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Floor Coverings

Floor Coverings have many purposes and options. Buildings begin with a subfloor, which is the structural portion carrying the load of occupants and furniture. The floor covering (often simply referred to as the floor) is whatever finish work is suita...
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Bathroom Fan Timer

Bathroom fan timer extends the benefits of your bathroom fan. Actually, I would consider it almost a requirement to get any true benefit from your bathroom fan. There are many types of fan timers, some are analog and must be wound up then slowly coun...
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Breaker Main Shut Off

Main Breaker Panel Shut Off is a wonderful thing to know for the safety of your home. While a light switch may disconnect power to a light or several lights – there is still power in the circuit up until the light switch. Theoretically, with po...
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Cartridge Valves

Cartridge Valves are one style of control mechanism at faucets such as your sink and tub. In the past, the primary way to adjust the volume and temperature of water was to turn your hot valve open a percentage and turn your cold valve open a perce...
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AFCI

AFCI or Arc Fault Circuit Interruption is a protection device for electrical circuits which is designed for use in bedrooms, hallways, living rooms, and just about anywhere not protected by a GFCI inside your home. In fact, there are devices which pr...
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Check Valves

Check valves in plumbing systems are a type of one-way controller. They permit water to travel only in the direction the user intends. There are many kinds of check valves. These valves can be applied to a broad range of applications, but are gene...
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Wire Size

AWG Wire Size and Breaker Size are dependent upon one another. Wires in the USA are generally rated upon the American Wire Gauge (AWG) scale or other variations, including Stranded Wire Gauge (SWG). Wires are rated for the maximum safe load of pow...
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Bathroom Exhaust Fan

A bathroom exhaust fan is common in newer homes, or may be retrofitted into older homes. Every bathroom needs a way to vent air outside, which may be achieved with an operable window or with an exhaust fan. The recommendation for a fan is 50 CFM (cub...
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HVAC

HVAC is a general term that describes all (or in practice, any combination of): Heat, Vent, Air Conditioning. It may apply to a window air conditioner, or a massive central air handling system. It could include a gas, oil, or electric furnace to heat...
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Electrical Outlets

Electrical Outlets are any location that power is let out of. It is not specifically the plugs or receptacles where you temporarily attach a toaster, cell phone charger, vacuum, or other appliance. Those are a type of outlet (called a receptacle), bu...
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