Tag Archives: Home Depot

Ceiling Fan and wall switch question

By Joan Fecteau

Hello. This is a great resource and I am glad to have found you! 😉

We hired a licensed handy man to install a ceiling fan/light to replace a simple light. I love it, but…

The wall switch turns the whole unit off and on. We are forced to use the pull chain to turn the light on and off; we leave it in “on” so the fan runs at all times. The fan is above the bed and hard to reach, even with a long pull chain.

Needless to say, this is very irritating. We asked our handy man about this and he indicated “this is just how the fan was made.” I don’t buy that.

I’ve stepped on my blind dog more than once trying to turn on the light via the chain. 😡 Should I ask my handy man to rewire the darn thing, or could he be correct that this particular fan is made this way? (Bought it at Home Depot and it’s a fairly new model.)

Thanks…

Joan

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FRAMIING nail size for interior wall?

By CEE1NG_RED

Hello.

I was wondering what is the code for interior walls when using specific nails? Just bought me a Rigid 21* round framing gun, but I only need a handful of nails. Home Depot sells, 3.25″ nails 1000 set, but is 3.25″ okay? I live in Long Beach, CA. I will be building a pocket closet, and the wall will be perpendicular to one existing wall. The wall will be 7’L x 8′ H. Will I be penalized by the city or inspector for doing this?

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External flexible conduit is too small to fit the many wires I want to run in it

By tonic

I have a 3/4″ flexible conduit that runs for about 3ft from the bottom of my panel down the side of my house and directly under the house. The house is on piers and beams, and there is a good amount of crawl space under it.

Here is my problem. I have about 5 or more electrical wires (Romex 12/2) that I want to run inside my conduit, but it won’t fit. The 3/4″ flexible conduit is the biggest size that is sold by Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc. What should I do?

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How to extend 2 ft of vinyl fence on top of 6 ft cinder block wall.

By elainejohnson

I need advise to do the following:
1) Extend 2 ft height of vinyl fence on top of 6ft cinder block wall (will be 8 ft tall when I complete it)
2) Don’t like digging holes to set posts.
3) Where do I get the extension vinyl fence (2 ft height).

Went to a vinyl store, and the rep. will come out next week, but I have a feeling they will quote me something that I may not be able to afford.

Went to Home Depot, but their vinyl products just for the whole fence (5-6 ft tall). They don’t have 2-3 ft height extension that I can use.

Thank you.

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Adhesive to glue on shinlges

By jehaz

Hi,

I am putting a roof on a chicken house. The roof is a single slope of 8’x16′.
I have felt and house shingles from home depot, and OSB sheathing.

Rather than being normal and using a nailgun, I want to be abnormal and use adhesive.

This is because the nails that stick out through the inside of the roof will hurt the chickens who have access to the loft space.

What adhesive should I use? Home Depot recommended outdoor carpet adhesive for boats, but when I went to the carpet section the man told me that because shingles are non-porous it would never dry.

I dont really want to buy roof patch/sealant/cement, because thats really thick and not made to be a glue but a waterproof barrier in its own right.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
James

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Main Breaker Trips — Conflicting Information

By Zalwrog

Hi all,

Occasionally–especially on hot days when we’re running a lot of electrical appliances (water heater, dryer, oven, microwave, etc) our power will go out. We’ll have to wait about 15-30 minutes and then go reset the main 100A breaker to the house. It’s only happened a couple times a year and only during the summer. This last time, after resetting the breaker, the power went out immediately a couple of times before staying on.

Had the power company come out and he said the main breaker is about to fail and we need to replace it. He was showing me how to pop the meter off the house to cut power to the house and noticed that we have a 60A rated meter. Said most folks have 100A or 200A meters and if I wanted I could replace it. Otherwise, replacing the 100A main breaker should fix the issue.

So I’m at Home Depot today talking to their electrical person and she said the 60A meter is rated too low for a 100A main breaker. She said that the meter is the problem, not the breaker and that I would need to replace it else risk fire/melted wires, etc.

So who’s right?? I moved into the house in 2002 and the panel was new when I moved in. I was told it was replaced to bring it to code. Now the Home Depot lady is telling me that this situation can cause fires. How could that ever pass an inspection?

