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  1. Yeah, they're just meant to deny termites a concealed route to dinner. Forcing them to build a tube around it makes it possible for us who look to find it.
  2. Just realized that when you click Activity on the upper tool bar, you get the list of topics with the most recent on top but within an individual topic the most recent post is at the bottom. What's the logic behind it?
  3. The stump, the second one that I pulled out, was a test of my resolve. I felt I had to show myself I could do it. Took me months. Shovel and ax. Once it was out, it left a circular hole 9 feet in diameter and 28 inches deep. A fire pit still sits where the tree once was. Took me years to burn all the firewood that came from that tree....alright now...I'm done bragging.
  4. It's not redundant if there are concentric rings on that knockout. I'd have used the EGC bus for that, not sure why. It should be either green in color or bare copper. A cable is an assortment of conductors within one jacket.
  5. I dragged this old post out of the trash heap. Your model is a higher btu/hr rating and different serial but I think this post may help guide you a little in deciding whether to trash your Airco or keep it. The response to delislej is by Howard Pike, who has posted here many times and whom I regard as the member most familiar with Airco heaters.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. By 'reverse jam function' did you mean 'reversing feature'? https://www.dasma.com/PDF/Publications/Brochures/maintenance.pdf
  13. Much better. Still a touch of Salvador Dali to it, unless those tiles are flexible - lower left corner of drain.
  14. 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.
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