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comment 4x4 steel post depth recommendations
Third option, considering it's steel, is to weld some support to the bottom so it's not "just" a pole. Or, indeed, to put a full-on concrete foundation with 3-4 mounting bolts sticking up and a flange with 3-4 holes on the post, and mount it that way. I suspect, given 20 foot sticks as a common steel stock size, that 5 feet in the ground will be the most cost-efficient way, but I'd be a lot more comfortable with that if there were some triangulated braces in the ground, perhaps made from weldable rebar and cast in concrete. Need not come above ground if it's more convenient as a monopole.
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comment Grounding requirements for a subpanel fed from another subpanel
Showing my age - - edited out.
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revised Grounding requirements for a subpanel fed from another subpanel
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answered Grounding requirements for a subpanel fed from another subpanel
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comment Is it sane to use a normal router to cut drywall, approximating a spiral saw?
A cheap Chinese knockoff of a rotozip (try horrible fright, ebay, et al) will get the job done and not destroy the bearings in your router, if a pack of sharp blades per @DMoore doesn't. There's also a life-safety consideration in that the router is heavy and awkward compared to a cutout tool, which may lead to accidents, and any trip to the ER exceeds the cost of even an actual Roto-Zip. You can always sell it when you are done.
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comment Can I hang a TV with one stud and drywall anchors?
55 inch (diagaonal, so probably 40-44 inches wide or so) tv, 20 inch mount, 24 inch studs. In short, no.
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comment How can I remove this screw?
Looks like possibly a watch crab or adjustable spanner (where spanner means specifically "two-pin style") wrench might be made to work. There's also always the option of welding a nut to them ;-)
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answered How can I secure a wall-mount server rack?
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comment What can I do if I need another gang in a junction box but there isn't space in the wall?
IMPE sideways switches can be annoying due to the non-obvious relationship of a direction to "on" (of course, 3-way switches all have that problem as well.)
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comment What equipment is required to install a generator?
You are welcome to your paranoia, but in that case how do you manage to trust your main panel breakers, the transfer switch, the breakers in the transfer switch, the wires in your wall, and the asteroid not hitting your house before Godzilla eats it? I have two circuit breakers looking out for my generator, I'd be surprised as <bleep> if they both managed to fail on at the same time...UL thinks it's just peachy.
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comment Can I hang a TV with one stud and drywall anchors?
Aesthetics, smesthetics. It's presumably hidden behind the TV...
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comment What can I do if I need another gang in a junction box but there isn't space in the wall?
I upvoted @wallyk's hilarious answer, but I was thinking more in the "not do over" line of just add another dual-gang above/below the one you have (leave a blank on half of it if not using it all now.)
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comment What equipment is required to install a generator?
What you describe is a "transfer switch and sub-panel" not just a transfer switch. As for overloading your generator, not even remotely true or dangerous. The generator has an output breaker and the generator input on the panel has an input breaker, either of which will protect the generator from overload. More hands on, yes. Dangerous, not remotely. If you overload it, the breaker trips, you turn a few things off, you reset the breaker. Dangerous is when the user decides to power something not on the transfer panel and gets creative with extension cords.
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comment can i use pre made timber truss on my extension span 26ft with only two walls supporting roof. Room 26 * 20
Don't even bother - we really can't answer this question with any certainty, while the truss person at your local lumberyard can, and can even quote you a price. Large TJIs may be more cost effective than an open truss. The answer will depend on your local loading and codes, so a local answer from someone with truss design software in hand is the best, while anything from the internet is a hedged guess at the most.
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comment Can I hang a TV with one stud and drywall anchors?
Buy a different (wider) mount, or use the plywood.
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answered What equipment is required to install a generator?
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comment Should I wrap home in Tyvek when re-siding?
IIRC, tarpaper (as opposed to red resin paper) is not vapor-permeable - though this does not matter so much because it has leaky (air-wise) joints every 3 feet. In my area red resin paper was typically used under siding. Housewrap is vapor-permable and 9 feet tall, with joints that can be effectively taped - so it makes a more effective air-barrier, which is the main reason it has taken over from the older products (and some newer sheathings have a bonded surface that can itself be effectively taped and take over from housewrap.)
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answered Can I branch off of a 2 pole 30 amp 10-3 wire found abandoned in a junction box?
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comment What's involved in moving a hot water tank to the garage
Give us some pictures and guesstimates of how far it is from the laundry room to the heater's current location. I'm not seeing this as an impossible task by any means. Also where the cold water supply for the house travels and in what-sized pipe at present.