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answered Help identify oak color?
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comment How can you open the top part of a double-hung window when you are old and short?
Be careful. Many air conditioner installations lock the lower sash by screwing a brace into the upper sash. To free the upper sash, you may need to move the locking brace to the jamb (side panels) of the lower sash.
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revised Loud noise in the pipes when I turn off my hot water
form, typo
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comment Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?
You could try, briefly, but one bad outlet or multitap is unlikely to be the source of a whole house flickering. And voltage spikes are bad for electronic equipment. That's why they invented surge protectors.
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comment What to do about hot neutral in switch?
+1 And if the white wire is used as a switched hot, mark it as hot by putting a black stripe on it using a marker, or wrap a small black piece of tape around it, to avoid future confusion.
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comment Unplugging Alarm System
Most likely yes. But if you are talking about indoor motion detectors, they don't do anything until you already have an intruder on your property. How do they help? If you want an alarm system to frighten thieves, it is usually possible to remove the dial-out system and have a local only alarm. But you will now need a pro to put back together the sections you broke.
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answered Unplugging Alarm System
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comment Insulated radiator foil
@longneck To echo and expand on your comment, IF the foil facing is intact, and there is no sign of friable material that could be spread by the radiator's natural convection.
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comment Installed Ceiling Fan, Now Light Switch Not Working Properly
+1 Simple, elegant. (And I slap may forehead and say Doh!)
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comment Installed Ceiling Fan, Now Light Switch Not Working Properly
But where does that red one come from? Not from the left switch that only has black wires (which you think originally controlled the fixture - could you be mistaken about what it did before?)
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comment Installed Ceiling Fan, Now Light Switch Not Working Properly
What does the remote control module instructions say about which remote module wire wire to connect to the AC line in?
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comment Installed Ceiling Fan, Now Light Switch Not Working Properly
Red is hot, and probably switched. Green is ground. White is neutral. If the old fixture went on and off with the left switch, there has to be another junction somewhere since the left switch only has black wires. Also, it is unusual for a fan that is using one hot line to the remote control to use a red instead of a black. The fan instructions don't mention the remote unit. Is there a separate model number for that remote receiver unit?
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comment Create opening in existing wall
A drawing would help a lot.
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answered Installed Ceiling Fan, Now Light Switch Not Working Properly
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asked Why use AFCI receptacles rather than AFCI breakers?
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comment How to repair a microwave door with a broken spot weld
@wallyk There are all levels of skill when it comes to repairs, and many of our readers would have the ability to tackle this safely. But there are some things, if screwed up, have very dangerous consequences. Having a rank amateur handle a main electrical panel is a bad idea. While the risks of microwaves leaking are small. If there were a compromise of the door seals, there is a risk, albeit small, of a very bad exposure, especially with prolonged exposure near the device. It's hard to control for level of skill, pattern of use. Better safe than sorry. You are free to disagree and answer.
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comment What tools and techniques do I need to recreate this piece of furniture? (pic in description)
I think you need a Robbie the Robot.
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comment Running a new kitchen light circuit from a receptacle with a “traveller.”
The screws holding the red and black wires each have a small brass plate under them. Is there a brass tab connecting those two terminals (it may have been broken off)?
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comment Is there a better material than treated pine, for building tree houses?
Related post and answer discussing outdoor playsets here.