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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 tripping 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.
May
20
comment Can I wire a Bathroom Fan to two Switches in Parallel?
This answer misses the point: he wants to hook the other switch to a furnace.
May
20
comment Can I wire a Bathroom Fan to two Switches in Parallel?
The OMRON G2R-1A-T-AC24 seems fine. 24VAC relay. Can switch up to 7 amps inductive (you get an inductive kick from the motor). The Coil VA Rating gives you a hint at how hot the thing will get in your box (this is an AC only coil, it will burn up if fed DC).
May
19
comment How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?
Everything is dry. Cement is Oatey #30756 and #31013. My more recent joints have been OK, but I've been much more careful, especially with deburring obsessively.
May
16
comment Why is there tar leaking into my attic?
It's sap. Not a concern.
May
15
comment How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?
The purple primer/solvent instructions state they want a thick coat, no holidays, go over it twice. I'll try less solvent. Post primer I'm at 30 seconds before the joint is done.
May
15
comment How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?
Answers above. The cutter is a big box special: a miserable tool not worth the low price. The cuts are clean though not particularly square.