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Posted By Tony P.

Two points. First, I'm in the process of...

Two points. First, I'm in the process of purchasing a generator and have spoken with at least 20 generator owners, none of which run generators overnight. At that pace, 20 gallons should last...
Yesterday, 05:17 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Generator dual fuel questions

I've had a few posts as I figured out my portable generator purchase. Thanks to everyone! Now I'm down to my (probably) last questions.

The model I'm getting is available in either a gasoline or...
08-11-20, 03:55 PM
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Posted By Tony P.

Should ground be disconnected on my generator?

I'm about to purchase a Generac GP6500E generator which comes with neutral bonded to ground. The generator will be connected via a double throw safety switch which I've been able to confirm here...
08-10-20, 12:19 PM
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Posted By Tony P.

Geochurchi, thanks for responding but you focused...

Geochurchi, thanks for responding but you focused on only part of what II needed. Given that my understanding of separately derived systems is correct, does that mean a 2-pole transfer switch would...
08-10-20, 08:40 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Transfer switch - separately derived system

I purchased a home with double throw safety switch for a generator. I'm in the process of purchasing a generator and want to be certain whether my transfer switch creates a separately derived system...
08-09-20, 06:43 AM
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Views: 113
Posted By Tony P.

Generator for central A/C based on LRA

After watching Eversource unable to deal with the storm, I'm ready for a generator. I want the generator to handle a 3-ton central air conditioner with a LRA of 63. I'm confused about the required...
08-02-20, 08:06 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Basement egress questions

Sections 3XX of the residential building code (IRC) require emergency egress in a habitable basement space but appear to me to generally define that space in terms of how it is used rather than by...
07-31-20, 11:27 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Andersen glazing bead clean / replace

I'm preparing to paint the exterior of an Andersen sliding door and am wondering about the glazing bead. It seems to either be pitted or moldy. It appears to be a rubbery manufactured strip but may...
07-19-20, 08:51 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Carpenter ant queens

For 2-3 years we've had (what I consider to be) a minor issue with carpenter ants: several ants getting into our 10' above ground screened porch with a few getting into the house. I use some bait...
07-17-20, 05:56 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Keeping an opossum away is both difficult and...

Keeping an opossum away is both difficult and unnecessary. They can get through fairly small holes (only a few inches) so close up all openings you can find. Also, place a one foot strip of 1"...
07-08-20, 11:20 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Annual HVAC air handler & condenser

Is an annual service on an HVAC air handler and condenser worthwhile? When I bought my home 5+ years ago, I was told the air handler is very simple, with only a few parts, so annual maintenance...
06-27-20, 04:13 AM
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Views: 216
Posted By Tony P.

Thanks for this and all responses. I'm confident...

Thanks for this and all responses. I'm confident the two holes (on sides of the shed) are too small for groundhogs. Each is approx. 3"X3". In terms of air circulation, would I be better served by...
06-25-20, 09:24 AM
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Views: 216
Posted By Tony P.

Hardware cloth underground

[Please move if this thread is located incorrectly.] An animal burrowed under an attached, ground level (not on a slab) shed - most likely mice or rats. My plan to rid them includes digging a trench...
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Posted By Tony P.

As you're buying something, I suggest an angle...

As you're buying something, I suggest an angle grinder which has many uses.
05-11-20, 06:56 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

First, satisfy yourself that the room temperature...

First, satisfy yourself that the room temperature is at least 65F. If not, the dehumidifier may not function. If the unit is "running" I assume the compressor is operating. If so, most likely the...
05-09-20, 08:16 AM
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Views: 331
Posted By Tony P.

I have a twist on Manden's comment. Look at the...

I have a twist on Manden's comment. Look at the duct where the cold air comes into the air handler, There could be a place for the filter between the cold air return and the air handler.
05-05-20, 10:14 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

I'm not familiar with Massachusetts but in...

I'm not familiar with Massachusetts but in Connecticut (where I live) a special permit from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is required for disposal. I assume you have a similar...
05-04-20, 04:42 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Norm, I've been thinking further about your...

Norm, I've been thinking further about your printer issue. One additional suggestion, cover your printer when not in use to minimize VOCs given off after printing. You shouldn't have a problem...
05-04-20, 04:33 AM
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Posted By Tony P.

Norm, I agree with other comments on VOC and the...

Norm, I agree with other comments on VOC and the use of activated carbon air purifiers. That, of course, doesn't mean any particular air purifier will successfully remove VOCs.

The most important...
04-28-20, 12:47 PM
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Views: 331
Posted By Tony P.

It would be very unusual for hot and cold water...

It would be very unusual for hot and cold water to mix in a cold water pipe. The two lines only connect at a faucet and at the water heater / boiler.

That's not to say I disagree with your...
04-27-20, 12:10 PM
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Views: 174
Posted By Tony P.

It may seem extreme, but it sounds like I'd...

It may seem extreme, but it sounds like I'd consider an angle grinder. Probably take less than 1 minute per bolt.
However, this is cutting the bolts (not unscrewing) so you'll have to determine how...
04-24-20, 09:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 249
Posted By Tony P.

I assume your driveway is asphalt. There are...

I assume your driveway is asphalt. There are several crack repair products available depending on the crack size. Clean out the cracks. There's no need to worry about grass growing. The filler...
04-24-20, 02:37 AM
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Views: 219
Posted By Tony P.

sky jumper, thanks for your input. Hardness is 4...

sky jumper, thanks for your input. Hardness is 4 and iron is 0.04 so I'm fine there.
04-23-20, 12:02 PM
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Views: 377
Posted By Tony P.

Of course your window is leaking from the outside...

Of course your window is leaking from the outside and has been for some time. I'm concerned about rotting and mold behind the wall considering the extent of the visible damage. I'd remove the window,...
04-22-20, 03:02 PM
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Views: 219
Posted By Tony P.

Mark, thanks for responding. This topic is very...

Mark, thanks for responding. This topic is very frustrating to me. I know very hard water creates problems and very soft water creates problems (like corrosiveness) but I've seen little to say...
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