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by Aaron
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom Remodel
Replies: 67
Views: 2300

Re: Bathroom Remodel

So the guy I'm having doing the framing and carpentry came over to check out my bathroom situation never heard of Schluter or Kerdi, he's just used Durock, which he just calls tile-backer. So given the small size of the shower stall, I may just have him use whatever materials he's used to using.
by Aaron
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Copper to PEX-A
Replies: 17
Views: 832

Re: Copper to PEX-A

Yeah if can find a push-fit to convert copper to PEX, that is your golden key to PEX happiness.
by Aaron
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75325

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Hah, well "Americanese" is whatever language you want to speak. The de facto standard is English, but unlike our Canadian friends who made English and French their official languages, we have none. Tomorrow Klingon could be the de facto Americanese! Almost all other countries in the world have offic...
by Aaron
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75325

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Yeah the funny thing with things going the way of pictures and icons is that we just are creating a new language of pictures.

But that's what Egyptian hieroglyphics were, and how character-based languages like Chinese came from!
by Aaron
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Copper to PEX-A
Replies: 17
Views: 832

Re: Copper to PEX-A

Well I think that fitting needs some sort of press tool?
by Aaron
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Dimming lights
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: Dimming lights

That is my suspicion. But in the troubleshooting process it's always good to rule out the easy things first.
by Aaron
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Copper to PEX-A
Replies: 17
Views: 832

Re: Copper to PEX-A

USA: https://www.uponor-usa.com/where-to-buy Canada: https://www.uponor.ca/Uponor%20Home/Where%20To%20Buy.aspx I haven't seen it available in any of my major home centers, I think it is more of a professional product. But I do have a Ferguson's plumbing dealer nearby my house so I know I'd be able t...
by Aaron
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Copper to PEX-A
Replies: 17
Views: 832

Re: Copper to PEX-A

If you're going to go for PEX-A, I would go for the Uponor-Wirsbo Aqua Pex product that uses the expanding tool that Shannon demonstrates here: https://youtu.be/xElSwWwdB_E I think that system is amazing, it is absolutely what I would go with if I were re-plumbing with PEX in my house. If you interf...
by Aaron
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75325

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Lol! That’s more of a deal in Quebec. Although products sold with packaging have both by law. Kinda a joke but I’m not French so I guess if everything was in French I would either learn French or want English as well. Yeah actually I've been noticing more and more stuff sold here in the US with bot...
by Aaron
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75325

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

There was a breakfast cafe around here a while ago called "Pardon My French". Besides quiche they had croissants and baguettes and other Frenchy things. Nice place before it went out of businesses, though I had only been there once.
by Aaron
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Open ground 2 wire receptacle
Replies: 9
Views: 278

Re: Open ground 2 wire receptacle

The 15 amp plug from your washer will plug in just fine to 20 amp receptacle. So connect whatever receptacle you have on hand, you could use 15 or 20.

A 20 amp plug actually has the sideways neutral prong, that's why a 20 amp receptacle has a T-shaped socket.
by Aaron
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75325

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

It's Canada so those signs would need to be French too, otherwise the would-be burglar could file a complaint with the government.
by Aaron
Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Open ground 2 wire receptacle
Replies: 9
Views: 278

Re: Open ground 2 wire receptacle

Yes, if it's a 20 amp circuit with 12 gauge wiring, then you can use a 20 amp receptacle.

Test the ground prong of the receptacle after you fastened to the box, and if it tests with a ground then you're all set.
by Aaron
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Open ground 2 wire receptacle
Replies: 9
Views: 278

Re: Open ground 2 wire receptacle

Yes, your box should be grounded if you're reading 120V from the hot lead to the box. It's because your boxes have armoured cable connected to then from the panel, or straight steel conduit tubing, and thus is the source of your ground continuity. All receptacles are "self-grounding" to the extent t...
by Aaron
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75325

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Ya you feel kinda violated when these things happen. Sure does, it's an invasion. Makes one pretty angry and wish you could have caught the criminal in the act, or at least had surveillance to catch on video who did it and when to send to police. You're right, it's not the need for the items being ...
by Aaron
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom Remodel
Replies: 67
Views: 2300

