Questions about suspected fire hazards: things that may be unacceptably likely to start a fire. If you feel a fire is imminent, turn off/disable the device before posting here.

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Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?

I have been doing some electrical work in my house and I noticed it has old knob and tube wiring that is still hot, should this be replaced as found or is it fine to just leave it? It seems really ...
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How do I insulate around a gas fireplace without tearing it apart?

My home has a gas fireplace that we do not use very often. It is in a "bump out" on the back of the house. In the winter, cold air flows through the vents under the fireplace and if you feel the ...
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Passive-Aggressive smoke detectors

At about 3am this morning, one of my smoke detectors started to give off a chirp -- the 'maybe my battery is dead, maybe I'm dirty' chirp. We managed to more or less sleep through it. By the time we ...