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Twilight Zone

Something very strange occurred two nights ago at 12:00 midnight. I woke up at 11:55 and got out of bed. We have a JBL surround system installed in the ceiling of the living room, and I have a Yamaha...
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I took the top of the tank off again and saw that...

I took the top of the tank off again and saw that the float ball was hanging between the pump and the side of the tank. The float was touching the side of the tank. I loosened the cable clamp that...
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Having considered the problem some more, I am...

Having considered the problem some more, I am going to remove the top of the lift tank again in a couple of days and relocate the float so that the cable runs over the top of the pump, which would...
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Uplift pump mystery

I have built my own house and installed both a sump pump and an uplift pump in the basement floor. The sump pump works fine. The only line running into the uplift pump is the line for the rough...
12-16-13, 04:00 PM
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Kenmore Oven Failure

My daughter and her family have a Kenmore Model No. 790-70602014 stove. The oven fails to heat at all. Assuming that the igniter was bad, I replaced it. No difference. The display over the stove...
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The main level will have an air tight wood...

The main level will have an air tight wood burning fireplace. It is actually a Napoleon fireplace insert with twin blowers. We have had it for years in our old house and it works great.

I did...
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Tall Fireplace Chimney

I am in the process of building a farm style house with a wrap around porch. There will be a fireplace on the main level and a gas fireplace in the basement, both with the flue and small exhaust...
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Thanks for the comments, guys. It is as I...

Thanks for the comments, guys. It is as I suspected, taste and costs.

Chuck
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Baseboard Finish

I am in the process of building a new house, which is a typical farm style with wide porch, etc. All of the floors in the house will be either oak planking with some ceramic tile in the bath and...
08-26-13, 03:10 PM
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Online Load Calculator Manual J

Today, I found this load calculator based upon Manual J.

HVAC Load Calculation - Maunualj - Whole House Loadcalc (http://www.loadcalc.net/)

It is fairly easy to use provided that you have the...
08-26-13, 04:44 AM
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Thanks so much for the replies. Your suggestions...

Thanks so much for the replies. Your suggestions were about what I had thought. I have a daughter-in-law who has a degree in architectural engineering and worked for a big company sizing HVAC...
08-25-13, 08:59 AM
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Split system calculator for new house

I am in the process of building a new country style house, and have read that it is important to size the AC unit correctly because it both cools and dehumidifies the interior of the house. I also...
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The discharge line piping is 1 1/2" PVC, so there...

The discharge line piping is 1 1/2" PVC, so there is no flex. I did find a check valve that everyone raved about. It is called the Brady, by Campbell Manufacturing, and is available on Amazon.
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08-09-13, 06:03 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I have Anderson windows...

Thanks for the replies. I have Anderson windows in my present home, and will look at a real window seller for my new house.

Chuck
08-09-13, 01:40 PM
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Windows for 2x6 wall new construction

I just came back from a big box store looking for suitable windows for a new house that I am building. After looking, I am confused about what to buy.

The house is a farm style with wide covered...
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Thanks for the replies. I will try a different...

Thanks for the replies. I will try a different check valve that closes slower.

I am almost certain that there are drain tiles on the outside of the basement walls along the footings. The grading...
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Sump Pump Discharge Line Bangs

When my house was built, the 1 1/2" discharge line for the sump pump in the basement was run up and then through the first floor trusses to the outside of the house. There is a backflow valve in the...
07-17-13, 02:20 PM
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Thanks to all who replied. I will get a copy of...

Thanks to all who replied. I will get a copy of Wiring Simplified. I should have thought of that first.

I think that I am on the right track with the Polaris or Morris insulated connectors and a...
07-17-13, 10:36 AM
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Some solutions

To my surprise, I did find the following thread.

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/electrical-c-d-c/489106-junction-box-before-service-panels.html#b

Evidently, there are various connectors out...
07-17-13, 09:53 AM
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Main Residence Service Wire Junction Box

Hi,
I am in the process of building a new house, and have just run the main electric service wire from the meter to the back of our detached garage. From there, it runs to the back of the house. ...
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Vent

czizzi, that is a brilliant analysis. The basement bathroom is under the front of the house and there are no vents through the roof there. I will go into the attic to see how the vent line is run...
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Toilet Flush

Czizzi, thanks for the reply. The toilet flushes fine, with just the usual push on the handle. However, as the "package" goes down the sewer drain line, a negative pressure or vacuum is created in...
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Toilet Vacuum Revisited

The unclogging of the bar sink drain was not related to the toilet vacuum issue in the basement bathroom. It still creates a vacuum on the flapper unless the flush handle is held down for about 5...
03-30-13, 07:09 AM
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Mirror Removal

I have tried to remove large mirrors from a bath wall, and always ended up breaking them, which seems to be Marksr's experience. The builders use either mastic glue or some large, double-sided tape....
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Clogged Vent Line Solution

Well, I learned how drain bladders work, bought a medium size one for my 1 1/2" drain, and used it. Here is how:

First, it is a good idea to go to youtube to see how a drain bladder functions. ...
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