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comment Extension cord and power strip safety
Also most extensions are rated for open air use, meaning that the wire gauge is selected so natural air cooling will be sufficient to combat cable heating at the cord's rated load. If you enclose it, under a rug or furniture, you insulate it and it may overheat, becoming a fire hazard.
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comment splitting a water heater bill
Iggy, I think the problem is "I'm being as purposely vague" and "I'm trying to not reveal the assembly." If you're going to assert that this non-standard method can, should, and will work and be safe (even ignoring code compliance) then you really do need to spell it out. If it's not code compliant, you should also include a diagram of the failure modes - what parts of the circuit are energized when one breaker flips (since the three breakers involved are not ganged), and how, exactly, should a future electrician properly de-energize the entire circuit to perform work.
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comment Safe/professional way to transport lumber with just a roof rack
Not only that, but the cost of a roof rack is easily 5-10 times more expensive than a one day truck rental. If you have an SUV and need to haul lumber often a trailer would be a better option than a roof rack. For infrequent use, though, truck rental is a better option.
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comment How to bid a job repairing hidden damage in stages to avoid a “time and materials” job
@CandiedOrange It takes a lot of water damage to ruin the tile backer so thoroughly that it collapses when leaned against. I'd be very, very surprised if you could do the necessary repairs with the tub in place, and honestly I would suggest taking it out simply so you can perform a proper inspection.
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comment How to PROPERLY test that your smoke detectors work?
possible duplicate of diy.stackexchange.com/questions/46351/… and diy.stackexchange.com/questions/37091/…
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comment How to PROPERLY test that your smoke detectors work?
@JasonC Please consider adding your distrust of professional smoke alarm testing products and devices to your existing answer, where you can expand on how your expertise in this subject leads you to believe these tests are invalid.
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answered How to PROPERLY test that your smoke detectors work?
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comment Exhaust fumes seeping into our 4th floor apartment at night through bathroom and shower vents/fans
@PeterBrant What you describe sounds like a country-specific situation. Presumably Hausverwaltung are property managers. In the US a landlord or property owner isn't required to have a property manager, they could manage it themselves. The legal liability of the property manager varies from place to place depending on local and regional laws. I have no idea what the laws are in other countries, nor where the OP is.
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comment Exhaust fumes seeping into our 4th floor apartment at night through bathroom and shower vents/fans
@PeterBrant In many places this is true. The police might be able to direct the renters to the correct authorities if nothing else. In some places, though, it is against the law to rent uninhabitable units, so an investigation by the police may have some results. We don't know whether this will apply to the OP, but it may be an option in some places. Besides all this, being able to tell the landlord "I've filed a police report, would you like the investigation case number?" may prove energizing for some landlords...
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answered Why did my freezer stop freezing after being unplugged for several days?
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comment How do I change a light bulb I can't grip?
The vast majority of recessed lighting trim can be pulled straight out, being held in by springs, so this is the first thing I'd try.