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  1. Thread: Ground wire size

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    NEC and most all local codes allow a smaller...

    NEC and most all local codes allow a smaller equipment ground for most general circuits. IIRC, there are some exceptions in the NEC where you can't do this. But for the most part it's allowed and...
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    I think they all look like cheap plastic boxes. ...

    I think they all look like cheap plastic boxes. If you're after a higher end installation I wouldn't use any of them. You can build your box into the wall and tile it.

    In my case, I put in front...
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    I just put in a Milgard vinyl window last year...

    I just put in a Milgard vinyl window last year and am very pleased. I know Anderson makes a good product but unless I was in an architectural situation that demanded a wood window, there is no way I...
  4. If you want to do this, I recommend a diamond wet...

    If you want to do this, I recommend a diamond wet cutting holesaw. In 2" this will cost you around $175 or more for a good one. Put a bucket underneath, and have someone with a spray bottle...
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    I seldom have luck trying to cut drywall to the...

    I seldom have luck trying to cut drywall to the center of a stud. The problem is that your blade ends up trying to cut through the old nails or screws. It's much easier and faster to not even try. ...
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    Sounds like what you have is what is called a...

    Sounds like what you have is what is called a "tile-in" sink. These give a very slick finished look, and you can push debris right off the counter into the sink just like an undermount. But much...
  7. My only experience with a Caroma was in a hotel...

    My only experience with a Caroma was in a hotel in Oceanside, CA. Great looking toilet, I really like the styling -- and a powerful flush. However, it has two flaws that, for me, rule it out. The...
  8. Thread: Mold containment

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    "absolutely spotless" is just more typical...

    "absolutely spotless" is just more typical internet sales job.

    If you REALLY want to learn about mold remediation, go to sites that don't have a commercial interest. Like the Environmental...
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    I've never used mastic, so can't comment on its...

    I've never used mastic, so can't comment on its relative merits. I do know that cement based materials like thinset and medium bed mortar have never let me down, are cheap, and are what the pros...
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    $19 for 1/8" masonite? That's nuts. Got to Home...

    $19 for 1/8" masonite? That's nuts. Got to Home Cheepo.... it's inexpensive enough there to be a throw-away.
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    Well, I like Gary and find his posts to be...

    Well, I like Gary and find his posts to be informational and helpful. There are others on the softener forum that are also helpful, too... but Gary is pretty consistently good and helpful. I've...
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    I use 1/8" masonite. 4 x 8 sheet is 5 or 6 bucks.

    I use 1/8" masonite. 4 x 8 sheet is 5 or 6 bucks.
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    I'm renovating the laundry room and looked into...

    I'm renovating the laundry room and looked into these based on Ian's comments. I bought the set and have tested it but am not fully installed yet as the room isn't ready. I also bought a Furman...
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    I would take this as a great motivation to change...

    I would take this as a great motivation to change the Federal Pacific panel. Those things are scary, and have history. IMO, nothing to trifle with. Plus, most of the breakers you can get for them...
  15. That being the case.... In San Jose CA, where...

    That being the case....

    In San Jose CA, where I live, you can't do that. PG&E, the poco here, won't let you install a 200A box with 100A main breaker. I know this for a fact because I tried. ...
  16. At least it's a fairly cordial discussion. I...

    At least it's a fairly cordial discussion. I agree with you, jw, that the spring loaded contacts are perfectly safe and acceptable as long as they are executed to a reasonable level of workmanship,...
  17. Your second citation may be the best reason for...

    Your second citation may be the best reason for your first.

    Your link points to lots of problems with Federal Pacific panels. No news there. Federal Pacific panels are well-known to be garbage. ...
  18. Interesting thread. I have some comments. 1. ...

    Interesting thread. I have some comments.

    1. I don't buy the contact area argument. Test results say stab-loc works, and the area is adequate. Obviously there are lower resistance connections...
  19. Thread: Mold containment

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    dlarrivee is correct. "Clean it up then fix the...

    dlarrivee is correct. "Clean it up then fix the moisture problem" is the basic principle of mold remediation. All the disinfection stuff is at best optional, and per the EPA, not needed or...
  20. Thread: Mold containment

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    Bleach is a very effective mold killer, killing...

    Bleach is a very effective mold killer, killing something like 99.9% of mold. For comparison, vinegar kills about 82% of molds. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a decent biocide, but not notably more...
  21. Does the guest house have its own independant...

    Does the guest house have its own independant service entrance? Or is it a sub panel fed off the main house panel?
  22. In addition to the pot filler.... 1. Pasta...

    In addition to the pot filler....

    1. Pasta sink next to range/cooktop. Very cool, saves you (or the missus) from carrying a heavy pot to the sink. If no room, you can gt a specialty pasta pot...
  23. I agree... I installed a Guinevere and it isn't...

    I agree... I installed a Guinevere and it isn't really hard at all.

    I would be afraid to use a hanmmer drill on tile! Tile is brittle and cracks!

    For your second toilet, don't use concrete...
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    Thanks for the photo. It does show the area I'm...

    Thanks for the photo. It does show the area I'm referring to, although I don't think this particular photo gives the full effect of how bad it looks. Once again, I only suggest that folks take a...
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    Ian, I understand your comments. But people...

    Ian, I understand your comments.

    But people have become nuts about luxury items in their homes, no matter what their level and intentions. Everyone wants granite counters and high end...
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