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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.
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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?
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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.
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revised How do you reduce floor sound transmission?
add names of and links to products
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answered Any difference for a pressure-assisted toilet?
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revised How much should it cost to add a circuit breaker?
sump pump may require gfci per nec 2008 edition; formatting changes
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comment How much should it cost to add a circuit breaker?
I may be incorrect. The NEC 2008 edition now applies in my jurisdiction, and one of the books I'm reading says that all unfinished basement receptacles must have GFCI protection, without exception (2008 code change). I'm going to try to find the section in the actual NEC, which can be read for free if you sign up at nfpa.org (but there's no search or printing). So it definitely depends on your local regulations.
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answered Do I need a cordless screwdriver if I own a cordless drill?