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May
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comment Can I run a single 12 guage wire outside of 12-2 to provide power to a fan?
Does the fan/light need 12awg? Why not use your 14-3?
May
2
comment How to know what color of paint was used on the walls?
In my experience, painting the entire wall (up to corners/edges) is often less work than trying to get it to match -- especially because if it's close but not a 100% match, you can't tell until the next day when it's dried.
Apr
29
comment What is the purpose of a vapor barrier?
Generally useful articles on this: buildingscience.com/resources/vapor_barrier_code_changes
Apr
29
comment Can I send audio through coax cables?
S/PDIF is digital, and will actually give you multi-channel sound over coax, but of course you need compatible equipment on both ends. Many of the coaxial S/PDIF cables are actually RG-6 or 59. For analog stereo, you could use two coax cables with RCA ends, and this is actually a very common way to do long-range line-level signals. In particular, many off-the-shelf "subwoofer cables" are RG-6 or 59.
Apr
22
comment How can baseboards be attached to a plaster-on-masonry wall?
It could be the hot glue interacts with the paint in a strange way. I do know I've used Liquid Nails on baseboard in a similar situation (drywall over one course concrete blocks - in case you're wondering why I didn't use strapping) and never had a problem for the 4+ years I lived in the house. I'd also suggest doing this with a proper construction adhesive, and if there's still a problem, come ask about that.
Apr
19
comment How can I mount an 12V transformer for LED lighting inside a wall?
Do you have any unfinished areas nearby, eg under the stairs? I'd mount the transformer there so it's accessible for servicing/replacement and has some cooling, and then just run the wires down there. May need a surface-mount junction box or receptacle to get 120V. It's quite common to remotely mount transformers -- eg, it's very common for low-voltage under-cabinet lighting in kitchens that the transformer is located in the basement near the electrical panel or other unfinished (serviceable) area.
Apr
18
answered Can I pipe roof and sump water into an unused shallow well?
Apr
17
revised Does it matter if I mix neutrals and grounds in the main panel?
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Apr
17
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Apr
17
comment Will my wood platform support my generator?
You could improve your answer by explaining why
Apr
17
reviewed Leave Open Where do I attach the grounding conductor to my bedroom light fixture?
Apr
16
comment Is it a problem that my toilet flange is 3/8" below the surrounding tile?
The standard trick to caulking toilets is to leave a gap at the back (facing the wall, where you can't see it anyway), so if there is ever a leak you can tell. You should never caulk all the way around.
Apr
16
comment Is there a way to fix a leak in the pressurized side of a pool system without digging it up?
You should also try making these new lines accessible as possible. Obviously avoid pouring cement over top. Above ground is easy, but maybe not that nice to look at. If you have to go underground, a trench filled with crushed stone or dirt at least would let you dig it up again and is not entirely unattractive. Mechanical protection (putting it inside another conduit) may also be helpful and reduce the chance of future problems.
Apr
16
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Apr
16
reviewed No Action Needed How do I prepare doors to be hung?
Apr
16
comment Is there a way to fix a leak in the pressurized side of a pool system without digging it up?
How do you know there's a leak? Are there signs of water somewhere? Is it just reduced pressure? Is the pool level going down when you run the pump?
Apr
16
comment Plastic or metal pipes? what do you recommend?
Your answer would be better if you talked about different types of "plastic" and "metal" piping (eg, PEX, PVC, poly, copper, galvanized) and didn't just list off a bunch of brand names for push-fit connectors -- there is way more out there for "plastic" pipes than push-fit.
Apr
16
comment Plastic or metal pipes? what do you recommend?
Eg: What is it for - Domestic potable water or something else? Where is it being installed? Are the pipes exposed or in walls (as this can help make the choice of rigid vs flexible)? Are you looking for plumbing in residential fixtures in an entire house? Outside buried piping? There is really not one good answer to this, it largely depends on what the situation calls for. It also depends on your experience/skills and what tools you have (or are willing to learn/buy).
Apr
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