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Apr
1
comment Copper tubing for refrigerator
If the tube is bent again, it will bend in the same spot. Use care, or stiffen that area somehow to protect it.
Apr
1
comment How can I repair a towel bar with one end ripped out of the wall?
Keep in mind many a landlord would rather be told, than have a bad DIY repair made. I'd rather be told, than have a tenant make an amateur repair that may fail if a future tenant grabs the bar to arrest a fall.
Apr
1
comment Copper tubing for refrigerator
Don't worry about it. As long as the icemaker still functions you're good.
Apr
1
comment Will a spike protector work in reverse?
I'm sure the fridge IS a problem, why not eliminate it first.
Apr
1
comment Will a spike protector work in reverse?
The expensive LED's might be damaged by whatever is wrong with this circuit. Replace the fridge first!
Mar
31
comment What would cause lack of Oxygen in cellar
Your local Fire Department might be equipped, and willing, to test that basement for CO/Methane and perhaps Radon. Either way, you should be checking until you find why. As above, don't enter the basement without a helper above. Start DIY by tossing one of your battery powered CO detectors down.
Mar
30
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
@Tester101 true: I do prefer soldered connections over wire nuts, and a system that's robust against wayward screws and nails.
Mar
29
comment AFCI keeps tripping after power outage
There's no proof here that load is at zero, just an OP statement that everything was unplugged. Something could have been missed.
Mar
29
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
@JustinK I recommend running new circuits back to the breaker box: don't splice to old K&T, even in a box. Just chop bits of the K&T hydra off, making it smaller and smaller over time.
Mar
29
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
Any K&T run inside those walls should be cut back to a K&T junction. A new circuit should come from the breaker box to serve those loads. K&T deterioration is no big deal, except at metal junction boxes.
Mar
28
comment AFCI keeps tripping after power outage
What model AFCI? Does it have indicator lights to narrow down the cause?
Mar
28
comment What is “knob and tube wiring”?
See also diy.stackexchange.com/questions/20/…
Mar
28
comment Is there an NEC-compliant method of repairing minor damage to electrical wire insulation without a junction box?
Electrically the butt splice is not as good as solid copper wire. Here's a case where meeting the letter of code does not necessarily produce a superior work product. Your best option as people have said is take photos, patch it well with tape, and tell it to the judge (the city inspector).
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?