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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
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.