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Aug
17
awarded  Critic
Aug
17
comment Garage door opener surge protector
The guide you're linking to appears broken. The "guide" page has a few paragraphs of text that doesn't go beyond what one is, and the "tasklist" page shows multiple errors and has no content at all.
Jul
31
awarded  Teacher
Jul
27
comment What's the standard height for an outlet?
Google says it's the South African code. The most recent complete document I was able to find is from 2009; but Google shows several amendments published since.
Jul
22
comment Can I use rubber bumper pads to prop open a door?
+1 for just preventing it from latching. In the event of a night time fire elsewhere, a closed bedroom door will slow the spread of smoke increasing the amount of time before the air in the room becomes unbreathable.
Jul
1
answered Window unit AC installation in narrow window
Jun
6
comment Are these foundation issues significant?
@07Roadrunner If you can't find a less kludgy way to get them online: just take pictures of the relevant pictures in the report, upload them to imgur/etc and post links to them as a comments. From there a user with more rep can edit them into the question.
May
27
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Mar
10
comment How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?
@littleturtle true, but also probably irrelevant to the question. 5000 BTU/h is a small window mounted model intended to cool a single room that is powered with a standard wall plug, not whole house model.
Dec
11
comment U-Socket USB Wallplug
Another reason not to buy any of the current generation of in wall USB outlets is that the high power USB charging spec is adding 5A @ 5/12/20V modes (100W is enough for most laptops); meaning you'll need to replace the outlet in a few years because it won't be compatible with many of your new devices any longer.
Oct
23
comment How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?
@rabbid if you hear something other than the fan blowing the compressor is running. If it's running an a constant fan speed mode; any time it gets louder the compressor's running.
Oct
23
answered How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?
Oct
22
comment Nicely mounting 2x4s to wall
Are you suggesting only anchoring one side to the wall; or doing both and connecting the left and right halves while they're hanging on the wall?
Oct
10
awarded  Editor
Oct
10
revised Why am I getting strange results when using a power meter to measure CFLs?
Replaced kill-a-watt with the model the OP said he was using in comments because the kill-a-watt meters don't have this problem
Oct
10
comment What can I use to build temporary walls in an unfinished basement?
Flatpack style bookcases aren't designed for free standing use. if not standing against (and preferably anchored with an L bracket to) a wall they're too easy to tip over. With small kids around that would be a disaster waiting to happen.
Oct
10
suggested suggested edit on Why am I getting strange results when using a power meter to measure CFLs?
Sep
18
comment Halogen vs. Incandescent - is one 'better' than the other for an oven light?
For an oven lamp efficiency shouldn't be a major factor. All the 'wasted' energy is turned into heat after all. At most with a gas oven you'd have a very small amount of arbitrage from the different electricity and gas prices, in an electric oven not even that.
Sep
13
comment Are electrical subpanels safe in the bedroom?
My ~40 year old apartment is wired with my panel in the bedroom. It's on an otherwise unusable section of wall in the space where the main and closet doors swing when open.
Aug
22
comment What types of electrical outlets are found in a typical home in the USA?
It's worth pointing out explicitly that most of the menagerie of plugs only in your second chart are primarily for specialized industrial use; and unlikely to ever be seen in a residential location. Outside of people who work with them, we'd all need to look at a cheatsheet to know what they are too.