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    Sewage Pump stops with a THUD

    My sewer line leaves the house well above the basement floor. To compensate for this, there is a small pump in a sealed chamber that takes any water from the floor drain and pumps it up to the main...
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    Gas Line Filter?

    I don't know if this is appropriate for this board or not, but I figured that most plumbers have some experience with gas lines too. Anyway, I have a commercial natural gas stove with a pilot on...
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    Submersible vs. Jet Pump Setup

    A while back you guys (and gals?) gave me some great advice. I was looking at burying a concrete cistern to collect rainwater for irrigation purposes. Now the time has nearly arrived and I've got a...
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    Agreed 100%! I'm scared for the safety of the...

    Agreed 100%! I'm scared for the safety of the pool occupants (#1) and the safety of the house (#2). That's why I think it needs redone. I wonder if one of those "overpriced, underqualified...
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    Pool Wiring

    I desperately need to replace the power run to my inlaw's pool. They jumpered it off of the sunroom circuit which was probably already overloaded. You should see the lights dim when the pump kicks...
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    Update: They installed an additional capacitor...

    Update: They installed an additional capacitor to the system. The lights barely blink now. If you are paying attention you can see when the unit kicks on, but otherwise it's hardly noticeable. ...
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    I've seen a small business that had this exact...

    I've seen a small business that had this exact problem. Their solution was to work with the local telco and had them run a buried wire into the business, but leave the old wiring on the outside of...
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    Ok. I get it now. It detects the current going...

    Ok. I get it now. It detects the current going to ground ELSEWHERE on the circuit instead of back through the neutral wire, thus the Ground Fault part. If the current on the hot wire doesn't match...
  9. I'm not a pro, but common sense tells me if you...

    I'm not a pro, but common sense tells me if you are putting more air into a room than you are sucking out, that room will become positively pressured. That can cause all sorts of fun things, such as...
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    If you wire them in series properly, the first...

    If you wire them in series properly, the first GFCI in the chain will protect anything that follows it.


    Bingo! Your GFCI's should also come with stickers that you can put on the outlets beyond...
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    Check your flue to make sure it's drawing a draft...

    Check your flue to make sure it's drawing a draft properly. I've seen this once before and the fix was to extend the pipe after it exits the roof a few feet higher. You might also have an...
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    The heat pump is a GeoComfort GT072TL111CBDSSA. ...

    The heat pump is a GeoComfort GT072TL111CBDSSA.

    Of course they updated their manuals to the newer models, so my model number doesn't work against what is currently on their page. However, I did...
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    Now just convince my wife she's crazy too. Good...

    Now just convince my wife she's crazy too. Good luck!
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    I think the distance is somewhere around 100'. ...

    I think the distance is somewhere around 100'. I'd have to go measure it off for better accuracy. It's really not very far compared to some of the other neighbors.

    I wasn't home when they ran...
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    The local inspector told me to not have more than...

    The local inspector told me to not have more than 3 (maybe 4) wires under a single nut for that exact reason. I designed my wiring in my house to keep multiple wire junctions to a minimum. In some...
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    I can't begin to tell you how many times I've...

    Now why would you say something like that when you know it's not required or even recommended by the wire nut manufacturers. The whole idea of a wire nut is to have the spring do the work.[/quote]
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    I cracked open the cabinet and was following the...

    I cracked open the cabinet and was following the wiring around. It looks like there is a decent sized capacitor in the wiring for the compressor. Is this what you were talking about?

    View from...
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    I've done some testing/measuring. Hopefully this...

    I've done some testing/measuring. Hopefully this will help.

    House under "normal load" (compressor not running):
    Hot Leg "A" to Hot Leg "B" -> 247.6V
    Hot Leg "A" to Utility Neutral...
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    Another thought I had relates to bedroom outlets....

    Another thought I had relates to bedroom outlets. Here, code requires arc-fault breakers for all receptacles in bedrooms. You may want to check up on that too while you are at it.

    Note: ...
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    OK pro's. Correct me if I'm wrong. I know this...

    OK pro's. Correct me if I'm wrong. I know this isn't the right way to do it, but shouldn't the switch be grounded anyway? You see where I'm going with this... I know, not the right way and...
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    I'm an avid DIY'er, not a pro. My only tidbit of...

    I'm an avid DIY'er, not a pro. My only tidbit of advice is to check your local codes. Where I live, 14-gauge wire is a big no-no. Even if it's only a 15A circuit. Even if it's just a single light...
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    I have no idea how you figured all that out, but...

    I have no idea how you figured all that out, but you 'da man! I believe they said that the lines feeding it are around 13,000V, so I'm guessing that's the 12470 part?

    Also, if the compressor is...
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    Exactly. I have two very small pumps that...

    Exactly. I have two very small pumps that circulate the water/methanol mixture through all of the buried piping. They probably are no bigger than a small coffee can each. There is also a...
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    Bob, thanks for the procedure. Everything you've...

    Bob, thanks for the procedure. Everything you've said makes sense and sounds pretty straight-forward. I will try to run those tests this weekend. Now I just need to figure out ways to get some...
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    You may want to check your local codes. When I...

    You may want to check your local codes. When I built my house, they said no more than 8 fixtures/outlets per circuit. If you are adding 10 cans plus outlets for your entertainment center, you might...
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