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Jim Katen

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  1. Traveling to the West

    Let me know when you'll be in Portland and we can meet up somewhere. What time of year? I suggest that, after Portland, you head west, see the Oregon wine country, and head for the coast. Take highway 101 into California. It's a much more interesting drive than I-5. Perhaps cut back east on 128 and go through Napa before heading into San Francisco.
  2. Burnham "Electric Steam Radiator"

    It only needs a pound or two of pressure to work. I'm guessing that there are controls that keep it in that range and some kind of safety relief valve that backs up the controls if they fail.
  3. Burnham "Electric Steam Radiator"

    It shouldn't blow steam at all. The steam should remain contained in the radiator, condense inside it, and run back into the heating chamber via gravity. I imagine that you'd occasionally replace the water, but probably not all that often. The more I read that ad, the more I want one.
  4. Raceway in cabinet?

    I think what you're looking for is in 334.15(B): There's nothing wrong with having NM cable simply "exposed," but it's not supposed to be exposed to damage.
  5. Burnham "Electric Steam Radiator"

    I don't know if it makes steam or not, but if it did, the steam would go into the radiator the same as it would in a regular steam system. There'd be an air vent that would let out the air and snap shut when the steam hit it. I've never had luck identifying heating elements with a DMM. They always read zero for me - even when they're fine. What am I missing?
  6. Burnham "Electric Steam Radiator"

    What do you suppose is the point? An electric baseboard heater would produce heat at 100% efficiency. You can even get "hydronic" ones filled with oil. Why generate steam for one location? Unless, of course, you could make it hiss, spit, or make klunk, klunk, klunk noises. Then it would be authentic.
  7. Wood Pellet Insulation

    Now I feel like I have to get a bigger planer. . .
  8. Wood Pellet Insulation

    They don't look anything like the chips that come off my planer, but I just have a little wuss planer. Given that they look like cedar, I was wondering if they might be related to the production of those milled cedar sidewall shakes that were so ubiquitous in the middle part of the last century.
  9. Wood Pellet Insulation

    I occasionally see this stuff, but I've never found an official name for it. (It looks like cedar.) An old timer once told me that it was "mill tailings." If so, what milling process would produce it?
  10. Compromised roof sheathing

    No one knows. I'd describe the issue, tell them to replace the damaged sheathing when they eventually replace the roof, and tell them that there's no way to determine whether or not the existing deteriorated sheathing will have any effect on the performance of the shingles.
  11. Low voltage switches?

    Why five of them? That's way beyond "over the top."
  12. Year of manufacture?

    1991 is the date of the ANSI standard. I'm inclined to think 1993 as well.
  13. Say less, say it better

    I like the portrait of Kelsey "Grammar" in the background.
  14. Brick veneer as a structural member

    It could have been done better (tapcons, shims, structural sealant joint, etc) but really, for what it is, it looks fine to me. If this is the contractor's worst blunder, I'd be fine with it. By the way, it's not too late to toss in a few tapcons. . .
  15. Funny Accessories on Garage Door Opener

    Ah, of course. As for the PDU, I have no idea why he has it up there.