• Hot water bill extremely high?

    we just moved to 3 bedroom unit and are now 6 people in the unit... im shocked with the bill $690 for 91 days where i nornally pay around $200-$300 in my old unit. I have called the provider and they said my usage of hot water is very high. Is it normal using a total of 24281.04 mj for hot water? Im feel like... show more
    we just moved to 3 bedroom unit and are now 6 people in the unit... im shocked with the bill $690 for 91 days where i nornally pay around $200-$300 in my old unit. I have called the provider and they said my usage of hot water is very high. Is it normal using a total of 24281.04 mj for hot water? Im feel like this is extremly high when we dont even use hot water for washing machine
    13 answers · 2 days ago
  • Why did our house have unusual electrical systems? Unusual hookups and connections in craft room? Unusual air ducts?

    We just moved into a new house and we noticed an unusual buzzing sound coming from the ceiling and the inspector told us that the attic was inaccessible. We looked all over the upstairs, and thorougly checked the craft room which the inspector told us had some additional outlets that tested fine for voltage and... show more
    We just moved into a new house and we noticed an unusual buzzing sound coming from the ceiling and the inspector told us that the attic was inaccessible. We looked all over the upstairs, and thorougly checked the craft room which the inspector told us had some additional outlets that tested fine for voltage and stuff. He said they were probably used to power a high end sewing machine or something like that. The whole craft room was walpapered, even the ceiling, and beneath the wallpaper was a layer of aluminum foil decoupaged onto the walls. The door o the room was a steel exterior door and was also reinforced, and all countertops in the room were stainless steel. The window also had tinfoil decoupaged on it and there was some sort of metal flooring in the room as well. We also after taking a look noticed a possible attic access that was intentionally hidden and plastered over. In the attic we noticed all sorts of strange vent systems, and a whole section of the attic lined with tinfoil and styrofoam insulation with all sorts of little irrigation tubes and electrical outlets everywhere. In the other end of the attic was an area outside the styrofoam and tinfoil "room" which had a large electrical transformer and a bunch of strange wiring. There were 3 thick wires feeding into the transformer marked L1 L2, and L3. The transformer then fed power to 6 big lever switch boxes marked, "PlantLgt", "CoinMine" , "DataRadEquip", "Vent+HeatAuxCool", and "WorkLab, and "3Phase".
    8 answers · 22 hours ago
  • Slanted Floors, What could cause the floors inside our property to slant downward quite a bit? It is NOT the whole floor,?

    just about 3 feet of it, inside near an interior wall, It is a drastic slant downward, So much so that the outside door next to the slant, has about a 2 inch gap underneath, The thing is, we don't see any foundation issues from the outside, no cracks that we see, the house is made of brick, it does have a... show more
    just about 3 feet of it, inside near an interior wall, It is a drastic slant downward, So much so that the outside door next to the slant, has about a 2 inch gap underneath, The thing is, we don't see any foundation issues from the outside, no cracks that we see, the house is made of brick, it does have a crawl space underneath and the floors with the slant are hardwood We don't know what is between the hardwood flooring and the crawl space, Most of the floor is just fine, no bumps or slants, but the slanted area is quite slanted down, It is disturbing -- what could be causing this? And could it be dangerous? We are showing the house for sale, The more details or information the better, Thank you in advance,
    9 answers · 1 day ago
  • Do I have to replace my whole oven if only the cooker tops have stopped working?

    Hi My oven still worksome fine but not the electric tops. Can this be fixed? Or will it need replacing? Many thanks
    Hi My oven still worksome fine but not the electric tops. Can this be fixed? Or will it need replacing? Many thanks
    11 answers · 2 days ago
  • If water mains pressure comes from electric pumps, why do taps still work during a blackout?

    Best answer: Not all water systems use elevated tanks . . . but virtually all have back-up power: their own generators to produce electricity if the utility fails, direct engine-powered pumps, etc. I know of several old cities that even have ancient steam-powered equipment maintained for emergency use - - - not a bad idea in... show more
    Best answer: Not all water systems use elevated tanks . . . but virtually all have back-up power: their own generators to produce electricity if the utility fails, direct engine-powered pumps, etc. I know of several old cities that even have ancient steam-powered equipment maintained for emergency use - - - not a bad idea in this day of failures, terrorist attacks, etc.

    However, the last I heard, New York city is fed by gravity with water flowing down from reservoirs at higher elevations - and it's individual tall buildings that must pump it up through their structure - and they would have their own generators if the utlity fails.
    10 answers · 3 days ago
  • I have to fix part of roof flashing on a house in proximity of the power lines coming into the house Do i have to worry about touching them?

    Best answer: If the voltage is 120/240 which is usual in North America the shock hazard is enough to be considered a lethal hazard. Distance is the safe way, next is to be not grounded if you touch them. The wires should be insulated for the power wires and it takes severe abuse to damage the insulation. Know where the... show more
    Best answer: If the voltage is 120/240 which is usual in North America the shock hazard is enough to be considered a lethal hazard. Distance is the safe way, next is to be not grounded if you touch them. The wires should be insulated for the power wires and it takes severe abuse to damage the insulation. Know where the wires are and work from a fiberglass or wood ladder or on a dry wood surface. Electrical insulated gloves with glove protectors would be standard PPE for a qualified professional electrician to work on the wires. Proximity is a vague distance but don't touch and you should be safe.
    5 answers · 14 hours ago
  • Found these two items in an old barn, any ideas what they were used for?

