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  1. The issue isn't the termites, it's that the stumps will eventually decay. When they do, something, somewhere beneath the home will lose the support they once provided. Get the stumps out...by hand if necessary. I've done it before.
  2. I have one. Same problem. I hook it into my cigarette lighter outlet when I leave home for an inspection. It's the only way I can depend on it.
  3. KW is a unit of power. KVA is a calculation, equal to amperage multiplied by voltage. The two are the same when no reactive currents are present. There are two types of reactive currents: Inductive and capacitive. Motors and transformers are two of the most common sources of inductive currents. Capacitors create capacitive currents. The only energy transfer inherent in reactive currents are the I square R losses in the conductors. Utilities hate reactive power in their power lines because the I square R losses cost them money. They sometimes penalize users with large motor loads because motors create so much reactive currents. Long ago, utilities would create capacitive currents using 'over excited (field windings were deliberately over driven)' synchronous motors to create capacitive currents, which reduced the inductive currents in the power lines. Reactive power is actually power that is echoed back and forth between source and load with no net transfer of power actually taking place. Doug S, I'd suggest investing in a 3 phase power meter. Takes only a few seconds to connect it and it will show you the actual load. I have a handheld model laying around in my shop somewhere. Must be older than I am. It's about the size of a large clamp-on meter but has 3 leads coming out of it to connect to the lines.
  4. If you've inductive loads, or loads that have a duty cycle, that method would not be advisable. The generator size is selected using VA demands. The engine HP is selected by using wattage demands.
  5. When someone knows as much as you do, nerdy is good. Keep it up. BTW, which edition has the 'multiwire' definition? All I have is the 2008 and it doesn't have it.
  6. No, it shouldn't. Maybe the GFCI breaker is simply doing it's job. Maybe there is leakage. Takes only about 5/1000 of an amp to trip it. Pull out the 1st receptacle in the string. Leave it connected but, at that point, disconnect the rest of the string then try again. See if it trips. If you're removing power from the bus, reset the GFCI breaker after the bus is live.
  7. By 'reverse jam function' did you mean 'reversing feature'? https://www.dasma.com/PDF/Publications/Brochures/maintenance.pdf
  8. Much better. Still a touch of Salvador Dali to it, unless those tiles are flexible - lower left corner of drain.
  9. Effective wall design for heat and moisture management is on the frontier in an environment as severe as yours, I believe. Perhaps SIPs (structural insulated panels) would be a better choice.
  10. I don't get what's going on in this photo. There's Herringbone, a rectangle and a triangle.
  11. What did the gas bill do? Go up or down?
  12. I could go without wearing any pants at all. Got a picture somewhere. I'll find it.
  13. Likewise Mike. Excellent presentation, BTW.
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