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  1. Sparky617

    Water inside breaker box?

    You may not be able to do the work yourself. In my town I can do electrical work with a permit and get inspections. In nearby Durham I can't without taking a test, not sure what the test entails though. Messing with a meter and the mast for the power company to run a new drop isn't quite...
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    New member in NJ

    Welcome.
  3. Sparky617

    Water inside breaker box?

    Here's an explanation of Drip Loop https://waypointinspection.com/drip-loop/
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    Water inside breaker box?

    Does your entrance cable come in from overhead lines? Typically, cables are run with a "drip loop" on them to cause the water that follows the line to drop off before following it into the box. Can you provide some pictures of your set up? Pictures can really help answer some of our...
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    Basement Project

    I just ordered a case of Great Stuff Fire Block foam along with an applicator gun from Amazon. Nearest source was Garner and I'm at that point we're I'd rather just have it delivered than spend an hour driving to and from to get it. I'm not sure I'll need a dozen cans, but I can always sell...
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    Basement Project

    I got to say the biggest PITA about working on the basement project is move stuff around to work. I've tried to clear as much out as possible, but there is still stuff that I can't stash elsewhere without giving up parking in my garage. I'm loathe to rent a storage unit as I don't want to haul...
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    Basement Project

    That should have been I'm 150 feet ABOVE, not about. Hence the need for an ark if my basement ever floods above the sill plate. I spent several hours yesterday doing blocking along the back wall. This would have been soooooo much easier had I done it while I was building the walls. Oh well...
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    Basement Project

    Thanks, I didn't want my breakfast nook dropping into the basement and the lumber was cheaper than an engineer to approve a lighter design. It is a bit over engineered given the double 2x12 plus the double 2x10 I installed in front of the existing wall to handle the wide sill plate. The...
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    Basement Project

    I think it is in the code now for all lighting and outlet circuits. I don't need to retrofit my house. If my basement flooded more than 1.5 inches you better have an ark. I'm 150 feet about the nearest stream, and my backyard drops continuously to that stream.
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    Do I need AC charge?

    It is pretty unlikely a 20 year old unit hasn't developed a slow leak. That is pushing end of life pretty hard. I've gotten 22 years out of mine and I'm planning on replacing them this fall.
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    Do I need AC charge?

    No frost on the refrigerant lines? If it hasn't been serviced since 2001 there is a good chance the refrigerant is low. When it gets low enough you'll get frost on the lines and on the indoor coil. Is this an all in one unit? We have a lot of "gas packs" installed in my area where there isn't...
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    Basement Project

    There is a house in the adjacent neighborhood that has 12' ceilings in their basement, and the very back of the basement is built over a 6' crawlspace. So at the back of the house the first floor is over 18' off the ground. It is a two story house with 10' first floor ceilings and 9' second...
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    Basement Project

    Thanks. My yard is a hill. Ten feet was as high as they could go without having the basement engineered. On the arc fault/gfci thankfully I don't need to bring the rest of the house up to that standard as there is no way my panel could handle all the breakers. I have a number of double...
  14. Sparky617

    Basement Project

    Some more photos of the project
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    Basement Project

    Fun fact, now all lighting and receptacle circuits now need to be arc fault / ground fault protected. I knew my outlets did, but not the lights. So another $100 in breakers for the two lighting circuits. More photos to follow.
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    Basement Project

    I pulled permits for my 1000 square foot walkout basement project earlier this year and had my first inspection on Tuesday. First the good news, my electrical passed and the inspector was very impressed with the quality of my work. Plumbing didn't pass, not due to what I've done, but due to...
  17. Sparky617

    Stair wall/new carpet dilemma

    I would have opted for trim instead of wrapping the edges with carpet. A wider view picture could be helpful in helping with a solution.
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    confused on hot wire and neutralwire

    You go by the insulation. The white is your neutral and connected to the white wire in the ceiling box. The black wire is the hot and connected to the black (or possibly red) wire in the box. If there is a bare wire it gets connected to the bare or green wire. Both wires are likely copper, it...
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    pouring concrete floor in crawl space

    I'd be less concerned with outgassing than termites. Any wood in contact with concrete in my basement is pressure treated, granted this is more than a PT floor but any outgassing will be pretty short term. If the wood is dry from the PT process any outgassing is going to be pretty much done.
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    pouring concrete floor in crawl space

    I wouldn't use regular plywood on top of the plastic that is directly on top of the ground. Not sure you need the second layer of 2x4's. I'd look to use 5/4" PT decking instead of plywood.
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