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Blower Motor for Rudd UGPH-07EAUER, 1/2hp to 3/4

By blinkyhunter

Hi all!
just a quick question I hope…
my Rudd 75000btu gas furnace has a 1/2hp blower motor which seems to work fine except that it takes forever to cool the house down in the summertime. I pretty much have to leave the fan on all the time to keep the house at a comfortable temp. The air temp seems cold enough, so I’m thinking that more airflow/pressure would solve the problem. From the manual, it looks like the 1/2hp and 3/4hp furnace models are identical, same BTU’s except more airflow of course. I’m wondering if this is a viable option? would any of the wiring change? control board? Any ideas??? manual says the blower motor is 11 x 7 for the 3/4hp instead of 11 x 6 for the 1/2. Where can I buy the larger motor…? Home Depot?
Thanks for any help!

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How tight to screw in the T&P Relief Valve?

By boxer

I recently tested my T&P relief valve and after I released the lever it kept dripping for several hours, so I decided to replace it. I got a Cash Acme from Home Depot. When I screwed it in when it got tight the outlet was not pointing straight down. I tried tightening further but was scared it would be too tight and possibly damage the threads in the water heater. So instead I backed it off a bit so that the outlet is pointing down. It doesn’t leak at the screw-in point but it is slightly loose and will rotate back and forth.

My question is — should I leave it as is since it doesn’t leak, is there any downside to that? Or should I put a wrench and some muscle on it to give it 1 more turn? How do I tell if I am over-tightening it and could it crack something?

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Do I really need to replace this flex duct…or can I just be cheap?

By allfy16

Our water heater blew last July and flooded our downstairs. My wife and I were both at work when it happened so there was a nonstop flow of water into our house for probably a good 6 hours. After ruining our ugly “straight out of the 80s” parquet floor, our “used to be white” vinyl kitchen, and our lovely 6 month old chestnut hardwoods in the living/dining rooms; the water proceeded to find our air registers on the ground and dump down into the HVAC ducts in the crawlspace. The water accumulated in one 6″ insulated flex duct and caused it to tear off of the register.

I got the house all dried out and the ducts cleaned, then went into the crawlspace and remembered that the duct was still down. I quickly realized that the insulation was still soaking wet and the duct needed replacing. Its other end was connected to the trunk line so I took it off the collar and planned to go to Lowes and replace it later that day. I didn’t want my AC pumping into the crawlspace until then so I looked around and happened to find the circular piece of the trunk line that was cut out in order to install the collar connection onto the trunk. So, using all the ingenuity I could muster I crammed the cut out into the collar, thus solving everything.

To make a long story short, I didn’t replace the duct that day and it’s been about a year since this happened. The cut out is still in place and when I looked at it today, I could only feel a tiny bit of cold air getting past the cut out. I haven’t noticed that my energy or gas bills have increased since then so I’m wondering if it’s even worth replacing the duct.

I only need 8ft. of 6 inch insulated flex duct, but Lowes and Home Depot only sell 25ft. at a time and it’s around $30 for just the duct. Then I have to buy mastic, HVAC tape, a worm clamp, supports, and zip ties. Only the worm clamp is cheap (about $2). And since you can’t buy small quantities of anything else or the product is just expensive ($11 for HVAC tape), I would be spending about $70 to fix something that I’m not convinced is a problem, and I would have a whole lot of extra material that I really doubt I would use anytime soon.

Since the duct connected to a return in our hallway near the front door, I don’t think I would notice its absence. And if I went into the crawlspace and really sealed up the collar (or removed it and sealed up the trunk), wouldn’t it be like there was never a hole there? Wouldn’t the AC/heater just blow the air that would have gone …read more

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Dimmer switches conundrum

By DenisGuy

Hi! I have an issue… and I’ve been looking and looking but haven’t found anything like this reported anywhere. Here’s the issue:

Just got in my brand new condo and the wife wants dimmer switches in the bedroom and dining room.

Went to Home Depot, got 2 dimmers (Lutron CFL dimmer) and 2 CFL dimmable (20w = 75w) lightbulbs.

Plugged in the one in the dining room. So far so good.

Then got in the bedroom. The light flickers on/off when I try to dim, and it dims, but flickers (ie. it stays on at 100%, then flickers from 80% down, but the intensity of the light, when it’s on, is dimmed!)

For that specific situation, under “troubleshooting” in the manual it says to find the +/- wattage switch on the dimmer and play with that. Doesn’t fix the problem.

But here’s where it gets amusing: when the dimmer in the dining room is on, the one in the bedroom wont even turn on!

They’re all on the same breaker in my switchbox. It’s a 15 amp breaker. The lightswitches are 3-way.

