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Robert E Lee

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  1. I carry one of those 99 cent 5x7 vinyl tarps to catch the insulation or whatever falls out when accessing the attic. Had one that was getting so thread bare I always got flak from the Agents, best thing was it had been folded and unfolded so many times it would almost fold itself back up when finished. Like Hausdoc I left it somewhere, still getting the replacement broke in.
  2. A neighbor was interested in knowing if his furnace has an AC or DC blower motor, it is a 12 year old Carrier model #58MVP060-F-15-114. I can't seem to find any info going by the model #. Help would be appreciated.
  3. We're spending the winter in the Rio Grande Valley at Mission, Texas. Temp at the moment is 73 going for 82 today, must say I'm not missing the Minnesota winter! Was planning on coming down for the month of February, but the first cold windy day last fall I came home and told my wife "I've made a decision, we're going to Texas for the winter", so far it's proven to be a good decision.
  4. Lennox G8, doesn't that have the Dura Curve heat exchanger? Hard to imagine one lasting that long with out there being cracks in the upper rear of everyone of the chambers.
  5. How about the serial number A 201970, week 20 1970.
  6. Thanks guys, the home was built in 1999 so wouldn't have been required on the existing panel, but need to do so on the transfer panel.
  7. (B) Disconnecting Means. Each multiwire branch circuit shall be provided with a means that will simultaneously disconnect all ungrounded conductors at the point where the branch circuit originates. Brandon, what version of the NEC is the para from? As almost all of the circuits in their existing panel are multi-wire circuits and none of the breakers have "handle ties".
  8. My son-in-law in is the process of installing a generator backup system at their home. There are (4) multi-wire circuits that he plans on moving over to the transfer panel. When he went for the permit today he was told that he will need to use "handle ties" on the breakers of these multi-wire circuits. I have never been aware of the need for "handle ties" on multi-wire circuits other than on the disposal/dishwasher outlet. They are located in WA state, in a suburb of Seattle, anyone else ever run into something like this?
  9. I would say that the line set would not be attached to either the condenser or the compressor, but would come coiled up ready for installation.
  10. Most likely radiant ceiling heat then, but we still can't be sure.It is too old to be a radiant in-floor system, I think, at least from systems I have seen. The modern infloor systems are 15 amp and only 120 volt. A question is why 2 20 amp circuits? One circuit should be plenty for one room, and you only found one thermostat. Something isn't adding up. If you saw 2 120 volt 20 amp breakers, they should be joined with a tie-bar. If that is the case and the breakers are installed incorrectly on the same bus, that would explain the slow reaction time of the heater. It would then be only getting 120 volts. I didn't make myself clear, there were (2) 20amp 240V circuit breakers for the system. The room was good sized, which was built over a large 2 car garage. Stopped back after my morning inspection to check the ceiling with my tic tracer, and found that there is radiant heat in the ceiling. I was going by the thin layer of ceiling texture that convinced me there wasn't any wiring in the ceiling. But using Mike's suggestion I was able to verify that there appears to be panels as the tic tracer glowed when going all across the ceiling (and then went out when tripping the breaker) instead of going off/on as you pasted by a wire.
  11. The only room with electric heat was this bonus room that had been added above the garage. The seller indicated that the system does work, but takes several hours to warm the room, will then hold the temperature once it reaches that point. Didn't think to use the tic tracer to locate the wiring, will remember that for next time.
  12. This afternoons inspection had (2) 20 amp breakers labeled for electric heat. The bonus room over the garage had a thermostat and there was a relay box alongside the main panel. When I turned up the thermostat I was never able to get a reading of current flow on the wiring, nor did there seem to be any activity in the relay panel. I expected to find cables in the ceiling, but the textured ceiling spray seems to be too thin of coat to cover radiant ceiling heat, nor was there any evidence of baseboard units that had been removed. Anyone have experience with this type of electric heat, and what could I be missing. Click to Enlarge 48.8 KB Click to Enlarge 15.39 KB Click to Enlarge 27.75 KB
  13. When I started 16 years ago I decided I wasn't going to do evenings or week end inspections, stuck to that until one time an agent called and more less begged and pleaded for a Saturday morning inspection, I gave in and scheduled the inspection. That was the only call I ever got from that agent which told me whoever they normally called either was out of town or didn't want week end inspection, since then I have continued to decline week end requests.
  14. I had three vacant houses this past week where the indoor temperature was too hot (88-92 degrees) for the furnace to kick on. I've used the bag of frozen peas a number of times in the past so will try to remember the red/white wire trick the next time.
  15. I believe your problem is related to restrictions in the drain line, as a large volume of water needs a place to go when the washing machine is discharging. Have a plumber check our the drain lines.
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