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  2. Pictures, both near and far, help with diagnostics.
  3. What do you Michiganders think? 1960's?
  4. This is all spot on, but Mike forgot to mention one of the most common problems that causes excessive build-up of this salt: short cycling. If the furnace is over sized, if the thermostat is poorly located near a supply register, if the burners are over-firing, if the high-temperature limit switch is failing, the furnace might be shutting down before the flue comes up to a steady-state temperature, allowing lots of condensation to build up in there.
  5. Without pictures of the stuff and the entire configuration of the installation, my best advice is to sweep up all the debris, throw it out, and go have a beer.
  6. Yesterday
  7. I have white gritty sand-like debri on top of my gas hot water tank and on the floor near it. I'm guessing it's falling from the vent which goes directly to my roof. This is not a powder like the earlier posts. What is this, and what should I do?
  8. Last week
  9. The cheapies are only good for radiant heat and the client thinks I'm cool to have thermal imaging. A plus is when scanning old upright cast iron radiators I can see if they are mostly filled with air and need to be bled.
  10. That's a generous access/vent combo. My crawl hatch is made of aluminum patio enclosure parts and a 3" thick foam wall panel. I wish it was that large though.
  11. I call out all mismatched breakers, with the caveat that they may be classified. There are far too many permutations to remember them all. If sparky says they're fine ask him for the classification, or hire a guy that does what you ask.
  12. I have one. Not much call for it but when there is, it reveals important stuff.
  13. Weirdest HVAC system today I've ever seen in 27+ years. Anyway, finally figured out "some" of the heat was electric radiant in the ceilings. Thank goodness I bought that inexpensive thermal-imaging camera for my IPhone or I would have only been guessing at such. Also found the heating elements in the large living room were not functional. Use of the camera today was a life-saver and justified the purchase 100% !
  14. had to have been transferred from my late '90s computer sometime after May 95 the date on the doc
  15. Yes, with a little hook and eye keeper. Swing is less than 90 though because it hits a hard duct. No spring so at least it does not slam!
  16. I have posted before about things I'd never seen, exposed myself to slings and arrows from the more experienced among us, invited the members to call me rookie and been taken up on the offer with gusto, but now I got one I can stand pat with. Who here has ever seen a screen door on a crawl space opening? See picture.
  17. It's a business maneuver. Anything to get more market share. Reminds me of Nicky. I don't have a dog in this fight anyway. If I see breaker brands not listed on the panel, all that means to me is that the wrong hands have touched this system. I look for what else those hands have done, for bigger fish, for the marlin, something better to put in my report. Over 30 years in the electrical trades and I can't recall ever correcting an issue that was caused by an off-brand breaker. Course, the only consequence of an off-brand might be is that it won't protect the circuit when it becomes overloaded, or shorted. JMHO
  18. Right, if a professional electrician installed them, you could look like a gringo calling them out and cause unnecessary delays for a home buyer.. Ask local electricians if they use those subs. Just a thought.
  19. You might want to revisit that policy. While it's certainly the easy path, it's often not the right one. Classified breakers meant for that panel are perfectly acceptable, no matter what the manufacturer attempts to claim.
  20. It's disturbing that Square D would lump counterfeit breakers in with classified breakers, which are specifically UL listed to fit into their panels. The thing that's particularly galling is that Square D makes classified breakers to fit into nearly every other panelboard out there, but they "prohibit" using other company's classified breakers in their panels. It's a racket and it's probably not enforceable under the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, which specifically prohibits a company from requiring only branded parts be used with the product in order to retain the warranty. In fact, I seem to recall hearing that Square D took that bulletin off their website like 20 years ago. Did you find it on Schneider's website or has it just been re-posted on other websites since the early 2000s?
  21. I report it if they're not listed on the panel label.
  22. Depends on how fast the season heats up. When heat makes them start to resprout they have to come up. The scary face is one of those beginning to bolt. This one is called Inchelium, a soft neck found on an Indian Rez in Washington state. It was 91 here the other day.
  23. Eaton Interchangable Classified Breaker.pdf
  24. I call it the bus bar and the things that stick out of it are the stabs. (At least that's what I call them.) If the breakers are sitting 1/2" proud of where they should be, I'd call that a real problem. The're not engaging with the stabs properly. If you're in a hurry and/or if you're not interested in screwing around, just note that the breakers are the wrong type for the panel, recommend that they be replaced, and move on. However, if you're interested in mucking around, I suspect that whoever installed the breakers just didn't push them all the way into place. Sometimes you've got to push pretty hard, even with Square D breakers in a Square D panel. Personally, I wouldn't hesitate to carefully push on one of the breakers - it would probably slip right into place. If so, I'd do all the others and move on.
  25. Is your garlic ready? Ours isn't ready until the second or third week of July.
  26. This scary face rose out of the garlic patch.
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