I tried to troubleshoot. Here’s what I did:
– Tried 9 different wirings. No change.
– Switched the 2 dimmers (bedroom->dining room and vice-versa). No change.
– Turned down the +/- wattage switch on the working dimmer and turned it up on the non-working dimmer. No change.
– Played with the lights that are on the same breaker. It doesn’t affect the dining room dimmer, but it affects the bedroom one.

I’m all out of solutions. Please help.

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Which pressure washer would you buy?

By sofasurfer

Going to purchase a pressure washer from either Lowes or Home Depot. Home use…deck, cars, driveway, siding, lawn furniture, etc. I want about 2500 psi. I wonder which brands to stay away from and which are most dependable.
And while I’m here, how do I store one in the winter (Michigan)? Is it safe to move it to the basement?

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The Power of Rapid Results

By Ron Ashkenas, Contributor

 Last year, my fellow HBR blogger Daniel Markovitz suggested that stretch goals can be demotivating, and should be replaced by confidence-building “quick wins.” Frankly, this is like saying that the taste of food is more important than its nutrient value. It’s a false dichotomy. Healthy organizations need both stretch and success to stay alive and vibrant, just like a well-balanced diet includes food that is both tasty and healthy.

The key to integrating the two is to carve quick wins out of long-term goals — so that each small success is a building block towards achieving a broader challenge. It’s important however that these small successes themselves be microcosms of the larger goal, and not simply serve as check-marks for harvesting low hanging fruit. Rather, these small stretches (we call them Rapid Results) need to force people out of their comfort zones to try new approaches, ideas, and ways of working in 100 days or less.

Over the past several decades, my colleagues and I have seen the power of short-term stretch goals in almost every imaginable situation. For example:

In order to achieve seemingly impossible growth targets, an adhesives materials company challenged dozens of divisional teams to each implement one “growth idea” that would generate new revenue in 100 days. One team, for instance, revised a commercial taping product for home use and partnered with Home Depot to sell it. Over the next two years, hundreds of such teams around the world helped the company increase revenues while creating further opportunities for growth. These “small stretches” also energized participants and helped them develop capabilities as growth leaders. As one manager said, “I learned more in 100 days than I had in the previous several years.”
To achieve stretch sales goals, the commercial head of a health care company challenged her global team to boost revenues from older brands without losing focus on their primary products. To make this happen, a cross-functional team from each market selected ten promising brands and focused on getting initial, measurable results on one of them in 100days.Over the next year, these teams built on the initial results so that the collective gain was over half a billion dollars.
Short-term stretch goals also work with community development and not-for-profit initiatives. As part of an effort to increase education in Southern Sudan, a team of villagers with help from an NGO took on the challenge of increasing school attendance by 30% in 100 days.The villagers were so motivated to achieve this goal, that they eventually made their own bricks to construct a new building. A few years later a child from that village was the first from his region to attend a university. Recently, an effort in the U.S. to provide housing for 100,000 homeless veterans is utilizing the same approach by carving out short-term stretch goals in a number of cities around the country.

Regardless of context, there are two keys to the effective use of short-term stretch goals.

The first is to make sure that the immediate goals are part of a larger, more ambitious effort so that whatever is achieved and learned is a building block, not an end-in-itself. In other words, extremely ambitious stretch goals need to be deconstructed into lots of short-term stretch goals, sometimes with multiple cycles.
Second, intentionally design the short-term stretch goals in ways that force innovation, collaboration, and learning — so it’s not just a matter of working harder for a short period of time. In this way, each short-term success builds capability and knowledge for the next and the next.
Let’s not dismiss stretch goals as demotivating or dangerous. If you tackle them by carving out short-term challenges, and learn as you go, they can be a powerful way to accelerate progress.

What’s your experience with short-term stretch goals?

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

What Makes Dow Dividends So Important

By Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool

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Many investors rely on dividends for the income they need from their portfolios. But even if you don’t need income right now, dividends represent a key part of your overall investment returns.

Dividends are especially important for the Dow Jones Industrials , with each of its 30 component companies making dividend payments to their shareholders. By comparing the changes in a stock‘s price with the total return that shareholders earn when you reinvest dividends, you can put a figure on just how important those dividends are. Let’s look at the Dow stocks for which dividends made the biggest difference to investors.

