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comment How do I determine where lead paint was used?
Let's just be clear that quite a number of builders and repairmen stocked up on the "good stuff", e.g. soon to be banned lead paint, which may have ended up in houses built after 1978. 1978 is not in fact a fully magic cutoff date for danger.
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comment Can I replace an outlet that uses knob and tube wiring with a grounded outlet?
The GFCI solves the "three prong plug" problem without a ground plug. One reason you might want a real ground is if you have computers plugged in, and want maximal protection from a surge protector.
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revised Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?
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comment How can I replace a tilt up garage door, with near zero clearance, low overhead?
Seems to be a pain to weatherstrip.
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comment How can I replace a tilt up garage door, with near zero clearance, low overhead?
See also normstahl.com/en/products/one-piece-doors/technology.html
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comment Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?
And if it's asbestos, best policy is to leave it in place. Moving it, even with care, has been shown to increase the number of fibers in the air.
Mar
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comment Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?
I slip new loom over the top of the old brittle wire. Or, modern heat shrink, and don't have to splice anything. The salvage places (Ohmega and Urban Ore near San Francisco) have the tubes.
Mar
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comment Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?
80 years is nothing to copper. 80 year old copper is fine. And the 80 year old wood in the same house is probably better than modern wood. The wire used in knob & tube is generally 14 or 12 gauge, same as modern wire, except spaced better.