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06-17-20, 01:05 PM
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Posted By debeze

Critical loads vs. 120% rule

I am adding a grid-tied solar system with battery backup to my house and am having trouble with the 120% rule.


1. My existing main loads center has a 125 amps busbar, and 100 amp breakers on...
05-21-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 282
Posted By debeze

Can I use solar battery and POCO power at the same? time?

I have bought a solar system, grid tied inverter, and battery bank for my house. There is one circuit for which I would like occasionally to pull battery power, while leaving the rest of the house on...
05-21-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By debeze

Understand MWBCs now, and solution

I have learned a ton about my 100% MWBC wired house since my original ignorant post.

Solution is to use a line side connection "tap" and new subpanel. If the dinky main box has space! :>}
05-19-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By debeze

Got it. I am calling an electrician in anyway,...

Got it. I am calling an electrician in anyway, but wanted to know my options. That did not make sense to me at all. So they are using 12 gauge wire all the way to the back of the loadcenter, along...
05-19-20, 05:56 PM
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Views: 193
Posted By debeze

Thanks so much, PJ! You're invaluable to people. ...

Thanks so much, PJ! You're invaluable to people.

So here's what I have: a 12-slot box 125 amp box, single phase, flush mount exterior, filled to the top with skinnies, all of them handle-tied...
05-19-20, 05:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 282
Posted By debeze

Thanks! I thought there might be a way to toggle...

Thanks! I thought there might be a way to toggle between the two, but that would be a no? I guess I have to put in a new subpanel then.
05-18-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By debeze

Do I need a new loadcenter?

I am installing a grid-tied solar system and this is the crap Challenger (named for the space shuttle) load center that came with my house. It's 125 amps single phase, so with the 120% rule I might...
02-11-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 188
Posted By debeze

How to remove irrigation filter housing?

I need to replace my 3/4 inch irritrol irrigation valves and I'm having trouble with this filter. It seems to have right hand threads at both ends and so I cannot remove it. Do I need to destroy the...
02-06-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 282
Posted By debeze

DIY solar system questions

I am contemplating putting a grid-tied solar system in my house with battery backup. One benefit of doing this is that the battery can put out steady 110 volt power which would be fantastic for my...
Forum: Water Heaters
01-01-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 385
Posted By debeze

Thanks! Got it. No "upstairs" per se, but the...

Thanks! Got it. No "upstairs" per se, but the pipes do go make a jog through the attic crawlspace. You saved me a lot of trouble Allen. Gas heater; I'll just turn it off. Truly appreciate your clear...
Forum: Water Heaters
01-01-20, 05:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 385
Posted By debeze

Question Anode rod replacement: why drain water?

I am going to replace the anode rod in my water heater with a new rod the same size. Archimedes told us long ago that no more water should be displaced in the process, and it's still true.

Why do...
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Views: 237
Posted By debeze

Gas water heater only reaching 99 degrees

This morning I tried flushing the tank with a full bore valve and didn't get much sediment. I have three choices colon

1. Ask you guys if there is something I can do myself
2. Call in a plumber...
06-22-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 981
Posted By debeze

Low volume emitters for PC drip tube?

Hi. I have a 3/4" drip tube without about 30 PC drip emitters on it, mostly 1/2 GPH, but some 1 and 2 GPH. However, there are some small plants along the line that need less than 1/2 GPH. What is an...
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Views: 988
Posted By debeze

Vertical hand shower rail: Stud?

I am going to install a vertical hand shower rail (not a grab bar, though there is one in the shower). It will go through tile. How important is it to sink the anchor screws into studs? The studs are...
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Views: 1,375
Posted By debeze

No. That's why this whole thing arose....

No. That's why this whole thing arose....
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Views: 1,375
Posted By debeze

Thanks, PJMax. Here it is. Pretty simple. Hot...

Thanks, PJMax. Here it is. Pretty simple. Hot valve/cold valve. No mixer. 8" apart.
No diverter. Getting at it from the back is difficult as there is a textured wall and the patch job would be...
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Views: 1,375
Posted By debeze

How difficult is it to do a shower conversion plate with only front access??

iI have a shower with two godawful Price Pfister handles set eight inches apart in the wall. I want to replace them and the shower head. Almost impossible to replace the handles, as I am told the old...
Replies: 3
Views: 440
Posted By debeze

Answers

thank you very much! I think I am good to go. By self venting I meant there is ample space around the cabinet but No motorized fan duct to remove hot air. Another microwave Of the same wattage has...
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Views: 440
Posted By debeze

Microwave Trim Kit: Do I need the whole thing?

Hi. I have a LG LRM2060ST microwave that I want to mount in the cabinet box above the built-in oven. Self venting. All of the trim kit has strayed except for the front frame.

Question: if I build...
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Views: 933
Posted By debeze

Thank you! Just what I needed to know. The code...

Thank you! Just what I needed to know. The code says these openings must be within 12" of the ceiling.
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Views: 933
Posted By debeze

Air intake for utility room?

My house has a small utility room with a gas water heater and no ventilation to/from the outside (other than the gas heater duct of course!).

I have the exhaust issue solved--a 5" duct with...
Replies: 4
Views: 514
Posted By debeze

Right. That's the formula, but I am looking at...

Right. That's the formula, but I am looking at 230+..

The remaining main question is, do you see any problem using a duct fan outside of a duct, with an encasing wood box around it against the...
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Views: 514
Posted By debeze

Thanks airman

just bring down the temp to something lower. 1800 cu ft x 2 exchanges /60 mins = 60 cfm

Do you think a duct fan will work? I cannot find and damper arrangement square or rectangular that small to...
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Views: 514
Posted By debeze

Duct fan outside a duct?

I want to get the hot air out of my 9' X 21' detached garage but the peak/gable is blocked by the house. I do have some available space, about 10" x 10" a little below and lateral to the ridge beam ,...
06-13-18, 04:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 537
Posted By debeze

How to ventilate small attic?

The original part of my house was a 1906 cottage with a peaked roof, asphalt shingles, 20 W x 14 L X 3 H. It has a 14" X 18" gable vent at the back but the intake is not sufficient. There are no...
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