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  • Dan G
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  • Posted in thread: Buried angle stop on 08-25-2016 at 11:12 AM
    Working a leak damaged house. The upstairs toilet leaked down to the office ceiling on the
    first floor. Yes, killed the drywall and left mold.So, the toilet came out and a new wax ring
    solved the obvi...

  • Posted in thread: ADT system looking for a phone line on 08-16-2016 at 01:51 PM
    YES, there is a great option I have recommended and seen in action. There is a new generation
    of home security systems that is far cheaper than ADT (rip off) and just as effective. One is
    SimpliSafe ....

  • Posted in thread: How do I troubleshoot this fan? on 08-15-2016 at 09:22 PM
    Get a non-contact voltage detector to see what is hot and what is not. Disconnect power leg to
    fan so you don't get chopped up. Turn switch ON and check for power to your fan. If the hot leg
    has power...

  • Posted in thread: How do I add another switch to this outside light? on 08-06-2016 at 12:43 PM
    Might entail more work than you want to do. Your existing switch is probably a simple "single
    pole" switch. You want to go to what is called a "three way switch." (Don't ask about the name,
    just belie...

  • Posted in thread: Electric Water Heater Not Working - Any Help is Appreciated on 08-03-2016 at 09:49 AM
    Depending on the setup, some electric hot water heaters have a hard fuse manual disconnect
    between the main breaker and the heater. You will read 220VAC at the main but nothing at the
    heater because t...

  • Posted in thread: Aluminum wiring really ???? on 08-02-2016 at 10:58 AM
    My previous home was built smack dab in the Vietnam era (1968) and had all aluminum wiring. I
    had two bottles of Noalox in my tool box and used it often, until I finally ripped out that
    junk and repla...

  • Posted in thread: drill hole through foundation on 07-31-2016 at 10:18 PM
    Yes, it is common to drill through the wall. You can rent a drill with a bit to do this quite
    easily if you do not own one. You can drill multiple small holes around the circle or use a
    bigger hole sa...

  • Posted in thread: HELP!!! Why would anyone do this?! on 07-27-2016 at 07:31 AM
    My bet is a crack they tried to conceal. The laminate/vinyl did not adhere so now you have a
    larger problem.Scrape off the covering. The glue might be removable by spraying acetone on it
    and using a s...

  • Posted in thread: New Track light - Five wires from box, three on fixture. on 07-25-2016 at 10:42 PM
    I am assuming you have removed the old track and installed a new track. You are capping the old
    red and neutral wires, leaving only one set of black and neutral wires. Also assuming all your

  • Posted in thread: Eliminating Shadows on 07-23-2016 at 06:54 PM
    Your lighting is single source from above. Casts a single cone of light and the deep shadow you
    don't want. A couple of options ...1. Remove the recessed light and replace with two new lights

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