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  0 Thread: Replace 16 y/o old Heat Pump...
Post: RE: Replace 16 y/o old Heat Pump...

Zoned systems on a unit with no staging or modulation is foolish. It doesn’t work well or efficiently. I would be loath to provide a recommendation without seeing your set up to assess other options a...
blackhat Home Improvement 20 600 05-11-2022, 09:48 PM
  0 Thread: washing painted aluminum siding
Post: RE: washing painted aluminum siding

;)  You folks have to cut Snipe a bit of slack. Occasionally his painting fixation takes hold of him for a day or two. I think it’s the solvent exposure.
blackhat Home Improvement 10 301 05-01-2022, 04:01 PM
  0 Thread: Tripping breaker(a)
Post: RE: Tripping breaker(a)

The stories about AFCIs being problematic are rather numerous. My opinion is once again, a solution in search of a problem. Pass until forced.
blackhat Home Improvement 24 1,522 04-21-2022, 12:04 PM
  0 Thread: Tripping breaker(a)
Post: RE: Tripping breaker(a)

The igniter in that actually creates an arc to operate. Never heard of one causing issues before. Three things I would do.  Call your gas utility and see if they use active catholic protection on t...
blackhat Home Improvement 24 1,522 04-20-2022, 04:50 PM
  0 Thread: Tripping breaker(a)
Post: RE: Tripping breaker(a)

Wondering where this issue is now.
blackhat Home Improvement 24 1,522 04-18-2022, 01:19 PM
  0 Thread: Punch Saw For Plaster Wall?
Post: RE: Punch Saw For Plaster Wall?

Is it metal or wood lath?
blackhat Home Improvement 7 537 03-14-2022, 05:56 PM
  0 Thread: need small water softener
Post: RE: need small water softener

The other potential issue is the water supply available in the outbuilding. A softener has a minimum sustained flow rate to backwash properly. If your well, pump or supply piping can’t meet that minim...
blackhat Home Improvement 9 506 02-17-2022, 09:40 AM
  0 Thread: all-in-one toilet seat bolt stuck
Post: RE: all-in-one toilet seat bolt stuck

Suggest to him that every bolt or thread on a plumbing fixture, or a stainless bolt you may want to loosen in the future, should have some type of anti seize or grease on the threads.
blackhat Home Improvement 2 355 02-16-2022, 09:56 PM
  0 Thread: need small water softener
Post: RE: need small water softener

You really need to tighten the definition of the problem. Is this something that a spoon of borax per load would solve?  Water softener gets used pretty generically and there are many contaminants the...
blackhat Home Improvement 9 506 02-16-2022, 09:52 PM
  0 Thread: On demand water heater for in floor radiant heat?
Post: RE: On demand water heater for in floor radiant he...

The cynic in me always asks why so cheap. What’s wrong with it?  Does it require a special venting material?  Is it certified for use as a space heating appliance?  Is it close to matching the BTU loa...
blackhat Home Improvement 7 519 01-31-2022, 12:58 AM
  0 Thread: Threading 2 inch PVC pipe
Post: RE: Threading 2 inch PVC pipe

Any decent supply house should be able to sell you threaded PVC sch 80 nipples in a span of different lengths.
blackhat Home Improvement 8 786 01-02-2022, 02:15 AM
  0 Thread: Snow-melt, Sab radiant heat
Post: RE: Snow-melt, Sab radiant heat

What is your heat source / boiler?
blackhat Home Improvement 6 582 01-01-2022, 08:19 AM
  0 Thread: Stihl Batteries
Post: RE: Stihl Batteries

I have the Milwaukee M18 leaf blower and the older single function trimmer, as well as about 20 other tools and lights on that battery platform. I use the blower a couple hours a week blowing dust and...
blackhat Home Improvement 10 959 12-24-2021, 05:57 PM
  0 Thread: Range hood
Post: RE: Range hood

Venting out through a continuous vented soffit can permit moisture to recirculate back into the attic. If it is not a continuous vented soffit, no problem.
blackhat Home Improvement 9 824 12-16-2021, 01:51 PM
  0 Thread: transite flue pipe
Post: RE: transite flue pipe

I would likely make it gone so it doesn’t come into play for a future sale.
blackhat Home Improvement 2 376 12-09-2021, 09:19 AM
  0 Thread: Another whole-house (or less) Generator Question
Post: RE: Another whole-house (or less) Generator Questi...

Your layout worked for you but if it had been a 12 or 15 kw generator ( perhaps budget driven), you might have ended up with one overloaded panel carrying the non critical circuits and a near empty cr...
blackhat Home Improvement 17 1,244 11-28-2021, 01:50 PM
  0 Thread: Reading DC voltages
Post: RE: Reading DC voltages

Voltage is measured relative to a zero   Neutral typically in AC and ground in DC. At a switch, you won’t have the zero conductor, you have potential to the switch which sends that same potential to a...
blackhat Home Improvement 4 507 11-27-2021, 02:25 PM
  0 Thread: Another whole-house (or less) Generator Question
Post: RE: Another whole-house (or less) Generator Questi...

Sight unseen, it’s hard to say what will work best for you. What size genny, which circuits and where are they, how much room, budget…..  I’m just throwing another option on the table.
blackhat Home Improvement 17 1,244 11-26-2021, 10:46 AM
  0 Thread: Another whole-house (or less) Generator Question
Post: RE: Another whole-house (or less) Generator Questi...

Typically in a situation like yours, we would recommend installing a critical circuits panel and feed only it from the transfer switch. Move the circuits you want powered to that panel and install a g...
blackhat Home Improvement 17 1,244 11-25-2021, 01:30 PM
  0 Thread: Questions regarding older HVAC
Post: RE: Questions regarding older HVAC

Next time you have a tech out, ask him if he would mind if you watched and asked him a few questions. Also ask if he would go over the checklist with after with a coffee or cold drink. Most appreciate...
blackhat Home Improvement 8 875 11-16-2021, 02:03 PM

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