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01-22-17, 02:32 PM
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Posted By mikewu99

Extend water softener loop

Recently moved into a new (to us, house is about 17 y.o.) house, and have decided that we need a water softener (according to the water company our hardness is 16 gpg). The previous owners do not...
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Posted By mikewu99

Just found the Schlage F-series datasheet online....

Just found the Schlage F-series datasheet online. Apparently this lock has Function code F81:

"Unlocked by key from outside when outer knob/lever is locked by turnbutton in inside knob/lever....
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Posted By mikewu99

Strange that such a lock is sold at Home Depot...

Strange that such a lock is sold at Home Depot for residential use...
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Posted By mikewu99

The button only turns - 90 degrees clockwise to...

The button only turns - 90 degrees clockwise to lock, counterclockwise to unlock. It does not press in or pop out.
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Posted By mikewu99

Schlage keyed entrance lock - odd behavior

I just changed the keyed entrance lock between my garage and my house to a Schlage (F-series, I believe) lock. If the interior lock button is in the open position, everything works fine - door can be...
05-11-06, 05:08 AM
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Posted By mikewu99

Digi-Key has MUR1620CT rated at 16A from both IR...

Digi-Key has MUR1620CT rated at 16A from both IR and On for a bit over a buck each.

Note:

This forum is 99% involved with electrical issues, mostly related to residential electrical wiring. Try...
04-17-06, 03:39 PM
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Posted By mikewu99

FWIW, I have three 1/2 HP Genie openers on a...

FWIW, I have three 1/2 HP Genie openers on a single 20A circuit. All three doors can be in motion at the same time without tripping the breaker.
03-14-06, 05:24 AM
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Posted By mikewu99

Replace the cable. There is no room for debate....

Replace the cable. There is no room for debate. You are creating numerous safety risks and code violations by continuing to use the damaged cable.
03-13-06, 02:13 PM
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Views: 1,282
Posted By mikewu99

I had a circuit that exhibited similar behavior....

I had a circuit that exhibited similar behavior. Turns out that the connection of the hot wire to the breaker was never properly tightened, just help in place by the spring action of the wires. The...
03-08-06, 05:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,747
Posted By mikewu99

What, you never heard of 90 Hz power ;)? That's...

What, you never heard of 90 Hz power ;)? That's what I get for trying to multiply without a calculator :D. Actually, I deal with third harmonics so often that I autamatically multiply by three...
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03-07-06, 01:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,747
Posted By mikewu99

When were resistive dimmers last in common...

When were resistive dimmers last in common residential use? My earliest memories are of electronic dimmers...

Actually even without a dimmer the current through the filament goes to zero twice per...
02-24-06, 01:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,283
Posted By mikewu99

I know you're past this point already, but a...

I know you're past this point already, but a dimmer/rheostat/etc would not have worked. Reducing the voltage would just increase the amount of time the thermostat would be in the "on" condition,...
02-23-06, 06:36 AM
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Posted By mikewu99

Here is a remote-control switch: ...

Here is a remote-control switch:

http://www.smarthome.com/23885w.html

This uses a mechanical relay instead of a dimmer (solid-state) circuit, so it should be OK to connect to an outlet...
02-22-06, 01:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,645
Posted By mikewu99

I'd drill a small hole (less than 1/8") from...

I'd drill a small hole (less than 1/8") from above at the edge of the carpet and the baseboard (pull the carpet back slightly to get as close to the baseboard as possible). Next stick a stiff piece...
02-20-06, 12:37 PM
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Posted By mikewu99

Are you going to have volume controls in each...

Are you going to have volume controls in each room? Are you planning a centralized audio system? I would run a 4-conductor speaker wire (I prefer something a bit larger than 16AWG) from the central...
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Posted By mikewu99

Also note that the allowed wattage/bulb type will...

Also note that the allowed wattage/bulb type will also depend on the type of trim you are using. There is usually a table with wattage/bulb type vs. trim on the installation instructions...
02-14-06, 08:07 AM
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Posted By mikewu99

Troll alert!

Troll alert!
02-14-06, 06:22 AM
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Posted By mikewu99

At our local Home Depot they are in the bin right...

At our local Home Depot they are in the bin right next to the 3-ways...

You do realize that regardless of the number of light switches controlling a circuit, two of them are always 3-ways and the...
01-17-06, 07:09 AM
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Views: 1,312
Posted By mikewu99

Hera's a forum that might be more appropriate to...

Hera's a forum that might be more appropriate to your problem:

www.diyaudio.com
01-13-06, 12:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,099
Posted By mikewu99

Let's see - a 5W solar collector. Let's say 12...

Let's see - a 5W solar collector. Let's say 12 hours of useful daylight on average (porbably wildly optimistic) - that's 60 Watt-hours of energy per day. Assuming no losses (a bad assumption) that...
01-12-06, 05:31 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By mikewu99

Is the breaker the correct brand and type for the...

Is the breaker the correct brand and type for the panel? Breakers are not standard and (with few exceptions) are not interchangeable between different makes of panels.

Another possibility is that...
01-04-06, 05:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,118
Posted By mikewu99

NO! A 20A circuit absolutely requires at least 12...

NO! A 20A circuit absolutely requires at least 12 gauge wire. Not negotiable. A failure in the washing machine (shorted motor winding, stalled motor, etc.) could cause a current draw which far...
01-04-06, 05:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,075
Posted By mikewu99

The transmitter/receiver combination that...

The transmitter/receiver combination that chandler mentions probably won't help you here, since you are likely looking for wires that just terminate in a junction box without an outlet. The...
01-01-06, 07:22 PM
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Posted By mikewu99

At the local Home Depot they are with the...

At the local Home Depot they are with the weathertight electrical boxes...
01-01-06, 07:20 PM
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Views: 13,476
Posted By mikewu99

I'd go with racraft's suggestion - a picture (or...

I'd go with racraft's suggestion - a picture (or maybe a marker board or cork board) over the panel. You could even hinge it so that it swings open, kind of like the oil paintings in the movies that...
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