Re: Bathroom Remodel

Yeah, I hope to make up some drawings, and of course lots of before/after pics! I really just need all the framing and plumbing, and possibly the Kerdi board installation. I'll probably just do the tiling myself. Nothing fancy at all!!!! Just square white ceramic tiles, nice and cheap, like $1.00 a ...
by Aaron
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Neutral and ground connected to same bus
Replies: 7
Views: 185

Re: Neutral and ground connected to same bus

I'll never forget when I was like 10 or 11, watching my Dad opening the breaker panel to install a breaker and him being very amazed and confused to see the neutrals and grounds both terminated on the same strip. Back in the 1980s, where if something seemed weird or strange you couldn't just look it...
by Aaron
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75325

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

A. Spruce wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:35 pm
And here I though everything north of the border was all maple leaves and maple syrup! :| ;)
There is that perception that nothing bad ever happens in Canada. USA 2.0, the newer version, without all our bugs. lol
by Aaron
Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Bathroom Remodel
Replies: 67
Views: 2300

Re: Bathroom Remodel

I will hopefully begin my custom shower upstairs the first week of Oct. It's a funky narrow bathroom with a narrow shower. Inspired by Shannon's video I'm going to see about putting in a niche, I think I have the stud space for it. Going to hire a carpenter for the framing of it, and he should sub o...
by Aaron
Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Neutral and ground connected to same bus
Replies: 7
Views: 185

Re: Neutral and ground connected to same bus

Not sure of your location, but in Canada even the main panel needs the separation, NEC allows them to be together in the main panel (only). Really!! That makes more sense, frankly... seems logical that you'd want that neutral balance back to the transformer instead of being shunted to ground. (Not ...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Dimming lights
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: Dimming lights

Have you tried another bulb?
by Aaron
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Main breaker panel help!
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: Main breaker panel help!

Are you sure you need a new circuit? You could probably use your existing lighting circuit for the lights? That would save you a load of hassle.
by Aaron
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Dimming lights
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: Dimming lights

Is the light controlled with a dimmer switch? Is the light LED? There is sometimes weird behavior with certain LED lights controlled by certain dimmer switches, usually cheaper or older ones that pre-date LED lighting technology. Most of the higher-quality $15+ dimmer switches work well with modern ...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Neutral and ground connected to same bus
Replies: 7
Views: 185

Re: Neutral and ground connected to same bus

I'm not an electrical engineer so I can't explain the precise electrical theory behind it. But I think it has something to do with channeling all the return current on neutral from the load side of the service entrance panel, because neutral is indeed considered a current-carrying conductor, whereas...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75325

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Shannon sorry to hear on your latest video about your garage break-in, or at least attempted break-in. That exact same thing happened to me like 10 years ago and I had my bike taken. I did that exact thing of wiping the codes and having he opener re-learn the remotes I still had. People are arsehole...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Neutral and ground connected to same bus
Replies: 7
Views: 185

Re: Neutral and ground connected to same bus

Yes, the neutral and ground only bond together at the service entrance panel. So if you have a sub panel with them bonded together, it should be rewired to isolate them. This usually entails purchasing an additional terminal strip for all the grounds, and attaching it to the back of the panel chassi...
by Aaron
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Da 'Burb
Replies: 220
Views: 4682

Re: Da 'Burb

This is the problem I'd have with a trailer.

https://youtu.be/2oq0YNo02KM
by Aaron
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75325

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Give it a go. You can buy just a quart of it instead of a full gallon. Just be extremely careful with it, it's highly corrosive. Open windows, use fans, and wear rubber gloves. A respirator would not be out of the question.

I'd start with a dilute solution first, like 1:1 with water.
by Aaron
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75325

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Oh I forgot about CLR, yeah, try that before the muriatic acid. Less toxic.
by Aaron
Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: having trouble fitting wires in box
Replies: 12
Views: 444

Re: having trouble fitting wires in box

Amen. I've resolved to using 4" square steel boxes with 1/2" mud rings for almost all receptacles and switches now. The cost for the standard 1 1/2 deep box AND the mud ring, at least in the US, is cheaper than a single gang steel box! It's sooooo nice to have ample space for splices, it's well wort...