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Single handle shower valves normally have some way of adjusting the "all the way hot" stop of the handle. In many cases it's just a toothed plastic ring under the handle that can be moved to the next tooth or two to make the water hotter. This is meant to be a safety feature so even if the handle is cranked all the way on you don't get scalding hot water. ...


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You're dealing with a basic fact of nature, water condenses on cold objects, so you need to either remove the water or the cold objects. The windows will typically be the coldest objects in your home since they have such a low R value. Start by reducing the humidity in your home, run exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom for longer when cooking and ...


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For DIY you could use a RaspberryPi with a RaZberry (z-wave module for the Pi). RaZberry comes with a web-app and mobile apps. But you have to bring your controlling web-app into the net and care about the security! This way you can use standard z-wave products. In this case a radiator thermostat.


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You may be able to use a propane or natural gas powered fridge. They have no moving parts that would break; in the extreme cold, I'd imagine that only the pilot light would be on. I've stayed in a cabin that had one of these that was regularly exposed to -25 F, and it lasted for 40+ years. http://home.howstuffworks.com/refrigerator5.htm


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If you are on the cheap and can afford running wires there is a cheap & efficient solution : Rasperry Pi ( Appx $40 ) Dallas 1-wire DS18B20 sensors ( Appx $2.5 each ) Spare Wire The sensors can be connected to the Pi without requiring an external adapter, then you can run a Home Automation supervisor such as OpenHAB to monitor it and triggers various ...


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The numbers are completely arbitrary, and are whatever the product manager or artist at the manufacturer decided they should be. They might be standardized within a company's product line. If these are private-label units, all bets are off. Numbers instead of real degrees means they used a thermostat too cheap to be consistent from unit to unit, so they ...


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Elevating the conduit 7/8” or more off the roof surface will be more effective than painting but yes white is the least heat absorbing color. Why 7/8” elevation? That is what code requires or a temperature adder is used when derating the wire; with 7/8” elevation, the adder is not required. This is located in section 310.15(A)(3)(c), "Raceways and Cables ...


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One example for an out-of-the-box solution is RWE Smarthome They have a special temperature package, but unfortunately their shop seems to be in German only. There is another solution by Devolo. Both of them use portal you connect to, and offer mobile apps to control your system. But I think there are many other producers/distributors.


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Sounds like there is something wrong with the plumbing in the shower wall or more than likely the shower valve or stem system. If you are renting this isn't your responsibility. Not sure of your state's laws but if there is an issue like this in most states you can give the owner 2 notices and a reasonable amount of time and they have to pay for your ...


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Keep in mind what the pipes were made of and what they were full of. Copper is nearly the best conductor on earth, and the pipe was full of water, which is literally the best heat transfer fluid known to exist, and also convects, i.e. circulates freely. Iron is not as good a thermal conductor, the pipe will be much thicker, and natural gas is a fairly ...


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OK Let me try. Originally you had your single zone heat on. My experience is first floors are usually warmer than second floors. Hot air wants to rise but it can't unless there's some cooler air replacing it. That's where the drafts come in from the older windows on the first and second floor. So heat rises to the second floor in addition to the second floor ...


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That's easy. Thermostats don't work by duty cycle. They work by sensing the temperature in the room. The upstairs is cooler because the upstairs is now (let's say) 10% better insulated, but the furnace is running 20% less often. Why would it do that? Where's the thermostat?... Downstairs. Downstairs is in fact 20% better insulated, so the furnace ...


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Yes. One example is the Honeywell CT50K1028/E which is your basic low voltage thermostat it goes down to 35 F. I'm pretty sure it will work for your application. No hacking or electronics work reqired. There are others. Do a search for " Garage thermostat"


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Your best bet would be an IR or instant read thermometer. You should test it from the closest faucet to the hot water tank, and make sure to let it run for several minutes first. If you do use a leave-in meat thermometer, it might take several minutes to get an accurate reading. Ice water should be close to 0C/32F (and if you add salt, it would get even ...


