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by diggler306
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: what to use for backing for tiles in shower
Replies: 24
Views: 1504

Re: what to use for backing for tiles in shower

Thanks for the replys fellas!
by diggler306
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: what to use for backing for tiles in shower
Replies: 24
Views: 1504

Re: what to use for backing for tiles in shower

On the topic of DensShield, I just picked up a bunch to do the tub/shower surround in my basement bathroom. I've never used it before but I liked that it's easy to cut because I'm planning on using a pre-fab niche and cutting it in after starting the tile for perfect placement. I can easily use a mu...
by diggler306
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Best Window Treatment for Room Darkening?
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Re: Best Window Treatment for Room Darkening?

The only true way to get the best darkening is blackout curtains. We tried the blackout cellular shade blinds, and while they do actually do a good job, they are flawed when mounted inside the window frame. There will always be gaps on both sides of the blinds that will let in light lazer beams. We ...
by diggler306
Mon May 14, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Nest Thermostat Not Cooling
Replies: 12
Views: 593

Re: Nest Thermostat Not Cooling

Purchased the house last fall and then purchased the Nest. Never used the A/C. Now, finally starting to get warm and it's not working. Looking at some of the comments, I should try to rotate the pull-out handle outside. Checked the circuit breakers. THey are all on. So the reason for my recent AC p...
by diggler306
Mon May 14, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Air Conditioning condenser not working
Replies: 21
Views: 622

Re: Air Conditioning condenser not working

Aaron wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 2:56 pm
I think I heard reports of frost in northern Minn, so I think our summer has wrapped up for the year now. lol
emtnut wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 8:04 pm
Finally has been nice here in Ontario, for a few days ... If this keeps up, we may get 2 1/2 weeks of summer :mrgreen:
The "joys" of being Northerners eh? :D
by diggler306
Sat May 12, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Air Conditioning condenser not working
Replies: 21
Views: 622

Re: Air Conditioning condenser not working

RESOLVED! I did a quick test and bypassed the pressure switches by running the black thermostat wire directly to the contactor - guess what? It engaged! So I opened up the unit and cleaned the VERY DIRTY coils. Then found the pressure switch reset button (red button- see below) and pressed it - BOO...
by diggler306
Sat May 12, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Air Conditioning condenser not working
Replies: 21
Views: 622

Re: Air Conditioning condenser not working

I'd say it's probably leaked some refrigerant and the low pressure switch is preventing it from turning on. Your diagram shows an optional 'A4' timer. If equipped, this could be the problem. (timer stuck off or set to be off right now) If you can access where the switches are, you could visually in...
by diggler306
Fri May 11, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Air Conditioning condenser not working
Replies: 21
Views: 622

Re: Air Conditioning condenser not working

Further to what I just said about losing voltage inside the unit... here is the wiring diagram for my Lennox 13ACX. C and Y1 on the right side of the diagram show the thermostat wires. One goes directly to the contactor, the other routes through the pressure switches. Since I know I have 21V on teh ...
by diggler306
Fri May 11, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Air Conditioning condenser not working
Replies: 21
Views: 622

Re: Air Conditioning condenser not working

Update: I checked R + C at the furnace control board and we had 28V. I checked C + Y with cooling call and had 27V. So I checked the red/white thermostat wires in the condenser with cooling calling, and I only have 21V. See photo. Is that voltage loss normal? The thermostat wire is likely only about...
by diggler306
Thu May 10, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Air Conditioning condenser not working
Replies: 21
Views: 622

Re: Air Conditioning condenser not working

Here's a few pics! One of my thermostat (yes I see teh red wire's jacket is cut), two of the condenser unit, and the last is the circuit board in my furnace. One question I have: - In the condenser photo, the red wire from the red/black thermostat wire is pigtailed to a blue wire that goes to a circ...
by diggler306
Thu May 10, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Air Conditioning condenser not working
Replies: 21
Views: 622

Re: Air Conditioning condenser not working

Alright so I powered everything on and when I manually depressed the contactor, the unit fired up. So I made sure I had the Thermostat calling for cooling (the furnace fan does run when AC is on) then I put the meter on the 24V connections on the contactor and got nothing. Somewhere along the low vo...
by diggler306
Tue May 08, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: My DIY repair of MDF cabinet doors
Replies: 4
Views: 2031

Re: My DIY repair of MDF cabinet doors

Nice job! Looking super fresh. I have some window trim near the sink that is suffering the same fate. Glad to hear a success story.
by diggler306
Tue May 08, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Air Conditioning condenser not working
Replies: 21
Views: 622

Re: Air Conditioning condenser not working

If you're comfortable with the unit starting, with the cover off, and you beside it ... If you watch the contactor, and have someone make the call for AC, you should physically see the contactor pull in. If it doesn't, then it's either a bad contactor, or the furnace relay isn't sending 24Vac to it...
by diggler306
Tue May 08, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Air Conditioning condenser not working
Replies: 21
Views: 622

Re: Air Conditioning condenser not working

Hehe I know right? I think it peaked at 28C in the sun yesterday. The kids’ rooms were just too hot. The high is back down to 19 today and 13 tomorrow so we won’t need AC. :) I didn’t put a meter on the other side of the contactor but I did a quick visual inspection and checked that all wires were m...
by diggler306
Tue May 08, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Air Conditioning condenser not working
Replies: 21
Views: 622

Re: Air Conditioning condenser not working

What I do know is that after I killed the power to the AC unit, I checked for voltage using a non-contact tester on the signal cable coming from the furnace since the furnace power was still on. I had voltage there; I didn’t check for 24V specifically though.
by diggler306
Mon May 07, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Air Conditioning condenser not working
Replies: 21
Views: 622

