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Toolsday: On Tape

There are many different kinds of tape. Because people use tape for many many different things. Knowing what you want to do with tape is the key to using the right tape. Are you trying to hold something together? Or

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Hot! Hot! Hot!

My heating system is divided into two zones. There are very clever motorized valves that open and close based on the heat demands of the thermostat in each zone. Near the end of last winter, I noticed that one of

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Posted in Plumbing, Wires

One Fuse to rule them all, and in the darkness blind them.

When my house was built, electricity was a thing. I know this because there are no gaslight pipes, but there are electric wires. Electricity was The Thing To Do. But it was a pretty new thing. I don’t have knob-and-tube

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Update: Z-Wave

As I mentioned, buying a Z-Wave controller/gateway was in my future. Well, it’s tax return season, see. So I ordered a VeraLite Home Controller. This one I linked to comes with a repeater/range extender for the same price as one

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Wireless Babylon

There’s a lot of signals potentially going through my head. The Internet Of Thingsā„¢: WiFi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, to say nothing of more traditional radio-controlled junk…there’s potentially a lot going on in the airwaves of my house. And that doesn’t even

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Don’t replace your dryer. Ever.

There are very very few actual parts inside a gas dryer. I know, because I’ve repaired or replaced most all of them. Several years ago, a room mate did a bad thing. The lint screen in my dryer pulls out

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