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Water temperature in upper shower

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 ...
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Meausure the temperature of a fridge

There are special thermometers for refrigerator & freezer use. I have a Rubbermaid thermometer (amazon link) in my garage fridge compartment and another in its freezer. This showed me my freezer ...
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Remotely tracking room temperature with smartphone, tablet or laptop

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 ...
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What type of refrigeration is recommend in a cabin with sub-freezing temperatures?

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 ...
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Remotely tracking room temperature with smartphone, tablet or laptop

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 ...
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What exactly do the range of numbers (1 to 7) mean on the temperature knob/dial on a basic window air conditioning unit?

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 ...
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Is it useful to paint outdoor conduit white to reduce the temperature?

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 ...
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How to heatproof an eastward sliding glass door

The blinds absorb energy from the sun, but your problem is... they're inside. So the sun just heats the blinds, which then heat the room. Blinds or curtains make the room darker, but they do nothing ...
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Remotely tracking room temperature with smartphone, tablet or laptop

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. ...
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What exactly do the range of numbers (1 to 7) mean on the temperature knob/dial on a basic window air conditioning unit?

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 ...
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Will adding a gas line wick heat out of my house?

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 ...
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Heating mystery following replacement windows

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 ...
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Heating mystery following replacement windows

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 ...
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Options for a small, single room AC with no windows, no drainage possibilities, and not water vapor based

Put a box fan in the door, and let the central AC handle it.
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Options for a small, single room AC with no windows, no drainage possibilities, and not water vapor based

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 ...
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How can I check my hot water heater temperature? Isn't 120 degrees cold?

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 ...
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AC not turning on until well over 4 degrees of set temp

Thermostat controls will always have some hysteresis between the ON detect temperature and the shut back off temperature. This is necessary so that the AC unit wouldn't be toggling on and off all the ...
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Liquid in Clothes Washing Machine for balance?

The washers are shipped with water in them. The reason is that, at the factory, they have to test them before shipping. Which means you hook them up and turn them on. Washing machines don't drain 100% ...
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How do I read circuit breaker temperature ratings?

60/75°C Wire — All circuit breakers rated 125 A or less are marked for use with 60° C, 60/75°C or 75°C only wire. This marking indicates the proper wire size for termination in accordance with Table ...
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Is there any reason (code or otherwise) to not vent one room into another?

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 ...
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Making sure old Honeywell Thermostat (round dial) doesn't turn on

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 ...
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How can I keep a hanging cloth hydrated?

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 ...
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How can I predict now the heat sinks that will appear in winter?

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, ...
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Why is shower water temperature not adjustable?

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 ...
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Why don't any of my electric ovens actually keep the temperature that is displayed?

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 ...
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Electric stove burner starts and stays on high on lowest setting. Infinite switch passes ohmmeter tests

It's likely that your switches have gone bad and need to be replaced. I had the same problem on a similar model last year. The way these switches work is with a bimetallic strip (similar to the way ...
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Condensing boiler outlet temperature for floor radiant

The baseboard is what requires the high temperatures, if all was UFH 40°C flow would have been more than enough, baseboard require quite high temperatures to be able to heat decently. UFH is great if ...
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Solar System wires seem hot

111 °F or 43.89 °C is an utterly unremarkable temperature for wires or breakers. Warm, at most, not "hot." 60°C (140 °F) is the lowest wire/cable rating, most breakers and some cables/wires ...
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Visual indicator of cable temperature

There are a variety of adhesive thermometers available in many different temperature ranges that you could tape onto the cords for a quick reference without needing to grab a tool or touch the cable. ...
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