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Mar
31
comment how do i get power to my dual switch without being controlled by the main light swich?
It sounds like you had three way switches by the door and toilet and you have replaced one of them with a pair of single pole switches. There are a number of wiring possibilites. Can you show us a picture of each of the switch boxes as currently installed?
Mar
31
answered How do I get my recessed light fixture flush?
Mar
30
comment window sash lock broken
A picture would help.
Mar
29
comment What type of bolt should I use to maintain a movable joint?
You also want washers between the two pieces of wood that rotate against one another. Two if they will fit.Also, if exposed to weather (especially dampness) consider stainless steel.
Mar
29
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
The only downside is that handling K&T often leads to further deterioration of the insulation on the parts that are left.
Mar
29
revised Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
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Mar
28
comment Can I replace 3-way switches with 4-way switches?
Looks good and has addt'l helpful info. Deleted orig comments because they might confuse.
Mar
27
revised Can I replace 3-way switches with 4-way switches?
alternate illustration provided
Mar
27
comment Can these locks be rekeyed to the same key?
@Jack Why not make this an answer?
Mar
26
comment Risks of buying vacant lot for new home construction with existing but unused septic system?
The biggest risk is that it doesn't meet current standards or code. Be sure to check with your local building authority.
Mar
7
comment How do I know if my wood front door's finish is weather proof?
Really nice door.
Mar
7
comment Trying to secure a 100lbs floor mirror so it doesn't tilt over. is it possible to do this without a stud?
@shirlockhomes The version that just spreads leaves me a little wary since they are similar to the old plastic anchors. But there is a twist in version that pushes a pivoting bar horizontal that looks like the best of both worlds. I'll have to try that on my next project.
Mar
7
comment Trying to secure a 100lbs floor mirror so it doesn't tilt over. is it possible to do this without a stud?
@shirlockhomes I agree that the new strap toggles call for mor surgery if you want to fully remove them, but I have never had them spin inside (like the old toggles sometimes did. The bolts go up to 1/4 (again, much heftier than the old style). I like corkscrews when the load is shear, but not when its tension - pulling outward - as this application contemplates.
Mar
6
comment How to determine what caused this crack on the wall?
In general, drywall cracks are limited to the 4x8 panel involved and do not spread. The only thing that could affect people above and below are major building issues that you cannot control. Call management. They will either take responsibility with a structural problem or tell you its cosmetic and put your mind at ease.
Mar
6
comment How to determine what caused this crack on the wall?
Impossible to say for sure. You should report it to building management and have them inspect it. Structural can range from minor to serious, but a wall falling off is rare.
Mar
6
comment How to determine what caused this crack on the wall?
It looks like a crack in the seam between two pieces of drywall. This is not very unusual and, by itself, is not an indication of serious structural damage. However, if there were structural damage,it might first appear this way. Is there any sign of cracking or shifting on the outside of this wall?
Mar
6
comment Trying to secure a 100lbs floor mirror so it doesn't tilt over. is it possible to do this without a stud?
@Tester101 ... worth a thousand words!
Mar
6
comment Can I use a transformer to power a thermostat?
The Nest batteries are charged by the power from the furmace control system, generally 24V. Nest has a free service that will check wire compatibility and walk you through the wire connection.
Mar
6
answered Trying to secure a 100lbs floor mirror so it doesn't tilt over. is it possible to do this without a stud?
Mar
5
revised How do sound-dampening drywall clips affect the ability to hang objects on the wall?
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