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by Aaron
Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:58 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: attaching ground wires in electrical panel
Replies: 11
Views: 2587

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: 2587

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: 922

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: 922

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: 922

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: 922

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: 557

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: 576

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: 2102

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: 576

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...
by Aaron
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:00 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: potlights and gas line
Replies: 6
Views: 576

Re: potlights and gas line

I agree, I don't think there'd be a problem. The gas line, if it's black steel pipe, should be bonded to the house's bonded grounding system as well as the duct work. So when the pot lights are installed, the enclosure should be the same ground path as the black pipe and ducts. Any electrical irregu...
by Aaron
Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:44 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Running a secondary breaker box
Replies: 6
Views: 557

Re: Running a secondary breaker box

Also, outbuildings (sheds and detached garages) need an electrical disconnect, which, like a main breaker in your house panel, is a means to kill the power in the outbuilding. Here in St. Paul, they actually allow you to install a simple light switch as a disconnect if all you run to your outbuildin...
by Aaron
Fri Jan 30, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Running a secondary breaker box
Replies: 6
Views: 557

Re: Running a secondary breaker box

I installed a 60A panel in my garage. Everything Shannon says is right, unless you can calculate what load you plan to have, you should consult an electrician. Voltage drop and ampacity are two variables to consider when running a branch circuit to your subpanel. I ran 6-3 with ground to my garage, ...
by Aaron
Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: How can I connect to this drain pipe?
Replies: 10
Views: 922

Re: How can I connect to this drain pipe?

Since the inner diameter looks like 2 1/4", you might need 2 1/4" gasket that is 1/4" thick so you can push-fit a 2" outer-diameter ABS pipe into the opening.
by Aaron
Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Shower Stall Backer & Waterproofing
Replies: 11
Views: 2102

Re: Shower Stall Backer & Waterproofing

Interesting. Maybe it's a thicker version of housewrap perhaps, so it can soak in some of the wet mortar that you stick it to when you burnish it on with your trowel.

There's another product called DensShield. It comes in 3x5 sheets, I'm guessing it's basically the same as the Kerdi board.
by Aaron
Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Shower Stall Backer & Waterproofing
Replies: 11
Views: 2102

Re: Shower Stall Backer & Waterproofing

I wonder if that Kerdi or GatorGold is basically the same stuff as housewrap (Typar or Tyvek).
by Aaron
Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Triple Top Plate
Replies: 1
Views: 653

Triple Top Plate

Shannon, so here's a pic of the triple top plate of my garage. Looks like they put the blocking between the trusses so they'd also have something to nail the hurricane ties to. I don't remember if they pre-cut all the pieces and used them as spacers for the trusses or not--something tells me they in...
by Aaron
Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:55 am
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Shower Stall Backer & Waterproofing
Replies: 11
Views: 2102

Re: Shower Stall Backer & Waterproofing

I stand corrected, I guess the Home Depot in the US here does carry the Kerdi line. I've never seen that product before. At Menards, where I usually go, they carry a product called GatorGold by Homelux, which looks very similar if not identical. Found it in the same aisle as the grout. There are so ...
by Aaron
Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Shower Stall Backer & Waterproofing
Replies: 11
Views: 2102

Re: Shower Stall Backer & Waterproofing

I have NEVER seen that Kerdi product before! You canucks have all the good stuff up there. lol The only thing I've seen here is green drywall, cementitious tile backer (which is heavy and comes in 3x5 sheets because it's so heavy), and for steam rooms a rubber sheeting. Unless Kerdi is a speciality ...
by Aaron
Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall Mud Drying Time
Replies: 3
Views: 6447

Re: Drywall Mud Drying Time

I've used the hot mud before, and I actually really like the stuff because it does dry nice and quickly. I use it for the first couple scratch coats, but then I use standard joint compound in the bucket for the finishing coats.
by Aaron
Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: fishing wire for potlights- questions
Replies: 19
Views: 1915

Re: fishing wire for potlights- questions

Sounds good! Good luck on your inspection.
by Aaron
Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Outlets
Replies: 14
Views: 1502

Re: Kitchen Outlets

I'm not sure about all manufactures but I do know that the Square D 2 and 3 pole breakers are linked internally so that if one pole is tripped then all of the poles will trip, so yes there is a difference. A handle tie only provides a common disconnect with the breakers. When two single breakers ar...
by Aaron
Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: That shed!
Replies: 11
Views: 957

Re: That shed!

So where is that shed now? I imagine it took a forklift to haul it away.
by Aaron
Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: Kitchen
Topic: Kitchen subflooring
Replies: 7
Views: 1029

Re: Kitchen subflooring

Aren't moisture barriers only necessary if you don't have a lower-level or basement below the floor? So basically you would need a moisture barrier on the floor of a finished basement just above the concrete? A friend of mine used to live in a house that literally had a kitchen as a lean-to on an ex...
by Aaron
Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: fishing wire for potlights- questions
Replies: 19
Views: 1915

Re: fishing wire for potlights- questions

The big box home improvement stores are really sort of a mixed blessing. On one hand, they have made building materials cheap and readily available to the general public, and instills confidence in DIY projects. But it can also be a false confidence... they can enable people know only enough to be d...
by Aaron
Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: That shed!
Replies: 11
Views: 957

Re: That shed!

Interestingly, I think those hurricane ties are supposedly required in the entire United States. At least that's what my garage builder told me. He used the 10D hot-dipped nails and drove one through every hole in the tie. He also put triple top plates, does that seem like overkill to you? I think t...
by Aaron
Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: That shed!
Replies: 11
Views: 957

That shed!

Shannon, I just watched the shed series of videos. Awesome work... it is so nice to watch carpentry explained. You work fast yet you also explain so calmly and IN DETAIL what you're doing. You definitely have TV talent. Your cameraman is pretty good too, zooming into tight areas. You built that shed...
by Aaron
Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: fishing wire for potlights- questions
Replies: 19
Views: 1915

Re: fishing wire for potlights- questions

I don't know how inspectors are in your jurisdiction but here in St. Paul, they get really annoyed if you ask too many question of what is allowed or not. They also charge you for trips if they need to make more than two trips to re-inspect a screw-up or deficiency. Maybe it's just been the personal...
by Aaron
Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Outlets
Replies: 14
Views: 1502

Re: Kitchen Outlets

I've heard that Chicago has the strictest electrical regulations in the entire US, and apparently it came about from the scare of the great fires the city has had. The city has it's own electrical code that supersedes NEC. If AC/MC or metal flex is now allowed, that's a new thing because I think for...