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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
improved wording
Feb
23
suggested approved edit on Transition laminate with t-molding to tile
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.
Aug
17
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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
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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
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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.