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First, thanks for the timely responses and information. I learned much from you all. In the end, I just connected the wires as I mentioned above and everything worked, including the lights. Again, thanks.


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That brown plastic is likely bakelite which was invented in 1907. It is unlikely it was installed when the house was built: I don't think electrical boxes were much in use until a little later, like the 1920s. Use care around it: it is brittle. The lack of electrical tape (probably) means the work was done sometime after the mid-1950s. Since then it is ...


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The numbers are almost certainly a courtesy from the previous electrician -- odds are that the other end of each wire carries the same number, so if you have all the electrical boxes open you can confirm how things are connected without having to trace everything electrically. They may also correspond to that original electrician's notes on how this was ...


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Is there a switch in the room, and does the current ceiling fan have both a light and a fan? The easiest way I've found to do this is to get a multimeter($5) and use it to determine which wire is hot (in the US, this is usually the black one). The next challenge is to determine which wire (if any) is switched), and you do that by checking each wire with ...


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The green wire is likely to be the ground, but make sure that whatever happens, always make sure the wires are not live before handling them. The other two wires (black, white) do not really matter where they are hooked up to. So far for the wiring. You mentioned it has a remote control. Are you sure that part works? Does it need batteries of some sort? ...


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I keep seeing your question has not been answered. I do not build in the type of climate you describe but here are my thoughts: Do not trap moisture within the wall/ceiling structure- so one side only. Keep moisture from entering - barrier on room side of wall only. Around here I have had inspectors insist on removing moisture board on ceilings - they have ...


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First off, what room is this in? If this is a bathroom what I am saying DOES NOT apply. OK, so you have a fan with two separate switches, and you want to convert this into a "dual" fan control? This is easy, just remove the two switches and wire the fan control according to the instructions. Then you can take the feed wire from the left over switch, and a ...


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You will need to get in the attic if you have access to it and remove as much of the insulation above the area as you can with an insulation removing vacuum or shop vac. Then do your repair and replace the blown insulation back in place. Removing the dry wall without doing this will end up with a big mess.


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I think even with junction boxes image is still illegal as there should be an insolated bearrier between the 2 junction boxes


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How to remove construction adhesive from concrete? Is there any other reason it is furred-out (electric runs, ect.)? It looks like someone tried to scrape a little, gave up and furred it. At the state it's currently in, I'm guessing your trying to see if this is a possibility or whether you are going to have to reuse the furring strips also. I see a few ...


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Please keep in mind that headers are made to absorb some of the twist and vibration when someone decides a door needs to be slammed, leaned against to keep out little/big brother/sister, and other abuse. I would build as you suggested, and if it becomes a wall cracking/splitting issue near the door frame, then make a header with a double 2x4 or 2x6 instead ...


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Just to add what Ecnerwal is saying - and he is 100% correct - I often use pocket doors in basements with lower clearance. You can screw pocket door frame directly to the joists and save and inch or two.


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This is perfectly fine. There is in fact a whole building science based protocol for not using double top plates or double studs even on structural walls. If the name comes back to me I'll provide a link to it. Advanced Framing. Developed 40+ years ago and still not accepted by half the carpenters who learned from daddy who learned from daddy who...learned ...


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If the room above is warm and the cellar is cold, the batts were installed upside down if the paper face is towards the cold (cellar) side. The batts mostly fall from being full of condensation (water) when in that orientation. In any case batts should have more support on a ceiling than just the backing, whether that be wooden laths or sheetrock. Replace, ...



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