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Nov
17
comment Can I install false light bulbs in a fixture?
FWIW: If the bulb is incandescent (including halogen), the worst case heating from poor contact is 1/4 of the bulb's wattage rating; this occurs when the resistance of the contact is equal to the resistance of the bulb, so the current is halved and half the power is still going to the bulb. (This does not necessarily apply to anything with internal regulation like CFL or LED.) Of course, that heat is going directly to the contact inside the socket, unlike the output of the bulb which is split among visible light, thermal radiation, and convection as well as thermal conduction to the socket.
Jul
22
comment Can I use a UPS as a Voltage Stabilizer for 32 or 42 inch LED TV?
@wallyk FYI electronics SE does not want consumer electronics questions or shopping questions.
Jun
21
answered Electrical 'input' connector?
Feb
17
answered How to reduce noise from trash chute door closing?
Nov
2
comment How can I fix a bathtub that was not set properly?
You should post your "WHAT I ENDED UP DOING:" section as an answer instead of putting it in your question.
Oct
28
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Oct
28
awarded  Constituent
Oct
14
revised My plumber installed my hot water baseboard backward. The feed and return are hooked up backward. What problems will this cause?
fix spelling
Oct
14
suggested suggested edit on My plumber installed my hot water baseboard backward. The feed and return are hooked up backward. What problems will this cause?
Oct
12
comment How can I soundproof a grille in a wall?
I think the word you want is “grille”.
Sep
28
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Aug
31
comment Garbage disposal install - runs on off, trips breaker when switched to on
That sounds like a switch wired in parallel instead of series.
Aug
15
comment How can I work around a broken faucet handle?
Be careful when using a wrench not to round over the corners of the stem; too much of that will make it even harder to turn and make a replacement handle fit poorly.
Aug
11
comment How can I be sure there's a connection between the telephone line and the power line? (Answer: they should not be connected.)
@JaderDias If you're still looking for help, you shouldn't mark this answer accepted (the checkmark). It's supposed to mean you've gotten a sufficient answer already.
Aug
11
comment How can I seal this hanging electrical outlet in my horse barn?
There should be screws holding the outlet to the box and the face plate to the outlet — perhaps something else has broken. The sealing would be for weather-proofing, not mechanical assembly. Also, an outlet box shouldn't be hanging loose — do you just mean it's mounted in an overhead location? If you could post a photo of the outlet, that would be very helpful to understand the situation.
Aug
1
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Jul
30
awarded  Yearling
Jul
21
revised What is an “indoor phone system” called?
clarify title, general copyedit
Jul
21
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Jul
9
comment Can I use shorter screws to mount my blinds?
You certainly shouldn't mount the blinds on screws driven only into drywall (they would rip out very easily). 1 1/8 inches of just drywall sounds very strange...