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01-08-20, 03:29 PM
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It was time to replace my furnace filter so I bought a new one that was a differ

It was time to replace my furnace filter so I bought a new one that apparently was a different brand from the ones I regularly buy. Itís slightly smaller than the regular one despite having the same...
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Posted By amateurplumber

I think the spax lag screws are the only things...

I think the spax lag screws are the only things holding the beams onto the post; I dont think there are screws in other directions. The deck boards...I'm not sure. I plan on buying some hurricane...
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Posted By amateurplumber

Guy built my deck and did a crappy job. How can I fix this sistered beam?

Here are pictures of the problem area (https://imgur.com/a/qQWyC0s).

The posts were notched to hold two 2x. Those 2x were lag screwed in. However, the length of the sistered 2x are not lag screwed...
10-08-17, 10:09 AM
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Posted By amateurplumber

You're saying its easier to service with the...

You're saying its easier to service with the threaded connectors, right? He used the screw on connectors but it seems like some of them are glued on with pvc primer and glue, so I'm not sure how...
10-07-17, 06:16 PM
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Posted By amateurplumber

I think whoever installed the drain in my shower used parts for a kitchen sink.

I noticed there was a small leak in the ceiling so I removed the access panel for my tub/shower that said genius (thankfully) installed and everything looks wrong. I narrowed down (pretty sure) the...
12-18-16, 12:53 PM
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Views: 353
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My furnace will short cycle on 'AUTO' but when the fan is set to 'ON' it's fine

Any idea what this could be? Basically if i put the fan on auto, the furnace will occasionally short cycle before it decides to work correctly. When it short cycles (random as far as i can tell) the...
12-12-16, 08:41 PM
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Views: 474
Posted By amateurplumber

Yep, even with the common installed, when it does...

Yep, even with the common installed, when it does it, it says theres no power to the RH wire. I could swear it happens more often when the thermostat is set to 69+. This is very odd. I'll probably...
12-11-16, 10:33 AM
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Views: 474
Posted By amateurplumber

What could I possibly have done to my furnace that messed it up?!

Alright, so, about a week ago, I got a Nest thermostat and installed it with the 4 wire setup we have. It worked just great for 3-4 days. Everything was wonderful and I loved the new thermostat. I...
12-08-16, 07:15 AM
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Posted By amateurplumber

Can i just hook that last wire onto the screw too...

Can i just hook that last wire onto the screw too or do I have to splice it? They're pretty thin wires. And thanks a ton! I do believe that's wire #1. Weird problem I had with my old thermostat that...
12-07-16, 06:52 PM
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Views: 427
Posted By amateurplumber

I absolutely need to use a common wire to install my Nest...which is the common?

There's a lone blue wire upstairs where the thermostat is that is unused; the other four wires are used. Downstairs, at the furnace, there are three blue wires. I've labeled 'em for you...
12-06-16, 04:51 PM
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Views: 475
Posted By amateurplumber

I couldnt leave well enough alone and now my furnace doesnt work. Please help me

Installed a Nest thermostat which was working fine, and then I tried connecting what I thought was a common wire (per the advice of some internet people), which didn't work, then I reconnected things...
12-05-16, 05:30 PM
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Views: 854
Posted By amateurplumber

Thanks a lot for the quick reply. Guess I should...

Thanks a lot for the quick reply. Guess I should stick to the same size wire. I only have a small length of it, though, which may not be enough. Is there anywhere I can get just about 6-12 inches of...
12-05-16, 02:30 PM
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Views: 854
Posted By amateurplumber

Question: the thermostat wires are really thin....

Question: the thermostat wires are really thin. Should I use a regular sized nut and a thicker wire going to the screw, instead of just another thin thermostat wire?
12-03-16, 11:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 854
Posted By amateurplumber

Thank you so much. Can you explain how I'd do...

Thank you so much. Can you explain how I'd do this with a crimp terminal? Would it require extra tools and stuff? I basically just wanna do it as easily as possible with least chance of messing it up...
12-03-16, 09:49 AM
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Views: 854
Posted By amateurplumber

Thanks, thats what I was thinking! I basically...

Thanks, thats what I was thinking! I basically tie the 3 wires together with one additional piece of wire (so four total) and then the additional piece goes from the wire nut to the terminal, right?
12-03-16, 09:10 AM
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Views: 854
Posted By amateurplumber

Combining 3 thermostat wires into 1 for screw terminal?

I have 2 wires going to a terminal/screw. I need to add another for my thermostat. What's the best way to combine the three wires into one and have just one wire going to that terminal/screw?...
12-02-16, 12:38 PM
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Posted By amateurplumber

Just found the insulated wire holding all the...

Just found the insulated wire holding all the ones that go from the terminals to the upstairs thermostat. The blue one is totally just unattached (https://imgur.com/a/vNNXS); its just hanging there...
12-02-16, 10:56 AM
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Views: 2,835
Posted By amateurplumber

Is this long, unused, blue wire my common wire (thermostat wiring help)?

I'm installing a wifi thermostat (nest) and apparently from some searching around here its best to use a common wire. I checked the wiring in our furnace, and there's definitely a common wire....
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Views: 834
Posted By amateurplumber

Thank you very much CarbideTipped! Very...

Thank you very much CarbideTipped! Very interesting--I've heard of diaphragm switches but have not seen them. I think I will replace it since I'm adding in a battery backup sump pump. I just dont...
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Views: 834
Posted By amateurplumber

Should I replace my 30 year old sump pump if it still works? Help IDing type?

Here's my sump pump (https://imgur.com/TjYKXIu). It still works fine but it is very old. Should I replace it? How can I tell home much HP it is? What kind of switch is it using (there's a plug going...
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Views: 834
Posted By amateurplumber

Thanks, guess I'll go with that one then! I...

Thanks, guess I'll go with that one then! I should measure the sump pit, but its probably about 20-40 gallons? I'm not sure. I do think its probably about 10 feet vertical--it goes up until the...
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Views: 834
Posted By amateurplumber

Thanks for the very informative replies guys, I...

Thanks for the very informative replies guys, I really appreciate it! Now I'm kind of questioning whether I should get a 1/2 HP over a 1/3 HP. In case it might help, here are a couple pictures...
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Views: 834
Posted By amateurplumber

Guess that answers my question, thanks! I have...

Guess that answers my question, thanks! I have heard good things about Liberty pumps as well, do you know anything about those? I've heard of some switch problems on the Zoellers which makes me kind...
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Views: 834
Posted By amateurplumber

I was actually going to ask about that...how do I...

I was actually going to ask about that...how do I know what HP I want? I was actually going to get the Zoeller M98 since it has more HP.
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Views: 834
Posted By amateurplumber

Which sump pump should I buy?

Want to replace my old 30 year old sump pump since I'm not sure when it will fail and I don't know if I'll be here when it does and I figure I might as well since I'm going to be adding in a battery...
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