• Qestion about HVACR?

    Best answer: Nobody is misunderstanding your question. Your question is "why are they like this," and the answer is " why don't you ask them?" We don't generally bother to answer a rhetorical question when the answer doesn't actually do anything useful. In the great nanny state of CA, the... show more
    Best answer: Nobody is misunderstanding your question. Your question is "why are they like this," and the answer is " why don't you ask them?" We don't generally bother to answer a rhetorical question when the answer doesn't actually do anything useful.

    In the great nanny state of CA, the regulations are pretty strict. I'm not surprised you bumped up against a regulatory hurdle. You can buy parts online because the sellers are often in a different state and the regulations there are the ones you have to meet. That doesn't change the fact that any work you perform in CA is going to have to toe CA's lines, not the state where the parts came from.
    8 answers · 6 days ago
  • My 10x15 tiled balcony is leaking rain water into the room bellow it. Grout appears cracked missing in places. What's the easiest way to fix?

    Best answer: You can re-grout and seal, but moisture has likely waterlogged the underlying sheeting, and some tiles will no longer bond and will float.

    When you do finally give up and tear all the tile up make sure you use some type of waterproofing membrane under the tile. https://amzn.to/2pJiwjB
    Best answer: You can re-grout and seal, but moisture has likely waterlogged the underlying sheeting, and some tiles will no longer bond and will float.

    When you do finally give up and tear all the tile up make sure you use some type of waterproofing membrane under the tile. https://amzn.to/2pJiwjB
    8 answers · 6 days ago
  • My hot tub caused the circuit breaker to trip and the hot tub will turn on but won't heat up. Could this be a heating element issue?

    Best answer: Could be. You haven't really told us much. It's certainly a heating element issue in that the heating element isn't getting hot, but WHY it isn't getting hot is another question. Check the heating element's supply circuits. Some of them have their own fuses or breakers. If it blows/trips... show more
    Best answer: Could be. You haven't really told us much.

    It's certainly a heating element issue in that the heating element isn't getting hot, but WHY it isn't getting hot is another question.

    Check the heating element's supply circuits. Some of them have their own fuses or breakers. If it blows/trips immediately upon reset, investigate why.

    Look for possible water leaks affecting the electrical side of things.

    Check that the heating element's control thermostat isn't damaged, shorting across its contacts, etc.

    Check that the heating element itself hasn't burned out.

    That's most of what could possibly go wrong; heating water by electricity isn't terribly complex so there isn't much more to look at. You may need to look at the user controls and ascertain that there isn't some kind of safety lockout that tripped when the breaker went. Read the owner's manual to know more about possible safety features that you might not be aware of.

    Good luck with it.
    9 answers · 7 days ago
  • Why isn’t air conditioning and ventilation widely used in homes in the United Kingdom?

    I’ve recebtly learnt and become interested in HVAC. HVAC is a trade in the United States which deals with Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning. In the United States Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilation all use ducts. In fact, AC and Heating usually come through the same ductwork. In the US they use... show more
    I’ve recebtly learnt and become interested in HVAC. HVAC is a trade in the United States which deals with Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning. In the United States Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilation all use ducts. In fact, AC and Heating usually come through the same ductwork. In the US they use gas furnaces for heating instead of boilers, so instead of radiators, they have hot air vents. Anyway, how come in the UK, Air Conditioning and Ventilation systems aren’t really a thing, other then small vents in the wall and small vents on window frames, as well as fans? Summers in the UK can be hotter than in cold parts of the US and Canada, so why don’t we have Air Conditioning systems built into our homes? And how come we don’t have proper ventilation systems? Fresh air is an important thing. I understand proper Air Conditioning and Ventilation systems are used in commercial and industrial buildings here, but why don’t we have them in our homes?
    5 answers · 5 days ago
  • What will boilers and gas appliances in the UK run on once gas is phased out?

    I am currently doing a plumbing course and I plan to go to level 3 and become gas safe registered so I can repair, install and service boilers and gas appliances (such as gas stoves, grills and fireplaces). I have recently heard that by as early as 2030, gas will be phased out from homes. I’m guessing this means... show more
    I am currently doing a plumbing course and I plan to go to level 3 and become gas safe registered so I can repair, install and service boilers and gas appliances (such as gas stoves, grills and fireplaces). I have recently heard that by as early as 2030, gas will be phased out from homes. I’m guessing this means radiators, boilers and gas appliances will soon run off electricity and/or renewables? Does this mean within a decade or two, Plumbers won’t deal with heating, instead Electricians will? Or will central heating still be dealt with by plumbers? Won’t this mean Electricians will earn more money than Plumbers soon?
    5 answers · 5 days ago
  • In the United Kingdom, can Electricians install and repair air conditioners and electric ventilation systems? Or are other courses needed?

    In the UK HVAC isn’t really a thing. Heating is done by plumbers, as over here we have boilers, unlike in the US and Canada which uses furnaces. Most houses don’t have proper air conditioning or ventilation systems either. We mostly use fans for the summer months and for ventilation we rely on small vents in... show more
    In the UK HVAC isn’t really a thing. Heating is done by plumbers, as over here we have boilers, unlike in the US and Canada which uses furnaces. Most houses don’t have proper air conditioning or ventilation systems either. We mostly use fans for the summer months and for ventilation we rely on small vents in windows and sometimes walls. I am currently in college, and I will be doing Plumbing up to level 3 and electrics up until level 2 or maybe 3. I want to be able to install, repair and service plumbing pipes/systems, central heating pipes/radiators, gas appliances boilers, electric and solar lighting, electric appliances, bathroom installations, and basically everything a good plumber and electrician would be able to do. I was wondering, once I am a qualified electrician, will this enable to fit AC units and electrical vents? Because i’d also like to advertise being able to install, repair and service Air Conditioners and Ventilation systems?
    5 answers · 4 days ago
  • Gas stove burner tiny leak?

