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comment What can I do if I need another gang in a junction box but there isn't space in the wall?
You could add a separate 1-gang box on the other side of the stud.
Oct
22
comment How do you hard wire a garbage disposal?
I don't know if it's relevant for you, but if your house has a septic system you should make sure it's properly sized for a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals add a significant load to a septic system.
Oct
20
answered What should I do with an unfinished parquet floor during a two-year rental?
Oct
20
revised Can fluorescent lamps work in low voltage grid?
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Oct
20
comment How to repair a crack along the grain in a solid block of wood from a single tree?
I can't tell from your description which way you propose attaching the steel stock, but I would not recommend affixing something perpendicular to the grain. Wood will shrink and swell with temperature and humidity, and fastening it to steel like that will just exacerbate the cracking.
Oct
19
answered Can fluorescent lamps work in low voltage grid?
Oct
14
comment Fire escape stairs leads right up to my window, how can I increase security?
Renter's insurance is surprisingly cheap (especially if you bundle it with car insurance) and probably a good idea even if you don't think you own nice stuff. In addition to covering the obvious things like burglary, they also typically include bike theft coverage, car break-ins, and liability insurance.
Oct
12
comment How can I add joists to an existing trussed ceiling?
If you're going to replace the ceiling with plywood, you probably don't need supports 12" O.C.; what are the proposed joists for? It sounds like your trusses are doing OK.
Oct
11
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Oct
9
comment 2 prong to 3 prong outlet help
@SpeedyPetey: Perhaps the use of grounded armored cable is regional; I've never seen it. But mostly I would be surprised if the wiring was already properly grounded all the way to the outlet but then had a 2-prong receptacle installed.
Oct
9
comment How do I wire a 240 Volt 500 Watt baseboard heater?
Make sure you know whether you're using a line-voltage thermostat (which will directly turn the power on and off) or a low-voltage thermostat (which controls power indirectly via a relay). The wiring is very different for the two types.
Oct
9
answered 2 prong to 3 prong outlet help
Oct
8
comment Window “brakes” - What are these things?
If the windows need substantial repair than replacements may be inevitable, but the return-on-investment for new windows is a tough sell. Old wood windows in decent shape + storm windows actually perform about as well as modern double-glazed ones.
Oct
7
comment Is it safe to use a 100 watt LED bulb in a 3-way lamp that specifies using incandescent bulbs only?
@diceless: The Home Depot near me has a few 3-way LED models in stock and more online. Also I see Amazon.com has a few as well. They're more expensive than "regular" bulbs but the prices seem to be coming down.
Oct
7
comment Is it safe to use a 100 watt LED bulb in a 3-way lamp that specifies using incandescent bulbs only?
@diceless: I don't know what the original poster purchased but there are actually 3-way LED bulbs.
Oct
3
comment Radon test results came back as 1.7 pCi/L, is it safe to exercise in my basement?
@DA01: It's true that the volume of air passing through your lungs is somewhat increased while you're exercising, but I don't think radon is actually absorbed so I'm not sure it matters. It's just the presence of of the substance in your lungs that's damaging.
Oct
3
answered Radon test results came back as 1.7 pCi/L, is it safe to exercise in my basement?
Sep
30
answered What size extension cord gauge would I need for a 12 amp electric mower if the cord is 250 feet long?
Sep
30
comment Should I have continuity between hot lug (at service in) and neutral bus with main breaker off?
How are you determining that there is continuity? If there were, that would be a dead short and your main service wires would quickly overheat and catch fire and/or blow a fuse at the street.
Sep
20
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