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Apr
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comment How do you disconnect a TV cable that runs all along the walls throughout the house?
I'm pretty anal about using a non-contact voltage sensor whenever I work on mains wiring, but unless the house is full of questionable wiring (junctions not in boxes, extensions cords used as interconnects, missing grounds, etc) it's generally pretty safe to work with. Usual caveats apply: if you're concerned, check it with your sensor. Don't work with any wiring during a lightning storm. Use common sense.
Apr
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answered What is the official name for wiring hole stops/plugs and where can I buy them?
Apr
11
comment What is the best way to build a box to elevate my bathroom fan above joists?
Yes- Regular duct tape is not for ducts!
Apr
11
answered Switching from multiple thermostats to a single one
Apr
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revised I need a multiple-switch light switch which can't all be turned off at once
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Apr
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answered I need a multiple-switch light switch which can't all be turned off at once
Apr
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answered What are good options for protecting expensive lawn equipment?
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comment How can I get a straight line at the ceiling when painting a textured wall?
To be fair, even when you look at most taped lines up close, they've got ragged appearance and bleeding and other imperfections.
Apr
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answered How should I use fiberglass batts to insulate between floor joists over a stone basement?
Apr
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comment What type of lattice should I use for a privacy screen?
Sounds like you're already quite far along, but to throw out an alternative: a friend of mine built a louvered top privacy screen on his deck, and I'm a huge fan. It's very functional since you can open/close it to control/block the breeze, sun and amount of privacy, and IMHO it looks much nicer than the typical diamond-pattern privacy lattice most people use.
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Feb
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comment How can I tell if the sagging in my plaster ceiling is getting worse?
Yes ok, don't use sharpies and pens and other permanent markers that require repainting the whole wall, unless you want to repaint the whole wall :) Actually I often use a piece of painter's tape and then put my marks on that to avoid having to erase as well, since eraser will sometimes scuff the paint (especially if it was painted in the last day or two -- speaking from experience). Electrical or other tape works too but it's easier to draw a precise mark than it is to place tape precisely.
Feb
19
comment How can I tell if the sagging in my plaster ceiling is getting worse?
To make this measurement as accurate as possible, you should measure not to the floor which would require curving the measuring tape and making it too hard to read accurately, but to some known point where the tape can go past it easily. Use a piece of furniture, or a piece of scrap wood and mark it off a few inches from the floor, so you can measure from the ceiling down to that mark very accurately. Use 1/16th inches or millimeters to be most precise. See wikihow.com/Make-Accurate-Inside-Measurements-Between-Walls for a similar example of what I'm talking about.
Feb
19
comment What size rubber grommet will a 3/4" PVC pipe fit (water tight) through?
Searching for "bulkhead PVC fitting" finds dozens of places to buy.
Feb
19
comment How can I wire this three-way circuit between two buildings with only 3 conductors?
Yeah, that's what I would do in this situation. ZWave, Insteon, or UPB and just link them together. With all of those automation/smart switches, it's possible to create N-way circuits without any extra wiring. With the right sensors you can go even further, for example I have my outside lights turn on to 50% at dusk, off at midnight, and if you open the garage door any time at night they go to 100%, and then a couple minutes after closing go back to their previous level. You can of course manually override using the wall switches as well, but generally we never need to touch it.
Feb
17
answered How should I mount a TV to a wall that slants inwards 8 degrees?