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  1. Re: Unusual Clawfoot tub drain/vent question

    inspector approved the plan (he actually suggested it), so we are good code-wise. i'll give it a whirl without a vent and see how it does.
  2. Unusual Clawfoot tub drain/vent question

    Dear TOH forum gurus,

    OK - this one might be a little odd... so bear with me... :)

    I'm installing an *outdoor* clawfoot tub on my deck. I'm blocking the overflow hole so we can take deeper...
  3. Re: Motion Switch and Dimmer on a 3-way - can it be done?

    i looked at the Lutron ones, but a big complaint is that the auto-on feature triggers on motion only and does not respect ambient light. seems silly to have a energy-saving motion switch that turns...
  4. Re: Motion Switch and Dimmer on a 3-way - can it be done?

    thanks canuk - figured you'd reply :)

    i'll check out the link you sent - thanks.

    yeah - basement is all done as of about 18mo ago, pictures here:
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  5. Motion Switch and Dimmer on a 3-way - can it be done?

    I have a 3-way switched set of lights (line-voltage incandescents) and one of the 3-way switches has a dimmer on it.

    I would like to replace the non-dimmer 3-way with a occupancy sensor switch. My...
  6. Re: Plastic Box to Exterior Metal Box Grounding Issue

    hhmm... logically i suppose that works - i'm taking the ground into the fixture boxes anyway and all the metal boxes and conduit are connect, so i guess that first box get a ground via the conduit...
  7. Plastic Box to Exterior Metal Box Grounding Issue

    I have a typical recessed round plastic box for a ceiling light. I want to put a metal junction box on the outside of it and run surface-mounted metal conduit to two surface-mounted fixtures (in...
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    Re: Heating PEX Copper Stubs

    fencepost,

    thanks. the copper stubs are tied into a plate, so there shouldn't be any stress caused. here's a photo of the rough-in before drywall:
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    Heating PEX Copper Stubs

    I had a plumber run some new pex supplies for a sink in my basement. The pex stubs into 1/2" copper for the rough-ins as normal.

    The supply faucet I want to put on the copper is NPT threaded vs....
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    Re: 3 way dimmers. I'm feeling pretty dim.

    true. today i got up at 5am to bbq a 10lb pork butt, did a huge dump run, baked cookies, poured concrete, installed a toilet, reglazed a door, picked out my 55" LCD TV for the basement project...
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    Re: 3 way dimmers. I'm feeling pretty dim.

    jim - you're a funny man! i drywalled already and my patchup-mudding skills aren't worthy enough :)
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    Re: 3 way dimmers. I'm feeling pretty dim.

    or better yet - here's a photo of the two offending dimmers in question. pre and post insulation.

    oh - and to canuks comment, both of these 3-way switch circuits are on the same branch circuit....
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    Re: 3 way dimmers. I'm feeling pretty dim.

    it's a double-gang shallow plastic box with a double mudring that has just 1 switch slot centered in it.

    see attached box.jpg:
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    Re: 3 way dimmers. I'm feeling pretty dim.

    Interesting overheating theory. Both the 3-way dimmers in question are each in their own individual box. They are both in a weird wall - it's a concrete wall that is fir'ed out with 2x2's. The box is...
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    Re: 3 way dimmers. I'm feeling pretty dim.

    oddly enough, everything is working fine again this morning. i'm suspicious that the dimmer is mis-behaving when overheated. i'm going to leave the lights on again for a while and see if i can...
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    Re: 3 way dimmers. I'm feeling pretty dim.

    for the last one that died, i used my multimeter in resistance mode to ensure the travelers were correct.

    any recommendations for validating a bad dimmer using a multimeter? i assume in OFF mode,...
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    3 way dimmers. I'm feeling pretty dim.

    I have new a circuit that I put in during a basement remodel that has a pair of fixtures on a 3-way switch. there is a normal 3-way switch at one end and a 3-way dimmer at the other end.
    ...
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    Re: Fixing Window Jamb Extensions

    i'd love some clarification on this thread, as i'm confused about one part. i'm a bit of a noob, so bear with me :)

    if the jam extensions stick out past the drywall in a 'tapered' way (ie. lets...
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    Re: Whats the American word for an Acro Prop?

    thanks for all the feedback and dictionary translations :)
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    Whats the American word for an Acro Prop?

    In the UK, we use adjustable steel shafts to take temporary load of beams etc.

    They look like this picture shown below:

    What the heck to Americans call these? :) (picture below)

    I want to...
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    Re: Vapour Barrier Confusion

    Follow-up for future readers:

    We ended up using closed-cell spray foam, and framed the walls 2" away from the concrete to create a continuous vapor barrier. It cost about $2400 for a ~900sq ft...
  22. Tips wanted on re-covering laminate counters in-place

    I'm planning on putting some new laminate over some existing laminate counters. From what I've read, it looks fairly straight forward, however I'm confused about one part when doing this with out...
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    Re: Slippery Granite Steps

    why rent when you can buy? :) i think you just gave me permission to add one to my growing tool arsenal ;)

    if only i had bought shares in home depot before i bought half the store...
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    Re: Slippery Granite Steps

    sealer mixed with sand - love it! sounds simple.

    the granite is several years old and quite dirty - any suggestions on what i should clean it with prior to adding the sealer?

    thx,
    -brett
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    Slippery Granite Steps

    We have two beautiful granite slab steps on the path up to our house... however, they are smooth granite on the tops - which makes them dangerously slippy in the rain.

    Any ideas for how I can...
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