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I should have mentioned, between my father's very...

I should have mentioned, between my father's very extensive toolset, my air compressor, and a local shop that rents the few tools, I can get the tools together. (Granted, I have to add the rental...
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Posted By darlingm

How safe is replacing 4 wheel bearings DIY?

Two independent places have told me my 2008 Chrysler Town & Country needs all 4 wheel bearings replaced. Brought it in for service because the brakes just didn't feel right, and on the trip to the...
02-07-15, 10:58 AM
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Posted By darlingm

Can a resident (other than official homeowner) work on electrical?

I rewired my entire house, after the old wiring was confirmed as a fire hazard.

We're moving back into my father's house, and remodeling the basement, which requires totally rewiring the basement...
02-01-15, 11:50 AM
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Posted By darlingm

I should have been clearer. Each circuit had a...

I should have been clearer. Each circuit had a 15A breaker. I was taking the situation to mean that the outlet would supply 30A before a breaker would trip, making it either possible (or even...
01-27-15, 08:54 PM
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Posted By darlingm

Rant - always confirm dead wiring is really dead.

I am glad I always test wires that I am "certain" are dead.

Even those I've JUST disconnected from the circuit breaker box.

Apparently someone connected two circuits to one outlet, and did NOT...
Forum: Water Heaters
12-03-14, 10:02 PM
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Posted By darlingm

Found a 2700 degree F furnace cement, meant to...

Found a 2700 degree F furnace cement, meant to fill gaps. 12oz container or so was only $4. If I have to replace another wire going through there, I'll have a job on my hands... But this is going...
Forum: Water Heaters
12-02-14, 10:21 AM
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Posted By darlingm

GE is saying the circular grommet should be...

GE is saying the circular grommet should be flexible enough to "wiggle" the thermocouple through. Perhaps mine was brittle from being 10 years old and near the flame.

BUT, GE is saying they do...
12-02-14, 10:14 AM
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Posted By darlingm

Does this look easy to tap utility tub drainage here?

Furnace/water heater are in separate area of basement from laundry. Want to finish the basement, and am interested in moving the laundry near the furnace/water heater to make more usable space.
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Forum: Water Heaters
12-02-14, 09:46 AM
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Posted By darlingm

How sealed does a sealed combustion chamber have to be?

GE SmartWater PG40T09AVG00 natural gas water heater.

Woke up yesterday to not hot water. A heating technician said it was likely the thermocouple, because the pilot light burns well while the red...
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Posted By darlingm

Strength of unsupported polycarbonate (Lexan) good enough to use as work bench a

Building a new work bench area. Home business & space is quite limited. Could really use a gigantic light table as well.

If I made a gigantic light table with the top being a large sheet of 4' x...
01-27-12, 05:12 PM
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Posted By darlingm

Just wanted to expand on what ray2047 and pcboss...

Just wanted to expand on what ray2047 and pcboss said so you'd know why you have to follow their advise, and not gloss over it.

Since what you will be working on is a subpanel, pcboss is (of...
01-23-12, 11:34 PM
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Posted By darlingm

Apparently Guam's electrical is the same as the...

Apparently Guam's electrical is the same as the US. 110v, 60Hz, same style plugs.
01-23-12, 11:02 AM
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Posted By darlingm

Does seem like a lot died at once, which would...

Does seem like a lot died at once, which would send me looking in a different direction.

Incandescent bulbs run hotter than CFL's or LED's. Swapping them out with a CFL or LED will save you...
01-22-12, 07:46 PM
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Posted By darlingm

Have to run, but quick question. What types...

Have to run, but quick question.

What types of bulbs? LED, compact fluorescent (CFL), or older style incandescent?
01-22-12, 04:46 PM
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Posted By darlingm

Brand new heat detectors, relays, smoke detector,...

Brand new heat detectors, relays, smoke detector, and wiring. Won't stop alarming until I unplug the smoke detector.

Kidde HD200F heat detector, Kidde SM120X relay, Kidde PE120 smoke detector. ...
01-22-12, 04:08 PM
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Posted By darlingm

Smoke detector constant alarm when heat detectors hooked up

New heat detectors are making my smoke detector constantly alarm when hooked up. They're attic rated 200F heat detectors, and the attic's been around 50F here.

System is wired as shown in the...
01-19-12, 05:11 PM
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Posted By darlingm

I'll type a longer reply soon, but let me ask two...

I'll type a longer reply soon, but let me ask two quick questions for now. They won't really change my answer, but I'll be able to give more specific relevant info.

Did you just change out the...
01-19-12, 12:27 AM
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Posted By darlingm

EXTREMELY DANGEROUS! I'm sorry to say that...

EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!

I'm sorry to say that the wiring needs to be changed. You need to use three conductor plus ground wire. You must not bond the neutral and ground bus bars in a subpanel. They...
01-16-12, 11:57 PM
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Posted By darlingm

Wirepuller38 - Are you allowed to put in a...

Wirepuller38 - Are you allowed to put in a printout on the inside of the panel door? I had assumed that even though the cover would be on, that we couldn't do that unless it was on approved paper. ...
01-16-12, 11:50 PM
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Posted By darlingm

What type of surge protector is it? (What...

What type of surge protector is it? (What manufacturer & model?)

I'm used to seeing overload LEDs on battery backup units, and I'm used to those indicating when the battery is having more drawn...
01-16-12, 11:28 PM
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Posted By darlingm

Furd - Below the wiring schematic is information...

Furd - Below the wiring schematic is information for you on these detectors that I'm using.

Think I figured out what I'm going to do. The ac hardwired smoke detector is going in our hallway,...
01-16-12, 01:35 PM
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Posted By darlingm

Temp in junction box buried under R49 insulation (heat detectors/smoke alarm)

Ordered a pair of Kidde HD200F / 602 heat detectors that go off at 200F. They're designed for unfinished attic usage.

House is one story with a basement and an attic.

Also ordered a pair of...
01-13-12, 12:10 AM
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Posted By darlingm

Electrical passing through exterior wall of house into attached garage

Need to run a new 20A circuit via 12/2g romex from my attic to my garage. I'll be using normal indoor NM-B. Garage is attached, however was built as an addition to the home. There's no direct...
01-01-12, 11:34 PM
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Posted By darlingm

How to repair my roof truss - Cut bottom chord

[I have two similar posts - but they aren't duplicates. This post is about the web pieces, the other is about a bottom chord. They seem like separate topics to me.]

We're about to blow in...
01-01-12, 11:14 PM
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Posted By darlingm

How to repair my roof truss - web pieces

[I have two similar posts - but they aren't duplicates. This post is about the web pieces, the other is about a bottom chord. They seem like separate topics to me.]

We're about to blow in...
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