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    Good thought, but push the stem in and it stops...

    Good thought, but push the stem in and it stops properly. Called Kohler and they confirm a problem with the valve cap. Free replacement is in the mail. :)
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    All accessible screws have been removed. The...

    All accessible screws have been removed. The pressure balancing unit and valve cap are still attached (not sure whether to pry them off). There are no bolts.21800
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    2179721798 Progress. I was able to drill out...

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    Progress. I was able to drill out the set screw without too much trouble. Now I need to know what to replace. Some things are obvious:broken screws, drilled out base, etc. But I'm not...
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    Did apply moderate heat, however the set screw...

    Did apply moderate heat, however the set screw was rounded and is no longer possible to remove with a hex key. What is option #2?
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    stuck set screw

    Couldn't find my problem with a search....

    I have a Kohler K-T14420 Shower control whose stem extension is very loose. I think a retaining screw may have broken off (I have a parts diagram). My...
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    Another question for you pro's: I'm trying to...

    Another question for you pro's:

    I'm trying to find a good, cheap clamp meter. How important is it to read DC current? I have a solar PV installation.
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    Dumb question: What does "Full Load...

    Dumb question:
    What does "Full Load Amps 7.6/3.7-3.8" mean?
    Does it draw 7.6 on startup, then 3.7-3.8?
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    The timer is DC, not the motor. Sorry for the...

    The timer is DC, not the motor. Sorry for the confusion.
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    I'm not sure what a variable speed frequency...

    I'm not sure what a variable speed frequency inverter drive is, but I'm pretty sure the fan is controlled by a simple timer, DC I think. Its either on or off.
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    My first post was a little misleading: its just a...

    My first post was a little misleading: its just a motor and fan, no A/C or compressor involved. Looks like I can get a power reading by using a clamp meter where the timer switch controls the power:...
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    I have a good handle on how much it runs and...

    I have a good handle on how much it runs and although it is a factor, it doesn't account for the whole increase in usage (I don't understand your comment about utility rates since that doesn't affect...
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    The motor (Dayton 4K259G) runs a fan that...

    The motor (Dayton 4K259G) runs a fan that circulates air (no A/C). It often runs 8 hours/day. The fan is rated at 6.7 amps @ 115 volts=771 watts. If run for 8 hours, this is 6.164 KWH/day, a...
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    measuring blower motor current

    I've noticed that my electricity consumption has increased recently and for various reasons I suspect an HVAC squirrel cage blower motor. Although it doesn't seem excessively hot, I want to find out...
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    If I shut it down and let it sit for a half hour,...

    If I shut it down and let it sit for a half hour, the process repeats (i.e. some water flow) but less each time. The beginning of a cycle has more flow than the end. There's only leakage (at the...
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    Yes. I can open the manual bleed screw (and leave...

    Yes. I can open the manual bleed screw (and leave it open) *or* open the solenoid *or* use the controller. The result is always the same: the flow is choked off slowly. I tried removing the screen...
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    Rainbird valve problem

    [Sorry if this question has been answered, but I can't seem to get the search engine to do an *AND* search rather than *OR*.]

    I have a Rainbird JTV/AS-100 anti-siphon valve (poorly written...
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    Nope. If I put the insulation next to drywall and...

    Nope. If I put the insulation next to drywall and stick my hand inside, the temperature feels no different than the it does with the drywall alone. The water heater is definitely loosing heat and its...
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    Seems to me that this will equate to savings....

    Seems to me that this will equate to savings. Heat loss decreases as the temperature difference between inside and outside the tank decreases (assuming everything else stays constant). The purpose of...
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    You are absolutely right. The 48" x 75" should...

    You are absolutely right. The 48" x 75" should work OK. Time to think out of the box...

    I did think about covering the info on the tank. My solution was to take a digital photo of everything for...
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    65" in diameter and 57" tall (50 gal). The local...

    65" in diameter and 57" tall (50 gal). The local HD only carries 48" widths and carries *no* unfaced R13 attic insulation (thicker won't fit). So I'm back to looking (online) for a wider jacket. Any...
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    As a quick test, I wrapped part of the heater....

    As a quick test, I wrapped part of the heater. Sticking my hand between the fiberglass and the outside of the tank results in a significant warmth. Much warmer than the un-wrapped surface of the tank.
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    Well, I guess that's my question. I don't think...

    Well, I guess that's my question. I don't think the fiberglass is any different from the fiberglass in a water heater jacket. Is fiberglass a "combustible material"? Does the facing change things?
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    Water heater insulation

    I have a gas water heater for which I can't find a water heater blanket that will fit. Can I just use faced fiberglass attic insulation as long as I avoid the vents and top of the heater? Is there a...
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