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Apr
13
comment How can I create low-cost, fire resistant, hidden in-wall storage?
Whatever your solution. You do get fire retardant sheet rock. Its designed to be non combustible for upto 45 mins in fire situations. Just something to top of your build to decrease chances of it going up in flames.
Apr
13
comment How can I electrically test an RJ45 plug?
It would be very unlikely that a connection for routers would have PoE (Power over Ethernet) connected to them that standard is designed for example to run ip cameras that require power as well as data and telemetry. Some of the cheaper meters wont test for that per se they just check for cable continuity between ends.
Apr
8
comment Is this gas line not suitable for direct burial?
I think as per the Community Bulletin regarding a similar question (meta.diy.stackexchange.com/questions/778/…) This questions user should contact the local municipality to answer their quesion. While we try to offer our experience and knowledge this question has safety implications that i think probably should be answered by the municipal/state as per building code in that area.
Apr
7
comment Is this gas line not suitable for direct burial?
I have reviewed the latest copy of Florida building codes, There seems to be some caveats that aren't fully explained in the document specifically what the standards that they specify it must conform to actually are. My initial analysis maybe incorrect, You really need to read it for yourself. If your interested in reading about it you need only look up; 2007 Florida Building Code, Fuel Gas SECTION 403 (IFGS) PIPING MATERIALS www2.iccsafe.org/states/Florida2007FinalDraft/fuel_gas/PDFs/…
Apr
7
comment Is this gas line not suitable for direct burial?
Every states building codes are different. Florida has some weird plumbing style codes. I am assuming the user is in Florida as his profile says so. In which case Florida building code stipulates you may only use polyethylene (PE) normally black or copper. The reason for no allowance on galvanised steel is that the zinc coating reacts with the gas and causes it to flake off! Copper does oxidize however that is technically not rust. Preferably you would always use polyethylene!
Apr
2
comment Do z-wave products suffer any limitations in the UK because of radio limits?
Im pretty sure normal users can no longer amend Wikipedia articles due to continuous negative alterations. I have read that a few times but I have never tried
Sep
20
comment Why are “Wire Nuts” not used in the UK?
Something that seems to be frequently missed is that the UK employs ring circuits in most situations when dealing with sockets and outlets rather than radials/spurs. This type of wiring essentially rids itself of wire splicing. Wire splicing is not such a common feature in UK wiring and i have seen cable splicing as a frowned upon as an installation method. If cables do need to be connected together they either use specific joint boxes or they use mostly Connector strips which are essentially blocks of joined screw terminals.
Aug
5
comment How Do I Plan for an Intrusion Detection System?
Best not to use cat6 or any other solid conductor cable. Use screened braided cable in alarm systems it can make a big difference.
Jul
9
comment Can I power my air conditioning with solar energy?
If you do use batteries at all the best type to use are marine batteries they are designed to last 10-15 years. They are not as cheap for obvious reasons however if you are continually replacing parts its really a false economy
Jun
6
comment Is there a device that will allow a bathroom fan to run for 5 minutes after it is switched off?
Well while I was originally from the U.K I have lived in Massachusetts for 7 years and the above is still common here. It was the standard back home also. As for been cost effective the above method does not require a separate or additional switch/controller it works of a standard light fitting thus your only purchase is the fan which has the electronic timer built in. But all in all it's just semantics. They do the same job
Jun
6
comment Is there a device that will allow a bathroom fan to run for 5 minutes after it is switched off?
Odd I see them in all domestics. Guess thats a regional thing. As for the power issue, Fans have a L1, L2, N connections. They take a neutral and a live from the lighting circuit and the light switch switches the L2 connection therefore the fan has power after the switch is turned off but it starts the timer. that is also why you need a triple pole isolator to make it safe if working on.
May
14
comment Sound deadening in a small (~5x6) room with a glass wall
We coated the entire walls and roof and laid down a thick carpet. After trying a decibel meter afterwards the noise level that penetrated the wall dropped from 80dB to 15dB. I should point out that our research turned up that awkward shapes in the room actually help reduce the sound level also. So if you happen to have a "L" shape room or some other feature, It helps it distort the sound wave coupled with the foam/carpet it absorbs the patterns rather than amplifying them.
May
10
comment How to replace a single light switch with an electric dimmer switch
Also do not use the "S" terminal its designed for connecting a like for like dimmer switch as a slave unit.
May
10
comment How to replace a single light switch with an electric dimmer switch
You could in theory use both switches side by side. Link the incoming live feed to the "L" terminal and to the "Supply L" of the normal switch. Then put only your light "Switch Wire" into the Variable terminal on the dimmer switch. You can then put the "Switch Wire" of the fan into the "Load L" side of the normal switch. This will work but its not ideal your fan will no longer come on when you switch on the light it will only operate on operating the old switch. And as the user says above do not connect the fan through the dimmer.
May
10
comment What is the standard range hood clearance?
Thank me with an upvote :)
May
4
comment What is a good way to humidify a (temporarily) vacant desert home?
Why would you wish to humidify the house when your not there?
Apr
27
comment Would wrapping a wood fence post in plastic help protect it?
A valid point however the toxic variety of creosote was coal tar creosote but it has been superseded with wood creosote which is very much less toxic and you now get a water/gas formulations which are meant to be non toxic.
Apr
27
comment Would wrapping a wood fence post in plastic help protect it?
Also remember to pack and compact it. because the wiggle room in the bottom is amplified the further towards the top of the post you get. water expands the post and then it contracts in the dry. Water is public enemy number one.
Apr
4
comment How to fix a hole in the wall of a plastic shower/bathtub?
That is correct
Mar
31
comment What's the suggested standard gauge wire for a given current?
The user does dot specify the reason for the question nor does the user even specify it is for wiring a home. I wanted to supply him with essentially what he was asking for and making a point that the question is hard to consolidate when the regulations have a large set of possible answers.