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Jul
8
comment Is there a motion sensor light switch that does not need ground?
Electrically the device will function the same if you connect it to a ground wire or a neutral. However, using the ground in situations where you need a neutral runs the risk of electrocuting someone if there's ever an open neutral and you become the path between the grounded body of an appliance and a true ground.
Jul
5
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Jul
2
comment What could be causing an earthing fault in a specific socket?
Have you tested with an outlet tester. And have you checked for voltage between that outlet's ground and a known good ground? First guess is a bootleg ground that was mistakenly wired to the hot.
Jun
25
answered Is it ok to unsolder an outdoor spigot and to solder back a new one without cutting the copper pipe?
Jun
25
revised Can the breaker on a sub-panel be rated for more amps than the main breaker?
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Jun
23
comment Sealing the inside of a water well to use it as a reservoir?
See the meta discussion for more details about our product recommendation policy.
Jun
23
revised My receptacle tester is giving confusing results, what should I do?
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Jun
23
answered My receptacle tester is giving confusing results, what should I do?
Jun
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
18
comment Why is my kitchen ceiling light not turning on with the light switch?
-1 This answer contains a lot of conjecture. A better format for this style answer is the list the possible causes, methods to test if that is the cause, and the steps needed to correct. Or if you need more input from the OP, add comments requesting clarification to determine which answer to provide.
Jun
15
comment garden design project
How to finish off the bottom so that it looks natural appears to be decorating advice. A rephrased question may be more appropriate for gardening.stackexchange.com
Jun
14
comment water temperature varies in new hot water heater
What is the range in temperature measured from the same faucet, preferably closest fixture to the hot water heater without an anti-scald valve, when measured at different times? Also, does the water pressure increase when all fixtures are closed and the hot water tank is heating? You may need an expansion tank.
Jun
12
comment Why doesn't my tester trip the GFCI?
@ManuelRodriguez Please register your account and then merge them so you have access to edit, comment, and accept answers on your own question. Posting multiple responses as answers can result in an automated lock that can prevent others from assisting you.
Jun
12
comment How To Stop A Leak In A Refrigerator Water Line
What did they cap off under the sink and where and how is this line attached to your plumbing system. Be sure to describe valves and whether they are before or after the connection. Photos will help.
Jun
5
comment Dryer isn't drying clothes. I've tried all of the common solutions (I think)
They don't have filters on the vent cap for dryer vents, just a one way flap to keep air and critters from going back into your house when the dryer isn't running. So if you see something that looks like a filter, it's likely a lot of lint blocking the airflow out the cap.
Jun
5
comment Gas Back Boiler Pilot Light
Most appliances with always on pilot lights don't have an ignite button, but they do have a pilot button that you have to press and hold until the thermocouple has been heated (a precaution to ensure gas isn't leaking from an extinguished pilot). Can you confirm this was an ignition button, and possibly provide photos?
Jun
5
comment Can I glue D rings to the back of a frameless mirror
Seems like that would put all the stress in a few places and put the mirror at high risk of breaking. It would also depend on finding an adhesive that will strongly bond without showing through the back of the mirror.
May
6
comment How to make custom stringers for wooden/picket fence?
+1 for the tablesaw, that's the proper solution. If you don't have one, you can rent it.
May
5
comment Retrofit a Kitchenaid Vent Hood with a 1200cfm fan?
This is getting overly product specific. I'd recommend rewording this to be more generic, possibly include photos, and then list the specific model at the end for reference.
May
5
comment Conflict with roofer
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's a legal question, including contracts with builders, or contractor negotiation.