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Jan
31
comment How to block baseboard (water heated)?
The "special outlet" is called a GFCI. And yes, you want one within 6 feet of a wet area.
Jan
26
comment Microwave Door Twisted
Microwave leak detectors are cheap on eBay. But, "buy a new one" is the right answer. Microwaves are disposable goods.
Jan
26
comment How to block baseboard (water heated)?
It's probably aluminum, which won't let magnets stick.
Jan
26
comment How to block baseboard (water heated)?
Send them a picture of the towels stuffed in the baseboard.
Jan
23
comment What are the options for installing an outdoor outlet in new stucco (not retrofit)
The Raco 1RVX6 you mention will not form a watertight seal with the outlet cover. The sides are permeable to water, and the edge is not even. No good.
Jan
22
comment What is this thin metal wire in wall of 50s home?
Is it bare wire? Bare copper wire? Can you trace it any more? Take a better picture? What's the age of the house? Is the house knob & tube?
Jan
22
comment What Should I Use to Seal the Concrete Slab under the Joists?
@Laxmidi possibly leaking some air from the ductwork would help. Just ensure that any space has a way to vent, or a least one permeable side so it can slowly dry out.
Jan
21
comment How do I secure a copper pipe going through a wall?
This solution is also hard to caulk, so water does not get behind the stucco.
Jan
21
comment How best to cut & tie into cast iron pipe
Thanks. I borrowed a chain style pipe breaker from the local tool library, and despite the awkward position, the pipe snapped right off. Then I used a rubber boot (the type that goes outside the pipe). All good, thanks.
Jan
11
comment What's the proper way to flash an inside roofing corner, with self-stick membrane?
Tile roof actually.
Jan
5
comment Why do I have voltage on a plumbing ground strap, and is it dangerous?
@SQB presumably he's shivering in the dark, and his cell phone batteries are flat :-).
Jan
5
comment Why do I have voltage on a plumbing ground strap, and is it dangerous?
@Johnny bad wiring is, like, totally possible.
Jan
4
comment What's the proper way to flash an inside roofing corner, with self-stick membrane?
How is the tar paper or membrane folded and detailed? That layer does have a purpose related to condensation on the underside metal surface of the flashing.
Jan
4
comment Why do I have voltage on a plumbing ground strap, and is it dangerous?
@DanielGriscom the OP stated he cut the main breaker.
Jan
4
comment Why do I have voltage on a plumbing ground strap, and is it dangerous?
I agree the clamp probably looked like the above. But I'm not sure so sure it'a s ground. More likely as in my answer a neutral.
Jan
4
comment How to add additional kitchen circuits to fuse panel
Posting photos will help. Hopefully you don't actually mean "fuse box". Also the thickness of the existing wires matters.
Jan
4
comment How to add additional kitchen circuits to fuse panel
Pretty sure you can't connect anything new to a fuse box. And it's not a good idea. Keep your old knob & tube wiring, it's probably fine. But ditch the fuse box completely, turning it into a passive wiring cabinet protected by upstream breakers.
Jan
4
comment Should I drywall and/or insulate my garage wall?
+1 for the outlets. And for the other suggestions to mark the stud locations for later hanging of shelves.
Jan
4
comment My house has Exterior & Interior insulation. Would it be advisable to remove the internal?
This answer is misleading: there's a huge difference in internal and external insulation, when it comes to vapor barriers (and thus moisture, mold and rot).
Jan
4
comment What's the proper way to flash an inside roofing corner, with self-stick membrane?
Here I'm asking about the top of where a sloped roof meets the corner of a yet higher wall. The WRB is for redundancy (here it's a tile roof).