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by Aaron
Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Extra wire in light fixture
Replies: 3
Views: 3298

Re: Extra wire in light fixture

If you have a black, white, and red, then it's almost most certain you have two circuits in that box (the red and the black, the white is neutral). Any light fixture only uses a white and a black. I'm guessing the red wire might have been to turn the fan on and off--perhaps there was a ceiling fan t...
by Aaron
Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Chipped Laminate Countertop
Replies: 6
Views: 1236

Re: Chipped Laminate Countertop

I like that epoxy suggestion as well. It's so much cheaper and possibly stronger too, and you can get epoxy at any hardware store. You might want to "key" the chip with a razor blade just a little bit, make some really small grooves in the wood. Then the epoxy can key into the patch make it stronger...
by Aaron
Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: luxway recessed pot lights from costco
Replies: 2
Views: 7201

Re: luxway recessed pot lights from costco

That's another thing I haven't seen here: those vapor barriers! http://www.kaase.us.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/misc/Vapor-Barrier.PNG I also haven't seen those heat-shield boxes for pot lights either! I think down here, the heat shield is incorporated in the housing of the light itself... so you have t...
by Aaron
Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: How to trim on ICF
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: How to trim on ICF

Oh sure... I forgot about that thing!
by Aaron
Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How you helped me out! Thanks alot!
Replies: 3
Views: 467

Re: How you helped me out! Thanks alot!

Shannon, you are unbelievably generous with your advice and fast response time, not to mention your expertise.
by Aaron
Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Siding around gas meter?
Replies: 8
Views: 1128

Re: Siding around gas meter?

Hah, looks just like the meters here... semi-rusty. lol
by Aaron
Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Laundry room outlet heights?
Replies: 3
Views: 2913

Re: Laundry room outlet heights?

There's no code for switch or plugins placement on walls! Only that they need to be within a certain number of feet of a window, door, sink, etc. I like Shannon's suggestion of it being just above the height of a washer. Otherwise I always mount light switches so, say, a five-year-old child could re...
by Aaron
Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: How to trim on ICF
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: How to trim on ICF

Oh that is just brilliant--with the strip of plywood running flush with the drywall. Then you have something to brad-nail the trim to. I wonder what the most graceful way would be to cut the already-hung sheetrock? There's a lot of options. I'm thinking razor knife but it's sometimes hard to get a s...
by Aaron
Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: PEX info
Replies: 11
Views: 1075

Re: PEX info

Shannon they claim they won't corrode in their video on the website. It seems plausible because I'm guessing these are all plastic parts without any metal. They probably would have a mineral buildup over a very very long period of time, but I bet the mineral buildup on traditional valves happens fas...
by Aaron
Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: PEX info
Replies: 11
Views: 1075

Re: PEX info

This is what they are: http://www.accortechnology.com/component/k2/pushon-pex-sink-lavatory-supply-kit-1-2-valve-x-1-2-ips-nut A friend of mine had them installed in his 2009 house, so they're not terribly new. They're basically called "stops" rather than valves, because you can't adjust the flow of...
by Aaron
Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Moving ground wire connected to water pipe
Replies: 2
Views: 1022

Re: Moving ground wire connected to water pipe

If you really want a guaranteed non-interrupted ground, install a new jumper BEFORE you remove the old jumper. But of course this will cost more money with additional materials. I also like to use sandpaper and scuff up the copper pipe before I install the clamp, this removes any surface corrosion f...
by Aaron
Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: PEX info
Replies: 11
Views: 1075

Re: PEX info

Oh actually Uponor is a Finish company. My bad. lol But they have a huge operations center in Apple Valley, about 20 miles from here.
by Aaron
Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: PEX info
Replies: 11
Views: 1075

Re: PEX info

Shannon, I just saw a new house build that had PEX stub-outs for the sink supply valves. Apparently it's the new thing because now they install these sharkbite-style push-pull style valves that have the supply hoses already attached to them in various lengths. They're all plastic... you push the kno...
by Aaron
Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:29 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Electrical Recommendation
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Re: Electrical Recommendation

So I just borrowed Cauldwell's Wiring a House 5th Edition from my public library. Brand new book on the shelf, never been checked out before. As comprehensive as the book is, an omission I noticed, even in this latest one, is any talk about vapor barriers. It seems vapor barriers are a much bigger d...
by Aaron
Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Electrical Recommendation
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Re: Electrical Recommendation

You got that book! Great! (I have an older edition, I need to get the up-to-date one you got.)
by Aaron
Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: attaching ground wires in electrical panel
Replies: 11
Views: 2563

Re: attaching ground wires in electrical panel

Oh, that may be a CSA requirement, to have a separate internal cover over the main feeds. I don't see those in US panels, at least not ones that supply 240V for residential panels. They may be on newer panels, though. It's a damn good idea, though--almost a no-brainer. You're totally right, there is...
by Aaron
Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Preferred concrete fastener?
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: Preferred concrete fastener?