Stock

5-Year Price Change Without Dividends

5-Year Total Return With Dividends

Verizon

44.8%

103.2%

Home Depot

146.3%

186.9%

Pfizer

47.3%

85.6%

AT&T

(4%)

28%

Merck

17.6%

47.6%

Source: S&P Capital IQ.

Nowhere is the benefit of dividends clearer than in the telecom sector, with Verizon topping the list and AT&T close behind. Given their high dividend yields, which come in at around 4% for Verizon and nearly 5% for AT&T, it’s no surprise to see a big impact. But especially noteworthy is the fact that AT&T hasn’t managed to see its share price advance at all since early 2008, yet the stock‘s payout has transformed what would have been a modest loss into a respectable average annual return of about 5%. For Verizon, which has been more successful in growing its business, dividends have more than doubled its total return from what its price change suggests.

Home Depot shows just how beneficial dividends can be for a stock that’s performing well. With just over a 2% yield, the home-improvement retailer isn’t known for its payouts. But thanks to strong performance in the light of gains in efficiency and a rebounding housing market, even those modest dividends were enough to add more than 40 percentage points to the stock‘s total return.

Meanwhile, big pharma stocks Merck and Pfizer show some of the same characteristics that you find in among the telecoms. Pfizer has done a better job than Merck of posting share-price gains even in the light of major patent expirations for both companies, yet both stocks have seen substantial portions of their total returns come from their solid dividend yields, both of which fall in the 3% to 4% range.

Count on dividends
Whether you invest in the Dow or elsewhere in the market, don’t discount the value of dividends. Often, they’ll be the most important factor in producing a positive return on your investment.

Find out how Merck hopes to boost its returns while overcoming its patent-cliff challenges by reading our new premium research report on Merck, in which the Fool tackles all of the company’s moving parts, its major market opportunities, and reasons to both buy and sell. To find out more click here to claim

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Will Selling the Dow in May Work in 2013?

By Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool

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Every year as spring reaches full bloom, investors start hearing about how selling in May can be a better move than simply staying invested throughout the year. But given that the strategy doesn’t always work, is it worth giving up on a long-term investing plan to take a six-month break from the stock market? Let’s take a look at how the strategy has fared recently for the Dow Jones Industrials and then take a broader look at why seasonal strategies can be more costly than you’d expect.

“Sell in May” has done well lately
The way the strategy works is simple: It has you sell off your stock exposure at the beginning of May and stay out of the market until the end of October. Then you buy stocks at the beginning of November and hold them until the end of April.

Over the past few years, the strategy has done pretty well. As of yesterday’s close, the Dow had risen more than 12% since the end of October, while the Dow fell 1% from May to October 2012. Both of the two previous years, stocks gained more than 10% during the November-to-April period but posted a drop of 3% and a gain of 1%, respectively, in 2011 and 2010’s summer months. And although the strategy had you miss out on much of the bounce in 2009, it also kept you out of the market during the initial phase of the market‘s meltdown in the wake of the financial crisis.

The cost of selling every six months
With the Dow having hit several new all-time record highs in recent months, sell-in-May advocates have a pretty strong argument that 2013 may be another winning year for the strategy. But before you decide that the seasonal approach is for you, it’s important to understand the costs involved.

The biggest downside to short-term investing strategies is that you greatly increase the tax costs involved if you use taxable accounts. By selling every six months, all the gains you earn will incur tax at short-term capital gains rates, which can be as much as 20 percentage points higher than what investors pay on long-term gains.

Furthermore, depending on what specific investments you use, repeatedly buying and selling can tack on additional trading costs, such as commissions for buying and selling individual stocks or exchange-traded fund shares. Add in the friction from bid-ask spreads, and depending on the size of your portfolio, you can give up a significant portion of any profits you make using the strategy.

Finally, it’s hard to predict which individual stocks will follow the rule. For instance, selling in May last year led you to miss out on nearly 30% gains in Wal-Mart and a 20% gain in Home Depot , and while Home Depot has continued to rise sharply since then, Wal-Mart has trailed the Dow’s overall rise since November. Yet Hewlett-Packard and Intel have exhibited classic

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Paneling or whatever waterproofing above the sink.

By Newbie

Hi,

I have one of those deep utility sink/tub in my garage. Since it’s been installed i wanted to waterproof the surface (drywall) behind the sink because of all the spraying from the tub. Bought a sheet of vinyl (Parkland Plas-Tex) at Home Depot, hoping to install it myself. I’ll actually need just a small section of it, so the rest would probably reside in my garage until someone shames me into throwing it away. On both, the sheet and the manufacturer’s website it’s highly recommended to install it with Parkland waterbased adhesive. So it becomes a quite expensive project for what it is.
Should i just forget about it and prime the drywall with oil based primer and then paint it with the oil based paint?

