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Jan
21
answered Can I put an outlet inside of a wall?
Jan
19
comment How to run wire through steel garage floor system
@ThreePhaseEel Sorry, old habits die hard. I really did mean MC (even my picture was MC). Edited.
Jan
19
revised How to run wire through steel garage floor system
BX -> MC
Jan
18
answered How to run wire through steel garage floor system
Jan
18
comment Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?
A burglar won't realize this lock is a double-cylinder until they've already broken the window and reached in. At this point, they've already committed a felony, so there's a good chance that they're just going to continue trying. The point is: if you are looking for deterrence, this isn't it. If you are looking for actual safety, this is one step of many that you'd have to take to actually seriously harden your house.
Jan
15
comment How do I fix squishy tiles in shower floor?
You should check around that vent for water damage to the subfloor as well, especially if you can see the floor from below. I'd imagine it's difficult to prevent water from getting into the vent being right beside the shower like that. It may take years, but if the subfloor gets damaged it will eventually loosen the tiles around that too. Shame when contractors/people do stuff like this: it looks great when it's first done, but if it isn't waterproofed underneath, it'll all get destroyed over time.
Jan
15
revised Why is my sink's drain pipe connection angled?
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Jan
15
answered Why is my sink's drain pipe connection angled?
Jan
15
revised Why is my sink's drain pipe connection angled?
added 8 characters in body
Jan
15
answered Need help with wiring
Jan
14
revised What's the best way to connect two seperate generators to a well pump?
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Jan
12
comment Fix drywall around outlets
@DMoore I guess what I was thinking was about minimizing the seams. I would rather mud and tape a 16" (stud-to-stud) than a 4' or 8' seam from a full sheet. You wouldn't get the advantage of the flat joint (with the recessed edge) from the existing drywall so it would essentially be like a butt joint either way. Obviously if it's close to a door/corner/floor/whatever, just go that distance and avoid a seam entirely. Fewer/shorter seams == good.
Jan
12
comment How to connect garage outlet circuit to power source
NEC requires major appliances (including dryers) to have a dedicated circuit. So if there is (or could be) a dryer on this circuit already, you can't use it for garage circuits. A new circuit on a tandem breaker is the better solution both safety-wise and functionally. A tandem breaker is ten's of dollars.
Jan
12
answered Need another 240v breaker
Jan
12
comment Why is the vent pipe in the basement and not the roof?
No matter what you should cap that off: it's direct entry for sewer gasses (like methane) into the basement. Right next to what looks like a gas water heater. That needs either a cap or to be done properly (P-trap, vent).
Jan
12
comment Connecting a pump to wall socket using a transformer
Note that to meet code (nearly, if not everywhere), any exposed metal on something connected to mains power must be grounded (earthed), to protect people in case the insulation fails. Your pressure switch looks like it has a plastic housing, which is maybe why it doesn't have a ground connection, though there is still a metal fitting for the pressure side. I've never seen one that doesn't have a ground, but so long as it's UL-listed you should be okay. If it is some foreign no-name brand cheapy you're probably safer to just connect it on the low-voltage side.
Jan
11
comment Fix drywall around outlets
I think you could replace stud-to-stud and at least a foot above and below the switch. If it's near an existing seam then might be better just to go right to that seam -- so could very easily end up replacing half a sheet. That said, personally, before I resigned to the fact that I both hate and am bad at drywall (when I still did it myself), I'd probably opt for a combination of mostly "easy" and "half-ass" in this situation.
Jan
11
comment Method to catch multiple mice?
Dealing with the source and food supply of the mice would be more effective. The sooner you do that, the fewer mice you'll have to trap. Just pointing out that while individual traps can be a pain, it should be pretty short-term. There's an average of 6-8 babies per litter, which should give you an idea of how many you should expect to catch. They can also breed between 5 and 10 litters per year, which is why it's important to cut off entrances and food ASAP. :)
Jan
11
comment Water softener beads in the system
Likely not: there wouldn't be enough flow. I added instructions on draining the tank. Sorry, hadn't thought about the hot water tank.
Jan
11
revised Water softener beads in the system
instructions on hot water tank