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Sep
11
comment Sawdust from treated wood on my lawn
@James: I agree that the sawdust isn't a big deal but I just have to say that your argument that "I did something potentially dangerous and I'm fine" is a really bad way to approach safety issues.
Sep
8
comment Will installing a 2inch fitting in a 3 inch water line decrease water pressure?
Why do you need a meter on a private well?
Sep
7
answered What's the recommended distance of a fire pit from a building?
Sep
7
comment What's the recommended distance of a fire pit from a building?
This is an interesting way to approach about the problem, but I think the answer you've reached is a little silly... 200 feet?? That seems excessive.
Sep
4
comment How to accurately judge economics of converting from oil heat to liquid propane?
Fuel and electricity costs vary widely. Particularly electricity costs are highly dependent on location, even within the US. In Long Island, NY I was paying $0.20 per kWH, but the US national average is $0.12. That means some places are probably under $0.10.
Sep
2
comment Testing circuit breakers?
@SpeedyPetey is right, the response time of a breaker depends on the current, it's not a simple on/off switch. There is no way to test a breaker without a serious amount of lab equipment capable of generating thousands of amps and accurately measuring response times down to the hundredth of a second. Additionally, even if you had the equipment it's probably impossible to test a breaker anywhere with standard electrical service because you would blow the main disconnect.
Sep
2
answered Three dead power outlets, no tripped breakers
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.