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Mar
28
comment Is there an NEC-compliant method of repairing minor damage to electrical wire insulation without a junction box?
The AJH (inspector) has the final say. Their job is exactly to mandate reasonable solutions in the "real world", even for topics not directly covered by the NEC. If your inspector passes the patch it's compliant.
Mar
28
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
That said, while walls are open, it's so cheap and easy to replace the wiring, that you should do it.
Mar
27
comment Can these locks be rekeyed to the same key?
The true question is: can I purchase new lock cylinders that match, for the given three locks?
Mar
27
comment 30amp dryer on a 50amp breaker?
From what I can see you're better off with a 30 amp breaker. The NEMA 14-30R plug/socket you have is 30 amp and you want the weakest link in your circuit to be the breaker.
Mar
26
comment I have paint over unsanded drywall compound. What is the best way to fix it?
Two coats of paint, or one of primer, one of paint? It's an important distinction.
Mar
25
comment Does my crawl space need venting
What's your climate?
Mar
20
comment Can I use aluminum or plastic sheeting between decking and joists to waterproof under a deck?
A roof deck, waterproof from the start, is a great way to go. Why are you leaning toward this less proven/problematic solution?
Mar
20
comment old 230 volt transformer style arc welder on an old square d 125 amp panel
The "damage to electronics" would be from spikes, not an overcurrent trip. A 250 amp service won't change that.
Mar
20
comment old 230 volt transformer style arc welder on an old square d 125 amp panel
What plug is on the end? Are there two? Is there a rating plate where the cords enter the unit? Look up the plug type at the Digital Museum of Plugs and Sockets.
Mar
20
comment old 230 volt transformer style arc welder on an old square d 125 amp panel
A whole house surge protector can help here. And nothing says the dryer/water heater need to be on when welding.
Mar
20
comment old 230 volt transformer style arc welder on an old square d 125 amp panel
Your S.D.LEE welder was probably a private label built by the Century company (Century was a pioneer in infinite amp control, as the welder advertises on the face). That may help you find more information. A detail photo of the power connector(s) would help also. Electrical work will require the approval of your landlord, at the minimum. Oh, and a little google work shows: Century was purchased in 2003 by Lincoln Electric lincolnelectric.com/en-us/company/Pages/company-history.aspx
Mar
19
comment Inside of Washing Machine smells horrible. How to fix?
Tip: you can't even see the real nasties, which are between the inner and outer drum, and in the drain tube.
Mar
18
comment Sand dribbling out under baseboard. What could cause this?
I have the Great Stuff Pro 14 Foam-Dispensing Gun. Way better than the insta-clog cans.
Mar
16
comment Should I be able to just peel tile off the wall by hand if it is installed right?
Look at the voids and gaps in the thinset. Lots of crazy places for interesting moisture behavior.
Mar
16
comment Should I be able to just peel tile off the wall by hand if it is installed right?
Agreed with the sentiment above: this job is hopeless: there are extensive flaws.
Mar
16
comment NM-B insulation repair?
Metal or plastic? Plastic j boxes have plastic clamps. For metal j boxes there's either a clamp built in, or you're meant to buy knockout clamps in the right size. The staple outside is required, but does not count as a clamp. Post photos.
Mar
16
comment Is it against code to splice wires inside of the load center?
See nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/free-access
Mar
15
comment NM-B insulation repair?
See nfpa.org/freeaccess (For NFPA 70). The insulation does indeed need to reach past the clamp into each box.
Mar
15
comment Should I be able to just peel tile off the wall by hand if it is installed right?
According to the TCA Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation: the cure period can fluctuate from 14 days to over 60 days, depending on the geographic location, the climatic conditions, and whether the installation is interior or exterior. But really the entire job has to come out, it has multiple flaws.
Mar
14
comment How to determine what caused this “crack” on the wall?
Could it have caused it: yes. Was it their "fault": no. Moderate hammering would not itself be enough unless the original install was weak.