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Professionally a computer software engineer, but decades of experience maintaining a home, remodeling, and doing amateur handyman work for relatives, neighbors, and friends.

  • remodeled a residential kitchen beginning by tearing the old one down to studs
  • installed natural gas black pipe for a house with no gas before
  • replaced electrical service panel
  • installed gas fireplace insert
  • installed tankless water heater
  • tore out wall surrounding a passageway to create an open kitchen
  • filled another doorway in to create a long side galley style kitchen
  • rewired kitchen from one measly 15 amp outlet circuit with three outlets and one range circuit to six 20 amp circuits with three lighting styles, and an extra for a gas range with a small electric oven; there are now about 20 outlet receptacles
  • framed half-wall and range hood mount
  • installed water outlet for icemaker refrigerator
  • repair ceiling to remove unwanted range fan, crumbling from overload electrical junction box, and damage from removed cupboards and shelving
  • sheetrock and mud (5+ layers) for smooth texture
  • installed 400 cfm range hood
  • install floating cork flooring
  • installed gas range
  • hung cupboards
  • install cabinets and pulls
  • install new tile-in cast iron kitchen sink, new faucet, new filtered water dispenser
  • install dishwasher
  • install garbage disposal
  • install under cabinet lighting
  • install under cabinet outlet strips
  • install granite tile countertops

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answered I have 220V cable on a 110V circuit. Should I be worried?
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comment Can I drive a ground rod near a gas meter?
@SpeedyPetey: We had three different electrical inspectors for our last remodeling projects. All of them wanted to see the distribution panel ground bonded to the gas pipe near the panel with, I think, #6 copper.
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answered Can I drive a ground rod near a gas meter?
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revised Can I drive a ground rod near a gas meter?
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comment How to repair a microwave door with a broken spot weld
This answer is mostly hyperbole, fear, uncertainty, and doubt. If the door is fixed reasonably well, it cures all the dangers, especially in comparison to the existing situation. With my first microwave oven (1983) came a free 9 hour microwave class. The instructor demonstrated that the hole in the Faraday cage had to be huge (6-8 cm) before any appreciable radiation energy passed through it. This is something anyone can test using perforated aluminum foil wrapped around chocolate or whatever.
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comment What is the best way to repair a large crumbling block on a corner of the house wall?
Is that actually stone (and what type)? Or is it some other material like concrete formed to look like blocks of stone?
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revised How can I improve the stability of this DIY pull-up bar?
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Jul
24
answered How can I improve the stability of this DIY pull-up bar?
Jul
24
answered Framing a wall over a carpeted floor
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answered Found hole with water under house
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comment How do I level a sloping floor that has been tiled?
Why do you want to level it?
Jul
22
comment Can I use a UPS as a Voltage Stabilizer for 32 or 42 inch LED TV?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about purchasing a product. It probably should be migrated to electronics.stackexchange.com
Jul
22
comment Should I keep a bathroom door open or closed to keep it from expanding?
How humid is the rest of the interior, especially right outside the bathroom door?
Jul
21
comment How to rewire house electrical?
Most of these questions are considerations of cost, expediency, and tolerable disruption specific to your circumstances. It will be difficult for anyone else who can't see your house, framing, roofing, foundation, room layout, etc. to advise what is "best".
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revised How to rewire house electrical?
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comment Lights and outlets on multiple circuits out but no circuits tripped. Power back to normal after several hours
@benrudgers: Did you notice the ganged breakers? Those have one connection to one leg and one to the other, hence everyone of those is balanced. The panel therefore certainly has alternating legs going down the column.
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revised Can I use a pool pump to drain a shallow well?
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answered Lights and outlets on multiple circuits out but no circuits tripped. Power back to normal after several hours
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answered Should a neutral wire ever be connected to the neutral for the power meter?
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revised Should a neutral wire ever be connected to the neutral for the power meter?
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