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Apr
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Apr
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revised Why would two circuit breakers be connected inside the service panel?
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Apr
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comment Why would two circuit breakers be connected inside the service panel?
Someone had a lot of guts to open up the breaker panel and pull a stunt like this. I agree, a careful inspection of the house's wiring is in order.
Apr
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answered Why would two circuit breakers be connected inside the service panel?
Apr
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answered What type of hose should be used when flushing a water heater?
Mar
29
comment How do I make my gas oven produce less carbon monoxide?
I agree, this procedure for testing sounds very non-specific. Another possible variant: the size of the vent on different ovens may allow more or less ambient air to mix with the exhaust, which would change the PPM reading.
Mar
29
comment How do I make my gas oven produce less carbon monoxide?
I don't know anything about adjusting ovens, but: are you sure this is worth pursuing? If 10 PPM is "the best," what is typical? What was the level in the rest of the kitchen (which is really the value that matters)? I agree with @SomeGuy, this seems like a casual test procedure. I would get a CO detector and keep an eye on it. If you get one with a digital readout it will tell you the PPM in the air. I'm surprised the CO specialist did not seem to have anything helpful to say about the result.
Mar
26
comment Would it be entirely crazy to cover my lawn with solar panels?
@keshlam: The reason panels face south is not to catch the morning (or evening) light, it's to optimally catch the midday light. There's virtually no usable sunlight in the morning; it's all about the peak hours. If the array isn't pointed directly south during peak hours the efficiency goes down.
Mar
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answered Would it be entirely crazy to cover my lawn with solar panels?
Mar
24
answered How can I use a WeMo controller on a non-standard outlet?
Mar
23
comment Locating buried electrical cable/conduit in yard
If you're going to be doing landscaping work nearby this might be a good time to proactively locate the cable, as Ecnerwal describes. Then you can decide if it needs to be replaced or at least more properly identified. If you do locate the line, try to make a sketch and/or description so that next time you don't have to guess.
Mar
21
comment How to calculate steel beam and posts size to replace existing wood beam in terrace
What's the rationale for wanting to use a steel beam here? Wood is cheaper, easier to work with, easier to obtain, and can be designed to withstand the relevant wind forces. In single-family residential construction, steel beams are typically reserved for unusual circumstances requiring very long spans.
Mar
20
comment Coincidence? Basement flooded while replacing sump pump
Now that the new sump pump is in, does it run regularly? Did water continue to enter the pit after the new pump was installed? Did you do any other work on the property the same day? Are you certain the old pump was broken and not just ugly?
Mar
16
comment attic access to the outside
Just want to clarify that the window dimensions you list are for the opening, not the total size of the window or the size of the glass. For a double-hung or sliding window the opening is much smaller than the total window size.
Mar
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Mar
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comment Do all conductors on a 20-amp circuit need to be 12 AWG?
You're thinking about this backwards: you pick the circuit & wire size first based on usage, and then you size the breaker to protect the wiring. A 20 amp breaker can't protect 14 GA wire.
Mar
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revised What's the cheapest consumer method for testing my rental home flooring for CH2O (formaldehyde) off-gassing?
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Mar
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comment What's the cheapest consumer method for testing my rental home flooring for CH2O (formaldehyde) off-gassing?
I'm not sure your plan to sue the landlord for all kinds of relocation and testing expenses is well-advised... generally you can only recoup costs if the landlord willfully ignores a problem. It seems like the formaldehyde issue is merely speculative at this point.
Mar
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answered What's the cheapest consumer method for testing my rental home flooring for CH2O (formaldehyde) off-gassing?