    Found these two items in an old barn, any ideas what they were used for?

    They measure 4" x 6". Made of metal. The one on the right has a door that slides open and shut. The other one on the left has a spring loaded door and opening in the back and bottom that you see in the photo. The opening of the slide door is located in the same place as the opening in the back of the... show more
    They measure 4" x 6". Made of metal. The one on the right has a door that slides open and shut. The other one on the left has a spring loaded door and opening in the back and bottom that you see in the photo. The opening of the slide door is located in the same place as the opening in the back of the other piece. As you can also see, there are four holes on each piece that line up exactly with each other, leading me to believe they may have been attached to one another, but not sure. Thanks
    5 answers · 23 hours ago
  • What is the correct way to test a water well pressure tank?

    Best answer: Short cycling is caused from the lack of air in the well pressure tank. A fluid cannot be compressed, but air can and air acts like a cushion to reduce the number to times the pump senses it is time to turn on again. That is why there is an innertube valve on the top of the tank. To inject more air. Air... show more
    Best answer: Short cycling is caused from the lack of air in the well pressure tank. A fluid cannot be compressed, but air can and air acts like a cushion to reduce the number to times the pump senses it is time to turn on again. That is why there is an innertube valve on the top of the tank. To inject more air. Air dissolves into the water over a long period and it needs to be occasionally replenished with new air. Not a lot. A bicycle hand pump will do the trick. It is good if you also have a Tire air pressure valve to check to see how much air pressure you are putting in especially on the bladder tanks. You can overdo it with air pressure. The bladder is meant to slow down the transfer of air dissolving into the water. Air still permeates the bladder and gets into the water, but at a much slower rate. The tank should have a label saying how much air pressure should be in the tank. The pump has a gauge on it to tell you how much water pressure you have...right at the pump which equals the pressure at any water outlet.

    I learned this stuff on the fly. I was new to it too. So lots of questions. I had a really old tank. It had a piece of wood in it instead of a bladder but it was in there for the same reason.

    You need air into the system. That simple.
    12 answers · 6 days ago
  • My fridge won't get cold enough?

    4 answers · 15 hours ago
  • I installed a electricity meter in someone's property can I force entry to get it back due to them not paying Example photo of the meter?
  • Ricky accidentally clogged the toilet and the pipes at Chipotle a few weeks ago and thhe resturant sent my dad the plumber bill?

    Best answer: Unless Ricky did it on purpose, he is not liable for the bill.
    Best answer: Unless Ricky did it on purpose, he is not liable for the bill.
    5 answers · 2 days ago
  • Can you make a copy of a bent house key?

    I'm house sitting and the family isn't back until Saturday. I went to the movies and came back to find out the key somehow got slightly bent. All the windows and doors are locked so there's no other way for me to get in and I need to because I need to feed their dogs. I went to Walmart since it's... show more
    I'm house sitting and the family isn't back until Saturday. I went to the movies and came back to find out the key somehow got slightly bent. All the windows and doors are locked so there's no other way for me to get in and I need to because I need to feed their dogs. I went to Walmart since it's the only store open right now and the guy said it was too bent to copy but Home Depot might be able to since they scan their keys. I'm just worried he might be wrong and idk what I'm going to do. Has anyone ever gotten a copy of a bent key before? It's only slightly bent at the tip and fits in the key hole, just won't turn.
    6 answers · 3 days ago
  • Why does my friends wrist still cause her pain and for how long after electrical shock a month ago?

    Best answer: She is lucky she is alive - did she get proper medical treatment at the time? Electrical shocks can travel through the nerves and muscles and burn them as they go, this leaves no external mark but causes extreme pain in the tissues affected. So if she is still has pain she needs to see a doctor
    Best answer: She is lucky she is alive - did she get proper medical treatment at the time? Electrical shocks can travel through the nerves and muscles and burn them as they go, this leaves no external mark but causes extreme pain in the tissues affected. So if she is still has pain she needs to see a doctor
    4 answers · 2 days ago
  • Home plumbing problem...?

    Best answer: Definitely a venting problem...no air flow behind flowing water from a clogged vent creates a vacuum effect which can suck down water in toilets/drains or make gurgling noises, etc... Check the vents for any clogs, bird nests, etc.. or snake the vents if possible. Cut open vent pipes in an attic area for snaking... show more
    Best answer: Definitely a venting problem...no air flow behind flowing water from a clogged vent creates a vacuum effect which can suck down water in toilets/drains or make gurgling noises, etc... Check the vents for any clogs, bird nests, etc.. or snake the vents if possible. Cut open vent pipes in an attic area for snaking if it's too hard to get at them on a two story roof (if you have that)...then reconnect/seal up the pipe again when done.
    6 answers · 4 days ago
  • Updated code regulation for upgrading two-prong outlet?

    My house was built in 1963 and all the rooms that weren't remodeled in 2003 have two-prong outlets. The circuits are 15 amps but the outlets don't have any ground wire but it's looks like a majority of the conduits are metal boxes. I'm not sure if the conduits are grounded. The outlets have 2 yellow... show more
    My house was built in 1963 and all the rooms that weren't remodeled in 2003 have two-prong outlets. The circuits are 15 amps but the outlets don't have any ground wire but it's looks like a majority of the conduits are metal boxes. I'm not sure if the conduits are grounded. The outlets have 2 yellow wires and 2 black wires that come out of a hole from the top of the conduit box. How can I upgrade the outlet to 3-prong but keep it compliant with electric code?
    4 answers · 2 days ago