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comment how do I wire a condenser to a furnace without a 'y' & 'c' terminal
What make and model furnace do you have?
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comment Parents cable box caught fire, hour later half the house is out of power?
You need the help of a professional Electrician, and/or possibly your electrical service provider. There's a major problem that cannot be solved by folks on the internet.
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comment How to wire GFCI together with two switches controlling light/exhaust fan and vanity light
When referring to terminals on devices, "upper" and "lower" is almost never helpful. Not all devices are configured the same, and there's not always an "up" or "down". When talking about GFCI terminals, "line" and "load" is the way to go.
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comment How to wire GFCI together with two switches controlling light/exhaust fan and vanity light
Can you provide a list of all the wires in each box, also noting their grouping? A few photos of the wires would also be useful.
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comment How to properly hire contractor(s) to fix deck and railing deterioration?
Welcome to homeownership, where everything costs at least triple what you'd expect, and takes five times longer to fix. Get some references from the contractors, and make the phone calls to the past clients. Ask the contractors for some photos of similar past work. Don't always hire the cheapest guy, just because he's the cheapest. Hire the guy you feel most comfortable with, and don't be afraid to voice any concerns. And never forget, they work for you. If you see a problem with the work they're doing, talk to them about it as soon as you see it (don't wait until the end of the job)
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comment Wire Ceiling Fan and Exterior Lighting
I'd call in an Electrician. If you can't remember the original wiring, and don't know how to determine where all the wires go/come from. You're going to need more help than a bunch of crack pots on the Internet can provide.
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comment Is it ok to simply cap off an unused 240v line in a junction box?
As an added precaution. Label the breaker in the panel (if it isn't already), and turn the breaker off.
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comment Low voltage wire was cut putting. Gonna furnace door back on.
If you're luck you blew a fuse, or damaged another wire. If you're unlucky, you blew the transformer. Does the system work in cooling mode, or with the fan set to ON? Do you have a multimeter or voltmeter, and the ability to use it?
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comment How to put up a very small barrier on concrete to stop water running past it
A proper drain to move the water to a safe location, might be a bit easier than building a new driveway.
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comment Best Type of Pex Manifold
A photo would be helpful.
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comment Contractor cut wire in wall - all still works fine - is this dangerous?
You're going to trust the opinions of a bunch of whack-a-dos on the internet, over the advice of an Electrician that was actually at your house and saw everything first hand!?
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comment Can I have an office in my basement without egress?
(Continued). I'm sure some jurisdictions are less strict, and don't require an emergency escape route. My answer is based on International Residential Code, not local codes for every jurisdiction.
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comment Can I have an office in my basement without egress?
@alt I'm confused... I think the two similar, yet different terms are confusing things. An empty basement requires a form of egress, because without it you can't get in and out. If the basement has "habitable" space, it requires a form of egress and an emergency escape route. If the egress leads "outside", it fulfills both requirements. If you have bedrooms in a basement, you need an emergency escape route in each bedroom. (Continued).
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comment Can I have an office in my basement without egress?
@alt It's not a second method of egress, it's an emergency escape route (which must go outside).
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comment Does UV exposure cause deterioration to PVC pipe which can lead to catastrophic failure?
@DA01 It's used for plumbing pool filters sometimes.
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comment Can I have an office in my basement without egress?
Sorry I left out the last sentence in that code section. Notice that it requires the emergency escape route to open to the "outside". Which is why the stairway leading into your house does not count.
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comment Can I have an office in my basement without egress?
@alt An office is different than a bedroom. A bedroom must have an escape route directly from the bedroom, whereas an office can use a common escape route.
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comment Can I have an office in my basement without egress?
@DMoore Codes vary from place to place, that's why I started by saying that the OP should contact their building department. In my area if there's any type of habitable space in a basement, two escape routes are required.
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comment Is there such a thing as an actual 60W draw LED or CFL bulb?
I think a CFL that actually draws 40W, would be equivalent to a 150W incandescent bulb (>2600 lumens). Not sure you'll find anything brighter, or even a CFL that bright for that matter.
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comment Why does one outlet trip the breaker, but not others?
@DaveTweed The breaker sees all the current, whether it's drawn by the wire or the load. It's the breaker that's tripping, not the vacuum. So no matter how long the wire is, the breaker should always see the same current.