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04-25-06, 11:16 AM
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Posted By PenguinDave

30 Amps should do it. 6,500 Watts / 240...

30 Amps should do it.

6,500 Watts / 240 Volts = 27.08 Amps

4,900 Watts / 208 Volts = 23.56 Amps
11-25-05, 11:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,230
Posted By PenguinDave

There is also the Autocirc pump ( Autocirc...

There is also the Autocirc pump ( Autocirc (http://www.autocirc.com/) ). The Autocirc 2 is similar to the Grundfos I think with the pump at the hot water heater. Autocirc 1 has the pump at the...
09-26-05, 10:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,021
Posted By PenguinDave

The are cast-in-place polymer pipe liners that...

The are cast-in-place polymer pipe liners that can be used and eliminate the need to dig the pipe up. If there has been no significant vertical movement you might find this a good solution if there...
08-18-05, 10:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,643
Posted By PenguinDave

#2 - see if the "Stud Shoe" from Simpson ( Stud...

#2 - see if the "Stud Shoe" from Simpson ( Stud Shoe (http://www.strongtie.com/products/connectors/HSS-SS.html) ) meets local codes. It is available through the orange store by special order. Other...
06-14-05, 09:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 21,386
Posted By PenguinDave

Only partially electrical, but the washroom needs...

Only partially electrical, but the washroom needs an exhaust fan which I don't see indicated. This must exhaust outside.

The bathroom receptacle will need to be on its own circuit and this must...
06-14-05, 08:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,119
Posted By PenguinDave

I don't think there is much of a cost savings...

I don't think there is much of a cost savings between the two. PEX takes less time to install, but I think material costs would be greater as all the lines are homeruns.

Get some quotes and find...
06-09-05, 09:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 8,207
Posted By PenguinDave

Check to see if the main soil line for the...

Check to see if the main soil line for the plumbing runs straight up from the basement through to the roof. If so then just fish the lines up beside this.
Replies: 1
Views: 8,046
Posted By PenguinDave

Through further googling it seems that these fill...

Through further googling it seems that these fill valves are known problems subject to what has been referred to as a silent recall. Call AS and they'll send you a new one. This one will apparently...
Replies: 1
Views: 8,046
Posted By PenguinDave

American Standard Smart Valve

My girlfriend has an American Standard toilet that has a Smart Valve 2000 installed (yellow thing, no apparent float). Never seen one before, don't know how they are supposed to work, but this one...
05-30-05, 12:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 21,386
Posted By PenguinDave

I suspect if you remove the closet from the room...

I suspect if you remove the closet from the room in the upper right that it may no longer be considered a bedroom. Call it an office (unless of course it really is intended to be a bedroom - then...
05-16-05, 11:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,057
Posted By PenguinDave

Greenboard argument

Please help me win a case of beer and settle an arguement with a buddy who is renovating his basement bathroom. He wants to put greenboard on all walls - including the exterior ones which will have...
04-29-05, 02:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,072
Posted By PenguinDave

If this is overhead make sure you have it...

If this is overhead make sure you have it supported and/or a friend or two to help when removing it. Cast is quite heavy.
04-28-05, 06:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,437
Posted By PenguinDave

I think bathroom rule of thumb is 8 air changes...

I think bathroom rule of thumb is 8 air changes per hour. So 7 ft x 10 ft x 8 ft ceiling room would be 560 cubic feet x 8 = 4,480 cubic feet per hour / 60 = 75 cubic feet per minute exhaust fan...
04-28-05, 06:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,217
Posted By PenguinDave

Just to be devil's advocate - how often do you...

Just to be devil's advocate - how often do you need access to the pipes/wiring in the rest of the house?
04-28-05, 06:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,763
Posted By PenguinDave

My first thought is a safe, but that needs a...

My first thought is a safe, but that needs a door. Possibly a large full extension drawer for storage?

FWIW, I think understair storage areas need to be covered with firerated (5/8" thick)...
04-28-05, 06:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,636
Posted By PenguinDave

Check to see if the furring strips are level...

Check to see if the furring strips are level (they may have shims under them). The bottom of the joists aren't likely to be level so this may have been done to provide for a level ceiling - no...
04-28-05, 05:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,782
Posted By PenguinDave

Beyond insulating the pipe well you could...

Beyond insulating the pipe well you could consider either thicker walled copper pipe (L or even K) for resistance to rupture or PEX lines that would expand but not fracture. PEX may or may not be...
04-14-05, 12:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,079
Posted By PenguinDave

Thanks. I will be having it replaced, just need...

Thanks. I will be having it replaced, just need to decide on cast or plastic.
04-14-05, 12:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 896
Posted By PenguinDave

Your picture looks suspiciously like a piece of a...

Your picture looks suspiciously like a piece of a ceiling mounted light fixture. I have seen similar replacement plates in the lighting section of the local orange despot.
04-14-05, 12:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 971
Posted By PenguinDave

You say it is 12-3 Romex - is this a switch loop...

You say it is 12-3 Romex - is this a switch loop or part of a multi-wire circuit? What else is it serving?

As you can see mixing gauges is not a good idea.
04-12-05, 09:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,079
Posted By PenguinDave

Lead closet bend

I have a cast iron waste system and the toilet connects to the cast via what a plumber has called a "lead bend". He has recommended replacing it when I reno the bathroom and before I finish the...
03-28-05, 11:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,511
Posted By PenguinDave

FWIW I had ghosting on two or three channels with...

FWIW I had ghosting on two or three channels with my cable connection. Started out not bad and got worse over time. Finally (they were channels I didn't usually watch) called a had a tech come out....
03-10-05, 12:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,167
Posted By PenguinDave

Shluter has one also. Depot may sell it. ...

Shluter has one also. Depot may sell it.

DITRA Membrane (http://www.schluter.com/english/products/2002/sectionf/ditra/601-index.html)
03-02-05, 10:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,526
Posted By PenguinDave

IMHO, at a minimum the top of the cut-out should...

IMHO, at a minimum the top of the cut-out should have a lintel that extends into the concrete on either side so that any loads are transferred and carried by the concrete and not by the window frame....
03-01-05, 01:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,526
Posted By PenguinDave

Egress window usually means enlarging existing...

Egress window usually means enlarging existing opening or adding new one - both of which have structural implications and may require structural engineer approval. At the very least, I would want to...
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