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A diagram put out by the US Product Safety Comission shows that the left leg and left arm/hand are the most commonly parts of the body injured by chainsaws: (Source: OSHA Web site) If the dots on the diagram represent frequency of injury, protecting the left hand would help prevent a common source of injury. The State Compensation Insurance Fund ...


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Electricity is a funny thing and different applications apply for various situations. THis is UK/EU/US/Asia/Africa.. its all the same. If you are running a low voltage cable 0-48Volts DC/AC then you can use a pvc outdoor joiner (the screw caps have a rubber seal on them to prevent moisture from entering) If you are running high voltage (110AC/240AC) ...


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After you have closed change all the locks. You don't know who else the previous owner has given keys to over the years.


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This is one of the biggest problem with power strips (surge protectors)... Overload! The average person does not think about how much power each device is drawing, or how much the system can handle, they just see an open outlet and plug stuff in. If they can't find an open outlet... Oh yeah! they make adapters for that! I mean they sell the adapters, so ...


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There is a product called Window Security Film which is a thin (a couple mm) film that adheres to the window and makes it exceptionally difficult for someone to break. Many lock smiths/security companies can install it. Here's a video of it in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYdVK3BqPfk One of the biggest "problems" with it however is that because ...


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Play "what went off" — turn all of the lights on, plug radios, lamps, etc., into as many outlets as possible, then turn circuits off one at a time; make a list of which breaker controls what, and post it near the panel. Make sure you know where the main water shutoff is, and test it to see if it works. If you have a water filter, check it or replace it. ...


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Another angle - if it is the size of windows you are worried about, have you thought about altering the frontage to have smaller windows? It would then look less like a shop, and it would be easier to get toughened/laminated glass for the windows.


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Safety glasses and ear plugs (and work gloves too). Get a good pair of safety glasses so they are comfortable, won't fog up, and do not scratch easily and then take good care of them (just like they are regular glasses). Wearing safety glasses when you are working below anything is huge to not only protect your eyes but also just make it so much easier ...


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Given the choice, I'd put the ladder 2-3' to the side of the downspout. That should allow you to safely reach the downspout and a majority of the problem area without getting off the ladder. Using a stabilizer bar so that you aren't resting on the gutter helps: This also minimizes wear and tear on the shingles. If you do need to walk on the roof, stay ...


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Put in a simple alarm system with glass break sensors. Dedicate it to the windows if necessary and leave it on all the time. If anyone ever tries to break a window the alarm will sound. You would not even need to have it monitored if all you want is peace of mind while sleeping.


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No. There is nothing you can, or should do to fix this. Don't touch it, don't go near it, don't even look at it anymore. Get off the roof, and call the local power company or an Electrician. Service entrance cables do not have overcurrent protection and will shock you until the transformer blows, the wire burns and breaks, or contact with the line has ...


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An ABC rated fire extinguisher for each room containing potential fire risks, such as kitchen and garage.


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Check/change batteries in smoke detectors. We bought our house a year ago and realized today that none of the smoke detectors had batteries in them.


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Get a heavy stand Growing up, my dad had a traditional stand that looks something like this: That works for smaller trees as long as you can be sure that nobody (such as a child or pet) will disturb it. That's not at all a given. Remember that trees have extensive root systems that keep them grounded during windy periods and so it's important to get a ...


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Start here: EPA's guide on radon mitigation for home buyers. We have a radon mitigation system in our house. Our house failed the radon test during the home inspection, so we forced the sellers to have one installed. The work was done by a local radon contractor, paid for by the seller for $975. We also had another bid that was $1100. (Those prices ...


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Yes, you can use larger wire. However if you are putting in a junction box it must remain accessible. That means you cannot cover it with drywall or hide it behind anything.


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From the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of Klean-Strip® Boiled Linseed Oil. Flammable Properties and Hazard RISK OF FIRE FROM SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION EXISTS WITH THIS PRODUCT. Oily rags, waste, and other oily materials can cause spontaneous combustion fires if not handled properly. Immediately after use, and before disposal or storage, you ...


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If you have to join two extension cords together (for a longer reach), make sure the cables are both the appropriate gauge to handle the extra length. To prevent the ends from coming partially or fully disconnected (which can be annoying, and a possible shock/fire hazard), tie a simple knot to hold the cables together. Keep in mind that connecting too ...


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Considering the low cost of these devices and how deadly CO can be, why wouldn't you want one? That's like saying you don't want a smoke detector because you don't think anything will catch on fire. Just because you don't have any of the items @Steve Jackson mentioned doesn't mean you can't be impacted by CO. For example, maybe a delivery truck is parked ...


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from OSHA Guide for Protecting Workers from Woodworking Hazards Hand and Arm Protection Your workers' hands and arms will need protection from burns, bruises, abrasions, cuts, and exposure to the chemicals used in finishing. Protective gloves are the primary means available for direct hand protection. Extra-long gauntlets or sleeves attached to the gloves ...


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We have used DE effectively to kill bedbugs, so I'll take a shot how should it be applied? We applied it around the borders of all the floors, sprayed it into the walls everywhere we could (mainly into electrical boxes - remove the covers first), and into the underside of plush furniture. In the basement we put it all over the ceiling and walls as ...


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Suitably rated dust mask (respirator). You can breath in some horrible stuff when drilling, cutting, using chemicals, etc.


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Check if the wall is load-bearing See that link for how to do this. Try to see if there are are any high-voltage lines in the wall Look for light switches, receptacles, lights, hard-wired smoke detector In some cases, a wire may run though the wall, but not be visible. This is very hard to determine, and takes sleuth work (look for wires entering the ...


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AFCI's detect patterns of current that usually indicate some sort of electrical problem. Unlike a GFCI which is making sure that current going out = current coming back, AFCI's try to look for electrical usage that would not trip a GFCI but might be something causing an electrical fire. Most code now requires them for bedroom circuits. The one major ...


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Aim for a stud or well away from the stud. If a line goes through a stud, there should be a metal safety plate on the stud that will keep you from going any further. Lines that go up and down the wall will frequently be attached to the stud with staples (any electrical line running vertically will be attached) so you want to avoid just missing the stud to ...


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I don't like it since it risks potential confusion in the future as to whether the circuit could be upgraded to 30amps, but if you're going to do it, use the 10g wire at the end of the run and not at the breaker panel where the mistake would be easier to make.


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The only gloves I ever use are form fitting "mechanix" type gloves. They are no real protection from a powerful saw or drill, but help with sharp edges etc. As woodchips says, there is no substitute for safe practices and knowing how to use your tools properly.


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I'm pretty sure bullet proof glass is not a viable option. A quick Google search came up with a 40" wide window for over $3k. I couldn't find anything nearly the size you mentioned, and I'm guessing the cost for increasing scale is not linear - you're talking at least tens of thousands of dollars here. My guess is that the glass would end up costing just ...


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Gas leak A gas leak could be deadly not only due to inhalation, but also as an explosion hazard. Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is an silent killer. It's colorless, odorless, tasteless, and can kill you before you know you're dead. Combustion Air If the home is sealed tightly, and a source of makeup air is not present (for example if the source is ...



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