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by Aaron
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Thermostat upgrade
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Thermostat upgrade

The $17 one from Menards could suit you just fine. You generally pay more for stats that are more customizable or easier to use. The "easy to use" factor is actually pretty important if you have other people that will be using the stat, or if you really want to maximize energy efficiency. I used to ...
by Aaron
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outdoor and Underground Conduit
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: Outdoor and Underground Conduit

Yeah you need THHN through conduit. White, black, and green. It's ideal to run the conduit between panels but that can be tricky, so you'd need a junction box to transition from NM to THHN conductors.
by Aaron
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Winterizing AC Unit
Replies: 5
Views: 336

Re: Winterizing AC Unit

Honestly, nothing...

You could stick a board or something on top of it, with a brick to weigh it down. That could help prevent snow and ice from building up inside.

But I haven't done that the last four winters so I don't think even that matters.
by Aaron
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3006
Views: 82293

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

We got a dusting here in the Twin Cities. Nothing like out west.
by Aaron
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3006
Views: 82293

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Meh. Just use a towel.
by Aaron
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3006
Views: 82293

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I hate movie trailers. They give away the whole movie.
by Aaron
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3006
Views: 82293

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

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This brewery is by my house! I love it!

Sorry, were you saying something about your trailer? :mrgreen:
by Aaron
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Three Way Light Switch Not Working
Replies: 23
Views: 473

Re: Three Way Light Switch Not Working

So does wire #6 have power? You had a black and white spliced together before and they are now separated (I don't know which two those are). You said those were hot. Has any other light stopped working because those are now separated? Basically you have a bunch of wires in that box which may or may ...
by Aaron
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Three Way Light Switch Not Working
Replies: 23
Views: 473

Re: Three Way Light Switch Not Working

Okay, so which wire in each box is the hot wire? You can determine this by using the ground as the neutral with your tester.
by Aaron
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Question about tile on concrete
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: Question about tile on concrete

You could also try sanding it off, maybe.
by Aaron
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: How do I insulate my garage door
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: Exterior white board installation

Yeah I think you already have insulated door panels. Mine look just like yours on the inside, and I know for sure mine are insulated.
by Aaron
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Three Way Light Switch Not Working
Replies: 23
Views: 473

Re: Three Way Light Switch Not Working

I swapped the circled wires and it didn't seem to help. If the light was on I could turn it off and on from either switch, but if off I could only turn it on from the one that had turned it off. Have you been able to identify the presence of power in Box A? If not, I think that is your problem, bec...
by Aaron
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Over Spray paint in a ceiling box: Concern or not?
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Re: Over Spray paint in a ceiling box: Concern or not?

No worries about the paint on the wires in the box. The ground wire is the only wire where you may need to use a little sandpaper to scrape off the paint so you have good shiny copper to splice with the ground of the fixture. The other two wires are hot and neutral and are black and white respective...
by Aaron
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Hot Water Odor
Replies: 9
Views: 557

Re: Hot Water Odor

I'd send in a sample of your water for analysis. Contact your county extension office:

http://npic.orst.edu/mlrDetail.html?lan ... yExtension

Also, maybe ask your neighbors -- do they have the same odor in their water? Maybe there's an issue with your water supply?
by Aaron
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Furnace
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: Furnace

The big trend right now seems to be the ductless mini-split systems for heating and cooling homes. I think they operate similarly to heat pumps. Tankless water heaters are great if you take short showers, use a dishwasher, and intermittently use a clothes washer. Basically acute and "bursty" needs f...
by Aaron
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3006
Views: 82293

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

emtnut wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:28 pm
Well, I see you have experience starting when you were very young with the drunk-demos :mrgreen:
Ha, that kid could very well have been me at 6 years old. I remember helping my Dad with renos and gutting at a young age.

Though I'd have been high on sugar at the time, likely. :lol:
by Aaron
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Underlayment in kitchen
Replies: 4
Views: 112

Re: Underlayment in kitchen

If your cabs are over the underlayment, I wouldn't bother removing it. If it's clean and flat, I'd just put the laminate over it. You will have some height difference compared to the rest of the rooms in the house, which can be mitigated somewhat with a proper threshold at the transitions of underla...
by Aaron
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3006
Views: 82293

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

All this talk about full guts, beer, and break throughs makes be think of the Kool-Aid pitcher filled with beer busting down the wall!

I'm actually thinking demos might be good when you're half drunk?

"Oh yeah!"

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by Aaron
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3006
Views: 82293

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Funny how when you're west, you stay west. I've never been to the eastern US, either. lol

But I've been to Cali and the desert southwest. Colorado is freaking amazing.
by Aaron
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3006
Views: 82293

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I too need to get around the country more, and of course Canada. I have tentative plans to be in Toronto next May. It will surely be the biggest city I've ever been to. It'd also be cool to take road trip west to go out and visit a guy I know who moved to Minot and then head north into Sask to meet ...
by Aaron
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: AFCI Breakers vs. AFCI Receptacles
Replies: 1
Views: 141

Re: AFCI Breakers vs. AFCI Receptacles

Use the breaker, if possible. If you use the receptacle, then you need to use metal-clad or metal conduit to that first receptacle from the panel so that first run of cable is protected. So you may as well just use the AFCI breaker from the source. No issues with tandem breakers, they're every bit a...
by Aaron
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outdoor and Underground Conduit
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: Outdoor and Underground Conduit

Reading the pic you posted above, I guess it is suited for burial. But I wouldn't use it because it's unnecessarily expensive when you can just direct-bury 14/2 (Type UF-B or NMWU).
by Aaron
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3006
Views: 82293

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Ooooooooo!!! Awesome! So when can you come east to St Paul to help me work on some crap I need done on the house?
by Aaron
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outdoor and Underground Conduit
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: Outdoor and Underground Conduit

No you definitely need to use straight 10-foot sections of PVC tubing for burial. It has some bend to it so it should conform to the profile of the land. You can use those turn fittings as needed. But that flex stuff you posted above is not suited for burial. But to power a lampost? You can bury 14/...
by Aaron
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3006
Views: 82293

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

We are plunging into Fall coolness over here... I just learned the upper half of the state is at peak fall leaves color now! How did that happen?
by Aaron
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3006
Views: 82293

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

He's told me before that he's always aware. I grew up on some of those shows. Get smart we would all watch as a family. Bewitched, I dream of Genie, The Monkees, and The Littlest Hobo were our weekend shows. The rest of life was in our pool, at the park, or in the snow. Ain't nobody got time for th...
by Aaron
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Three Way Light Switch Not Working
Replies: 23
Views: 473

Re: Three Way Light Switch Not Working

Ok, don't need to get a pic of that right now because I think we can work with Box A at the moment. Go ahead and very carefully unscrew the yellow wirenut from the two white wires (don't take them apart, just expose the copper). Can you use your voltage tester to see if you get 120V between that neu...
by Aaron
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3006
Views: 82293

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Now she's gonna learn that mods are stalking her login activity and sharing it on the forum, which is certainly not creepy and weird. Good job Spruce.

Delete these posts going back to my pic of the TV and hopefully she will not have seen these.
by Aaron
Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3006
Views: 82293

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

A. Spruce wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:19 pm
Uh oh, there's a lurker among us . . . :shock:

:mrgreen:
You?
by Aaron
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Three Way Light Switch Not Working
Replies: 23
Views: 473

Re: Three Way Light Switch Not Working

If I had to guess the power originates in the box with the splice (yellow wirenut), in your first and second pic. Call it box A. It cannot originate at the 3-way switch with just the one cable coming into the box and all its wires connecting to the switch. Call this Box B. Can you take a pic of Box ...