Thanks!

From: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/paneling-trim/493630-paneling-whatever-waterproofing-above-sink.html

Need advice on rubber landscape mulch at Home Depot

By BUDSVTX

Every year I have to freshen up my red wood mulch, about 25 bags of mulch. I am looking at the rubber landscape mulch at Home Depot. It doesn’t float away, color last for years or that is what they claim, is more expensive than dyed wood mulch. Has anyone tried this rubber mulch?

Thanks
BUD

From: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/lawns-landscaping/493504-need-advice-rubber-landscape-mulch-home-depot.html

Emergency resources for Texas fertilizer plant explosion victims

A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas injured dozens of people and killed an unknown number of others on Wednesday. Below are emergency resources compiled by KTVT-TV and WFAA.com.

To check on injured residents admitted to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center call (254) 202-1100

For family inquiries about patients at Scott & White call (888) 394-4947

Family inquiries about patients at Providence Health Center (254) 761-7200

The Extraco Events Center will be setting up to take donations starting tomorrow at 9:00 am. For information call (254) 776-1660

Carter Blood Care Center will accept donations beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday in Waco. Find more locations here.

First Baptist Church of Lott has room for anyone needing a place to stay. Call (254) 829-2321

American Red Cross crews from across Texas were sent to the site of an explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco where multiple injuries have been reported. To donate blood – find a location near you.

Both Peas & Tots and Smarty Pants consignment stores in Waco are accepting clothing donations in all sizes for those in West

Evacuation Locations

– Valley Mills Nursing Home has rooms available for nursing home residents if placement is needed for any of the West Nursing home residents. Call (254) 932-6288.

– Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish at 219 W. Magnolia Street, Penelope, TX 76676 can handle 100 families.

– Ben’s Boat Repair in Elm Mott has space avaliable for pets and a few people, 435 S. McLennan Loop, (254) 716-9593

– First Baptist Church of Lott has room for anyone needing a place to stay. Call (254) 829-2321. (KWTX News 10)

– Blair’s Cove Apts in Waco is offering housing to any resident affected by #Westexplosion 2425 S. 21 Street (254) 447-0810

– Evacuees were told to go to the Community Center in Abbott, Texas, about five miles north of West, Texas.

– Church of the Open Door will be opened for survivors. They are located off of exit 339 in Bellmead. (News Channel 25)

Home Depot in Bellmead is open all night for assistance. (News Channel 25)

– All Gholson ISD schools have been opened to be used as shelters.

Penelope High School has been opened for survivors.

– Central United Methodist Church

– Texas State Technical State College in Waco

– Latham Springs Camp and Retreat Center (254) 694-3689

– Aquilla ISD

– Alliance Auto Auction on I-35

– Sykora Family Ford in West

– Gholson Baptist Church

– La Vega Veterinary Clinic – taking in small animals for the night

– Pharmacy at HEB Store on Woodway

– Antioch Community church at 501 North 20th Street in Waco

Click here for more from KTVT-TV.

Click here for more from WFAA.com.

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Hope's High with Home Depot Stock and These 2 Other Companies

By Rich Duprey, The Motley Fool

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Flying in the face of lower March retail sales and plunging consumer confidence, Home Depot‘s stock advanced 2.5% yesterday and singlehandedly kept the Dow Jones Industrial Average from falling. In the end, the index closed the day at 14,865, virtually unchanged from the day before.

Yet it wasn’t anything the big box, do-it-yourself shop did on its own that really sparked the rally. Instead it was an analyst upgrade from Jeffries along with an IPO filing by its former wholesale supply business, HD Supply. The latter is probably the larger reason behind the jump in stock, as the proposed $1 billion IPO would place a few coins in Home Depot‘s pocket, since it retained a 12% ownership stake in the business after private equity bought it for $8.5 billion in 2007.

The supply business is a vestige of the horrendous period of empire-building engendered by former CEO Bob Nardelli, a ruinous time where the board of directors, stuffed with his cronies from General Electric, stood by and watched him crush shareholder value. There’s since been a welcome change in leadership, and Home Depot has gone on to become a responsible corporate citizen once more, with shares up 20% in 2013 alone and more than 50% higher than where they stood a year ago.

