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Oct
5
comment What are the disadvantages of having electrical conduit penetrate my foundation below-grade?
Is it practical to run the conduit out of the ground and into the house in a different spot?
Oct
3
answered Can I install a hot water recirculation pump if I have a reverse osmosis filter?
Oct
3
answered Is there a window or portable AC system I can use with an awning window?
Oct
3
comment Why does my ceiling fan light turn off by itself?
It would be useful to test with the fan on as well, knowing if that turns off at the same time or not will help isolate the problem to the light part (or not).
Oct
3
comment What are the standard sizes/clearances for bathroom elements?
@Scivitri I think 5x5 with a shower is definitely pushing it; you're going to have a hard time getting a layout that works. Unless you either build a wet room, or you don't mind having to sit on the toilet to use the sink, anyway. :)
Oct
3
comment What are the standard sizes/clearances for bathroom elements?
Using a pedestal sink or a "eurostyle" vanity (~14" deep cabinet, with the sink basin extending off the top) makes the room more spacious. I had a 5x5 bathroom with just a sink and a toilet and it felt fairly spacious (sorry hard to get a good picture of a small room). Of course you lose some counter space, but you can compensate for that with shelves and/or wall/medicine cabinets.
Oct
1
comment Will a 15A receptacle on a 20A circuit fail if I draw over 15A combined from each outlet?
Why risk it for a $2 part?
Oct
1
comment When should I change / replace my water pipe?
Where are you located? What type of pipes? What is the water source? What filtration do you have now, if any, and When was the last time it was serviced?
Oct
1
answered How often should I repaint the inside of my house?
Sep
28
comment How do I raise light switches so my kids can't keep toggling the light?
I think your answer is good, but you should include that comment you just made :) Effectively, the short answer, is this is WAY too much work to justify for preventing a kid from turning on/off lights for maybe a year of their life. By raising it a few inches but not teaching them it's bad, what are you going to do when they grow a few more inches and/or learn how to jump or use a stool? Raise the switch even more?
Sep
28
comment How do I raise light switches so my kids can't keep toggling the light?
You're also missing all the steps about how to deal with the wiring afterwards. Sometimes there is one wire coming to a switch, sometimes two (in from the panel, and then out to the light), sometimes more if other outlets/switches are branched off. Sometimes the wire comes from above, sometimes below, sometimes both. There's a good chance the wires won't reach the new box location. In all likely hood, you're going to have to add a junction, and leave the old box there and cover it with a blank faceplate -- hidden junctions are not just against code, they're a fire hazard.
Sep
24
comment Light flashes on then turns off. What do I look for?
+1 for taking the time to draw a diagram, not to mention actually pulling the switches out of the wall before taking the picture.
Sep
24
comment How do I obtain a smooth, white floor?
That floor looks nice...until the first time someone walks on it with bare feet or it's been >1 hour since you last swept... :)
Sep
24
comment How do I correctly measure this basement window for a replacement?
Sawzalls and chisels and prybars can do wonders. If you're willing to protect and live with the rough opening for a couple weeks, the best way will be to remove the window and get the rough opening ready, and then measure and order exactly what you need. Without that, you have to guess what's under the flange, and if you'll be able to cut through any metal/concrete/rebar that may be in your way.
Sep
24
comment How can I fix/polish a slate tile imperfection after it has been laid down and grouted?
@shirlockhomes I saw it done in a house a friend of mine used to live in -- just as HenryJackson said, the grout came off the top and you could clearly see several of the spacers. No idea if it was done by someone calling themselves a "pro" or DIYer though.
Sep
24
comment How can I fix/polish a slate tile imperfection after it has been laid down and grouted?
Red flag: that is not the correct way to use tile spacers. Did the contractor leave those in and grout over top of them?
Sep
24
comment How can I install a cable jack without a box?
@BMitch I prefer to as well, but sometimes it's not possible due to jack placement or where you're able to fish, and sometimes you don't find the high voltage wire till after you've cut the hole.
Sep
24
comment How can I install a cable jack without a box?
I've used the plastic ones many times (Monoprice sells them for much cheaper than the box stores, if you need a bunch) but something about the metal construction bugs me here. Usually anything metal that is involved with anything electrical would be grounded, but this would not be. Most likely this will never be a problem, but it's conceivable that while doing work, this could cut a high-voltage wire in the wall and become energized.
Sep
21
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Sep
21
comment How to unstick my light switch?
You're also saying things like "the circuit breaker .. tripped open" and then saying "the knobs in the fuse box". Do you have circuit breakers or fuses? If you have a fuse box, I'm guessing by "knobs" you actually mean "fuses" but as I said, it's very unclear. Take pictures if you need and point arrows to what tripped and what you did, otherwise it's very difficult to help you because we're not speaking the same language. :)