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Just a thought. Are you using dynamic or static...

Just a thought. Are you using dynamic or static IP addresses? The reason I'm asking is if you have two devices attempting to use the same IP address, it can bring a network to it's knees in a...
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How close are your neighbors? It's possible a...

How close are your neighbors? It's possible a nearby neighbor started using the same wifi channel as you, causing interference. You can download a wifi channel scanner to your phone and see...
09-18-20, 01:30 PM
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Sorry my bad. I should have mentioned that it...

Sorry my bad. I should have mentioned that it is AC.
Forum: Water Heaters
09-18-20, 01:26 PM
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Just my 2. Your course of action will depend...

Just my 2. Your course of action will depend on your circumstances. If you can afford it, I would go ahead and replace the water heater (and expansion tank) now. The reason is that your old...
09-18-20, 01:13 PM
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Switch power rating

I have a toggle switch that is rated for 250V/10A. If I use this switch on a 110V circuit, would the max rating remain at 10A or be something else? :help:
01-15-20, 06:48 PM
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Quick redneck fix ...... wrap the GFCI outlet a...

Quick redneck fix ...... wrap the GFCI outlet a few times in electrical tape so the contacts are covered.
01-15-20, 03:06 PM
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Smartthings link to Honeywell Tuxedo/Vista 21ip alarm system?

Until recently, I was using a Honeywell Tuxedo keypad to control the z-wave devices around the house. As you all probably know (and I recently figured out) the Honeywell Tuxedo doesn't do that...
01-15-20, 02:38 PM
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Need help with re-wiring an attic fan thermostat

I have an attic fan installed in a 8x10 chicken coop, mainly to keep it relatively cool(er) in the summer months. The fan is controller by the attic fan thermostat. Something like this .....
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When the OP stated the fan has only 1 white and 1...

When the OP stated the fan has only 1 white and 1 black, was that for the old fan or the new fan?
09-22-19, 11:21 PM
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I'm not a electrician, nor do I play one on TV. ...

I'm not a electrician, nor do I play one on TV.

However IMHO, running a 20 amp oven off of a 40 amp circuit, could possibly create a fire hazard, since the oven could overload and the 40 amp...
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Check YouTube for videos on a "bump key". It...

Check YouTube for videos on a "bump key".

It entails cutting notches in a blank key, then using it to unlock the door while "bumping" the key with another object.

If you get the door...
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Most new homes do not have insulation over the...

Most new homes do not have insulation over the garage or in the walls of the garage, as a way to cut costs. If you want to retain heat in the garage during the winter months, you may want to put...
09-22-19, 04:00 PM
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4-inch and 6-inch drawer pulls should work for...

4-inch and 6-inch drawer pulls should work for you.
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I suspect there is one set of black/white wires...

I suspect there is one set of black/white wires for the line/power. And two other for the fan/light combo, meaning one set of wires controls the light and the other set controls the fan.

When...
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Why don't you cut the 25" hole in the first layer...

Why don't you cut the 25" hole in the first layer of wood with a jigsaw, then attach it to the second piece?
09-22-19, 07:21 AM
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Thinking about swapping GFCI outlets with GFCI breakers

Our house is three years old. When it was built, the electrician put GFCI outlets in the oddest places (garage, closet, etc.). Occasionally one will trip and then the hunt is on, especially at...
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Royally confused by neighbor's lawnmower

My neighbor, has a Troy-bilt TB230, 21" self-propelled lawn mower, with a Briggs & Stratton 725EX series, 163cc engine. She bought the mower three years ago, and apparent has been running good...
05-12-19, 12:19 PM
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If you can find it, there is freeware PC software...

If you can find it, there is freeware PC software called PhoneTrayFree that monitors your phone line through a USB modem and does most of what you're asking.

The only problem is PhoneTrayFree...
05-12-19, 12:12 PM
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Occasionally my wife works out there, cleaning...

Occasionally my wife works out there, cleaning up, etc., and gets "too hot". If the ThermoCube hasn't kicked on the fan, she is miserable and I hear about it, because she wants me to get the fan...
05-12-19, 12:06 PM
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If you're planning to sell the house, you may as...

If you're planning to sell the house, you may as well replace the breaker panel. Any home inspector worth his salt will ding you for the Zinsco breaker panel, especially if you're charging your car...
05-12-19, 12:00 PM
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Z-wave with temperature control???

We have a Honeywell TUXWIFIW for a security system keypad, which also acts as a z-wave hub. It's not the most advanced z-wave hub out there, but it works.

We also have a animal shelter out back...
04-05-19, 02:34 PM
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In order to get the post effect in your sample...

In order to get the post effect in your sample photo, I would go with 6x6s, in metal post holders and cover the posts with either rough-cut cedar boards or a pvc sleeve made for 6x6 posts.
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Attic fan

I have a newer home (four years old), and the attic gets hot in the summer months. I haven't measured it, but I basically start sweating the moment I go into the attic.

I have two gable...
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Adding a System Sensor 5621 to Vista 21IP

We currently have half a dozen System Sensor 2W-B smoke detectors throughout our home, which are connected to the #1 Fire zone of our Vista 21ip system.

I would like to add a System Sensor...
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For our garden shed, I spaced the rafters 24"...

For our garden shed, I spaced the rafters 24" apart and used 2x6s, with a 3/4" sheathing.

For our goat shelter, I spaced the rafters 16" apart and used 2x4s, with 5/8" sheathing.
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