The HD Supply offering could put even more money in Home Depot‘s bank account since the supply house hasn’t determined the number of shares it will actually offer, meaning the IPO could ultimately be much larger than $1 billion, increasing its value to the Big Orange Box.

Lethargic networks
As Home Depot rose in value over the past year, Active Network , an online event-management service, has been going in the opposite direction, suffering a yearlong decline that’s resulted in the loss of 70% of the company’s value. Yesterday, though, it went in the other direction, jumping more than 10% after announcing that it will soon be reporting its earnings.

Hardly seems a reason for such a response, considering expectations are that growth will slow this year even if losses will narrow. Yet it also announced an expansion of its partnership with Ironman, an international participation-sports challenge organization that grew from a single race to some 190 events. Active will provide Ironman with a seamless global platform for activity participation and registration.

Perhaps the combination of the two announcements gives investors hope that it will finally be able to reverse its yearlong slide.

Dance card filling up
Can a deal finally be at hand that allows InterOil to deliver on the expectations it’s promised investors for so long? We’ve been waiting more than a month for the Papua New Guinea oil-exploration specialist to decide whom it will partner with. The government of the tiny oil outpost demanded that it be a “supermajor” oil company (at the same time it was extracting better terms for itself) as a way of guaranteeing that the oil will

From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/13/hopes-high-with-home-depot-stock-these-2-other-com/

The Top 3 Stocks This Week

By Travis Hoium, The Motley Fool

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Earnings season got under way this week, and investors are still seeing bullish signs in the tea leaves. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.06% on the week, and the S&P 500 was up 2.29%. Alcoa‘s results were slightly better than expected, and when the Federal Reserve released minutes from its last meeting, the prevailing thought was that quantitative easing would continue well into 2014. So despite some weak employment data last week and disappointing retail sales, stocks were up, led by these three stocks.

Pfizer led the Dow, climbing 5.4% this week. U.S. regulators classified the company’s cancer treatment palbociclib as a breakthrough therapy, a rarely used designation. The drug is in late-stage testing as a treatment for breast cancer, and there’s growing hope that this could be the next hit for Pfizer. As we get closer to 2014, investors are also becoming less concerned that Obamacare rules will squeeze profits in the health-care industry, which has had a positive effect industry wide.

Home Depot was up 5.1% this week after a sizzling move Friday. An analyst upgraded the stock yesterday, and former subsidiary HD Supply filed for an IPO. HD Supply is majority owned by private-equity investors, but Home Depot still owns 12% of the company, so it could cash out once the company is public.

Disney rounds out the top three after a 4.9% gain this week. The company announced the closure of LucasArts last week, and The Wall Street Journal said the company will cut another 150 jobs at its movie studios. The company is reviewing its operations and cutting what it views as fat in the organization. CEO Bob Iger definitely isn’t resting on his laurels and is willing to make changes, even at a high price acquisition.

It’s easy to forget that Walt Disney is more than just the House of Mouse. True, Disney amusement parks around the world hosted more than 121 million guests in 2011. But from its vast catalog of characters to its monster collection of media networks, much of Disney’s allure for investors lies in its diversity, and The Motley Fool’s premium research report lays out the case for investing in Disney today. This report includes the key items investors must watch as well as the opportunities and threats the company faces going forward. So don’t miss out — simply click here now to claim your copy today.

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Pilot light goes out 5 minutes; control valve and thermocouple replaced

By miguelito55

My just-out-of-warranty Whirlpool 40 gallon gas hot water heater has an issue whereby the pilot will light manually, the burner will come on, and then the pilot and burner go off after 5 minutes or so. Sears came out and said I need a new gas control valve and thermocouple, and, by the way, $630 to pay Sears to perform the repair. We have two hot water heaters connected in series, so we are not out of hot water, we just don’t have as much. I bought a new gas control valve and replaced it…same symptom. I bought a universal thermocouple from Home Depot and replaced it today…same symptom. There is a two wire thermal switch mounted to the same assembly as the burner, pilot light and thermocouple. Could the thermal switch be failing in a way such that it allows me to light the pilot and burner but then activates after 5 minutes or so? There is nothing else it could be in my inexperienced opinion…the pilot has a strong blue flame and the burner burns as should…

From: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/water-heaters/493066-pilot-light-goes-out-5-minutes-control-valve-thermocouple-replaced.html