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02-16-14, 12:19 PM
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Thanks for the tip, I guess it's a similar...

Thanks for the tip, I guess it's a similar situation to when you call the gas company to say you smell gas. It was a little painful describing the problem to the person on the phone, but once the...
02-15-14, 12:45 PM
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Posted By biking_brian

I had previously checked for loose screws on the...

I had previously checked for loose screws on the breakers. I checked the neutrals in the panel and found a few which could have used a little tightening, but that didn't fix the problem.

Now that...
02-14-14, 07:59 PM
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Views: 3,215
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Lights Dimming When Using Microwave

This is my first time back here in a while, thanks for all the advice over the years!

Recently I've had a problem with all of the incandescent lights in the house dimming whenever turning on the...
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Posted By biking_brian

Weiser/Kwikset/Schlage Question

Two questions:

1. How can I tell if my existing door locks are Kwikset, Schlage, or another brand? There are no markings that I can tell.

2. We're looking at a new front door lock/handle, and...
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Views: 1,512
Posted By biking_brian

For the big noisy 24" and 30" whole house fans at...

For the big noisy 24" and 30" whole house fans at the big box stores, I would agree - but I'm looking into one of these (http://www.tamtech.com/store/hv1000-whole-house-fan-r22,Product.asp) that's...
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Turning on Attic Fan when Whole House Fan is On

Has anyone set up an attic fan to automatically turn on when a whole house fan is turned on? This webpage (http://www.atticfans.com/) has the following to say about the subject:



So where can...
05-01-09, 06:12 AM
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Views: 1,014
Posted By biking_brian

OK, this photo will explain better than a ton of...

OK, this photo will explain better than a ton of words. The tub is already there, just going around it.

DSC05851A on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10534438@N06/3490613181/)
04-30-09, 11:37 PM
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Views: 1,014
Posted By biking_brian

Wire Passing Underneath Bathtub

We're in the middle of a bathroom remodel, and so we have access to the space under the bathtub. We'd like a receptacle on the bedroom wall that is shared with shower/tub stall (picture yourself...
Forum: Water Heaters
02-11-09, 04:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 12,366
Posted By biking_brian

I may not have been clear - my plan is to...

I may not have been clear - my plan is to insulate and drywall the interior walls of the closet, as the WH closet would be considered the outside of the envelope of the house.

My only question is...
Forum: Water Heaters
02-09-09, 08:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 12,366
Posted By biking_brian

Shame on me, I already remodeled the kitchen on...

Shame on me, I already remodeled the kitchen on the other side of the closet, so I can't get to the closet from the inside.

The drywall visible in the original photo is from the back side of the...
Forum: Water Heaters
02-08-09, 10:25 PM
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Views: 12,366
Posted By biking_brian

Insulating Outdoor Water Heater Closet

My gas water heater is in a closet accessible from a door on the exterior of the house, as shown in the photo here: IMG_9591 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!...
02-08-09, 09:58 PM
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Views: 690
Posted By biking_brian

Add Vent Registers When Adding Insulation?

My attic currently has about 4"-6" of rock wool insulation between the joists. My plan is to add unfaced rolls of R-30 on top of that, crosswise to the joists. My single story house is currently...
Forum: Water Heaters
01-21-09, 10:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,325
Posted By biking_brian

Recommended Brands of Gas Water Heaters

I have a Whirlpool Gas Water Heater (model number starts with UG) that is less than a year old and is having problems with the pilot staying lit. I know this is a common problem with this model (and...
01-01-09, 09:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,667
Posted By biking_brian

What you're saying about the code requiring the...

What you're saying about the code requiring the B-vent to be installed per manufacturers instructions and that the manufacturers require a UL listed firestop makes sense - but the advise in that...
12-31-08, 05:29 PM
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Views: 5,667
Posted By biking_brian

Hmmm, I didn't read this until after I wrote my...

Hmmm, I didn't read this until after I wrote my reply above. Oh my, that B-vent was probably added when the floor furnace was installed - which was probably in the late 1960s when natural gas...
12-31-08, 04:10 PM
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Views: 5,667
Posted By biking_brian

Yes, I "flashed" them, there's some good photos...

Yes, I "flashed" them, there's some good photos on pages 1.8 and 1.9 of this file:

http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/publications/pubdocs/DIY_Guide_May_2008.pdf

It was quick and easy enough...
12-31-08, 09:05 AM
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Views: 5,667
Posted By biking_brian

Yes, there are a lot of gaps up there where air...

Yes, there are a lot of gaps up there where air can flow. Good points about the air sealing - I was planning on doing that first even though I didn't mention it in my post. That will be relatively...
12-30-08, 08:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,667
Posted By biking_brian

Adding Attic Insulation - Dealing with Existing Vapor Barrier

My single story house in the mountains of Southern California was built in the 1950s. Half of my unfinished attic is built with 2x4 joists, the other half with 2x6 joists. There are 3" thick rock...
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Views: 4,567
Posted By biking_brian

Cold water valve is on. I am getting cold water,...

Cold water valve is on. I am getting cold water, although the flow is about half of the warm water flow. I can't rule out the possibility of a restriction in my old galvanized plumbing.

So I...
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Views: 4,567
Posted By biking_brian

Kenmore Washer Stuck Between Drain and Rinse Cycles

I have an old Kenmore washing machine, model number 110.82380800. The machine stops after draining and will not go into the rinse cycle. If I turn the timer knob clockwise a bit, that gets it going...
11-17-08, 10:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,082
Posted By biking_brian

When is a Permit Needed?

I know it often depends on the AHJ, but typically....

1. I assume replacing a worn receptacle or switch like-in-kind doesn't require a permit, is that correct?

2. Does replacing an NM cable (or...
11-17-08, 06:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,340
Posted By biking_brian

I grew up in New England, so I can definitely say...

I grew up in New England, so I can definitely say not as cold as there. :) My place in question is cabin in the mountains of So. Cal. - typically low 20s, sometimes in the teens, single digits if...
11-16-08, 09:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,340
Posted By biking_brian

Insulating Floor - Protecting Crawl Space Pipes

I have a followup question to my original post about insulating the floor above my crawl space. The floor joists are 2x6, and the water pipes run parallel to them, but they are about 6" lower than...
11-12-08, 09:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 906
Posted By biking_brian

Code Regarding Grounding When Replacing Switches

I'm replacing switches in my 22 year old house. There are ground wires available in the boxes (all plastic in this house), but the existing switches are old enough not to have ground terminals. My...
11-12-08, 09:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,837
Posted By biking_brian

I thought that my question was so closely related...

I thought that my question was so closely related to the original that it wouldn't be considered "hijacking" - but regardless I would be glad to start a new post.
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