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Aug
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comment What should I use to secure/organize data cable runs?
Zip tying to a regular wire staple works well too. I often use the screw-down zip ties as pictured and in corners or anywhere there will be more strain and I have a big bundle, hammer in a wire staple and then zip-tie to that.
Aug
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Jul
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comment How to install Water Heater drain pan to sump pit?
If you are going to go through this effort just to comply with code, you should double-check that it is in fact code by calling your local building department. Most of the time as they change requirements, you're grandfathered in so long as you met whatever the code was at time of installation, and it's only when you do alterations (eg, putting in a new heater) that you'd need to comply with new code. Again, check with a local inspector, I'm just some guy on the internet.
Jul
31
comment How to install Water Heater drain pan to sump pit?
What is the reason you want a drip pan? Eg, do you have a leak, condensation, or is this a pre-emptive thing? (In other words, is there another problem that can be solved that negates the need for this?). Are you willing to dig a trench in your basement floor? Depending on what you're trying to protect from, perhaps a self-contained pan and a water-sensing alarm (flood alarm) would suffice -- it would certainly be a lot cheaper and easier.
Jul
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Jul
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comment How can I remove a switch and terminate a circuit in its place?
If the other end of this wire is disconnected from the panel and other circuits, it's actually not a bad idea to wire the hot+neutral together. If anyone tries to use this wire, it will blow the breaker and make them go find out why, rather than just working and leaving what should be an unused wire energized.
Jul
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revised What are the key differences between a step drill bit and a knockout punch?
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Jul
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comment How can I determine what is in my water?
Are you on municipal water or your own supply?
Jul
26
revised Is the ability to save pictures worth it in an inspection camera?
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Jul
26
comment Is the ability to save pictures worth it in an inspection camera?
Yeah, a few do, but it's generally a composite output. To capture, you need something like a laptop + USB tuner card and a bunch of cables connecting everything, which seems pretty awkward. I am thinking it would actually be simpler (and probably about the same quality) to just use a regular camera and take a picture of the screen. :)
Jul
26
asked Is the ability to save pictures worth it in an inspection camera?
Jul
25
comment Is this fluorescent light fixture a major electrical problem / fire hazard?
A lot of times you'll find a complete fixture for the same price or even cheaper than just the ballast (one of those quirks of supply and demand), just to add to @lqlarry's point that it's often easier/faster to replace the whole fixture.
Jul
24
comment How do I lubricate plastic rollers for sliding closet doors?
It's been well over a year, no problems at all. A few days ago actually I gave them a quick spray but only because I had a squeak in a door (not these ones) and so went around and lubricated all the hinges and such.
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