At my local big box (Menards) the equivalent is called Dryvin. Slightly different wedge shank, but it does exactly the same thing.

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by Aaron
Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:31 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Washing machine outlet box height
Replies: 7
Views: 2980

Re: Washing machine outlet box height

Oatey is the common brand that I see at the big box DIY stores, it's what I used for my house. I wished I had used the ball valves, though... oh well. There's one I saw at a senior residence that I really liked is METAL, and it's made by Guy Gray. I like the durability of a metal enclosure! This mod...
by Aaron
Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:20 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Drywall Mud - How Thin is Thin
Replies: 5
Views: 521

Re: Drywall Mud - How Thin is Thin

There's also the temptation to overwork the mud, too, trying to get that perfect flat application with the trowel. Multiple thin coats are always the best policy. Seems that's the case with a lot of things: mud, paint... multiple thin layers of clothes are best in the cold, and even a sandwich taste...
by Aaron
Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:58 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: attaching ground wires in electrical panel
Replies: 11
Views: 2563

Re: attaching ground wires in electrical panel

You know, I've been seeing that more recently, too, with neutrals and grounds separated in main service panels. Electrically it makes no difference because of the bond, of course, but separating the neutrals from the grounds definitely makes for a neater appearance. Plus, if you maintain that strict...
by Aaron
Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: attaching ground wires in electrical panel
Replies: 11
Views: 2563

Re: attaching ground wires in electrical panel

The NEC in the US allows you to put up to three 12 or 14 gauge ground conductors under a single terminal screw, but only if the manufacturer of the panel endorses this feature--not all do. Panels made by Siemens allow it, and I think Square-D does as well. You can NOT, however, terminate multiple ne...
by Aaron
Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Air Compresser Piping
Replies: 1
Views: 261

Air Compresser Piping

Great video as always Shannon. I searched the net for that kit and it looks like Northern has it. They showed some pics of its installation. What I thought was kind of clever is running the flexible tubing through straight plastic pipe. At least for horizontal runs, you won't get sags or droops, and...
by Aaron
Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: How can I connect to this drain pipe?
Replies: 10
Views: 920

Re: How can I connect to this drain pipe?

Can't use those in Minnesota, at least not in permanent housing, but people do anyway. You find them a lot in mobile homes. Interestingly, though, AAVs are not required for dishwasher installations here, regardless of the proximity of the dishwasher from the stack. But you must ensure your dishwashe...
by Aaron
Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:04 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: How can I connect to this drain pipe?
Replies: 10
Views: 920

Re: How can I connect to this drain pipe?

Yeah so I was thinking that donut would be a good solution for that big elbow opening at the top of this thread. It'd be a lot easier than what I did since it's a nice clean opening, it not only joins dissimilar materials (metal and plastic), but it's also a type of bushing reducer from large diamet...
by Aaron
Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: How can I connect to this drain pipe?
Replies: 10
Views: 920

Re: How can I connect to this drain pipe?

Oh it's defintiely a known solution, the Fernco donut is designed exactly for the application I used it for.
by Aaron
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: How can I connect to this drain pipe?
Replies: 10
Views: 920

Re: How can I connect to this drain pipe?

These: http://www.fernco.com/plumbing/donuts-o-rings/multi-tite-pipe-gaskets I have an old cast iron stack in my house and I had to connect a 4" DWV plastic pipe into an old iron hub. After busting out the old iron branch out of the hub with a hand sledge, I stuffed a rag into the opening to prevent...
by Aaron
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Running a secondary breaker box
Replies: 6
Views: 556

Re: Running a secondary breaker box

Interesting; yeah I don't remember my old garage having a disconnect either; the 14-2 just went into a junction box and got split up between lights and a couple receptacles. So the disconnect requirement on outbuildings may be just in the last 20 years or something. It's definitely a good idea to ha...
by Aaron
Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: potlights and gas line
Replies: 6
Views: 575

Re: potlights and gas line

How about a gas line through a garden hose! lol
by Aaron
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:45 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Shower Stall Backer & Waterproofing
Replies: 11
Views: 2093

Re: Shower Stall Backer & Waterproofing

1/2" foam?!? That does sound very crazy! So a wall of tile is only really rigid from the mortar (thinset) and the tiles and grout? Seems like things would shift and cracks would form over time... seems that way. But I'm sure the product is very well researched and engineered. Wow. Gotta wrap my mind...
by Aaron
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:17 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: potlights and gas line
Replies: 6
Views: 575

Re: potlights and gas line

Shannon, have you seen plastic gas pipes in homes? I know the utility runs them underground, but above ground around here it's all steel pipe to the meter, then from the meter to inside the house it could be steel pipe, annealed copper tubing, or yellow rubber sheathed corrugated stainless steel tub...