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location Cambridge, MA
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New homeowner and aspiring handyperson.


Feb
25
accepted Is it bad/unusual for an oil burner to turn off then immediately back on?
Feb
21
asked Is it bad/unusual for an oil burner to turn off then immediately back on?
Feb
20
comment Is it okay that a Leviton 9860-LHG CFL lampholder has no ground wire?
Good answer. Again, a junction box only needs to be grounded if it is conductive (metal) -- one perk of using PVC boxes is that you don't need to ground them.
Feb
13
comment What could cause the water from melting snow off a roof to be yellow?
I had a similar problem and believe it was caused by rotting leaves in my rain gutter (eaves trough). Turns out the gutter rounds a corner near where I saw the yellowish icicles, and during a recent rain I noticed that corner seam leaking a lot. So I think the water mixed with decaying gunk in the gutter, leaked out, and perhaps ran along the bottom of the gutter.
Feb
8
comment Is there a way to simply splice in an additional length of 12/2 NM-B cable?
Awesome, this will come in handy! Link to the product at Home Depot: homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202204326/h_d2/…
Feb
1
answered How do I secure a canvas garage?
Feb
1
comment How do I identify brand/type of bathtub faucet?
How about posting a picture? Someone on here might recognize it.
Feb
1
comment How can I fireproof a room?
What is this mysterious device?
Jan
31
comment How do I repair/reattach downspout and gutter after snow/ice damage?
Thanks. What about for the downspout? Does it only need to be secured to the gutter's drain, or should there be other pieces to help carry the weight of the downspout along its height?
Jan
31
comment How do I repair/reattach downspout and gutter after snow/ice damage?
What sort of fasteners? Just regular sheet metal screws, or is there something specifically for downspouts/gutters? Also, should there be anything other than the gutter fastener vertically supporting the downspout? Right now it has a couple of aluminum straps but I think they only prevent it from moving away from the house, and don't prevent it sliding down if iced over.
Jan
31
accepted Why is there so much metal-clad wiring in my house?
Jan
31
comment Why is there so much metal-clad wiring in my house?
Great answer, shirlock! There are some remnants of knob & tube here, but no live k&t thankfully. I also discovered remnant pipes for gas lights, also disconnected, in the attic.
Jan
30
asked Why is there so much metal-clad wiring in my house?
Jan
30
comment Rip old door in half?
Cool idea. I'm curious, though, how can one drill all the way through 80" of door in a straight line?
Jan
29
asked How do I repair/reattach downspout and gutter after snow/ice damage?
Jan
29
answered Why won't my heater turn off when it reaches my desired temperature?
Jan
27
awarded  Commentator
Jan
27
comment How should I add lighting to a low ceiling basement?
This would definitely be an unusual look, but it's a clever idea!
Jan
27
answered What is the proper wiring for a NEMA 14-30 240v receptacle?
Jan
25
comment What is this drill guide/template used when fixing electrical sockets called and where do I buy one?
I'm curious, how did you manage to find that picture without knowing the name? Someone should make an online tool search engine where you can sketch a picture of a tool/jig/fixture and it tells you what it's called and where to find it.