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03-17-19, 05:33 PM
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Posted By chimpywrench

Building a very heavy wood fence

I have some fencing that needs to be replaced soon. In the interest of privacy & blocking street noise, I'd like to come up with a very heavy design. I first thought about concrete/stone, but I...
09-29-18, 10:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By chimpywrench

Thanks guys, I'll post some more photos and...

Thanks guys, I'll post some more photos and thoughts after I get a couple finished. I just have them set into place right now while I'm waiting for a warmer day to actually install them.
09-29-18, 10:23 AM
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Views: 437
Posted By chimpywrench

Is the cladding generally installed before the...

Is the cladding generally installed before the window, covering the entirety of the old wood window casing? Or is it generally installed after, butting to the new vinyl window and then caulked?
09-28-18, 06:31 PM
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Views: 437
Posted By chimpywrench

Ok, I'll go for the Quad. I can see why...

Ok, I'll go for the Quad.

I can see why wrapping up the casing is attractive, as even when you're not going for perfect quality, prepping an old window casing to paint is fairly time consuming. ...
09-28-18, 12:02 PM
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Views: 437
Posted By chimpywrench

Thanks for the tips. I see what you're saying...

Thanks for the tips. I see what you're saying about the crack/gap where the exterior stop meets the casing. I was planning on expanding foam all around the vinyl window, but will caulk everything...
09-28-18, 09:00 AM
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Views: 437
Posted By chimpywrench

Prepping old wood casing for new vinyl replacement window

I live in a historic area and where all of the houses are 100+ years old and generally have very old double hung, single pane windows plus aluminum storms. I usually restore the wood sashes and keep...
08-27-18, 10:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 627
Posted By chimpywrench

I've given away barrels of wood shavings,...

I've given away barrels of wood shavings, sawdust, topsoil, etc.... many times. It works to an extent, but my average experience is that it actually ends up being more work to give it away then to...
08-25-18, 05:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By chimpywrench

18 degree air temp drop from incoming to outgoing...

18 degree air temp drop from incoming to outgoing air while the unit is running? I should be able to test that pretty easily with a couple little wifi thermostats.

Outdoor unit probably hasn't...
08-25-18, 05:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 627
Posted By chimpywrench

I may eventually buy a dump trailer for many...

I may eventually buy a dump trailer for many reasons, but I still wouldn't just heap lawn clippings directly into it and let it pile up for a week or two. It would get soupy piled onto hot metal for...
08-25-18, 10:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 627
Posted By chimpywrench

So you guys are saying you can leave the...

So you guys are saying you can leave the clippings on the lawn in a way that when someone walks through, they won't just end up tracking lawn clippings into the house? That's been my experience in...
08-25-18, 10:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 627
Posted By chimpywrench

How to store lawn clippings

I own several properties in a 1-2 block area and we do a lot of mowing, raking etc... and we fill up paper leaf bags pretty quickly. We load them onto my utility trailer and make a run to the local...
08-25-18, 09:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By chimpywrench

I do appreciate the replies guys but you're all...

I do appreciate the replies guys but you're all kind of treating me like I'm dumb. I have multiple properties all within a one block area and I track the utilities. I have wifi thermostats in the...
08-24-18, 04:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By chimpywrench

I mentioned in my original post that the average...

I mentioned in my original post that the average monthly temp between months of comparison was the same. Meaning I'm using a lot more kwh this summer for roughly the same cooling load. The bills...
08-24-18, 03:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By chimpywrench

There is nothing in the attic. I believe air...

There is nothing in the attic. I believe air flow to the vents is as good as it ever was. Nothing with the system has been changed.

I haven't opened up the unit to check if the condenser needs...
08-24-18, 02:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By chimpywrench

Cooling bills up 50% this summer

Hey Guys,

At one of my houses the electricity usage is up about 50% over previous years. This is comparing months with the same average outdoor temp and the indoor temp is about the same. The...
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Views: 322
Posted By chimpywrench

Can anyone identify this outdoor sensor?

Does anyone know what this outdoor sensor is? My neighbor mounted it to his house, pointed at my house. Sorry the photo is a bit blurry, it was taken from a distance.

It could just be a light...
03-02-18, 11:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By chimpywrench

So "gas" inherently means radiators and not...

So "gas" inherently means radiators and not forced air heat? I wouldn't have guessed that.

Maybe I'll test it out with a multimeter first before installing.
03-02-18, 08:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By chimpywrench

Unify Radiators and Forced Air Cooling into One Thermostat

I'm working on a new house that has hot water radiator heat throughout, plus 2 zones of forced air cooling. Right now there are three thermostats. I'm going to keep the upper floor a/c thermostat,...
12-25-17, 01:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,889
Posted By chimpywrench

Funny thing is that I was thinking all about...

Funny thing is that I was thinking all about safety when considering the wire. I finally did some simple calculations and realized running 12V out to a 24W light (or 2 or 3 as I was thinking) is...
12-23-17, 11:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,889
Posted By chimpywrench

The link in your previous post was for CCA wire,...

The link in your previous post was for CCA wire, that's what prompted my comment.
12-23-17, 02:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,889
Posted By chimpywrench

I would not choose CCA wire for any application.

I would not choose CCA wire for any application.
12-23-17, 02:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,889
Posted By chimpywrench

I have some spots where I may want to place 2-3...

I have some spots where I may want to place 2-3 24W lights pointed in different directions, so now we're looking at around 6A total on the line. 16awg with a 10A fuse seems like it should be ok. ...
12-23-17, 08:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,889
Posted By chimpywrench

CL2 speaker cable was going to be my first choice...

CL2 speaker cable was going to be my first choice as it's rated for in-wall and is readily available and fairly cheap. However I'd probably want to source some suitable for outdoor install (UV...
12-22-17, 10:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,889
Posted By chimpywrench

Code for low voltage lighting wiring.

I need to install some 12VDC infrared flood lights on or around the outside of the house to illuminate the exterior for security cameras. These lights can pull 2-3A each and need to be wired safely....
11-19-17, 06:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 526
Posted By chimpywrench

I'm doing the work myself so it won't be too...

I'm doing the work myself so it won't be too expensive. A few hundred dollars for thermostats and 6" duct dampers. I just don't know much about the zone controllers and if they'll do what I want.
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