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comment Garage door opener installation - hardwired vs. outlet power?
@ArtOfWarfare - because extension cords are seldom rated for normal outlet loads (in the US at least, outlets are mostly rated for 15 amps, and electrical cords seldom are up to handling those loads), and generally aren't constructed in such a way that you can leave them in place permanently (among other issues, their flexibility may mean that they move or rub on things behind the wall as the house shifts and things vibrate). Basically, they aren't designed for it, and the failure modes can be tragic.
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comment How do I fix a chlorine feeder that's nearly impossible to open?
As an interesting side note, I was at a friends recently, and they've had no problems with theirs. I'm wondering if the fact that it's inside a shed (all my pool equipment is inside) has something to do with the issue.
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comment Do all conductors on a 20-amp circuit need to be 12 AWG?
To expand on @HenryJackson's comment - if the fan motor were to flake out and start drawing 18 amps, the breaker wouldn't trip, but the 14 GA wire would become a hazard. You can't think in terms of 'normal load' here, you've got to think in terms of failure conditions.
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comment Can I shave off half an inch of a crowned up 3 by 6" floor joist?
@Jamie - there won't be any furniture at this point, perhaps, but you don't know what the long term future holds for this building. You can't safely assume that the usage won't change over time, so you should assume any 'reasonable' use of the space when you consider how to proceed.
Oct
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comment Testing circuit breakers?
The fact that you've had one breaker fail closed (one of the few things that they are NEVER supposed to do), would make me nervous about the whole panel.
Oct
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comment Testing circuit breakers?
FYI, there is also a question about testing breakers here. Basically, without special gear you can't.
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reviewed Approve New residential toilets all so tall?
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comment Is it possible to use the ice maker on a refrigerator without a water supply line?
@Tyrsius - be careful there. Holding tap water (which is what you'll presumably fill from) at room temperature is an invitation to random things growing in it, over the long haul. The keg will help, but you'll still want to do something (boil first, chlorinate, whatever) to make sure you don't create a health hazard.
Jun
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comment Running air handler condensate drain into sump?
Where are you? The only possible reason it would be an issue is if there's a legal problem with doing so - it's certainly not going to break anything. Any my air handler has always been setup that way.
May
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answered Is there a way to mount a crystal ball on a stair post finial?