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replace UV boot or get remanufactured axle?

I believe there are two ways to fix a torn UV boot:
(1) take it apart and replace the boot(s)
(2) trade it in for a remanufactured axle with new boots

What are the pros and cons of the two...
08-04-19, 05:51 PM
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wasp in sidings!

Wasps are flying in and out of gaps in sidings above my front door. Apparently there is a wasp nest in the wall.

How do I get rid of them? I don't want people to get stung when entering or leaving...
06-10-19, 11:26 AM
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remote electrical usage vs time monitoring?

I would like to monitor the power usage of a dehumidifier in my crawlspace without going into the crawlspace.

I want to see a chart of power usage vs time in 1-minute or finer resolution, on a...
04-24-19, 03:33 PM
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House number plaque trap moisture?

I want to put house number on a wood plaque and then screw the plaque to the siding (painted wood). Do I have to worry moisture getting trapped between the plaque and the siding, and eventually...
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Prevent outdoor nest camera theft?

I want to mount a nest camera outside my front door.

The camera operates over wifi, and need only power supplied over its USB cable.

In theory, I just have to attach the camera's magnetic base...
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What is and isn't a CFL?

Today I brought what I thought was a CFL to a store for recycling. A staff told me it is a fluorescent lamp and is not accepted. I disagreed and she went and asked another staff who also said it was...
04-03-19, 03:53 PM
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If you have a weak connection, you could...

If you have a weak connection, you could sometimes measured a "ghost" voltage at the non functioning outlets. However, if there is a load anywhere on the circuit (e.g. a light that's switched on even...
04-03-19, 10:40 AM
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Posted By GroundCurrent

I think of two possibly explanations: (1)...

I think of two possibly explanations:

(1) The two GFCIs you have requires higher current to trip than the usual 5mA. I read that GFCIs for swimming pool require 20mA to trip.

(2) Your tester...
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Posted By GroundCurrent

Thermostatic valves for sink?

Are there pressure balance valve or thermostatic valves for bathroom sink faucets?

My shower has a pressure balance valve and keeps the water temperature more or less constant even when someone...
02-27-19, 04:22 PM
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Posted By GroundCurrent

If there is 5V on your pipe, then the neighbor...

If there is 5V on your pipe, then the neighbor who has open neutral would have outlets with at least 5V less than normal.


Can this be used to find the house with the open neutral -- measure each...
02-27-19, 11:43 AM
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Posted By GroundCurrent

But if other neighbors have their pipes bonded to...

But if other neighbors have their pipes bonded to neutral(electrical ground), there should still be no voltage difference between the pipes and neutral (electrical ground), should there?
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Safe to use zip ties in a dishwasher?

My dishwasher has fold down tines that would collapse on its own if fully loaded. I can prevent the collapse with a few zip ties. And if I ever need to fold down the tines again, I can cut off the...
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Posted By GroundCurrent

Prevent heater remote from getting lost

I have a space heater like this...
10-02-18, 06:19 PM
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Posted By GroundCurrent

That is what I meant "tested to have large amount...

That is what I meant "tested to have large amount of mold spores"
10-02-18, 12:52 PM
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ideas to find hidden mold in crawlspace?

My crawlspace has been tested (by two independent contractors) to have large amount of mold spores in the air. The mold spores leak into the living area and causes allergic reaction.

There is no...
09-27-18, 01:37 PM
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Posted By GroundCurrent

The best long term solution is to prevent the...

The best long term solution is to prevent the water from reaching the foundation. Sometimes there is no solution (e.g. high water table) but sometimes there is.
09-27-18, 01:32 PM
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Posted By GroundCurrent

Another factor in locating the dehumidifier is...

Another factor in locating the dehumidifier is noise issue. If your dehumidifier can be heard from the living area, then you may want to put it somewhere that has the least impact (e.g. away from...
09-27-18, 01:21 PM
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Posted By GroundCurrent

Any thickness would work as a vapor barrier....

Any thickness would work as a vapor barrier. However, thin ones may tear when crawled on. Typical vapor barrier sold or installed by contractors are 10 to 20 mil thick. I suggest you first install...
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Posted By GroundCurrent

Never would have thought of using shop vac. Great...

Never would have thought of using shop vac. Great idea.
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Posted By GroundCurrent

utility pump for emptying toilet?

I seem to have alot of leaky toilets seals. Hence the need to streamline the job.

When you need to remove a toilet and you don't want to flush the water down, what kind of pump is best for...
09-17-18, 12:00 PM
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Posted By GroundCurrent

partial retile?

There is a small room in my bathroom that houses the toilet and nothing else. The toilet has leaked and the subfloor warped. Now the tiles are not flat This makes it difficult to re install toilet...
09-10-18, 11:44 AM
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Posted By GroundCurrent

maintenance free and good looking shower?

I have a tiled shower that leaks that I want to tear out and replace with a shower that requires no maintenance (grout sealing) and never leaks. Is a prefab shower the only option?

Most prefab...
08-23-18, 10:49 PM
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Posted By GroundCurrent

Odor generator for air leak test?

I think attic air is leaking into the bedroom below after I went up the attic to replace a bath fan. The attic air has an odor and if I breathe this for an hour or more my throat starts to burn/hurt....
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Posted By GroundCurrent

You can get a basic wireless router for less than...

You can get a basic wireless router for less than $20, then set it up as a bridge.

Double check the manual to make sure it has a bridge mode before buying. I think most of them has this mode....
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Posted By GroundCurrent

I believe it comes with a setup utility that...

I believe it comes with a setup utility that guides you through network setup etc. You can probably download that utility from brother's web site.
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