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Mar
16
revised Can I install A/C in a home built in 1924 which has round heat ducts in the ceiling?
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Mar
16
answered Can I install A/C in a home built in 1924 which has round heat ducts in the ceiling?
Mar
16
answered What's this stud type called and how should I drill for hanging a heavy item?
Mar
14
comment Unplugged computer sparked upon touching a cold heating pipe
You might not have felt a strong shock because your body wasn't particularly in the path of the current. The current flowed between the PC and the pipe, and as you can tell from the sparks and burn marks, the area near their point of contact (and the air between them once they got close enough) carried the most current. You were perhaps holding the other side of the PC, which didn't get as much current. On the other hand, if you had touched the pipe with one hand and the PC with your other hand, then electricity could have flowed across your arms and chest -- a much more serious situation.
Mar
14
comment Can I safely use a 9w LED bulb in place of a 40w incandescent?
@Jim technically the 9W=75W means it has output similar to a 75W-consuming incandescent, but consumes only 9W. The wattage is how much power the bulb consumes. Bulbs consume electric power and emit heat and light; more efficient bulbs emit a higher proportion of light and less heat. The wattage rating on a fixture typically reflects how much heat it can safely tolerate.
Mar
14
reviewed Approve Can I use a 1KW inverter along with a motor starter to power a water pump?
Mar
11
comment Granite and water damage
The key to preventing ongoing damage is to use caulk, not grout, at the joint between the counter and backsplash. Caulk can flex and won't crack, whereas grout will likely crack again. Grout is porous so it can seep moisture into your walls even if it isn't cracked. For these reasons, corner joints in wet areas should always be caulked with silicone, ideally one with some mold-resistant additives.
Mar
11
comment Can a GFCI plug on the same circuit as a range cause a fault for power getting to the range plug?
Have you checked if an upstream circuit breaker is tripped? If the whole circuit is off the GFCI might not reset and of course, the circuit would have no power.
Mar
11
answered Putting a plug on a light fitting
Mar
11
comment Is This Wood Still Good? (Water Stained or Rotten)
If you're tiling, unless using something flexible (like vinyl), you will want to lay down a plywood subfloor instead of these deck boards. The deck boards, even if not rotten, are probably not a suitable subfloor for tile & grout.
Mar
10
revised How to get rid of new carpet removed from a new house
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Mar
10
answered How to get rid of new carpet removed from a new house
Mar
10
revised Old wiring, new cooktop
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Mar
9
revised Old wiring, new cooktop
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Mar
9
answered Old wiring, new cooktop
Mar
9
comment Hanging a heavy object with the help of a plywood beam (due to a mismatch with studs)
Also, the terms are solid vs. stranded wire (at least that is what electricians use).
Mar
9
comment Hanging a heavy object with the help of a plywood beam (due to a mismatch with studs)
I would focus on the rated weight -- the example you linked says "Supports up to 50 lb" which is too close if your mirror really weighs 50 lb. I'd rely on the manufacturers to tell you what their hooks and wires can tolerate, as there are numerous factors that affect tensile strength. And I'm not the right kind of engineer to evaluate all of them, but I can read a number on a box.
Mar
9
answered How do I patch this hardwood floor strip?
Mar
9
comment Hanging a heavy object with the help of a plywood beam (due to a mismatch with studs)
You're seriously over-engineering this. Get some heavy gauge hanging wire (homedepot.com/p/… is rated for 165lbs) and beefy hanging hooks, and hang it like a (slightly heavier) picture frame. Or just screw through the mirror frame into studs.
Mar
9
comment Finding studs in a horse hair plaster wall?
The outlet should be in a box that is attached to your lath. If the attachment is just with screws, you may be able to unscrew and pop the outlet box out of the wall, which should give you a way to locate the studs around that outlet.