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Nov
17
comment How can I repair a ceiling fan that hums, but doesn't turn?
+1 I am coincidentally having the same issue, with a living-room ceiling fan that is only a few months old. The humming is definitely not the lights - the hum stops when we turn the fan off, with the lights on. Related: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/46276
Nov
6
comment How can I protect a vending machine wire from being cut again?
Bolt the machine down? Tape the wire so it's not hanging on the floor?
Oct
9
comment When wiring a mains plug, why are the cables squeezed under the screws and not circled around?
"Screwing the conductor into the terminal in the plug gives a much more secure and resilient connection." - This is the opposite opinion of everything I've read on this site. Also it makes no sense - how could wrapping around the screw and squeezing the wire with the screw be more secure/resilient than only squeezing?
Oct
1
comment Microwave not heating: Should I pay a contractor to diagnose?
That's a pretty expensive timer..
Jul
1
comment How do I remove stuck (melted?) foam from under carpet on hardwood floor?
We ended up trying literally dozens of different products. The one that worked best was (surprising us all) Orange Goo hand cleaner. There was some concern about wiping away the finish, so we waxed it immediately afterwards. I think the concerns about the finish were unfounded though, almost a year later and the floor is still looking great!
May
20
comment How do I wire an old house with Cat6?
Related: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/13011 diy.stackexchange.com/questions/28644
May
19
comment Is there any code for running Ethernet cable (through attics)?
Thanks! Another quick question: I see supports like these all the time. I assume these fall under "cable ties, hangers, or similar fittings". I notice in the picture that they go along the upper-edge of the basement wall. Is this an acceptable workaround to avoid having to drill through the joists?
May
19
comment Is flushing a waterheater a good idea?
You can also do it without draining the entire water heater
May
17
comment How can I run Cat5e cable through a completely finished house?
Related: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/13011
May
12
comment How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?
Small correction: hot actually alternates from +170V to -170V. 120V is the RMS average.
May
1
comment Problem with service drop
I would, uh, call the landlord.
Apr
9
comment How do I run ethernet and speaker cabling in 2 story home?
See also the comments here
Apr
8
comment How do I run ethernet and speaker cabling in 2 story home?
These tend to not work very well at all, I would not recommend this solution.
Apr
8
comment How do I run ethernet and speaker cabling in 2 story home?
Is normal Cat-6 rated for wet environments?
Feb
21
comment Circuit split within panel
It's not dangerous, but it's definitely non-standard, and it might not be to code (I'm not sure). From what little I know about audio electronics, I believe this could be causing your line interference.
Feb
19
comment Could bad grounding cause sparks and fire when connecting the cable box and TV?
WTF!? I'm not normally in favor of a sue-happy culture, but I think this is one of the times where contacting a lawyer is called for. Everyone makes mistakes, but this is pure negligence. For the safety of you and others, that electrician should never be allowed to wire another house again!
Feb
19
comment curious affect of led lamps
This may be a better question for the electronics.SE (If you ask it there, please link to it from the comments here)
Feb
14
comment Why is the neutral wire the same size as hot wire in a 3C cable?
"This is why a straight 240V circuit requires no neutral wire. It is a 100% balanced line-to-line circuit." - This statement is confusing. If there were a neutral wire, it wouldn't carry a current, but it's not because both legs are balanced; it's because the neutral wouldn't be connected to anything (which is why both legs are balanced...)
Feb
4
comment New Fan Switch Grounding Cable issues
If the breaker is popping when you connect the ground wire to ground, but not when the ground-wire isn't connected, it means there is a short to ground somewhere. It also means the breaker/ground-wire are doing their jobs, and may have just saved someone's life.
Jan
11
comment Live wires everywhere?
Stud finders find studs, not live wires. And they're notoriously inaccurate - it's not uncommon to have them go off in a large area, or nowhere at all.