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06-24-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 174
Posted By sonofprim

I'm surprised by the replies

I'm assuming the question was related to carrying power, such as to a mini-split, and not just control signals. If it is OK to use two 14-2s in place of one 14-4, then wouldn't it be OK to use two...
05-19-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 235
Posted By sonofprim

Could have been caused by bugs

I had a neighbor come over and ask me if I knew a good plumber. This is their vacation house, and for health reasons had been their only rarely for a few years. Well, I didn't know a plumber, but...
05-19-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 267
Posted By sonofprim

A lot can go wrong here.

This is a pool lighting junction box. I've never seen one that was rated to support a receptacle, maybe they exist. There are very specific code rules on how pool lights are wired -- for good...
Forum: Water Heaters
05-13-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By sonofprim

Add something to attach it to.

Surprised no one has replied. I appreciate the problem you describe. Someone could bump into the pipe and stress the flexible connector. If there is no nearby wall to support the pipe, you might...
05-09-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 202
Posted By sonofprim

Option 3 may be the best.

Purchasers might feel assured that the home doesn't need an immediate upgrade to be safe.

Many old two prong receptacles are worn, have lost their grip. Replacing with new three prong ungrounded...
12-17-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 365
Posted By sonofprim

You might try padding the conduit...

Just for two bends, you might try padding the section of emt with enough layers of newspaper, or some other flexible material to allow it a snug fit in the bender. Might work and prevent too much...
09-15-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By sonofprim

If you are going to have to convert some things...

If you are going to have to convert some things anyway, I suggest converting to 12V LEDs and some type of transformer. You don't need a lot of lumens for a china cabinet.
09-03-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 642
Posted By sonofprim

My suggestions: Get with a friend and spend...

My suggestions:
Get with a friend and spend time to map out both of your houses. Do this with spouses and children out of the house so they won't be bothered by power getting switched on and off. ...
02-26-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 619
Posted By sonofprim

Another circulator pump option

Consider also the pump. This also pumps the cooled hot water back through the cold line or through a new return line if you can run one. But instead of running on a timer , you...
Forum: Water Heaters
02-09-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By sonofprim

Pressure reduction valve.

Looks like that to me. And likely should be replaced. Shark bites are OK but could get pricey if you need a lot of them. But, still much cheaper than most plumbers would charge. Don't forget to...
10-29-18, 09:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 488
Posted By sonofprim

More on the theory;
I picked this image up from an earlier forum posting. This diagram shows the...
10-27-18, 03:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 499
Posted By sonofprim

Be careful and test for leaks.

As a DIYer, I've done natural gas lines in two homes. These were for water heater relocations, stove relocations, dryers, and gas grills. I've also done gas grill lines in my LP home. All my work...
09-06-18, 01:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 460
Posted By sonofprim

New GFCI breaker can be hard to reset

Breaer may just need to be reset hard. New breakers often come logically tripped. They need to be reset to carry current. Some brands require great force to do that reset. I forget which brands...
08-14-18, 10:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 945
Posted By sonofprim

Subpanel feed lacks ground?

Am I missing something, or does this subpage lack a required ground supplied from the master panel?
07-24-18, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,889
Posted By sonofprim

Since your are asking how to unscrew the stem...

Since your are asking how to unscrew the stem nut, not the packing nut, my suggestion, beyond trying some type penetrating lubricant, is:
put a hose fitting on the hose threads so you don't bung...
07-21-18, 10:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,020
Posted By sonofprim

I would think your outside line is more likely...

I would think your outside line is more likely polyethylene (PE) rather than PVC. This is much more common in my area, and in more recent construction. In this use, the PE pipe is connected with a...
07-14-18, 06:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 909
Posted By sonofprim

Most likely a foundation drain

Originally intalled, a foundation drain would be carrying water away from the house. It's purpose woulld have been the exact purpose you are trying to recreate.
These drains can become clogged...
Forum: Water Heaters
04-30-18, 10:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 509
Posted By sonofprim

Rheem has been making this type for many years --...

Rheem has been making this type for many years -- "Rheem Marathon". It's my impression that they have been successful in service. Basically, the heating elements screw into the tank just like into...
04-16-18, 07:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 424
Posted By sonofprim

I'm surprised no one replied with any suggestions...

I'm surprised no one replied with any suggestions yet. Here are my suggestions.
I'm assuming you want to locate a condensate pump next to the furnace/air handler, on the right side as seen in the...
04-16-18, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 779
Posted By sonofprim

I'd still consider a no-hub for the connector.

I like Pilot Dane's plan overall, but making the replacement connection with a no-hub would allow future examination/inspection without having to cut the pipe again.
03-26-18, 09:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,623
Posted By sonofprim

Look into if you can program one of these to do what you want.

See This is designed to control networking equipment -- reboot if connectivity is lost, but it allows direct programmed control of multiple...
03-06-18, 07:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,131
Posted By sonofprim

Sharkbite doesn't recommend reusing fittings...

I thought the quick connect/disconnect was a great feature. But Sharkbite indicates
at Plumbing and Fitting Problem FAQs | SharkBite (

Q: Is a...
03-06-18, 07:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 636
Posted By sonofprim

CW not CCW. At the fixture can save headaches in the future.

Of course gunguy45 meant CW to shut off. For the minimal additional cost, a shutoff at the fixture is more than a convenience. Who wants to run down to basement when water, or the overflow from a...
Forum: Water Heaters
03-02-18, 08:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,684
Posted By sonofprim

T&P Valve Relocation -- Dangerous

Moving the T&P valve out of the tank reduces its ability to protect the tank, house, etc. I can't imagine and inspector approving this.
03-02-18, 07:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,044
Posted By sonofprim

Is two-pound possible for you...

Don't know if they are doing it in your service area, but in Northern Virginia 30 years ago, some houses were converted from all electric to both electric and gas with the two-pound system. This...
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