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DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 10-28-2011, 03:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 766
Posted By gatorfan
I'm in the same situation, but have been told...

I'm in the same situation, but have been told exactly the opposite. It could just be that my wires are in worse condition than yours, but I was under the impression that K&T wires were undersized vs...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 10-04-2011, 01:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,129
Posted By gatorfan
Assuming you're planning to rent a power auger...

Assuming you're planning to rent a power auger (which I assume would almost be a requirement due to the required depth of your pier footers in the Chicago climate), you may as well also rent a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-29-2011, 08:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,847
Posted By gatorfan
Yes, it's pretty simple. First turn of the...

Yes, it's pretty simple. First turn of the breaker which powers that light. If you don't have it clearly identified in the panel, you're going to have to go by trial and error and test the power...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-27-2011, 05:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,847
Posted By gatorfan
Technically you could replace the ballast, but it...

Technically you could replace the ballast, but it will probably be more expensive. I'm with kok328: replace the whole fixture.

Matt
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-22-2011, 07:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 768
Posted By gatorfan
What size wire does the water heater manual call...

What size wire does the water heater manual call for (or what current does the name plate specify)? 422.13 says water heaters smaller than 120 gal should be considered continuous load, so if your...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 09-19-2011, 05:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,606
Posted By gatorfan
Do you know the source of the leaks? EPDM is a...

Do you know the source of the leaks? EPDM is a pretty serious roofing material for a residential roof, and if it was installed properly I'd be very surprised if the membrane itself is already...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-12-2011, 06:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,034
Posted By gatorfan
My guess is you have a bad receptacle. To make...

My guess is you have a bad receptacle. To make things more difficult, it's possible that the receptacle works as an outlet but is not providing downstream power.

To test, start with the outlets...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 08-29-2011, 08:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,134
Posted By gatorfan
Does the feeder from the main panel have four...

Does the feeder from the main panel have four wires (black/hot, red/hot, white/neutral, green/ground)? If so, it's straightforward: just buy a ground terminal block for your subpanel, kill power,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 08-17-2011, 11:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,316
Posted By gatorfan
The purpose of having the fan exposed on the...

The purpose of having the fan exposed on the whirlybird is that wind actually spins it to help draw hot air out of the attic (which is replaced with cooler, outside air via the soffits). There...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 08-15-2011, 08:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,316
Posted By gatorfan
I just did some research on this myself, and...

I just did some research on this myself, and there are a lot of opinions that mechanical roof ventilation (including whirlybird) is not good as it can depressurize the attic and draw conditioned air...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 08-03-2011, 09:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,445
Posted By gatorfan
Seems like replacing this assembly isn't that...

Seems like replacing this assembly isn't that much harder or more expensive than using one of these couplings, and it is a nice, relatively simple, first project since it's just replacing what's...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 08-01-2011, 06:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,445
Posted By gatorfan
Nope, the fittings are permanently glued...

Nope, the fittings are permanently glued together. Since the fittings are so close together, you'll need to replace the entire assembly. It may seem like a lot, but it's just a sanitary tee, two...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 07-27-2011, 07:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,821
Posted By gatorfan
Let me make sure I'm clear on my terms and...

Let me make sure I'm clear on my terms and separate the purpose of the wire from the marking of the wire/insulation.

I know of no reason why you would switch neutral. Neutral should always be on...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 07-26-2011, 09:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,821
Posted By gatorfan
No, it's definitely not OK. Your ground wire is...

No, it's definitely not OK. Your ground wire is carrying current. Obviously this means you are using power all the time, but it's also dangerous since the ground path is energized. Since the frame...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 07-26-2011, 07:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,821
Posted By gatorfan
Guys, reread his/her question. It's not that the...

Guys, reread his/her question. It's not that the light is completely on when the OP thinks it should be off, nor is it that the switch is lit. The OP says the fluorescent bulb is "half lit" with...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 07-23-2011, 08:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,821
Posted By gatorfan
Two guesses: Hot and neutral are reversed...

Two guesses:

Hot and neutral are reversed in the outlet. Easiest way to test is with something like this (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002LZTKIU). Or test with your light tester vs....
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 07-21-2011, 02:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,490
Posted By gatorfan
Possibly counter-intuitively, the ventilation is...

Possibly counter-intuitively, the ventilation is your problem. When the hot, moist air from outside under your house encounters cool surfaces (ground, ducting, floor), it is cooled and the moisture...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 07-11-2011, 06:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 829
Posted By gatorfan
The only place you should be using flexible pipe...

The only place you should be using flexible pipe for a drain is when it's being pumped (e.g. dishwasher or clothes washing machine) and is accessible. All gravity drains should be rigid pipe. My...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 07-10-2011, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 829
Posted By gatorfan
Probably unrelated is there's an S-trap in the...

Probably unrelated is there's an S-trap in the 1st photo which is illegal as it can/will suck the trap dry. It also looks like part of your drain is flexible pipe, which is also not legal for a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 06-22-2011, 11:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,565
Posted By gatorfan
All concrete will crack, including a new slab if...

All concrete will crack, including a new slab if you had it poured. You can hide cracks in new slabs it with control cuts or stamping (sometimes). I've never had any experience with patches, so I...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 06-20-2011, 07:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,410
Posted By gatorfan
You should be drilling into the framing to...

You should be drilling into the framing to properly secure whatever it is that you're hanging. Drywall is relatively weak and will only support very light things, like small photo frames, by itself....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-29-2011, 07:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,836
Posted By gatorfan
True in the NEC, but some jurisdictions have more...

True in the NEC, but some jurisdictions have more strict rules. In Florida (where I live) FBC 13-413.ABC.1.1 requires: "Feeder and customer-owned service conductors shall be sized for a maximum...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-28-2011, 10:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,836
Posted By gatorfan
Probably, you'll drop about 5%. Depends on your...

Probably, you'll drop about 5%. Depends on your AHJ if this is legal or not.



With all due respect, are you sure this is project you want to tackle? There are two hots in a feeder. I don't...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 05-23-2011, 04:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,475
Posted By gatorfan
Yes, lots. Much much more than what will fit in...

Yes, lots. Much much more than what will fit in a 5.5" cavity (assuming fiberglass, max insulation that would fit would be R19, but cellulose is better insulation per inch). Attic is the best place...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 05-22-2011, 06:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,989
Posted By gatorfan
I can't advise on brands, but I have a Ridgid...

I can't advise on brands, but I have a Ridgid 12", and I like it. I use the sliding feature all the time, especially for wide trim pieces (e.g large crown molding, exterior fascia). BTW, I bought a...
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