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09-26-17, 10:47 AM
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Posted By kmp878

Thank you for the ideas. While I'm happy to test...

Thank you for the ideas. While I'm happy to test external nodes with a multimeter and replace any components that are meant to disassemble, I'm going to draw the line right now at cutting into the...
09-05-17, 09:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 950
Posted By kmp878

I see the capacitor in question. It's supposed to...

I see the capacitor in question. It's supposed to be 6 micro Farads, +/- 5%. I tried testing the capacitor with a multi-meter, but it always come back as "out of range." Though it seems that I can't...
09-01-17, 02:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 950
Posted By kmp878

Question Kenmore dehumidifier: cools, but no fan

I am having a problem with a 3 year old Kenmore humidifier, model 405.54. It seems that when the unit is plugged in, the condesner coils cool, but the fan doesn't spin to move air through the...
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Views: 809
Posted By kmp878

Thank you for the detailed info and suggestions....

Thank you for the detailed info and suggestions. It does seem like I applied too much torque at too sharp an angle. If it did come with documentation, I've long since lost it. There's probably no way...
Replies: 6
Views: 809
Posted By kmp878

Why do I keep breaking flexible drill bits?

Hi, I have a tool that I think is called a flexible drill bit, of flexible drill/chuck extender. It's used to screw or drill using a power drill in difficult spots where the drill itself won't reach....
08-23-16, 01:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,593
Posted By kmp878

Huge holes in lawn. Cicada killer wasp?

Hello. I live in northern New Jersey and have a sandy soil property which is mostly covered with grass (fescue, rye, bluegrass mix).

I recently noticed a few Cicada Killer Wasps in my backyard....
05-02-16, 09:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 642
Posted By kmp878

Thanks for your tips on the controller. I...

Thanks for your tips on the controller. I definitely do want to install a rain sensor so that I don't have to manually override it when there's rain.

One point I glossed over for simplicity is...
04-29-16, 08:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 642
Posted By kmp878

Questions to ask during sprinkler irrigation estimate?

Hello,

My home sits on a 0.27 acre rectangular lot with a two-tiered backyard (retaining wall), with the lower tier sloping downward toward the property rear. Besides some small patio/deck areas,...
06-11-15, 09:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,012
Posted By kmp878

Hi @Vermont! Thanks for the idea. I myself had...

Hi @Vermont! Thanks for the idea. I myself had wondered if it was grubs. I had a bad grub infestation last year, which lead to the lawn being town apart last fall by skunks looking for a snack, just...
06-10-15, 08:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,012
Posted By kmp878

Here are some close-ups of the lawn. The areas...

Here are some close-ups of the lawn. The areas that look like sand in the zoomed out photo are actually matted down dead grass. If it were just an issue of under-watering, I would have expected that...
06-09-15, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,012
Posted By kmp878

Hi @marksr. Thanks for your comment. Is there...

Hi @marksr. Thanks for your comment. Is there still time to reseed now, or better to wait until the fall?
06-09-15, 10:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,012
Posted By kmp878

Hi @NorthernWinds, thanks for your reply. Answers...

Hi @NorthernWinds, thanks for your reply. Answers below:


> What's the soil like underneath the area where the grass is more sparse, and was this area elevated above the remaining lower part of...
06-09-15, 08:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,012
Posted By kmp878

How to fix irregular brown/dying patches of grass?

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I am having some problems with my lawn and am interested in suggestions for proper care. In my opinion, the lawn looks generally healthy, but there are many irregularly shaped tan/brown...
Replies: 12
Views: 4,218
Posted By kmp878

Thank you for all the comments and follow up...

Thank you for all the comments and follow up questions.

@czizzi re:Pop-up... The pop up drain assembly does have cutouts for the overflow. In my past cleaning attempts, I've filled the sink enough...
Replies: 12
Views: 4,218
Posted By kmp878

Mold in Sink P-Trap

I have a sink in a small bathroom which frequently gives off an odor. The bathroom contains only a toilet and sink (no shower). I installed the sink myself, and installed what I believe is a correct...
05-06-15, 02:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 769
Posted By kmp878

Thank you for the detailed response. The tree is...

Thank you for the detailed response. The tree is annoyingly both on my and my neighbor's property, so removal would require some agreement between us. So my goal for now is just managing to keep it...
05-06-15, 12:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 769
Posted By kmp878

Managing unwanted Callery Pear tree seedlings

My home has a mature Callery Pear tree (may also be called a Bradford Pear) tree in the front yard. This is a tree which blooms white flowers in the spring time (around now) which have an often-times...
01-06-15, 10:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 741
Posted By kmp878

Thank you all for the comments. And thanks...

Thank you all for the comments. And thanks especially to PJMax for the thorough explanation and graphic. That makes a lot of sense, considering the house had an old/unused alarm system that was still...
01-05-15, 02:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 741
Posted By kmp878

Is this old telephony equipment?

I found an ugly mess of wiring in my basement, in the utility closet which houses the water and gas meters. It looks like some sort of large metal lug with 3 conductors, sitting under a beige plastic...
08-04-14, 03:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,063
Posted By kmp878

I hooked up a multimeter and found that Neutral...

I hooked up a multimeter and found that Neutral (red wire on multimeter) to Hot (black wire on multimeter) was 240V. And that Hot to Ground was about 1.2V. So I think this means:
1) I do have my hot...
08-01-14, 09:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,063
Posted By kmp878

Yeah. I had considered the amperage when...

Yeah. I had considered the amperage when selecting the outlet, but P = VI, so I was forgetting half of the equation.
08-01-14, 09:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,063
Posted By kmp878

Hi Ray. Yes, you are right.. I keep harping on...

Hi Ray. Yes, you are right.. I keep harping on what my plug-in tester said, but you and others have made it clear that this is the wrong tool for the job. I believe that the best course of action is...
07-31-14, 07:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,063
Posted By kmp878

Thank you all for the suggestions. The GFCI...

Thank you all for the suggestions. The GFCI receptacle that I am using is by Hubbell (Hubbell Incorporated (http://www.hubbell.com/)). I confirmed this morning that the outlet still provides power,...
07-30-14, 12:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,063
Posted By kmp878

GFCI end-of-life, related to hot/neutral being swapped?

The air handler for my central air conditioning system has an on/off switch wired in series so that it can be turned off (for service or emergency). Inspector says I need to add an always-on outlet...
04-26-14, 11:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,399
Posted By kmp878

Spot on! Thank you very much. Now to check...

Spot on! Thank you very much. Now to check whether my local home improvement store's favorite fertilizer+weed killer can handle this plant.
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