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  1. Plumbing
    I just rebuilt a campbell frost proof yard hydrant and also added a vacuum breaker at the business end (in case I forget to detach the hose once I turn it off). I’ve come to realize that the hydrant is connected directly to my water supply line before it ever comes into my house and subsequently...
  2. Electrical
    I lost power to half of my breaker box. When I check the voltage to each lug on the main breaker, I only see 120 on 1 side of the breaker. Is that normal? If I measure the voltage between the two lugs I get 120. Is my problem at the main breaker or maybe out at my power pole? Thanks.
  3. Electrical
    Hey all, some backstory: I've been working on rewiring my new home and have successfully updated the wiring to have dedicated 20a circuits for most of the appliances. Now the hard part begins of actually replacing all the runs for receptacles and lights in all the rooms. Before you ask, I...
  4. Electrical
    How can I check if 220 volt start and run capacitors are functioning?
  5. Flooring
    before I carpet two rooms in basement I wanted to test for moisture, seen a test kit (from taylor tools) on line that measures weight gain using calcium chloride and wondered if anyone has used the test kit and were they happy with service, have taped some plastic on the floor and results were...
  6. HVAC
    So I'm living in a 2 story house with a basement built in 2001. The house has 2 AC units one for upstairs, then other for downstairs and basement. This is a rather large house and the cooling/heating bills are more than what we'd wish for. The top of the house is the hottest (not by much) as one...
  7. Electrical
    AS Promised, here are the test results from our little real-world test of a lost neutral on a multi-wire branch circuit: The first picture is 2 keyless lampholders both with a 100 watt bulb in it, to simulate a balanced load, power off. You can see the 40 watt bulb behind them waiting "on...
  8. Electrical
    I run a cleaning service, one of our machines requires to be plugged into two separate circuits. The machine won't start otherwise. This causes my employees to have to take the rather large machine to the work site without knowing if the machine will be able to receive power properly. Does...
  9. Electrical
    I replaced the ballast and wired it blue-blue, red-red, blk-blk, wht-wht. I didn't realize that the new ballast wires in paralell, the old was in series. 2 blues on one end and red on the other with black and white as line. It did work for a while, but now nothing. Did I fry the ballast? Can I...
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