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Aug
16
comment Do big-box stores sell inferior versions of plumbing fixtures?
Volume Discount. Manufacturers have pricing tiers based on how much you buy. Nationwide buyers have huge volume as opposed to your hometown fixture shop who is buying for your town and surrounding area.
Aug
11
comment How does a shower valve get installed backwards?
If they all turn in the same direction on disc valve cartridge type faucets, usually you're buying a cheap knockoff fixture where the manufacturer couldn't be bothered to pay attention to detail.
Aug
10
comment Circuit Breaker installation
Yeah, when I wrote that up, I realized that vital word didn't stand out enough so I bolded it. It's definitely a contract job if you're DIY. You don't want to replace one problem with another, you want the issue to go away permanently.
Aug
9
comment Can I clean a second story dryer vent that goes out the roof from the inside?
The clog in these is usually all the lint caught in the bug screen under the cap. If you can get into the attic, pull the pipe loose from the cap and manually remove all the lint from the screen. All the brush does is knock the lint loose so it can finally clog any last opening left in the screen.
Aug
9
comment How to avoid gas freezing
Too heavy a gas flow required from too small a tank at too low a temperature to absorb enough heat from the environment to warm the liquid propane. Larger tank is a heat sink that will absorb ambient heat with a large internal evaporative surface area so the liquid doesn't get as cold. Running a gas forge on a 20 gallon tank on a hot day can fit the bill easily for too small, you will have ice on the outside of the tank if it's humid.
Aug
9
comment Circuit Breaker change
If the panel interior is big enough, Eaton makes a Cutler & Hammer retrofit kit that an electrician can install. Pull the meter, gut the old box of the bus bars and attachments, install the insert and rewire. And wow, now you can have GFCI and Arc Fault breakers as well. And you don't have to rip out the wall, insert a new panel, hope the wires and cables are long enough, etc.
Aug
9
comment Circuit Breaker installation
If the panel interior is big enough, Eaton makes a Cutler & Hammer retrofit kit that an electrician can install. Pull the meter, gut the old box of the bus bars and attachments, install the insert and rewire. And wow, now you can have GFCI and Arc Fault breakers as well. And you don't have to rip out the wall, insert a new panel, hope the wires and cables are long enough, etc.
Aug
8
comment Why does my bathroom light go off and on after switch gets turned on
Electrical arcs from bad connections or poor contact shorts create broadband hash noise. If you are hearing this sound on TV audio, Radio audio especially on an AM radio, you need to hunt it down before it causes a fire. A bad electrical switch with burned contacts could also cause this.
Aug
8
comment Circuit Breaker installation
Link back to original question => diy.stackexchange.com/questions/70463/circuit-breaker-change
Aug
8
comment What could cause my light and TV to turn off, then back on?
Last time I had this happen, it was in an acquaintances' house where he'd had an addition put on. The apprentice electrician taped the wires snugly together in the junction box to test continuity and forgot to come back and put wire nuts on. Eh??? The owner had this kind of weirdness for about a year and a half before he finally called another electrician back, who found a nice sizzly connection that had been sooting up the inside of the junction box. Bad connections are fire hazards that sometimes can linger for quite some time. Always find out why it's happening, your life may depend on it.
Aug
8
comment Circuit Breaker installation
This is that Federal Pacific panel that's probably about to commit suicide in a flash and a bang. I think it's trying to communicate something. Most Federal Pacific circuit breakers available if not OEM NOS are of cheap Chinese manufacture and are probably out of manufacturing tolerance, else socket for the tang is burnt. The 20A breaker was fused to the 40A double breaker next to it.
Aug
8
comment Circuit Breaker change
That's usually a good sign your Federal Pacific panel is in need of replacement. Somehow got stuck onto = overheated and plastic welded itself to the adjoining breaker. You're literally playing with fire here.
Aug
7
comment Fitting a flue for bungalow
Ventillation ducting does not have the ability to withstand the high temperatures encountered with a wood burning stove. This will melt well before the proper stainless steel liner material that should be used starts to turn color leaving aluminum puddles and a disconnected stove freely venting into the living space.
Aug
5
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Aug
5
answered smoke smell from the chimney/fireplace?
Aug
4
comment Can I vent a portable air conditioner inside?
According to thermodynamics, the room will heat up by the amount of electrical energy dissipated as heat by the air conditioning unit. So while you will have cold air blowing on you, it will progressively get warmer as the rest of the room heats up. "There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch - TNSTAFL"
Aug
4
reviewed Approve what is the brown foam and sludge in my water softener brine tank?
Aug
4
reviewed Approve Split AC installation: Need for a Vacuum Pump & Nitrogen cylinder
Aug
1
answered What is this thing inline with my dryer vent?
Jul
31
answered Adding rebar to deck footings and piers?