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by Aaron
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2682
Views: 63697

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Yeah, not campgrounds per se. We lived in Idaho briefly so we camped near the Snake River as I recall. I don't remember too much, it was like 1980-81.
by Aaron
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2682
Views: 63697

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Yeah I guess that is more of the mainstream idea of camping in the modern era. I just remember pitching the tent with my mom and dad at campgrounds and doing rustic camping as a kid and thinking it sucked pretty bad at the time, especially when it was hot out or when it rained. We only did it like 4...
by Aaron
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2682
Views: 63697

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

A buddy of mine has a boat on the St Croix river, so we hang out and chill on the boat and I will often spend the night in one of the berths. Sort of like camping?

Except there's creature comforts and no bugs and TV/movies. lol
by Aaron
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Newbie Here
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Re: Newbie Here

Welcome to the forum
by Aaron
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Wiring dishwasher and garburator
Replies: 7
Views: 121

Re: Wiring dishwasher and garburator

Also, not related to electrical but plumbing--make sure your dishwasher's discharge hose is mounted HIGH in your sink-base cabinet. It should come out of the dishwasher and go straight up and enter the sink base at the top, just under the counter. Then it should swoop down into the disposer's draina...
by Aaron
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Wiring dishwasher and garburator
Replies: 7
Views: 121

Re: Wiring dishwasher and garburator

First off, that electrical box is WAY too small, you will have a wire-fill violation if you cram all the splices in there. You should change that box out for a 4" square box, I recommend one 2 1/8" deep. Also, no more than two cables should enter a box connector (you currently have at least three). ...
by Aaron
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom Remodel
Replies: 22
Views: 501

Re: Bathroom Remodel

Yeah he's getting right on that, I am sure. Spruce loves pics.
by Aaron
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: confused myself
Replies: 15
Views: 246

Re: confused myself

Amperage (current) is drawn, not dispensed. Think of a truck towing a load. The fuse or breaker is like the linkage between the truck and the load it's towing. The linkage is designed so that it will break apart if the load exceeds the truck engine's towing capacity, so it protects the engine from o...
by Aaron
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: confused myself
Replies: 15
Views: 246

Re: confused myself

No.
by Aaron
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: confused myself
Replies: 15
Views: 246

Re: confused myself

You'll often see the term "ampacity" used to describe the gauge of wire. That word is a portmanteau of "amp capacity".
by Aaron
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: confused myself
Replies: 15
Views: 246

Re: confused myself

If you're wiring a subpanel, you would do it as I described above. Either you have a neutral conductor or you don't. If you do, you have one and only one to supply a subpanel. The neutral wire is always the same size as one or both of the hots that run with it. You never combine hots from both legs ...
by Aaron
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: confused myself
Replies: 15
Views: 246

Re: confused myself

What it sounds like you may be missing is a neutral conductor, which would be a white wire. Typically 240V appliances, such as an AC condenser, do not use neutral because the condenser motor operates on the two legs of alternating current (the red and black conductors). But if you hope to have a sub...
by Aaron
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Running natural gas line for a dryer
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: Running natural gas line for a dryer

It's not recommended for non-professionals (DIY'ers) to work on gas piping; it's quite dangerous and gas leaks can lead to explosions.
by Aaron
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom Remodel
Replies: 22
Views: 501

Re: Bathroom Remodel

C'mon you can't push a button to take a digital pic? Not like the old days when you had to get film developed!

Get your client to post some pics of you working. I know you can't wait to show off an action shot of you swinging a hammer or something.
by Aaron
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Before inspection do I teminate the wires or
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: Before inspection do I teminate the wires or

You're quite welcome. Good luck with your reno.
by Aaron
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom Remodel
Replies: 22
Views: 501

Re: Bathroom Remodel

Pics, pics, pics!!!! All this work and you have nothing to show for it??!?


