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comment Do they make a pull-chain type outlet adapter for garage door openers to plug in to?
Also, many garage door openers will immediately turn on their light(s) when they receive power. In this case the switch to the garage door opener would also work in concert with the open/close button as a poor man's multi-function control.
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comment Covered or Locking Light Switch?
The "switch guard" linked to in the answer actually has an open side on it, allowing you to reach in and flip the switch if you need to. Simply mount the guard with the opening facing away from the room entry, and it becomes a strong deterrent to turning that switch off ("gee, that one's got a cover on it; probably shouldn't mess with it"), while not completely preventing access. It's also designed for long-term use, while the lockout from the link appears more temporary; you wouldn't want a big red box on your wallplate for years on end (or maybe you do).
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revised What's wrong with my wiring?
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comment How important is circuit breaker breaking capacity?
Except that in the U.S. single-phase voltage is 110-120 not 240, so worst-case in America is about 8.2A. However, Sharptooth's limited profile info suggests he's from Russia, where single-phase voltage is 220-240, so you're correct in context of the OP.
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comment How important is circuit breaker breaking capacity?
Except that more than 1.3kA will arc across an open breaker (with 1.3kA or lower breaking capacity) and into the wiring. There will be a voltage drop across that gap as the electricity has to do work to jump it, but the wiring is probably still being juiced with 1.5x the peak amperage rating of even a 12AWG wire.
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comment Water coming in through the walls of an old concrete garage
@Alex: The walls and ceiling of the garage, assuming they're structurally sound, should remain rigid. However, there is a good chance that your floor is tied into the walls using rebar or other reinforcing hardware. If so, you can either try and work around the rebar, or remove it temporarily and then drill into what you didn't jackhammer and replace it before re-pouring the concrete. Either way, as long as the job doesn't take months between jackhammering and repouring/patching, there should be no troubles. However, you might consult a structural engineer or building inspector.
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comment Water coming in through the walls of an old concrete garage
@Tester: I don't think weeping holes should be drilled into a concrete wall, but I may be wrong. It seems to me that if water is "trapped" behind that wall, it should eventually sink down under the entire garage and find the weeping tile that way. The interior treatment is simply to direct water that weeps through the wall naturally to the tile, keeping the inside drier.
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revised What's wrong with my wiring?
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answered Water coming in through the walls of an old concrete garage
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answered What's wrong with my wiring?
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answered Building a mechanical Clock
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comment Building a mechanical Clock
I think the OP wants the nitty-gritty tour-de-force experience of building the whole thing from scratch, regardless of its accuracy.
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comment How do I run ethernet cable through a wall cavity?
I agree in general. I would recommend the use of an old-work J-box instead of a plate mounting bracket, especially if it turns out the wall is insulated. Yes, it's low-voltage, but the J-box helps protect the delicate back-wiring for connections like Cat-5, much like it does for high-voltage lines.
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comment Need an apparently-discontinued moulding profile; where to look?
I'm marking this as the answer because I found a company, Resdoor (a division of R. E. Sweeney Lumber), that is the major supplier of lumber for builders in the DFW Metroplex, they have the profile I'm looking for in their catalog, and they're about 20 minutes from my house. I just need someone from Resdoor to get back to me on how to go about buying a couple of 16' lengths of paint-grade, when they normally sell this pattern by the truckload in red oak and maple.
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accepted Need an apparently-discontinued moulding profile; where to look?
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comment Need an apparently-discontinued moulding profile; where to look?
We looked at that; taking off all the current stuff and putting in real crown moulding would cost us about $125 in materials. Cheaper than a custom planing knife, but a single 16' length of the right moulding would cost less than $20.