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Old 01-24-2019, 11:16 AM   #2461
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You may want to pry off the plastic cap over the anode rod and see if a socket of the right size will fit through the hole. The Corro-Protec hex head pretty much fills the hole, I don't think even a thin wall socket would have fit.

If you want the Corro-Protec unit, at the worst you could get some tin snips and make the sheet metal hole bigger. Getting the different active anode was easier for me, and I was worried about the warranty implications if I "modified" the water heater.
I looked at the link you provided...that model never showed up when I did my original search. The price is good too...$90 US, but their order page only allows US addresses so I sent them an email to see if they will ship to Canada.
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Old 01-24-2019, 11:25 AM   #2462
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I looked at the link you provided...that model never showed up when I did my original search. The price is good too...$90 US, but their order page only allows US addresses so I sent them an email to see if they will ship to Canada.
If they do, be careful of how they ship it.

By mail / postal it arrives.
By USPS/fedex they sometimes charge a broker fee for the customs part, over $50 fee.

Let us know if this has changed as I'd like to know too.
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Old 01-24-2019, 11:32 AM   #2463
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If they do, be careful of how they ship it.

By mail / postal it arrives.
By USPS/fedex they sometimes charge a broker fee for the customs part, over $50 fee.

Let us know if this has changed as I'd like to know too.
I'll be in Florida for all of February, so may it might be easier/cheaper to have it shipped to where I'm staying.
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I'll be in Florida for all of February, so may it might be easier/cheaper to have it shipped to where I'm staying.
On your return flight, make sure you put the anode in your checked bag. It will make for an interesting conversation with the helpful TSA folks. "What's this pointy electric pokey thing? A weapon, or some sort of preverted adult thrill toy? Betty, Jim, come look at this!!"
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On your return flight, make sure you put the anode in your checked bag. It will make for an interesting conversation with the helpful TSA folks. "What's this pointy electric pokey thing? A weapon, or some sort of preverted adult thrill toy? Betty, Jim, come look at this!!"
Yeah, I can imagine However, I'm driving so that won't be an issue.
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I hope that new outlet is on a GFCI protected circuit. Oh, and you have the outlet upside down. Typically the ground lead is toward the bottom. (my preference)
My entire house is upside down, so this one is installed to match. It's on the bathroom GFCI.
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My entire house is upside down, so this one is installed to match. It's on the bathroom GFCI.
That's good. I never know the level of home maintenance expertise a poster may, or may not have.
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Up on the roof today. The roof has some tiny leaks that appear as streaks on the siding. It appears that the laminated shingles were installed with a marginal offset between rows of shingles. I ran a chalk line down the roof in line with the siding streak and lifted every shingle end near the chalk line to seal the nail heads and shingle ends. Hopefully that will do it.
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Lightning storm fried my HVAC circuit board.

New circuit board installed cost almost $600.

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Lightning storm fried my HVAC circuit board.
New circuit board installed cost almost $600.

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Was there a surge protector on the circuit?
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Was there a surge protector on the circuit?

I've never had a surge protector on an HVAC. Never had this problem until now.

Repairman said I could add a surge protector at the house's central circuit breaker box. Meanwhile, I should turn off HVAC unit during a lightning storm.

My older brother told me when he was a child lightning hit my parent's old farm house. The lightning bolt blew bricks off the chimney, blew a hole down the wall and across the kitchen floor to the back door.

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Up on the roof today. The roof has some tiny leaks that appear as streaks on the siding. It appears that the laminated shingles were installed with a marginal offset between rows of shingles. I ran a chalk line down the roof in line with the siding streak and lifted every shingle end near the chalk line to seal the nail heads and shingle ends. Hopefully that will do it.
Strange how the streaks on the siding are under the overhang. Suggesting to me, the leak could possibly be going under the roofing into the attic and running down the plywood underside, or the roof rafters until it hits the top plate of the wall, then dribbling down.

Maybe you want to look in the attic space for water signs ?
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Strange how the streaks on the siding are under the overhang. Suggesting to me, the leak could possibly be going under the roofing into the attic and running down the plywood underside, or the roof rafters until it hits the top plate of the wall, then dribbling down.

Maybe you want to look in the attic space for water signs ?
Yes, I think that is exactly what is happening. The attic in that far end of the house is very hard to get to, but I eventually want to get in there and see if I can see the origin of the leak. Hopefully I have found and sealed the leak, as I found several strong candidates as I was lifting shingles.
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Pulling out of the garage, the overhead door traverse noises overrode the Tango music playing in the car. With the windows closed!

Upon return, applied lithium grease to threads, torsion spring coils and traveling wheels. A few ups and downs then a quiet ride of the door.
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Bathroom vent fan stopped working.

Opened up the housing, blew away as much dust as possible, soaked the motor in Fluid Film, & fired right up again.

Glad I was able to keep the original 30+ year old motor...I figure it's much better made than anything I could buy currently.

Highly recommend Fluid Film.
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I installed this outlet. There's one on the other side of the wall, but there's a stud between that I had to drill through. Since the TP holder came off easily that gave me access. Took less than an hour.
The purpose of the outlet has been realized! Why didn't I do this sooner? I should probably post in blow thru dough or last Amazon buy, but this isn't the kind of pleasure one should post, is it? I mean, you guys, fine, but the ROTW, they might be offended.
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Our 15yr old dryer started making squeaking noises recently. Figured one of the rollers that turns the drum was going bad. So ordered a kit on ebay that include rollers, belt & a pulley that the feeds the belt through the motor for $25. Took out the front panels and drum and replaced all the parts. Turns out the belt was severely cracked and the pulley was frozen to the shaft. So that is what was probably making the noise. Rollers were well worn too. Took about 2 hours to repair. Hopefully it will last another 15 yrs.
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I decided to replace a fan that the DH said was sparking. Once I had to old fan taken down I found a pair of black (load) wires with a wire nut. The wires were very old and shabby and I could see places where the insulation was completely gone. My house is 110 years old and this fan has been in a bedroom since I purchased the house 26 years ago. I opened the wire nut and used heat shrink insulation to cover the load wires and reconnected the wires. The fan was attached with a jury-rigged method screwed onto an old non-functioning gas pipe. The electric box was an old style that would have to be changed for a modern fan so I gave up on a new fan. I used heat shrink insulation on the load and neutral wired to the fan and put the old fan back in. After "fixing" the fan it ran well without sparking. I told DH not to use the fan other than balance it. He Googled a procedure to balance the fan that started with turning the fan on reverse. After reversing the fan, it made a sound and did not work. Considering the wonky electric box that won't take a modern fixture, I decided we should quit while we are ahead, since we still have working light in the room. I might get brave (or stupid) and open it up and try to troubleshoot with my VOM.
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Our 12 year old router from Verizon was acting up, so I called Frontier and asked them to send me a new router. A few days later the router arrived, and I tried to set it up. No Luck.
I called tech support and spent 2 hours on the phone trying various things. No Luck.
Today a tech from Frontier showed up, and I explained the problem to him. He laughed, and told me that the tech was trying to set up the router using the PPPoE protocol, but in California it is ADHC
The guy was great!! He got my router going, then helped me set up our smartphones, our readers, and last but not least, our smart TV!
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