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Apr
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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
16
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Apr
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Apr
15
comment How can I electrically test an RJ45 plug?
I've dealt with a lot of phone and ethernet connections, including PoE, and I've never seen them spark. Sounds like there could be a dirty connection, and possibly faulty equipment (maybe your end). Does it spark when you plug a disconnected cable into it, or is it only with your equipment hooked up? Either way, if it's sparking, I wouldn't plug my stuff in until I knew for sure where it was coming from, but I wouldn't rule out equipment on your end.
Apr
14
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
14
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
9
revised I need a multiple-switch light switch which can't all be turned off at once
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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?
Apr
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