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  1. zannej

    Making a small rolling island for kitchen

    Yet another back burner project that I want to try because I already have some of the lumber and can see what I can use & what I need to buy. Friend's kitchen looks somewhat like this (my sketchup drawings) minus some cabinets over the sink (those are planned but not purchased yet) There's an...
  2. zannej

    Trane AC not cooling after being turned to heat mode for a couple days

    Last week we had some freezing temps (unusual for our area and even more unusual this time of year). My elderly mother can't stand cold so she turned the heat on but when the weather warmed up a bit more it won't cool anymore. It heated above the level it was supposed to heat to and now it won't...
  3. zannej

    How to protect phoneline & landline phone from lightning surges

    So, I have a recurring problem-- something that has happened at least 4 times in the past several years. We get bad thunderstorms and the lightning somehow manages to fry the line between the phone jack and the phone and kill my landline phones. It has burned the jack a few times as well. The...
  4. zannej

    Trane compressor short cycles & fan won't turn

    My AC stopped cooling on Friday. We spent Saturday trying to fix it. Our regular HVAC guy (the only one who would come out regularly) is in jail. He apparently made a mess of the wiring gerry-rigging it to work. Only other HVAC people in town refused to come out but sold new capacitors (one of...
  5. zannej

    Central AC Unit won't turn off from thermostat & burning smell emits

    Title doesn't accurately describe it. Heat has been working fine the last few nights but last night it didn't turn on. It got down to 56° when it's supposed to heat to at 64°. I pressed the Mode button on the thermostat until it went to Heat. After a few moments, I started to smell a strong...
  6. zannej

    Trying to make sense of late father's wiring diagrams

    I recently came across an old folder in a drawer that had many sketches and notes from my father. It included drawings of kitchen plans, house plans, dog house plans, shelf plans, etc. He used CAD I think to do some line drawings and do a general layout of the house. He wrote in notations in...
  7. zannej

    How do you wire a light with 2 separate switches on different walls?

    My friend was asking me to ask here if anyone could explain how to wire a light that uses two separate switches on different walls. I have some in my house like that, but my electrical is all wonky so it's a poor example for study. My friend's grandfather's contractors didn't hook the wiring...
  8. zannej

    Making a platform to raise toilet to ADA height

    This ties in to my home reno project of fixing up my bathroom & swapping laundry room & guest bathroom. I've found that the ADA toilet we put in Mom's bathroom is much more comfortable than standard height toilets. We already have two of the standard height toilets (14-5/8"H before seat is put...
  9. zannej

    Helping friends design a new kitchen in a trailer

    Some of you may remember my thread about a friend's house burning & I briefly mentioned he stayed with some friends who had planned to move in with him temporarily. Well, those friends had moved down near Lake Charles & got a home but it was destroyed by hurricanes. They had to move back in to...
  10. zannej

    Splitter/junction for 10/3 high voltage wires in well shed

    Is it called a Piggyback junction? This is connected to my post about my cistern/well/pumps posts. I have pump running on 230v & 6.1A (can go to 12A if wired at 115). Right now it has a crappy float switch that I want to replace, but the switch acts as a junction to go to the 2nd pump...
  11. zannej

    Need advice on choosing better float system for water well cistern

    I have a very strange setup that I will try to describe as best as I can as well as provide some pictures. It starts with a belt driven 2-pulley wheel air compressor pump connected to metal pipe that converts to PVC. Part of the pipe goes into the ground and the other goes up and elbows over the...
  12. zannej

    Questions about adding vanity lights & moving switches in bathrooms

    I do not intend to run the wiring myself- I plan to get a professional to do it, but I want to make sure it's being done right and I am curious about what would work, what's to code, and so forth. I've mentioned this before but recent electrical discussion has me curious. None of our bathrooms...
  13. zannej

    Making a craft table with lift for sewing machine

    It's me again, Margaret. Heh heh heh. I have another hairbrained idea of a project to add to my list once I get the essential stuff out of the way. Once everything is cleaned up better I want to start working on more crafts with my mother and she wanted to have a sewing space. I figured it...
  14. zannej

    Best way to patch hole in ceiling?

    My walk-in pantry is completely lined with metal screen/mesh. It was intended to keep mice out. It worked well for a couple decades but at some point some gaps in the wood of the ceiling got larger (don't know if it was from settling or if the mice helped it along). The mice ended up chewing...
  15. zannej

    Custom Recessed Toilet Paper Holder

    I know I've always got tons of projects going on in planning, but this is one that I'm hoping I can do in the not-so-distant future (after I get my bathroom fixed up more). The guest bathroom will have very limited space and I don't want a tp holder that sticks out too far for people to bump in...
  16. zannej

    Building an upholstered platform bed

    I've been kicking this idea around while my shoulder/arm are healing & I haven't been able to be very productive. I despise my cheap metal frame & box spring for my bed. Box spring collapsed on one corner, mattress won't stay in place-- keeps sliding & is now overhanging one side by at least...
  17. zannej

    Solar panels, batteries, charge controllers, to run gable fan & shop LEDs

    I'm trying to learn more about solar panels & options for things that can use it. I already made a thread about wanting a gable fan in the barn I'm going to have built. I saw there are some that are DC/solar panel. Some can run without batteries, others use a charge controller and a batter...
  18. zannej

    Need new barn - American Steel Carports build?

    My old very large wooden barn got destroyed by a falling tree. Parts of it are still standing but the cows are afraid to go into it most of the time, it no longer offers them sufficient shelter, and I'm afraid it will collapse completely any day. I initially just wanted a small 12'x16' building...
  19. zannej

    Fixing pump/pressure tank system for well- best way?

    My house uses well water from a crappy system in a metal shed. Inside the shed we have a 2-wheeled belt-driven piston pump that creates air pressure inside some pipes going to the top of the cistern to pull water up into the cistern. A float connected to a rod that goes up and down hits the arm...
  20. zannej

    What do you call this decorative molding on cabinet fillers?

    I'm trying to find the exact terms to be able to find this type of molding. In the 1st picture, I believe the vertical pieces in the center are rope trim, but I'm not sure what you would call the sword hilt looking pieces. I'm guessing top and bottom are plinth blocks? For 2nd picture looks...
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