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    The piece is back at the shop and I won't be...

    The piece is back at the shop and I won't be there again until Tuesday but I believe this is a piece of 2-1/2" pvc reduced to 2" with a standard pvc reducing bushing. If it is some sort of jerry...
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    irrigation line, buried in very, very sandy soil....

    irrigation line, buried in very, very sandy soil. No photoshop, I took the picture myself. No exposure to solvents unless that was done before the pipe was installed.

    The grooves are completely...
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    What's eating the pipes

    I've seen this twice in pvc pipe buried underground.

    Grooves cut into the pipe where it enters the fitting. There was one small leak and it didn't spray over this wide an area so I'm betting...
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    We've bought a few of these for some high spaces...

    We've bought a few of these for some high spaces we have. They've worked well. They're quiet and not very noticeable. I think the single column of air would cause draft complaints if they were...
  5. If it was me, and it has been... I'd replace...

    If it was me, and it has been...

    I'd replace the existing sprinkler riser pipe with a male-pipe-thread x barb ell. I'd run black poly from there to the new sprinkler location.

    Black poly is...
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    From the picture of the socket, I'd say the wires...

    From the picture of the socket, I'd say the wires got too hot. Either too big a bulb was used, air flow around the wires was restricted, or the fixture was designed and manufactured poorly. Since...
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    I certainly can't tell from here what was going...

    I certainly can't tell from here what was going on inside the fan but it's possible that you had arching that wasn't drawing more current than the breaker was designed for and therefore the breaker...
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    The issue with non-fan rated boxes is the screw...

    The issue with non-fan rated boxes is the screw attachment between the fan and the box. Fan rated boxes have more threads than just the 2 or three threads through the sheetmetal.

    The "right" way...
  9. looks like some sort of mold. Mold doesn't...

    looks like some sort of mold.

    Mold doesn't need to be wet to survive, just heeds high humidity. There doesn't have to be a leak. Bathrooms are humidity areas and that's all it takes.

    Clean...
  10. very easy to do. Get a length of 1/2" PVC...

    very easy to do.

    Get a length of 1/2" PVC pipe. Get the fittings you need to hook a hose fitting to one end and leave the other end open.

    dig a relatively small hole on either side of the...
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    all of the commercial dryers I've worked on (I've...

    all of the commercial dryers I've worked on (I've actually worked on quite a few) had gas fired burners with single phase controls. Only the motor was 3 phase. I'm sure a single phase motor could be...
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    There are molds that produce toxins. But these...

    There are molds that produce toxins. But these are rare. And the concentrations of the toxins would have to be sufficient, and you would have to contact enough for it to have some effect. Yes, it...
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    I don't know anything about your state but in...

    I don't know anything about your state but in mine, the legislature has adopted the NEC AS LAW. And the AHJ is rrequired to enforce the code (LAW) but can't add or subtract from it. In fact, if you...
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    I've taken several classes on mold remediation...

    I've taken several classes on mold remediation and indoor air quality. I deal with this issue a lot a work. Here's what I've learned.

    You have mold. If you test, you will find mold. Every...
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    You won't be able to use a recovery machine as a...

    You won't be able to use a recovery machine as a vacuum pump, they just don't draw down far enough. You don't recover refrigerant down to a vacuum because you don't want to draw air into a leaking...
  16. Nothing I've ever seen but on a few odd...

    Nothing I've ever seen but on a few odd occasions, I've been known to spray paint copper pipe.
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    Type I cert if for any unit with less than 5 lbs...

    Type I cert if for any unit with less than 5 lbs of refrigetant. Type II is for over 5 lbs. Type III is for systems that operate at lower than atmospheric pressure, usually large chiller plants. ...
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    Probably lots of ways to do it right. Post a...

    Probably lots of ways to do it right. Post a picture so we can see what you've got and you'll be flooded with suggestions.
  19. Mold needs two things. Food and water. In fact,...

    Mold needs two things. Food and water. In fact, anywhere that has food and water WILL have mold.

    Mold food is any organic material. I've taken a couple of mold remediation classes. The...
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    Although it doesn' seem murky to me, he needs to...

    Although it doesn' seem murky to me, he needs to be paid for the time spent...I do think he could have been a better communicator. Lots and lots of great tradespeople are not great sales people or...
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    If he spent two hours he should get paid for two...

    If he spent two hours he should get paid for two hours, even if you stopped him before he finished.

    Imagine if the same scenario happened at your job. The boss gives you a project that ends up...
  22. In commercial buildings, a wall hung toilet...

    In commercial buildings, a wall hung toilet hanger is a big cast iron thing that is anchored to a section of 4" cast iron pipe anchored to the concrete block wall. We have hundreds of these and have...
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    There are two types of 24V digital thermostats. ...

    There are two types of 24V digital thermostats. Actually there are hundreds of different types but all of these will be either 1) power robbing or 2) not power robbing.

    Power robbing thermostats...
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    Having voltage at the element does not mean that...

    Having voltage at the element does not mean that electric current is going through the element.

    You can measure voltage at a light bulb socket but no electricity will flow unless the bulb is...
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    It seems a little odd but not wrong. Wouldn't...

    It seems a little odd but not wrong.

    Wouldn't raise any red flags for me. As long as the CB is sized to protect the smaller wire size, no problem. Feel free to run 4/0 bugged to 14g as long as...
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