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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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At its simplest, a thermostat is easy to understand: it’s a switch that opens when it is warm enough, and closes when it is too cool. The switch controls the heater. When it gets cold, it turns on the heat.

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Listen to your house.

Gas-fired hot water heat is an interesting overlapping set of semi-independent systems that work together to keep your house warm. First is the burner. There is a thermostat (called the aquastat to distinguish it from the other kind of thermostat)

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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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Oh what a tangled web we weave….

I’ve learned a lot of things since I moved into this house 20 years ago. One of the things I’ve learned is that the person I learned to do low-voltage wiring from (network wiring, phone wiring, etc.) is crazy. Let

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