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04-04-12, 11:06 AM
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Posted By DavidT

Isn't backwiring no longer allowed on 12 GA and...

Isn't backwiring no longer allowed on 12 GA and larger? No a fan of it, seen many loose wires backwired. But if nothing else works...
04-04-12, 10:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,019
Posted By DavidT

Yes that pic looks like it. No pressure plate...

Yes that pic looks like it. No pressure plate that I saw. Forming loops with long nose pliers. I will try again with longer loop instructions inside package say 3/4" lead to be used, I was shorter...
04-03-12, 10:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,019
Posted By DavidT

Trouble wiring double-pole 30A switch for water heater

Have been trying to wire a Levitan heavy duty double-pole 30A switch for a disconnect on a water heater. It says it can handle 10ga straight wire but I have broken two of them trying to get the wires...
Replies: 18
Views: 8,764
Posted By DavidT

System programming reference

I am glad to see the answers in this thread... but it makes me wonder where I can get docs on features like "setting hw1 to 5"... what is 5 and what other options are there? I'd like to get the whole...
12-28-09, 06:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,556
Posted By DavidT

It seems like it's a lot cheaper than the manual...

It seems like it's a lot cheaper than the manual one... at least used on ebay... and so if it makes the job easier and/or quicker than the manual I would consider it. I will be doing the water supply...
12-28-09, 03:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,556
Posted By DavidT

Wirsbo / Uponor Pex Air Expander Tool

Does anyone have experience and thoughts on the pros and cons for the air expander tool? This is driven by pneumatic pressure but I cannot find a vid to see how it operates. Anyway, there are a few...
12-19-09, 01:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,080
Posted By DavidT

How best to seal foundation sleeve?

Running 1" PE tubing into a foundation wall below grade, through a 1-1/2" ABS sleeve... what is best way to seal the PE-ABS gap/joint and the ABS to concrete connection? Haven't found a caulk that...
12-08-09, 10:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,778
Posted By DavidT

Thanks for the reply Shacko. First I should...

Thanks for the reply Shacko. First I should mention that I am mainly contemplating polyethyene pipe, PE, not PEX (although I may end using the latter if it bends more easily). I don't think this info...
12-08-09, 12:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,778
Posted By DavidT

Connecting PE to water meter

I am running 1" PE to water meter to replace a 100 yr old galvanized pipe. I have a few questions:

1) I was planning to make the connection between the union and the PE pipe using a brass 1" barb...
Forum: Water Heaters
11-08-09, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 993
Posted By DavidT

Thanks Lefty for your very helpful reply. ...

Thanks Lefty for your very helpful reply.

The test light I used was one that is "specially" designed for testing water heaters (according to the package) -- do you still say I need to use the ohm...
Forum: Water Heaters
11-08-09, 10:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 993
Posted By DavidT

Update: Turns out the lower thermostat...

Update:

Turns out the lower thermostat burned up, melted some plastic, fried a wire and the lower element appears to be dead (my test light shows no conductivity).

Not sure which caused which...
Forum: Water Heaters
11-03-09, 12:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 993
Posted By DavidT

Help to diagnose: hot water runs out quickly

Our electric hot water heater is running out of hot water way too quickly but was working fine until a few days ago. I'd like help on how to diagnose the cause of the problem.

At first it seemed...
11-01-09, 10:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,091
Posted By DavidT

In Seattle I can get asbestos tested for $35 at...

In Seattle I can get asbestos tested for $35 at NVL labs. It could indeed be worth checking if you can get it done cheaply enough.
Replies: 4
Views: 4,311
Posted By DavidT

That's a good question... is one coat usually...

That's a good question... is one coat usually good enough for new exterior wood?

The case for a second coat is for underneath our porch where I have primed some raw wood joists (also pretty rough...
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Views: 4,311
Posted By DavidT

Latex primer over oil primer?

Is it ok to do a 2nd coat of latex primer over a first coat of oil primer? (exterior)
09-28-09, 12:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 911
Posted By DavidT

Cast iron no hub joints.... how tight is tight?

How tight does one make the worm screws when making a cast iron no-hub joint (4" if it matters)? I saw reference somewhere to a special tool... is there one? What's it called? Does one use a torque...
09-28-09, 11:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 683
Posted By DavidT

How is slope created?

I guess I am being a little anal, but I really want to know exactly what creates the slope in DWV pipe.

At the fixture things are either in plane with the floor or perpendicular to it. I wonder,...
09-28-09, 01:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 758
Posted By DavidT

I appreciate the desire to eliminate bends. It...

I appreciate the desire to eliminate bends. It sounds like you are saying I should avoid the U-turn at all costs. Is that right?

So long as I route things on the second floor, I would have to make...
09-27-09, 07:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 758
Posted By DavidT

U-turn?

I'm wondering if it is acceptable to have a WC drain basically do a U-turn?

The situation is hard to describe, so please just assume a 180-deg change in direction is necessary. What I'm wondering...
09-23-09, 09:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 13,667
Posted By DavidT

Thanks SDPLumber, that helps as I didn't see the...

Thanks SDPLumber, that helps as I didn't see the difference between horiz and vert backup unless you consider the possibility of solids and presumably the chance for them to permanently get stuck...
09-22-09, 09:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 13,667
Posted By DavidT

CaryMan thank you for your reply. In your...

CaryMan thank you for your reply. In your example, I understand that the purpose of not going horizontal below the 24" is so that the sink will flood before the horizontal vent section will fill with...
09-21-09, 07:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 13,667
Posted By DavidT

Horizontal vent runs

UPC requires horizontal vent runs to begin no sooner than 6" above the flood level of the fixture it serves. I have a couple of questions about this. It looks wordy I know... but I don't know how...
08-29-09, 11:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 609
Posted By DavidT

Thanks 594, that's what I thought.

Thanks 594, that's what I thought.
08-28-09, 09:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 609
Posted By DavidT

True OR False?

Uh... is the lack of responses because no one knows the answer or because no one understood the question?

I thought this would be a quick one for someone to field. If clarification is needed...
08-27-09, 09:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 609
Posted By DavidT

True of False?

A fellow at a local plumbing supply company told me that it is against code to have two horizontal drain pipes meet with a 45-degree Wye fitting UNLESS the incoming 45-degree branch is rotated out of...
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