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CFL's in motion sensing fixture

CFL's will not work in my motion sensing outdoor floods. Can I remove the motion sensing device and make it a regular fixture? If so how do I do that.
12-14-09, 10:42 PM
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Posted By Brakeman

No heat during defrost

I have a 3 y/o Goodman HP with a Goodman piggyback propane furnace. My problem is that the furnace does not operate during defrost cycles and I get cold air. Since I do not have electric heat...
12-07-09, 09:18 AM
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Posted By Brakeman

thermostat location question

How far from the air return can I place the thermostat and it work efficiently.
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Convert motion sensor floods to regular floods

I have motion sensor flood lights and want to use flourescent blulbs. Since the flourescent will not work in motion sensor fixtures can I remove the motion sensor so it work the same as a standard...
11-19-08, 05:29 AM
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Posted By Brakeman

Built my house in 2006 and installed AWT (now...

Built my house in 2006 and installed AWT (now bankrupt) vinyl single hung EnergyStar rated windows. Worst mistake I made in my house. Every window has air infiltration at the corners near the...
11-18-08, 06:57 PM
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Posted By Brakeman

Aux. heat set point

I have a 5-ton Goodman heat pump with a piggy back propane furnace for auxillary heat. The outside temp sensor is currently set at 37* for the gas furnace to operate. Can I operate my heat pump at...
11-18-08, 06:49 PM
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Posted By Brakeman

Thermostat relocation - wireless remote stat

I would like to use a wireless thermostat - leaving the receiver where the current stat is located - and either mount the stat in another part of the hall or use a movable stat. Do you have any...
11-17-08, 02:38 PM
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Thermostat location

My stat is located in a deadend hall about 4' past the air return (mounted in the ceiling). Only one bedroom and a bath are at the end of the hall right next to the stat. (L shaped hall with the...
01-01-08, 08:52 AM
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Posted By Brakeman

Did you notice any reduction in utility bills...

Did you notice any reduction in utility bills when you began using this stat and did it even out the temps in the house.
12-31-07, 09:36 AM
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Posted By Brakeman

Remote wireless thermostat

My thermostat is in an L shaped hall where the air return is in the ceiling. The temperature in the hall takes a long time to reach the thermostat setting. The rooms are generally 3 degrees...
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Posted By Brakeman

Motion activated floods

I have 4 outside flood lights on one circuit. Can I install a motion activated fixture on each light location. Some literature I have read says only one per switch.
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Posted By Brakeman

Thanks for the help

Thanks for the useful information. Seems I was heading in the right direction but needed a slight course correction.
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Spraying walls?

I am building a new home and have just finished priming the walls/ceilings with an airless sprayer. I also used the sprayer to spray the ceilings. I plan on spraying the base and door trim with a...
01-30-06, 04:04 PM
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Posted By Brakeman

Caulk or filler

So painters putty is different from filler - I take it it doesn't need sanding.
01-30-06, 02:48 PM
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Posted By Brakeman

caulk or wood filler

I have just completed installing all the trim in my home. What I need to know is can I use the same caulk that I am running along the top to fill the small gaps to fill the nail holes on the MDF...
01-16-06, 09:17 PM
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Posted By Brakeman

Thanks for the info!

I tried the hammer trick on one window and it worked out ok - I just didn't know if the pros had a better way. Hammer it is! :D
01-16-06, 03:36 PM
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Posted By Brakeman

Window casing

I am installing window casing on newly installed windows. In a few places the sheetrock sticks out about 1//8" to 1/4" from the window jamb. What do I do in order to get the sheetrock even with...
01-08-06, 03:45 PM
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Posted By Brakeman

15 ga. vs. 16 ga.

Thanks for the info. My next question is 15 ga. vs. 16 ga. I can buy a 16 ga. 2 1/2" nailer for much less than the 15 ga. shooting the same length.
Does the small difference in gauge make that...
01-07-06, 03:26 PM
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Posted By Brakeman

18 ga. brad nailer?

I am installing MDF speed base and FJ 445 casing. Will an 18 ga. brad nailer be enough to hold the molding?
12-22-05, 03:47 PM
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Posted By Brakeman

Removing sanding dust from drywall?

My drywall sub has just finished the final sanding and now I need to get the dust off in order to prime. What is the best and quickest way to get it off.
12-16-05, 03:47 AM
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Posted By Brakeman

Window Stool

I had the same problem. I ordered my vinyl windows with jambs attached and realized after they were installed that attaching a stool would be a problem. I purchased standard stool stock from my...
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Posted By Brakeman

Grab bars in shower

I need to install grab bars in a shower. This is new construction and I need to know the height of the wall reinforcement before the backer board goes on. I have tried a google search but have...
11-27-05, 05:14 PM
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Posted By Brakeman

1 x 4 window trim

I would like some opinions about using a 5/4 trim board around a vinyl window with brick mould. The siding will be Hardi smooth lap. The 5/4 board will fit flush with the brick mould projection. ...
11-21-05, 05:35 PM
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Posted By Brakeman

After the fascia has been put on there should be...

After the fascia has been put on there should be enough room. Can the drip edge be installed after the shingles are on? There will not, however, be enough room for the shingle board.
11-21-05, 02:15 PM
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Posted By Brakeman

Fascia Board and shingle board

I have not installed the fascia or shingle strip to the subfascia but the roofer has completed his work and not left enough overhang for a shingle strip. Will it be ok to leave this off. I will be...
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