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May
15
comment GFCI outlet hot when nothing's plugged into it
Zero current will register through the socket. To measure the GFCI's internal use with a Kill-A-Watt would be hard (it can only measure small currents over a long time average). Better is to take out the GFCI, place an meter inline to the hot lead, then use an Ohm's law calculator to get Watts. Any common volt/amp meter can do this, set to AC Amps.
May
15
answered GFCI outlet hot when nothing's plugged into it
May
15
comment How can I find where the dryer vent is broken or clogged?
A professional should have been able to tell the difference between clogged and pulled apart. Also keep in mind if your vent needs cleaning, chances are all the other units need it also. Perhaps the HOA can hire real professionals to do them all, justifying it as lowering fire risk.
May
13
awarded  Tumbleweed
May
13
revised How close is too close, when digging below foundation level?
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May
12
asked How close is too close, when digging below foundation level?
May
10
awarded  Notable Question
May
7
comment Can I remove this truss cross-bracing?
A good start is to see if it's under tension, or just kind of hanging out. Check if it's securely nailed. What's the shape of your roof: those angles look crazy.
May
6
asked How to control mosquito breeding in outdoor sump wells
May
6
comment Tracing elctrical outlets that suddenly stopped working.
The outdoor outlet SHOULD be a GFCI outlet (with a button), or protected by a GFCI upstream.
May
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Tracing elctrical outlets that suddenly stopped working.
May
4
revised Do I need to install a sump pump?
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May
4
comment Do I need to install a sump pump?
Berkeley has clay soils and often high water tables. Dig a hole to find your local water table. But given that you have rain based event, you likely have a surface water contribution to the issue.
May
4
answered Do I need to install a sump pump?
May
4
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do I patch a large hole in plaster and lath?
May
4
answered How do I patch a large hole in plaster and lath?
Apr
27
comment NM-B insulation repair?
Not really a big deal. The plastic clamps suck anyway, and I have been known to sand off the sharp edges so they don't knick my cables.
Apr
27
comment NM-B insulation repair?
@RyanV.Bissell the blue plastic tab in the photo is the box's clamp. You're not meant to fully remove the tab, instead thread the wire through and the spring action of the tab is the clamp.
Apr
26
comment Replacing Exterior Back Door
Post a photo? Climate? Siding type?
Apr
26
revised Replacing Exterior Back Door
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