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I ordered an Aube TH115 programmable thermostat for about $60. I am still waiting for it to be shipped (hopefull next week). I just found that Honeywell has a thermostat called LineVoltPRO 8000 which looks almost identical. They both seem to have the same specs and will run 240 line voltage, 3600 watts, 15 amp, 4 wire, double pole, etc. The TH115 has a GFCI test button and light, which the Honeywell doesn’t have, and the Aube switch says on/standby, and the Honeywell says on/off. Other than that they look exactly the same. The Honeywell sells for about $80, or $20 more than the Aube. The Honeywell lists a 5 year limited warranty as opposed to Aube’s 3 year warranty. I am guessing that Aube makes the thermostat for Honeywell, or possibly visa versa. I new 5 total, and have already ordered one of the Aubes. I could order 4 of the Honeywells, and spend an extra $80. I recognize Honeywell’s name, but am not familiar with Aube at all except from the web. Hmmmm. I am thinking that if the Aube ships when it is supposed to, and it isn’t on extreme backorder, and if it works well, I will probably stick with the Aube and save the $80. I the Aube doesn’t work, I am guessing the Honeywell wont either. So the main thing is if the Aube thermostat ships next week.

For the last two days, the termperature has been hovering around 40 degrees when I got home from work. I have taken the oportunity to squirt Great Stuff under the bottom edges of my wood siding. I believe cold air has been entering the house in at least one spot. Wednesday night I sprayed the foam uder some parts. Last night I went out and fixed a couple spots where foam had not stuck well enough and had fallen out. The foam has expanded out past the bottom of the siding. So tonight, I will go back and trim the expanded foam to be flush with the bottom of the siding. This will also help seal a couple places where ants have been entering my house over the last few years.
The temperature had been dropping last night, and was snowing by about 7:30. My motion sensor light had died, with the bulb having gotten fused to one of the contacts. I went to Home Depot, and bought another one. I took the old one down, and put the new one up. The light itself worked. But the motion sensor wasn’t triggering. I turned the light off and on. I played with the settings, but I wasn’t even getting the little red LED light to light. So ticked off, I removed the new light, and reinstalled the old dead light (at least to cover the hole). PIssed off, I took the light back to Home Depot and got another one. I installed the new one, and it worked. I read in the directions that the light needs to be powered on for a minute and a half for the motion sensor to work. I believe I had the other one on for more than a minute and a half, but maybe not. My fault.
I had talked to tech support at Heath Zenith yesterday, and they said they would take care of the light if I had the receipt. I went home last night, and fortunatly I had the reciept! Yes! In your face Heath Zenith! I just had to fax them the receipt and some other info, and they are going to send me a replacement light. Since I already replaced the dead light (with the one I bought from Home Depot), I may install the one they send me in a different spot over our deck.

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