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05-12-19, 11:19 AM
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Posted By Mad Scientist

If you can find it, there is freeware PC software...

If you can find it, there is freeware PC software called PhoneTrayFree that monitors your phone line through a USB modem and does most of what you're asking.

The only problem is PhoneTrayFree...
05-12-19, 11:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 94
Posted By Mad Scientist

Occasionally my wife works out there, cleaning...

Occasionally my wife works out there, cleaning up, etc., and gets "too hot". If the ThermoCube hasn't kicked on the fan, she is miserable and I hear about it, because she wants me to get the fan...
05-12-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 477
Posted By Mad Scientist

If you're planning to sell the house, you may as...

If you're planning to sell the house, you may as well replace the breaker panel. Any home inspector worth his salt will ding you for the Zinsco breaker panel, especially if you're charging your car...
05-12-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 94
Posted By Mad Scientist

Z-wave with temperature control???

We have a Honeywell TUXWIFIW for a security system keypad, which also acts as a z-wave hub. It's not the most advanced z-wave hub out there, but it works.

We also have a animal shelter out back...
04-05-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 318
Posted By Mad Scientist

In order to get the post effect in your sample...

In order to get the post effect in your sample photo, I would go with 6x6s, in metal post holders and cover the posts with either rough-cut cedar boards or a pvc sleeve made for 6x6 posts.
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Posted By Mad Scientist

Attic fan

I have a newer home (four years old), and the attic gets hot in the summer months. I haven't measured it, but I basically start sweating the moment I go into the attic.

I have two gable...
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Views: 117
Posted By Mad Scientist

Adding a System Sensor 5621 to Vista 21IP

We currently have half a dozen System Sensor 2W-B smoke detectors throughout our home, which are connected to the #1 Fire zone of our Vista 21ip system.

I would like to add a System Sensor...
Replies: 15
Views: 434
Posted By Mad Scientist

For our garden shed, I spaced the rafters 24"...

For our garden shed, I spaced the rafters 24" apart and used 2x6s, with a 3/4" sheathing.

For our goat shelter, I spaced the rafters 16" apart and used 2x4s, with 5/8" sheathing.
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03-04-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 218
Posted By Mad Scientist

Do you simply hate it or wished it was different?...

Do you simply hate it or wished it was different?

I'll keep it and have someone sponge paint the surrounding area a woody-earth-tone type of color, then paint the vines, leaves and grapes the...
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By Mad Scientist

Discontinued part for Remington chainsaw

I thought I would toss this out here, to see if anyone had a possible solution to my problem.

Three years ago, my son gave me a Remington RM5118 chainsaw as a birthday present. Since then it has...
Replies: 3
Views: 203
Posted By Mad Scientist

One keypad is still on the main board. The...

One keypad is still on the main board. The other two are on the aux board due to them being the biggest power hogs.

My smoke alarms are two wire. And I have the negative jumper wire...
03-03-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By Mad Scientist

The garage door sensor wire is usually...

The garage door sensor wire is usually un-shielded. Running it next to regular electrical wire "could" interfere with the sensors signal to the garage door opener. Thus causing a dangerous...
Replies: 17
Views: 532
Posted By Mad Scientist

I had that sort of problem years ago in a...

I had that sort of problem years ago in a previous house. It turned out either the previous home owner or roofer used a non-galvanized nail, that rusted and allowed water to seep in.

The...
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By Mad Scientist

What router are you using? Generally for...

What router are you using?

Generally for wireless cameras, I suggest a second (higher-end) router to control the wireless bandwidth of the cameras. Have the second router on different...
Replies: 3
Views: 203
Posted By Mad Scientist

Honeywell AD12612 battery requirements

Hello Everyone!

We have a Honeywell Vista 21ip system. My wife wanted another keypad by the basement door, so she can arm/disarm the alarm when she is out working in the garden. I got...
12-30-18, 02:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By Mad Scientist

Thank you one and all! I'll plan to move ahead...

Thank you one and all! I'll plan to move ahead with a standard faucet and adapt if necessary.
12-29-18, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By Mad Scientist

Kitchen faucet for a mobile home

Okay, I'm totally lost here. A widow who attends our church with us, lives in a mobile home. Her kitchen faucet is leaking and beyond repair ..... the housing is cracked. We have the water turned off...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,338
Posted By Mad Scientist

I would cut and fill with rigid foam board, then...

I would cut and fill with rigid foam board, then use spray foam to fill in the areas that are not fitting tight.
Replies: 2
Views: 174
Posted By Mad Scientist

Need help with lamp switch terminology

We have an old table lamp where the switch has gone bad. The problem is I'm not sure what to look for when hunting for a replacement switch. It sort works like a three-way switch.

It has a...
11-24-18, 09:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By Mad Scientist

Yep, I found the thickness of the wainscot, it is...

Yep, I found the thickness of the wainscot, it is thin. The Armstrong Country planks look good, I might go that route. Thanks!
11-24-18, 09:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By Mad Scientist

I'd back up, take down the cabinets, rip out...

I'd back up, take down the cabinets, rip out everything to studs, bring the wiring up to code, re-insulate with fiberglass batt insulation, install sheetrock, mud, sand, paint, and re-install...
11-24-18, 08:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 339
Posted By Mad Scientist

From just your post, I'd go with option 3. ...

From just your post, I'd go with option 3. Running wire 120' to service more than 50A will get expensive quick.

However there are a few questions that should be answered before a definite...
11-23-18, 10:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By Mad Scientist

Opinions needed for a basement ceiling

My wife wants to finish part of our basement and install a wood burning stove. We had a flue installed when the house was built three years ago. So most of the logistics for the stove has been...
08-08-18, 03:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 464
Posted By Mad Scientist

Generally, early autumn is the best time to seed...

Generally, early autumn is the best time to seed or sod grass. For Wisconsin, I'm guessing mid-September. The temps should be in the mid-60s during the day. If you sod, either hire a company to...
08-05-18, 06:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 259
Posted By Mad Scientist

You "should" be able to simply unscrew and remove...

You "should" be able to simply unscrew and remove the sprinkler heads, attach a riser and reattach the head to the sprinkler system. The risers are relatively cheap. You'll need to measure the...
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