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Apr
13
comment Ok to roof-over in the rain?
I have no idea if rain would hurt the roofing process (hopefully someone else can provide insight) but be careful of the safety implications: surfaces may be slippery when wet and of course you want to avoid lightning.
Apr
13
comment Do I need a header for an egress window?
Do not make assumptions about your house's structure based on your neighbors, even if they look similar. There may be differences you can't see (different rebar, different foundation, etc.). It is not uncommon for houses in a development to have minor differences, especially in the basement/foundation.
Apr
13
comment Woodworking routers
See also: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/27513/…
Apr
10
comment How many circuits are recommended for this basement game room remodel?
@NeuromancerNoob: FYI the difference in price between 12ga and 14ga is not that great, you're probably talking about ~$10 difference for a job like this (maybe a little more if you have to pick up a new box of wire nuts).
Apr
8
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Apr
8
comment What size Screw/Nail should I use for a 6 lb painting in drywall?
I guess you guys are more confidant than I am! Here's a warning from a Home Depot picture hook: "Weight ratings are based on hangers nailed into studs and are for comparative purposes only, choose a weight rating that greatly exceeds the object to be hung".
Apr
8
comment What size Screw/Nail should I use for a 6 lb painting in drywall?
I agree that a picture hook is adequate, although I'm always a little dubious of the weight ratings. I would probably opt for a 2- or 3-nail version over the smallest.
Apr
8
comment How is it possible to get an electric shock even with mains power off?
+1. This is why a non-contact voltage tester or multimeter should always be used to verify assumptions.
Apr
3
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Apr
3
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Apr
3
revised Why would two circuit breakers be connected inside the service panel?
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Apr
3
comment Why would two circuit breakers be connected inside the service panel?
Someone had a lot of guts to open up the breaker panel and pull a stunt like this. I agree, a careful inspection of the house's wiring is in order.
Apr
3
answered Why would two circuit breakers be connected inside the service panel?
Apr
3
answered What type of hose should be used when flushing a water heater?
Mar
29
comment How do I make my gas oven produce less carbon monoxide?
I agree, this procedure for testing sounds very non-specific. Another possible variant: the size of the vent on different ovens may allow more or less ambient air to mix with the exhaust, which would change the PPM reading.
Mar
29
comment How do I make my gas oven produce less carbon monoxide?
I don't know anything about adjusting ovens, but: are you sure this is worth pursuing? If 10 PPM is "the best," what is typical? What was the level in the rest of the kitchen (which is really the value that matters)? I agree with @SomeGuy, this seems like a casual test procedure. I would get a CO detector and keep an eye on it. If you get one with a digital readout it will tell you the PPM in the air. I'm surprised the CO specialist did not seem to have anything helpful to say about the result.
Mar
26
comment Would it be entirely crazy to cover my lawn with solar panels?
@keshlam: The reason panels face south is not to catch the morning (or evening) light, it's to optimally catch the midday light. There's virtually no usable sunlight in the morning; it's all about the peak hours. If the array isn't pointed directly south during peak hours the efficiency goes down.
Mar
26
answered Would it be entirely crazy to cover my lawn with solar panels?
Mar
24
answered How can I use a WeMo controller on a non-standard outlet?
Mar
23
comment Locating buried electrical cable/conduit in yard
If you're going to be doing landscaping work nearby this might be a good time to proactively locate the cable, as Ecnerwal describes. Then you can decide if it needs to be replaced or at least more properly identified. If you do locate the line, try to make a sketch and/or description so that next time you don't have to guess.