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Congratulations - you have eliminated all the ways this might actually work. Either deal with it being hotter, or add a few options that you say are "not an option" with the most logical one being a connection to the central A/C. With a bucket, you could go with 50 pounds of ice, a fan blowing over it and a bucket for it to drain into as it melts. That ...


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Put a box fan in the door, and let the central AC handle it.


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From GE Appliances Customer Service: There is no specific correlating temperature for each number setting. The TEMP control determines the compressor run time. The higher the number, the more the compressor will run to create a cooler room temperature.


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There is no code against ventilating your closet into the other room. There are all kinds of crazy things I have seen to take a room that has great ventilation and move it to another room. If you go in the south of France you will see fans between the living space that has outdoor access in the connecting rooms. The only issue becomes if you had toxic ...


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Look for an on/off switch or a heat/cool switch on the thermostat. If you can't turn it off, turn it to cool. If your thermostat doesn't have a switch like that, turn off the circuit breaker for the heater.


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Place the bottom of the fabric in a shallow pan of water. It'll wick moisture continuously until the pan is empty. It should last a day at least, though. You could even suspend a wallpaper tray from the fabric itself, which you'd install on the curtain rod (assuming that it's robust enough). Place a rod through the ends of the tray with the curtain's hem ...


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The general principle to use is that actual air leaks are a lot worse than just having poor insulation. Look around your doors, windows, plumbing, attic/basement/crawlspace access hatches, fireplace, and anywhere else where there's a hole in the wall. Anywhere you feel air movement is an issue. Anywhere you can see daylight (that's not glass) is an issue.


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Thermostatic controllers typically become calcified over time. This can result in the temperature not setting properly when you adjust it or even vibration and/or knocking in the valve. Sometimes just turning the knob rapidly several times from stop to stop will loosen things up. The manufacturer also provides videos on cleaning the valve which you should ...


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A variance of 50 degrees or more - both high & low - sounds extreme. However, a consistent offset of 25 to 50 degrees is actually not that unusual. Hypothetically, that could be 35 degrees miscalibration of the thermostat combined with a 15 degree temperature swing between cycles. I don't know what the typical temperature swing is for a residential oven. ...


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How the temp sensor works. The temperature sensor in a fan such as yours operate as a thermostat. As such there is a scheme in place to open and close a switch based upon the temperature that is sensed. There are various schemes and mechanisms used, some of them mechanical and others electrical or electronic. The most common scheme used is a metal strip or ...


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The temperature probe is internal to the dial mechanism. Due to longer lag times of steam systems vs forced air systems, many steam thermostats have an anticipator setting which compensates by shutting the system off "in anticipation" of its reaching the correct temperature soon. Research your thermostat brand online for this possibility. Your real ...


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Such a variation is not normal unless you are using an abnormally high amount of water so that the water heater does not have enough time to recover. Otherwise, since the heater worked properly when first installed, I would recommend calling the installer.


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Another option is an inline thermostat that will literally cut off all power to the frig once the temp drops below a certain point. That will prevent it from running when the temp is so low it could damage the frig. Something like this: Wiring diagram: It's good for 10 amps which should be plenty for a frig. $18 on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/AGPtek-...


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I don't see how a fridge could keep food above 32º in sub-freezing temperatures unless it was specifically designed for that and has a heater. I assume that's how "The Gladiator" works? Frankly I don't believe that forum where someone claims stuff won't freeze. Maybe if it just dips below freezing for a few hours overnight, but long term there's just no way....


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http://www.smarthome.com/la-crosse-technology-server-room-wireless-temperature-and-humidity-monitor.html plus many others on smarthome.com Another solution is to get an insteon thermostat at smarthome with a universal devices ISY 994i series controller will allow for advanced automation in the future. (disclaimer: I have many insteon devices and a ...


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