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Apr
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answered What do I need to do to finish this outside-door install properly?
Apr
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answered What do you call the clips for attaching a dado rail?
Apr
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answered Do z-wave products suffer any limitations in the UK because of radio limits?
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Feb
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answered Why is water heater making the water smell like sulfur?
Feb
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answered Should I use caulk or grout between the edge of a tiled bathroom floor and the walls?
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Sep
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comment Why are “Wire Nuts” not used in the UK?
Something that seems to be frequently missed is that the UK employs ring circuits in most situations when dealing with sockets and outlets rather than radials/spurs. This type of wiring essentially rids itself of wire splicing. Wire splicing is not such a common feature in UK wiring and i have seen cable splicing as a frowned upon as an installation method. If cables do need to be connected together they either use specific joint boxes or they use mostly Connector strips which are essentially blocks of joined screw terminals.
Aug
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answered What is this knob for on my fireplace?
Aug
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answered Why does my fluorescent light fixture take minutes to turn on in high heat and humidity?
Aug
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comment How Do I Plan for an Intrusion Detection System?
Best not to use cat6 or any other solid conductor cable. Use screened braided cable in alarm systems it can make a big difference.
Jul
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comment Can I power my air conditioning with solar energy?
If you do use batteries at all the best type to use are marine batteries they are designed to last 10-15 years. They are not as cheap for obvious reasons however if you are continually replacing parts its really a false economy
Jul
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answered What could cause ceiling fan lights to flicker on with power and then go out immediately?
Jun
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comment Is there a device that will allow a bathroom fan to run for 5 minutes after it is switched off?
Well while I was originally from the U.K I have lived in Massachusetts for 7 years and the above is still common here. It was the standard back home also. As for been cost effective the above method does not require a separate or additional switch/controller it works of a standard light fitting thus your only purchase is the fan which has the electronic timer built in. But all in all it's just semantics. They do the same job
Jun
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comment Is there a device that will allow a bathroom fan to run for 5 minutes after it is switched off?
Odd I see them in all domestics. Guess thats a regional thing. As for the power issue, Fans have a L1, L2, N connections. They take a neutral and a live from the lighting circuit and the light switch switches the L2 connection therefore the fan has power after the switch is turned off but it starts the timer. that is also why you need a triple pole isolator to make it safe if working on.
Jun
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answered Is there a device that will allow a bathroom fan to run for 5 minutes after it is switched off?
May
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answered Repair holes in copper pipe
May
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answered How do you calculate if it's worth it to insulate?