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Whew! I actually have minimum clearance

I took a more precise measurement this time and I discovered that I will have exactly three inches of clearance between the pipe and the fireplace. I don't need to insulate!

Thank you for your...
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Proper insulation to protect PVC pipe for radon system from nearby heat source

I'm having a new direct-vent gas fireplace installed this week. It's larger than my old fireplace which requires enlargement of the wall. The PVC pipe for my radon system runs through the chimney...
03-16-11, 02:20 PM
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Posted By ductbert

No, it's not a saddle valve. It's a proper tee...

No, it's not a saddle valve. It's a proper tee valve.

I had the HVAC guy over again yesterday and, of course, couldn't reproduce the problem. Next time it happens there are a couple of things to...
03-14-11, 08:05 PM
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Posted By ductbert

I wonder if the new shutoff valve that supplies...

I wonder if the new shutoff valve that supplies water to my humidifier has a problem. Since that's the only thing that's changed in my plumbing system it's got to be the culprit. It's a simple...
03-13-11, 09:53 PM
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Posted By ductbert

Vibration in hot water pipe leading to washing machine

Before I had a whole-house humidifier installed in my home I never had any problems with my plumbing. Now I occasionally get a severe noisy vibration (water hammer) when the washing machine fills...
11-28-10, 07:02 PM
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Posted By ductbert

Front window leaks during heavy rain with southwesterly winds

I have a two story home with vinyl siding (no Tyvec wrap :() and a covered front porch. During periods of heavy rain with strong southwesterly winds water drips in through the top of one of the...
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Posted By ductbert

That makes sense. I never thought of the space...

That makes sense. I never thought of the space under the bumpout roof as an attic, but that's exactly what it is: a miniature attic. It is adequately insulated under there.

I'm glad that the...
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Posted By ductbert

I have vented soffit on a bumpout roof. Should I make it unvented?

I have a two story house with a small bump-out wall with roof and soffit at the back door. I had some air sealing and insulation work done there last year underneath the roof. The soffit is vented;...
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Posted By ductbert

Toilet tank fill valve leaks at top during flush but not after

I've been hearing a dripping sound in my toilet tank during a flush, so I decided to take a look at what was happening in there. When I flushed the toilet with the lid water began to steadily drip...
12-14-09, 08:53 PM
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Posted By ductbert

Yes, but a future owner of my home would not. ...

Yes, but a future owner of my home would not. I'd rather play it safe and not do anything questionable. But I found yet another possible solution: rip the old gang box out of the wall and put in a...
12-14-09, 08:42 AM
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Posted By ductbert

I've just learned that I can't do this...I really do need a box.

Those kits that I was looking for are approved for use underground only; if the connector fails the current just runs into the ground. Behind a finished drywall it starts a fire. :alarm:

This...
12-14-09, 07:40 AM
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Posted By ductbert

That Tyco product is just what I needed! Thanks...

That Tyco product is just what I needed! Thanks so much.
12-13-09, 04:00 PM
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Posted By ductbert

An intermediate Thank You

I just wanted to thank everyone who has contributed advice and answers so far. I couldn't have done a great deal of the electrical work that I've done without your help. I know that with your help...
12-13-09, 03:57 PM
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Posted By ductbert

Follow up question: receptacles in the conductor count

Does a receptacle with two outlets count as two conductors, or does it count as four? My understanding is that each device (switch or receptacle) counts as two, but if my understanding is wrong I'm...
12-13-09, 11:48 AM
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Posted By ductbert

Thanks for confirming. I wasn't thinking of...

Thanks for confirming. I wasn't thinking of derating; I just wasn't sure if the traveler counted as a conductor or not. I guess that's what the "3" in 14/3 stands for - three conductors.

I've...
12-13-09, 10:37 AM
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Posted By ductbert

Electrical box volume requirements

To calculate the required box volume for a wiring configuration, I know you count the number of conductors and multiply by 2.0 for #14 wire. All of the examples I've seen involve 14/2 wire. Does...
12-13-09, 10:30 AM
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Posted By ductbert

That's my plan, but I need to extend an existing...

That's my plan, but I need to extend an existing source wire in the wall to reach it. For that I need a splice. I do not want to have to try to get a brand new wire to the original source box and...
12-12-09, 09:20 PM
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Posted By ductbert

Splicing electrical wire outside a gang box

I've got a situation where I need to splice two wires but cannot spare the space inside the gang box. I only have room for a single gang because of adjacent studs. I know you can't connect wires...
12-09-09, 09:04 AM
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Posted By ductbert

Yes, I'm using the big reds, and based on your...

Yes, I'm using the big reds, and based on your answers I feel safe enough to proceed as planned. Thanks everyone for your advice.
12-08-09, 08:41 PM
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Posted By ductbert

How many wires can I fit into a wire cap?

The size that I'm working with says minimum 2 #14 and maximum 5 #12. I need to cap together six #14 wires; I think it's a reasonable assumption that I can connect six wires. I did a test with some...
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Posted By ductbert

I got some good news; I talked to a lighting...

I got some good news; I talked to a lighting specialist and he recommended a better placement for the light and there's no obstructions there. My design was flawed; this problem prevented me from...
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Posted By ductbert

I think the pipe is either a vent pipe for the...

I think the pipe is either a vent pipe for the sewer system or the main drain pipe for the master bathroom sinks.

The electrical wires are the larger factor for my decision. I spoke to an...
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Posted By ductbert

Never mind. Got an answer elsewhere. I've got...

Never mind. Got an answer elsewhere. I've got to scrap the plan.
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Posted By ductbert

Obstructions in the way of recessed can lights

I'm trying to install some recessed lights above my kitchen counters and found I have two potential obstructions: two Romex wires and a PVC pipe. :wall:
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Posted By ductbert

Thanks for the suggestion but undercabinet...

Thanks for the suggestion but undercabinet lighting isn't an option. What I really want to do is validate or invalidate my ceiling lighting plan; am I putting too many fixtures too close together?
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