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    Re: PV Array On an 1836 Antique Colonial Home

    What about PV shingles?
    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1205726,00.html

    I looked into these a couple of years ago and the options available in the US were limited but I believe things...
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    Re: Wires going over studs (remodeling kitchen)

    Maybe I missed something but what's the problem with putting a couple of junction boxes inside the new cabinets? They would be accessible and most likely hidden by whatever items you store in there....
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    Re: How to find Stained Glass buyers?

    I am also from Baltimore and though I don't know of anything specific to Stained Glass... I can tell you that there are probably some consignment shops that would sell them for you for a cut of the...
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    Re: Replacing high bulbs

    Since this is not a one-time thing (bulbs will keep burning out - usually when it is most inconvenient) you might consider replacing the fixture(s) with a model that pulls down. That way you bring...
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    Re: Water dripping from bathroom fan

    As long as your handyman knows to turn off the circuit breaker (assuming they even need to go near the fan) then I see no reason to have an electrician invovled.

    Depending on how the exterior vent...
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    Re: Troubleshooting short

    I was thinking the same thing. My GFCI receptacles are all indoors upstream of any standard outdoor outlets. Much cheaper to replace if/when the outdoor outlets corrode from weather and also easier...
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    Re: Lower attic insulation and rewire

    Unless I'm reading it wrong... the original post implies the 1951 wiring is not grounded. I can't think of a better time to take care of that then right now when things are accessible and you don't...
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    Re: Half of my house on one breaker!

    My house was built in '56 and when we upgraded the panel we faced the same issue. The old panel had 8 breakers. One serviced the electric oven and the clothes dryer. One serviced the entire kitchen...
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    Re: Connect TV to motion sensor

    What's to stop someone from just getting a broomstick and just waving it in front of the motion sensor every couple of minutes? If you just throw away your TV remote you can at least insure they have...
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    Re: Recycling Barn wood

    Excellent work! I enjoyed looking through your photo gallery and especially love the pics with the cats.

    I like the use of the metal roofing. What do you use to seal the sharp edges?
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    Re: What to do with good used parts?

    If Habitat takes them that's great.
    Some other ideas...
    Here in Baltimore we have a place called the Loading Dock
    http://www.loadingdock.org/ They take used and leftover building materials and...
  12. Re: I need something to lock my dryer from my neighbors

    How about a long strip of metal strap hanger (like used to to suspend and support pipes)? You could wrap a piece all the way around the dryer covering the door. The kind I'm thinking of has holes...
  13. Thread: broken bulb

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    Re: broken bulb

    Duct tape use # 496...
    Wad up some duct tape - sticky side out. Push it up into the socket enough to more or less fill it with enough sticking out to hold on to.
    Twist
    Twist
    Twist

    Same safety...
  14. Thread: Magnetic energy

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    Re: Magnetic energy

    Poppycock!

    If there were any truth to it they would be selling the generators instead of the plans to build it yourself.

    And that phony youtube new story... please.
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    Re: Doorbell keeps going out

    I hate to ask but have you checked the doorbell button?
    When my doorbell has stopped working it's usually because rain or moisture has gotten into the button causing it to stick in the "pushed"...
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    Re: Definition of an AB Box

    Hmmm.... Do they make one of those that throws BOTTLES ?!
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    Re: Definition of an AB Box

    True...
    That's the most exercise I've had in quite a while. Usually it's just back and forth to the fridge. :o
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    Re: Definition of an AB Box

    Same here...

    Hmm... but using that same theory might this refer to a cutover switch used to automatically (or manually) switch between street power and a backup generator?
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    Thoughts about solar water heating

    I considered hijacking the recent related thread because it is relevant to a project I've been considering. But I thought a new thread might be better in case others search on this later. This could...
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    Re: Turning a big tree into lumber for an extension?

    I seem to recall an episode of TOH where they used a crane and backhoe to actually transplant some old growth trees into a new development.

    I imagine the cost would be up there but if you are also...
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    Re: Replacing Two Prong Outlets

    My house was built in 1956 and it was wired with an older type of Romex that did include a ground. I believe all of the boxes were grounded but the outlets were the old 2 prong ones.

    I did not...
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    Re: Help for a friend...

    I see what you are saying. I guess it does point to a wiring issue and I was just mislead by my friend's insistence that it used to work. I would have dug into it a bit more but it was late when he...
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    Help for a friend...

    My friend lives in a 100 year old row home that has had several renovations by several different people.

    His kitchen was redone a couple of years ago with new wiring and fixtures. He tells me...
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    Re: Wiring and Fuse Box questions

    Of course it's no guarantee but if the current owners put so much other work into it, they likely determined it wasn't necessary to update the electric or they ran new wire where needed. If what you...
  25. Thread: Thermostat

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    Re: Thermostat

    Did he test the heat when he switched thermostats? If it WAS working correctly then it may be as simple as a breaker or switch on your furnace being switched off for the summer. And those would be...
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