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comment Is it safe to install a three pronged wire into a four pronged dryer?
Tim you are incorrect, it is not NEC-compliant to have a bare THHN wire coming out of the outlet like in your left-drawing. It is of course electrically-equivalent, but it looks extremely unprofessional (which is a large part of the NEC - it's not only about safety). If you already have a dedicated ground coming to the outlet (which is the hard part), you should just replace the dryer-cable and outlet with a 4-pronged connection (the easy part).
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comment Can Romex (NM-B) be run through conduit?
As mentioned in the accepted answer, this is an incorrect myth amongst electricians. The answer quotes the NEC, which explicitly states "Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable: Types NM ...", which is not referring to THHN.
Aug
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comment How to check the power capabilities of a house?
If you are in the US, Amps = Watts / 120
Aug
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comment During a lightning storm, what causes the lights to temporary cut off and on?
While interesting, what does this have to do with home improvement?
Jul
29
comment What's this JML thing in my house?
You should try calling that number or emailing that email.
Jul
24
revised How do I remove stuck (melted?) foam from under carpet on hardwood floor?
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accepted How do I remove stuck (melted?) foam from under carpet on hardwood floor?
Jul
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comment How do I remove stuck (melted?) foam from under carpet on hardwood floor?
We also did all that, and also had the nasty black stains. We eventually found a much easier solution than sanding/staining - I'm sorry I never posted it before today. Please see my answer below.
Jul
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revised How do I remove stuck (melted?) foam from under carpet on hardwood floor?
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answered How do I remove stuck (melted?) foam from under carpet on hardwood floor?
Jul
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Jul
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revised Can Romex (NM-B) be run through conduit?
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Jul
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Jul
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comment Just bought first impact driver, do I still need to pre-drill holes?
What if it's not prone to splitting, like a 2x4? (or are 2x4's prone to splitting as well?)
Jul
2
comment Why are GFCI systems typically in the receptacle instead of in the breaker?
"but is beyond the skills of most amateurs" - I disagree with this statement. Installing a GFCI breaker does not take much more "skill" than installing a GFCI outlet.
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awarded  Notable Question
Jun
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comment Can Romex (NM-B) be run through conduit?
Yes we've all heard this, but as far as I can tell it appears to be an urban legend. The conduit is already surrounded by several layers of rubber, a very good insulator of heat - the pipe it all runs through adds very little extra heat-insulation. But whether or not it's an urban legend, it's not supported by NEC code (see above answer).
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comment Receptacle Tester Showing Open Hot
I'm really surprised we don't have a question asking what 'Open Hot' means already, given how basic of a question it is.