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comment what size wood to use for garage loft
20' clear span is quite long, you may have difficulty finding lumber in that size. Lots of garages have columns between the car bays. If you're worried about damage from cars, you could build a protective case around the posts.
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comment Is there any NEC code requirement for how far off the floor Category 5 wiring must be run?
I don't know about ADA requirements, but IMO receptacles & switches should be located as near as possible to where they will be used. If the network jack is going to be used for a computer under a desk, it should be there. If it's for a wall-mounted TV, it should be there.
Apr
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comment Is there anything that I need to look out for when buying an induction cooktop?
I think many electric ranges have glass tops now, not just induction ones. I've had one for a few years, the glass has never really concerned me.
Apr
11
answered 220v Grid Tie Inverter
Apr
7
comment Can I put my deep freezer on a hardwood floor?
+1. Also, chest freezers are extremely efficient and will take a long time to melt at all. A freezer should be able to go several hours without anything melting, maybe even a day if the freezer is full and the ambient temp isn't too high.
Apr
5
comment replacing 20 amp breaker which is the test breaker
The answer and comments below allude to this, but I'll be more direct: there is no "test breaker" in a breaker box. Some special-purpose breakers (GFCI and AFCI) have more sophisticated electronics to detect faults, and they usually have a "test" button so you can confirm they're working. Pressing the "test" button should trip the breaker. You often see the same feature on outlets in kitchens & bathrooms.
Apr
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answered circuit breaker issue
Apr
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comment Why do I have multiple voltages, power spikes, and other issues with my electric service?
@Paddydiver: I would say you have gone above and beyond your obligation as a tenant by identifying the likely cause of the problem. You can let your friend/landlord know that an electrician needs to fix the problem.
Apr
2
comment Single phase vs three phase commercial air-conditioning
The commercial nature of this question may make it off-topic for this DIY/home improvement site. The efficiency should be easy to compare with SEER ratings, right? Also, do all the tenants have 3-phase service?
Apr
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comment Why do I have multiple voltages, power spikes, and other issues with my electric service?
Withholding rent to pay for repairs should be a last-resort. In some locations it's legal but then also legal for the landlord to sue for unpaid rent.
Apr
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comment how do I build a 7 to 9 inch high water dam?
Are you using the terms "eaves" and "gutters" interchangeably? In the USA "gutters" are the channels that collect runoff water and "eaves" are the portion of a roof that overhangs the exterior wall.
Apr
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comment Will a spike protector work in reverse?
What kind of bulbs are you using? Do they dim or flash when the fridge kicks on? Do you have a multimeter to take min & max voltage readings from an outlet on that circuit?
Apr
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comment Will a spike protector work in reverse?
@Bryce: I'm not convinced the bulb problem is related to the fridge, and also I can't see how the fridge could cause a voltage surge. Dimmable LEDs are very good about compensating for unusual incoming voltages, since they convert triac dimmer waveforms into something usable by the DC diodes. (Non-dimmable LEDs might be a little more fragile in that respect.) Also, excellent LEDs can now be had for well under $10 in my area, which makes them a bargain in my mind.
Apr
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comment Best Technique to Achieve Perfect Cut-Outs in a 2x4
A router is definitely the way I would do this. Note that you need a flush-cutting bit (as shown in that photo) — the bearing portion goes against the template and the cutting edge goes against the wood to be trimmed.
Apr
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answered Will a spike protector work in reverse?
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comment How do I replace a wooden fence post that was set in concrete?
This sounds like quite an ordeal...
Mar
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answered Will the shiny and scratched appearance after sanding between coats go away after applying another coat of polyurethane?
Mar
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answered Mid 1800's house, gaps between planks in wood flooring, any fix?
Mar
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comment How do I stop lights from flashing when I turn on my table saw?
Also motors don't like the rough output of a UPS, unless you get a high-end sine wave one (and even a lot of those are more triangular than sine).