For all we know you're making it all up. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
by Aaron
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Before inspection do I teminate the wires or
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: Before inspection do I teminate the wires or

Yes, there's typically a rough-in inspection where you typically have all cables coming into each device box or fixture box/holes, the sheath stripped, and the wires tucked inside for drywallers and painters. Cables at the panel are the same way, coming into the panel box at a length of at least a g...
by Aaron
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Post pictures
Replies: 1
Views: 88

Re: Post pictures

Under the text box where you type your post you should see two tabs, one of them is "Attachments". You can upload pics on this tab by clicking "Add files". After your pic or pics are uploaded, you can position the cursor in the text box where you typed your message and click "Place inline". If all y...
by Aaron
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2682
Views: 63697

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I think all bathrooms and laundry rooms should have floor drains! Why not?
by Aaron
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Sealing air duct that will be permanently hidden
Replies: 7
Views: 159

Re: Sealing air duct that will be permanently hidden

Boy I dunno. I'm not sure there's code either way you go. The mastic is probably overkill in most cases, or maybe should be used in ideal circumstances when you have easy access to apply it. That foil tape is very sticky stuff and I think it works pretty darn well at sealing ducts. If you can tempor...
by Aaron
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: window trim
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: window trim

Yeah, that's how it looks to me, you'll want to find flat trim moulding to dress up the exposed cavity that it's in, and then you can put standard trim casing around the window after that. Should look like a normal finished window when you're done.
by Aaron
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Congested Main Panel
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: Congested Main Panel

Also explore solar since you're in the south. You get nice clean AC current from photovoltaic panels. No spikes or sags. Big-time gov't energy rebates and your utility may be mandated to subtract surplus power you don't use.
by Aaron
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Congested Main Panel
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: Congested Main Panel

I'd probably take up that $9/mo service from your utility, honestly, at least for the time being. Nice and turn-key. They may install their device next to the meter so you aren't in any real hurry to modify your panel config. Cheap peace of mind.
by Aaron
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Replacing outdoor valve
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Replacing outdoor valve

I would avoid PVC for sure not least because of deterioration from UV exposure, but also because it's less strong for freeze/thaw of winter. This is not so much a concern if you're in a warm/dry climate. Underground is generally fine as it's protected form UV, but it should be Schedule 80 for rigidi...
by Aaron
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Congested Main Panel
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: Congested Main Panel

One thing you are fully in control of doing right now is assessing exactly what each breaker is powering throughout your house. There's no easy/fast way to do this... You turn off a breaker and go and discover which receptacles and lights are not energized. Make a very detailed inventory of exactly ...
by Aaron
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Congested Main Panel
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: Congested Main Panel

That's a pretty congested panel. Much of what you're asking depends on your local authority having jurisdiction (LAHJ). The LAHJ is typically your city, county, state or province--whichever governmental official who employs electrical inspectors in your area. Not all LAHJs have the same requirements...
by Aaron
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2682
Views: 63697

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

A. Spruce wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:42 am
emtnut wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:05 am
I didn't pick up on it :?

But I DO know that Trump will make American trucks better ... he's awesome that way 8-)
And by "American" you mean the ones built with Mexican and Canadian parts, right? :lol:
And, of course, parts from "Jinah!!!!" :lol:
by Aaron
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Unexpected encounter
Replies: 7
Views: 208

Re: Unexpected encounter

Just hope the wall on the first floor that has the pipe enclosed is not a load-bearing wall, because if it is, then the weight of the top floor is cantilevered rather than bearing directly down on it as it optimally should. It is odd there'd be that jog in the pipe in a newly- or recently-constructe...
by Aaron
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: avoiding bubbles in joint compound
Replies: 8
Views: 196

Re: avoiding bubbles in joint compound

A technique you may try is to make a water-glue solution, and use that solution with additional water to mix up quick-set mud. To make a liter of the solution, just find an empty plastic liter bottle and add about 200 ml of standard white PVA glue (Elmer's, Weldbond, etc.), and fill the rest with wa...
by Aaron
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Unexpected encounter
Replies: 7
Views: 208

Re: Unexpected encounter

Looks like your main soil stack pipe makes a short horizontal jog between the first and second floors. It's above the floor, very likely, because it runs perpendicular to your floor joists and would be hard or impossible to go through them so the pipe can be below the subfloor instead of above it, l...