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    Re: How to break up a circuit with a shared neutral?

    Very true. I didn't go back and read all the posts, and I sure don't remember it much except for my misspelling of amateur :) That thread was from 2008,coming back to life after that long it should...
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    Re: How to break up a circuit with a shared neutral?

    It is both unsafe and a violation of the NEC to feed both hot wires on a MWBC from the same phase. While each hot may be protected at 20 amps on a #12 conductor, it is very possible you will have...
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    Re: Re-plumbing slab pipes with PEX in attic

    It sounds more like the old polybutylene tubing than PEX, it was notorious for leaking. I have a garden shed plumbed with PEX and it freezes several times a year without any leaks.
  4. Thread: Leaking pipes

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    Re: Leaking pipes

    Electrolysis, most likely they didn't use dielectric unions when connecting to steel pipe, boiler, water heater, or before going into slab. You will have to repipe as there is no cure. Pex is the...
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    Re: 120 volt power sometimes

    The pump has moisture in it, probably in the float switch.
  6. Thread: banging radiators

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    Re: banging radiators

    Banging would indicate water hammer. Popping, squawking, moaning, and screeching is more likely caused by movement while expanding and contracting. If you had steam heat, the answer would be...
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    cement block cutting

    I need to cut a 22"H x 32" W hole in a cement block wall. Anyone have any suggestions how to do this without spending a lot of money? It needs to have somewhat clean edges, so a saw cut is about...
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    Re: 1950 Tract Home, few 3 prong outlets, but...

    Our inspectors require the total upgrade of the house wiring to the current code if any part of the service is upgraded. This typically costs 5-10k dollars depending on the house, it can go a lot...
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    Re: Hot water heating question

    If you create a high point in a line where air can accumulate, you must add a venting valve on the top of the line. It can be manual or automatic. If you create a low point, you will also have...
  10. Re: Can strand mix with solid of same gage in circuit?

    There is no problem as long as they are the same gauge.
  11. Re: Garage Floor drain blocked; 2in. flood when it rains

    A plumbing contractor can fix it, do not use the idiot that filled the drain with cement. Cut out a square around the existing drain and replace with a new one. Either cut a trench to the sump and...
  12. Thread: Heating

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    Re: Heating

    I believe you can fix the problem with a good quality satin paint, as it is a reaction with the warm air, humidity, and particles in the air, with the paint. You may need one coat of Kilz to keep...
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    Re: Under Cabinet Lighting

    http://www.americanlighting.com/products.cfm?ProdCatID=1

    This is a top quality brand with a lot of options. I never buy Lowes or HD's "house brand" as they are a fire hazard.
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    Re: Water Heater Anode with Resistor

    The resistorized anode is one of their best anodes, and is used only in their most expensive products. It is not quickly eaten up in high mineral content water, and more importantly, it does not...
  15. Thread: one pipe steam

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    Re: one pipe steam

    Electrolysis, you need dielectric flanges is my guess. With scrap copper bringing $3/lb, it might pay for the change to CI.
  16. Thread: Packing Peanuts

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    Re: Packing Peanuts

    Styrofoam aka styrene and polystyrene, and the newer polyurethane foams aka spray foam, foam in a can, and Great Stuff, are combustible. The real danger, though, is smoke. A good example is in the...
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    Re: IC rated recessed lighting

    You probably have blown in cellulose insulation (which is treated with a fire retardant during manufacture). IC rated fixtures are for direct contact with any insulation material. They have sealed...
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    Re: Insulating Return Duct

    The codes require insulation, and it is very important for the proper operation of the HVAC system. In the attic, you need a minimum of R-4 on the return and R-8 on the supply ducts. That is the...
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    Re: Boiler Pipe Insulation

    The mylar bubble insulation uses a misleading R value and would be a mistake to use. It will not meet the 25/50 smoke and flame spread requirements which are required for fire safety.
    The true R...
  20. Thread: Become a Moderator

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    Re: Become a Moderator

    Do you want spam names added to the list started by A. Spruce on 3/2 ? It's a long thread. It would be nice to have a button to select on each new thread/post where anyone who read it could report...
  21. Thread: Spammers

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    Re: Spammers

    bryancole
    spam
  22. Thread: Become a Moderator

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    Re: Become a Moderator

    This sounds like a great improvement. How many moderators are you looking for, and what are the requirements? I am not on the forum that often, but if it involves removing spam, I'm all for it.
  23. Thread: Anode Rod

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    Re: Anode Rod

    Read this article before removing the anode.

    http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Troubleshooting/stinky-water-in-hot-water-heaters.html
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    Re: raise exhaust pipe from furnace?

    Get the model number for the furnace, then get the manufacturers specs for the installation. There are also some mechanical codes regarding distances to windows, doors, air intakes, etc. They will...
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    Re: Safety of non-venting gas range hoods

    Although they are legal (in most places) and common, I believe unvented hoods should be banned. They serve no purpose except to provide light and noise. All the heat, humidity, combustion gases,...
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