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Nov
19
comment House slightly uneven floors almost everywhere
A common fix is to fold up a match book cover and put it under the short leg.
Nov
18
comment Plumbing: Two control points for shower
OT - Are you sure that a puny little 50 CFM fan for that large of bathroom is even close to adequate? From the chart here: efi.org/factoids/bathroom_sizing.html it is clear that for an average equivalent duct length you should be planning for a 150 CFM fan.
Nov
18
comment Can I plug a generator into a dryer outlet
@Perkins - Not to mention the damage that could happen to the local generator if the full force of the utility line is fed right into the output of the generator.
Nov
17
comment Should I trim or bend the lip to a strike plate?
@Jack - You are totally right about the proper usage model of the extended tab type of strike plate. But does seem to be totally misapplied in the OPs picture.
Nov
17
comment old.house.wiring
You could get rid of 95% of that text glob you wrote and get right to the question.
Nov
17
comment Should I trim or bend the lip to a strike plate?
@Jack - Although it may be hard to tell. The pictured strike plate may actually have been bent out toward the door by somebody's sturdy set of clothing getting caught.
Nov
17
comment Should I trim or bend the lip to a strike plate?
@Jack - From the look of the picture, posted by the OP, it shows that the tab of the "T" was never inset as much as it maybe should have been. For the pictured door jamb at least the thinner (more conventional) strike plate would probably inset right nicely.
Nov
17
comment Can I install false light bulbs in a fixture?
I would worry about it. An arcing contact can create a lot of heat. The current that flows into a bulb right at the point of when it goes on - like what would happen if the bulb was flicking on and off - is much higher than when the bulb gets up to operating temperature. Believe me, I've seen the damage done to sockets and wires at those sockets when the contacts have become intermittent. As a result I find it fool hardy to sit here recommending that someone partially unscrew a light bulb and think it is an OK thing to suggest off to the general public.
Nov
17
comment Can I install false light bulbs in a fixture?
I am surely not recommending the hollowed out light bulb concept either. The use of lower wattage bulbs or a light dimmer is the correct solution here.
Nov
17
comment Can I plug a generator into a dryer outlet
-1 For a really really bad idea.
Nov
17
comment Can I install false light bulbs in a fixture?
I'm not so sure that simply unscrewing a bulb part way is such a good idea. A bulb that was screwed part way in could very well lead to arcing and sparking that could cause over heating or even a fire in the bulb socket.
Nov
17
comment Can I install false light bulbs in a fixture?
I fully agree. Install a dimmer - particularly if the bulbs are low wattage incandescent type.
Nov
14
comment Low cost wireless switch with current state function
Note that my comments are more applicable to the low cost DIY kits that you purchase from eBay as opposed to the commercial remote control products. Those far more likely to be harder to hack as described. The low cost kits are a lot more generic inside and tend to use the same IC chips. Obviously a bit of electronics ingenuity is required to get this to work but after all that is the fun of DIY projects like this.
Nov
14
comment What could be causing my sink and dishwasher to back up?
Well the OP may very well have drain blockage after the sink trap since the sink/dishwasher backup. However since the basement floor drain also backs up it is indicative of multiple problems.
Nov
14
comment Low cost wireless switch with current state function
Note that there will be RF wireless interference between the "A" fob usage and the "B" fob sending back the status. So it is suggested to actually use a 434MHz wireless pair for the "A" side and a 315MHz pair for the "B" side.
Nov
14
comment Low cost wireless switch with current state function
feedback fob power. With this setup properly configured the "B" fob can transmit back the state of the load to a "B" control box at your local control point that can be connected to a light or other type of status indicator as desired. (continued)
Nov
14
comment Low cost wireless switch with current state function
Next hack the "B" fob so that its pushbutton contacts are interconnected to the load switch side of the "A" switch box. This will most likely require the use of a small relay to isolate the "A" load from the "B" fob. In this application it will also be a good idea to substitute the battery in the "B" fob with power adapted from the +12V that runs the "A" control box. This could involve building a power regulator from +12V to the 3V used buy the fob OR it could be that you can find a suitable voltage power source inside the "A" control box that you can tap into for the (continued)
Nov
14
comment Low cost wireless switch with current state function
Probably the best hack solution to get what you want here is to use two of the same type of remote device hooked up back to back. You rig up one device to switch the load in the normal manner. When setting it up go inside the control box and the fob and change the solder jumpers to select a unique code "A". At the same time select a code "B" and configure the other set of wireless controls to "B". (continued)
Nov
14
comment Low cost wireless switch with current state function
God I hate it when moderators come along and close questions when I am in the middle of trying to provide a good generic answer.
Nov
14
comment Some circuits in addition work, some don't
Ditto that this question is almost incomprehensible. Op needs to slowly read that stash of words, reorganize thoughts and produce a question with some meaning.