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Jul
28
comment Does PEX leach BPA when used for hot water plumbing?
As an owner of an instant (tankless) heater, on copper piping, I feel perfectly safe drinking hot tap water.
Jul
24
comment Does XPS+OSB subfloor need to be anchored?
A year later: the floor is fine.
Jul
24
comment What is this velcro-like product?
There are releasable cable ties on the market, but Panduit has the patent, and they ask a lot of money for them.
Jul
14
comment Moving a light switch without moving it
@wallyk X10 works less well these days, due to inability to reject interference from other devices. X10's was good in the day, it's days are past.
Jul
11
comment Moving a light switch without moving it
@Paul X10 is slow, unreliable, the main vendor has gone bankrupt, any noise on the line makes it unreliable. The neutral issue has to do with a current path through the bulb (not ground, I'll fix that).
Jul
10
comment Can I save energy costs by turning off the refrigerator for 1-2 hours every day?
This "idea" does not save electricity, it saves "money".
Jul
10
comment Why energy saving bulb flashes when the switch is off?
It's likely related to the switch: what kind of switch? Can you post a photo? Age of home? Location?
Jul
10
comment Proper backfill for a trench dug below foundation level (within the 45 degree cone of support)
I've seen clay compacted as a slurry: e.g. mud. Layer after layer of damp dirt.
Jul
9
comment Moving a light switch without moving it
Is the landlord involved, or are you restricted to a screw-in solution? The options open up widely if you can change out the existing switch.
Jul
1
comment How can I fix chewed through wires?
Note that while 6 foot/2 meter is the standard length for computer cords, you can get shorter or longer. I like getting 2 foot cords to reduce cable clutter when possible.
Jul
1
comment How to fix cracks in lath and plaster?
Check for plaster repair kits in the answers. You have to do it right, then it stays repaired.
Jul
1
comment How to fix cracks in lath and plaster?
The plaster magic stuff WORKS GREAT. You can roll your own version also, but the official stuff is nice.
Jun
19
comment Would putting a sprinkler on my roof help cool my home?
Where's your A/C unit located?
Jun
16
comment How can I install a fence on top of this wall?
They grow fast. Thread a few vines through to get started.
Jun
16
comment Voltage fluctuations and GFCI ripping drivng me crazy
Age of wiring, location, would help.
Jun
16
comment How do I remove a 3-way switch?
Abandoning a traveler in the wall is OK: he has access to both sides. There's not enough detail in the question to really outline the options. The OP has not come back, so there's little incentive to give a full answer.
Jun
15
comment What to do about a damaged stipple ceiling?
Wait for the asbestos results before bothering to make any plans.
Jun
11
comment Why are my dimmer switches malfunctioning?
With the power OFF.
May
25
comment Unused electrical duplex box, soon to be hidden behind a bookcase?
@zipit updated answer above.
May
25
comment Unused electrical duplex box, soon to be hidden behind a bookcase?
@zipzit the code body must get revenue. It's one of many reasons I don't overly quote the NEC. That said they do offer crippled free access. If you want to search the code you have to pay.