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comment upgrade to a 200 amp service, cable wiring sizes
@Learner: I really think you need to find someone who is familiar with the electrical supply in Ecuador, and apparently there isn't anyone on this site. It's not just a question of US standards being "better" or more stringent... the electric grid may be different. E.g. in the US, residential power is supplied from the meter with 3 wires: two hots and a neutral. Ground is provided by grounding rods installed at the building, not from the utility. But maybe Ecuador is different? Many countries only use 1 hot wire, not 2. And ground might be different?
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comment Electrical Wire
Is this standard THHN / THWN wiring for AC line voltage? Most heavy-gauge wiring (over 12 or so) is stranded but usually 7 or 19 strands, not many. Did you maybe get automotive wiring? Definitely make sure it's rated for household use. As Tester101 says, markings along the wire should help you identify it.
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answered How will concrete fill in?
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comment Garage door stops at a different place each time it closes
My opener has both up/down limits and up/down force adjustments... maybe the force is set too low, if you have such a setting?
Jul
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comment Garage door stops at a different place each time it closes
I agree that replacing the opener might be the most time- and cost-effective solution. I replaced one recently and it was actually pretty easy since I could reuse the brackets mounted to the door and ceiling. Probably took me about a hour.
Jul
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answered Was this a shear wall?
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comment What are my landlords required to provide me with?
...As for the stove, you are probably concerned with CO (carbon monoxide), not CO2 (carbon dioxide). Building codes are also adopted at the state level and may be further amended by county and city, so you will have to check those locations for stove requirements. However I am not aware of any general requirement for ventilation.
Jul
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comment What are my landlords required to provide me with?
This is really a legal question and you would be best served by reading up on landlord/tenant law in your area. If you are in the US that is typically state law, although cities may have additional laws. However as a general rule the landlord may charge you for actual and reasonable repair costs for damage exceeding "normal wear and tear". I would say cleaning the carpets would be considered normal wear and therefore not your problem, and paying to have them cleaned 3 times is not reasonable. Painting is a little trickier, I would say it depends on how dirty and how long you were there.
Jul
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comment upgrade to a 200 amp service, cable wiring sizes
Unless you know that the utility service is identical to the US (or another country), I think you should just talk to the utility company about how many conductors and what size. Even if there aren't formal building codes there will be local standards.
Jul
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comment Woodflooring protection needed near fireplace?
@KrisKrause: If it's a factory-made firebox you will need to find out the requirements from the manufacturer. They may be different than the IRC dimensions for masonry fireplaces. It's possible you won't need a hearth extension at all, in which case you can just do whatever you think looks good.
Jul
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comment Woodflooring protection needed near fireplace?
@KrisKrause: as long as you provide a hearth extension that meets the IRC (material, dimensions, thickness), you will be "up to code". That will require cutting away the hardwood floor. What other questions do you have?
Jul
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answered Woodflooring protection needed near fireplace?
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comment What are the small white ants in my apartment and how do I get rid of them?
According to wikipedia, termites are called "white ants" in Australia (though I have never heard that term used).
Jul
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comment Demolotion Saw has seized
Not that it helps your problem, but I always write in black marker "2-STROKE MIX" on the gas cap of any 2-stroke power tools. The labeling provided by the manufacturer, if any, is always insignificant. Especially with many hand-held gas equipment switching to 4-stroke engines the confusion is understandable.
Jul
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comment Damp carpet and pad in two areas of basement
Have you made any changes to the gutters / water drainage on your property? Any major landscaping? Any new construction nearby?
Jul
20
comment How can I make a 240 volt 4 wire to 3 wire extension/adapter cord?
Note that the chart @ThreePhaseEel posted shows the receptacle layout—the plug on the appliance will have the opposite configuration.
Jul
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answered Is the material encasing a steam heating system asbestos? How can i determine this?
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answered Is there any advantage to using a weather resistant GFCI in a bathroom?