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comment What is the lifespan of plywood as roof decking?
Is that plywood gold-plated? I can get a full sheet of 1/2" plywood for half that at one of the big box stores.
Jan
26
comment Is “hissing” sound from a water main a good indication that water is in use?
Do your toilets make any noise at all, such as a faint hissing noise, dripping, etc? Have you checked your exterior hose bibs for leaks?
Jan
22
comment Is a GFCI receptacle device a circuit breaker?
I for one enjoy reading what the professionals here have to say - both when knowing exactly what part of the NEC to quote and sharing real life experiences and good ideas (e.g. X is not required by code, but do it anyway).
Jan
15
comment Mount ceiling fan without electrical box
And in case you think the wires will not come loose, remember that a ceiling fan, by design, contains moving parts. They cause vibrations which, over time, may cause a wire to come loose out of a wire nut. I would definitely want a box to contain any sparks, and if made of metal, force a short to ground which will trip a breaker.
Jan
8
accepted What type of electrical box do I use for a hard-wired smoke detector?
Jan
7
comment What type of electrical box do I use for a hard-wired smoke detector?
Could you please explain why this is acceptable? Is there something in the NEC that talks about this, or is it because nothing says I can't do it? Also, in my case, I would probably lean toward old-work boxes anyway because they are easier to place. Running the wire is what benefits from having open space above the ceiling.
Jan
7
asked What type of electrical box do I use for a hard-wired smoke detector?
Jan
7
comment How can I choose the best lag screw / lag bolt?
One benefit to drilling pilot holes is increased confidence that the bolt will be in the framing member as opposed to on the edge where it might pop out the side. I do this even if I am hanging a picture and am not sure if it quite on-stud and can make do with just a screw or if I need a drywall anchor.
Jan
6
comment Electrical current leaking from light fixture when off
Are the LEDs dimmer-compatible?
Dec
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Dec
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accepted Review of my electrical plans
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revised Review of my electrical plans
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Dec
13
asked Review of my electrical plans
Dec
13
comment Dry Wall Mud Rehydration
For the price of drywall mud, I am pretty sure the bucket itself costs as much as the mud.
Dec
13
comment Dry Wall Mud Rehydration
Not an answer, but general advice: if you buy a 5 gallon bucket at <home improvement warehouse> it comes with a plastic sheet to cover the mud. Leave that in there: when you are done getting mud out, tamp it down and ensure it covers all the mud. Then close the lid and make sure the lid is on tight: it should have several parts on the rim that click into place. Finally, leave it open for the minimum amount of time necessary: scoop out a bunch of mud into your mud tray and close it right away. The less time it has to dry out, the better.
Dec
2
comment What's the best method to chalk a line parallel to a wall?
Technically this is not an answer, because I am proposing a different solution: run your boards at roughly a 45 degree angle to the wall. By using a deliberate offset like that, it will be more difficult to see anomalies caused by non-square corners or non-parallel walls (which are common as a house settles). Plus, it looks fancy. The same approach works with linoleum that has squares or lines on it.
Nov
8
comment Gas stove whines/hums - is this a safety concern?
@Comintern wouldn't that affect other gas appliances, or is the stove more sensitive to gas pressure?
Nov
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asked Gas stove whines/hums - is this a safety concern?
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comment What size air hose would a mechanic's garage require?
This should be a comment under Zach's answer.