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  1. bud16415

    Water inside breaker box?

    I actually thought about that also. The water is not going to have much affect on the coated conductors. I think he also has a ground in there by the looks of it that it might not be good for. But then who wants a bucket sitting under your main panel. It is something that shouldn't be that big...
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    New Member Here - Private Landlord & Homeowner

    Welcome to the forum. Being a landlord is a lot tougher than most people think. :welcome: NW PA here.
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    60 gal air compressor bogs down

    I think your motor has just got weak over time. My compressor motor went out last year and I have a smaller backup I was getting by with. The neighbor had a compressor he was junking and it had a motor one size down from mine and I took the motor and put on mine. It worked great up to 80 PSI and...
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    Help with dimming lights in house.

    Something is drawing the voltage down and if you placed a meter on the line and watched the voltage when you placed the heavy load you would see it drop is what I think. There should be a slight drop but nothing like what you are seeing IMO. I think someplace in the main circuit path you have...
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    Water inside breaker box?

    It sounds to me that I agree with @ekrig. There is ether more to the story than the OP is relating or the electric company is being a PITA. Find a lawyer and have him write a certified letter putting the utility on notice of the assumed risk put on the homeowner by their negligence in...
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    Cathedral Ceilings

    This company makes a tube with a fan in it that hangs from the ceiling and pumps hot air from above down to floor level. I believe others make something similar and it wouldn't be hard to DIY something like this.
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    How to describe door handle set that needs to be replaced

    Someplace on the door there should be the manufacture of the door. This type of lock set is commonly a piece that comes with the door and I believe it would have to be ordered from them. Here is a link to one such company.
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    New member in NJ

    Welcome to the site. :welcome: I can't help you out on your other problem you posted about, but it looks like someone is. Glad to see you found us. Bud
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    toilet drain pipe connected to elbow pipe using silicone Sealant! View video here

    I will say it is pretty crazy and a mystery that will likely never be solved as to why it was done. Most of the time when you see crazy stuff it was the previous owner’s handy work. Best to not even try and figure out the why and just jump in and do the repair that is needed to correct the...
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    Porch Roof redesign

    A photo would be great help. Is there any way to put some slope on it? even 4” back to front would move water away from the house. Our front porch about 8’x20’ has a slight pitch and all the water just runs off the front. Where the steps are I put 6’ of gutter open on each end and it diverts...
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    Help with dimming lights in house.

    Look at the photo of the meter. You will see they ran the earth ground under the siding and attached it to the masthead conduit above the meter by the looks of it.
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    Basement Project

    Nice work. You are lucky to have the high headroom. :thumb:
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    Digital Programmable thermostat for home - single pipe steam system

    Yep ours lasts over a year so we change them at the same time we change the smoke alarms each year. You can also have your smart phone or Alexa remind you. Ours doesn't connect to the internet and I set up the time of day function and it wasn't bad when I was working but being retired I have...
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    Help with dimming lights in house.

    To Jeff’s point on the size of your service. Whenever I have asked around here the power company always said they sized the conductors large enough in the day of 60a services to handle 100a today. That could be different in other areas I don’t know. When people jump to 200a services is when I...
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    Help with dimming lights in house.

    Here is a video you can watch where he explains the need for bonding ground and neutral in the main panel as afjes is explaining. It looks like there is nothing attached to the green screw at the top of your main panel. I'm not sure if this is the cause of your dimming but should be corrected if...
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    What do they call this part for the shower

    When I wrap the tape around the male half of the threaded connection wrap it in the direction that when you screw it in the tape end is trailing the direction of turn. Doing it the other direction causes the tape to sometimes bunch up. Try and get the tape close to the end of the fitting but not...
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    Help with dimming lights in house.

    Is it only with the shop vac or will another large item plugged in cause a dimming. Something like a skill saw? Is it only the one outlet that has the problem or anyplace you plug the vac in will cause it? When you say the lighting is on an old circuit, does that mean it is the original wire...
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    Counter Beam Sizing

    Ya Chip would be kicking it down and making a big mess and then the real crew of about 30 real builders come in and clean up the mess and do the rest. I think you will need to take the ceiling drywall down a few feet back on both sides where you will be setting the new beam in. you will need...
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    Any Risk To Asking For Professional Advice

    This is just my opinion on the subject and I’m far from an expert, just a handyman home owner like yourself. From what I can see this issue varies widely from state to state and city to city. Tucson is a big city and they may view this different in the city proper compared to more rural towns...