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Mar
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comment How should I run power wiring and Cat-5 to the perimeter of my huge yard?
You should also keep the two runs at least a foot apart (I'd go for 2 feet) to cut down on EM interference from the higher voltage line. Don't put them right next to each other if you can help it.
Mar
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comment Can I fully load multiple breakers (rooms) in my apartment?
Your box may be rated for 125A, but it should have a main breaker in it that is probably rated for less than that. Incoming circuits are usually multiples of 100 these days (at least from the outside). If your building is really old, or if it has many individual units sharing a lot of common utility loads (such as shared laundry), it could be as low as 60 in an efficiency. Also, extension cords are a bad idea for fixed loads. If you need separate circuits to power devices to connect them to one computer, do the safe thing and spend $50 on Raspberry Pis to talk to each device.
Sep
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comment How do I connect my new chandelier?
feetwet's answer is the most likely scenario, but I'm a bit worried about cable #2- it's 14/3 or 12/3, but only the black is hot? What is the red wire doing? Is this a relatively new house? I believe the NEC now requires an extra conductor for all lighting circuits, or maybe the red wire is for signal to interconnected smoke detectors. If this is an old house, I can't think of another reason to have an unpowered red wire sitting there, unless the cable is fed from a different switch box that was intended to have 2 switches for light+fan, but they were relocated to the current box...
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comment What are the differences in the wiring standards between the USA and the UK?
I have a few corrections to this. 1) The neutral wire is sometimes allowed to be smaller on a multiwire circuit whose wires are on opposite legs in the panel, since current going in one hot is going out the other at the same time, the neutral sees much less current going through it. 2) The ground wire now has to be at least as large as the hot and neutral- it has to be able to carry enough current to trip the breaker before starting a fire if there's a short to ground. 3) The neutral is NEVER to be used as a ground wire. It defeats the whole purpose.
Aug
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answered What's the best way of replacing a plug or switch in a house with aluminum wiring?
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answered What are some pros, cons and recommendations for multicables?
Aug
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comment What can I use to hang a frameless mirror?
There are non-spring loaded clips as well. Generally they're just tiny clear plastic L-brackets with a screw hole in them. They're probably not very strong, so you'd want to use a lot of them. There are more durable options, like this stuff...
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comment Old light fixture box
Not receptacle- box. I was confused by that at first...
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comment Can you do electrical work yourself in the UK?
Part of the problem was people burning down their neighbors' houses when theirs went up from shoddy electrical work.
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comment How do you reduce floor sound transmission?
I've edited my answer to add links to a couple of products. I'm not sure if I have the right sound isolation clips, but Holmes was definitely using QuietRock on the walls.
Aug
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revised How do you reduce floor sound transmission?
add names of and links to products
Aug
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answered Any difference for a pressure-assisted toilet?