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Jul
13
comment Should I buy a drill or an electric screwdriver?
@Doresoom It looks like the cordless screwdriver has conquered the cordless drill since the last time I had occasion to be looking at them in the store.
Jun
16
comment What is the concept behind drywall studs?
To practice with a stud finder start with an electric outlet--start 6" to the left of the outlet, move to 6" to the right of the outlet. This basically ensures you start over open space and cross a stud as the outlet box is mounted to a stud.
May
31
comment Is there a reason NOT to use a garden hose to hook up two faucets?
I don't see how you call this a minor reason. It's a pretty big one in my book!
Apr
16
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Apr
11
comment Can I put two 240V 10 Amp outlets on a 240V 20 Amp circuit?
It sounds like the code is saying you can't use 240V unless there's a good reason to use it. That sounds like a sensible rule to me.
Jan
9
comment How do I turn off the water flow to my toilet?
And if you find a valve that takes many turns instead of a quarter turn don't be surprised if it doesn't work. Every single such valve the builder put in here failed on at most the second use and I replaced it with a quarter-turn type.
Oct
14
comment Outlets not grounded? Remedy?
@Asmyldof Yeah, but we don't know it's that badly miswired. I'm just saying that if I suspected any serious miswiring I wouldn't touch any outlet I hadn't confirmed was cold.
Oct
13
comment Outlets not grounded? Remedy?
I have a problem with step #3. He suspects serious miswiring, I wouldn't dream of opening an outlet without first using a meter on it--or much easier: amazon.com/GE-3-Wire-Receptacle-Tester-50542/dp/B002LZTKIA
Sep
24
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Feb
14
revised Are solar panels cost-effective?
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Feb
7
comment Are solar panels cost-effective?
@virtualxtc The same economic problem applies to all solar installations, not just commercial power. Solar only makes sense at present if power costs are very high or if you are off the grid.
Feb
5
comment Are solar panels cost-effective?
@virtualxtc What's that got to do with it? I don't see the relevance at all.
Jan
5
comment How does one fire short staples into hard wood?
@Steven I probably could. It just seems strange that I can't find a way of stapling it.
Jan
5
revised How does one fire short staples into hard wood?
How did I write "a" for "I"??
Jan
5
comment How does one fire short staples into hard wood?
@gregmac I'm trying to fasten a piece of cardboard backing to a wooden frame.
Jan
4
asked How does one fire short staples into hard wood?
Aug
23
comment What types of electrical outlets are found in a typical home in the USA?
@bib The important part is that the 15A plugs fit the 20A sockets.
Aug
22
comment What types of electrical outlets are found in a typical home in the USA?
Note, also, that you can perfectly well plug a 15 amp plug into a 20 amp outlet. I have exactly that situation 3' from me--I had an electrician run an extra line, it feeds two pairs of 20 amp outlets (the cost of two pairs of 20 amp outlets vs a single pair of 15 amp outlets was only a few dollars.) I have nothing special plugged into it, just ordinary 15 amp plugs.
Feb
2
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Feb
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