Feb
3
answered How to turn a pump on or off from any of 12 switches
Jan
23
comment How can I replace multiple 3 way switches with motion sensors?
The tenants are probably not evil energy wasters, they are just being lazy. When they want light, they turn the switch on, and never bother to turn it off. They probably see the sensors as a benefit, since they don't have to flip the light on when they use the stairs.
Jan
18
reviewed Approve What tube should I use for a kitchen rail?
Jan
18
reviewed Approve About how much does it cost to leave 12 led bulbs 60watt replacement burning for 24 hours?
Jan
8
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Jan
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Jan
8
comment Switched outlet still has some power when off
Some remote-controlled switches of the type used in home automation intentionally leak a small amount of current to detect if a switch at the load is being operated. LED lights will glow with a very tiny current and may be perfectly reasonable with this type of switch. You can eliminate the glowing by connecting a small incandescent bulb, like a night light.
Jan
3
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
8
comment Are there residential light switches that don't have a arc upon toggleing
The X10 (and Insteon, and probably other dimmable switches used in home automation use an electronic switch, so there are no contacts, and therefore no arc. The non-dimmable switches have a relay, so there may be an arc with them).
Nov
3
comment How deep should drain pipe be buried under an asphalt driveway?
It's been re-buried, the original pitch was about 1" in 8', so I left it as it was.
Nov
3
accepted How deep should drain pipe be buried under an asphalt driveway?
Nov
2
comment How deep should drain pipe be buried under an asphalt driveway?
Yes, here in Western CT, it can freeze 20-30 inches deep. However as Jack points out in his answer, it's not likely that there would be water running into the pipe at that temperature. I suspect its proximity to the slab (about 12" away) would help a bit; it's an unheated attached garage, but the interior rarely goes below 40.
Nov
1
revised How can I fill in the gap between my chain-link fence and its gate
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Nov
1
asked How deep should drain pipe be buried under an asphalt driveway?
Nov
1
reviewed Approve Repair cracks in molded foam in sofa