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Nov
10
answered Why wouldn't a 130 volt BR 40 bulb work in my recessed light fixture?
Nov
10
comment Can I output video single wire RCA signal out of 3 composite ports?
@amphibient: Also, it's not clear to me whether you can hook up the Roku as you proposed... I don't know if the HDMI side outputs audio if you're using the composite for video.
Nov
10
comment Can I output video single wire RCA signal out of 3 composite ports?
@amphibient: if by "single wire" you mean a yellow RCA plug, then the quality will be exactly the same. (Of course, a "single" HDMI cable is very different). If you're happy with it now there's not any need to do anything differently with the Roku, but if it were me setting this up I would do it with HD cables, either HDMI or composite cables + an HDMI-to-composite adapter for the Roku. If your source and destination both support HD video, you're already 95% of the way there. (This assumes your projector is capable of HD, but based on your comments about HDMI I'm assuming it is.)
Nov
10
answered Can I output video single wire RCA signal out of 3 composite ports?
Nov
8
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Nov
7
comment How often do sewer lines collapse?
Of course, if you intend to commit insurance fraud, you should probably not post your plans on the internet...
Nov
5
comment Best household energy storage
Are there actually any residential-scale ways of storing energy other than batteries? I've heard of compressed air and hydrogen, but thought those were only for commercial-scale arrays. I can't find any information about home-scale installations.
Nov
5
comment Best household energy storage
+1. The cost of batteries (including regularly replacing them) is a major component of the cost of an off-grid solar setup. If the OP has not accounted for the cost already, it will have a major impact on the break-even time.
Nov
5
answered Would covering walls with a sound absorbing foam reduce the transmission of medium-high frequency fan noise?
Nov
5
comment What can I do about small pools of water on my garage floor?
Is there actually water on the floor or just dark marks? If the later, it's possible they're oil stains.
Nov
4
comment Large air compressor requirement
@Tester101: if you put a breaker and a fuse with different ratings on a circuit, what size wire would you use?
Nov
3
comment How should I run CAT6 wiring from one side of my house to the other?
Technically you're right that CAT 5e and 6 are both rated for gigabit ethernet, but I always specify CAT 6: it's nearly the same price and has more stringent noise requirements. I have frequently seen non-optimal ethernet installations (data zip-tied against power lines, small nicks in wires from pulling against sharp edges, etc.) and in my opinion it's worth the extra 10% cost for the possibility of avoiding some of those issues. But in a residential setting it maybe isn't worth it.
Nov
3
comment How do we properly insulate a loft ceiling with 2“ by 4” without loosing space?
Does this renovation legally require you to bring the insulation up to current codes, or are you just trying to do the right thing? You could always add insulation in the 2x4 cavities for now and then add more insulation above the roof sheathing (as @iLikeDirt suggests) whenever you redo the roof.
Nov
3
comment How do we properly insulate a loft ceiling with 2“ by 4” without loosing space?
For the record, much of New York state requires R-38, not R-49 (although even R-38 won't fit in the 2x4 space). energycode.pnl.gov/EnergyCodeReqs/?state=New%20York
Oct
31
comment Can an electrical junction box be closed and covered if not needed?
If live wires are running through the box without a spice, would that still require access?
Oct
30
comment At what temperature should an unoccupied house be kept at in winter?
Networked thermostats can be had for under $100 now, which would solve both the real estate showing problem and the monitoring problem. But of course you will need an active internet connection, which otherwise isn't necessary in an empty house.
Oct
30
comment Where's the C terminal on my boiler control?
@MikeN: I agree with Mazura's latest comments, it looks like the C terminal is not visible in your photos (and possibly isn't accessible at all). Tester101 has a great answer about what the C wire is and where it attaches, which may be helpful in locating yours: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/10482/…
Oct
30
answered What type of refrigeration is recommend in a cabin with sub-freezing temperatures?
Oct
29
comment Where's the C terminal on my boiler control?
@MikeN: No: if you're saying the thin red and white wires that we see in the upper right go to your thermostat's Rh and W, respectively, then that means this answer is wrong. The C wire should not connect to the W wire, it's a 3rd terminal.
Oct
29
comment Where's the C terminal on my boiler control?
How can you tell the white wire is C and not W? Since there's only two wires in that cable, I would guess those are Rh and W, going to the thermostat. But I'm not really sure.