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Nov
6
answered Is it possible to boost an electrical circuit for more current draw?
Nov
6
comment Projects to Pursue while Studs are Bare?
@Tester101 If you're going to run conduit, don't run the cables in it - leave the conduit empty and run the cables beside it. It's sometimes difficult to run new wires inside a conduit that's already used, and there's also almost no value in used wiring (except maybe as scrap copper) so you might as well leave it in place (and it looks like Cat5e will continue to be useful for the next decade or so, at least). Only exception is if the conduit has value (maybe just in certain spots) in protecting the cable, then use an additional conduit (at least for that spot).
Nov
6
comment Projects to Pursue while Studs are Bare?
Running some RG-6 (coax) to a few spots is also not a terrible idea, useful for satellite/cable tv. Keep in mind too that Cat5e/Cat6 (and RJ45 connectors) can be used for analog telephones as well. Running Cat5e to a location (or two) in rooms where you might possibly put a desk, TV, or phone is a good idea.
Nov
6
reviewed Reject How do I compensate for the sun confusing my garage door opener's sensors?
Nov
6
answered How can I adjust my dimmers to work the way I want?
Nov
5
comment How to add another network cable?
I used to say the same thing about Cat5e vs Cat6, but I just wired my house with Cat6 because it was actually slightly cheaper for a box than 5e. The cable of course is slightly harder to work with (can't bend it as much) but that's not a big deal.
Nov
1
comment What are the implications of driving a drywall screw too far into the sheet?
Making mistakes is how you learn: the key is learning from them and not making the same mistakes again. And for the sake of those living underneath your drywall, fixing them.
Oct
31
awarded  plumbing
Oct
30
comment Finishing drywall: How do I finish over screws that refuse to recess/dimple into the drywall?
To do it properly, it needs to be deep enough that you do NOT hear that "chink" as you go over with a putty knife, but not deep enough that it tears the paper. If the paper tears, it has no holding power. If it's at the surface, you WILL see the screw through the paint, or you'll have to spend a lot of extra time trying to feather it out with compound (and maybe will still see the screw anyway).
Oct
30
reviewed Approve Correct amps for cooktop and separate oven
Oct
30
revised How do I get power into my kitchen cabinet?
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Oct
29
answered How do I connect my refrigerator water line to the house line?
Oct
29
revised How do I connect my refrigerator water line to the house line?
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Oct
29
accepted How do I get power into my kitchen cabinet?
Oct
28
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
26
comment How do I test the functionality of a sump pump?
I think you could clarify your point a bit: It's not that there SHOULD always be water covering the intake (it's perfectly fine for the pit to be totally empty), but your "off" set point needs to be higher than the point at which the pumps sucks air, otherwise it will never turn off.
Oct
26
comment How do I wire a light fixture with two white wires to a ceiling box with three white wires?
How was the previous fixture connected? Can you take a picture showing all the wires you're talking about?
Oct
26
comment Vinyl tile installation over a concrete basement floor with moisture
You can buy (or get a sheet metal shop to build) a drip pan to catch condensation from filter equipment, with a drain on the side that goes to a sump pit or floor drain.
Oct
25
asked How do I get power into my kitchen cabinet?
Oct
24
comment What could cause my sump pump to cycle on and off rapidly?
Good thought. Typically the "on" and "off" levels are far apart, and some pumps have a way to adjust this (a dial, or a couple stoppers on the rod the float is suspended from). Even if water is draining back in, the "on" level should be higher enough than the "off" so that this doesn't happen. You can check the distance manually by lifting and lowering the float. If this is the problem, you'll also hear/see the float clicking on and off.