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    Thanks for you update. Sadly, I've had...

    Thanks for you update.

    Sadly, I've had similar results with HVAC techs in my area. I had to pay 3 times to have a tech come out and each had a different story. Ultimately, I fixed it myself.
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    Often there is a fuse/breaker near the outside...

    Often there is a fuse/breaker near the outside unit. Did you check to see if they were still good.
  3. Question: Cutting into asphalt

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    Thanks for your reply. I do want to call in for...

    Thanks for your reply. I do want to call in for estimates because I may want the whole thing pulled out and replaced with concrete. Thanks for your advice.
  4. Question: Cutting into asphalt

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    Cutting into asphalt

    I am looking at installing snow melt into my asphalt driveway using pex syte tubing. I have 2 questions.

    1. Since there are various turns, am I better off using a jack hammer or a concrete saw? I...
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    Please do post your results.

    Please do post your results.
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    They didn't test the condeser. I will check to...

    They didn't test the condeser. I will check to see if 208V feed measures OK. I would think so because the fan is going full blast and I hear the condenser motor start. The only thing the did was test...
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    You are exactly right. The frustrating thing is...

    You are exactly right. The frustrating thing is that I paid for a AC company to come out and they tried to tell me it was a circuit board problem and that the compressor wasn't getting any voltage....
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    Do you main the air filter? Or is there another...

    Do you main the air filter? Or is there another filter. The air filter is one of those electrostatic filters set up on the return grill. The air seems to be coming out at the same force as before. If...
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    AC stopped cooling all of a sudden

    My central air was cooling just fine all day. Around 5pm tonight the air coming out of the ducts wasn't cold any longer. I have a computer monitor the temps in the different rooms of the house and I...
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    Thanks for the help. The wire does seem to be...

    Thanks for the help. The wire does seem to be about #14-16. Thanks for the tip on the male and female adapters. I will carefully see if I can somehow use the speaker wire as a pull wire first and if...
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    Thanks for the answers. The local mountains is in...

    Thanks for the answers. The local mountains is in southern calif near big bear lake. I wish I had know about the poison you are talking about because I am dealing with the dead animal smell by using...
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    Rats, holes and a mountain house

    I bought a house in the local mountains. The house had been vacant and after finding some mouse droppings I placed some poison pellets to get rid of them. After more investigation I found that under...
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    Probably not a smart thing but...

    I need to power a camera but there isn't any power near by. It is 2 prong connection. Exactly where I need the power is a speaker cable with the other end right near a wall outlet. I am tempted to...
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    Multiple thermostats...

    If I bought 3 thermostats and connected them all to my HVAC system would it cause problems? I am thinking the thermostats would/may give the HVAC conflicting info and because of that I would need a...
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    A little research

    Labman,
    Thanks for you answer. I took some time and when upstairs to see what they could have added. Here is what I think.
    A wire is tapped into the air return duct and a wire is also tapped into...
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    Thanks that helps.

    I appreciate the answer but it created another question.
    A couple of years ago the utility company installed (with my approval) something on my A/C that would suppossedly reduce my utility bill....
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    Most energy efficient

    Is it better to keep the temperature in the house, close to the desired temperature all day, or let the house heat up in the summer, only to have to bring it back down when you are on the way home?...
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    Screen Door

    My wife very astutely pointed out that if you had a residential requirement that doors open outward then how could you put up a screen door unless the screen door was inside and opened to the inside....
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    Door opening in or out?

    I am in the middle of a room addition. The addition includes a new door that opens to the back yard. The plans which have been approved by the city show the door opening inwards to the inside. We...
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    I love my tankless

    I love my tankless water heater.

    I have a Bosch that is electronic ignition (no standing pilot). I installed it only for the busiest bathroom and although the hot water isn't instant it is within...
  21. Question: Ducts too big?

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    Ducts too big?

    I am setting up some HVAC Zones in my home. I bought the motorized dampers and the bypass dampers. I did not take a scientific approach and just guessed at the size of the ducts/dampers based on what...
  22. Question: Bathroom Wiring

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    Thanks for the detail

    I am also remodeling a bathroom and decided to add a light/fan over the shower. I had not thought of GFI protecting it. Do I need to have a GFI circuit breaker or will a GFI outlet upstream do?
  23. Question: 2 week notice

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    2 week notice

    Can an employer terminate you after you give 2 weeks notice without pay? I've heard of employers terminating employees but paying them for the 2 weeks. Someone that works in HR here in California...
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    3 Way motion sensor

    Tkrussell,
    The model number is PR180-1LW. The wiring diagram shows an example of a 3-way installation with the PR180 to a standard 3 way switch.

    Labman,


    The example shows the black wire...
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    Motion sensors on 3 way switch

    First I apologize for my terminology. I have a switch a the bottom of the stairs and one at the top of the stairs. They both control the same light fixture. I think this is called a 3 way switch?
    ...
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    Motion sensors on 3 way switch

    Posted in the wrong forum. Please ingore.
  27. Question: Hanging flex ducts

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    Hanging flex ducts

    I am adding 2 rooms to my home. I have a forced air AC/Gas Furnace system that uses flexible ducts. They are lying on top of my joists and insulation. I read somewhere that they should be hung up....
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    It helps a lot

    Tkrussel,
    Thanks for your reply it helps a lot. I just need to take a systematic approach but I am starting to think I don't have a big problem.
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    Restate the problem

    A key thing I want to point out is that my AC/Heater has been completely disconnected for the last month but my bills are still sky high.

    A question: Can a short or a hot connected to a neutral...
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    Heater Electric/Gas

    About 2 months ago I replaced my electric water heater with Gas and still not much improvement in my bill. The central air is gas for heating.
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    Any way to measure electricity usage by circuit

    My electric bill has been really high! Sometimes reaching over $600 for a 2400 sq ft house. I thought it was the cost of electricity and my family constantly using the central air conditioner....
  32. Question: Shared neutral

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    I will ripp it out

    Labman,
    Thanks for the advice. I will replace the wiring.
  33. Question: Shared neutral

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    Thanks

    Thanks. I appreciate the answer. I do have a flourencent on the cicuit. Why would a flourencent cause the neutral to be hot?
  34. Question: Shared neutral

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    Shared neutral

    I have a 50 year old home. I am doing some remodeling and found that I have 2 separate circuits sharing the same neutral. I hadn't seen this before and I am worried about it. Is this in itself a...
  35. Question: Copper to PVC

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    Copper to PVC

    My house has all copper pipes. However, I noticed that from the street main before the house there is a tee that connects copper to PVC. The PVC branch is connected to my sprinklers and nothing else....
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    Tankless heater for Radiant floor heating

    I read somewhere that you can't use a tankless water heater for hydronic floor heating. Yet the tankless heater I purchased (Nortis or something like that), specifically states that as one of the...
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