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I'm a scientist in Colorado. I bought my first house, a 1950s ranch-style house, in February 2012.


Oct
17
comment What is the proper way to pass NM cable through drywall above ceiling level?
@Tester101 the OSB is roof sheathing; there is not a top plate at that location. This is the bizarre and probably incorrectly made joint between two additions, viewed from the side of the newer addition.
Oct
17
comment What is the proper way to pass NM cable through drywall above ceiling level?
@keshlam it just looks sloppy, I guess, and like the cable is pinched.
Oct
16
awarded  Notable Question
Oct
16
comment What is the proper way to pass NM cable through drywall above ceiling level?
@SpeedyPetey I updated the question and added a photo. What do you think?
Oct
16
revised What is the proper way to pass NM cable through drywall above ceiling level?
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Oct
14
asked What is the proper way to pass NM cable through drywall above ceiling level?
Sep
26
awarded  Revival
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
25
comment Why do I have a green light on my GFCI but the outlet will not come on?
I have some GFCI receptacles where the light means everything's okay and some where it means there's a problem.
Aug
10
awarded  Notable Question
Aug
6
answered Do I need to close the windows and doors in the entire house when doing a radon test?
Aug
5
comment How can I protect my fingers while using a band saw?
Having been subjected to this awful game, I feel the need to point out that the answers so far seem to be focused on the square game pieces but the question is about safely cutting out the tiny figurines atop them in the photo.
Jul
24
comment How to repair a giant hole in plaster over drywall (maybe ?)
I have the same bizarre wall construction in my 1955 house. It's plaster on gypsum lath, which was sold under the trade name Rocklath. It's like drywall, but comes in much smaller sheets (see the seam in your second photo) and is full of holes.
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
26
awarded  Popular Question
Jun
3
comment What type of switch is this?
PA66 identifies that the switch is made of polyamide (nylon) 6-6, so probably isn't necessary to uniquely identify the part.
Jun
2
comment Would a radiant barrier help stop this heat transfer?
Aluminum has quite a low emissivity and high reflectivity in IR, so the camera will not tell you it's actual surface temperature unless it is taking these into account. You can test it by putting a piece of aluminum tape on a glass window: the tape will quickly be the same temperature as the glass, but will look much cooler.
Jun
2
comment When there are multiple circuits in a junction box do all grounds get connected
Ordinary wire nuts are acceptable for joining ground conductors: NEC 250.8(A) "Equipment grounding conductors... shall be connected by one of the following means: (1) Listed pressure connectors..."
May
28
accepted How can I remove this tile window stool without compromising the installation of the vinyl window?
May
26
comment In IKEA kitchen marketing, what does 'kvm' mean?
It stands for kvadratmeter.