    Magic Chef concept series gas range, bought new in 1972. Can't notice smell all of the time, but if I leave the house and come back I can very faintly smell gas from one burner. A new valve is not available for this model anymore. I took the one apart and cleaned and regreased it and it made no difference. What... show more
    Magic Chef concept series gas range, bought new in 1972. Can't notice smell all of the time, but if I leave the house and come back I can very faintly smell gas from one burner. A new valve is not available for this model anymore. I took the one apart and cleaned and regreased it and it made no difference. What should I do?
    10 answers · 1 week ago
  • Building a double garage U.K.?

    Hi, this is vague but I’m wondering if I can get a ball park figure. We have a car port which clearly was going to be a double garage but the previous owners stopped half way through.
    Hi, this is vague but I’m wondering if I can get a ball park figure. We have a car port which clearly was going to be a double garage but the previous owners stopped half way through.
    7 answers · 7 days ago
  • How can i solve this problem?

    in my room i have ceiling lights. Sometimes , late at night when me and my husband are sleeping it turns on without remote control , we have no idea what can cause it because there is no timer for the lights to be turned on/off by itself .
    in my room i have ceiling lights. Sometimes , late at night when me and my husband are sleeping it turns on without remote control , we have no idea what can cause it because there is no timer for the lights to be turned on/off by itself .
    4 answers · 4 days ago
  • What could be causing algae in my pool?

    My pool started having algae problems about 3 months ago. It's never had a problem before, but suddenly I can't get rid of it. My pool service has drained by pool, scrubbed it, cleaned all the internals, treated the water, etc. Pretty much, all that is left is to resurface the pool and redo the tiles to... show more
    My pool started having algae problems about 3 months ago. It's never had a problem before, but suddenly I can't get rid of it. My pool service has drained by pool, scrubbed it, cleaned all the internals, treated the water, etc. Pretty much, all that is left is to resurface the pool and redo the tiles to rule out any cooties living under the tiles, etc. No matter what we do, the algae has come back. We have tried covering the pool, daily cleaning with the hard brush, putting shock treatment in the water...it doesn't matter, the algae comes back within 2-3 days. Has anyone had a similar experience, and if so, where di you find the problem? Were grasping for straws here and are even considering just filling the hole up with dirt if we can't get the algae under control. Would a salt water conversion help with algae control? Thanks
    6 answers · 7 days ago
  • What's up with uncapped copper pipes with valves in the crawlspace?

    I have a three uncapped pipes in my crawlspace. One uncapped pipe has a valve on it, with water constantly running. Turn the valve off and water comes out the other two ends. I put a sharkbite on one end and water comes out the other. Put sharkbite on all ends and water ends up on the floor of my laundry room near... show more
    I have a three uncapped pipes in my crawlspace. One uncapped pipe has a valve on it, with water constantly running. Turn the valve off and water comes out the other two ends. I put a sharkbite on one end and water comes out the other. Put sharkbite on all ends and water ends up on the floor of my laundry room near the stack vent and water heater.
    4 answers · 5 days ago
  • Water heater and gas tanks around in garage?

    I have an older water heater in my garage I am planning to change out for a newer one. I blow glass art in my garage so I have big tanks of gas and oxygen in my garage. I am cautious and test for leaks on the tanks, but I always think what if somehow a tank leaked and I know gas is more dense than air so it sinks... show more
    I have an older water heater in my garage I am planning to change out for a newer one. I blow glass art in my garage so I have big tanks of gas and oxygen in my garage. I am cautious and test for leaks on the tanks, but I always think what if somehow a tank leaked and I know gas is more dense than air so it sinks to the floor(where the pilot light is on my current water heater). I always have to turn it off when Im working just to be safe. Is there anyway to prevent an accident from happening if somehow a tank did in fact start leaking gas? are there certain water heaters that I could get?
    8 answers · 1 week ago
  • Toilets been making a lot of noises after each flushed. How to make it stop?

    The noises makes a sound like waters leaking then another noises comes second later that sounds like water turning on. It continues to do this after every flushed. The noises wont stop unless I gently tap the flush handle down to a click sound and then let go of it. Most of the time everyone forgets to do that part... show more
    The noises makes a sound like waters leaking then another noises comes second later that sounds like water turning on. It continues to do this after every flushed. The noises wont stop unless I gently tap the flush handle down to a click sound and then let go of it. Most of the time everyone forgets to do that part and sometimes I forget to do it too.
    11 answers · 1 week ago
  • Power strip turned off by itself?

    It wasn't working so I checked it out and the switch was turned off. It didn't blow, the actual switch was turned off like somebody pressed it. I know it wasn't me and nobody else lives here. How did that happen? Nothing plugged into it was even turned on.
    It wasn't working so I checked it out and the switch was turned off. It didn't blow, the actual switch was turned off like somebody pressed it. I know it wasn't me and nobody else lives here. How did that happen? Nothing plugged into it was even turned on.
    10 answers · 1 week ago
  • What is the best way to clean a doormat?

    25 answers · 2 weeks ago