Recent content by JFoy

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    811 Locator Markings

    Our new home finally passed the final inspection so we called the power company to run the final leg from the SAW Pole to the house. Line locator guy came out while I was at work and marked the line leading into the ground transformer. Then he also wrote something off to the side which no one...
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    Interlock vs. throwing the main circuit breaker for generator powering a house

    Is there a difference in safety if I just turn off the main 200amp circuit breaker versus having a generator interlock installed? My understanding is the danger of backfeeding power to the outside power pole and transformer. Thanks, JFoy
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    Replacing the generator - suggestions?

    Had a Generac 3300 for several years and it did great but ultimately developed an oil leak. Lucky for me, still had two weeks left on the Lowes extended warranty - they opted to just refund my money. Needs: 240v connector - will back feed the panel via a welder plug. Dual fuel - gasoline /...
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    Metal roof - Ice / Snow Guards?

    Our new building has a 4:12 metal roof. When they came to put on the gutters, it was highly recommended to get these ice/snow guards installed. I've talked to a couple companies and received a lot of different advice. Some have clear plastic glue-on pieces, others have screw-ins, etc. First...
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    3/4 frost free sillcock/faucet

    With my new building, I want a 3/4in frost free sillcock/faucet for the garden hoses. I've called all the plumbing supply houses and they all tell me 1/2in is what they have. I don't understand why there aren't 3/4 frost free ones. So, if I have to go with a regular 3/4 spicket with a vacuum...
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    Mini-Split or Conventional for HVAC?

    My wife and I are builiding a 1000sqft apartment to move into and then sell our older current home. Specs are: Metal building 24x60 4in concrete slab with 1in foam board underneath and outside the footers Climate zone 3 1in closed cell spray foam for the entire building The apartment takes up...
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    0.22 Cal Drive Pin vs. TapCon

    Erecting stud walls inside metal building on concrete slab. Putting down Pressure Treated wood for bottom sill / plate. Not sure if I should go with 0.22 cal Drive Pins (nails) or TapCons. Any thoughts? Thanks, JFoy
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    Concrete pad has micro-fractures - that bad?

    Just had the pad poured for our 24x60 building yesterday. Today, the concrete guy came back to finish the edges and said the pad is extremely hot and has micro-fractures in it. We did add 1in EPS rigid foam board below the concrete and the board has a foil side that was faced down. So, the...
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    Plastic above or below insulation for slab?

    I am having a metal building erected that will be turned into an apartment. We are climate zone 3 so insulation under the slab is not required but I still want to put 1in foam board down under the slab. The foam board I have bought has foil on one side. The question is whether or not the...
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    Trap camera placement

    The wife and I have been using trap cameras to see various wildlife around the property lately. I have two spots I've been watching. The first is my patio and the feral cats that come eat our scraps. I set the camera on the patio floor which puts it in the same horizontal plane as the feeding...
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    3rd Party Warranty?

    Just before Christmas, I received a post card telling me the factory warranty on my BX-25 was about to expire. It encouraged me to talk to my dealer about an extended warranty. With everything going on around Christmas, I put it off until last week. I emailed the dealer about it and was...
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    Lawn Roller 24x48 on sale at TrueValue

    TrueValue has Precision Steel Lawn Tractor Lawn Roller, 24 x 48-In. on sale for $242 "ship to store". Best price I found for a lawn roller of that size. Precision Steel Lawn Tractor Lawn Roller, 24 x 48-In.: Model# RL2448GY | True Value
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    Silverado DEF engine penalty progression?

    So, I just started working for a local Chevrolet dealership doing IT and support work. Having no background in the cars and trucks, I learned that the diesel trucks now have the DEF incorporated on them. Naturally, I asked what happens if you run out of fluid and was told the engine...
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    Stump Grinder Woodland Mills WG24?

    Here are the pics! Below, note that the float had to be used on my quick hitch as the height between the lower link to the top link was not quite the same as on my quick hitch. Part of this issue is because the unit wants to lean back and away from the tractor. On the front end, there...
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    When my wife buys tools... ugh...

    My wife enjoys working with wood and stuff like that. Presently, she's making some tables out of some 2in maple we had milled from a fallen tree. Now, my darling wife is the queen of finding good deals. I have over 20 years in IT and she still bests me in finding stuff online. BUT! When...