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  1. Electrical
    Hello, I have wall oven that has ceased to function some time ago. After multiple service tech visits, today they determined that the issue is my house wiring, which I don't completely believe yet and am looking for the thoughts of others. The tech pulled the oven today, disconnected the...
  2. Plumbing
    Hey everyone, I am lightly remodeling our upstairs bathroom which is quite small. The original people had a almond colored pedestal sink. I had to remove it to paint properly and we decided to just get a normal vanity with cabinet as we didn't have any storage inside the bathroom. I purchased...
  3. Plumbing
    I am planning to replace the exposed galvanized pipe in the basement of an old house. I would connect to the existing supply system for three 1/2" runs behind plaster walls running up to the second floor and for the 3/4" supply line to the house, and replace the rest of the system with CPVC...
  4. HVAC
    Changing some things in my HVAC ductwork and have a few questions(this is all in the basement btw: 1. What's the best way to seal off a supply just use thermopan? 2. I'm also moving a return. What is the best way to cut out a new vent hole in the return trunk?
  5. HVAC
    So I got some Knauf Duct Board at a very good price. However, once I got it home it seems very...fibrous. I run my hand calmly over the fiberglass portion and it feels like i'm scraping off very small particles. Is this normal? It has the intent of being used as a return plenum so air flow...
  6. Plumbing
    I have a house in chicago. A few years back the old lead supply line inside the house was replaced with copper, all except for a foot long section at the front of the house which is still lead and connected to the copper with a compression connector. Red copper was used, and it's buried about...
  7. Plumbing
    I want to replace my old washing machine and toilet supply hoses (many years old, toilet hoses are plain plastic). Who makes the best braided stainless steel flexible inlet hose for washing machines? Google searches turned up references to Watts and FluidMaster. I don't want the...
  8. Electrical
    I have several appliances, stove, hot water heater, telephone, that could be used in a power outage with a small 120 volt back up battery supply. Does anyone have any experiences with something like this? What would be the best way to approach this? What would be the best type of self charging...
  9. Electrical
    I'm installing a 2.8kW fan assisted oven (no hob) I done some cable sizing calculations and voltage drop calculations and added 50% overload in aswell and I found I could use a 2.5mm cable to supply it. I also found I could use a 20A MCB, a friend said that he would use a 32A to be safe but...
  10. HVAC
    Hello. I'm finishing my basement and I am getting ready to do the heating. Is there an easy way to run ducts down the walls? Also the permit says that I will need to have a high and low return vent. And configuration of air in the mechanical room. It will be about 1000sq ft finished and 250 sq...
  11. Plumbing
    I am trying to figure out the proper way to run a 1" PEX water main through my foundation wall 3' below grade. I understad I should use a sleeve, but don't know how to seal everything up. My thoughts are to bore a 2" hole and put in the largest piece of PVC that will fit. From there I am...
  12. Plumbing
    I have an angle valve to put on 1/2" copper pipe to supply the bathroom sink with water. I'm not sure how this valve attaches or even what it called? It's a valve with a plastic tube that has a rubber gasket on it then a sleeve slides over the assembly and tightens to the valve. Please help this...
  13. Plumbing
    I have been having a water temperature problem. It affects the entire branch circuit supplying a 1st floor powder room and upstairs bath. The bath has a Kohl_r single handle mixing valve with a separate selector for side spray/shower/both. Both sinks cold supply [up and downstairs] run hot...
  14. HVAC
    I've got a York, 2 ton, A/C system that handles my 3rd and 4th floors of my town house. Rooms were mild at the beginning of summer with air supply coming out at 68 to 70 degrees. Technician came a few days ago and charged up outside unit. Refrigerant line temperature was 54 degrees when he...
  15. Plumbing
    I'm installing an irrigation system and I need to replace the tee that goes into my house to use one side for my sprinklers (instead of an existing hose bib). The existing installation is 3/4" copper pipe (from the meter) to a compression fitting, then the main shutoff 1", then a galvanized...
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