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comment How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?
In this case, the technician mixed the concrete powder in a small tin, and used a putty knife to put it in.
Aug
26
comment Proper boxe for surface mounting GFCI outlet for a garage/utility space?
@SpeedyPetey can you picture that, for a GFCI (since there's no center screw)?
Aug
26
comment Proper boxe for surface mounting GFCI outlet for a garage/utility space?
@SpeedyPetey by fixture I mean outlet in this case. Could you diagram what hardware is needed to attach the outlet fixture to the faceplate (since it's different from a conventional old work box).
Aug
26
comment Does big current draw make GFCI outlets go bad?
If it was backstab, that's your problem.
Aug
26
comment Proper boxe for surface mounting GFCI outlet for a garage/utility space?
@AloysiusDefenestrate for your solution, is there a non-wet location cover available for a 4 gang outdoor box?
Aug
26
comment Proper boxe for surface mounting GFCI outlet for a garage/utility space?
How are the ears of the fixture mounted for the rounded cover?
Aug
25
comment Should there be a cap next to my furnace ac drain?
What's the make/model? What does the user manual say?
Aug
25
comment How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?
The plugs are concrete. He mixed concrete and troweled it in.
Aug
25
comment Is Ground plug replacement necessary?
How hot? Is it hotter than before the prong broke? It's normal for such cords and plugs to get warm in use.
Aug
22
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.
Aug
20
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.
May
10
comment How can I replace a tilt up garage door, with near zero clearance, low overhead?
Seems to be a pain to weatherstrip.
May
8
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
Mar
17
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
13
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
13
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.
Mar
4
comment Dryer vent passing through two wooden beams. Is it safe?
@Michal no need for fire caulk, regular old caulk is fine.
Mar
4
comment Stool sounds like foghorn!
What kind of stool has a waterline?
Feb
28
comment How to protect exterior galvanized flashing?
@mike, expensive because of need to tear out stucco, as the flashing goes under the stucco. Local bid is $100/foot for that.
Feb
17
comment What's the proper procedure for replacing ungrounded circuits?
@ThreePhaseEelm a GFCI will not protect downstream outlets if there are only two wires between the points.