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by Aaron
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2696
Views: 63905

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: 171

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: 118

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: 153

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: 153

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: 98

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: 153

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: 153

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: 2696
Views: 63905

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: 212

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: 207

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: 212

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...
by Aaron
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2696
Views: 63905

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I would be a bit more nuanced. "Make trucks trucks again."
by Aaron
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Shower pressure remodel issues
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: Shower pressure remodel issues

Also, consider asking your plumber to check the pressure coming into the building/house from the street.
by Aaron
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2696
Views: 63905

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

For god sakes build trucks again, any manufacture out there, just MAKE TRUCKS GREAT AGAIN. My rant for the week. They're cars, not trucks. :x As long as the sales of new trucks continues to skyrocket, they will never change. It would take a company to come out of nowhere to build a truly heavy-duty...
by Aaron
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2696
Views: 63905

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

That's a beaut.
by Aaron
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2696
Views: 63905

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Admin wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:01 am
I have a truck that I don't drive very often...
Ok, Jay Leno. :lol:
by Aaron
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2696
Views: 63905

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I love Chief Hopper's Blazer on "Stranger Things", too. I love that show, that is my childhood.

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by Aaron
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2696
Views: 63905

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Fall Guy truck!!!

https://youtu.be/4k4rTYkWyeQ

Gotta say I think the square body is growing on me, it's nostalgia of these trucks being everywhere when I was a kid.
by Aaron
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: washing machine and laundry sink piping
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: washing machine and laundry sink piping

Awesome sketches—a pic is worth a thousand words. Really, in addition to where clean-outs are required by code, you can also put more in as you want.
by Aaron
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Drilling 1inch screws into drywall with live wires.
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Re: Drilling 1inch screws into drywall with live wires.

Well you do so at your risk, of course. But there's some facts that might make you feel better about doing it. If the electrician did their job correctly, the cabling should be at least 1 1/4" away from the face of the stud the drywall is attached to (and preferably centered in the stud, so it could...
by Aaron
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Dead outlets
Replies: 24
Views: 258

Re: Dead outlets

Glad you found it, those GFCIs can cause a lot of grief sometimes.
by Aaron
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: red wire in ceiling light??
Replies: 14
Views: 205

Re: red wire in ceiling light??

You should have a multimeter and a helper. Get on the ladder and put leads of the multimeter on pairs of wires to see when you measure 120V when your helper flips on the switch.

One of the wire/wires in the pair will be neutral, but you could also use ground instead.
by Aaron
Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2696
Views: 63905

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Shannon wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:11 pm
That channel is very good I must say. They are 100% working on the channel as a full time job.
Thanks for the suggestion.
They don't have a forum though! :o :D
by Aaron
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Shop Wiring
Replies: 15
Views: 198

Re: Shop Wiring

There's no easy way to do that, unfortunately, without getting into wiring relays. You want it so if one or more tools are turned on, the vac is on. The problem is the vac is being powered by the circuit of any one tool and not another. So what you need is a relay module in each tool, where, if the ...
by Aaron
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Shop Wiring
Replies: 15
Views: 198

Re: Shop Wiring

And by "female plug", do you mean a regular receptacle--the ones that are in your walls? Because all plugs are male. Male plugs never have power unless they are plugged into, and receive power, from a female receptacle. Receptacles are often called outlets and plug-ins. I'm guessing your vac has a r...
by Aaron
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2696
Views: 63905

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

My dad had an eagle's nest high up in a tree up at the lake. There were all sorts of squirrel and other critter's bones at the base of the tree, after the eagles had their lunch.
by Aaron
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Shop Wiring
Replies: 15
Views: 198

Re: Shop Wiring

Sorry I guess I don't understand your goal, what you want this triplex switch to do for you? You have one vac and three tools, and you want it so instead of plugging and unplugging each tool into the vac you can just flip a switch to choose which tool operates the vac? You said your tools have a fem...
by Aaron
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Dead outlets
Replies: 24
Views: 258

Re: Dead outlets

Oh yes, you have those modular switches and receptacles that are found in modular homes. Yes, definitely replace them with normal retrofit boxes and receptacles. I hope you have sufficient slack in cabling to do so.
by Aaron
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: red wire in ceiling light??
Replies: 14
Views: 205

Re: red wire in ceiling light??

Welcome to the forum. So when replacing a light, it's always best to wire the new one in exactly the way the old light was wired: black to black, white to white. Take a pic with you cell phone camera if it helps to remember how the old one was wired before you disconnect it. If you see extra wires i...