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Dec
11
comment What alternatives to R20 bulbs can I use?
@KhoiVinh And of course observe the fixture wattage limits.
Apr
24
comment What could cause my oven to trip at a certain temperature?
Presume you mean 150°C = ~300°F ?
Apr
17
comment How can we measure the air quality index of our room?
Google tells me you could get a PM2.5 meter for ~$800. That's just one of several components of AQI, so buying measuring gear probably isn't feasible. Probably your local government is the best folks to ask, they may have standards about construction dust, etc.
Apr
17
comment What causes a water heaters relief valve to discharge water?
@mac When you're comparing 150psi to 50–70psi, that height difference isn't going to matter much. Unless you have a lot more floors than the typical house.
Apr
3
comment How can I find the square footage of an irregular driveway?
Similarly, you can use the histogram function in GIMP.
Jan
30
comment If neutral carries current back to the breaker panel, why doesn't it need to be connected to a switch?
@EricLippert Voltage is the difference in electrical potential, i.e., to speak of a voltage, you need to be comparing two things. When we say that hot as (e.g.,) 120V on it, we mean when compared neutral or ground. If your implied reference is neutral, then neutral has 0V by definition. If instead you use ground, then neutral on a loaded circuit has a (small) voltage, at least when measured near the load. [Of course, drive two grounding rods in a few hundred feet across, and you may well find voltage between them...]
Dec
19
revised Why does my kitchen faucet cut out intermittently?
fix typo
Aug
15
comment Is this an appropriate drain design for adding a shower?
Maybe its just me misunderstanding the picture... but does the drain pipe behind the sink go have a full loop in it? Very weird trap if so... Also, it joins in before the AAV, not after (as shown in your diagram).
Apr
5
awarded  Editor
Apr
5
revised What is this rectangular device on my apartment wall?
quick fix of exposure and color balance on picture. Nowhere near perfect, and quite grainy... but you can see it now!
Apr
5
suggested approved edit on What is this rectangular device on my apartment wall?
Dec
20
comment What new technology replacements are available for incandescent globe light bulbs for the bathroom vanity light?
I have a similar fixture, which I replaced the bulbs with CFLs. That was probably 4 years ago. The CFLs are still working. They take a few minutes to achieve full brightness, but I find that nice in the morning. I think they're GE G25 bulbs...
Dec
20
comment How can I stop my fireplace from disabling my thermostat?
@AricTenEyck The fire heats up air the air around it, and especially above it (it also depletes the oxygen in that air, and fills it with combustion products). That hot air—which was in your house—rises out of the chimney. Your house now has a very slight vacuum in it, so outside air comes in to replace it. In the winter, that outside air is very cold—hence it cools your house down. If you tried that in the summer, the outside air would be hot, and would heat your house up.
Dec
20
comment How can I stop my fireplace from disabling my thermostat?
@ArgentoSapiens I think you might find the history of heating and cooling episode of Back Story interesting. I think the answer to your "wasn't there a time…" question is "no."
Dec
9
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Oct
25
comment My house was hit by lightning. What should I do?
Review your insurance policies to see what is covered, and then decide if you'd like to make a claim.
Oct
12
comment Can a single metal electrical box use two ground clips?
@DA01 if your goal is to pass inspection and/or avoid legal problems, then that's a pretty good assumption.
Sep
20
comment Do any ultra quiet ceiling fans that have no motor hum exist?
@gregmac Sounds like one with a thermometer might be even better than a timer for you.
Aug
30
comment Is this a “shared neutral” situation?
Its different if that neutral somehow gets disconnected from the common bar. Then you have >120V on both outlets. Or both sill powered (vs. ground only), despite one of the breakers off.
Aug
9
comment Why does my fluorescent light fixture take minutes to turn on in high heat and humidity?
If you have a polycarbonate diffuser under the bulb, even if the bulb starts to emit UV, the diffuser will block it; polycarbonate is opaque to UV. (I don't know if you're correct about emitting excessive UV after a year or two, though I doubt it.)