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Sep
30
comment How can I coil up a rope so that it doesn't get tangled?
Just FYI - we get emails sent to us passing along gratitude and compliments for this answer. They can't comment or vote, so I'm leaving this on their behalf :) Nice answer!
Nov
23
comment I cleaned a cast iron bath tub with a toilet bowl cleaner
Eek, you might have dissolved the enamel over the ceramic glaze - how old is the cast iron tub?
Aug
7
comment Can I use indoor Romex in buried outdoor conduit?
Good suggestions folks, incorporated into the answer - feel free to tweak!
Aug
5
comment Is it OK to have 10ga wire running from breaker to switch then 8ga from switch to pump?
@TheEvilGreebo I should have made that clear, d'oh! But you've done such a splendid job of it :) Would you mind if I just moved your comment into my answer so we're sure it sticks around, or just edit it in yourself?
Aug
5
comment Is it possible to use a power inverter to run a sump pump?
Do you have anything else running on this inverter when the power fails? E.g. is the inverter already kicking in automatically?
May
25
comment How can I install a ceiling fan that needs a 4“ box where I only have a 3” box?
Can you perhaps provide a picture of the current box with nothing attached to it? You may be able to use some all thread, greenfield, stainless anchors and what's called a pancake box - but I'd really like to see it before I endeavor to write up the recipe for such a kludge :)
May
25
comment How can I remotely monitor a GFCI receptacle?
Highly recommend the water-powered backup in addition to the alarm too, you aren't going to hear the alarm while you're on vacation at the beach.
Mar
16
comment Can I split a 3 wire circuit into 2 separate 2 wire circuits?
No, code does not require the breakers to be tied together (those circuits should trip independently), and you can have two circuits anywhere you want. You only need to tie the breakers together if it's a 240V receptacle (or circuit). As far as the neutral goes, as long as the two circuits are on different phases, you're fine, otherwise you create what's called a 'multifeed'.
Mar
16
comment What is causing the SUPER loud noise from my dryer
@Steven Thanks :) Edited. I had no idea that stuff could actually make things worse.
Mar
15
comment What is causing the SUPER loud noise from my dryer
@Steven What would you recommend, then?
Mar
15
comment What is causing the SUPER loud noise from my dryer
As for the motor, not easily, you'd have to disconnect the pulley and then energize it to hear it spin, and it may be making that noise only under load. It's probably better to eliminate all but the motor first.
Mar
15
comment What is causing the SUPER loud noise from my dryer
A little lubrication might just fix them (the bearings), if that's the case (WD-40)
Mar
14
comment What is code for installing a dishwasher in the U.S.?
I've answered, but it would be rather helpful if you could include some more information such as your location, and the results of any investigating you've done to try and locate a feed for it.
Mar
14
comment What is code for installing a dishwasher in the U.S.?
Does the dishwasher have a cord and plug, or just a place to land a wire and connect it?
Feb
8
comment Can I hang a 60 lbs TV on 1 inch drywall?
Don't forget tremors and earthquakes. A mild shaking could cause damage that would not have happened had the mount been secured to studs.
Feb
2
comment How can I install 3 way switches that cut power to several 2 way switches?
I agree with @Tester101 - occupancy sensors might be a better bet here. Much less work and much less potential confusion. However yes, there's nothing that says you can't interrupt an entire lighting circuit with a three way switch.
Jan
15
comment How do I find and dispose of the dead body in my ceiling?
@NiallC. Fortunately it finally faded away, but that's definitely going to come in handy for someone else. I didn't realize it was such a common problem.
Dec
17
comment How do I find and dispose of the dead body in my ceiling?
That's .. pretty much what I did, just sealed up all possible places I could find where the stench could be escaping. The smell is all but gone now. This is the correct answer in this case, if you don't want to bust up walls and ceilings, you better be prepared to wait it out. Several exterminators tried to find it, none could.
Dec
5
comment How do I find and dispose of the dead body in my ceiling?
@TheEvilGreebo The construction (even partition walls) are block and mortar, structurally each condo is isolated by a formed concrete wall. I don't think this is coming from my neighbors.
Dec
5
comment How do I find and dispose of the dead body in my ceiling?
@TheEvilGreebo No, surprisingly no fly activity, I was hoping to see flies fly out of the joist cavity by now.