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Aug
22
comment Air sealing a whole house fan
A door blower test is useful for identifying the location of problems, but in this case it's probably exaggerating the rate of air loss—normally your house is not pressurized and the louvres stay shut (though leaky). I don't have a perfect solution for you but I think a cover in winter is a good start for two reasons: 1) in NJ your climate is still heating dominated (looks like approximately 4:1 ratio of heating degree days to cooling degree days), 2) AC-conditioned air is cool and will not tend to rise to the fan louvres, unlike heated air. Any air that does escape in summer is probably warm.
Aug
21
comment Air sealing a whole house fan
Is it really such a big deal to have it be a manual cover? I would just make it part of your winter prep routine: remove window screens, shut off outdoor faucets, remove leaves from gutters, etc.
Aug
21
comment Air sealing a whole house fan
Other than the OP's "automatic" requirement, this is the right answer. You can even buy insulated covers pre-made at big box stores.
Aug
18
comment How do I fix a heavily rusted garburator?
On the other hand, if the OP has a septic system they may not want to use a garbage disposal anyway...
Aug
18
comment Is it acceptable to not have access to the main water shutoff valve?
@DMoore: Sounds like Jason is saying there is only one shutoff valve and it's for the entire 12-unit building.
Aug
18
comment Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken?
A switch downstream of the light (or a switched neutral) is a subtle error. I suspect it's fairly common, especially with DIY work. Definitely turn off power at the breaker and/or check for voltage.
Aug
18
answered Why is my new Altura 68" fan so slow moving on high speed?
Aug
8
comment How to determine if a 20 amp breaker can be upgraded to 30 amp
This is an unusual situation, so tread carefully. Unless you can conclusively determine that the circuit is capable of 30 amps from end-to-end, you should not change the breaker. It's an important safety device.
Aug
8
comment How to determine if a 20 amp breaker can be upgraded to 30 amp
Virtually wire and cable has the gauge printed on the outside, that would be an easier way to tell.
Aug
8
comment How to determine if a 20 amp breaker can be upgraded to 30 amp
OP already said the breaker trips when dryer is on "high".
Aug
8
answered Temporarily have no gutters, what do I need to worry about?
Aug
8
comment Should a 12V DC dimmer switch produce 24V AC on the output?
I'm confused about what you're measuring, e.g. how can the output product both DC and AC? But if your "dimmer switch" is taking DC as an input and outputting AC than it's really an inverter, not a dimmer. I'm not sure you have the right pieces for a DC lighting setup.
Aug
1
comment Is it possible that my GFCI receptacle is bad?
Note that you can have multiple GFCIs on a circuit without having them be "in series", as bib calls it. There's not enough information in the question to know how the wiring is done.
Aug
1
comment Staining already stained wood
There are no shortcuts in sanding. If you skip around with the grits too much you will just create more work for yourself. Pick the right grit for the level of removal you need, then work your way up until the surface is as smooth as you want.
Aug
1
comment Cleaning a very dusty garage
I always use the filters and have never thought much of it. Periodically I'll clean the filter by putting it in a garbage bag and banging it on the ground to release debris. I replace the filter once a year or so on general principal, although I can't say I've ever noticed much of a difference in suction.
Jul
27
comment Extremely long dryer vent line, non efficient dryer
I think it's likely the run is too long or obstructed. In addition to being a nuisance, an improperly-vented dryer is a serious fire hazard. @JimmyFix-it's answer below has a link to a very helpful chart. You will need to figure out exactly how long the vent is, how many bends it has, and what it's made of.
Jul
26
comment How much concrete is required to hold 125 lbs/sqft permanently?
@Sophit: If the soil is so poor that the entire floor is sinking, you may have to deal with that first. Even a 1' thick concrete slab will sink if the soil can't support the weight.
Jul
25
answered How much concrete is required to hold 125 lbs/sqft permanently?
Jul
25
comment Undersized AC - Options?
It's a little late now, but the "ton" rating is how much heat the units can remove from the air. 5 tons is 5 tons, there's no modification for "efficiency". A new, efficient 5 ton unit might use less electricity than an old 5 ton one, but they should cool the same.
Jul
21
comment Why did polyurethane make wood feel coarse?
I usually use a foam brush, with good results. The trick with foam brushes is to not squeeze them—just dip them in the can and then dangle to drip off a little, don't drag them across the can edge. That's a sure way to introduce air bubbles.