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Nov
27
comment Is there a good reason NOT to reuse the power cord when replacing my electric range/oven?
In my experience, the typical failure point of a range cord, is where it connects to the range. All too often the terminals are not tightened to start with, and they are almost never retightened after using the range for a bit. This "loose" connection can cause excess heating, which leads to premature cord failure. You may not be able to see cord damage caused by heat, so it's just safer to spend the $20.
Nov
27
comment Blower fan speed selection
Did you dig the basement after the furnace was installed? If not, the furnace was likely sized to include the basement. If you're having trouble heating the finished basement, make sure there are enough return ducts, and that they are open and unobstructed. Also be sure that you insulated the basement well, and properly when you finished it.
Nov
27
comment How to Convert an Undersink Filter System to an Above Sink System
First of all, don't use a saddle valve to tap the cold water line. Second, you should be able to plumb the filter in line with the cold water supply for the sink. Check the user guide for the filter, it should have instructions for connecting the filter to the faucet supply line. However, depending on the filter, you may notice decreased flow to the faucet. Here's an article that describes a direct filter setup.
Nov
27
comment Blower fan speed selection
It's rare that the speed has to be adjusted. The furnace is sized based on the square footage of the conditioned space, and it's very likely that the basement was included in the original calculation.
Nov
27
answered Blower fan speed selection
Nov
26
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Nov
25
comment Christmas lights haunting me
I'm against the "80% rule", as I think it's misunderstood and overly used.
Nov
25
comment Christmas lights haunting me
@JonH Ask your wife if she knows how many lights are on each set?
Nov
25
comment Christmas lights haunting me
I understand that, I'm just trying to determine exactly how many light sets you have. Surely you can easily count the sets, and report an exact number. From what I can tell, 150 and 200 bulbs seems to be common for net light sets. If we knew the exact number of sets, we could easily do some maths to figure out how much current you're drawing.
Nov
25
comment Christmas lights haunting me
Why shouldn't you exceed 80% of a circuit?
Nov
25
comment Christmas lights haunting me
How many bulbs are on each light set? Are you saying you have 20 light sets plugged into a power strip (surge protector), 5 light sets to one extension cord, and 4 light sets to another extension cord (29 total light sets)?
Nov
25
comment What could cause my bathroom exhaust fan to stop working?
If you measure from neutral or ground to the feed terminal, you'll always measure mains voltage. If you measure from neutral or ground, to the other terminal. You'll get mains voltage when the switch is closed, and 0 volts when it's open.
Nov
25
comment What could cause my bathroom exhaust fan to stop working?
When a switch is in the open position, you'll have a voltage potential between the terminals. This is because you have mains voltage at one terminal, and 0 volts (or close to it) at the other. When the switch closes, electricity flows from one terminal to the other. This means there's no longer any voltage potential difference between the terminals. So in the case of an open switch, you'll measure mains voltage between the terminals. With a closed switch, you'll measure 0 volts.
Nov
25
comment Am I at risk of damaging my above ground pool if I didn't drain it enough for winter?
My closing instructions were for a cover that keeps both water and debris out of the pool. In your case the hole may be left open intentionally, to allow excess water to drain from the pool.
Nov
25
comment Water heater refuses to light after power outage
Can you light the burner with a long match or grill lighter?
Nov
25
revised How wide can a sliding door be open, before it becomes a security risk?
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Nov
25
comment Am I at risk of damaging my above ground pool if I didn't drain it enough for winter?
So the cover allows water to pass through, but stops debris? Is the skimmer box covered, or plugged?
Nov
25
comment Retractable Steel Swing for Elderly Father
A diagram of your proposal, and a description of what you're trying to achieve with this project, might be helpful.
Nov
25
comment Am I at risk of damaging my above ground pool if I didn't drain it enough for winter?
The closing instructions for my pool said to plug the filter return outlet (the hole where filtered water blows back into the pool). Do you have a cover on the pool?
Nov
25
revised Am I at risk of damaging my above ground pool if I didn't drain it enough for winter?
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