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answered Ok to have junction box hidden behind recessed lighting?
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comment Can I cut a hole in the brick to install a through the wall air conditioner in a basement?
Serious structural issues. You need an architect or engineer to review.
Aug
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comment How do I install a ceiling light where one never existed?
+1 With the pancake, you may have to offset the box slightly so that its edge hangs over the side of the beam to allow room for the cable to enter the pancake. If the beam is a single 2 x something, this happens almost automatically. If it's doubled (2 - 2 x somethings), you will have to shift it slightly
Aug
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comment Bathroom light switch
+1 But note that the illustration is not for a switch but an outlet. It is meant to demonstrate the use of pigtails in general, not the wiring described in this particular question.
Aug
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comment How do change the wall switch for my ceiling fan from a variable fan/light combination to a single on/off switch?
Can you send us a picture of the remote unit and its make and model number?
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comment Shut down gas for heat boiler but did not shut down electricity
How did you shut down the boiler without using the switch?
Aug
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revised Leveling drywall patch
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Aug
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comment Why does this toilet valve have corrosion on it?
+1 Some plumbers send tempered water to toilets, a mix of cold and hot. The tempering valve is set once and left, often in a basement or crawl space. It does require having both hot and cold available, and does use a very small amount of power (to heat the hot water), but totally eliminates warm weather sweating and this type of corrosion. A significant project best left to new work and renovations.
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answered Leveling drywall patch
Aug
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comment How to fix a sewer pipe leak in a prefab concrete floor
if you were confident about the composition of the pipe, you could use the solvent appropriate to the material. The blockage in the pipe is far from ideal, but it may never clog, and if it does, you are no worse off than you are now.
Aug
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comment How to fix a sewer pipe leak in a prefab concrete floor
@DaveTweed Excellent point if he is confident only the lower section was punctured.
Aug
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answered How to fix a sewer pipe leak in a prefab concrete floor
Aug
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comment What Hinge Should I Use For Heavy Swinging Shoe Cupboard?
What is the framing material and spacing at the proposed pivot point?
Aug
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comment Installing door in 2x6 wall (drywall only on 1 side)
@AloysiusDefenestrate What I was suggesting is moving your comments to an actual answer. Comments eventually get deleted.
Aug
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comment I have an exterior water tap for a garden hose that needs new caulking
+1 Or you could chock it with something inert, like scraps of plastic molding, or other rigid plastics.
Aug
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comment Safety of 3-Way Lightbulb That Exceeds Max Wattage Only On Highest Setting
@Johnny You are definitely right in principle, but I have seen scores of one ways put in three ways and vice versa, and never seen a short between the two filaments or the hot an neutral. A low risk situation, I think. But obviously the right thing is to use the right bulb.
Aug
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comment Installing door in 2x6 wall (drywall only on 1 side)
@AloysiusDefenestrate Sounds like a good answer. (But I thought you only did windows?)