Air Conditioning condenser not working

So I went to run my AC for the first time this year, and go figure, it doesn't work. I use the NEST thermostat (I have for years with no problem), and when I turned it to COOL, the furnace fan started up but it did not produce cold air. So I went outside to check the condenser, and it was not runnin...
by diggler306
Mon May 07, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Nest Thermostat Not Cooling
Replies: 12
Views: 593

Re: Nest Thermostat Not Cooling

So this is the first spring/summer that you've used the Nest? ie. You're questioning whether you wired the Nest correctly for AC? It could be something else unrelated, like a bad capacitor in the condenser unit. I was about to post here on the forum because I'm having the same problem (turned Nest t...
by diggler306
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Grout or Caulk floor tile to tub joint?
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Re: Grout or Caulk floor tile to tub joint?

Sounds good - thanks for the info guys! It's 12"x24"x3/8" tile over Ditra-Heat-TB and I used a 1/2"x1/2" trowel so the joint COULD take a bit more caulk if I weren't to pre-fill it a bit with either grout or foam backer as Shannon suggested. The tub is sitting on concrete (+shims) and it feels prett...
by diggler306
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Grout or Caulk floor tile to tub joint?
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Grout or Caulk floor tile to tub joint?

Hopefully quick question: should I actually fill the joint between the tub and floor tile with grout first, then come back after and caulk over top of it (I'm using a color matched caulk)? Or literally just fill the entire joint all along he tub with caulk only?
by diggler306
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Pocket door track bowed. How to fix?
Replies: 1
Views: 152

Pocket door track bowed. How to fix?

I've got a pocket door issue. I'm at the trim stage in my basement development, so I went to hang the 36" door on the rollers to get it all adjusted plumb and whatnot so I could put my trim on (BTW Shannon - your video was ultra helpful!). Unfortunately, I was having a heck of a time doing so. When ...
by diggler306
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Brainstorm! How to level concrete floor over cleanouts
Replies: 9
Views: 461

Re: Brainstorm! How to level concrete floor over cleanouts

Shannon wrote:cover it up with self leveller then and mark it.
Thanks Shannon.
by diggler306
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Prime before texture ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2676

Re: Prime before texture ?

We had our ceiling textured last month and they sprayed primer first then textured (knock down) over top. That's it. No paint/primer after.
by diggler306
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Brainstorm! How to level concrete floor over cleanouts
Replies: 9
Views: 461

Re: Brainstorm! How to level concrete floor over cleanouts

I just lay it in place ,once the underlay and carpet are over it it is barely detectable unless you step directly in it then you may notice it slightly. I see you are in Saskatchewan, that's where we are as well. Yup! Up here in Saskatoon. The cleanout is like right in the middle of a hallway so it...
by diggler306
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Brainstorm! How to level concrete floor over cleanouts
Replies: 9
Views: 461

Re: Brainstorm! How to level concrete floor over cleanouts

See there is a Smooth - On, dealer in your area. If not look it up on the internet they have products for mold making to include some that are pretty hard the material have a shore hardness that will very from soft to hard. These would be flexible so the thin edge would not crack. I have used many ...
by diggler306
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Brainstorm! How to level concrete floor over cleanouts
Replies: 9
Views: 461

Brainstorm! How to level concrete floor over cleanouts

I need help brainstorming ideas on how to FLATTEN the floor over top of my cleanout accesses in the basement concrete. See attached photos. We are going to lay carpet in this portion of the basement, but the cleanout access is lower than the surface of the concrete by roughly 1/2" - 3/4". You will d...
by diggler306
Mon May 15, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Laundry Detergent + bare drywall = ??
Replies: 7
Views: 441

Re: Laundry Detergent + bare drywall = ??

Thanks for all the advice folks - I'll let you know how it turns out. Gonna try to prime it with oil based and see how it goes. It's just a laundry room so I'll test the waters. The concrete actually looks like it came out good. I took up all the soap and then rinsed several times, letting it dry in...
by diggler306
Thu May 11, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Laundry Detergent + bare drywall = ??
Replies: 7
Views: 441

Re: Laundry Detergent + bare drywall = ??

Clarence wrote:If the soap contained a Sufactant it will be activated by moisture and seek to find it way to the surface if a water based product is used to cover it.
Yeah this is what I'm afraid of happening even with a skim coat and Kilz primer.

What a pain!
by diggler306
Thu May 11, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Laundry Detergent + bare drywall = ??
Replies: 7
Views: 441

Laundry Detergent + bare drywall = ??

So this will be an odd question... We had an incident where the liquid laundry detergent bottle fell off the top of the machine and exploded on the floor, spraying laundry detergent like arterial spray all over my freshly drywalled walls...... :cry: What affect will the detergent have on the drywall...
by diggler306
Sat May 06, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Cold air return size
Replies: 4
Views: 248

Re: Cold air return size

I'm just in the throws of putting up ceiling drywall over resilient channel. I decided to go with the channel because it wasn't much of an added cost. I paid about $100 for 26 channels. I put Roxul Safe & Sound in the ceiling also, which was a much more significant cost. What I've heard is that Roxu...
by diggler306
Tue May 02, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Cold Air Return bulkhead size (Basement)
Replies: 3
Views: 232

Re: Cold Air Return bulkhead size (Basement)

Thanks! I was doing volume calculations for a 3.5"x14.5" space to find an equivalent. Something like 6x9 worked to carry the same volume it seemed.