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Preventing auxiliary condenser jug overflow in a portable air conditioner

Avoid 1-hose portable units at all costs. Those units are weirdly popular and trendy... and this is a mistake because of their horrible efficiency. This is not bigotry. This is science. Even if you ...
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Why didn't flooded extension cord plug trip breaker?

Good thinking on the rubber boots, but next time call the power company, or find some other way to turn off the power. Without a GFCI municipal water will not conduct enough current to trip a breaker, ...
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Preventing auxiliary condenser jug overflow in a portable air conditioner

The device you are looking to buy is (drumroll please) a condensate pump. You should preferably also incorporate a float switch to kill the AC if the condensate pump fails to work or keep up for some ...
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Preventing auxiliary condenser jug overflow in a portable air conditioner

Connect the auxiliary jug differently, such that it doesn't affect the shutoff mechanism in the primary receptacle. I don't know what model you have, but you could presumably add a port to the factory ...
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Why didn't flooded extension cord plug trip breaker?

It probably did short to ground (and to neutral). But that doesn’t actually trip the breaker reliably unless it’s a GFCI breaker or the short draws enough current to hit the trip point on the breaker, ...
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What are watertight storage solutions to protect objects from flood water?

While this borders on being a "shopping recommendation" question, I think a "dry box" or "dry bag" is what you're looking for. These are often used by backpackers, ...
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Preventing auxiliary condenser jug overflow in a portable air conditioner

A new unit, such as a proper window unit as Harper describes, is really the best solution. But one possible alternative if that isn't practical is to raise up the existing unit - e.g., build a sturdy ...
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Best way to prevent basement flooding

The ideal solution is to waterproof the foundation and that's best done during construction. Since it's too late for that, your next best option is to waterproof after the fact. This is best done from ...
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Hot water heated T&P valve fully opened itself flooding my garage

Yes, it is safe to assume that the T&P valve has failed and needs to be replaced. Even without the flood, a constant dripping is a sign of a problem. However, that leaves open the question of ...
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How can flood water come in through a toilet?

The trap on a toilet (or any plumbing fixture) prevents sewer gas from escaping. It's a very low-pressure thing, consisting solely of a small amount of standing water filling a low spot in the drain. ...
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Is it safe to enable a service panel that has been recently flooded?

Oof! Shut this thing off, have the meter pulled, and keep this thing shut off until you can get it rectified! Flooded light-duty electrical equipment is universally beyond simple remediation due to ...
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How can I fix pooling water due to my fence?

Pickets should not be in contact with the ground because they will hold back water like this and they will rot out very quickly. This should definitely be on the installer to fix. Additionally, the ...
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Flooding In New Construction Building

Water infiltration can come from 1) subsurface water, and 2) surface water. Subsurface water can come from a rising water table or from hydrostatic water rising up through the soil. Rising Water ...
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How do I attach gutters to a french drain, does the perforated pipe need to run entire distance?

You are trying to combine two systems: 1) collection of ground water, and 2) collection of roof drainage. This is a bad idea...don’t do it. 1) Perforated pipe is used to COLLECT ground water. The ...
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Sump pump only turns on when I open the lid - working ok?

It's likely that the flexible output hose is interfering with the pump float. When you close the lid the hose flexes into an S shape, laying on top of the float. The best solution is to eliminate the ...
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Does the floodplain level for a creek change after an obstacle?

We can't possibly answer your direct question. It totally depends on terrain downstream, which What you have is a dam. Specifically a "dry dam". An earth-filled dam with a stone or concrete ...
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Where can I move my electric panel

Take a look at the image below. Code requires you have at least 3 feet in front of the panel, 6.5 above, and 30 inches side to side. There is a trick with the 30 inches that it can be measured from ...
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Fiberglass insulation in a short duct soaked with sewage, disinfect with Benefect or remove insulation, or just completely replace?

Replacing the ductwork shouldn't be extremely expensive. Even if it was moderately expensive, I'd still do it. Mold/sewage/ etc is nasty.
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Basement flooding only with heavy snow fall

Typically your first solutions would be sloping ground away and water spout drainage. The good behavior during heavy rain suggests that these solutions aren't useful in your case. Pumping a well ...
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For How Long can a Sump Pump Run Before Damage Occurs?

In my experience with sump and shallow well pumps, a short dry cycle will not appreciably affect the pump's lifespan. 12 seconds isn't enough time for residual water to vaporize and allow heat buildup....
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We're in the middle of a(n epic) flood. Why won't my toilet flush?

Once your main sewer line becomes flooded you will not be able to use any plumbing that drains to the sewer. It will all back up into your house. You should bottle some water for drinking and use ...
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Transparent screw-on 6" cap for PVC pipe

Clear PVC does exist and you might be able to locate some from Commercial Industial Supply (for example). With regard to gluing wire (insulation) to PVC, a copious amount of epoxy or silicone should ...
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How can flood water come in through a toilet?

Most houses only have traps installed, which prevents sewer gasses from entering the building. Some municipalities do require backflow prevents, which prevent sewage from entering the building. They ...
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Is it safe to enable a service panel that has been recently flooded?

All your cables are shot too NM cable is not rated for wet locations. That is a wet location. All your NM cables have paper packing, and all have had wicking action drag water several feet up the ...
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Does Homeowner's Insurance Typically Cover A Broken Well?

The only person who will know for sure what your home owners policy covers will be your insurance agent. Best we could do is guess. I honestly have no idea. As far as the expense of repair, it ...
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Is it normal to have flooding in basement after radon mitigation system installed?

The radon pipe should be tightly sealed through the basement floor. If that gap you identified goes though the floor, then it should be sealed up because the system is supposed to vent radon from the ...
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Flood Plain Craziness - Do I really have to listen to the county here?

Since in commentary you've stated that you're already committed to genuine flood-resistant construction, now it's just a matter of documenting that to the satisfaction of insurance companies and the ...
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How to safely run power out to pond pump?

Yes, you're going to want to run either a direct-burial cable or a conduit in a trench from your home to the pond. You'll also want to pull a permit for this work even if you plan to do it yourself ...
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How to safely run power out to pond pump?

The extension cable or almost any method would be fine if you made sure the circuit has GFCI protection. Now, GFCI isn't just a different style of receptacle. It is actually a zone of protection. ...
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Will using a flood guard on cellar drain cause excess storm water to go to upper floors?

If that's your plumbing layout, presumably it would overflow at the basement laundry sink if it was going to overflow with the floor drains successfully valved. Whether it would will depend how much ...
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