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09-15-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 158
Posted By sonofprim

If you are going to have to convert some things...

If you are going to have to convert some things anyway, I suggest converting to 12V LEDs and some type of transformer. You don't need a lot of lumens for a china cabinet.
09-03-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 435
Posted By sonofprim

My suggestions: Get with a friend and spend...

My suggestions:
Get with a friend and spend time to map out both of your houses. Do this with spouses and children out of the house so they won't be bothered by power getting switched on and off. ...
02-26-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 522
Posted By sonofprim

Another circulator pump option

Consider also the pump. This also pumps the cooled hot water back through the cold line or through a new return line if you can run one. But instead of running on a timer , you...
Forum: Water Heaters
02-09-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 423
Posted By sonofprim

Pressure reduction valve.

Looks like that to me. And likely should be replaced. Shark bites are OK but could get pricey if you need a lot of them. But, still much cheaper than most plumbers would charge. Don't forget to...
10-29-18, 09:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By sonofprim

More on the theory;
I picked this image up from an earlier forum posting. This diagram shows the...
10-27-18, 03:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 436
Posted By sonofprim

Be careful and test for leaks.

As a DIYer, I've done natural gas lines in two homes. These were for water heater relocations, stove relocations, dryers, and gas grills. I've also done gas grill lines in my LP home. All my work...
09-06-18, 01:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 292
Posted By sonofprim

New GFCI breaker can be hard to reset

Breaer may just need to be reset hard. New breakers often come logically tripped. They need to be reset to carry current. Some brands require great force to do that reset. I forget which brands...
08-14-18, 10:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 650
Posted By sonofprim

Subpanel feed lacks ground?

Am I missing something, or does this subpage lack a required ground supplied from the master panel?
07-24-18, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 715
Posted By sonofprim

Since your are asking how to unscrew the stem...

Since your are asking how to unscrew the stem nut, not the packing nut, my suggestion, beyond trying some type penetrating lubricant, is:
put a hose fitting on the hose threads so you don't bung...
07-21-18, 10:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By sonofprim

I would think your outside line is more likely...

I would think your outside line is more likely polyethylene (PE) rather than PVC. This is much more common in my area, and in more recent construction. In this use, the PE pipe is connected with a...
07-14-18, 06:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 697
Posted By sonofprim

Most likely a foundation drain

Originally intalled, a foundation drain would be carrying water away from the house. It's purpose woulld have been the exact purpose you are trying to recreate.
These drains can become clogged...
Forum: Water Heaters
04-30-18, 10:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 411
Posted By sonofprim

Rheem has been making this type for many years --...

Rheem has been making this type for many years -- "Rheem Marathon". It's my impression that they have been successful in service. Basically, the heating elements screw into the tank just like into...
04-16-18, 07:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 345
Posted By sonofprim

I'm surprised no one replied with any suggestions...

I'm surprised no one replied with any suggestions yet. Here are my suggestions.
I'm assuming you want to locate a condensate pump next to the furnace/air handler, on the right side as seen in the...
04-16-18, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 535
Posted By sonofprim

I'd still consider a no-hub for the connector.

I like Pilot Dane's plan overall, but making the replacement connection with a no-hub would allow future examination/inspection without having to cut the pipe again.
03-26-18, 09:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,384
Posted By sonofprim

Look into if you can program one of these to do what you want.

See This is designed to control networking equipment -- reboot if connectivity is lost, but it allows direct programmed control of multiple...
03-06-18, 07:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By sonofprim

Sharkbite doesn't recommend reusing fittings...

I thought the quick connect/disconnect was a great feature. But Sharkbite indicates
at Plumbing and Fitting Problem FAQs | SharkBite (

Q: Is a...
03-06-18, 07:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By sonofprim

CW not CCW. At the fixture can save headaches in the future.

Of course gunguy45 meant CW to shut off. For the minimal additional cost, a shutoff at the fixture is more than a convenience. Who wants to run down to basement when water, or the overflow from a...
Forum: Water Heaters
03-02-18, 08:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,174
Posted By sonofprim

T&P Valve Relocation -- Dangerous

Moving the T&P valve out of the tank reduces its ability to protect the tank, house, etc. I can't imagine and inspector approving this.
03-02-18, 07:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 895
Posted By sonofprim

Is two-pound possible for you...

Don't know if they are doing it in your service area, but in Northern Virginia 30 years ago, some houses were converted from all electric to both electric and gas with the two-pound system. This...
03-02-18, 07:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,326
Posted By sonofprim

Check valve leaking??

Maybe there is a check valve that is slowly allowing water to leak back down into the well.
03-02-18, 07:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 604
Posted By sonofprim

Possibly a dry trap....

If that is possible, just pour some bleach and water in it at first, and then follow up with a few cup of water every few weeks. If this only started happening recently, maybe it is because you...
11-09-17, 08:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,978
Posted By sonofprim

The earlier link to was correct.

Their "Special Connector" was perfect for the job. It lets my water line come out parallel and next to the wall. Lets the fridge be pushed back very close to the wall without kinking. I think this...
10-24-17, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,978
Posted By sonofprim

Gunguy45: Thanks for the link, as the "SPECIAL...

Gunguy45: Thanks for the link, as the "SPECIAL Female Compression x Male Compression 90 Elbow" might work. When I searched their site earlier, I wasn't finding it. Searching again, the keyword...
10-24-17, 12:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,978
Posted By sonofprim

skaggsje: Everything I've seen in compression...

skaggsje: Everything I've seen in compression 90's is configured with male threads, i.e. to receive a female threaded hose/tube connector. Can you provide a link? What I would need would have a...
10-24-17, 11:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,978
Posted By sonofprim

Right Angle fitting for Fridge Water Line

I have a pretty standard water supply situation for my fridge Ice Maker and Thru door water. The valve outlet points straight out from, the valve inlet is a solvent weld to a CPVC water line. I'd...
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