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06-29-20, 07:58 AM
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Posted By caddymac

I'd skip the switch and just use diodes. Adjust...

I'd skip the switch and just use diodes. Adjust the power supply so it has a bit higher voltage than the battery so it takes priority when the power supply is available. If you use a diode (or to...
06-20-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 207
Posted By caddymac

How about a very very short extension cord? ...

How about a very very short extension cord?
...
05-28-20, 06:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 351
Posted By caddymac

Using a circuit breaker as an overload/switch...

Using a circuit breaker as an overload/switch will quickly shorten the life of the circuit breaker. I suspect you'll spend more money continuously replacing breakers vs. using a float switch or...
Forum: Water Heaters
05-21-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By caddymac

Indeed. I have also put together a circuit...

Indeed.

I have also put together a circuit with a current sensing switch on it. If the water heater is running, it will stay running until complete. Only when complete will the timer actually shut...
Forum: Water Heaters
05-21-20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By caddymac

I used the contact us form on the Rheem webpage...

I used the contact us form on the Rheem webpage and received this in my inbox this morning:
Forum: Water Heaters
05-20-20, 06:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By caddymac

Finally had a chance to look and it is a Rheem...

Finally had a chance to look and it is a Rheem PROG40-40N RH67 PV.
...
Forum: Water Heaters
05-19-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By caddymac

Timer on power vent gas water heater?

I don't have the make/model information in front of me, but I do know it is a 40 gallon power vent water heater. Water heater was installed about 3 years ago.

I would like to put the water heater...
Replies: 11
Views: 284
Posted By caddymac

I have two Zoeller M53...

I have two Zoeller M53 (https://www.zoellerpumps.com/en-us/products/sump-effluent-pumps/residential/50-series)s in my sump pit. The big problem with these particular pumps is that the float is built...
04-06-20, 06:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 381
Posted By caddymac

What kind of thermostat do you have? I think...

What kind of thermostat do you have?

I think you need a thermostat that has an AUTO heat/cool mode - it switches automatically between heating and cooling based on the temp.

I have a Nest...
Replies: 18
Views: 772
Posted By caddymac

I was talking to a builder once about a house...

I was talking to a builder once about a house remodel the wife and I were going through. We mentioned some of the HVAC changes we were making for the 2nd floor to make it a bit more comfortable. He...
02-20-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 212
Posted By caddymac

If your baseboard heater is purely 240VAC, a...

If your baseboard heater is purely 240VAC, a neutral isn't required. You can cap it off (leave a wire nut on it) in your thermostat box.
Replies: 42
Views: 1,142
Posted By caddymac

Slightly related, I have been waiting for years...

Slightly related, I have been waiting for years for domestic fuel cells for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) to hit the market. So far for North America it has been more experimental than anything.
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Views: 222
Posted By caddymac

What make/model of new thermostat are you using? ...

What make/model of new thermostat are you using?

If the "thermostat gets power from R apparently" then that leads me to believe it is a power stealing type (Nest, for example). Sometimes to steal...
11-20-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 453
Posted By caddymac

If the issue is avoiding freezing pipes, what if...

If the issue is avoiding freezing pipes, what if you put in a re-circulation pump on the hot water feed?

As the PTACs fail, replace with models that have a heat pump option to control cost of...
08-28-14, 07:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,195
Posted By caddymac

Maybe something like this would work instead of...

Maybe something like this would work instead of using a remote: Functional Devices, Inc. - Lighting Controls - Light Controllers - FL101...
08-25-14, 05:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,591
Posted By caddymac

Probably not as most microwaves require a...

Probably not as most microwaves require a dedicated circuit.
08-24-14, 07:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,591
Posted By caddymac

You can't tap off an existing kitchen receptacle;...

You can't tap off an existing kitchen receptacle; you'll have to run a new line or use the kitchen lighting circuit.

I'd go with option 1 but skip installing a receptacle up top. Just run the...
02-11-14, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,118
Posted By caddymac

Was about to mention a CT relay, but it has...

Was about to mention a CT relay, but it has already been covered.

An old trick taught by my old man and grandfather was to pull out the Edison fuse in the fuse box feeding a Ritchie water and...
01-15-14, 08:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,207
Posted By caddymac

Hacksaw blade and some elbow grease should do the...

Hacksaw blade and some elbow grease should do the trick.
01-12-14, 07:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 16,474
Posted By caddymac

If you have the coax in the rooms already, have...

If you have the coax in the rooms already, have you given MoCa a thought?
09-22-13, 07:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,957
Posted By caddymac

1) Yes, you can do that. 2) No, you can't do...

1) Yes, you can do that.

2) No, you can't do that, same issue as before, the neutral would be shared.
09-21-13, 08:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,957
Posted By caddymac

Don't use the load connections on any of the...

Don't use the load connections on any of the GFCIs unless it is a completely new (different) cable.
07-18-13, 05:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 12,820
Posted By caddymac

Why are you cycling so much, so the garden isn't...

Why are you cycling so much, so the garden isn't flooded with water? If so, what if you did longer cycles but filled a large tank. From the large tank you could use drip tubes to do a slow constant...
06-16-13, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 19,496
Posted By caddymac

1) Precisely. This is fine, as this is what you...

1) Precisely. This is fine, as this is what you want - no matter what switch is used, all of the lights will turn off and the alternate circuit turns on.

2) This is where my plan falls completely...
06-15-13, 06:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 19,496
Posted By caddymac

Do you have access to the wiring from one of the...

Do you have access to the wiring from one of the switch boxes to the motion detector light?

If so, what I am thinking is to replace the three way switch that isn't fed power with a four way...
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