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comment Wired internet from a single router to several different rooms in an apartment
I'll second running networking cables in pairs, even if you only use a 4-port router now. It's much easier to run cable before the walls are closed up, and having twin runs gives you some degree of redundancy against failure even if you never use both ports at once.
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comment Wired internet from a single router to several different rooms in an apartment
I don't know if it'd be worth it for just 4 ports; but if your main contractor doesn't have experience with installing network cabling (and may not have the proper crimping tool) there are specialty companies that do so that the task could be sub-contracted to. The biggest ooops potential from a non-experienced installer would probably be poor crimps on the cable connectors resulting in unreliable connections or falling back on a slower transmit speed that you wouldn't discover until after the work was done.
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comment Wired internet from a single router to several different rooms in an apartment
@PTwr otoh the USB power plugs will probably be obsolete in a few years: Replaced with Type-C plugs and potentially unable to supply enough current of voltage. (The newest USB power spec can go as high as 5A at 5, 12, or 20V.)
Jun
20
revised Secret documents digital safes without an overriding key?
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Jun
20
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Jun
15
comment What is the concept behind drywall studs?
@ChrisCudmore I've never shopped at Ikea; but I'd be surprised if any major mass market vendor in the US didn't localize its product line to play nicely with local building standards. Selling something that only worked with metric stud spacing here would result in lots of unhappy customers. With the type of brackets Nikhil is looking at; I think you could work around any issue relating to shelf size vs stud spacing by buying the next longer shelf length and cutting it to fit. (This might be necessary anyway in old construction if the original work was sloppy.)
Jun
15
comment What is the concept behind drywall studs?
@Random832 the only thing worse than trying to work with lath/plaster is trying to remove it. UGH
May
13
comment Who do I contact to have the property line marked?
Even if you're on very good terms with your neighbor now, you still should get the property line properly determined if they're not able to point you to the markers. A fence that straddles the property line is a ticking timebomb that can detonate at any point in the future; most commonly when you and your neighbor have a falling out or one of your homes goes up for sale.
Mar
30
comment Replace single pole light switch with 12 gauge backstab
If you can't find anything controlled by the switch it might be a better idea to take the circuit it's controlling out of commission entirely. Wires that appear to go nowhere might actually not go anywhere; and the mystery switch might be energizing a live wire the idiot you bought the house from left in the wall/ceiling somewhere.
Mar
21
comment Permanent USB Power Off Mains
@DLeh the shape of the plugs themselves isn't likely to be the issue, you can always use A-C cables afterall. I'd be more concerned about the addition of 5A@ 5V/12V/20V modes. While the latter is unlikely to end up in a combination wall outlet (100W is a largish laptop charger), near future phones/tablets are probably going to want more than the 1-2A @ 5V provided by current products.
Mar
4
revised Can't replace hardwood floors, what are my options?
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Mar
4
answered Can't replace hardwood floors, what are my options?
Feb
23
revised Transition laminate with t-molding to tile
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Feb
23
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Jan
7
comment Can I lean a ladder against tempered glass without damaging the window?
One minor quibble. Tempered glass shatters into very small pieces when it fails. Large stabby fragments come from weak glass; because the initial failure occurs before there's enough energy from the stress applied to it to produce more than a few fractures. Leaning a ladder against the window is still an extremely bad idea; but life threatening cuts/puncture wounds are not a major risk. Enough surface cuts to make your skin look like a bloody jigsaw puzzle OTOH...
Jan
5
comment I'd like to raise the ceiling height on my second floor but the roof is flat. How do I do this?
The answers to this question appear to be relevant.
Oct
30
comment Putting together a tool set for children 8-11
@DMoore They can't have an account until they're 13. Blame the US Congress...
Oct
28
comment What does a surge protector do that a breaker doesn't?
IF you just want to protect a device, I thought double conversion UPSes (which continuously charge a battery while running an inverter off of it to power your equipment) were more or less foolproof because your load isn't connected to wall power. There's no free lunch though, in addition to being significantly more expensive than other UPS types the continuous charge/discharge cycle of the battery will cost you several percent of your power consumption as an efficiency penalty.
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Aug
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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.