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answered Efficient way to test smoke detectors
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accepted Proper backfill for a trench dug below foundation level (within the 45 degree cone of support)
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comment Moving a light switch without moving it
@wallyk X10 works less well these days, due to inability to reject interference from other devices. X10's was good in the day, it's days are past.
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comment Moving a light switch without moving it
@Paul X10 is slow, unreliable, the main vendor has gone bankrupt, any noise on the line makes it unreliable. The neutral issue has to do with a current path through the bulb (not ground, I'll fix that).
Jul
10
comment Can I save energy costs by turning off the refrigerator for 1-2 hours every day?
This "idea" does not save electricity, it saves "money".
Jul
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comment Why energy saving bulb flashes when the switch is off?
It's likely related to the switch: what kind of switch? Can you post a photo? Age of home? Location?
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Jul
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answered Moving a light switch without moving it
Jul
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comment Proper backfill for a trench dug below foundation level (within the 45 degree cone of support)
I've seen clay compacted as a slurry: e.g. mud. Layer after layer of damp dirt.
Jul
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awarded  Popular Question
Jul
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asked Proper backfill for a trench dug below foundation level (within the 45 degree cone of support)
Jul
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comment Moving a light switch without moving it
Is the landlord involved, or are you restricted to a screw-in solution? The options open up widely if you can change out the existing switch.
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Jul
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answered How can I fix chewed through wires?
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comment How can I fix chewed through wires?
Note that while 6 foot/2 meter is the standard length for computer cords, you can get shorter or longer. I like getting 2 foot cords to reduce cable clutter when possible.
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revised How can I fix chewed through wires?
Adding "wiring" tag. Improve layout of question. Remove fragile product link.
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comment How to fix cracks in lath and plaster?
Check for plaster repair kits in the answers. You have to do it right, then it stays repaired.