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Jun
28
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.
Jun
28
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.
Jun
27
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.
Jun
27
accepted Need an apparently-discontinued moulding profile; where to look?
Jun
27
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.
Jun
23
revised How important is circuit breaker breaking capacity?
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Jun
23
answered How important is circuit breaker breaking capacity?
Jun
22
answered Can cutting pressure treated wood harm my saw blade?
Jun
22
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Jun
22
accepted Amp rating of ganged circuit-breakers
Jun
22
comment Amp rating of ganged circuit-breakers
That makes all the sense in the world. So if I wanted tankless, we're probably talking about an upgrade to a 300A main breaker, or a second parallel panel (if that's legal in a SFD). I don't think I have space in the existing panel for 4 more 30A DP breakers.
Jun
22
answered What is the cheapest way to add texture to a wall
Jun
22
comment How can I fix the sewer smell in my bathroom?
Yeah, all you need is the wax seal and some muscle to move the John around. Definitely drain and unhook it first.
Jun
22
comment Handheld showerhead backflow preventer
@Tester101 - to answer your question, yes, vacuum breakers are built into the hoses of most handheld shower sprayer kits, normally on the end where the hose connects to the diverter behind the overhead shower head.
Jun
22
comment Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?
It is actually illegal in almost every jurisdiction to join modern copper multi-conductor wire to knob & tube, for the reason stated; the electrician you hire will see the modern wire and assume the whole circuit is up to code, slap a 20-amp breaker on it to handle the new load he's adding, and your house burns down.
Jun
22
comment How do I safely replace a worn out electrical outlet?
GFCI outlets will wear out much more quickly; the quick-trip mechanism will eventually stop working. On newer ones, that will cause the plug to go dead, while on older ones it'll supply power but won't trip (a BIG deal when that's the whole point of a GFCI). @Brad - The rule is, one GFCI per breaker circuit that supplies power near water, placed as far upstream in the circuit as you wish to protect.
Jun
22
comment How do I safely replace a worn out electrical outlet?
I did not know that; I just bought a house built in '81 and obviously it has non-child-resistant outlets all over, so I have been replacing with identical hardware (or in some cases swapping for GFCI) where necessary.
Jun
22
revised Carpet company wants to charge me for the waste they will have left over. Is this normal?
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Jun
22
comment Carpet company wants to charge me for the waste they will have left over. Is this normal?
I've dealt with 80" bolts; they're common in upholstery fabrics. Anyway, the point was you'll pay for more than you need because they can't sell your scrap, and the same is true for carpet (which, when you think about it, is really just very rugged, glue-supported cloth).
Jun
22
answered Wallpaper removal: Should I use chemicals in addition to a steamer